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Pattern Test–Orlena’s Key-Hole Back Top and Dress


I recently tested the new Orlena’s Key Hold Back Top and Dress pattern for Create Kids Couture and I have to tell you; you are going to love this pattern! Orlena’s is a great combination of comfort and flair! This all knit pattern includes both top and dress length, as well as both short and long sleeves. The stylish high-low cut and  fun key-hole back details make this great for everyday wear.

Daydream Believers Designs for CKC Orlena 2

That back! Swoon!

www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com PDF Pattern Test for Create Kids Couture

The top is a REALLY quick sew! The detailed instructions and step-by-step photos will guide you to creating a quality top or dress in an hour or less! The best part? Orlena’s is available in a HUGE size range! Starting with size newborn and running completely through adult size 4XL! I’m thinking matching mom and daughter sets for everyone!
Daydream Believers Designs for CKC Orlenas Top

Orlena’s Key-hole Back Top and Dress pattern can be purchased here – Go get it y’all!
Ooh, and if you buy it TODAY you can save 30% off the regular list price! Whoo!

Halloween Pre-Orders


Here's your chance to have a special HALLOWEEN piece created especially for you or your little one

I’m currently accepting Pre-Orders through the Daydream Believers Designs Facebook Page.
Here's how it will work:
1. Browse the Halloween fabrics in this album
2. Choose what you'd like me to make (dress, shirt, skirt) by selecting a style from the STYLE CATALOG album. There is also the option to order a custom TOTE bag; perfect for boys, girls, or stylish Mamas!
3. Comment under the fabric of your choice, letting me know the size & style you would like.
4. I will pm you to confirm the order, finalize design details and set up payment via Paypal.

Here’s a peek at the fabrics available:
Daydream Believers Halloween Pre Orders for custom kids outfits and trick or treat bags

- Pieces ordered via this pre-order will ship the first week of October -

If you have any questions, please post them here or send me a private message :)


**Pre-orders will open on 9/16 and close on 9/18 OR sooner if fabrics sell out**

Good luck, y’all! Shop early to claim your favorite prints! xx

Create Kids Couture Designer Fall Expo


Rich colors, pockets, lace, classic silhouettes – yall! If you’ve been wondering what your girl will wear for Fall photos – I’ve got ya covered! I have three sweet dresses coming  to the CKC Fall Expo that will be perfect for eveyday wear and holiday celebrations!

Each dress is a one of a kind, meaning it will not be replicated and your girl will be the only one in the world to rock this look! Here’s a peek at the Daydream Believers Designs pieces that will be available in the Expo -
Classic vintage style pesasant dress with pockets for girls handmade by Daydream Believers Designs

The first piece is a size 6/12 month peasant style dress with POCKETS! Four mod fabrics in crisp Fall colors have been paired together to create this one of a kind dress! This dress will grow with your girl! Enjoy it this year as a dress, then next year as a tunic!

Boho Chic Fall Lace Vintage inspired Dress for Girls. Handmade by Daydream Believers Designs
The next dress is BOHO CHIC while being comfy enough for your girl to have fun at the playground! Featuring one of my favorite Autumn inspired prints and delicate, 3/4 length, lace sleeves. SWOON! Can’t ya just see it paired with a gorgeous pair of boots? Eee! I can’t wait to see who scores this one and how they style it! This dress is a 2t but could work for a slim 3t as a tunic!


Retro 1960s Vintage style dress for mod girls handmade by Daydream Believers Designs

The last dress I have is a chic aline mini-dress made from a gorgeous blue/white/maize geometric print fabric! This size 6 frock is a beauty. Featuring a simple silhouette and clean keyhole back with ties; this dress will look great on its own or layered with a great cardigan. Timeless yet modern; the Daydream Believers way!


The Expo starts next week – Friday September 16 at 8:00pm. The items will be sold to the first person who claims them; so don’t be late! I will post a reminder and direct link to each item, next week, on the Daydream Believers Designs Facebook Page.

Have a great weekend!

Back To School Fashion Report–Homeschool Edt.


THANK YOU to all the Mama’s who have shared photos of your kids wearing their Daydream Believers Designs to school! I love waking up to new photos in my inbox and on instagram.
It is always an honor when someone chooses to wear DB handmade and I LOVE to see photos, so keep ‘em coming! Add #daydreambelieversdesigns to your pics on IG and/or tag @daydreambelieversdesigns (but please know, I can only see posts that are marked PUBLIC unless you add me as a friend.)

We started our 4th year of homeschool today. My girls participate in a virtual-school program, so we school September – June just like the brick & mortar public schools do. Since I love seeing your kid’s back-to-school pics, I thought I’d share a few personal snaps of my girls from this morning.

www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com First Day of School photos 2016

One of our back-to-school traditions is that my girls each design, sketch, then help sew their first-day outfits. I love getting my girls involved in the design process! They each have such a distinct style; it’s fun to see what they come up with!

Vivian chose a vintage baby-doll dress pattern, that we turned into a modern, twirl, tunic. She is a skirts and dresses gal and has never before chose a pant/short/legging for a special day; so it was really cool that she asked to wear these ruffle capris. They are handmade from the softest chambray and feature an elastic waist band so they are COMFY! I love that she chose blue and yellow and explained “so I can wear this top for Michigan Saturdays too!”  Winking smile
vintage back to school fashion www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com first day of school photos

Iyla’s outfit was SO fun to make! The applique was handcut and sewed on. The “HOMESCHOOL RULES” embellishment was created by stamping twill tape with rubber stamps painted with fabric paint. Iyla had a lot of fun stamping and already has a list of ideas for other tees she wants to make! Her skirt is a hybrid of three skirt patterns and a little innovation. She has already declared it as her new favorite! It features a fold-over yoga waistband, two extra large POCKETS, and is a full enough to please a tween who still wants to twirl! Her fabric combination is perfect for Fall – featuring a mod apple print, denim chambray, and a crisp grey lattice print. I love the way it came together! (If you love it too, I could be swayed to replicate this one! Just comment here or message me! xx)

tween school fashion apple skirt and diy raglan www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com first day of school photos

*And shoutout to my husband who made the kids those “Smiling Student” waffles & fruit! It was a fun surprise for us all! Gotta love a man who gets creative to make his kiddos smile on the first day of school!
back to school breakfast and first day of homeschool school photos www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com
Cheers to a great start to the school year! xx

Cooking With Kids. Easy DIY Ice Cream Cake


My kids love to create in the kitchen. Last year, we experimented with creating our own freezer cakes. Today I’m sharing our recipe for a no-bake ice cream cake.With just 3 ingredients, this treat is EASY for the kids to make! When you need a break from the heat, head to the kitchen and give this cake a try!

You will need six Oreo cookies, one cup of cool whip, and 12 ice cream sandwiches.

Easy DIY Ice Cream Cake Tutorial Recipe Instructions

Start by crushing the cookies into crumbs (my girls LOVED doing this!) – then mix the crumbs with one cup of cool whip and start building!

On a parchment paper lined tray, lay four icecream sandwiches to form a rectangle, then cover with a thin layer of the cool whip/cookie mixture, repeat a second sandwich layer, top with another cool whip layer, then add a third sandwich layer. Once the third layer is in place, completely cover the cake with the remaining cool whip mixture – just like you’re frosting a cake.  Place the tray in the freezer to set, and in 2-3 hours, your cake will be ready to slice and your kids will be totally impressed that y’all made it yourselves!  Have fun! xx

Sew Americana Tour


I am delighted to be a part of the Sew Americana blog tour today.   If you are new to my blog, welcome! Daydream Believers, The Blog is where my love for life, fashion, and DIY come together. Inspired by the littlest dreamers, I strive to create a joyful childhood for my kids and hope to inspire you to do the same. I started blogging six years ago when I founded my company, Daydream Believers Designs. I believe that creating for those you love is good for your soul; I blog to share how I do it, so you can do it too!

Sew Americana Blog Tour Teaser from Daydream Believers

Our small town USA 4th of July kicks off with a festive parade and ends with fireworks; we keep it classic around here. My kids look forward to dressing up in their Red, White & Blues and cheering joyfully for the floats and marching bands. This year, in addition to their patriotic wear, I made my girls a sweet patriotic tote to collect all the candy that the kiddos pick up curbside at the parade.

DIY Patriotic Parade Tote by Daydream Believers

This generously sized tote can easily carry their water bottles, sunnies, and the massive load of treats.

DIY Summer Parade Tote by Daydream Believers

In the past I have neglected to bring a tote for the goodies and found myself with cup holders, pockets, and a stroller basket full of melty candy (boo!) But not this year, my friends! I used THIS easy tutorial and whipped up this bag during naptime. Gotta love a scrap busting project that is cute and practical too!
DIY Summer Parade Tote by Daydream Believers Designs

How will you be spending your July 4th this year? Do you catch a parade? Are you all about the BBQ? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Then, be sure to take a look at the AMAZING lineup for the Sew Americana tour! Such a pleasure to be included with these awesome ladies! <3

Monday, June 27
Wild & Wanderful | Sew and Tell Project | Call Ajaire
Paisley Roots | Wally and Grace

Tuesday, June 28
Sew Thrifty | Coles Corner and Creations | Handmade Boy
Friends Stitched Together | The Wholesome Mama

Wednesday, June 29
Sewing by Ti | EYMM | HattieLu Handmade
Daydream Believers | PenSebRox

Thursday, June 30
Beatnik Kids | Phat Quarters | Sew Starly | Sew Sophie Lynn
The Kisses Co. | Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Friday, July 1
Very Blissful | That's Sew Kari | Sew Happily Ever After | Pear Berry Lane
Mae and K
| Musings of a Seamstress | Sew and Tell Project

As a special bonus for our readers, use the code ' SEWAMERICANA ' and enjoy a 20% discount at www.THREADandGRAIN.com  You'll find a ton of maker-inspired goodies!
(All created by your tour guide, Katy, from Wild & Wanderful.)

Style File–Red White and Blue Wear


Fourth of July is just one week away – do you have your outfits ready? For today’s STYLE FILE we’re looking back at my five favorite Red, White and Blue outfits that I’ve made for my girls.

Handmade Clothing by Daydream Believers Designs www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com

Handmade Clothing by Daydream Believers Designs www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com

Handmade Clothing by Daydream Believers Designs www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com

Handmade Clothing by Daydream Believers Designs www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com

Handmade Clothing by Daydream Believers Designs www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com

Clearly, I love gingham, ha!  Have a great week! xx M

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