About Me

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My name is Dawn. I am the founder of Di Cartel; A line of amazing class and style and one that you will hear much more about-I promise you that! I'm going to take you all on a journey with me from the start. I'm going to share my ideas, my mistakes, the trial and errors and eventually, my success! So hang on...it's gonna be an awesome ride.


This page is intended to display the start and end product of projects I have created. When I say "created" I mean these items were drawn, cut and sewn by me. Many times, people don't read the package of the patterns they are working from and will inadvertently sell the finished product as their own. Almost EVERY pattern that you purchase has small print that states the product is for personal use only and CANNOT BE RESOLD. What I've done in the past, during a learning process, is purchase patterns for the general idea of where to begin and how to construct a garment. This is a great way to start to develop your own ideas and a way to begin drawing your own patterns. For this, I use banner paper. It's fairly inexpensive and comes is a big roll that is easily measured and cut for almost all of your pattern ideas. Here are some of the things I've started with...

This is the VERY 1st thing I ever sewed. It is comprised of about 3 pairs of old sweatpants and the patches are from about 4-5 different t-shirts. The back is an old sheet. Beautiful? Hardly! Great experience-ABSOLUTELY!!
This robe is one of the first garments I finished by design.
The outer is fleece and the inner is cotton interlock. I didn't have my serger at the time, so I had to improvise with an overlock stitch that you see. My friend like this one so much, she asked me to make both of her kids one! They are a little time consuming but very cute when finished.
This is the robe I made after the first... 
Keep in mind, the images on the fabric is a LICENSED PRODUCT. There are laws against selling this, so one must be VERY careful not to mess up and try to make a profit off licensed material.(Maybe a local craft show or 2 is OK!)
T-Shirt-drawn, cut, sewn
GAGA-Ironed on...
Can't help it...He LOVES HIM SOME GAGA!

Sheet dress demo.
Sometimes it's best to start with an old sheet or other inexpensive fabric when you have an idea. That way, you're not cutting into the more expensive fabric you intend to actually use. With this, the end product is to be a black satin dress. When people request you design them a garment, there are several measurements to draw. If you do this with sheet 1st, you'll save a TON of aggravation in the future. Also, you can have your client try it on and incoporate any changes BEFORE you start the real thing!

  • Take measurements

  • Draw pattern

  • Cut sheet

  • Sew

  • Try it on

  • Make alterations

  • Try it on


  • Start the new pattern from your sheet

  • SEW!

Back of mock dress

Satin Dress Front #1 (unfinished)

Satin Dress Back #1 (unfinished)

More to come...

SOME STARTER VIDS...Maybe later.

But first...OH, BABY!

I recently decided to make some baby clothes...more so, shoes. These are the very first that I made. They have a soft, leather sole and the upper is made of cotton and fleece. COMFY! Anyway, these sold within a week of being listed on ETSY! I'm so motivated to make more!!!