Jan 16, 2015

Blue Ribbon Dress Sewing Pattern, Sew-A-Long, Day 5

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Here it is, the grand finale of our Sew Along. Today we are going to attach the skirts to our knit bodices. Then we are going to fill up the album in LLK Cafe with all of our amazing photos!!!! 
And just in case you need a refresher you can find Day 1: here, Day 2: here, Day 3: here and Day 4: here.  

Is anyone else giddy with the thought of seeing this dress finished? My favorite part is to see how all of the fabrics come together and then see it come to life on my little pumpkin.  Well, let's get to it then.  

The first thing we want to do is quarter the skirt. Put pins in the quarter marks and then run a basting stitch around the top of the skirt where we will attach it to the bodice. 

Just like I did with attaching the ruffle, I like to run my basting stitches from side seam to side seam in the front and then again in the back. That way I have 2 sections of basted skirt. Then quarter your bodice. Make sure your bodice is right side out. Match up your side seams and if there is a front skirt, make sure that it is matched up with the front of the bodice. 

Slip the bodice (upside down) inside of your inside out skirt, so right sides are together (whew, say that 5 times fast!!) and your raw edges of the skirt and bodice meet.  Gather your skirt to fit the bodice and then pin your skirt to the bodice making sure to match up the quarter marks.  

Sew the skirt to the bodice and then finish the seams. Iron the seam up towards the bodice and then top stitch. Now all we have left to do is try it on and admire our work. YAY!

So I have a little confession to make. I am, for real, mom of the year. I think my daughter is the cutest thing ever (totally not biased at all, lol), so it is only natural I wanted her to model. Well first, my DSLR camera battery was dead. So I took out the still shot. That battery was dead too. Iphone to the rescue!!  Now for the mom of the year part. I dressed my precious baby girl in this oh so adorable dress and had her model it outside in the blustering wind with temps in the low 30's. Gosh it was cold. See... 

Awww, precious baby. She was such a good sport. We giggled and she twirled. And then we promptly ran inside and snuggled under the warm blanket.  So here is my Sassy Pumpkin in her LLK Blue Ribbon!! 


Well that is it for me, but before I sign off I would like to say a HUGE Thank You to Liz from Little Lizard King for allowing me to guest post on her blog and lead this sew along. 

Sewing is my most favoritest (is that a word??!!) thing to do in the whole wide world. And nothing feels better than to share that love with others. I hope you have enjoyed making your Blue Ribbon!

 PS - Do not forget to post your finished dress in the LLK Cafe album. There will be prizes! That is right I said prizes!!!! A little birdie told me that The Purple Seamstress is a sponsor - does that mean her fabulous fabrics are one of the prizes???  I think maybe so! 

Jan 15, 2015

Blue Ribbon Dress, Sew-a-long, Day 4

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Blue Ribbon Dress Sewing Pattern, Sew-A-Long, Day 4
After Day 3, our dress is really starting to take shape! You actually have a half shirt. Now you definitely want to finish, we don't want any belly buttons hanging out! 
If you missed all of the knit-tastic fun and tips yesterday, you can catch up on Day 3 here, ( Day1 and Day 2 as well). 

Today is the day for all of you creative, woven fabric experts. We are going to sew up our oh so twirly skirts!!  I don't know about you, but I remember being a little girl of about 8, pretending I was Baby in Dirty Dancing (don't worry, my mom made me cover my eyes in all the appropriate parts). I would make my brother dance with me so I could do that famous twirl. I would twirl and twirl until I was dizzy and fell. Then I would start all over again. This skirt is PERFECT for that!!!
A little sneak (shhhh - don't tell I showed you early!!) see that twirl?!?! 

Ok - enough of the rabbit trail, back to work! 
You should have a nice little stack of strips. I have 3 contrasting colors and eyelet for my skirt. 

Essentially we are going to sew all these strips together to form our skirt. I know that I wanted my eyelet over the yellow gingham strip. So that is where I started. I sewed the 2 gingham strips together at the short end, so I had 1 long piece. Next, I stitched the eyelet on top of the gingham. 

That left me with 1 long strip of gingham and eyelet. Next, I took my main skirt piece (little lambs for me) and sewed the 2 pieces together at the short ends so I had 1 long strip. (for the larger sizes you may have 3 pieces for each strip). 

Once I had my lamb pieces in one strip, I pinned the gingham/eyelet strip to the bottom with right sides together; making sure that the top of the lace was matched up to the bottom of the lamb piece. Sew together and then iron and topstitch.  

Once you have that done, go ahead and sew up your side seams. Make sure that your topstitching, gingham strip and eyelet all match up. Your skirt is now starting to take shape!!!  Now we want to add a ruffle all the way around the bottom of the skirt. Take your ruffle pieces and sew them all together - short ends - until you have a complete circle. 

Hem the bottom of the ruffle piece. Now before you go to ruffling, I find that it is easier to get all those ruffles even all the way around by pinning the ruffle piece in quarters. Then do the same with the bottom of the skirt piece. With the pins still in place, run a basting stitch at the top of the ruffle piece. 

Since the ruffle piece is sooo large, I baste from side seam to side seam in the front and then the back, side seam to side seam. That way I have 2 basting threads. I then match my quarters on the ruffle to the quarters on the skirt bottom and even out the ruffles. Make sure that right sides are together and raw edges are matched up, attach the ruffle to the skirt on the round.  

Once the ruffle is attached, finish the seam, iron the seam up towards the skirt and top stitch. WooHoo! Our twirly skirts are done!!! We are so close to being done, I can almost taste it!!!  One more day till we get to see our little girls face light up when they see our adorable dresses!!!  

Be sure to post your progress pictures in the album in the LLK Cafe so we can all see!! 
Until Tomorrow,

The  FABRIC/PRIZE sponsor for our sew along is the Purple Seamstress!! If you have not already discovered her amazing knits go check them out!!!

Jan 14, 2015

Blue Ribbon Dress, Sew-a-long, Day 3

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Blue Ribbon Sew-A-Long, Day 3

Welcome back everyone!!!  Today is the day to up that concentration and put that pedal to the metal (or carpet, or wood). It is Day 3 of the LLK Blue Ribbon Sew Along!!  Are you ready?? I know I am!
Don't stress it if you missed Day 1 (here) or Day 2 (here), just click on the "here" links and you can catch back up.  

Yesterday we embellished our bodice and added the sash. The next step is to sew that bad boy (or girl??) together. Don't forget to use your ball point needles if you are using a standard machine. Set your machine to the knit stitch; the one that looks like a lightening bolt. One thing that really helps me when I use my standard machine while working with knit, is to strap on my trusty ole walking foot. That just helps the fabric from slipping. For this project, I used my serger to complete the entire knit portion of the bodice (sans the topstiching). And just because I am one of those crazy, scatterbrained, can't remember my name, SAHM of 2 toddlers, let's go back and check on our seam allowances. 1/2" - Check!!  

Go ahead and follow the instructions on page 14 to attach the back bodice to the front bodice at the shoulders. At this point in the pattern there are instructions for other optional embellishments, such as a neck ruffle. Do that part now. I didn't do a ruffle so we will skip on along to the neck binding. 

For the picture below you really need to put your tunnel vision glasses on so you do not see that I cheated and put my sleeves in before my neck binding. 

Oops - I get a Needs Improvement on "follows directions" for my sewing report card. In just a little bit I will show you what I did with those adorable sleeves!! 

 I hear that neck binding has been known to give people all sorts of fits, hives, nail biting episodes and headaches. I think I put in about 12 of them until I finally figured out how to hold my fingers and tongue just right to have it lay flat and look pretty. Make sure your iron is handy, hot and full of water!!!  You need steam!!  

Ok - so you have your binding cut out - sewn into a circle - short ends together and then folded in half (per instructions). I find that it is easier to use pins in this step verses marking pens, chalk, etc. You want to quarter your binding. You also want to quarter your neck line on your bodice. Please don't skip this step. 

You want to make sure that your neck binding is stretched evenly all the way across the neck line. ALSO - the shoulder seams are NOT at half way. When you mark your center front and back - put those pins up against each other and flatten out the bodice to find the center over the shoulders. Once you have it marked you can then pin your binding to the neck line using those pinned marks you made. 

Now comes the tricky part. Are you ready????
Ok - here is what I do - take a deep breath. Blow it out, take another. Chant - "I can do this!" about 5 times. Done?? Ok. Take the bodice with pinned binding to your machine. (I used my serger). 

The easiest way I have found to do this would be to have your actual bodice flat on the machine and the binding on top (raw edges together - you should have 3 edges - 2 of the folded binding and 1 of the neckline). Keep those pins in there. (If you are using a serger, serge slowly so you don't chop a pin and lose an eye from flying pin pieces.  

Just take the pins out as you serge). Start at the back neck. Go ahead and lower your needles into the binding/neck layers. Sew a few stitches just to get started. When you stop after a few stitches make sure that the needle(s) is down in your garment. 

Now with one hand pick up your bodice at next pin down. You want to slightly stretch your binding ONLY until it is straight and flush with the neckline. Once it is flush you can continue sewing. (btw - this is dress #2, hehe - soooo addicting!!!)

This is a two hand job, because with one hand you are stretching the binding to match the neckline (without stretching the bodice!!!! soooo important!!!!) and the other hand you may need to assist behind the needle, feeding the sewn on binding/neckline through. 

Take it slowly, we aren't in a race. Once you have it sewn all the way around, head on over to your hot, steam iron. I use a ham to get my necklines ironed/steamed really well on that curve. Now just steam the heck out of it, ironing the seam down to the bodice. 

Once you have done your steamy steam magic, you can topstitch. I normally topstitch, but since there is eyelet I decided to skip it. TaDa!!  What a beauty!!!   

 Did you happen to see those cute sleeves?? Want to know how to make them?? I can't take credit for this, a friend of mine asked me to make one for her with sleeves like this and I just loved it. So - the how to?  

I wanted my sleeves to be right at the elbow and then flare into a ruffle. I measured my little model and cut the sleeves to that length. I then cut my bubble strips. The length is 2 times the sleeve opening. So if the sleeve opening is 10 inches then the length would be 20" (not actual numbers). Next, I knew I wanted my ruffle to be approximately 2.5 inches wide. 

So I cut the width of my bubble piece to 6" (had to include that 1/2" seam allowance). Once you have the bubble ruffle piece cut out (20"x6" - fictitious example!!) fold it in half so it is now 20" x 3". Take the folded piece over to your machine and sew a basing stitch all the way across the open end. 

Once you have your basting stitch in there we are going to ruffle the piece to the length of our sleeve opening and pin. Remember right sides together and folded end of the bubble up! Match raw edges.  

Then sew the ruffle to the sleeve, repeat with the other side, steam, iron seams up toward the sleeves and topstitch!! Holy Cow this is looking cute!!! 

Now take those adorable sleeves over to your bodice. You need to pin them to your bodice and ease them in! You shouldn't need to stretch or gather, these sleeve pieces are a perfect fit and are a nice flat sleeve seam. Once you have them sewn in, head on over to the iron and give them a little steam lovin. Now you have sleeves in!!!  

The last step for today is to sew those side seams together.  When you pin your side seams, take special care to make sure that your sleeve ends, top stitched seams, underarm seams, and sash pieces all line up. Take your time with pinning - you will be glad you did later on! 

And last but not least, make sure those sash ties are out of the way. You do not want to sew up your loose ends in the side seam!!  If you did the ruffle like I did, you will want to thread in your serger tails once you have finished sewing up your side seams. If you didn't do the ruffle, then you need to finish your sleeves. You can finish them with binding, using the same techniques we did with the neckline. Or you can do a traditional hem. 

If you do the traditional hem, I highly suggest using knit interfacing so you don't get a stretched out, wavy hem with the knit. And be sure the stretch of the interfacing is going in the correct direction. 

Now you can relax - you have just completed the knit portion of our project. Give yourself a pat on the back. You did it!! Now you can go make a million of them right???? I will confess I am now completely knit addicted!! 
I will see you for Day 4 tomorrow!! We are 1/2 way done! YAY!

P.S. Don't forget to  post your photos of the Blue Ribbon in process in the LLK Cafe! Tag all photos with #brsal to be eligible for prizes.

P.P.S. The  FABRIC/PRIZE sponsor for the Blue Ribbon Dress sew-a-long is the Purple Seamstress!! If you have not already discovered her amazing knits go check them out!!! 

Jan 13, 2015

Blue Ribbon Sew-a-Long, Day 2

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Happy Tuesday!!  Today is Day 2 of the LLK Blue Ribbon Sew Along!!   

If you missed Day 1 - no worries - you can catch up here. And remember to join us in the LLK Cafe where you can chat with others participating in the sew along and ask any questions! 

Today we are going to tap into our sew-jo and get this sewing party started!!!  Now, this pattern has a lot of pages, so I suggest just printing out the pieces and then reading the instructions from your computer or tablet.  Go ahead and print out your pattern pieces. Make sure to have "no scaling" clicked when you go to print. Then measure the box to be sure it measures 3 inches by 3 inches. You will be printing out the bodice and sleeve pieces, along with the optional pocket piece. You can either cut it out on the size you want or trace the size you want onto freezer paper.

Now before you go all scissor happy on me, take a look at your knit fabric. It is very important to note the direction of the stretch. I used a one way stretch interlock for my bodice. You want to make sure that the stretchiest part will go horizontally across the bodice and the same for the sleeve. Then move onto the reference charts in the pattern to cut out your binding pieces (remember that the longest length of the binding pieces need to go with the stretch), sash and skirting pieces. 

Just as a side note, it is really best if you use a fabric that has a good bit of stretch and recovery for your binding. I would recommend ribbed knit or cotton/Lycra. I used the same interlock as my bodice, I just had to be extremely careful not to stretch it out too much when sewing.
Once you have all the pieces cut out you should have a somewhat organized pile like this: 

You will notice in my picture that I have about an inch of something white at the bottom of my bodice pieces and sleeve pieces. My preference for stabilizing knit is to uses knit interfacing (you can also use clear elastic) . I use Pellon EK130 White Easy Knit Fusible Interfacing. You can get it at your local fabric store that sells pellon brand interfacing.  When I started using this it made a WORLD of difference in how my neck lines, sleeves and hems turned out. And it is especially good to use when joining knit to woven. No more lumpy, wavy seams!! 

So, how do you use it?? I used more than I normally would just so you can see in the pictures how it looks when applied. You will notice that there is one direction of the stabilizer that has some stretch to it. Don't stretch it too much or it will get all out of shape and curl up on you. Just a slight tug will tell you which direction the stretch goes in. 

You want the stretch of the interfacing to go in the same direction as the stretch of your bodice. I will normally use my rotary cutter and cut a strip that is the seam allowance by the length of the bodice width. If you cut it at the seam allowance you will not see the interfacing on the inside of your garment once it is all sewn together because it will be in with your seam allowance. 

Take your interfacing piece and bodice piece to your iron and iron it on. Repeat with your back bodice piece. Depending on how you want to finish your sleeves you can use it at the bottom of your sleeve as well. 

If you are attaching a binding to your sleeve you do not need interfacing.  I decided I wanted to be fancy and add a bubble ruffle to the bottom of my sleeve, so I put interfacing where I would attach the ruffle just so it would lay nice and not get wavy. 

Last up for Day 2 is to embellish our bodice and add the sash. 

Since I decided I would make mine an Easter dress, I wanted to fancy it up a bit. I added a tuxedo ruffle with 2 pieces of eyelet (zigzagged together) and then a cute little decorative piece of rick rac at the center. You can also embroider this piece, add a bib, buttons or any other embellishment your heart desires. 

I find it is much easier to embellish at this point before you start sewing anything together. 

Then add your center and side sash pieces as stated in the pattern.  I started to get giddy at this point. Ohhh pretty rick rac!!  Go ahead and post your embellished bodices for all to see!! And I will catch up with you tomorrow to put this bodice together!!

Don't forget to  post your photos of the Blue Ribbon in process in the LLK Cafe! Tag all photos with #brsal to be eligible for prizes.

The  FABRIC/PRIZE sponsor for our sew along is the Purple Seamstress!! If you have not already discovered her amazing knits go check them out!!! 

Jan 12, 2015

Blue Ribbon Dress - Sew A Long Day 1

Hi, Y'all!!  Welcome to my little blog! I am so excited (aka anxious) to be hosting my very first sew along. I am completely honored that I am guest blogging on the Little Lizard King blog AND get to sew up the **fabulous** LLK Blue Ribbon with you!!  
Now before we get started let's clear the air a little bit. "Knits are SCARY", "Knits make me nervous", "I can't sew with knits", "No way, no how". Is that what you are saying to yourself??!!!  Well STOP NOW!

Repeat after me: Knits are fun! (your turn), Knits are comfy! (your turn) Knits are cute! (your turn) Knits are EASY! ( your turn) I am NOT afraid! (your turn) 

Did you really repeat after me?? Get into it? Get stoked to try something new?? Well ladies (and any gentleman out there), that's right, I said knits are easy! It is mind over matter. You get scared before you start and you talk yourself into doubting your abilities. No more of that, the buck stops here. We are going to tackle this knit bodice, we are going to rock these new techniques and your little girl will look absolutely adorable and be oh so comfortable in the Blue Ribbon!! 

Now before we dig right in, let's go over the Sew Along Schedule. Don't worry if you get behind, or miss a day, you can always catch back up.

Day 1 - TODAY!! - Pick out our fabrics, decide on which version of the BR you want to make, and show them off!! 
Day 2 - Cut out all of our pieces, embellish the bodice, and discuss stabilizing that knit!
Day 3 - Bodice Construction
Day 4 -  Skirt Construction
Day 5 - Attaching the Bodice to the Skirt and showing off our dresses!!! 

First thing's first - RUN over to Little Lizard King to pick up your Blue Ribbon Pattern. And don't forget to use
your coupon code: BRSAL 

I think that the next step is the most difficult part of the whole process. Do I dig through my never ending fabric stash or buy new fabric?? hmmmm. What to do?? Well, since my husband freaked out the other week over the amount of fabric I have stashed away, I decided to dig through my stash. It took me forever to decide my main fabric and then even longer to decide trims. In the end I decided to go for an Easter theme. 

Now, what version do I want to make? It is still a bit chilly here in NC around Easter time, so I decided that I would do a 1/2 sleeve and add a little bubble ruffle sleeve embellishment to fancy it up a bit. For the skirt I went with all 3 trims and a bit of eyelet. Because you just can't go wrong with adding eyelet to anything! 
Here is what I came up with!!
 Be sure to share yours in the LLK Cafe album on facebook!! I want to see all of the different fabric combinations!!

Until tomorrow...

P.S. Melinda from Purple Seamstress Fabric is sponsoring a fabric giveaway for the sew-a-long winners! IF you have not yet discovered the Purple Seamstress, you are missing out!! Mel's knits are amazing!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/330896980339378/

Don't forget to  post your photos of the Blue Ribbon in process in the LLK Cafe! Tag all photos with #brsal to be eligible for prizes. 


Dec 9, 2014

Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt, Sew-A-Long - Day 2

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Day 2 of the Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt sew-a-long is LIVE! Find the post here: http://www.devoncheycreations.com/blog/day-2-little-lizard-king-ruffled-tree-skirt-sewalong

Dec 4, 2014

A Few of our Favorite Things - Blog Tour

On tour with so many of my sewing sisters. This is Raedene here from Chasing Mermaids & I am the social media director for Little Lizard King sewing patterns. 

I am honored to represent Little Lizard King patterns in collaboration with Blend Fabrics on our portion of this "A Few of our Favorite Things Blog Tour". Did you see all the beautiful creations shared earlier this week?

holiday tour a few of our fave things
Merry Christmas from the Beach

We recently packed up our lives and moved to our family's favorite spot-- The Beach. I knew my dresses for the girls this year had to have vibrant colors with a fun theme. Thus, Blend Fabrics "Treealicious" designed by the talented Maude Asbury was the perfect choice. Many thanks to Blend Fabrics for sharing the yardage for this project. I used 3 prints in this line. Holiday Baubles in blue and green paired with Jingle Bells in pink. This whole line has been on my wish list this fall. And get this, the yards I did order ended up in our POD during our move. I mean, really? So I was thrilled when I was able to get some of these prints. The array of colors and fun whimsical designs allow for so many coordinating ideas!

Little Lizard King recently released a much sought after design in the "Boutique World" with her version perfectly named "BEST DRESSED GIRL". This pattern has infinite possibilities that I am not even sure how to describe them all. But I will TRY!

I chose to make a different version of the dress for each of my girls to showcase the variety of options. One with long ruffle sleeves the other sleeveless. One with flutter ruffles and the other with full dress ruffles. Both with paneled skirts. One with an embroidery center panel and one with a machine typed phrase. One with ribbon accents and one with a ribbon center piece. One with rick rack skirt trim and one with picot bias trim. One with side ties and one without a sash or ties. This pattern has options for side sash, side ties or center front sash. My girls are not sash lovers so the side ties are a perfect option.

Now, if you have been dreaming of a square neckline like the rest of us,
LOOKbecome MESMERIZED at this beauty! The bodice allows your creativity to flow onto this template. It seems to be the perfect place for embroidery or a monogram. If you do not have access to those try playing with ribbons, ruffles and buttons for SPICE. I used a vintage looking Christmas balls design for one dress. On the one for my lil girl I finally tried a new technique on my Bernina that comes equipped with an alphabet where you can create a word or SENTENCE. YES a whole phrase. I had my SEWING MACHINE sew out
"I heart Santa". I am in love!!!
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The other place I love to add details is on the hemline. My two favorite I incorporated in this dress: rick rack and picot bias trims. If you have not tried either on the hemline you are in for a TREAT! I learned how to do the perfect rick rack trim when making the LLK retro glam pattern. Tricia has great tips for how to sew it on top and then fold under and top stitch that couldn't be more simple.

The picot bias trim I order from one of our favorite Etsy shops, The Vintage Door. BUT I hear Joanns is now carrying some too. I do pre-serge my hemline to ensure I have no thread stragglers but for those of you without sergers it is not necessary. Just open up the bias and enclose the hemline. Easy as PIE. And it creates a PROFESSIONAL finish.
Give it a try you too will be addicted!

The pattern has options for sleeveless, cap, 3/4 and full length sleeves. It also has a choice to add ruffled sleeves on the cap and 3/4 length sleeves. BUT I choose to add it to the long sleeves. I instead of folding over my ruffle 1/4" and hemming I decided to cut my ruffle sleeve fabric wider and reduce the length on the sleeves. I then fold in half WRONG sides together first and then ruffle onto the fabric of the sleeves using my ruffler foot. This way Right Sides of fabric show on top and underneath for a clean look.
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Look at those delicate dreamy ruffled sleeves with those little piggies peeking out!
In many of Little Lizard Patterns there is a circumference measurement for the skirt portion so that you can create as many panels as desired by doing a little simple math. Take the total circumference needed for the skirt and divide it by how many panels you would like and you will get the measurement to cut or each. I took this pattern and it told me to cut 2 panels 40" wide so I decided I wanted to show off both of the colorways of the BLEND fabrics so I took 80" and divided it by 4 to get 20" therefore cutting 4 panels the length provided by 20" wide instead. I then sewed each panel together alternating colorways.
My girls were told to look for Santa on the roof to get them laughing! HA!
But check out those PANELED skirts!
This really is the perfect pattern. Great for all seasons. Filled with infinite options to allow your creativity to flow freely! It comes with a finished measurements chart, materials/fabric requirements chart and so many other useful tips! Because many of the pieces are measurements on cutting charts there is only a few pages to print and align... it is so easy to do. Go sew one up and give yourself a HUG once you are finished. YOU will be THRILLED with the RESULTS.
Get yourself ENTERED for a chance to
WIN a $25 Gift Certificate to the Little Lizard King Shop!

AND - if you like the Treelicious prints, wait until you see what Blend Fabrics sent for the LLK December sew-a-long prize!! Find us in the LLK Cafe for more!

Nov 14, 2014

LLK Sewalong- Day 5 Retro Glam Skirt

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Hello again friends!

It's our final day of the Little Lizard King sewalong featuring the Retro Glam skirt! We've already picked out our fabrics, cut out the pattern pieces, constructed the waistband and assembled the skirt. Now it's time to put it all together! 

Take your skirt and turn it inside out. With the waistband right side out, position the front of the waistband between four triangles. This will ensure the front of your Retro Glam skirt is centered. Pin to secure and continue pinning the raw edged of the waistband to the raw edges of the skirt. Sew the two pieces together with a 1/2 seam allowance and serge or zig zag to finish. 

Press the seams towards the waistband, flip your skirt right side out and topstitch. 

I also added a button for decoration....which my 10 month old likes to attempt to pull off. 

If you used buttonhole elastic, we have two more steps. Sew two buttons on, one between each side seam and button hole on the back waistband. 

Finally, thread your elastic through the two button holes and secure by looping one of the buttonholes around the button. 

Your Little Lizard King Retro Glam skirt is complete!! Hooray! Great job sewalong-ers!

It's time to share your finished Retro Glam skirts in the LLK Cafe. You can also follow Little Lizard King on Instagram and Twitter. Make sure to use the hashtag #LLKRetroGlam. We'll be on the lookout for your photo because.......drumroll please..... there are PRIZES!!!! Thats's right! Three lucky skirts will be chosen at LLK Fav, Fan Fav and Participation Winnner! 

It has been such a joy to host the Little Lizard King Retro Glam skirt sewalong! I hope you learned something new, enjoyed a few laughs and now have a beautiful new skirt. 

Before I close, here is my finished skirt:

Until next time! Xoxo,


Nov 13, 2014

LLK Sewalong- Day 4 Retro Glam Skirt

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Hi friends,

Welcome back to day 4 of the sewalong featuring the Little Lizard King Retro Glam Skirt! Let's recap!

On day 1, we purchased and printed out the pattern. The best part of the day was picking out our materials! 

On day 2, we cut out our fabric and listened to some sweet jams while we worked. 

On day 3, we constructed the waistband and (optional) sashes. 

Now, it's time to sew together the skirt pieces. Grab your 10 scallops and 10 triangles. It is important to note which end the top of the pattern piece. 

Take one triangle piece and one scallop piece. Place the pieces right side together and sew along one edge. It is SUPER important to keep the 1/2" seam allowance! Sew from the bottom edge to the top (waistband) edge.

Place this joined pair aside and continue doing this until you have 10 pairs. 

Serge or zig zag finish the seams. Press the seams towards the triangle. 

Take two pieces and lay the right sides together. Again, sew from the bottom hem to the top hemline. 

Your stitches should form an "X" at the top of the skirt. Continue this until all pieces have been connected.

Take a minute to make sure that your triangles come to a triangle point at the bottom and that your scallops come to a triangle point at the top. If you did not follow the seam allowance correctly, your pieces will not come to a point. This will mean that your skirt will be too wide for the waistband. Of course, I am not speaking from experience! My first Retro Glam Skirt definitely fit perfectly into my waistband because I took special note of the 1/2" seam allowance and by no means did a 1/4" seam allowance. 

Serge or zig zig the new hems you made. Press these towards the scallops so all the hems are facing the same direction. 

The last thing we are going to do today is to hem the bottom and add that ADORABLE rick rack. Serge or zig zag along the bottom hem. 

Now why would I want just one color of rick rack when I could have two?! I weaved my rick rack like this:

Sew the rick rack to the RIGHT side of your fabric. The deeper the curve that you sew, the deeper the scallop. 

Flip the rick rack (or other trim) to the wrong side of the fabric and topstitch. 

And that's it for today! We now have an assembled skirt and an assembled waistband. If you're like me, you can hardly wait for tomorrow!

Don't forget to share your questions and progress at the LLK Cafe! Our hash tag for this sewalong is #LLKRetroGlam. We'd love for you to use this when you share photos!

Sewalong for now!