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!


Nov 12, 2014

LLK Sewalong- Day 3 Retro Glam Skirt

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Hello again!

To those of you who are just joining us, welcome! We are on Day 3 of the sewalong for the Little Lizard King Retro Glam Skirt. You'll need to catch up by following day 1 and day 2. If you have any questions, hop on over to the LLK Cafe where you can ask questions, share pictures and have a good 'ole time with us!

Are you ready to put the petal to the metal? It's finally time to turn on our sewing machines! Hooray! Today we will be sewing up the waistband front, waistband back and side sashes. 

Let's get started! Go ahead and sew the waistband sashes by folding each piece in half lengthwise with rights sides together. Sew the end of the sash at a diagonal/curve. 

The most important part of making the waistband sashes is clipping the corners before you turn it right side out. This will help the corners lay flat and make perfect angles. 

Use your favorite turning tool to flip the sashes right side out. Press and topstitch. 

Take your two waistband pieces and two interfacing pieces to the ironing board. Iron the interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric, leaving 1/2" of fabric around the border without interfacing. 

Fold the waistband pieces in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. 

You now have 2 options: use/make buttonhole elastic to allow for an adjustable waistband or sew in the elastic. I opted to make the buttonhole elastic as this was something I had never attempted, and why not use this opportunity to learn something new!  And let me tell you, it's SO easy! I'll be explaining how to do option 1, so for those of you that chose option 2, follow along with the instructions in your pattern. 

First, I cut 12" of knit (super important!) elastic for the size 12-18 months Retro Glam skirt. I marked four places along the elastic where I wanted to make buttonholes. To decide where to mark the buttonholes, I used the cutting chart for the sewn in elastic as my guide. For the 12-18 months size, that was 8 inches. I marked two buttonholes so that my elastic would be 7 1/2" long between the two holes. (I knew that  8" was the average size elastic a 12-18 month old needed. I made buttonholes a 1/2" smaller and 1/2" bigger to provide maximum versatility in regards to waistband sizing.  

You'll need to make the buttonholes slightly smaller than the two buttons you're using as the elastic will stretch. Make the buttonholes and then zig zag the ends of the elastic to prevent fraying. Fold the zig zagged ends under and stitch. You can set this piece aside for now. 

Continuing on with the buttonhole elastic method, grab your back waistband piece. Unfold the piece and lay it down right side up. We need to make two buttonholes 1/8" wider than our elastic so the elastic can slide easily through the buttonholes for waistband adjustment. Measure 1 and 1/4" from the raw edge and 5/8" down from the center crease you already pressed. This is where your buttonhole with start. 

You should now have two buttonholes. 

I always put a pin in the top of my buttonhole before I use my seam ripper to open the hole. You rip through the top of the buttonhole once, and you'll never do it again! Hence, the pin :)

You now have two buttonholes completed on the back waistband. Grab your two sashes, if you opted to add them! You will place them on top of the right side of the back waistband that doesn't have the buttonholes. The sashes should be aligned slightly above the ironed fold and the raw edges will extend beyond the raw edges of the waistband piece. Pin. Place the top waistband piece on top of the back waistband piece and sashes. The right sides will be together. 

The front waistband piece will be smaller than the back waistband piece. This is because the back waistband piece will have the elastic in it. Sew down the sides of the waistband pieces so you now have a round piece waistband that's all connected. Press the seams open. 

Our final step today is to make the waistband casing.  Sew a straight line from the top of one buttonhole to the top of the other buttonhole. Do the same on the bottom of the buttonholes. You know have a casing for your elastic and you are done with day 3! Great work sewalong-ers!!

If you have any questions or would like to share your progress, remember to join us in the LLK Cafe! Use the hashtag #LLKRetroGlam when you share your photos!  

See you tomorrow! 


Nov 11, 2014

LLK Sewalong- Day 2 Retro Glam Skirt

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Welcome back!

If you're just joining the party, welcome! We're on day 2 of the sewalong to make the the Little Lizard King Retro Glam Skirt. Day 1 can be found here.  

I hope you are ready rock and roll! It's time to cut up the beautiful fabric you chose yesterday! 

First, you will need to cut 10 scallops and 10 triangles. Pay special attention to the "top" and "bottom" of these pattern pieces. 

If you have a non-directional fabric (I.e. one you can turn in any direction and it still looks the same), I found the cutting process to be much quicker by laying two of the same pattern pieces side by side. I folded the material and then laid there pattern pieces next to each other like this:

Wahla! Four pieces already cut!

I always try to figure out the quickest and least wasteful way to cut fabric. I'm sure you have some great ideas on how to cut these shapes too! Share away at the LLK Cafe

Put on some sweet tunes and cut away! Once you have your 10 scallops, 10 triangles, one piece of elastic, two pieces of lightweight stabilizer, front waistband, back waistband and (optional) side sashes, you're finished with day 2! 

Remember to share your fabrics and progress at the LLK Cafe! Use the hashtag #LLKRetroGlam because at the end of the week there will be prizes!! Eeek! 

Here is what I have:

Sewalong, farewell, (I know, now I've got the Sound of Music stuck in your head :) )


Nov 10, 2014

LLK Sewalong- Day 1 Retro Glam Skirt

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Hello friends!

What a fantastic week we have ahead of us as we sewalong together to make the Little Lizard King Retro Glam skirt! First of all, thank for joining me. I'm Kimberlee from Harper Creek Boutique, and I'm thrilled to be your host and what a wonderful way for me to kick off my new blog! Grab a cup of coffee and read along as we start day 1! 

Let me begin by explaining how this sewalong will work. Each day, we'll start here on the blog. I'll go over what steps of the Retro Glam Skirt pattern we'll be completing that day. You'll be able to ask questions, share photos and meet new friends over at the LLK Cafe on Facebook. At the end of the five days, you'll share your beautiful skirts. And the best part about it......PRIZES! That's right! Prizes will be given to 3 lucky participants: LLK fav, fan fav, and participation winner.

Now that you know how this sewalong will work, let's talk about what you will be sewing. The beautiful Retro Glam Skirt comes in sizes 6 months to girls 14. It even includes a matching doll outfit.  (hint hint: Christmas present for those doll lovers!!) The vintage-style skirt has the option for an adjustable back waistband and side sashes that can be tied in the front or back. However, if you ask me, a bow is never "optional", but rather a necessity!

Here is the schedule for the week:

Day 1: Get this party started! (and now we're all singing along with're welcome!)
Day 2: Cut
Day 3: Waistband and Sash Construction
Day 4: Skirt Construction
Day 5: Assemble and Share

If you haven't already purchased the Little Lizard King Retro Glam Skirt, go purchase it now! Use the code "Retro Glam SAL" to get a discount just for sewing along with us:

Now for my favorite (but quite possibly the hardest) part: picking your (woven) fabrics!

All kidding aside, the Retro Glam skirt is a fabulous scrap buster! Tomorrow, you'll be cutting out 10 scallops and 10 triangles. What a great way to use 20 pieces of scrap material to make a beautiful skirt......or you could go fabric shopping. Hehe :).  Husbands, I tried, I tried.

Here are my fabrics:

Prepare your fabrics the way you will use them once they are a part of the skirt. If you are going to wash and dry the skirt on delicate, go ahead and wash and dry the fabric you chose on delicate. This not only removes the chemicals and excess ink from your fabric, it also ensures your skirt won't shrink.

Other materials you will need are:

  • lightweight fusible interfacing
  • knit elastic 
  • medium to jumbo rick rack
  • buttons (2)
  • thread
  • scissors (and a rotary cutter is especially helpful with this pattern)
  • pins
  • iron and ironing board
  • sewing machine....unless of course you choose to sew this by hand ;)

You have four pages of the pattern pieces to print. Print those four pages and tape them together like this:

If you haven't joined us over at the LLK Cafe, come join us now! Keep us updated on your progress by sharing photos of your skirt each day and use the hashtag #LLKRetroGlam.

Sewalong for now!

Oct 17, 2014

Peasant Style Sew-A-Long - Day 5

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Do you need to catch up with the sewalong? You can do so be visiting the following:

Day 1- Getting Started
Day 2- Bodice
Day 3- Skirt
Day 4- Finish Dress

Day 5- Show off Your Work!

Hello and welcome to our fifth installment of the LLK Peasant-Style Sewalong. All week, we've been sewing up the Aria Ruffle Dress. Wasn't it fun?! A peasant dress was one of the first "official" things I learned to sew, several years ago. I'm a self-taught sewist and I remember being so proud of myself for actually sewing a dress that my daughter could wear!

The great thing about a peasant-style dress is the fact that everyone- from beginners to seasoned sewists- can end up sewing a really beautiful dress. There is so much room for personalization and creativity!!

Specifically speaking about the Aria Ruffle Dress, here are some of my personal favorite things:
-One page of patterns. That's it! No wasted ink, no gobs of tape. One! Page!
-I love that I was able to use so many different scraps of material and still create a gorgeous (if I do say so, myself ;-), cohesive dress. This dress also brings back so many memories of projects past- The bodice was left over from Lil' Miss' Easter 2014 dress, the Side Sashes were from the very first sewing pattern testing I did, Lil' Miss once selected the sparkly dot fabric used in the tuxedo ruffle. All together, it just makes me smile!
-As with most peasant-style dresses, I love that there are no buttons (except for trims), zippers, etc. Lil' Miss can easily dress (and undress) herself.
-While I didn't have time to sew one up (yet!), the Aria Ruffle Dress comes in a doll size! Yay!
-The length of the Aria Ruffle Dress is, as the three little bears would say, "Just right." Not too short, not too long.... just right. :-)

Now, let me show off my finished Aria Ruffle Dress!!

Aria Ruffle Dress- Full Skirt 
(See- aren't you glad you did all that work for those sweet, feminine ruffles?!)

(I ADORE tying a big, gorgeous bow in the back! This pattern allows for a nice, full bow! Love that!)

Wait! Our sewalong isn't quite finished! Way back on the first day, I mentioned the Princess or Birthday Crown.

So, I proudly present to you....

Princess or Birthday Crown (Discount code, "CROWN"):

I also had time to sew up this sweet, little coordinating Princess or Birthday Crown for my little princess. So quick and easy, you'll be making crowns for everything.... including, say, Halloween (which will be here before we know it! ;-).

Unlike the tutorial, I used felt (the edges don't fray!) and attached it to the front crown piece before sewing the front and back crown pieces together.

Thanks so much for joining us this week, in the LLK Peasant-Style Sewalong! Also, thank you for allowing me to be your leader, this week, in this fun sewalong. I hope that you had as much fun as I did sewing up the Aria Ruffle Dress!

Don't forget to submit pictures of your finished dresses on the LLK Cafe- you could be one of our winners! Please use the hashtag "#LLKPEASANT" in order to be considered for a prize. There will be three winners selected. One from each of the following categories, 1)Fan favorite, 2)LLK favorite, 3)Participation Winner (selected by

Don't forget that both the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress and the Princess Dress will be discounted this week. Just use the code, "ARIA" when checking out on the Little Lizard King Website

Happy Sewing,

Oct 16, 2014

Peasant Style Sew-A-Long - Day 4

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Hello, lovely readers! How are you doing with the LLK Peasant-Style Sewalong? Any questions? Feel free to ask your questions on the LLK Cafe (FB group).

As of now, you should have a separate bodice and separate skirt that look something like this:

Finished Bodice (Day 2), Finished Skirt (Day 3).

If you have missed any days in the sewalong, feel free to catch up by going to:

Day 1- Getting Started
Day 2- Bodice
Day 3- Skirt

Now, let's jump right in and finish our dresses!

Day 4- Finish Dress, Trims and Details

Attaching the Skirt to the Bodice:
Sew through "Attaching the Skirt to the Bodice." Don't forget to finish your edges and topstitch around the bodice.

Trims and Details:
Now, here is the point in the sewalong where you get to pull out the fun notions! For me, I have these sweet little sparkly cupcake buttons that are the perfect compliment to the cupcakes in the skirt of my dress.

See, aren't they darling?!

Cupcake buttons- how sweet!

I sewed the cupcake buttons onto the tuxedo ruffle. I just love the little accent of sparkle and whimsy they add to the dress. So fun! Let your creativity shine! Feel free to add trims and details to your dress for your own personal flair.

Guess what? Now that you've added trims and details to your dress, you are done. That's it! You've completed the Aria Ruffle Dress!! TaDa!!

Go grab your favorite pint-sized model and get ready to show off your handiwork!

Great job!!! Join me tomorrow when I show off my finished Aria Ruffle Dress! Plus, I made a coordinating crown! ;-)

Happy Sewing,

Oct 15, 2014

Peasant Style Sew-A-Long - Day 3

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Good morning, sewalong-ers! I hope you had fun sewing up your bodice, yesterday. If you missed our previous posts, feel free to go back and review:

Day 1- Getting Started
Day 2- Bodice

If you have any questions, feel free to join the conversation at the LLK Cafe (FB Group).

Now, let's get sewing!

Day 3- Skirt

Yesterday, we created the bodice for the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress. Today, we're going to tackle the skirt!

Preparing the Skirt:
Sew through "Preparing the Skirt." Feel free to add trim, lace, etc. to your skirt. I did not add any special trim to my skirt. In fact, I decided to use two longer panels- instead of four shorter ones- for my skirt. My fabric choice for the skirt was kind of busy, so I thought it had enough "decoration," as is. :-)

Okay, let's talk about ruffles.... I have a love/hate relationship with ruffles. I love the sweet girly-ness that they add to a dress. I hate the teeny, tiny hems to iron and I hate all that gathering!! But, for the sake of the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress, go ahead and do the ruffle. Trust me, you won't regret it! Plus, included in the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress tutorial on slide 19 is a fun, different way to gather fabric- check it out!

See? Teeny, tiny hems.

Returning to Preparing the Skirt:
Sew your skirt panels together. Sew your ruffle pieces together. Ruffle your ruffle (Hey, wasn't that an old chip slogan, back in the day? ;-). Lay everything out flat. Match the length of your ruffle piece to the length of your skirt piece(s).

Match the length of the ruffle to the length of the skirt.
(Trust me, they are the same length- they just kept curling up when I took the picture.)

Attach the ruffle to the bottom edge of the skirt.

 Finish your seam. Bring your skirt full circle and connect the skirt pieces so that you have one, big, ruffled loop! :-)

Skirt is almost done!

Gather the Skirt:
Now, sew through "Gather the Skirt."

For the end of Day 3 of the LLK Peasant-Style Sewalong, you should have a skirt that looks like this:

And, from Day 2 of the sewalong, you should already have a completed bodice that looks like this:

Completed Bodice (Day 2)

Tomorrow, for Day 4, we're going to bring it all together and finish the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress! See you tomorrow!

Happy Sewing,

Oct 14, 2014

Peasant Style Sew-A-Long - Day 2

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Welcome back, readers! This is day 2 of the LLK Peasant-Style Sewalong. Today, we will be focusing on sewing and completing the bodice for the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress.

If you haven't started sewing, yet, it's not too late to join in!

Day 1- Getting Started

Alright, onto today's task- sewing the bodice!

Day 2- Bodice

Go ahead and grab your 2x bodice pieces and 2x sleeve pieces.

Take one bodice piece and lay it right side up, horizontally, like so:

Bodice Piece laid out.

Fold it over (left to right- fold should be on your left, when viewing the fabric).

Bodice Piece folded.

Place your armhole pattern piece in the upper right corner (see picture, below). Make sure that your top, straight edge is lined up with the top, straight edge of your bodice piece. Make sure that the side, straight edge is lined up with the UNFOLDED, straight edge of your bodice piece. Mark and cut out armhole. Repeat this step with the second bodice piece and the 2x sleeve pieces.

Pattern Piece Placement.

You should end up with something that looks like this:

Sleeve Piece and Cutaway Shown (Same applies to the bodice pieces).

Tuxedo Ruffle:
Now, take your tuxedo piece and sew through "Adding the Tuxedo Ruffle." This is where I'm going to jump in with a couple of my own notes. The tutorial says to start ruffling 1/2" down. Personally, I would have started down- approx. 1"- to prevent extra bulk when creating the neck casing. Ruffle and gather your tuxedo piece to be shorter than the height of your bodice piece. This is where I took my center waist sash, laid it on top of my bodice and estimated where my ruffle needed to stop so that it would not create extra bulk under the center waist sash (and yet still lay smoothly under the center waist sash). For size 5, my ruffle was approx. 5" long (not including the smooth, un-ruffled part that will eventually lay under the center waist sash). See picture:

Attached Tuxedo Ruffle.

After you have attached the tuxedo ruffle to the center of the front of the bodice, feel free to add trim/lace. I added a bit of ric-rac to hide the center of my ruffle.

Center Waist Sash:
Take your center waist sash piece and fold one long  edge under 1/4" to the wrong side of the fabric. Do this for one side, only! Line up the top edge (that you just folded under 1/4") of the center waist sash  and place it 5/8" under the bottom armhole opening.

Center Waist Sash Placement.

Make sure you are straight and even across the width of the bodice. Using a narrow seam allowance- I like to use the inside of my presser foot as a guide- attach the center waist sash to the front bodice. Trim any excess fabric (I did not personally have any extra fabric hanging off the edges). You should end up with something like this:

Attaching Sleeve to Bodice:
Using the pattern- front bodice, sleeve, back bodice, sleeve- sew along the armhole openings. Right sides should always face right sides. You should end up with something like this:

Bodice and Sleeves.

This would be a great time to finish your edges where the bodice meets the sleeve, etc. Serge or use a narrow zig-zag to finish and prevent fraying and unraveling. I do not own a serger. So, I just use a narrow overlock stitch to get the job done. :-) Easy peasy.

Side Waist Sashes:
Now it's time to sew the side waist sashes. Sew through "Preparing the Sides Waist Sashes."

Don't forget to topstich around three sides, leaving one short end open. Align the top edge of your now finished side sash with the top edge of the center waist sash. Pin in place.

Side Sash Placement- align sash tops.

Preparing the Bodice:
Sew through the step, "Preparing the Bodice." Just a friendly reminder to make sure that your side sashes don't get in the way of your side seams!

At this point, your bodice should look something like this:

Bodice without elastic neckline/sleeves.

Adding Elastic to the Neckline and Sleeves:
Sew through "Adding Elastic to the Neckline" and "Adding Elastic to the Sleeves." Use the measurements on slide 15 to mark/cut the elastic for both the sleeves and the neckline.

Secure your elastic! (Nobody said that it had to be pretty- just make sure it'll hold!)

A little tip- watch out for your tuxedo ruffles when you are creating the neckline casing..... ask me how I know.... ;-P

Now, you should have a finished bodice that looks a lot like this!

Finished Bodice! Yay!

Take a little break and give yourself a pat on the back- you've created the bodice to the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress!!

Happy Sewing,