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 www.Random.org).

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,

Oct 13, 2014

Peasant Style Sew-A-Long - Day 1

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Hello, lovely readers! Today, I'm thrilled to take part in the Little Lizard King October Sewalong! This is my first time leading a sewalong and I'm really excited to guest on the Little Lizard King blog, and right here on All Things Katy! 

Welcome, welcome, welcome readers new and old, sewists of all levels and those of you that just want to have a little sewing fun!

-A sewalong is a personal sewing challenge done in "community" with others throughout the internet. It will end in the creation of a beautiful peasant-style dress.

-This week- Monday, October 13, 2014- Friday, Friday, October 17, 2014-, we're sewing up peasant-style dresses (Personally, I'll be sewing up the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress). I will do one blog post, each day, walking you through the steps of creating the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress.
-Winners* (Yes, I said WINNERS! :-) will be announced after Monday, October 20, 2014

How to get started/join:
Interested in joining? (I bet you are! Did I mention that there will be winners selected at the end of the sewalong?! ;-)

-First, purchase the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress pattern. (or, the Princess Dress pattern). 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. While you're at it, why not pick up the Princess or Birthday Crown pattern? The crown would be the perfect finishing touch to your already gorgeous dress! (Discount code for the crown is "CROWN.")
-Second, follow along with the sewalong on either the Little Lizard King blog, or, right here on All Things Katy! I'll be posting daily, with pictures, tips and suggestions.
-Lastly, using the hashtag,  #LLKPEASANT to share your beautiful creation(s) on the Little Lizard Cafe (Facebook Sewing Group). You MUST use the hashtag, " #LLKPEASANT" in order to be entered in the contest.

*There will be three winners selected. One from each of the following categories, 1)Fan favorite, 2)LLK favorite, 3)Participation Winner (selected by www.Random.org). And, a teeny, tiny birdie told me that if you wow the socks off of the judges, we just *might* add a fourth winner for "most creative." *Hint, Hint* Halloween is right around the corner and these peasant-style dresses would be PERFECT (and quick to whip up!) for all those pint-sized princesses out there! ;-)

Okay- is everybody ready? Let's get started!

Day 1- Getting Started

If you've gotten this far in the blog post, you are ready to roll! You've already purchased the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress pattern (or, the Princess Dress pattern). Go ahead and read through the tutorial(s), If you have any questions, feel free to hop on over the Little Lizard Cafe and post your questions. We'll try to help along the way. :-)

Now, print out your pattern piece. For both the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress and the Princess Dress there is just one page of pattern pieces to print. One! That's it! No pattern assembly required. No tape needed.. Couldn't be simpler- just print, cut out the appropriate size (For the sake of this sewalong, I'll be sewing the size 5. Any measurements that I reference throughout the sewalong will be pertain to size 5.) and be done- love that!

(Make sure to print your pattern at 100%, no scaling. The little square should measure 1")

Now, here comes the fun part- select your fabric! Look through your fabric stash (Or, if you are lucky enough, go SHOPPING :-) and decide what fabric should be the bodice, which should be the sash, the skirt, the ruffle, the sleeves, etc. Another really great thing about the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress is that it has a kind of "bohemian" feel to it. This means that as long as all the fabrics have the at least one little part with the same color, it will more than likely coordinate and flow as an overall dress.

Here are the fabrics that I chose for my Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress.

Selected fabrics- there's a whole lot of pink/pattern going on....! :-)

Sadly, my Lil' Miss is getting to the size where just one yard of fabric isn't enough for a full dress. I've been sitting on this Michael Miller Sweet Treats fabric for some time now, not sure what to create. So, combined with various other scraps, the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress is a perfect way to use up my hoarded precious fabric!

Our final task for Day 1 of the LLK Peasant-Style Sewalong is to cut out our fabric pieces. Cut the fabric according to the "Measurement Chart" on slide 3. Cut according to the size that you are sewing. Once again, for the sake of this sewalong, I'll be sewing a size 5. For the Aria Tuxedo Ruffle Dress, each pattern piece will be a rectangle (Tomorrow, I'll show you how to use the armhole pattern piece we printed out, above). For now, just cut out your rectangles. Press each piece so that it's nice and smooth.

Bodice and Sleeves

Side Sash, Center Waist Sash, Tuxedo Ruffle

(This gorgeous Michael Miller "Sweet Treats" fabric was too busy (for my liking) to do four separate panels. Therefore, I just added the width of two panels and cut two pieces- one for the skirt front and one for the skirt back.)

Skirt Ruffle

Once you've selected your fabrics and cut your pieces, go ahead and take a little break. We'll be picking up, right here, tomorrow. See you then!

Happy Sewing,

Sep 1, 2014

Alison Glass & LLK!

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Authored by Raedene, Social Media Coordinator for Little Lizard King Sewing Patterns

When these amazing prints arrived in the mail from Alison Glass Designs I was absolutely in love. Having the opportunity to sew for Quilt Market in the spring was an awesome experience. I knew I had to sew many more items in the various prints of this gorgeous line of fabrics. And so I did... CM for Alison Glass-Stomped-0020

Taking the patterns of choice mainly from Little Lizard King I decided to sew up some in a combination of prints from the FIELD DAY LINE by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. Both for summer and fall items. . You can find them all HERE on Alison Glass Designs.

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The Knot Right Now top/dress pattern is currently one of my favorite patterns. This knot top is layered over some gorgeous Andover coral chambray ruffles.

The Knot top is one of those patterns that can be worn all seasons. It is easy to layer and these vibrant deep colors are perfect for the autumn. This top with its flutters, tuxedo ruffle and gorgeous big double hemmed ruffle done in a combination of prints is truly stunning.
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The Homegrown Tank--another Little Lizard King pattern is one that is so comfy on with its knit bodice and woven skirt combination. My girls cannot get enough of this style. A real favorite this summer!
The prints of this dress were chosen by Alison for market.
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The Swing Top pattern by Little Lizard King is such a fast sew and it looks great on young and older girls alike. The elasticized flutter straps allow for lots of room. I love these two prints and how they compliment one another with vibrant contrasting colors. Hot pink florals and the yellow/pink weeds are perfect. This top paired with skinny jeans is the perfect combination for the fall. Throw these flutters over a long sleeve tee and you are ready to roll in the cooler months ahead.
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Yoga band, four panels, exposed double ruffle, and accent pocket all create the Everyday Play Skirt another Little Lizard King pattern. This skirt style is a girl's staple with amazing comfort and twirl factor. Throw it on over a tank in the summer or with a cardigan sweater in cooler months with tights and boots and it is such a easy transitional piece too. I used four different prints in this skirt from the field day line all complimenting one another.
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The Hummingbird dress by Rabbit Rabbit Creations is a summer sensation. Add the boldness of the Spent print and sweet criss cross straps with gorgeous big flutters and you have one gorgeous sundress.
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The main print I fall in love with and ended up being the focal print in all the designs was SPENT. I am so drawn to the grey background with the amazing floral vibrant color scheme. It seems to call to me. Fall is my favorite season and I can see this whole line blending in with the amazing palette of the natural colors of the season. This line is even more gorgeous in person and the combinations of prints and colorways are endless.

Many thanks to Alison Glass for the opportunity to sew for Market! 

And as always the amazing Claudia Blake Photography for such an awesome talent. The gorgeous headbands were created with such creative talent by The Crafty European. And to these sweet stunning models for their time and patience!
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To purchase patterns, go to Little Lizard King. To talk all things SEWING, find us in the LLK Cafe.  To order custom clothing, contact Raedene of Chasing Mermaids!
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Michael Miller Fabrics & Sarah Jane' Studios

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When My Sugar Baby and I recently began the planning stages of our spring photo shoot, I immediately knew that I wanted to incorporate Michael Miller fabrics from Sarah Jane's Out to Sea collection - in shades of red, white, and blue.


Something about Sarah Jane Studios speaks to me. Sarah Jane does a brilliant job of creating timeless collections that capture the essence of childhood play. Typically the Out To Sea is donned in sweet shades pinks and pastels when stitched up into sweet ruffles and girly goodness, and it's hard to go wrong when you pair young girls with pink pretties from SJS. But I knew from the beginning that I wanted our models to be more vibrant, a little bolder. I wanted our models to rock the classic hues of red, white, and blue. And boy did they!

The shoot was unreal! The girls were fantastic troopers. Our photographers (Pink Pug & Tara Jones) were tireless, and it was thrilling to see the way all the accessories came together to present each item beautifully and artistically. 

The Ruffle Tunic on left is presented patriotic style topped off with some red rock star boots, and the Apron Skirt on right (sans apron) is simple and sweet - perfect for everyday.

Ruffle Tunic                                     Apron Skirt

Notice the stunning hair accessories made by Lil' Beauty Boutique, and the incredible beaded necklaces were made by Paradise Beads Designs. The accessories tied everything together perfectly.

It's hard to go wrong when you pair Michael Miller Fabrics from Sarah Jane Studios with Little Lizard King patterns!

The double flutter sleeves on the Market Dress below are trimmed in red glitter rick rack. They are even prettier in person!

Below you see our Knot Right Now Top, Millie's Market Dress, Ruffled Tunic, and Double Ruffle Knot Top, dress length (pictured from left to right).

This picture below captures the true essence of youthful innocence and childhood whimsy. Sewing clothing for our children does the same. It allows us to savor the fleeting moments. In a blink - these precious moments are gone. Michael Miller Fabrics and Sarah Jane Studios have created fabrics that allow us to make beautiful items that capture the true essence of childhood. In a sense, sewing lets us freeze time and savor the fleeting minutes. Each time our handmade items are worn, the  memories and experiences we cherish become permanently imprinted in our hearts. Sewing makes this possible.

Happy Labor Day, friends!

Special thanks to our incredible photographers -