Dec 12, 2014

Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt -Sew-A-Lon, Day 5

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Day five is LIVE!!

Dec 11, 2014

Ruffled Tree Skirt - Sew-A-Long, Day 4

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Day four of the Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt sew-a-long is LIVE!!!
Hosted by Denise McGlinchey!!!

Dec 10, 2014

Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt - Sew-A-Long, Day 3

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Day three of our Christmas Tree Skirt sew-a-long, hosted by Denise McGlinchey is live!

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:

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!


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,