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?
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!!!
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.
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.
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