Sewalong – Little Lizard King- Day 2

Welcome back for Day 2 of the Little Lizard King Sewalong – Peggy Sue Dress/Tunic

Plan for Day 2: Cutting and Starting your Bodice

*So if you are ready with your Beverage and snack of choice, lets get STARTED!!!

Cutting:

Grab your pattern and cut that baby out!:  Front Bodice (liner and main), Back bodice (2 main and 2 liner), bib, ruffle for the bib, sash and rectangles for skirt (don’t cut them into circles yet-that is left for day 4)

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Bodice:

1) Grab your center sash piece and fold the top over 1/4″

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2)Place Wrong side of Sash on top of Right side of Front Bodice- Top Stitch

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My Favorite Foot to use is the #10 edging foot. I have a Berninia Sewing machine (Love it!) So if you don’t have one go check out if your machine has a similar foot. I don’t know how I sew without it!

Bib:

3)Grab your Ruffle piece take it to the Ironing Board fold in half lengthwise and iron it.

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4) Ruffling the Ruffle Piece:

There are several ways you can ruffle: Ruffle Foot, 2 rows of basting stitch, Serger or Zig Zag/thread method. I have used every method and for me personally I like the ruffle foot.  For small areas of ruffling I like to use the basting stitch method. I will me using my ruffle foot on this Sewalong. You can adjust the depth of the ruffle and how many ruffles on your fabric piece. You could do a test piece but I don’t typically do that.  I usually just cut the piece longer then asked to assure I have enough fabric.

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5) Take your ruffled fabric and place on top of the right side of bib matching raw edges. Pin in place and sew using 1/2″ Seam Allowance (SA).

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Option: Ric Rack material

6)Flip ruffle out and iron

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Bodice:

7) Next let take the bib and center it directly on top of the front bodice, Wrong side of Bib to Right side of bodice

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8)Pin and Top stitch the bib to the bodice (great time to use your edging foot)

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9) take a minute, grab your drink or cupcake and look at your beautiful top coming together. 🙂 🙂 🙂

**Options: This would be the time you can add embroidery, buttons, trim, etc to the front. Just don’t forget the 1/2″ SA at the neckline (mine does NOT show that- shame on me!)

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Ok, moving on… Put the wine down Ladies!

10) Grab the front bodice and both back bodice pieces. With right sides together match the shoulder at sew using 1/2″ SA.

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11) Repeat with Front and Back lining

12)Iron the seams open

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That is it for Day 2! Please Share and use #PSSAL

-Alexis

Violette Field Threads- Annabelle

Hello and Welcome to My Sweet Sunshine Blog!

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Annabelle Maxi Dress by Violette Field Threads  is on the Blog today!! Can’t wait to show you what I did with Annabelle. This dress pattern and 10 other patterns are being offered through the BundleUp Sale. If you don’t know what BundleUp is well, you’re missing out on a great deal. Bundle Up is an opportunity to purchase several new patterns at a discounted rate. The more you buy the more you save. To receive the best pricing you need to purchase at least 6 patterns and the more you buy after that the price drops even further.  Whats not to love, right?? Be sure to read all the way to the end to hear details on how you can win a COVERSTITCH and many more prizes!!

I made two dress. One per the instruction and then a shorter version with a single chevron row. When I first printed the pattern and started cutting I asked myself, “Am I making a Quilt or a Dress”?? Well, It’s a Quilt Dress! 🙂

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Quick Run Down:
*Size 2T-10
*Size chart- Sizing is comparable to Ready to Wear Sizes
*Elastic Back
*Sweet Heart Neckline
*Maxi Dress
*Cap Sleeve

As soon as I saw the pattern I knew what fabric I wanted to use- Wild and Free by Maurren Cracknell and Art Gallery Fabrics. I love the Bohemian style of the print and the soft touch and flow of Art Gallery fabric. Long maxi dress played off the bohemian design of the Wild and Free Collection.

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Here are some pointers to make this dress a quick sew:
*Non Direction prints
*Reading directions first will make the construction of the panels flow faster
*Precious sewing- 1/2″
*Pinning
***Laying out your pieces on the floor to see how it is all going together- This helped me a lot!

 

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Shorten Modified Version:

A fabric store , Needle in a Fabric Stash, recently opened in my hometown and on my first trip I saw this gorgeous fabric by Michael Miller, Emma’s Garden by Patty Sloniger. So when I decided I wanted to modify the dress I ran back to the shop and picked up a few yards. This fabric screams Spring, right??

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 Mini Tutorial for the shorten version of the Annabelle will be on Pattern Revolution !!

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Fabric-

Shoulder Straps: Cotton and Steel XOXO

Top and Skirt: Emma’s Garden By Michael Miller Fabrics

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I am so in love with this photo location. Found it completely by luck as my daughter had her soccer Tournament at this park. 🙂

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Check out the BundleUp HERE and grab the Annabelle Dress by VFT!

Thank you Violette Field Threads and Pattern Revolution for allowing me to sew up the Annabelle Dress

Ok, Ladies sign up HERE for Amazing Giveaway!!! Just look at all the great stuff you could win!

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-Alexis/ My Sweet Sunshine

Outtake:

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VOTE for Me!

Hello Beautiful!

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Quick Hello and to show off my dress I entered into the Violette Field Threads’ Contest!

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE if you could vote for me by “liking” or a comment of this post on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/130943530314652/photos/pcb.711255528950113/711253742283625/?type=1&theater

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Thank you so much!!!

Also a thank you to Renee and Robert for letting me steal some time on you  photoshoot  🙂

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-Alexis

 

Lilygiggle Blog Tour Day 3- Sassafras Skirt and Giveway (giveaway closed)

Hello Beautiful,

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Welcome to LilyGiggle’s Blog tour day 3.  If you haven’t heard already, Beth, the owner of Lily Giggle, reopened her shop about 2 weeks ago.  I’m here today to show you the Sassafras Skirt and also give you a glimpse of a brand new Flutter Sleeve pattern that will be coming out soon.  Sorry, its not out yet ladies, but soon…  Testing will be starting in a couple of weeks and it will be released soon after that.  Hold on ladies, its coming…

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I’ve always been a big fan of LilyGiggle’s work.  The 1st pattern I picked from her was the Rings of Ruffle’s (ROR) Skirt.  Over the years I’ve made plenty of ROR skirts and pants for both my daughter and to sell in my Etsy shop.  Beth has always been such a wonderful person and designer and so easy to communicate with.  Here are some details about the pattern I did for the blog tour.

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Skirt Nitty Gritty:
*Ruffle Skirt
*Elastic waste band
*Sizes 2 – 12
*Above the knee fit
*Made with Knit-Can also be made using recycled t-shirts
*Has a finished measuring chart
*Tips on sewing with knits

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This skirt has a similar look to the Rings of Ruffles pattern, however, Beth has created a simplified ruffle skirt without losing all the pizzaz.  My absolute favorite part of this pattern is how simple Beth has made it place your ruffles using the included pattern pieces and your trusty pattern marker.  You get the big impact ruffle look in a snap without the headache from working that ruffle foot for hours. The Asymmetrical top skirt helps keep all this ruffles contained -hehehehe 🙂 🙂

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When I was putting this outfit together I started by using my favorite knit from April Rhodes Arizona collection by Art Gallery.  The Flutter Sleeve Top fabric is from Wanderlust, which is quickly becoming my go to knit shop.

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This pattern works so well with the Flutter Sleeve Top.  It is now my go to pattern! LOVE!!!  It provides such a big impact with the double ruffled sleeve for such an easy quick sew.  Sew time was only an hour.

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The skirt can easily be used for all seasons.  A summer/spring look with cute sandals or wear it in the fall paired with boots.  The Flutter Shirt will also be offered in a long sleeve version. Yay!!

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Day 1 Blog Tour-http://www.chasingmermaidsshop.com/2014/08/29/zinnia-lilygiggle/

Day 2 Blog Tour- http://snickerdoodlestew.com/lily-giggle-blog-tour-jujube-dress/

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(Sorry for the picture overload-I love pics)

LilyGiggle is offering an amazing giveaway of the Sassafras Skirt pattern, to one lucky person, so click on the raffle link below to enter

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Alley Cat Pattern Mash Up-Dress Version

Hello Beautiful!

I wanted to do a quick Blog post about my Mash up of the Alley Cat Romper Pattern by Lil Luxe Collection. On the Lil Luxe Collection Blog today Jessica shows you how to turn the Romper into a dress, YAY!!!  So be sure to check it out 🙂

I did my Mash Up during testing and I paired the Alley Cat Romper Pattern with Shwin Designs Sunshine Dress .

Here are some pictures… (well maybe more then just some pictures)

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Bodice Fabric is From Wanderlust Fabrics and the Skirt is made with Cotton and Steel Basic Fabric, XOXO Plummy

Have a great sewing day!!!

My Sweet Sunshine

Alley Cat Romper by Lil Luxe Collection (and Giveaway)

Hello Beautiful.

I hope everyone is having a great week!

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Lately my daughter has been wearing a ton of Rompers. The girl is smart, it makes getting dressed in the morning easier for both her and I ! So while I was wasting time one day on Facebook a post popped up in my news feed of this adorable Romper. I first showed my daughter and she immediately begged me to make it. I crossed my fingers and toes and hope to be one of the lucky ladies to test the Alley Cat Romper by Lil Luxe Collection.  The Owner of Lil Luxe Collection, Jessica, was so easy and wonderful to work with!! In fact, testing went so well, thanks to an already great pattern, she released her newest pattern a week early!!! She currently has 4 patterns for sale so be sure to check the others out too!

Purchase HERE

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Nitty Gritty on the Alley Cat Romper Pattern:

*Sizes-18mnth to 8yr

*Print your own size

*Made with Knit

*Ankle length or push the cuff up for a Capri length (my daughter loved the Capri length)

*Low back to make it easy to get on and off

*1.5hrs- 2hrs sewing time

*Relaxed/Baggy fit in the legs-Similar to Harlem Pants

The first Romper I made was all knit, size 8 in the bodice and 7 in the length. The top is made to be snug but not to worry It is comes off easily because of the lower back.

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Purple Floral Fabric by Wanderlust and Gray knit Fabric purchased at the LA fabric district

The second Romper I made was a mix of Fabric mediums, Knit and Peach skin. I modified the legs slightly by shortening the cuff for a capri length. Ladies, this pattern is so easy to modify I love it.  Or keep it as the original because either way you will end up with a trendy, professional sewn and adorable romper.

Purchase HERE

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Knit Fabric (bodice) is Art Gallery, Arizona Collection. Peach skin (bottoms) is from Girl Charlee

More info on Lil Luxe Collection Blog on Saturday August 23rd on how to change this Romper into a dress!!! Let me tell you it is just as GREAT!!!

 

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Oh and did I mention she is having a giveaway!!!???!!!

CLICK on the Rafflecoptor words below…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

Fall Edition Part 2-Neither the Hummingbird nor the flower wonders how beautiful it is…

Hello Beautiful,

Here is Part 2 of my Fall Release-Hummingbird Dresses

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Beautiful Miss A.

I’m super excited to be bringing several new and updated original Ruffle Dresses to my collection. I used the lovely and amazing Ruffle Fabric, LLC . I absolutely love this fabric and love the ladies behind it. They are so sweet and are ready to answer any question you have!! Plus, have you seen their website?! So many colors to chose from. The possibilities are endless.

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I chose to make SERVERAL Hummingbird dresses. Not only are the dress results beautiful but they are so easy to modify into my own ‘sweet’ style.

Purchase HERE  

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 Gotta love the “V” back

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Great Dress for twirling!!!

The next dress is made with Men’s suiting Fabric. I love the contrast of Men’s fabric and girly ruffles. I zig zagged the edge of the ruffle to appeared as frayed.

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Purchase HERE

These next two dresses are truly near and dear to my heart. I have been a dancer since I was a child. Even today I’ll crank the tunes and have a dance party with my kids.  I recently made a custom order for an all black version of my very first pink/black Ruffle dress and immediately thought of Swan Lake.  This inspired me to bring back a fresh updated version one of my originals as well as the new variation.

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Today’s updated version …

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White Swan (pink)
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White Swan (pink)
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Check out all these styles HERE

Have a great Day and Thank you for reading my Blog 🙂

15% off use code “BLOG15”

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New Pattern- LOL Swing Top by Jennuine Design (and discount)

Hello Beautiful,

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Day 5 of the LOL Swing Top Tester Tour

Jennifer from Jennuine Design  has created the most adorable top, LOL Swing Top.  I mean just look at that back. Racerback with ruffles, YUMMY! 

I had my fingers and toes crossed that I would be picked as a tester for this fabulous pattern. My daughter has become very picky and rarely wears dresses and skirts anymore so this was the perfect pattern for us. 

Click HERE to purchase

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Nitty Gritty:
*Sizes Newborn to 12
*A-line Design
*Can be made with knit or woven material
*Single Button Closure on woven version
*Racerback
*Top Length
*Bias Tape

As you can see above, the first top I made was in Knit and below is my Woven Version. I made a size 7 for Miss. T and after a few tweaks in testing it fit like a glove. The Woven Version has a single button closure and the Knit version slips easily over a child’s head. Its a great pattern with easy to follow instruction and clear illustrations.

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Besides the LOL Swing Top Pattern, another favorite pattern of mine from Jennuine is the Matinée Dress/Top 

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Jennifer is offering a 20% discount on her new pattern for one week (ends August 7th)

Use code:   LOLRelease

Here is the run down for the Pattern Tour so be sure to check them all out!!!

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