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{Little Lizard King} Napoli & Sorrento

I have died and gone to fashionista heaven.

As I enter my 6th year of sewing, I could not have imagined at the beginning that one day, I'd be sewing such trendy, fashionable pieces.  As my girls creep towards the tween years, my sewing style evolves right along side their changing fashion styles.  Gone are the ruffles and flutters and in their places are sleek lines and slim silhouettes.

Little Lizard King has created an Italian-inspired collection that captures exactly that.  Meet Napoli and Sorrento. These patterns are drafted for sizes 12m - girls 14.

*Warning: This post contains an obscene amount of pictures.*

Napoli is a babydoll style button-down top or dress with short, 3/4 or long sleeves.  You have your choice of a soft v-neckline or rounded.

The sleeves are sewn with French seams too so you can roll up the cuffs if you fancy.

I used a lightweight woven found in the clearance section of Walmart's fabric section.  I honestly don't even know what the exact material it is.  HA!  It was 50-cents per yard and it leapt into my cart.

Here's a closer view of the neckline and bodice length.  The babydoll bodice ends just under the top button.  The front placket is lined with buttons.  Luckily my Singer Quantum Stylist sews buttonholes like a boss!  (Pssst.... you can also use snaps if making buttonholes causes you to want to harm your machine.)

Sorrento is a feminine v-neck dress with an elastic waist.  Your choice of skirt includes circle, gathered or maxi.  The pattern also contains an optional hem ruffle.  I made a simple gathered skirt.

Sorrento also features a pull on style -- no closures!

If you're thinking the fabric looks familiar, you are absolutely right!  I bought both the navy and white colorway of this fabric.

The elastic is threaded through a casing at the waist so the inside is just as need as the outside!

In case you are wondering how to style it as you head into Fall, a jean jacket is a great accessory.  Of course the Tacoma Cardigan by Little Lizard King is also a great choice 😉

While driving to our photo location, I told my girls I wanted them to pretend they were fashionistas shopping in Italy.  As soon as I said Italy, my oldest squealed.... she thought I was really taking them to Italy. LOL

Each girl picked their own style of dress which perfectly suit their personalities.  Although after seeing my oldest's sewn up, my youngest didn't realize how much she'd love it!  Now I owe her a Sorrento ... HA!

The back of Sorrento gets me every time!!  Swoon!!

No shopping trip is complete without a few selfies!!  Bonus -- this picture has been recreated by the talented Elise and turned into a coloring sheet!  How cool is that?!  My girls couldn't believe it when I handed the coloring sheets to them with THEIR picture on it!  Find it here (FREE)!

Friends don't let friends miss out on new releases... pick up the phone and call them so they don't miss out!

Happy sewing 💗

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{Blog Tour} One Thimble: Issue 20

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Yay!  It's One Thimble time once again (3 months flies by!) and I am so happy to be joining in on the tour!  (Read allll the way to the end -- there's an awesome giveaway!)  The Spring issue is always a bit bittersweet for me because while Australia is heading into the warmer months, we are heading into Fall.  Luckily, we live in the South and can hold onto the warmth for a bit longer than our Northern friends.

One Thimble is a quarterly e-zine loaded with patterns, fun/interesting/helpful articles, tutorials, coupons and more!  Each issue has its own central theme and throughout the magazine, it's presented as a cohesive collection.  You can order issues separately or get a subscription which comes with some bonus items and saves some money in your pocket (more $ for fabric then!).  The cost of one issue is $25 AUD (currently $18.06 USD!) which is an absolute steal for all that you get.  ORDER HERE

The theme for this issue is Vintage Beach!

Here's a look at the awesome 10 patterns included:

Top Row: Miss Camilla Kaftan | Daisy Ray Dress | Rock Pool Catch | Ringer Raglan | Big Ocean Appliques
Bottom Row: Surfen Cover Up | Saltwater Skirt | Piccolo Beach Mat | Retro Romper | Riptide Shorts
I love the variety in this issue!  While I wanted to SEW THEM ALL, we are in the final weeks of Summer break so balancing sewing and spending precious free time with my girls got a bit tricky so I decided to narrow it down to two for this tour -- The Saltwater Skirt and the Daisy Ray Dress, both by Ainslee Fox Boutique.   The Retro Romper and Ringer Raglan were a close second though.

First up is the Daisy Ray Dress ... and I know what you're thinking "Um Kari, where's the dress?!"  See that's the beauty of sewing -- while I absolutely loved the dress  (in its, I really loved the bodice to pair with the Saltwater Skirt.  My daughter loves crop tops and I knew she'd flip over the pairing.  

What's really great is that I didn't need to modify any pieces to convert it to a crop top!  I sewed the front per the pattern and then turned under the bottom edge 1/4" on both the main and the lining.  For the back piece, the top and the bottom have bias tape enclosing each edge (I just left off the step of attaching the skirt to the bottom edge).  Once I had it shirred and elastic threaded through the bias casings, I sandwiched it between the layers of the front bodice, just as shown in the pattern.  I left the bottom edges of the front pieces turned under as I sewed. The SA was then ironed towards the front and then I simply sewed along the bottom edge to close up the bottom of the front bodice.  Easy peasy!

I love how the shirred back looks!

The Saltwater Skirt is such a beautifully drafted pattern with several options.  You can make either a true wrap skirt or a faux wrap skirt with adjustable elastic.  I chose to sew a faux wrap skirt with the adjustable elastic because I thought it could work for either girl for the next few years.  

I used a regular quilting cotton leftover from the Ink & Arrow blog tour from last year.  Shh... I did have to piece my front piece slightly, but it's covered by the wrap portion... unless spontaneous twirling happens. HA!  She had to check the twirlability!

The true wrap version will give you a slightly more polished back waist, but I still love the faux wrap.

Did I mention there are POCKETS?!!  Love skirts that have pockets!

The pattern contains tie, d-ring or button closure for the wrap portion.  I chose the ties.  Since I chose the adjustable back, I can leave the ties tied.

I can always tell if she loves an outfit based on how she does in her pictures. She felt so confident, she practically oozed it.  It was hard to narrow down her pics!

Of course, there's more to One Thimble than patterns (although they are fantastic!).  This issue also contains two additional tutorials for making things -- Sunnies Case Tutorial and Everyday Tote Tutorial.  I will be making these!  Hobby Lobby has a great selection for duck fabric that will be perfect for the tote.  

I don't know how One Thimble does it, but I just got a cutting mat and rotary cutter (thanks, Cricut!) and the article "The Cutting Edge" (p 46) is all about rotary cutters and mats!  The same thing happened with my coverstitch.  I got one and and then OT had coverstitch articles inside!  (Maybe Jen is spying on me... HA!)

I also loved the "Types of Elastic" (p 56), Making Friends with Fiddly Fabrics" (p 50), "Practical Tips for Overcoming Overwhelm" (p 100) and "Designing your Own Fabric - Making Seamless Repeats" (p 92).  So much valuable information right at my fingertips!

The article that make me absolutely laugh out loud though was "Ziplines with Mr Fox" (p 107).  He is such a smart writer and a bit naughty... he definitely left me wanting more!

For more One Thimble: Issue 20 inspiration, check out the rest of the tour stops!

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Needles to Say





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Floral Hues Lawn Collection by Sue Daley for Penny Rose Fabrics

As I readied my family for our biennial beach trip, I decided this would be the year that I brought some brand-new Mama-made and try my hand at beach pictures.  Lucky for me, Riley Blake Designs had sent some lovely lawn my way from one of Penny Rose Fabrics' newest lines, Floral Hues by Sue Daley.

This gorgeous collection not only has some really pretty soft floral designs, but it also has a stunning chevron design.  The colors in this collection are light blue, red, pink, grey and yellow.   This is 100% lawn so not only is it perfectly lightweight for the summer sun, it's also 52" wide!

Instead of choosing the main floral prints, I decided to choose two of the red coordinates ~ Floral Hues Dot Red and Floral Hues Chevron Red.  I thought they would compliment the beach and ocean the best.

My oldest loved the Floral Hues Dot Red.  In fact, I had originally picked the chevron for her, but she really wanted the Dot Red.  I let her pick her pattern and she chose Mia by Simple Life Pattern Co (affiliate link).  I tried to sneak in the chevron in the bands between the tiers and the bias outline of the back, but she was very adamant about her ALL red dress.  

I am glad I stepped back and let her make the decisions because in the end, she loved what she designed and her confidence was shining bright!

My youngest fell in love with the Floral Hues Chevron Red and chose her favorite romper pattern, the Monterey Romper by Little Lizard King.  It specifically calls for lightweight wovens and lawn is the perfect choice.  It's light and flowy, yet easy to sew because it's still a cotton.  I was itching to try out the split sleeves option, but after I was done, she asked for them to be removed so it could be sleeveless.  Happy to let her in on the design process, I happily removed them.  Sleeveless really was best for the beach anyway!

When I originally chose this chevron, it was to do an entire tutorial post on matching chevron across the seam. However, it's really super simple so rather that dedicate an entire post to it, I figured I'd just slip it in here.  Because your pattern piece will likely never match the repeat of the chevron, the best you can do it mirror image it at the seam line so there are no jagged edges misaligned.  That's it!  Super simple.  Just make sure you pin well too so it stays matched when you are sewing.

The front placket took a bit more brain work with this particular pattern, but it was totally worth it!!

The girls love their newest outfits and I finally got my beach pictures.  We ended up going out in the early morning and again later that night because I really wasn't sure which the best lighting would be.  

They had fun sharing sweet sister moments -- if only we knew what secrets were being told. HA!

Thank you Riley Blake Designs, Penny Rose Fabrics and Sue Daley!   I simply adore the simplicity of these two prints together 💗

While we were out shooting, we saw a couple amazing creatures!

The Providence Top & Dress by Little Lizard King

Ahhh, sweet, Summer perfection!  I have been absolutely counting down the days until I could share my take on The Providence Top & Dress by Little Lizard King.  This pattern is simply sweet and the bias trim is the proverbial icing on the cake.  The pattern covers sizes 12m - 14 years.

{I will keep this post short and simple and let the pictures do most of the talking.}

Summer to us is spending our days relaxing, soaking in the sun and drinking lemonade.  I knew this dress would be perfect to finally cut into my hoarded Lemon fat quarter from Walmart.  I was able to cut this 4 width, 6 length bodice from 1 fat quarter and still had enough left to add the pockets if I had wanted.

 This blue gingham crochet edged bias all the way from the Netherlands has been patiently waiting years to be sewn.  I couldn't have chosen a more perfect project.

I adore the split back... like seriously in love!

The tutorial offers 3 methods for bias tape application.  I chose to use one of the two-step methods because I, personally, have not been successful when using the sandwich method.  Choose whichever one you like or if you are new to bias tape, try all 3 and see what you prefer.

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