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Tutorial: The Perfect Ten Knit Top - [Hacked Again]

~ Pattern by Little Lizard King ~

I just couldn't resist!!  One of my favorite things to do is to hack patterns -- not because I don't love the original patterns because I do!  Sometimes though, inspiration strikes (like on the way to my daughter's school) and I just have to make it happen.

Pattern: The Perfect Ten Knit Top by Little Lizard King
Sizes: 12m - Girls 14
Features: 6 bodice options and 4 sleeve options plus 5 sleeve lengths, 2 hem options and 2 neckband binding options

Despite the million (or so) ways to personalize this awesome pattern, I have found yet another option and it's way too easy not to share!

  • Visit my Colorblocking Tutorial for the Perfect Ten Knit Top and follow steps 1-3, making sure you are using the regular hemline option for your original pattern piece.
  • Now you should have your "New Top Bodice" cut from your fabric.  
  • In Step 4, cut out the "New Bottom Bodice" for the pattern piece only.  DO NOT cut your fabric yet!
  • We are going to double the width of the "New Bottom Bodice". 
  • Fold your fabric in half (stretch is cross-grain), and then take the folded edge and fold it again (stretch is still cross-grain), but do not make the second fold any wider than your pattern piece.
  • Cutting the bottom 2 layers of your double-folded fabric only, cut out your "New Bottom Bodice".  The original fold should be just under the right hand edge of your pattern piece and will NOT be cut.
  • Take your "New Bottom Bodice" (that is now double the original width) and run a gathering stitch along the top edge.
  • Gather to fit the bottom edge of the "New Top Bodice".
  • Attach the gathered bottom to the top, RST (right sides together), finish the edge, and press the edge upward toward the neckline.  Topstitch.
  • Repeat with back bodice.
  • Resume following the Perfect Ten Knit Top pattern for the remainder of the construction - being certain to match the seams along the side!

* This method of construction still allows you to use the front bodice bow option included in the pattern.

So easy, right?!   I hope you've enjoyed my latest pattern hack!!  If you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to find me -- I'm always around!

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BLOG TOUR: The Perfect Ten Knit Top

~ Pattern by Little Lizard King ~

Hi there!! I am so excited to be on Little Lizard King's Perfect Ten Knit Top Blog Tour!!  When this top was in testing, I pretty much begged Cassie to let me colorblock my version.  She said yes -- as long as I agreed to share my tutorial during the blog tour.  Soooo, here I am!!  Let's get this party started!

Colorblocking is actually rather easy! Follow these simple steps, and you'll want to colorblock  ALL.THE.THINGS!

How to Colorblock the Perfect Ten Knit Top*
*these instructions are using the hemband option for the third color

Once your bodice pieces are colorblocked, sew together according to the pattern instructions.  If you would like to colorblock your sleeves like I did, simply repeat the concept on your sleeve pieces.  I used the short-sleeved and 3/4-sleeve lines provided and simply added my seam allowances (instruction 2) to each "new" pattern piece.  Once your sleeves are pieced together and your seams are topstitched, sew according to the pattern instructions.  
My daughter has so much love for her new shirt!

Judge's score: 

For more Perfect Ten inspiration, visit these great blogs participating in the tour!!

JAB Creations | Harper Creek Boutique | Beri Bee Designs
Daydream Believers | Stitched by Crystal | Chasing Mermaids
That's Sew Kari | Blink: Life & Clothing | Lily Shine Boutique

If you haven't purchased your pattern yet, click HERE!

After you sew it up, be sure to show it off in the LLK Cafe!

Good Grief! Four Already?!


Good grief. This is what everyone warns you about, you know.

          "Enjoy every moment."  
 "It goes by in the blink of an eye."  

and so on...           

And then you realize you've become one of them. HA!  As my youngest turns 4, I stare at her in disbelief.  Where has the time gone? She has transformed so much and every time I think I've got her figured out.... BAM!   Here comes the curveball.

I've now come to expect the unexpected.

The past couple of years, my little lady has been OBSESSED with Minnie Mouse -- I think I've sewn her nearly a dozen Minnie outfits already.  So when I asked her this year what kind of birthday she'd like, "Charlie Brown" was not what I expected to hear.


But I ran with it ---  I remembered over the holidays when she first discovered Charlie Brown.  She watched the shows over and over and over ... and laughed hysterically the whole time Charlie was on screen.   It was pure, unfiltered and uncontrollable joy.

Oh, yes, my daughter needed to have a Charlie Brown birthday!  As I looked at his pictures, I knew I'd need a yellow shirt (with signature zig zag) and black shorts.  But, there's no harm in putting some female flair into it, am I right?!

Immediately, my mind went to the Norah Tunic (and Dress) by Mouse House Creations I had purchased in 2013 and never got around to making.  The A-line shape ended up being the perfect canvas with just a few tweaks.

  • I omitted the collar included in the pattern and used a collar from a coat pattern (Ellie Inspired Penny Vintage), but modified the rounded edges to pointy corners.
  • I fully lined it so the weight of the felt zig zag wouldn't weigh down a single layer of quilting cotton.
  • I appliqued a felt zig zag stripe towards the bottom, following the slightly curved hem of the tunic.


For the shorts, I knew I'd choose the Clover Shorts by Willow & Co (written by Mouse House Creations).   I love the front pleat, the hem cuffs and the belt buckles.  I left the fabric belt/tie off of this pair.   Seriously, in love with this shorts pattern!

All in all, I couldn't be happier with how this outfit came to life.  My daughter was absolutely giddy that I could transform her into Charlie Brown... she even asked me to draw on his little swirl of hair. Hahaha.


Oh, and in addition to her "Charlie Brown" birthday, we enjoyed Minnie Mouse cupcakes and wrapped presents in Barbie wrapping paper!

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BundleUP: Girls' Wide Leg Pants by Jocole

Well, hello!  I've been busy behind the scenes trying out some of the patterns from the Bundle UP brought to you by Pattern Revolution and 11 talented designers. 11 brand-new patterns -- you choose what goes in your bundle -- the more you buy, the more you save :)

Today, I tried out the Jocole Wide Leg Pants -- wide leg pants with an easy, pull-on knit waist.  You can keep them comfy in knit or make them stylish in your favorite woven.  Since the doll size is included, I decided I'd whip them up for Hallie, my 5 year old's Our Generation doll.  Aren't they adorbs?!

Pattern Details:

  • Sizes NB - girls 14 plus 18" doll
  • 3 length options: shorts, capris, pants
  • 3 waist options: Skinny, Regular or Fold-Over
  • 2 pocket options: Inseam or Patch
  • Pattern Pages: up to 18 pages to print, dependent on size, length and optional pockets, nested in B&W ink 
  • Tutorial: Step-by-step with easy to understand line drawings
  • Charts included: Yardage, Sizing/Finished Measurements, Waistband Cutting Measurements. Perfect Fit Guide, and Glossary of Sewing Terms

Construction of the pants is super quick.  If you leave off the pockets, you could sew them in minutes.  I love the way Jodi has you sew the pants together too!  It's my favorite way to sew pants and not end up with wonky crotch.  

I had a small remnant of this adorable pin-dot lightweight denim (sold at Hobby Lobby) that I knew would make an adorable pair of doll jeans.  I included the inseam pockets too!  For the waist, I used a hot pink knit lycra blend from Purple Seamstress.  For added detail, I used white ric rac at the hem and topstitched in hot pink.

These are just too cute for words!  I think I may have to pop back to Hobby Lobby and see if they have more of this fabric so my girls can have a matching pair!

Go and get your bundle on -- build your girls (and dolls) a better wardrobe!! Don't delay, the deal ends Feb. 2nd.

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PATTERN REVIEW: Skinny Legs Leggings by Little Kiwis Closet

It's that time of year... when time enters warp-speed because you have a million items on your Holiday to-do list.  Luckily, sewing up a pair of Skinny Legs Leggings by Little Kiwis Closet takes no time at all.

Lydia, the owner of Little Kiwis Closet has been asking me for a few months now if I could/would review one of her patterns and well, our schedules just never quite matched up.  Third time's a charm though because this time, I was nearing the end of my commitments and I could finally try one of her patterns!

Pattern Details:
  • Sizes: 12m - 14y
  • 2 Leg styles: Ruched or Normal
  • 2 Waistband Styles: Yoga or Elastic
  • 2 Rise options: High or Low
  • 4 Length Options: Shorts, Above Knee, 3/4, Long Ankle
  • Knit only (unless you're daring ... more on this later!)
  • Beginner-friendly
  • Pages to print: 12, nested pieces, color ink
  • Tutorial style: Real photos with steps broken down into sections
  • Charts included: Yardage, Measurement/Sizing, Cutting 

The pattern is very easy to put together and the way the pieces are nested make mixing sizes very easy!  My girls are both skinny in comparison to their height so I knew I'd have to "size down" for the width.  There is also an included measurement table to write in your child's measurements which makes it easy to remember them when consulting the sizing chart.

For my 5 year old, I chose full ankle length plain leggings, low rise with a yoga waistband that I folded over.  I made them a bit long in the legs, but I figure this winter, they'll be in boots most of the time (she's obsessed with her tall leather boots) and next spring, they'll be the perfect length!

For the fabric, I used a nice cotton/lycra blend from Funkalicious Fabrics on Etsy.  She's my go-to shop for stripes.  Although small stripes do add a bit of difficulty when sewing. My OCD demands that they match up.... everywhere. LOL

As I mentioned above, the pattern is intended for knit only.  Of course, I got curious if I could switch out the ruched panel with a ruched woven panel.  I decided to throw caution to the wind and try it out.  I made my youngest a 2 width and a 3 length.  Let's just say, we got them on for pictures, but I'm not sure how comfortable they are.  IF I were to retry, I'd reduce the eliminated portion of the outseam to only 0.5" on either side (this will make sense when you read the pattern).  I think the added inch in her size will give her sufficient room to easily get dressed. (I cannot speak for the larger sizes.)

I love the options this pattern has and how quickly they come together. Most importantly, the fit is great!! My girls both love wearing skirts to school and I hate that their legs get cold in the winter.  Excuse me while I go sew up some more Skinny Legs!

* In exchange for my review, I was provided a copy of the pattern free of charge.  
All thoughts in this review are mine and mine alone.

Ellie Inspired 2014 Holiday Collection Blog Tour

Whew, is it Christmas-time already?!  It seems like yesterday that I went on tour for the first time with Ellie Inspired for their Spring Collection. Time flies when you are having fun :)

Hop on the tour bus... cuteness overload ahead :)

I am here today showing off my version of Holly Days Dress & Tunic.  It's such a classic design with its puffed sleeves, peter pan collar, empire waist and buttons in the back. As much as I love a peter pan collar, I omitted it on this one to show of those cherries!

Holly Days covers sizes Newborn to 36 months.  My little lady has her 4th birthday right around the corner, but she's built like a rail.  Don't tell her this, but I made her an 18m size and just lengthened it to match a size 3.  This is just one of the many reasons why I love to sew!  I can create a custom fit every single time!

I also decided to make a tunic as it's a bit more preschool friendly and she's really been into her leggings lately.  She may be 3, but she thinks she's going on 13!

Eeks, I just adore the back of this!  Instead of the overlap with a row of buttons, I added a fabric loop along with a super sweet cherry button that I have been saving for the perfect project.

This little button has traveled all the way from the Netherlands (thanks Rebecca!)

I thought about doing a Holiday version since, you know, this is a Holiday Blog Tour, but hey, I love cherries.  No seriously, no matter what I pulled from my stash, my eyes kept going to the cherries.  Miss 3 loves her Cherry Shirt.  At least the colors are right for the holidays ;)

I took the suggestion in the pattern and added piping to the seamline on the bodice.

Ellie Inspired's patterns are fantastic to sew.  Not only are they professional in appearance and easy to follow along, Laura (of EI) often uses techniques common in heirloom sewing.  The bodice lining and sleeve bands are all whipstitched into place on the inside.  While my whipstitching needs a bit of practice, I am happy I took the time to hand sew these areas.  Of course, if speed is more your style, finish in the traditional method you currently use (but seriously, try it sometime!!)

Included in the pattern is also a set of bloomers, but as I mentioned above, this girl is 3 going on 13 and I knew leggings are more her style.  (Need a leggings pattern?  Click here for a FREE leggings pattern from Ellie Inspired.)

To celebrate the
2014 Holiday Collection Blog Tour,
enjoy a savings of 25% on your order in the
But hurry because the tour ends tomorrow!!

Need more inspiration?  Check out the other bloggers on tour!

Day 5: Rebel and Malice | Lulu & Celeste

Laura and Ellie Inspired team -- thanks for having me back!  I love it!
*In exchange for my spot on the blog tour, I was supplied with a copy of the pattern. 
I was not compensated in any other way.  All thoughts written here are mine and mine alone.

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