Little Lizard King Blog Tour: Sweetheart Dress


I am soooo excited to be on blog tour with Little Lizard King! I was told to be creative with the pattern I was given... and I really hope the team at LLK doesn't regret uttering those words to me. HA!

I'm here to share my take on the Sweetheart Dress which features a round neckline yoke, fitted bodice, and gathered skirt. A button enclosure adorns the back.


As soon as I started brainstorming for ideas, a sweet Spring top popped into my head and I just had to see if my vision could come to life.  As much as my 3 year old loves her dresses, sometimes jeans & a top are more practical.  Although, I'm not sure how "practical" all white is on a toddler. HA!

Enough backstory, right?! Let's dive into the pattern!


I'm sure you've heard me say this, but my girls are SKINNY so I often have to mix a couple of sizes because they need the narrow width, but are height-wise on par with their peers .  This is one of these reasons we sew, though, right?  I can customize a perfect fit each time.  I do recommend a muslin each time you start a new pattern.  Each time I think I can skip one, I'm proven wrong.  So my first attempt became my muslin and I made the necessary changes and sewed this one up during an afternoon.

I must say, though, the pattern measurements are accurate - just be sure to follow them!


For my fabric, I chose a lightweight white dotted Swiss with a white batiste lining.  Because the dotted Swiss is so lightweight, I opted to add a second layer for the skirt portion and cut that one slightly longer than my top layer.  A pop of red ric rac, two red heart buttons on the yoke, and 4 red buttons on the back made it complete.

Added bolero is from Nonie's Baby (Ellie inspired) 

Because the skirt measurements were not provided for shirt length, I merely used total length measurements provided and subtracted the intended length I wanted and then reduced the skirt height by that answer... did you follow me?


And to make it even easier for me to put on her in the morning, I left the back open and just added buttons down to where the skirt portion is attached.  Sometimes, wrangling a fitted bodice onto a wiggly 3 yr old takes longer than I'd like.  If buttons aren't your "thing", you can always use snaps instead.  I make my buttonholes on my embroidery machine so it's not much more than pushing a button (well, you have to line it up, I guess).

Thanks for stopping by and if you haven't checked out the rest of the stops so far, here are the links!

Snickerdoodle Stew - Blue Ribbon Winner Dress
Paisley Roots - Sweetheart Dress
Stitched by Crystal - Blue Ribbon Winner Dress
Leighlee - Blue Ribbon Winner Dress
Lily Shine Boutique - Sweetheart Dress
Sewing in BeTween - Blue Ribbon Winner Dress
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64 comments on "Little Lizard King Blog Tour: Sweetheart Dress "
  1. Oh, probably dresses because that's what I've already made. Love this as a top!

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  2. Dresses dresses and more dresses!! That is what my granddaughters pick. I agree that this is adorable as a top.

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  3. I like shorts and tops for the ease of play - but I mix in a few play dresses and a few fancier dress just because it is fun to have a mix ;o)

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  4. My daughter LOVES dresses, so if I sew much I am sure dresses it will be! :)

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  5. My summer wardrobe is capris/dresses/skirts; I rarely wear shorts anymore! My LO is a shorts kinda kiddo though.

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  6. bit of both. my daughter loves her dresses, but just as much her skirts and shorts

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  8. We wear lots of dresses in the summer!!!! Love the Top :)

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  9. Mostly dresses but I love your top, it is perfect for summer and playing all day!

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  10. I love that you did it as a top, and those faces on your girl! presh!

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  11. Mostly dresses, so much easier for the summer

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  12. Some of both!! Adorable top and model you have here!

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  13. both - my girl is only 6 months so i'm enjoying playing around with her wardrobe!

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  14. Sew cute! I think I'm going to incorporate more tops and shorts. This is a super sweet.option!

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  15. One of my daughters will have mostly shorts and tops and the other mostly dresses! lol LOVE your top with jeans. SOOO cute!

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  16. I love what you did! This is on my list to sew for matching dresses for my daughter and her doll

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  17. Cute top! My 4 year old loves dresses right now so probably lots of those with little leggings underneath for playing at the park.

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  18. I will probably sew dresses...most definitely dresses.

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  19. actually I have already made several dresses so I need to make more tops and bottoms first :-)

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  20. I definitely have to get this pattern now. Thank you for sharing your take on it.

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  21. Mostly dresses since that's all I can get my soon to be 5 year old to wear, skirts are okay too apparently. :) Absolutely love this top!!

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  22. A mixture of it all. My daughter wants comfy shorts some days and dresses on other days :)

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  23. Shorts and tops... and leggings... I can still sew dresses for the baby, but have made the older 2 a few dresses and that will be all they need for Church, weddings, and graduations... sigh... Your top and daughter are adorable!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  24. So adorable! White may not be practical (says the mom of 4 year old twin girls!), but it's so darling and girly! I never buy dresses anymore, so most of my sewing will be dresses. Shirts and shorts are fun to make sometimes, but it's also super easy to stock up on those at Carter's, LOL.

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  25. most likely shorts and tops (my little is a 21 month boy), but I totally want sew for his 2 yr old cousin and my friend's 1 yr old (both girls)

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  26. i would like it to be dress since i have more patterns for that but shorts and tops are more realistic :-)

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  27. cute! I love dresses. but I usually do tunics and tights or shorts for the girls since they are at that active play who care about the knickers showing age!

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  28. Lots of blue ribbon winner dresses and everyday play skirts!

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  29. Such a cute top and little girl!!!

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  30. rompers!!! my baby hates dresses because they hold her back while she's crawling/walking!

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  31. Mine will consist of Ruffle rompers, dresses, and tunic tops and shorts

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  32. Very cute Kari! I mostly make dresses but still need shorts to go underneath!

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    1. A little of both, shorts and dresses. This little top is sweet in the white with red ric rac and red buttons!

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  34. I'll probably be making more Dresses and Tops!

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  35. I do half and half :) I love my girls in dresses, but with a busy toddler and almost walking baby, they aren't always so practical :)

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  36. Some of both as well. To play in and to dress up in. ;)

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  37. Our summer wardrobe will mostly consist of tops and shorts, but will definitely have a few sundresses in the rotation :)

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  38. Dresses. I have four girls. I love your fabric choices.

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  39. Loads of Everday Play skirts!

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  40. shorts and swimsuits because we'll be living on the beach!

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  42. Love this! mine will be BOTH! I love to sew both for my girls :)

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  43. too cute! I'm making alot of dresses this summer!

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  44. Both! <3 Love the one you've made!

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  45. Since I only have one daughter and two sons, chances are I will sew many more shorts and shirts than dresses!

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  46. I have three girls, so I'll be making a lot of them all!

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  47. So far mostly dresses, but some tunics are in the works.

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  48. Mostly dresses when we leave the house, but I make their casual clothes too, shorts and tops. :)

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  49. We do a pretty even mix of tops/short and dresses around here.

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  50. I think I'll do a little bit of both this summer for my niece and nephews.

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  51. Can't wait to make this for my granddaughter!!

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  52. Shorts and tops. we are shorts and tops kinda girls but my 10 yo is wanting some dresses and i am going to make us a few skirts.

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  53. What an adorable top and I just love your fabric choices. I'd love for you to link this up with this week's Tuesday Sews Giveaway at PiePie Designs: http://www.piepiedesigns.com/2014/05/tuesday-sews-giveaway-may-13.html

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