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Summer Blog Tour Day 1- The Poppy Bubble Tank

Hi! This is Elizabeth here today with some exciting news! You may remember the Holiday blog from last December featuring several pattern designers. We had a lot of fun putting it together and thought it might be cool to do another one for Summer. Over the next few days you will see some awesome stuff from Little Lizard King, Brownie Goose, Jocole, Ellie Inspired, Izzy & Ivy, and Greenstyle Creations.  We hope you will enjoy what we put together for you!

We are starting the week off with the Poppy Bubble Tank pattern. If you have purchased this pattern in the past, Beth has just completed an upgrade on it. I have to confess here that I have had this pattern for a long time—like several years— and have never made it. After seeing some inspiring photos in our pattern group, I decided it was time to pull it out and give it a try. I shouldn’t have put it off so long.

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The Poppy Bubble Tank now has two options- a bubble tank length (that pairs well over Petunia Petal Pants or Ring of Ruffle Pants), and a dress version. I have yet to make the bubble version, although it’s on my list for fall, but I’ve made about 15 of the dress versions already and it’s such a quick sew. You can change this pattern up so many different ways with the skirt options and the bodice embellishments.

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Isn’t that fabric gorgeous? Art Gallery was our sponsor for this blog tour and I have to say, they never disappoint. I used the Anna Elise line by Bari J., paired with a Art Gallery solids. Anything with a knit bodice is a favorite for my girl so this dress is a winner. After we finished doing photos she wouldn’t change her clothes and wore the dress all day. The skirt of this pattern is woven for the dress option, but knit for the bubble skirt option. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think you could put a regular knit skirt on this too as long as you have some stabilizer on that bodice.

This pattern comes in sizes 6m- 12yrs, which I know you mother’s of babies are happy to see. The Poppy is also great for layering as the bodice is easily adjusted with the shoulder ties. You can pair it with a shirt underneath for fall or even a jacket over the top. Here in Georgia our fall is still pretty hot during the day so I love the versatility of the shirt and jacket options to make this outfit last through the whole year. This child turned sassy when I pulled the denim jacket out. Six going on sixteen. Someone help me!
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I hope day 1 has inspired you to try out the Poppy Bubble tank. Share your creations with us in the LilyGiggle Pattern group. We love to see what you are making. Be sure to grab your Poppy Bubble tank pattern on our website for only $5 during the blog tour!

Thank you so much Art Gallery Fabrics for these gorgeous fabrics!

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Fiddlehead Sew-Along Day 5- The END!!

You made it to day 5!! I hope you are loving how your dress is turning out. It’s Elizabeth here with you today to help you get your dress finished up and ready for your little princess.

You should have two skirt pieces cut so let’s get to working on them.  Take your two skirt pieces and sew them together at the side seams. Finish your seams with a serger or zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. I always prefer to hem my skirt before I attach, but that it totally a preference. To hem my skirt, I serged the bottom edge and then ironed the serged edge up.

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It takes a minute to iron that edge up but it makes for quick sewing when you take it to the machine and turn it up once again. I love the crisp, even edge.

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Now we are ready to attach the skirt to the bodice.  When I gather a skirt that is 2x SW I always gather in two sections- front and back. My gathering stitches have been known to break if I try to do that all in one section, so splitting it in half has helped prevent that. As you can see in my photo, I ran two gathering stitches for my skirt.  This is optional. One will work, but two is even better. 🙂 My mom and grandma taught me to gather this way when I was little. Some times the old tricks are the best ones! I will confess that I don’t always do a double gathering stitch but if you ever have trouble getting your gathers even, this will save you. The double row makes beautiful, even gathers.

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Find the side seams of your skirt and pin them RST to the side seams of your bodice.

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Tie off one end of your gathering threads and pull from the other end to fit your skirt to the bodice. Adjust gathers and pin in place.

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Stitch skirt to bodice.  Take your dress to the ironing board and steam that seam to perfection.  You are DONE!!!

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Beth and I hope you have enjoyed this sew-along and maybe even learned a few things.  We can’t wait to see all your photos!

 

 

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Fiddlehead Sew-Along Day 1

SMALLERFHDRESSGood afternoon girls!!  Who is ready to sew up the Fiddlehead Flutter Top with us this week? Elizabeth and I are so excited to show you how to turn that sweet little top into a dress just in time for some spring sewing. Woohoo! I don’t know about you but just the thought of spring makes me a little giddy right now.

First lets talk about our hastags for the sew-along. If you are using fabric from our sponsor, use #pinkdoorfabrics when you share your pictures so we can see what you bought.  (If you want to go buy some from them now, use code LILYGIGGLE for 10% off!) They have an awesome collection of designer knits, including the beautiful Art Gallery Priory Square knit that you’ll see on the sample in the coming days. IMG_3377 When you share any sew-along photos, use #FFTSAL so at the end of the day we can easily search for all the posts. At the end of the sew-along there will be an album for you to enter your finished photos in to win PRIZES!!!!  Prizes will be 2 yards of fabric from Pink Door Fabrics and 3 patterns of your choice from LilyGiggle.

If you haven’t purchased your pattern yet, it’s discounted on the website with coupon code FFTSEWALONG25 until Friday, February 20.  LilyGiggle PDF Pattern - Fiddlehead Flutter Top Print your pattern and don’t forget our cool feature where you can select only the size you need to make for printing. Just be sure to double check the measurements in the size chart to make sure that you select the proper size. The most important measurement for this pattern is the chest measurement.

Now let’s get busy……The top of our dress is knit and I’m sure most, if not all of you, know that you need to prewash knit.  It can do a good bit of shrinking sometimes, and we don’t want a size 6m dress on our 3 year old so be sure to pre-wash!

Ready to cut?? Cut your top according to the pattern pieces. You can customize your Fiddlehead by changing up the flutter ruffles a bit if you want. For the pink stripe sample up top, only the smaller TOP RUFFLE was used instead of a double ruffle. In order to turn this top into a dress, you will need to make your bodice shorter. Follow this chart to see how much to take off of the bottom of your pattern pieces.

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You can keep your original pattern piece intact by creating a dress cutting line and folding it up for cutting.
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When cutting off the bottom of the bodice, especially on the larger sizes, you may wind up with a little curve at the bottom. It needs to be straightened up. Just draw a straight line down from the smallest part of the side seam where the waistline is. Cut off the extra.

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You will also need to cut your waist band. Here is the chart for the waist band measurements.  Your waistband should be in a coordinating knit.

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Now we will cut our skirt according to this chart. Skirt should be in cotton woven fabric.

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That will be it for today! We’ll get to sewing up the bodice tomorrow…see you then!

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“A Few of Our Favorite Things” Holiday Blog Tour

Hi, it’s Elizabeth here today for LilyGiggle.  This is day three of our Holiday Blog Tour featuring a few of our favorite things. If you have missed the first two days, go check out  day 1 with Brownie Goose and day 2 with Izzy & Ivy for a chance to win free patterns!

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LilyGiggle’s latest release is the Brigitte Bow dress. I decided for my “favorite thing”, I would dress up this darling pattern for Christmas. I had been thinking about this dress for a week or two and had an idea in my mind of what I wanted to do with it.  I just had to find the perfect skirt fabric. I was in Joann’s one day, when I saw it- and it was love at first sight. Gold metallic polka dots!

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My girl loves all things fancy and anything that sparkles. Her eyes lit up when she saw this fabric, and even more when it became her dress!
I love that the Brigitte can be a casual peplum top, a cute dress, or even something really fancy that makes her feel like a princess!

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The Brigitte has a knit bodice. I used this beautiful emerald green knit from Purpleseamstress for mine. It is cotton/lycra that has a great recovery, which you will need for the neck line. The bow on the neck is a separate piece sewed onto the neck band, but designed to look like all one piece. The pattern has an peplum option if you want to do a top, and a full length dress version as well. There is a hi/low option for the skirt. Since I was doing something fancy, I opted to leave off the hi/low part and make the skirt all the same length. I also did the skirt width 2x selvadge width for some extra twirl. This pattern is great for all skill levels so don’t be afraid if you are new to sewing, or even just new to sewing knits. The instructions are very detailed with photos to help you follow along.

I hope my version of the Brigitte inspires you to get out of the box a little and try some fun options for this pattern.

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Now for the really great part— RUN over to LilyGiggle and use the coupon code SEWCHRISTMAS25 on any purchase today! This coupon code is for today only so don’t miss out!!

I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog tour coming up!

Jocole

Little Lizard King

Green Style Creations

Ellie Inspired

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