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Where Have We Been?

We closed up shop in May of 2016. It was time to move on to new adventures and 16 months later we have taken the plunge into the lifestyle we were dreaming of…fulltime travel.

So why is the shop back open? Simple. We don’t like disappointing and we were hearing over and over how many of you had just discovered our patterns only to find that they weren’t available to buy. So, here we are. Open again. It’s kind of a quiet opening. We aren’t making a big fuss. We just wanted to give everyone the opportunity to grab a pattern or two if they so choose. We put a lot of love into them over the years and figured it was a shame for them to not be used if there is still a demand.

Will we be making new patterns? It’s unlikely that we will…at least any time soon. It’s a bit difficult to do while exploring the U.S.A. with a gaggle o’ kiddos in tow but it’s not ENTIRELY out of the question. We’ll just leave it at that for now.

So much love to you all for hanging in there with us! If you’re curious about our new journey please come on over to our blog at bigsmalllife.com. We’re only 3 weeks into our year long tour of this amazing country of ours so you’ll have front row seats to the adventure!

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Riley Blake Knit Love Tour: Yoga Waist Shorts Tutorial

So very excited to be a part of the Riley Blake Knit Love Blog Tour! What a treat!

My favorite part? Getting to pick out new fabric, of course. However, choosing the fabric to use for our stop on the tour wasn’t easy with all the lovely choices. In the end, however, I decided I wanted to try our new Tybee Tank in a floral and Riley Blake’s Cottage Garden in Gray totally fit the bill. I absolutely love how it turned out and this fabric was awesome to work with. If you have followed LilyGiggle for any length of time you know that I am all about the knits. Finding high quality knits as pretty as quilting cottons used to be like finding a needle in a haystack but the tide has been turning and our choices have really expanded. Thank you Riley Blake for helping to satisfy that love for a beautiful fabric with a super soft, perfect stretch, washable, wearable honey of a stretch knit. I couldn’t be happier with it. Isn’t it gorgeous?

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rbloo6On top of the Cottage Garden collection, I was also sent a perfect little gray and white stripe that I knew I wanted to create some sort of bottom with. At first, I thought I would whip up some Petunia Petal Pants but this sweet girl of mine is much more interested in wearing play shorts under her dresses these days than leggings…especially as the weather warms up. So I decided to create a super simple little pair of “cartwheel” shorts to go underneath her new dress. I used the Petunia Petal Pants pattern, added a yoga waistband and finished them off with a narrow leg band just for a little interest. It was an easy tweak and I know I’ll be making plenty more of these as we move into spring and summer. With its 95% cotton 5% spandex blend, this fabric is absolutely perfect for leggings and play shorts. Let the twirling begin…

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rbloo11I thought I’d share exactly how I transformed the petal pants into playground shorts so you, too, can keep your girls covered up this summer no matter how hard they play. This tutorial can also be used to simply add a yoga waistband to your Petunia Petal Pants or other favorite legging pattern.

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1. First you will need to trim off 2.25″ from the top of the pattern piece. Be sure to follow the curve. I make a dotted line as I move the ruler across the top of the pattern and then connect the dots. If you are good at noticing details you will see the ruler is at 2″ but you should still cut at 2.25″.

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2. Now, for sizes 5-7, cut off 1″ from the bottom of the pattern (shorts version). For sizes 8-12, cut off 2″ from the bottom. For sizes 2-4, you don’t need to cut any length.

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3. Cut your fabric with the new pattern piece. Remember you need a good quality 4 way stretch knit (cotton/lycra or cotton/spandex blend) such as the RB knits. You will also need to cut 2 waistband pieces by the following chart.

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4. Now you will need to cut the leg band pieces. Just measure the width of the bottom of the pattern piece (where you cut off some length for the larger sizes in step 2). Cut 2 rectangles that are 2.5″ x the width of the bottom of the shorts. So now you should have 2 of each of these pieces…

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5. Follow the Petunia Petal Pants instructions for sewing the crotch and leg seams of the shorts.

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6. Place the waistband pieces, RST, and sew the short ends. If using a serger, I recommend sewing this part on a regular sewing machine to decrease bulk in the seams. Press the seams flat.

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7. Turn the waistband right side out and fold in half lengthwise. Press.

 

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8. Divide the waistband into quarters (center front, center back, side seam, side seam). Divide the top of the shorts into quarters, too. Line up the unfolded edge of the waistband to the top of the shorts matching up and pinning at each quarter mark on the waistband to the quarter mark on the shorts.

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9. Sew the waistband to the shorts, gently stretching the waistband to fit but not stretching the shorts. Press with a hot steamy iron.

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10. Fold over one of the short ends of a leg band piece to line up with the other short end (RST). Sew the short ends of that one leg band piece together. Turn right side out and fold it in half lengthwise just as you did the waistband.

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11. Line up the unfolded edges of the leg band with the bottom of the leg opening. Match up the seam with the inside seam of the shorts leg. Pin and sew. Since the leg band is not smaller than the leg opening, there is no need to stretch it as you sew it on.

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12. Repeat with the other leg band and leg opening. Press and your finished!

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 Yay! Time to play!

If you don’t already have our Petunia Petal Pants pattern you can purchase it for 30% off with coupon code RBKNITLOVE30 until Sunday, April 5, 2015.

Thanks so much for coming by! I truly hope that you enjoyed your stop at LilyGiggle! Don’t forget the tour continues until April 2nd.

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Spring!

I don’t know about you but I am feeling a little giddy over the first few tastes of spring weather we’ve enjoyed. Maybe you live in a part of the country (or world) that isn’t seeing those early blossoms on the trees or the daffodils opening up to the sunshine but here in my little part of the world spring is making her debut appearance. Bring on the rainbow of flowers, the long stretching daylight, windows open and curtains blowing in the breeze and bring on the spring sewing! Fresh fabric palettes and warm weather silhouettes…I’m ready. How about you? If you need some inspiration then I’ve got a treat for you. Elizabeth over at CottonBelle Boutique has already gotten her spring sewing on and in the most fabulous way. Using a knock out combination of patterns from LilyGiggle, Brownie Goose & MouseHouseCreations and sewn up in those gorgeous Art Gallery Fabrics, she has hit it out of the park! Love!

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See all the beauty here.

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Fiddlehead Sew-Along Day 4 Waistband!

I don’t know about you but I’m getting excited as I see how much we’ve done! I’m especially excited about today’s detail…the knit waistband. I’ve spent so much time and lots of trial and error to get this simple idea to work and look just like I wanted it to so it may not be nearly as exciting for you as it is for me but I think you’ll like it.

If you’ve ever done a yoga waistband then this will be very familiar to you because it is done in the same way. First, put the 2 waistband pieces RST, pin and sew the short ends.

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Next, fold the waistband in half lengthwise. Press. Be sure that the open edges along the bottom are lined up just right.

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Divide the waistband and the bottom of the bodice into quarters…side seams, CF and CB. Pin.

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Line up each point of the waistband with the corresponding point of the bodice and pin.

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Machine-baste them together all around the bottom. Be sure not to stretch the bodice but do stretch the waistband to fit.

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Voila! Perfect knit waistband!

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Tomorrow is our last day…can you believe it? Elizabeth is going to take over and show you how to add the skirt. We’re so close!

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Fiddlehead Sew-Along Day 3 Flutter Time!

Welcome back! It’s Day 3 of our 5 day Fiddlehead Sew-Along so we are moving right along…halfway to having a pretty little dress finished!

Today we are going to add those beautiful flutters and you have some decisions to make. There are several possibilities when it comes to the look of them on your finished dress. Let’s see…you can do the double layer flutters, which gives the most dramatic effect, or you can be more subtle and just use a single layer. You can use the BOTTOM FLUTTER RUFFLE piece as a single layer or, my personal favorite, the TOP FLUTTER RUFFLE piece as a single layer. You also have the choice of finishing them. You can leave the edges of the flutters raw (since they are stretch knit and won’t fray), do a simple rolled hem on them (serger users) or you can do the fun lettuce edging finish. I chose double layer with a simple rolled hem finish. Whatever you decide, it’s time to go ahead and finish the edges before we gather and attach to our dress.

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After you have the edges finished, follow the tutorial for gathering the pieces and attaching them to the armhole. You can see here that I still haven’t trimmed the tails of my clear elastic. I think it’s best to leave them there until the flutters are attached completely to the armhole.

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If you are making sleeves, go ahead and get them on, too.

Sew the side seams and press.

Carefully press the seam allowance of the armhole towards the inside of the dress. Remember not to iron right on the clear elastic.

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I have found that topstitching around this armhole helps to keep the flutters from flipping when the top or dress is worn.

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Bodice…check!  Tomorrow we’ll do that knit waistband that I can’t wait to show you…see you then!

 

 

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