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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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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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Watching My Wife Sew…

sewMy wife is amazing.

We have five kids, and she’s home schooling the lot of them. She keeps our house clean – and we live on a farm with lots of dirt and grass and stuff that gets tracked into the house, so it’s really like shoveling sand into the ocean. There are mountains of laundry, vast quantities of dirty dishes, diapers and runny noses. Kids with markers and rocks and chalk. Messy rooms, bad attitudes, kids sleeping late, places to be, extended family to care for, electronic devices that don’t cooperate, shoes that don’t fit and clothes that are mysteriously stained by pears (yes – pears.) It’s a monumental task to take on – and she does it every damned day. She wakes up every morning and makes the coffee, sees me out the door with a smile, a kiss and an awesome green smoothie, and goes on about the business of the day. And that business is a full time job – and then some. But, it’s a job she loves, and it’s a job she’s unbelievably good at.

On top of all that, she runs LilyGiggle. She makes the patterns, sews the clothes and gets everything in order to deliver the best patterns she (or anyone else for that matter) can deliver. She agonizes over the details. She loses sleep to make sure that everything is just right. It’s another full time job. But, it’s one she loves, and I truly believe that love shines through in the products she puts out there. It’s really the heart, soul and love that she puts into the finished goods that sets LilyGiggle’s patterns apart.

For me, I get to sit back and watch. (I’m a man. I sit back and watch a LOT.)

When I watch her sew, when I watch her create, I’m reminded why I fell in love with Beth. She has a noggin full of great ideas, and when I see her follow those ideas through to a gorgeous finished piece, it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve been blessed to witness. Her hands move with a purpose, and she knows what she wants to do – and she has the skill and talent to make it absolutely amazing.

She puts that same talent and determination into both her jobs. She’s created a family that I’m excited to be a part of, and with LilyGiggle, she’s created a business that I’m excited to see grow and change and become as beautiful as her ideas. With LilyGiggle, I contribute where I can, but mostly I just sit back and watch her do her thing. With the family, I’m probably worse than the kids, tracking in mud and leaving dishes lying around and breaking things I have no business touching. I get the kids riled up and make too much noise – but, again – I’m a guy. It’s what we do. Beth is the glue that holds us all together, and she’s the driving force behind the success of LilyGiggle.

I’m blessed beyond measure to be able to watch this woman sew and create. It’s exciting to watch her, and it’s gratifying to know that I can support her in some way while she does the things she loves. With the business and with the family, Beth is a creator. She’s a doer. She’s a finisher. It’s just awesome to watch.

Yes – there is thread on the floor, between my toes and in my pockets and hair. Yes – I’ve stepped on bobbins and pins and needles. But it’s such a small price to pay to be able to witness someone doing something they love and something they truly excel in.

So, when you buy a LilyGiggle pattern, keep in mind the love and effort that have gone into them. Keep in mind how hard this incredible woman has worked to deliver the best patterns possible. Think of the sleepless nights, the hard work, the sweat and (yes) the tears that goes into each and every thing that Beth does. She treats these patterns the same way she treats our children – with love, high expectations and with the joy knowing that she’s done her level best to empty herself into everything she does.

Beth is amazing. I’m a lucky dude.

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Jujube Dress Sew Along

Guess what is going on right now? LilyGiggle’s very first sew along! Don’t miss out!

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My most favorite right hand lady, Elizabeth, over at CottonBelle Boutique, is going to take you step by step through creating your own gorgeous dress perfect for your girl’s fall wardrobe. What are you waiting for? Hop on over to her blog now and join the fun!

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The Secret Garden Dress 2.0

Ah…the Secret Garden Dress…one of my favorite dresses even 3 years after I designed her. I just love her simple beauty. This is a pattern I pull out over and over. It never gets old to me.

Look how little my girl was back then…
ANDROID BLOOMIN DRESS 1Over time she has evolved, though, and I felt it was time to offer that evolution to you all. Originally designed as a sleeveless dress, she now has options for short, 3/4 and long sleeves as well. Her simple contoured A-line silhouette has become more refined and better-fitting. The choices for finishing her neck have gone from just a simple turned neckline to include thorough details on creating a beautiful traditional neckband and a fun, shabby chic raw edge reverse neckband to mimic the finish of her whimsical cascading flowers.

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If you already own the original pattern, I believe you will be especially pleased with all the new details. Several new sizes have been added and it now has a size range from 3/6 months all the way up to 12 years. I’ve been listening to my amazing customers’ feedback and have worked diligently to make it as user-friendly as possible. The new PDF is now divided into 3 different size ranges so there’s no need to print the largest sizes when you only need a baby size and vice-versa. Lots and lots of new details have been added to the tutorial to ensure that sewing up the dress is as frustration-free as possible even for beginners.

Can you tell how excited I am to share this one with you?

Click Here to Buy Now!

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For a very limited time we are offering the Secret Garden Dress 2.0 for the crazy low price of just $4. This is to make sure you get a deal even if you already own the original version. If you have never bought this pattern, now is the time to grab one before it goes back up to full price at $9.95. This sale will end next Saturday, May 4 2013 at midnight eastern time.

You can get your very own copy right here. No coupon code needed while at its special price! Yay!

Special Note: If you plan to buy a bundle, please be sure and buy the Secret Garden Dress separately or our shopping cart system will charge more than $4 for it. Thanks!

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