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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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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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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 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 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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