Just when I think I’ve posted about all the things I’ve made over the last year, I find more. So here goes, another installment of “from then till now”.
You may remember this dress from this post. Truth is, this Savannah Pleated Party Dress is the original one I made. Instead of the pleated neckline, I chose the flat neckline and omitted the sash. I’m not a hug fan of sashes. I won’t say too much about this dress because I’ve talked about it before. This is a size 3 and is now getting quite short on Maya. The fabric is from the Little Red Riding Hood line by Riley Blake, which I believe is now out of print. I stocked up though, because I just love it. This is the first time I’ve used a border print and I think this dress looks great with it.
Peek A Boo Pattern Shop-Savannah Pleated Party Dress
These next dresses are the Blue Ribbon by Little Lizard King. Though I am happy enough with the final product (and Maya just loves them), I found the tutorial a little bit confusing. I found it was jumping all over the place a bit, but I’ve come to expect this with Little Lizard King patterns. I keep going back to them though because some of them are really cute! This was the very first time I had sewn with knit and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I up-cycled two Gap tank tops for these dresses so they are super comfy to wear. Instead of following the skirt panel measurements, I wanted them to be super twirly for my twirly little girl, so I used the width of fabric for each panel. Twirl they do. I wish I had omitted the sashes, because like I mentioned above, I don’t love sashes. But Maya likes them, so I put them on.
The fabric I used was both from Springs Creative. The first is called “Fashionable Princess”. This fabric was selling like hotcakes all over the internet. I managed to snag some for my princess loving girl. I’m not a fan of character prints, but seeing as I’m not sewing for myself (at the moment, anyway), I knew Maya would love it. The second is “My Little Pony”. Maya has never watched the television show (she’s a Dora and Sofia the First fan) but she has some of the toys. And it’s purple. Double bonus.
Little Lizard King-Blue Ribbon
Here is an Elise Halter Dress and Top. Again by Little Lizard King. I have made a few of these over the past 6 months or so. I really like this dress. I think it’s perfect for summer. Maya wore the red flower dress quite often, which makes me very happy because it didn’t start out to be hers, but I’m certainly happy it ended up in her closet. The first dress is made with Michael Miller’s Worn Poppy in Red from the Cosmos fabric line. The yellow is a tone on tone yellow I picked up at Joann’s fabrics. The second one is tunic length with a solid purple I had lying around, Dora the Explorer patterned print from Springs Creative and I believe the pink polka dots were from Robert Kaufman. For as much as Maya adores Dora the Explorer, I thought she would wear the top all the time. Not so much. But that’s okay, she did wear it a couple of times.
Little Lizard King-Elise Halter
Maya and her cousin
Lastly, here is Little Lizard King’s Fly Girl top. This pattern has known issues, so I won’t go into it here. I still managed to sew the whole thing in a day (nap time and after bed) so not too shabby. I made a size 3T. If I ever make this top again, which I’m leaning on the “no” side, I would lengthen it substantially. I find it quite short on Maya. Then again, maybe it’s her long torso coming into play again. There are several options for the back: with button closure, tie closure (I opted for this), open back or closed back. I found the instructions for closing the back somewhat lacking, so I just sort of figured it out on my own.
Little Lizard King-Fly Girl
I think the end result is adorable, but getting there wasn’t the smoothest ride ever. I love how there is so much fabric gathered into such a tiny bodice (though I was cursing while trying to gather it) that it is super flowy. Maya looks great in this style of top. The fabric is the balloon print from Sarah Jane’s fabric line, Children at Play by Michael Miller. I love this fabric so much. If you look closely enough, you can see tiny bunnies and little girls hanging from the balloons. Super cute!!
I’m going to end this post with quite possibly THE best FREE pattern out there….yes FREE! It’s the Izzy top from Climbing the Willow. It’s an awesome pattern and such a sweet end result. It comes in sizes 18 months to size 12! I saw these pop up in my Facebook sewing groups and had to try it. I’ve made a few of them, most weren’t for Maya, but rather as gifts for others. The instructions are simple to follow and I can easily whip one up over one evening. This top looks awesome with leggings and you can even add length to make it a dress.
The one I made for Maya is a size 3T I believe. I have no idea what fabric this is, but I do know it’s a rayon challis. Sorry about that. I made it quite a while ago and don’t have any left to go back and check the selvage.