Hi! Welcome to day one of the Little Kiwi's Closet Scalloped Princess Dress Blog Tour. Being on day one always makes me so nervous (shhh, don't tell Lydia).
I'm actually really excited to be part of this tour. I do a lot of testing for Lydia, but when it was testing time for this dress, I was getting ready to visit my parents in New York and I wasn't sure I would have time to get it done, so I very reluctantly sat it out. When Lydia announced the Blog Tour, I may have squealed a little, because I LOVE having a chance to show off her patterns.
Little Kiwi's Closet is one of the first designers I tested for, so she kind of holds a special place in my heart. When I started testing, I wasn't very good at photos (at the time all I had was my cell phone), but I had bought one of her patterns and really loved how it was written, and when she posted a tester call, I crossed my fingers and applied. Lydia is so sweet to test for. She's receptive to suggestions, always has a positive attitude, and her patterns have this distinct feel to them that is just so *her* that I find myself really getting into each pattern.
This dress has a LOT of options, so I want to start with the details:
Sizes 12mo - 9yrs
4 Neckline options
2 Bodice Styles
3 skirt styles (below knee, high-low and long)
3 Hem styles
Instructions for button or snap closure on back
Sewing time: 1.5 - 2.5hrs depending on the options you choose, how many distractions you have and how fast you sew!
For my first dress, I knew exactly what I wanted to to. I'm still in New York right now and we decided to take the kids to Sesame Place while I was here. I don't usually go all out with the outfits like this, but the dress was just too perfect to not.
Scalloped Princess Dress. I used the scalloped bodice with scoop neckline and the scalloped knee length skirt with hidden facing. And then came the interesting part. I decided I wanted the skirt to look like Abby's fairy skirt in blue and purple, so I sat down and stared at the skirt pattern piece for a bit and used the back seam side to create a template for a single scallop (if you do this, just remember you need to have a seam allowance on both sides of the scallop, and you need to make sure that you taper it correctly to the top so that the finished width of the skirt is the same as it would be if you used one fabric). I will say, it was a little nerve-wracking when I got to the step to sew the hem facing on, because I was suddenly worried that my scallops weren't perfect and the facing wouldn't line up and I'd have been very sad. But it fit!
LKC Panelled Pants/Shorts Pattern and just appliqued some blocks on a store bought shirt...
The fit on the dress is perfectly in line with the sizing chart, as I've gotten used to with Lydia's patterns. The sizing is very accurate, so measure your child and go off the chart and you will get a perfectly fitted garment. The instructions are fantastic as well. Each step is clearly explained with pictures, and should you have any questions her Facebook Group is active and full of friendly people who will help. If this is your first LKC pattern, I really think it will hook you on her patterns.
Thank you for stopping by for my stop on the tour... make sure you check out the other awesome bloggers this week and also So Mama Sew who is posting today as well.
And last, but very importantly... the giveaway!!!
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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my creations!