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Tutorial: Rainbow Unicorn Malibu

Niina Kivelä

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Blogger: Rachel Iafigliola

Rainbow Unicorn Malibu

Hi, its Rachel and I am so excited to show you how to make your little girl’s unicorn wishes come true!

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I modified the Malibu pattern to create the sweetest rainbow unicorn dress for my
littlest. This blog post will show you how to make one for your unicorn loving little ladies!!
First you will need the ears and eyes from the Animazing Unicorn Add-on. For the
eyes I purchased an Iron-On Transfer sheet from Joann Fabrics and carefully traced and cut out the eye lashes. Using a pressing cloth I ironed them right onto the front bodice piece of the Malibu centering them as best as I could. 

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I made the ears using the instructions in the Unicorn Animazing pattern. I also purchased a 2” unicorn horn from Pamper your Princess on Etsy to use for the dress. This little horn could also be handmade as well.

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You will baste the unicorn facing down centered on the front bodice.  Then you will baste the ears onto the bodice. I used the strap placement mark and centered my ears at that location. If you want your ears to stick straight up you need to angle them as shown due to the curve of the bodice.

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Now follow the Malibu pattern to place the straps, back tie/bow, and elastic casing. When you sew the lining to the main bodice and get to the unicorn horn, instead of following the curve of the bodice you will sew straight across the unicorn. Finish the bodice according to the Malibu pattern and now you have a sweet unicorn face on the bodice of your dress!

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Now to create the skirt. This may seem complicated, but I will do my best to explain. I used a soft nylon chiffon tulle to create the multi colored skirt. You can also use regular tulle. My skirt included two layers of multi colored tulle, one layer of white tulle for fullness and a lining layer. To create the multi colored skirt I pieced the skirt using five different colors of tulle.  I wanted each color on the front and back of the skirt so I used 10 pieces for each skirt layer. 

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To figure out the size of each piece of tulle you will add 8-10” to the width of the skirt pieces listed in the pattern. Divide that number by the number of tulle colors you are using for your skirt. Then you will add 1" to that width to account for the seam allowance. I did the size 2 width skirt with 5 tulle colors so here is my math:

36 + 10 = 46/5 = 9.2 + 1 = 10.2

So using this math I cut my skirt pieces at 10” width rounding down slightly. To figure out the length of each of the pieces I used the length in the pattern but since I do not need to hem the tulle I took off 1/2" from the listed length. So each of my tulle pieces were 11.5" x 10". After cutting the desired amount of tulle pieces (in my case 10 for each skirt layer), l laid them right sides together and sewed. Continue until all of your pieces are sewed together, then sew the first and last piece together to create a large loop. 

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After creating both of my multi colored layers I pinned them together at the top of the skirt and sewed 2 lines of gathering stitches at 1/4" and 3/8" through both layers. 

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Gather the multi colored skirt to the width of the bodice and these will be attached to the bodice first.

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Optionally you can gather and attach any additional tulle layers for fullness. Finally you will gather and attach your lining layer. One last note, for my lining layer I took off about 1/2" from the length of the skit pieces used in the pattern so that the tulle layers would be slightly longer than the lining. 


I can’t wait to see your beautiful unicorn creations!! These are a few of my favorite photos of my little one in her unicorn dress! 








 


 

What Does the Fox Say!?!

Liz King

We know how much you love the Animazing skirt pattern with all the adorable animal face add ons.  So, we thought you might enjoy having a fox face for a few dresses. Today we will show you how to use the free fox mask pieces on the site to create adorable fox face Bristol and Amsterdam dresses year round!! 

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Bristol Fox

Let's start with Bristol.  Print and cut the bodice as normal.  In addition, print the free fox mask and cut 2 mirror image sets.

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Place one mirror image mask set, right sides together  Sew along the inside curve with 1/2" seam allowance.

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Flip the pieces, along the sewn edge, so the wrong sides are touching.  Press.   

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Place the mask pieces on the front bodice main. Topstitch the finished inner curve.  Position Baste to secure along the outer raw edges.  Follow the directions in the pattern to finish the dress. Add a button nose and eyes upon completion!  Get creative and use the face pieces as the base for another animal.  In addition, the Bristol sleeves could be omitted and the construction could be competed with the burrito roll method for a sleeveless version.

 Follow the directions in the pattern to finish the dress. Add a button nose and eyes upon completion!  Get creative and use the face pieces as the base for another animal.  In addition, the Bristol sleeves could be omitted and the construction could be competed with the burrito roll method for a sleeveless version.

Follow the directions in the pattern to finish the dress. Add a button nose and eyes upon completion!  Get creative and use the face pieces as the base for another animal.  In addition, the Bristol sleeves could be omitted and the construction could be competed with the burrito roll method for a sleeveless version.

Follow the directions in the pattern to finish the dress. Add a button nose and eyes upon completion!  Get creative and use the face pieces as the base for another animal.  In addition, the Bristol sleeves could be omitted and the construction could be competed with the burrito roll method for a sleeveless version.

With this Bristol dress, I love the fact that the fabric colors worked perfectly for a fox dress or a raccoon dress (gray). Riley Blake's Heart & Soul collection was exactly perfect for this project! 

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Get creative and use the face pieces as the base for another animal.  The same pattern piece was used for both dresses but simply changed the fabric colors to change up the animal -- from a fox to a raccoon.  

Suffice to say -- everyone's happy!!!

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To create the Amsterdam fox, cut the bodice pattern pieces as usual.  In addition cut out 2 fox mask pieces. Place the mask pieces right sides together and sew each curve with a 1/2" seam allowance.

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Turn the mask piece right side out and press.

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Position the mask on the front main bodice and pin to secure. Baste in place along the finished curves.

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Follow the construction direction in the pattern and embellish it when you are done. Amsterdam also has an adorable romper option so it can be made into a romper as well.  Get creative with your embellishments!  And if you want you can even make a matching animazing messenger bag!!!!

Can't wait to see all your little animals!!!!

LLK Style: Special Occasion Edition 2018

Niina Kivelä

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Spring and Summer bring special events to our lives every year. We celebrate family events: anniversaries, graduations, special birthdays and milestones we have receched. And we gather even more family and friends to share other precious moments with them, from the First Birthday parties to First Communions and Weddings.

We lovingly plan and photograph these events and in years to come, when looking back at the photos we remember the people, the music, the event location, and we remember THE dress we created for that day!

Let us here at Little Lizard King inspire you to create unique and individual dresses for the young ladies in your life for spring and summer events! 

First we have Amsterdam. The Amsterdam dress has a beautiful back bodice closure with ties and the original pattern includes a simple and patchwork skirt options,  But using seven layers of tulle for the skirt and special occasion fabrics Alejandra created a gorgeous Amsterdam dress for summer festivities. 

The Amsterdam dress pattern would also be a perfect choice for the flower girls at a beach wedding! Karine added a beautiful lace inset to the Amsterdam bodice and a lace trim to the skirt. And for the little sister´s dress she added a decorative trim and topped the outfits with pretty flower crowns!

Bellevue dress pattern has been one of our spring favorites, and Rachael modfied this pretty dress style into a stunning maxi length special occasion dress. She added triple tulle layers for each layer of the double flutters. For a fuller skirt she added extra width to the skirt pieces and used two layers of tulle over matte satin. 

Are you ready to be swoon? The Roundabout Dress pattern transfers beautifully from a woven fabric summer dress into a sophisticated special events dress. 

Misthaven pattern is packed with different options from simple to tiered bubble skirt, but for a different style Donna made Misthaven with a double layer skirt using special occasion fabrics and flower embellishments for a dress to be treasured!

 Roundabout is one of the classic Little LIzard King patterns. Pam added an organza layer to the bodice and embellished it with lace and decorative botton. She used satin ribbon for the  ties and added a lace trim to the double layer skirt. 

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Karine created these beautiful dresses for summer events using the Amsterdam and Mod dress  and Mod Add On patterns. The Mod dress was her daughter´s First Communion Dress. 

For a classic flower girl dress style Niina used the Misthaven pattern in swiss dot fabric with a flower and heart print, and added delicate little flowers to the neckline. For extra fulness for the skirt she added 4 layers of tulle and lining. 

Hanny´s version of the Misthaven Dress in linen includes a beautiful bow and pretty trim in the skirt hem. 

Arendelle is a beautiful special occasion dress pattern. Alejandra modified the high low style into a maxi length and added a tail to the back of the skirt. This fit to a princess dress included 3 layers of tulle and 2 layers of chiffon. 

Winnie Pinnie has a sweet cutout back with button closure and looks so cute as a sundress! Kate had an idea of Winnie Pinnie in maxi length for summer celebrations and the results are absolutely stunning!

Like a fairy of the forest! The Ardenne dress pattern features a beautiful neckline ruffle and for the special occasion version Christine added three layers of tulle for the skirt and she topstiched the pretty lace trim to the sash. 

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 A dream dress for little ones! Sara modified the Versailles to include a slightly larger scoop, and used one layer of netting and four layers of tulle for the skirt. For an extra wow factor she added a bow from the Arendelle dress. 

Hayley turned the Best Dressed Girl into a breathtaking party dress, She used satin, lace to the bodice and an embroided mesh layer over the skirt. 

 The clean lines of the Phoenix dress pattern make it a timeless option for summer festivities. 

 The Arendelle is an elegant special occasion dress pattern with a beautiful back bodice. Colleen´s Arendelle dress was made using satin, netting and three layers of chiffon. She also added a pettiskirt under the dress. 

We hope to inspire you to create beautiful dresses for the special events this summer!!