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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. 


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. 


 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!!

Attaching Grommets to the Lexington Dress with a KAM Snaps Handheld Press

Jane REuter


Blogger: Jane Reuter

From the moment the Lexington pattern was designed, I kept thinking about how cool it would be if instead of using fabric loops on the back bodice, I used grommets.  So, of course I had to try it and today I’m going to show you how easy it is to install a grommet with a KAM snaps handheld press.

The first thing I had to do was change out the hardware pieces for my press.  In case you didn’t know, different tools require different hardware for your press.  This is a simple process.  Simply unscrew both the top and bottom pieces and screw in the ones that go with your grommets. 


Using my awe, that came with my press, I poked a hole in the fabric at those spots. However, the grommets require a slightly bigger opening.  So, I VERY carefully used my small scissors to cut a tiny slit to open it further.  The opening should be just slightly smaller than the prong on the back side of the grommet.  If you make this opening too big, the grommet will NOT work.


Slide the prong of the grommet into the fabric opening.   From the right side it will be flush with the fabric.  On the back side, the prong will extend past the fabric.  Place the back grommet piece onto the prong. 


Place the back grommet piece onto the prong and simply place it in the handheld press, as directed, and give it a press.


Tadah…you have inserted a grommet!  What a fun little tool to get creative with!


Tutorial: Newport Suspender Shorts

Niina Kivelä

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Blogger: Heidi Geren

Newport Suspender Shorts 

Happy Friday LLK friends! Aren´t you excited that it is finally warming up (or at least I hope it is where you are)?! If you are like me, you love to dress your daughter in vintage-y clothing. I adore the Newport Shorts as well as the Animazing skirt, so I decided to mash these patterns and create Newport Suspender Shorts with elastic legs! I paired my Newport suspender shorts with the Perfect Ten top. Continue reading to find out how to create this super cute look!!

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First, add 3/4" to the bottom of your front and back shorts pieces. This is so you can create an elastic casing later on. If you are not going to do elastic legs, skip this step. 

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Next, prepare the animazing straps, but add 3” to the length. This is to account for the shorter waistband on the Newport shorts. Attach the straps to the front waistband and the loops to the back at the same distance as the Animazing pattern says.

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Construct the waistband according to the Animazing pattern instructions. When it is time to make the elastic casing, masure down 1.5", draw a line, and sew to make the casing. Insert the elastic here. 

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Follow the Newport pattern instructions to construct the shorts. When it’s time to make the
elastic casing, turn the fabric 1⁄4” wrong sides together, and then another 3⁄4”. Topstitch 1⁄8” from the edge to create the casing. Be sure to leave an opening to insert the elastic. Measure your child’s thigh and use this measurement for the elastic length.

Finally, attach your shorts to the waistband. The only difference from the Newport pattern is that your waistband seam will not be enclosed.

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Congrats! You’ve made Newport suspender shorts! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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