Guest Blogger: Sara Lindsay
Growing up, my mom used her fabulous seamstress skills to make me dress-up clothes. My costumes were magic and I played in them for hours. Every year at Halloween, I had the BEST costumes. I wanted to give my daughter that same magic and sew outfits for her to wear for her adventures. To start, I asked my daughter which characters she would like for me to sew, and she chose Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, and Cinderella. I thought a lot about which Little Lizard King patterns, or pieces of patterns, would give me the silhouette that was consistent with the desired character. I used the Trendsetter, Amsterdam, & Ruchie (all while singing these are a few of my favorite things!).
I wanted to make costumes that would survive hot summer days, be made of 100% cotton fabric, and be super comfy. I wanted costumes that were simplified versions of character dresses, and yet still really cute. To get started, I chose my FAVORITE pattern … the Little Lizard King Amsterdam. I wanted to make sure I liked the fit, and it was PERFECTION!!!! I made the dress following the instructions out of some character fabric. My daughter wears this dress all the time, and it is always a crowd favorite. Then, the fun really began! I am so happy with how each piece turned out, and the dresses are great for fun events… or grocery shopping… or whenever. Friends have even borrowed them for their Disney trips.
For Ariel, I thought the Ruchie would be a perfect Ariel top. I made it per the instructions. The only modification I made, was to iron the pieces ½ inch up along the bottom, so that when I completed the bodice, it was easy to just sew a ¼ seam all across the bottom. I confess, I bought the mermaid skirt. The Take 5 Skirt would give a very similar look.
For Jasmine, I used the Trendsetter bodice and lengthened it 2 inches. Again, I pre-ironed the bottom of the pieces to make the finishing easy. I ordered fabulous and reasonable trim, from India for this costume and Cinderella and followed the pattern instructions. I did add extra width for the ruched bodice, and I would not do that again. Live and learn, and follow instructions. I finished the back like the Ruchie back.
For Jasmine’s bottoms, I knew the Ruchie shorts would be perfect. I made an 8 length and a 6 width, but ended up taking the volume of the shorts in a little more. When I make these again, I would make an 8 length and a 4 width. Of all the costumes I made, Jasmine is my favorite.
For Belle, I used the Amsterdam to get an “inspired by Belle” look. I found tiny gold trim that my daughter though looked like roses. For the skirt, I cut the skirt as normal, and then I cut an additional piece, about 2 inches shorter. I layered the shorter piece on top of the skirt pieces. I measured the shorter skirt piece into 3 sections, and I used 5 inches of ¼ inch elastic stretched to create Belle’s dress’s pickups. Voile!
Cinderella is my daughter’s favorite. Using the Amsterdam, I embellished the bodice with trim from India. I free handed the peplums and trimmed the edge. I attached the peplum to the bodice and then I attached the skirt over the peplum.
Thanks to LLK and some creativity, I have a very happy little girl with lots of new pretties in which to play princess. This Halloween and always, I cannot wait to see what Little Lizard King inspires you to make.
Blog post Text and Dresses by Sara Lindsay
Blog post Photography by Andrea MacFarland