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Holiday Sewing Inspiration: Sugarplum Apron

Niina Kivelä

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Blogger: Natasha Chrismas

Sugarplum Apron

Sometimes starting out with a simple sewing project is only the very beginning of what fun can lay ahead. I recently bought some inexpensive tea towels, and after looking at them, thought, these would be so cute as little Aprons. With that in mind I set out to make a brother and sister set of aprons using the Sugarplum Apron pattern.

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To create the boys apron, I omitted the ruffled section of the ‘skirt’, and simply cut the width of the apron 2’’ wider than the bodice width, and did not gather it. No other changes to the pattern, it was really straightforward and the result was great!

They came together so quickly and easily, and after telling my friend what fun I had transforming the tea towels to aprons, she decided to make some for her girls too. We of course decided we must have a Christmas baking afternoon, and the plan was hatched to do some cupcake and biscuit baking.

Cue Mariah Carey, Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra Christmas songs, and a whole lot of dipping fingers in mixture and fun in general – a simple sewing idea turned into an afternoon of fun, Christmas spirit and wonderful memories.

Happy Holiday Sewing!!

Tutorial: Using Single Fold Bias Tape to Hem a Circle Skirt

Niina Kivelä

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Blogger: Natasha Chrismas

Hem a Circle Skirt with Bias Tape

Hemming a circle skirt can be tricky. However, Single Fold Bias Tape, can be used as a fun and easy way to finish a circle skirt.  To make it even better, it can add an interesting pop of color to the inside of the garment. Store bought bias tape works wonderfully and is the quickest method. Most Little Lizard King circle skirt patterns recommend using a 1/2’’ single fold bias tape for this purpose, such as the Sorrento Dress, Oxford Skirt, Arendelle and City Lights Skirt, but any width will do. Making your own bias tape may take a little extra time, but it also allows you to choose any fabric desired for the bias tape.  Have fun experimenting with different looks!

Unfold one side and align the bottom raw edge of the bias tape to the bottom raw edge of the skirt, right sides together.  Fold over the beginning edge of the bias tape 1/2’’ wrong sides together and pin in place.

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Continue pinning the bias tape around the circumference of the skirt.

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When you reach the starting point again, overlap the bias tape by 1/2’’ and trim.

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Sew along the first fold of the bias tape to secure.

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Press the bias tape down towards the bottom of the skirt, keeping the folded edge of the bias tape folded.

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Fold it to the back to the wrong side of the skirt, repress the fold on the bias and pin in place.

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Stitch using a 1/8’’ seam allowance to secure. 

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The skirt is now hemmed, with no bias tape visible when right side out.

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Fall Sewing Inspiration: Boston & Nottingham

Niina Kivelä



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Pictures by Sarah Boring

Boston and Nottingham 

Fall sewing projects for little ladies would not be complete without a sweet dress and pinafore set! Nottingham Dress and Top pattern was part of our Back to School collection and the Boston Dress and Top pattern released at the height of the summer. Both styles are gorgeous on their own, but have you thought how lovely these two designs would look when paired together? These dresses turn into a completely new outfit when the Boston dress is worn as a pinafore over the Nottingham dress.  Classic, vintage, pretty and fun!

Both patterns are designed for woven fabrics. The Boston features a button up front, criss cross straps and a pretty front sash. And if your munchkin loves pockets the pattern includes optional pockets as well. 

Nottingham pattern includes simple, ruffle and double ruffle hem options and various sleeve styles from short sleeve with elastic casing (pictured) to a long sleeve with a knit cuff, just to mention two of them.

Add socks, knee highs or tights, pretty little shoes or boots depending on the weather. There are endless styling possibilities making Nottingham and Boston perfect for every season whether worn on their own or as a set!

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