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Heart-Ford Sew-a-Long Day 2

Niina Kivelä

Blogger: Elise Ribeira


Welcome to day two of our Heart-Ford sew-a-long! Hopefully it wasn’t too hard to choose your favorite options. I know there are so many adorable combinations to pick from. I will be keeping it simple this time with an unlined bodice with a neck binding and long sleeves. I’m looking forward to see all the fun variations you may come up with!We will use day 2 to cut out our fabric. My favorite tools while cutting with knit are a clear, acrylic ruler (2 x18 is my favorite size for this task), a rotary cutter, and cutting mat.

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Lightweight knits can shift easily, so using a sharp rotary cutter can help with accuracy and speed. Pinning your pattern to the fabric or using pattern weights can also prevent shifting.

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But sure to cut your rectangle pieces from the cut chart as well. This is where that clear ruler especially comes in handy! I find this so much quicker than having to print, tape, and cut out a rectangle when I can so easily measure it with my handy ruler. (Pro Tip: I like to write down the cut chart measurements onto my bodice pattern, so it is easy to locate when I’m ready to cut those pieces.)

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Once you have all your fabric pieces accounted for, set them aside and anxiously wait for tomorrow when we will begin the construction of the bodice!

(Pro tip: I like to iron my pieces before sewing so everything is nice and crisp and ready to sew- if you’d like to iron yours, do this today!)

Heart-Ford Sew-a-Long - Day 1

Niina Kivelä

Blogger: Elise Ribeira


There is nothing more festive and fun on Valentine’s Day (or any day!) than wearing a special dress for the occasion. During this sew-a-long, we are going to show a simple way to turn a Hartford dress into the perfect Valentine’s Day design for your little one with a cute heart pocket detail!

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This sew-a-long is not only a great motivation to get going on a fun sewing project, there is also a prize! One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday the 11th. To be sure you are entered into the drawing, you need to submit minimum of one progress shot and one final photo into the sew-a-long albums on the Little Lizard King Sewing Pattern facebook group. Let’s begin!

The dress I will be demonstrating with will be a long sleeved knit bodice with a neck binding and woven skirt, but you are welcome to choose whatever style you’d like! Here are some suggestions to get your creative juices flowing.

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Here’s what you need to do for day one

:• Download the free pocket pattern here

• Purchase the Hartford pattern if you don’t already have it here

• Choose all the options and variations you want for your dress. Do you want a binding, bib, or collar? What kind of sleeves do you want to use?

• Print and cut out your .

  -Be sure to print out the right pieces. The collar bodice is lined and uses a different pattern than the unlined bodice.    

 -The bodice and sleeves are knit, and the skirt and heart pockets are woven.

• Choose your fabric, prewash your fabric if necessary.

Once you have all that done, get ready for day two when we will begin cutting fabric!

Tutorial: Adding Belt Loops to the Newport Shorts

Niina Kivelä

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Blogger: Natasha Chrismas

A fun addition to the Newport Shorts is to add belt loops and a fabric sash, creating a whole new look. When making the Newport Shorts, follow the steps as instructed up to Constructing the Waistband in the pattern. Follow these additional steps to add the belt loops to the waistband front and back before the first step in this section:

Creating the Belt Loops

Cut a strip of fabric 2’’ wide by 11’’ long. The length of this strip is suitable for all sizes. 

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Fold the piece of fabric in half, aligning the long raw edges, wrong sides together. Press to make a crease.

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Open the fold and bring the long raw edges in to meet the center crease. Press. 

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Fold in half again, bringing the long folded edges together and press. The piece is now 1/4 its original size. Topstitch the long folded edge, using a 1/8’’ seam allowance, to secure it closed.

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Topstitch the remaining long edge using a 1/8’’ seam allowance.

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Cut the fabric into 3 pieces, matching the height of the waistband size being sewn. For example, size 3 will be 2 3/4’’.

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Find the center of the back waistband by folding it in half. Press to create a memory crease. Place one belt loop over the center position with the wrong side of the belt loop touching the right side of the waistband. Pin in place. Using a 1/8’’ seam allowance, baste in place at the top, and bottom of the fabric.

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Find the center of the front waistband by folding in half right sides together. Press to create a memory crease.

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Fold the waistband in half again. Press to create another memory crease.

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Unfold the waistband. Place the belt loops over the crease created on each side of the center crease. The wrong side of the belt loop will be touching the right side of the front waistband. Using a 1/8’’ seam allowance, baste in place at the top, and bottom of the fabric.

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Continue with the instructions for Constructing the Waistband per the pattern.

Constructing the Sash

Cut 2 pieces of fabric according to the chart below.

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Place the two pieces right sides together and sew one short end with a 1/2’’ seam allowance.

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Press the seam open.

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Fold the fabric in half, right sides together. Press.

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Trim the edge of each end of the fabric at a 45 degree angle.

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Sew around the raw edges of the sash with a 1/4’’ seam allowance. Leave a 2” opening in the middle for turning.

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Clip the corners.

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Turn the sash right side out using a turning tool of your choice. Press.

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Pin the 2” opening closed. Topstitch around the sash to close the 2” gap.

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