Friday, May 1, 2015

LKC: Bow Back Beauty Blog Tour

I'm so thrilled to be joining up for another Little Kiwi's Closet blog hop! This newest pattern caught my eye from the very first sneak peek, and I had to have it.

*the pattern was offered for free to participants of the blog hop, but I'd happily purchased it beforehand, and you know I love all things LKC!*

Natalie (lucky girl) received a BBB dress from an LKC clothing swap, and I love it on her so much that I just had to make her another. Plus, she loves a twirly skirt, and the circle skirt is all that! I added cuffed short sleeves to this one (her swap one is sleeveless) - plus, there's a long sleeve option as well.

I went with short sleeves for Sam as well on her pink piggy peplum! It's a PPP BBB. ;)
I used the one piece bodysuit option for her as well, though you can't see that part. I've never been a peplum fan, but I LOVE this on her. It just suits her personality - playful and a little goofy.

As always, there are tons of options. Here I tried to lay them all out - there are also pattern pieces for the cuffs that are optional for the sleeves (you can also do a traditional or a rolled hem).

And all this in sizes NB - 12 years. With all the different options, it's a pattern that can go the distance - with the right fabric choice and style options, it can go from playful to tween elegance easily.

As always when sewing your own clothing, it's important to go by measurements - but I will say that my 4 year old fit perfectly in a 4, and my 2 year old solidly in a 2.

Fabrics used: red/purple tulip toss and pink pig toss are medium weight jersey knit from my stash; purple rib knit from stash; light pink cotton lycra from The Purple Seamstress

It was a sunny but windy/chilly day, so we took our pictures quickly (while hunting for the first of the dandelions popping up) and hustled back inside.

Natalie, who's - well, 4 - is getting more resistant to handmade clothing - but she loved her dress. Like I said, anything with a twirly skirt has her attention, and she loved the bow back! I believe "Ooohhh!" was her exact response. ;) I did a rolled hem on both skirts as well - I find it the easiest way to hem a circle skirt, and it's so fun to stretch it a little to get that pretty lettuce edge.

Lydia is offering a copy of the Bow Back Beauty pattern (or your choice of pattern, if you already own this one!) - just enter through Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post. If you just can't wait, it's available on Craftsy right now for $2 off. 

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