Today is the fifth day of our Sew Ready for Summer series. We are featuring the Amsterdam dress by Little Lizard King and the Vanessa Fluid Pants by Jalie. Make sure to check back tomorrow for our final Sew Ready for Summer feature!
The Amsterdam Dress by Little Lizard King:
The Amsterdam includes sizes 12 months - 12 years in top, dress and maxi options. You can make a patchwork or a simple skirt like I have done and you can also create a chevron bodice with striped fabric with the help of the included template.
I like the elastic back casing with tied straps at the back, it is a really cute design feature and cuts out the need for buttons and zips. I sized up as my girl measured in between sizes. I think the fit is great and with the elastic and adjustable straps she will get plenty of wear from this dress.
I used store bought single fold bias for the straps which was a great cheat, and I also used it to make some piping to match. It took a little extra time to add the piping but I knew the pop of colour would be worth it. I chose these bright cheery colours to contrast against the rainy Winter skies we have had hanging over us lately.
We headed to the beach for pictures which was very windy, but the sun popped out for a little bit which was a nice surprise. My girl had a ball and didn’t feel the cold at all as she chased the seagulls and ran around with her little sister.
I hope you are enjoying some sunshine wherever in the world you may be!
The Vanessa Fluid Pants by Jalie:
When the temperatures started heating up, the first thing I did was look for all the patterns I could find that would work with lightweight materials. I’ve had my eye on these Jalie Vanessa Fluid Pants ever since they were released earlier this year! How could you not??? They are joggers, designed for a lightweight woven - what’s better than that???
As with all Jalie patterns, the pattern is incredibly well drafted - the notches all line up and the pieces come together really nicely. I love the small details included like the inset on the waistband (which is both a nice opportunity for colorblocking, and a way to ensure that the gathers on the waistband are not collecting right in the front of your pants), the darts in the back, and the stitching that runs through the waistband to hold it firmly in place. You can see from the pictures that I initially left off the topstitching and drawstring, but I think it looks far more complete with those elements.
If you decide to tackle these pants - I have two recommendations. First, make sure that if you leave the cuff off for view A, you confirm the inseam length is where you want it (I believe the inseam length is quoted including the cuff). I am pretty short (5’2”), but all my length is in my legs (31.5”), so these pants without the cuff are somewhat shorter than I would like. I ended up doing a very narrow hem, but I will certainly add length in my next pair (and possibly size down to a kids size Q vs a women’s size R). And, second - most jogger patterns I have found don’t have terribly deep pockets. I prefer to have them deep enough to hold my phone, while sitting, without falling out. But that is personal preference and a SUPER easy fix!
All in - these pants are FABULOUS - and will get a ton of wear this Summer! This rayon challis was dying to be turned into a pair of comfy pants and I’m happy it is no longer just fabric sitting on my shelf - but rather a beautiful garment hanging in my closet!
Could this dress (and the models) be any cuter? Shea reviews the Sedona dress by Little Lizard King and she found it an easy and versatile sew. Merav and Teronia both show how versatile it came be by adding pockets and sewing it tunic length!
Kimberlee sews up an adorable and trendy Mommy and Me Elia shirt by Little Lizard King. With a dramatic high low seam and cold shoulders, it a perfect addition to the spring wardrobe.
Rachel reviews the Mini Glitz dress by Little Lizard King. Matching the Mini with the original was pure bliss for her doll loving daughter!
Jackie is sharing her version of the Dakota Top from Little Lizard King
Erica shares her version of the Cheyenne Skirt by Little Lizard King. This bubble skirt pdf sewing pattern is designed for faux fur, but works beautifully with other fabrics, as shown in this review.
Merav shares her version of the Glitz top by Little Lizard King
Nicole shares her version of the Sundance Dress by Little Lizard King.
Jessica shares her version of the Ruchie dress by Little Lizard King
Shae shares her version of the Kailua Town Dress by Little Lizard King
It has truly been a privilege to see one of our own reviewers sprout her designer wings and not just fly, but SOAR!!! Cassie Massolia is one of the up and coming designers over at Little Lizard King and you've seen her work in our Drop Waist Diva review! She's definitely one you want to watch so you can say you were following her work from the very beginning! It's our honor, as her Pattern Revolution family, to bring you our review of her newest pattern for Little Lizard King: Perfect Ten.
In our final Sew Ready for Summer series Rebekah does a Mommy and Me with patterns for herself and her two daughters all by Ellie and Mac, lots of fun fringe and beads for these ladies! Sarah jumped in on the summer sewing fun on her debut as a Pattern Revolution reviewer with her version of the Rova dress by Jaile.
Today Brooke features the Amsterdam by Little Lizard King. A bright breezy pattern that just says summer time even though its actually winter in her part of the world. Mac featured the loose and comfortable jogger style Vanessa Fluid Pants by Jalie. These pants are perfectly lightweight for summer wear and can be either dressy or casual wear.
We are all about the active wear today with Jalies newest activewear patterns!
Today we are looking at the Jalie new release patterns. With 27 sizes in girls, woman's and plus, you are sure to find a fit for your whole family!
Today we are sharing how to do more with your patterns with the Jalie Bella Fit and Flare dress.
We are on the Orbis Skinny Harm Blog Tour today with Sofilantjes. This cute and cozy knit pattern is a quick and easy sew!
Nicole is sharing how she is sewing towards her goals of being stronger and healthier!
Marie shares some fabric recommendations for sewing cardigans
We are flipping over unitards and leotards today with Trisha's roundup of gymnastics patterns
get ready for summer with simple patterns that make sewing fun and dressing your kiddos for play time a breeze!