Confession: I was not a knit girl. Sewing with it scared me a bit and I found it always seems to stretch weird.
So when the Little Lizard King Sanibel came up for testing I was nervous but wanted to give it a go. Always good to work out of your comfort zone and try new things right?
Well I think it’s love!! The right material really helps. The solids were swim remnants I bought at Fabric Place Basement in Natick, MA. The light purple is a swim mesh, I’m guessing meant for coverups, but layered on top of the solid looks awesome! They all have 4 way stretch and great recovery and are a medium weight so they didn’t curl too much at the edges and get caught in my machine.
In total I think this suit cost under $10!
I also got to test the newest LLK doll Coralie!
These colors were actually inspired by this crazy sequin fabric Cora picked out at Sewfisticated Fabrics in Framingham, MA.
It looks like mermaid scales so I hacked the Little Lizard King Piccadilly skirt into a mermaid tail!!
HACK: sew up the Piccadilly per the directions. I didn’t hem the bottom but instead picked off any sequins that would be in the 1/2″ seam allowance. Sew a line of gathering stitches. Put aside.
Next, I made the mermaid fin shape. I used the LLK Coralie and Caspian Doll mermaid fin as a reference. Then I traced with a washable marker onto the back of the sequined fabric 1/2 the fin, then flipped and traced the other half the tail. I used scissors to cut out the tail so I could save any sequins overhanging the edges of the skirt. I made a size 3 and the mermaid tail fin measures about a foot wide and the upper part is about 5″ once cut and unfolded.
Next I gathered the skirt bottom the same width as the top of the fin. I was lazy and safety pinned the fin on but a quick run through the machine would permanently fix it.
Here are some more photos from our shoot as well as my attempts as photoshop editting!