LLK Sanibel, Coralie and a Piccadilly hack!

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!

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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.

and DONE!

Here are some more photos from our shoot as well as my attempts as photoshop editting!

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Happy sewing!



Pattern Tests / Collaborations


So as I’m scrolling though IG, I pass some gorgeous colors of a new fabric line and an “apply if you want to be part of my blog tour…” message and think “might as well give it a shot”. Wow, wasn’t I pleasantly surprised when I opened my email and Jessica Swift had invited me to sew up her new line, LUGU for Art Gallery Fabrics!

Jessica let us pick anything from her new LUGU line and sent it directly to us. She even had Art Gallery send us solids to match!

AG fabric is so nice feeling. These were all 100% premium cotton. Smooth, soft, with a beautiful drape. The colors are vibrant, and the AGF solids match LUGU perfectly! LUGU for Art Gallery Fabrics has 2 colors ways and a ton of sweet designs that are inspired by Lithuanian folk art.

I had to decide fast what I would sew, so I reached out to my fav designers at Little Lizard King for some suggestions. I just love their patterns; simple directions and great fit, and the nicest group of designers and testers! Their style is on point with my aesthetic and I find myself gravitating to those patterns more often then not. I ended up using a pattern that’s been in my collection for awhile but that I haven’t sewn yet, Malibu (yeah for progress towards another goal!) It’s a fan favorite in the LLK sewing group and perfect as we head into summer here in Massachusetts.

I choose Lumina Dusk and AG PURE Solids Verve Violet to coordinate. I choose this fabric over the others as I loved the vibrant teal color and the different phases of the moon printed all over the fabric. Cora tells me she was “on the moooon” (I wish you could hear her say it) before she was born, so this fabric was fitting.

I modified the pattern just a bit so I could get a contrasting bow and I used the width of fabric for the front and back for a fuller skirt to maximize the twirl. That is the only criteria for dresses these days and it MUST be met (did I mention she’s 3? 🤣). I was originally going to mash a circle skirt but this pattern has inseam pockets and I knew Cora would love those! The back of this dress is a showstopper but so simple to construct. I sewed a straight size 3, but per her measurements, she is an 18 month width and 3 length. I love that the tie and elastic allow this dress to “grow” as she does This will easily fit Cora next year, but probably as a tunic/shirt.

I also sewed up a LLK Charlotte Doll, with some mods of course! This is my second and I got a little crazy with the embroidery. We were on vacation and I decided that since I couldn’t sew, I would embroider her face and hair. Not bad for winging it but man that was time consuming. Next time I’ll try yarn hair, there are tons of great YouTube tutorials.

Cora was ecstatic to see a matching doll the morning after I finished. She just kept exclaiming “is that me?” in her little 3 year old voice. Then she demanded to put on her matching dress. Needless to say she loves them both!

Thanks for following along! Click here to see the whole blog tour line up and what all the other amazing people made!

Thanks for having me Jess!

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Pattern Tests / Collaborations

Project Run and Play

I took most of January and February off from sewing for others after a busy November/December. I was fortunate to be able to test for not 1, not 2, but 3 different designers in that time! (goal 1 almost complete!)

Little Lizard King Brunswick
Bebekins Luella & Bella
Little Lizard King Princeton
Little Lizard King London Leotard

One of those was for a collaboration collection between pattern designers for Project Run and Play . If you haven’t checked out PR&P on IG and FB, it’s usually a 4 week elimination contest between designers, each week has a theme. This time they did something a little different and had the designers work together to create a collection of patterns that fit the theme Farmer’s Market!

Bernadette, the mastermind of Duchess & Hare, masterfully crafts truly vintage inspired outfits for the little girls in your life. The D’Anjou dress is no exception and exactly what a warm summer day calls for!

Duchess & Hare D’Anjou Dress

My husband calls this her Dell’s Lemonade dress, but I’ve been hoarding this fabric from Riley Blake for awhile, just waiting for the right project. The bodice is white with yellow words and drawings like “Farmer’s Market” and “Homemade Jam”. We even made it to the Project Run and Play Lookbook (page 176)! Check out all the patterns here.

Looking forward to more pattern tests and collaborations in the future!

– Betsy


2019 Goals – better late then never!

As a busy mom of 2 young kids, it is hard to find ME time. Self care is incredibly important when so much of your day is consumed by taking care of others. The saying is true, the days are long but the years are short, but it’s hard to see that through the fog of little sleep, never ending colds, endless snacks, and feeling touched out.

When my daughter was almost a year, I finally busted out my sewing machine after only dabbling the past few years and I found a spark I had been missing. Making kids clothes was satisfying. They were small, take minimal fabric, relatively quick, and once you complete a project there is a sense of accomplishment. Something in my life was actually finished! Amid the piles of laundry, mounding toys, and boxes of diapers, I was actually able to complete a project and it felt good.

For me this snowballed quickly into a small business, and Little Pink Pamplemousse was born.

Kelly has been sewing right along side me since the birth of our daughters (they are 3 months apart just like Kelly and I). I was so excited she approached me at the end of 2018 with the idea to start a blog about friendship and sewing. Here are some general goals for the blog we came up with for 2019, our year of self care sewing!

1. Actually carve out time to do personal sewing and knitting projects

2. Hold each other accountable for self determined deadlines with projects

3. Sharing patterns and companies we like

We made these in January but it took us til now to get them up (cuz…life 😜). We will see how well we do at the end of the year!

For myself, I jotted down few goals for the year.

1. Pattern test for at least 4 different companies. I find the process so interesting and always pick up new techniques. The people in the sewing groups associated with these patterns and the designers are a wealth of knowledge and usually extremely helpful. It also gives me hard and fast deadlines, as well as the opportunity to make a new pattern!

2. Work on my photography. With my business and for pattern testing, final photos are extremely important. I’ve got a lot to learn about editing!

3. Make something for me. For all the kid outfits I’ve made, I’ve hardly made myself anything. I must change that! I hope to make at least 3 items for myself this year.

4. Sew some of the patterns I own that I’ve been collecting. I have a lot of pattern, I don’t even want to count. I’m sure in my haste I’ve even ordered 2 of the same pattern on 2 different occasions. Now it’s time to make at least 5 of these by the end of the year.

Thanks for coming along on this journey with us.

– Betsy