Holiday Starlight City Sparkles

Welcome to the last stop on the Lil Luxe Collection Holiday Blog Tour!  One of my favorite dresses the Starlight City is up.  Jessica challenged her testers to come up with festive versions of her fabulous patterns.  Although all her patterns are full of sleek modern lines, I felt that the Starlight City would make a super glam dress.  Even the name says it all.  For me, it calls to mind the feeling of standing on the buff in Palos Verdes overlooking the Pacific and the twinkling lights of LA.  So I wanted a dress that sparkled and gleamed.


I chose a silver and purple woven jacket fabric for the top, and an inky purple sequined knit for the skirt.  B found the dress immediately twirl worthy.  She also felt like a princess with the longest dress she has worn.

Starlight City Front

I didn’t chance the anything about the bodice from the pattern except to fully line it.  I knew that she would complain about the bodice fabric because it is fairly rough, so it is fully lined including the sleeves.  For the skirt I used the full width of the knit for the front and the back of the skirt.

Starlight City Side

I also extended the skirt so that it skimmed the floor.  My favorite part of the dress is the back.

Starlight City back


Isn’t the twist in the back simply breathtaking?!  I love that it is so unique and beautiful.  In order to fully line it from the scratchy material, I actually cut the back bodice piece in half and added 3/8th in the middle when I cut the fabric.



Even though the fabric was difficult to work with (bodice fabric frayed terribly, sequin knit kept getting eaten), the dress came together quickly within a couple of hours.  B wore the dress all day at Disneyland and got many compliments.  It’s always a nice feeling when your creation is praised.  Best of all B loved the dress and was so excited to share that her mom made it for her.

If you would like the pattern, and why not?!  Head over here (affiliate) to get your own copy.  There is a 30% off promotion going on right now with the code “blogtour”.  If you haven’t been following along.  Check out the other stops of the blog tour for inspiration.

Blog Tour schedule:
Monday, Dec. 1 – Rouche & Division Top
Wednesday, Dec. 3 – Peek A Boo Hoodie
Thursday, Dec. 4 – Alley Cat Romper
Friday, Dec. 5 – Reversible Crop Top & Dress
Monday, Dec. 8 – Modern Belle Dress
Tuesday, Dec. 9 – Socialite Peplum and Dress
Wednesday, Dec. 10 – Two Haute Shorts
Thursday, Dec. 11 – Starlight City Dress
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Girl’s Skirt No 18

Ready for some more holiday fun?  I’m excited to share a fantastic skirt I was lucky to test for E+M Patterns.  This unique skirt is actually great for any occasion but the scalloped detail really lends itself to playful seasonal prints.


This isn’t one of the fastest patterns that Allison has come up with but it is well worth the effort.  The scallops require some attention so you can get the curve just the way you want them.  It’s not hard, it just needs a little more time.  As I mentioned before, it’s so worth the time!

Skirt 18 1

The front of the skirt is a flat face and the back has 2 elastic casings.  Which is great for comfort and making sure the skirt stays up.  B asked if she could wear the skirt “forever and forever”.

Skirt 18 pic2


In general I’m adverse to paying for a pattern that I know that I can figure out myself and do it my way.  This skirt is something that you’d want someone else to have figured out already.  It’s totally worth getting the pattern so you don’t have to mess around with getting the scallops even.

skirt 18 pic3

For my fun holiday print I chose Christmas cows.  B’s lovey is a stuffed cow and she can’t sleep without Mr. Cow.  She was delighted to have such festive cows on her skirt.

Skirt 18 pic4

The red trim is a snowman print that is a great contrast to the cow print.  I used the red trim to make the bow.   The bow is detachable.  It is sewn onto a safety pin so it can be removed when the skirt goes in the wash.  I find that bows sometimes don’t come out of the wash as nicely as they go in.

skirt 18 pic5

As usual, the inside of the skirt is as beautiful as it is on the outside.  I think it may be because Allison doesn’t own a serger that she is really mindful of how raw edges are handled.  The inside of the underskirt is a felled seam and the waistband it completely encased.  The overskirt is also finished perfectly.  This is great skirt for gifting because the workmanship is impeccable.

If you need a beautifully classic skirt for all occasions, look no further.  Can’t you see this as an everyday play skirt too?  Or looking forward, it would be a darling Easter skirt.  As usual the tutorial is well written, clear and concise.  If you need another reason to get this fabulous pattern: it’s on sale for $4 until midnight EST on Thursday.  Then the price goes up to $8.  Head over the E + M Patterns to take advantage now!

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Holiday Revamped Crop Top

One of the best parts about the holidays is having a reason to get together with great friends.  The theme this year was Cocktail Party.  It was fun to have a reason to dress up and it was the perfect opportunity to put together a fancy holiday dress for B.  Since my B is very active, even a fancy dress still needs to be able to handle some rough and tumble play time.  Fortunately for me, I was able to test the revamped Crop Top Dress pattern for Lil Luxe Collection.  The pattern has the modern lines that are the Jess’s trademark.


I chose to use the wrong side of a satin fabric I found at Joann in the remnants bin.  Initially I had bought the fabric for me but I thought it would really set of this dress.  The right side is this shimmery glossy texture but as I cut the fabric out I was really attracted to the silky and grainy texture of the wrong side.  A quick poll in the FB tester group later, and I was confident with my decision.

crop top


The dress is along the lines of the paper bag dress design that is new to me.  As usual Jess has a beautiful surprise in the back!



I think the trick with this style of skirt is keeping the top of it from flopping over.  Between the testers and Jess the tutorial ensures that you’ll have a that fabulous gathered look.  In fact I didn’t even need the belt.  I just added it for a pop of glittery color.  Her dress was a hit at the party and she was able to feel festive and comfy.

The top of the dress is also it’s own top!  It’s like getting 2 patterns for 1.  Who doesn’t love a deal?!

crop top front

Channelling her inner rocker chick





This might take away from her rocker chick attitude but her pink rocker cuff is actually a Doc McStuffin’s cast.  😉



The crop top is just 2 pieces.  Seriously, just 2!  You need to cut 2 of each, one of your main fabric and one of the lining.  So 2 pattern pieces and 4 pieces of fabric.  Rock on!  In fact the top is reversible as well.  It doesn’t get any easier than this.  The top swings open in the back and is great of keeping cool in the heat.  Even though we are officially into winter, we still have some hot afternoons she can wear the top for.  Plus I’m thinking of making one in faux suede to be worn over long sleeves.  I wish I had better photos of the back so you can see the swing.  I’m including a small collage of the outtakes and you can see it better in there.

crop top outtakes

Photo session outtakes

From these outtakes, you can get a peek into my crazy photo sessions.  They consist of running around after B while her baby sister wanders around the room.  You can see the baby forehead photo bomb.  I just had to include it because I find it to be hilarious!

Anyway back to the fabulous pattern!  A top and a dress in one.  If that part doesn’t sell you on rushing over to get the pattern, here’s something that may help.  During the Lil Luxe blog tour you can get the patterns at a 30% discount with the code blogtour when you go to the Lil Luxe Collection website, here (affiliate link).

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