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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Hope you enjoyed your visit with me!


Dress No. 17 by EMPatterns

Thanksgiving is tomorrow!  I can’t believe how fast this year is going.  Pretty soon Christmas will be knocking at the door.  Perhaps it doesn’t feel like it because it has been so warm in LA.  However, it has been in the 50’s and 60’s in the morning.  It can be so difficult to dress the little ones  when the afternoon can reach the 80’s.  If you have an opinionated girl, dressing decisions can become a battle.  Sometimes, she just wants to wear a dress and refuses to wear anything over that dress.  She is willing to suffer for beauty.  But her mom does not want her to suffer a cold.  The best solution, a long sleeve dress with a cowl neck to keep her warm!

Did you like how I tied that in?  🙂  Enter, E+M Patterns newest dress, No. 17.


This is another fantastic pattern that I was lucky enough to test for Allison at EM Patterns.  If you haven’t been following my sewing progress, you may want to see all the amazing things that Allison has in her patterns.  They are clear, well photographed, and come together perfectly.  Check out Dress No. 13, Dress No. 15, and Shirt+Dress No. 6 if you have time.

As usual, the pattern is full of lovely options.

1.  Sleeves: Long or 3/4

2. Neck Line: Cowl or banded

3. Hem: Hi-Low, Shirt, straight

4. Waist: Elastic, Shirred, or belt



For this version I chose the long sleeve, cowl, hi-low and elastic waist.  The cowl is fabulous because it keeps your kiddo warm without the tightness of a turtle neck.  My daughter doesn’t like turtle necks because they “choke” her.  So this cowl is perfect for B.


In testing, the hi-low changed a bit from this aggressive swoop.  The pattern you’ll find is more classic and conservative.  But if you really like this trendy curve, you could easily add length to the back if you wanted.  Personally, I like both.  🙂



cowl dress back view

Here’s my little model striking poses.  I almost wish that I could get this attitude every time.  Most photo sessions are of me chasing her around the room or outside trying to sneak a good shot in.



This is a far more common occurrence.  My B is full of energy and fun.

Here’s another version with the banded neck.

owl side


You can see that the hi-low hem is more classic and reserved in the newest version.

owl back


This one also has the belt.  I was so surprise that she didn’t fiddle with it at all.  I think she liked having the bow in the front.

owl front


Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to head over to EM Patterns to get the Dress No.17. Or go to ETSY or CRAFTSY.
Keep your girls warm and styling.  Happy Thanksgiving!



Sunday Girl Designs: The Fauna


It has felt like a long time since Georgianna of Sunday Girl Designs has released a pattern!  The last dress I tested for her, the Lily Rose, won second place in a sewing contest hosted by my favorite local boutique fabric shop.  So when she posted a tester call, I jumped at the chance to try out another of her fabulous designs.


Georgianna never cuts corners and adorns her dresses with delicate details that make her designs really stand out.  Just check out the double ruffles, bias tape around the collar and arm holes, and sweet tabs on the front and back.


This darling jumper is simply oozing with Southern charm.  Since we are nearing Fall and I need some warmer outfits for B, I tried my hand at corduroy.  I’m so glad I did!



IMG_4552Whenever I sew from Georginanna’s tutorials, I feel that I grow as a seamstress.  Her tutorials are detail oriented and create outfits that are beautiful on the inside and out.  They are also super sturdy, which you would not guess from how dainty the designs look.  From her I first learned how to use bias tape on clothing when I worked on the Odette.  My first time creating a placket was with the Lily Rose.  The Fauna will teach you how to create beautifully felled seams.


Check out the felled seams on the left and the right side of the photo.  The  seams were also perfect for the corduroy because it frayed so badly.  This jumper turned out so sweet and lovely.  I have a feeling she’ll be wearing it throughout the winter.  Now I need to find a worthy blouse pattern to pair with it.  Georgianna?  😉


For a limited time, Sunday Girl Designs is offering this pattern for $3!  For all the work that she has put into the tutorial, this is a completely crazy deal.  Head over to her ETSY shop now before the deal is gone!

The Lovely Lily Rose by Sunday Girl Design

Do you remember The Odette designed by Sunday Girl Designs?  Well, Georgianna has created another beautiful pattern again that I was lucky enough to test.  Her pattern releases at the end of this week!  Keep up to date with the pattern at her Facebook page, SundayGirlDesigns.


Quick Collage


There are many things to love about this pattern:


1. It is full of beautiful details like the turned corners on the bodice,  bias tape details on the pockets, high low hem with ruffles, etc

2. The pattern pieces come together perfectly

3. There is a clever tutorial for turning spaghetti straps

4. Includes options to simplify the dress.  You can make a simple bodice, omit the high-low hem, or forego the pockets.  But really, why would you?

5. The dress is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.  The only place you see hems are the side seams of the skirt, and where the ruffle joins the skirt.  If you lined the skirt and the ruffle you could easily make a reversible dress!  


Pockets for my treasures!


When making this dress be prepared to set aside some time.  Let me tell you though, the dress is so worth it.  Bring out some of the fabrics you love to pet as you walk by your sewing stash.  Admit it, we all have those fabrics we just can’t bring ourselves to cut.  This pattern is worth it and you can use small cuts of your treasured fabrics for the details.


One more thing before I bombard you with photos of the dress.  I was able to sew this dress hopped up on pain killers because of a gnarly gum infection.  I don’t know how it happened.  I do remember getting some food stuck between my teeth and aggressively flossing.  Maybe my flossing cut something?  This is probably the first time a dentist will tell me that flossing was not a great idea!  Flossing aside, the dress looks complex but if you follow Georgianna’s instructions you won’t believe how simple it is.



Of course I have not forgotten about baby C!  She’s coming up in another pattern I tested.  For now you can see her with her favorite toy.


Why yes, that is a Roomba.  Yes she has a panic attack when she turns it on.   And yes, she continues to turn it on anyway.