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5K celebration and Freebie

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 Wow, I’m so humbled that we have reached 5000 members in the chat and share group, did you know we’ve gained 2000 members in only 1 year, that is amazing.  It’s only onwards and upwards from now, I’m really excited as to what the next year brings.

For a while now I have had a few friends saying that I needed to design a little pencil/straight skirt for my collection and when I saw that the 5000 milestone was coming up I thought what a perfect time to do it.

It doesnt have a fancy name, but true to LKC fashion it has as many options as I could squish into a plain old, boring straight skirt.

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These are the options

2 lengths ~ long (below knee) vs short (above knee)

2 pocket styles

2 waistband styles

2 hem styles

and here is the link 

Also the good news is, that if you join my group, you can get a CODE to purchase this delightful little skirt for FREE.

Also to help celebrate my 5k milestone these lovely, generous designers have donated a pattern each.  Make sure you enter the giveaway link below and show them some love by joining their groups.  One winner will take all!!! Ends 11.59pm 27 April 2017 (NZST)

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Burito Roll for the Tulip Trio

During recent testing of the Tulip Trio one of my amazing testers (Rebekah from RebekahSews) pointed out that we could do a burito type roll with the yokes.  The ones she made her girls were super gorgeous and so I decided to try it out aswell.  Well to my amazement it was actually quite easy, and makes for a superb finish on the inside, with no seams exposed (apart from the sleeves).

This technique can be applied to the front AND back yokes – you can do 1 or both, but if you do the back, you will need to cut an extra back yoke piece.

So lets get on with the HOW

If you are using this technique on the back yoke aswell, then you need to start right at #1

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Lay your pieces like the tutorial, but take the second back yoke and lay it RST with the other piece so the shoulder pieces are sandwiched between, still sew only along the shoulder seams.

Then follow the tutorial until you reach #4 ~ Adding the lower body.  Now follow the photos and instructions below.

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First you pin and only pin the lower front piece to the MAIN (as in not the lining) FRONT YOKE, then flip the neck/back up so that the right side of the whole thing is facing up.

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Now roll, as tight as you can the BACK/NECK piece, leaving the FRONT YOKE (both main and lining) facing up.20170331_211223

Now roll up the lower front until you are about 4cm from where the yoke joins to it.

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Then pick up that little roll of lower front and place it on top of the roll of back/neck.  Now the clips where the lower piece is joined to the yoke is exposed again.  See that front yoke up above it all?  Fold that down so the edge lines up with the edge that is clipped.  and Clip all three layers together.

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See like this!!

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Now sew it along where the clips are and turn out the right way.

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This is what you should have now….Repeat for the back yoke and lower back.

New release and hack

Well, I’ve been a bit slack with posting lately, I’ve had a few new releases that I’ve not blogged about, but anyway, I’m going to write about the new little shorts pattern I’ve just released last week.  they are a harem style and have a few different options like length, hem and pockets.

lengthFirst up is the length – they come in long length and a short length – the long length is perfect for a folded up cuff and the short length is perfect for play and easy to move around in.

pocketNext up is the pockets – there are two pocket options, a girly gathered pocket and a traditional pocket ( have no idea what it;s actually called)

cuff-or-hemFinally the hem options – you can add a cuff or hem by folding in toward the wrong side, both are super easy.

Now the HACK I was talking about – my wonderful tester Karen R made so many pairs and had a play around with a little side-tie hack…they were so cute that I got her to write up how to do it so that you can have a go yourself.

 Join my group and download the hack from the files tabkaren-r

These little shorts are so fast to sew up and make great Christmas presents.

And if you want to be in the draw to win this pattern, hop along to SEW by Pattern Pieces blog to have a read about some patterns that make great gifts and to enter her rafflecopter draw.

{PATTERN RELEASE} Peekaboopocket Mix&Match Outerwear

Yay, I’ve finally updated, added to, extended and improved one of my very first patterns.  The Peekaboopocket Vest pattern.

I have gained so many more skills since I first started designing patterns and the pabp vest has been weighing on my mind to be redone.  The main part I wasn’t overly fond of, was the wide gap between the ends of the hood.
Now that I have been designing for over 1 year I can confidently say that my sizing has been perfected and my grading is SO MUCH BETTER.
This new vest/hoodie is a similar fit to the Street Smart Sweatshirt Collection with one major difference in being the SSSC is a RAGLAN style sweatshirt and the new pattern isn’t.
Lets look at the options in this new pattern VS the old pattern

 

Wow, as you can see there are quite a lot of differences.  Have I convinced you yet that it’s a great pattern?  Good for all seasons, and easily customized to your child and climate.
You can purchase it HERE and its on sale until tomorrow night.
Go on you know you want to.
I’ll leave you with some of my tester photos.

and if you do purchase and make a vest or hoodie, I’d LOVE to see a photo.  Join my group and share your creations using my patterns.

{PATTERN RELEASE} Skinny Legs 12m-14years

Yay, the SKINNY LEGS pattern is finally released.  You can purchase it here.
But first lets look at the details.
Sizes:
12m-14years (the 14 even fits me, score)
Fabrics:
Good quality cotton lycra, anything with a good stretch, I even made Portia a pair with stretch denim and the ruched sides.  I would however go up a size in the width if I were to do this again.  And one tester even made them in stretch lace and they look so cute.
Options:
4 lengths, 2 waistbands, 2 styles (ruched vs plain)
I want to thank my amazing testers, most made multiple versions/options/lengths and for that I am so grateful as this means the pattern has been extensively tested thus making it as perfect as it can be!!
 3/4 length
 Ankle length
 Ruched panel option
lace, knee and shorts length
get the pattern on the website here
 also available on etsy and craftsy

{Pattern Release} Romp’n’Play Dropwaist Duo

Somehow this pattern didn’t get a blog post.  I think it was because I started working on the flutterby romper and playsuits before I released it, and it kind of got overshadowed.
Details:
~ comes in sizes nb-12years
~ Can be made in either knit, or woven, or even a mixture of both.
~ well laid out pattern pieces so you can print off the pieces you need, and not the ones you don’t.
~ fully photographed tutorial to help you sew your garment.
One of the defining features of this pattern is the unique plackard down the back.  Which allows for the top be be made completely from woven fabric.  I use the plackard on a top with knit fabric also but you could omit it for a simpler sew.
Check out some more of my testers photos.
Aren’t they awesome.
 

 

{Pattern Release} Flutterby PLAYSUIT

 The Flutterby PLAYSUIT has been released.  Get it now for 20% off, that makes it $7.20 until tonight.  Purchase it here
A cute little bubbly peasant onesie that is perfect by itself or with a skirt or shorts.
It has 5 different sleeve options  and the option of crotch snaps for easy nappy changing or not.
See doesn’t it work great as a blouse under a skirt?
 
So what are you waiting for, get it quick …

{Pattern Release} Kiwiana Undies

Another pattern that I’ve been working on these last few weeks is my undie pattern.
As you know, Portia is a teeny weeny thing, wearing size 12 months clothes even though she is 2 years old.
When I realised that she was toilet training herself (all my kids have started on their own and I’ve had to join in!!) I pulled out all the undies that I made Brylie to put them on Portia…however, even those these undies were little, they were not little enough.  I mean, Portia is MINI.  They fall of her without her even having to move!! So I thought right, I need to make some Teeny weeny undies, just for Portia.
Features of the KIWIANA UNDIES 
 
1 ~ Not a full brief, yet they still have full coverage for the behind.
2 ~ They are designed to sit under the belly, where most kids pull their undies down to anyway.
3 ~ The crotch is not super wide.
4 ~ Nice comfy cotton lycra waistband and leg cuffs.
5 ~ The huge size range from Teeny to Tween, and sizing is based on your child’s measurement rather than age.  Thus making sure you get a perfect fit.
DISCLAIMNER: I know there will be accusations of copying as my undie pattern looks similar to the that*darn*kat undies pattern.  Even though I do own this pattern and have made undies with it, I have in no way copied it.  Both these patterns use a similar construction method but my process  started when I took lots of measurements from Portia and from them, drafted my own undie block.  I then created my pattern pieces and graded up and down in size.

{Pattern Release} Flutterby Peasant Dress & Top

I’ve been very slack in posting lately and so I have two pattern releases to tell you about.

Right now I’m going to tell you about is my very versatile peasant dress pattern, which I’ve named the FLUTTERBY.

The Details:

Size range: nb-12yrs
Lengths: Dress length with and without ruffle / Top length with and without ruffle.
Sleeve options: Long, 3/4, short and flutter ( with different variations of each of these, you end up with a total of 10 different sleeves)
Fabric: Its designed for woven but it works perfectly in knit also.

Once again I had some awesome testers for this pattern, and here is a run down of the different styles using my tester photos.

Top without ruffle

Top with ruffle

Dress without ruffle

Dress with ruffle

This peasant dress pattern is slimmer fitting than most, and has a slight A-Line shape to it, which creates a slimmer, fitted silhouette.
It includes pattern pieces rather than a cutting chart.
My favourite sleeves are the flutter sleeve.
Such a simple, yet very effectively whimsical look is created by this sleeve.
If you would like to purchase this pattern you can get it here