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We picked a name! Boom Town. Thanks to Kellie!

Lil Blue Boo Fall 2011

Fall is almost here! The Lil Blue Boo 2011 Fall Collection will launch Friday at 9am PST!  All items ordered Friday before Midnight will get a pre-order discount of 10% using code FALLPREORDER. Previews will start going up in the next few days so you can plan your fall shopping list!

We had a photo shoot this morning with Minha Boneca Dolls.  Aren’t these dolls just gorgeous?! We will be offering coordinating 10″ and 15″ doll clothing for this collection!

We thought we might get more shots but it just got too hot….so look for more as the week progresses!

 

 

 


More outfit photos at the link below from when Boo and I were recently in the NC mountains! She’s wearing the reversible skirt that you see in the photos above too:

 

 

 

Fall Sneak Peeks….

Boo and I are spending some time in the mountains of NC with my mother. I packed a few samples from part of our new fall line for Boo to try out (so you only get to see one color palette…..the rest will have to be a surprise).  I was able to snap a few photos while she tried out her new slingshot:

 

 

This season we’ve focused on layering, comfort and options…..the skirt below reverses to a black and purple plaid:

 

 

So many pieces that coordinate and are interchangeable:

 

 

And as always…..clothing that stretches across multiple sizes and seasons:

 

Full collection will be available to order at the end of August!  Stay tuned! Hair accessories by Perfectly Perrywinkle.

Apron Skirts (A Tutorial and Download)

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I’m attacking my fabric stash….and making apron skirts! I have so many novelty prints that look fun mismatched:

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Here are just a few combinations I’ve made recently:

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Here are the basic measurements I use for skirts (click image to download a PDF version):

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To make your skirt the directions are pretty straight forward:

Step 1: Cut 2 main skirt pieces and 2 waistband pieces using the measurements in the chart.
Step 2: Cut one apron piece using the measurements in the chart.
Step 3: Place your two waistband pieces together so that the right sides are facing each other and sew up the sides as shown using a 1/4″ seam. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.
Step 4: Place your two main skirt pieces together so that the right sides are facing each other and sew up the sides as shown using a 1/4″ seam. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 5 & 6: Take your apron piece and fold one side 1/4″ and then again 1/2″. Press with an iron. Repeat for the opposite side and bottom of apron piece.
Step 7 & 8: Stitch the sides and bottom of the apron with a 3/8″ seam.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 9: Turn your main skirt piece right side out and place the apron piece on top so that it is centered in the middle.
Step 10: Place the main skirt piece up inside the waistband piece so that the right sides are together (your waistband piece will actually be upside down).
Step 11: Stitch all the way around the top of the waistband piece attaching all three pieces (main skirt piece, apron and waistband piece. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.
Step 12: Flip the waistband piece back up and iron the seam flat (so that the inside of the seam is pointed upward onto the waistband).

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 13 & 14: Fold the hem of your skirt up a 1/2″ and press with an iron. Fold the hem over 1″ and press with an iron.
Step 15: Fold your waistband down 1/2″ and press with an iron.
Step 16: Fold your waistband down enough to accommodate the elastic width (allow about and 1/4″ on each side). Press with an iron.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 17 & 18: Stitch the bottom fold of the waistband with a 1/8″ seam all the way around but leaving an inch opening to insert your elastic through.
Step 19: Top stitch the seam connecting the waistband and the main skirt piece.
Step 20: Stitch all the way around the hem of the skirt using a 1/8″ seam.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 25 & 26: Using a safety pin, insert the elastic up into the 1″ gap in the waistband and work it all the way around until it comes out the other side.
Step 27: Stitch the elastic closed.
Step 28: Stitch the 1″ gap closed.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A finished apron skirt! You can also leave the apron off for an easy basic skirt.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com
I love the contrast of these fun Japanese fabrics:

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

CONTINUE READING

The Reversible Bubble Hoodie PDF Pattern!

(make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post)

Introducing the newest Lil Blue Boo sewing pattern: The Reversible Bubble Layering Hoodie! The pattern is available in the Lil Blue Boo Pattern Shop now but you can enter to win one of 4 copies being given away this weekend below.

It’s an Intermediate level pattern but is a very quick sew.  Sizes 6 months to 12 years. The best part is the layering possibilities and that it is fully reversible:

 

 

Fun for warmer weather as a swimsuit coverup or an extra layer…..

 

 

….and versatile enough for cooler weather as a jumper layered over short sleeves, long sleeves, leggings and boots!

 


 

 

 

The Giveaway is now closed. The winners are:

From the blog comments: #6 Heidi and #66 Jennifer Dingman

From FaceBook comments: Delene Potgieter and Rachel Hatch

Please email lisa (at) lilblueboo (dot) com to claim your prize!

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We will be giving away 4 copies of the pattern away! 2 on Facebook and 2 on the blog.

To enter on Facebook just comment on the link to this post and leave a comment here to enter on the blog!  Giveaway ends Sunday night at midnight!

 

A special thanks to Katherine of Bebe Gear for the model photos!

 

 

Quotes on the photos in the post taken from poems by:

Alfred Lord Tennyson
Robert Frost
Evaleen Stein
Elaine Goodale
Will Carleton
Robert Louis Stevenson

The Square Top (A Tutorial)

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Super easy summer top…..made from a simple square piece of knit fabric. This top definitely has its roots in my mathematics background. I kept trying to visualize how to make it work with minimal sewing and finally one day it just clicked.  So here it is…..the Square Top. It’s a perfect project for a beginner!

Step 1: I cut a 30″ x 30″ square piece of knit fabric for Boo’s size (a solid 4T)…..I got that measurement by measuring from her shoulders to below her hip (15″). I folded it in half on the table and marked the center:


How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 2: I marked two 2.5″ semi circles on the fold about 3.5″ to the left and right of my center point for the arm holes (the 3.5″ measurement because I want the front and back piece to be about 7″ wide to cover her chest):

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: I carefully cut out the semicircles:

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 4: I cut the fold connecting the 2 circles…..creating the front and back edges of the top.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 5: I cut 3″ strips of fabric for the trim.  Two pieces 32″ long for the ties and 2 pieces long enough to trim the front and back edges (about 8″ each):

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 6: My least favorite thing to do is make bias tape….so I cheated a little here. I folded the trim pieces in half and sew the edges shut….

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…….very close to the edge:

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 7: I ironed the pieces flat so the sewn edge is in the center where the fold will be:

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 8: I folded the front trim around the top edge of the top and stitched carefully so the needle caught both sides:

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

The trim was slightly longer than the top edge so I just trimmed off the edges. Same process for the back top edge.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 9: I started at the center of the arm holes and pinned the center of the longer trim in place…..and pinned along the rest of the exposed arm hole edge.

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 10: Starting at one end of the folded trim, I sewed the trim shut and all the way around to attach it to the arm hole and back up the other end. I did this for both sides/arms.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 10: Lastly I trimmed the ties at an angle to make them look neater:

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Updated: A few closeups of the finished top and straps:


How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

Quick, easy, comfy and stylish.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Fun and billowy.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Long enough to be just a tunic with leggings.

 

How to make an easy square top. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Boo Style

Keedy’s Fountain Grill founded in 1957
Keedy’s Biggest Fan (Boo) founded in 2007

 

Dress: Custom LBB Dress from T-Shirt
Leggings: Lil Blue Boo
Shoes: Unicorn Crocs
Hat: Smith
Necklace: DIY Donut necklace…..confiscated before I could give it to Silpada!

 

 

“Boo Style” highlights things we just love.
Browse all of Boo’s recent picks here.

Boo Style


Today I choose happiness.

 

 

Top: Gap Kids
Skirt: Lil Blue Boo
Capris: Calvin Klein Kids

 

And don’t forget the custom painted “fishy” toes:

“Boo Style” highlights things we just love.
Browse all of Boo’s recent picks here.
We are always looking for fun, unique clothing, toys and accessories.

If you have suggestions or favorite brands let us know!
All items posted in Boo Style are “Boo Approved”…..nothing itchy, fitted or formal. Tagless preferred.
Contact us at boostyle at lilblueboo dot com

Boo Style

 

Diesel has a new friend.


 

My mother-in-law buys a “Patrick” for all or her grandchildren. It is the biggest stuffed dog I’ve ever seen. You’ll need a large SUV to transport it. It’s a great TV chair and beanbag chair.

Diesel has claimed it now as his favorite place to sleep. He just looks so darn tiny.

Stuffed Dog: FAO Schwarz

 

“Boo Style” highlights things we just love.
Browse all of Boo’s recent picks here.
We are always looking for fun, unique clothing, toys and accessories.

If you have suggestions or favorite brands let us know!
All items posted in Boo Style are “Boo Approved”…..nothing itchy, fitted or formal. Tagless preferred.
Contact us at boostyle at lilblueboo dot com

A Patriotic Romper and a Doily Dutch Girl

So glad to be back at work and inspired! Just a few new things I’ve made for the shop:

The Patriotic Superhero Romper (available for only a day or so)
Features a silk screened star applique

The Doily Dutch Girl Skirt and Flutter Sleeve Tank
Tank is silk screened with dark Fuchsia Lil Blue Boo Folk Art design. Navy/cream flutter sleeves.
Skirt is silk screened with a Fuchsia hand drawn doily.

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