January 2014 Dress of the Month

Introducing the January Dress of the Month – our 2014 Valentine’s Day dress! In the January dress box you will receive a Valentine’s Heart Applique dress and two double sided trading cards (one for a friend!) to collect or frame. The trading card this month includes Valentine’s Day artwork on both the front and the back of the card.

The January 2014 Dress of the Month via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

The Lil Blue Boo January Dress of the Month via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

*Please note – this is not a club. You can purchase a dress at any time as long as supplies last.

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Asymmetrical Leggings Pattern and American Girl Pattern

New pattern in the shop! A favorite from the clothing line so I’ve added it to the pattern line: The Asymmetrical Leggings…..and even added a miniature pattern for the American Girl style dolls.

Pattern can be sewn with regular sewing machine or a serger.  Any stretchy cotton/lycra/spandex blend works great as well as stretchy ribbed cotton like the kind used in tank tops.

Asymmetrical Leggings PDF Pattern (American Girl Sized Pattern Also Available)  via lilblueboo.com

With Boo’s new American Girl obsession a few of you saw this coming…..yep, that’s Pf-1221 doll or “Grace” as we now call her:


American Girl Sized Asymmetrical Leggings PDF Pattern (Girl Sized Pattern Also Available)  via lilblueboo.com

The leggings are easy to make and are for almost every season! Make them capri length or full length:

Asymmetrical Leggings Sewing Pattern via lilblueboo.com


These are Boo’s favorite leggings and I love how she looks like a little elf in them:

Asymmetrical Hankerchief Leggings PDF Sewing Pattern via lilblueboo.com


A few of my friends, Katherine, Olivia, and Melanie tested them out for me. I love their fabric choices:

Asymmetrical Hankerchief Leggings PDF Sewing Pattern via lilblueboo.com


Both patterns are available in the shop now!  More in the pipeline……for girls and dolls…..stay tuned!

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Modern Bustle Skirt

This was my entry last week into the SYTYC contest. Once again I was totally upstaged by my friend Dana over at Made who also did a skirt. She is WAY too talented. My entry was the Ruffle Bustle Skirt. I’m thinking of making this one of my new patterns after the holidays. It would be really cute with some different knit fabrics.

Modern Bustle Skirt via lilblueboo.com
I used pieces of old t-shirts to create a modern Victorian bustle underneath the back of this knit skirt. The result is a ruffled, flirty full skirt that every little girl would love to wear!

Modern Bustle Skirt 2 via lilblueboo.com

If you are wondering……the theme last week was “Turkey.” The colors (maroon, red, purple, brown, charcoal/white stripes) and angles of the ruffled t-shirt pieces were inspired by a plume of turkey feathers.

Modern Bustle Skirt 3 via lilblueboo.com
Sienna tested the skirt at our local playground and it was a huge hit…..

Modern Bustle Skirt 4 via lilblueboo.com
…..especially when it was discovered that the full bustle creates a padded “seat” for the swings and slides!

Modern Bustle Skirt 5 via lilblueboo.com
The SYTYC Contest is on a break this week. I’ve survived last week so I’ll let you know when the new entries are up this next week!

"Dress Me" Roboto

Here is my new little robot design that I am using on some dresses and skirts for my shop….she is a girl version of the boy robot I made the other day. I made this little knit dress today with an applique version and added interchangeable bows for the robot’s hair. They snap on and off so that the wearer can pick which one she wants “lil miss roboto” to wear! Sienna has so many clothes already I’ve listed it in my etsy shop. Stay tuned over the next week for some different versions and sizes!

"Dress Me" Roboto via lilblueboo.com

Saturday LBB Gallery Share – Twins!

When it is time to release a new pattern I am usually to the point where I can’t even bear to sew one more outfit from it! This is why I LOVE when people share what they have made with my patterns because it always reinspires me to revisit them. You all are so creative and I love that you take the patterns “out of the box” I’ve put them in!

Sofia posted these photos on her blog and I had to share them…they are matching outfits she made her twins. I am head over heels for the fabric combinations she used and that they work for both a girl and boy! These outfits look like they could be a Peter Max painting….which would totally be fitting because Sofia is an artist! I’m pretty sure she used the Hoodie pattern for each one and lengthened it into a dress. Go visit her and see more photos of these outfits and her artwork (check out the Village Frock she made too….love her fabric choice and the matching tie for her son!)

Saturday LBB Gallery Share - Twins via lilblueboo.com

Saturday LBB Gallery Share - Twins 2 via lilblueboo.com

Saturday LBB Gallery Share - Twins 3 via lilblueboo.com
If you haven’t joined the Lil Blue Boo Flickr Gallery yet….please do! There is some serious new cuteness showing up on there. And selfishly I just like to be inspired by what other people do with their own projects! Make sure if you upload photos to the gallery to leave your blog address in the notes so I can find you!

Super Girl (Updated)

Sienna wants to be a superhero for Halloween. I made her this outfit using my hoodie pattern…..but I tapered it a little and added a skirt to it. It is SO hot here today I left off the sleeves. I have a great pattern by Burda for a vest/jacket (that I still plan to make one day before Sienna gets too big)….and I like how they do the armhole trim like you see below…..almost like a men’s athletic shirt. (See the bottom of the post for the directions for armhole trim)

Super Girl (Updated) via lilblueboo.com
I shaped the center pieces to resemble a “Wonder Woman” belt.

Super Girl (Updated) 2 via lilblueboo.com
The hood trim is larger than normal….almost like a boxer’s robe. The stars on the hood trim and belt piece were added using a freezer paper stencil and fabric paint. Jacquard paints are the best I’ve used….they are soft and wash over and over again without fading! The color I used is Sky Blue and is by far my favorite color.

Super Girl (Updated) 3 via lilblueboo.com

The hood is her cape.

Super Girl (Updated) 4 via lilblueboo.com

During naptime today I made some wrist cuffs with stars.

Super Girl (Updated) 5 via lilblueboo.com
To make the wrist cuffs, I cut 2 pieces of ribbed knit (with spandex) into 6″ x 6″ squares. I used my large star scrapbook punch to cut out 2 stars from Pellon Wonder-Under and applied them to some scrap yellow knit.

Super Girl (Updated) 6 via lilblueboo.com
I sewed the appliques on first.. Then I folded each one right sides together and sewed the long end. Turned them right side out and sewed the ends together to complete the cuff.

Arm hole trim:
To sew the arm hole trim you basically need to cut a piece of ribbed knit (with some spandex) in the following shape. Iron the fold and leave it folded. Sew it around the edge of the armhole (open edges lined up with the raw edges of the arm hole) before closing your side seam:

Updated: Photos of the cuffs…..we went to a Halloween Carnival this afternoon.

Super Girl (Updated) 7 via lilblueboo.com
(Holy cow….my roots are 8 inches long….time for extreme makeover this week)

Now she wants a pony……she chose the biggest one! Not scared at all!

Super Girl (Updated) 8 via lilblueboo.com
It was SO hot….look at those flushed cheeks!

Super Girl (Updated) 9 via lilblueboo.com

Combining LBB Patterns

Nothing gets past you guys. I’ve had question after question about the ability combine the Sienna Dress Pattern and the Hoodie Pattern.

The answer is: yes. With one adjustment. To add the hood to the Sienna dress you have to trim the neckline about an 1/8″ to 1/4″ all the way around (just pin the hood before you cut to check the size).

These photos aren’t great, but I didn’t really think about sharing them until the pattern questions came up. Just a few things I’ve made my daughter from my scrap bin (yes, I said scrap bin so don’t hold the “un-cuteness” against me):

Sienna Dress with the following options: Hood added (from Hoodie Pattern), Capped sleeves option (from Sienna Dress Pattern), Bottom Band added (from Hoodie Pattern), Trim added to sleeves (modified from Hoodie Pattern)

Combining LBB Patterns via lilblueboo.com
Combining LBB Patterns 2 via lilblueboo.com

Sienna Dress with the following options: Made in a larger size, Hood added (from Hoodie Pattern), Capped sleeves option (from Sienna Dress Pattern), Bottom Band added (from Hoodie Pattern), Wrist trim added (from Hoodie Pattern)

Combining LBB Patterns 3 via lilblueboo.com
Combining LBB Patterns 4 via lilblueboo.com
Sienna Dress with the following options: Hood added (from Hoodie Pattern), Capped sleeves option (from Sienna Dress Pattern), Bottom Band added (from Hoodie Pattern), Trim added to sleeves (modified from Hoodie Pattern), Horizontal seams are serged in reverse

Combining LBB Patterns 5 via lilblueboo.com
Just email me if you have questions!

A Dress for October (Updated)

Another dress for the fall using 5 different t-shirts.
A Dress for October (Updated) via lilblueboo.com
I bought Sienna (yes, storebought) the perfect black and white striped leggings to wear underneath. Now it just needs to cool off! It was only 101 degrees here today.
A Dress for October (Updated) 2 via lilblueboo.com
I’m sewing an identical one for my Etsy store except that the purple is at the top and orange is at the bottom….I’ll finish it tonight. The plan was to offer someone their pick and Sienna would get the leftovers, but my iron was too hot and I smeared some of the text at the top of the dress! She’ll never notice.
A Dress for October (Updated) 3 via lilblueboo.com
Halloween tees are SO much better than when we were growing up, right? I wouldn’t have been caught dead in one until recent years…..
A Dress for October (Updated) 4 via lilblueboo.com
Pattern used: The Sienna Dress
A Dress for October (Updated) 5 via lilblueboo.com
Update: Here is the 2nd one I made. I LOVE the little owl tag that is on the bottom ruffle! This dress is in my etsy shop now…..there will only be one.
A Dress for October (Updated) 6 via lilblueboo.com
A Dress for October (Updated) 7 via lilblueboo.com

Halloween Batik Toddler Top

I found this amazing batik fabric at Joann’s the other day and immediately knew what I was going to make with it! I made this peasant top for Boo and another one for the boutique I am going to this Wednesday. It is a very subtle “Halloween” outfit which is totally my style. My friend Lisa over at ElleBows is going to make some ElleBlooms to match! I used the same pattern that I used for the Coffee Sack Dress and shortened it.

Halloween Batik Toddler Top via lilblueboo.com
I love the spiderweb design.

Halloween Batik Toddler Top 2 via lilblueboo.com
I’m experimenting with new Lil Blue Boo garment labels too. They are a little plain but I’m liking them! I used this tutorial from Pepperberry as a starting point….

Halloween Batik Toddler Top 3 via lilblueboo.com
If the dress doesn’t sell at the boutique I’ll be adding it to my Etsy shop.