Beaded Lace Alley Cat Leo from Lil Luxe Collection

I have written about the  Lil Luxe Collection Alley Cat Romper  here and here.

But my favorite option for the Alley Cat is the Leo and it’s perfect now that my little one is starting gymnastics.SONY DSCAlthough this one is just for play as I’m not sure her coaches would appreciate a beaded train for class. haha! SONY DSCThe Alley Cat has lots of great options. I bought the full pattern collection, which includes Romper, Leotard and Dress.  To best suit your needs, you can buy the collection as a complete set, just the leo and top, just the romper and dress, or just the romper and leo.  All options include long sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, short sleeve or sleeveless and the bodice is fully lined.SONY DSCI can’t remember where I got the teal cotton/lycra for this long sleeve leo. But I know I bought a bunch of these beaded lace scraps from Fabric Merchants Retail in LA more about Fabric Merchants here.SONY DSCThe beaded lace is pretty heavy so I gathered and attached it to a piece of 3/4″ elastic (leaving about an inch of lace at the top) to help the bodice hold the weight of the lace and then when my Leo was fully constructed I just attached it by top stitching with a zigzag stitch from side seam to side seam. Maybe not the best method, but it got the job done and it looks beautiful. SONY DSCIn the smaller sizes, the Leo is a great scrap buster! I used the little bit of lace for the bodice and appliquéd the extra little bits to the front and side of bodice. SONY DSCFor the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I determined my daughter’s size as 3T using the pattern size chart .  Chest 20.5″, Waist 20.5″, Hips 21. She is 36″ tall. I opted to sew a straight 3T. SONY DSCI’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG so that we can share our sewing projects, tips and tricks with each other.







I highly suggest joining the Lil Luxe Group on Facebook to be inspired by all the beautiful creations others are making with this pattern.


Pattern Description: Lil Luxe Collection Alley Cat Leotard
Pattern sizing: 18 months to Girls 10 (size chart available here)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes. Detailed information and line professional line drawings were provided for each step.
Fabric used: Cotton Lycra and Beaded Lace
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes and No …pattern suggests Medium Weight 2-Way knits with good recovery. But judging by the tester photos and others in the group it seems people are using Cotton Lycras and Brushed Polys with success.
Did you alter the pattern in any way? I added the lace train and applique. Otherwise this is an exact to pattern 3T.
Was there anything you disliked or would change? My daughter loves it, so I am happy.
Would you sew it again? Yes
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginner
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 3/8″ throughoutSONY DSCSee you next time!

Little Black Ballet Top

Even though the Patterns for Pirates  Wiggle Dress is a total bombshell as a full length gown, it also makes a great basic as well…but pictures speak louder than words.


The Wiggle Dress PDF Pattern  makes an excellent basic ballet top. Ballet, like classical music, is just NEVER going to go out of style.  And since my love for black Cotton-Lycra runs deep (even though it is not a recommended fabric for this pattern) I decided to give it a try.


The results are everything I was hoping for. A great basic, something quick and easy to grab out of the closet.


If you remember the Wiggle is a lightening fast sew, so when we decided to run out on a family shopping trip and I didn’t feel like digging through laundry. I opted to see how quickly I could make a Wiggle Top. The answer was: 40 minutes.

Which actually was a lot longer than it should have taken. All 3 of my babes were interupting so that I could help them get ready, I had to change thread color on my serger and coverstitch (that’s reathreading 7 spools of thread), and I had to unpick the neckline and re-do it a little.


All-in-all, I think this could easily be a 20 minute top if you want to have a race sometime. haha!

And it lends itself well to being dressed up or dressed down. This weekend, I styled it with this skirt…just in case someone didn’t know I was ballet inspired. (Sorry, I forgot to snap a pic of the wiggle plus this one.)


For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I used XL graded to L in the hips (My
current measurements are 36 Overbust, 41 Bust, 33 High Waist, 41 hips) and did my standard height adjustments to account for my 5′-2″ frame as the pattern is drafted for 5′–5″. My large stash of black cotton lycra was picked up at one of my favorite spots in the Fashion District in Downtown LA.  (tips for navigating the district and favorite stops along the way


Hurry time is running out on the Wiggle release festivities, view photos of all the options available, checkout the mods, that will give you even more options (and snag the pattern at a discount before you have to pay full price) at Patterns for Pirates

Want to know more about those moto pants? Check them out on my IG!

And please join the community and be inspired by all the Wiggle Dress creations over in the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group.

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