Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Welcome to new original pattern designer! And giveaway!!

This giveaway is now closed.  Check back soon for more!

Welcome to new sponsor Liz of Little Lizard King patterns, a totally original pattern line for kids and their dolls!
Liz learned to sew from her mom and began as a child (me too!).  Here's a little bit about her story:
I'm a new parent following in the footsteps of my seamstress mom. We enjoy crafting, embroidering, and sewing for friends and family. My daughter and her little lizard friends are the inspiration for most of the items you will find.

I started making cute couture once I had a child and quickly discovered how easy, enjoyable, and inexpensive it is to make custom clothing and personalized accessories for my daughter and her friends.

After a couple requests and some kind compliments, I decided to start making step-by-step instructions and sewing patterns to sell to other little lizards as well.

My goal is to teach you to create custom clothing for your daughters and their dolls at a fraction of boutique prices.
--Little Lizard King

Sounds great!!

My fave is the ruffle-bottom sunsuit. Soooo cute!!

And little knickers!!

How about this tutu tutorial?  Aaaaw....

Liz's site also has fun accessory tutorials, and plenty more cute patterns!

Great news for all of you--Liz is offering TWO readers a free pattern in a giveaway!!

To enter the giveaway, visit Little Lizard King and tell me what patterns are your faves.  (You must be a follower of Adventures in Dressmaking in some form to enter). Make sure I have a way to contact you if you win. Basically:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me which patterns you love
  • and/or share this giveaway: Facebook, Twitter, your blog--leave a link in a comment on this post!

For each thing you do, be sure to leave a comment telling me about it! Giveaway ends Sunday, June 12th at midnight and I will announce the winner Monday.

Have fun shopping!


  1. I love the Little Princess ruffle dress and the Apron knot dress.

    Geneyem (

  2. I also retweeted the giveway

  3. I left it on my facebook

  4. I left it on my blog:

    Geneyem (

  5. Cool! My fam and friends have so many little babies to sew for!! My faves are the Elisabeth Claire Peasant Dress and the Peek-a-Boo Skirt.

  6. My favorite is the Elizabeth Claire Peasant Dress :)

  7. i love that she has little boy patterns! it's so hard to find cute things to make for my nephews - i especially like the reversible vest - too cute! (kbroadd1 at-gmail-dot-com)

  8. Loving the ruffle sunsuit!!

  9. Love love love the pleated skirt!

  10. Anonymous6/02/2011

    I love the sunsuit and the georgia dress

  11. I love the Little Princess Ruffle Dress and Elizabeth Claire Peasant Dress!
    Thanks for the chance :D

  12. Thanks for the generous giveaway..
    Well, I loves Millie’s Market Dress....
    I am following your blog ^^
    cheers: hueisei(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. I love the Fancy Pants Diaper Cover. Ruffly baby butts are the absolute cutest!

  14. I love the Brooke Dress pattern and have been wanting to try it for a while

  15. Ellen's ruffled pinafore is the pattern I would choose, they are all so cute!

  16. I love the ruffle sun suit and the princess ruffle dress. So cute! :-)

  17. I love any of the ruffle clothing items like the swimsuit, dress, etc.
    sunnysummersmile at gmail dot com

  18. I love the Elizabeth Claire Peasant Dress!

  19. The pint size professor vest & the knickers patterns are fab!
    anniemc2010 (at)

  20. Anonymous6/04/2011

    ooh, the ruffles! I'm a sucker for ruffles:)
    that being said, I think I'll have to go with the suspenders because they'd be so stinkin cute on my little guy.

  21. I love them all though I would probably choose a dress to make for my sister.

  22. Anonymous6/05/2011

    Oh my goodness! I absolutely love the ruffle-bottom sunsuit!!! It may be the cutest child's pattern I've ever seen. My second favorite would be the suspenders. What a cute little man!
    dizzielizzie14 at yahoo d0t com

  23. The "Little Princess Ruffle Dress" is utterly cute!!! My second favorite would have to be "knickers." Awwww.
    alyciawojahn at hotmail dot com

  24. Aww I love the Little Princess Ruffle Dress and the Prep School Pleated skirt AND the Ruffle skirt! They are all TOO stinkin' cute!!!

  25. Twittered (@punkychewster) and facebooked (elephantislove) it too!

  26. Oh, the ruffles dress and skirt! And the knickers! I love it. whitney_hill at




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