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Urban Classic Doll & Her Clothes Pattern Review

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Today we get to show you the results of some very fun sewing!  We had the opportunity to join the Happiness is Handmade tour with the Urban Classic Doll.  This super fun pattern is created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.  It’s the third in her lineup of softie patterns, joining the Nutcracker Doll pattern and the Urban Jungle Doll patterns.  You can use the code HAPPINESS for 20% of the Urban Classic Doll.  And we’re giving away one at the end of this post…

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Making the Urban Classic Doll turned into a family endeavor!  Aria embroidered the face.  This pattern includes options for printing a face template on fabric, instructions for hand painting it on, or templates for basic or complex embroidering.  Aria used the complex pattern, and produced a very beautiful face!  

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Aria also contributed a ball of wool yarn for the gorgeous red hair!  This pattern includes 5+ options for hair, and we chose the long yarn hair.  This doll has very enviable hair!  It’s so thick and can be styled numerous ways.  The instructions show several different ways to attach the hair so it can be styled differently.

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

This was actually my 1st time sewing a doll!  The instructions made it easy, and I think we ended up with a pretty sweet doll.  I did the sewing, and Annie stuffed the limbs and then the body as we went.  

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Annie also helped make this Urban Classic Doll a wardrobe!  She picked out the fabric for the clothes, cut out ALL the pattern pieces, and decided which options to make.  We ended up making 5 pieces of clothing for our Urban Classic Doll!

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

First we made the short sleeve shirt in some Cotton + Steel fabric (leftover from this skirt and this jacket lining!)  Then Annie chose some knit fabric (leftover from this dress) to make a matching skirt.  Annie took into consideration what else had been made for the fabrics used because she wanted to make the doll and Baby Tina match sometimes!

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Next we made the Urban Classic Doll a dress using some chambray fabric with stripes.  (We can’t share what was made from the fabric yet, but trust us, it’s cute!)  Annie didn’t realize she was cutting the stripes in different directions for the skirt part of the dress, but we both decided it ended up cute too!

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

And then Annie wanted a dress that could be both fancy and a nightgown as needed.  So she chose this fabric (used for this dress and this onesie) for a drop waist maxi dress and nightgown!  Baby Tina was absolutely delighted to be dressed in matching clothes to the doll.  Her slightly concerned look in some of these photos is because we kept taking the doll away to change it’s clothes, and all she wanted to do was, “Hold it, please!”

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

And finally, we sewed a pair of basic pants that could be used as leggings under all the outfits.  Annie insisted!  The pattern also includes options for pleated pants, a dress with a bubble skirt, a dress with an empire waistline, lace up shoes and a knitted cardigan.  Annie and I just ran out of time, but we both agree that the doll needs shoes, and we’re trying to convince Aria (the only knitter in our house) that she would enjoy making the doll a cardigan!  And we heard a rumor that there will be more clothes released in the near future…

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

The completed Urban Classic Doll is 30” long.  You can see the scale of the doll in the photos where Baby Tina is holding her!  It doesn’t deter her to drag around a doll that is longer than her though.  

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Although the doll is better sized for Annie, I suspect they’ll be sharing the doll equally.  They both are very enamored with it!

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Celina is very generously allowing us to giveaway an Urban Classic Doll and clothing bundle pattern.  You can enter the giveaway by leaving a comment below.  As you might have noticed, we have been calling her “this doll” and she really needs a name!  Any suggestions?  (For additional entries, follow us on Instagram, and follow the instructions on our post.)  

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Janie “Mountain Dress”

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we get to share another Janie Dress with you.  Yes, we’re obsessed with this pattern!  This time we sewed it using French Terry fabric for a fall version.  We made just a few modifications, so stay tuned and we’ll give you all the details.

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pattern we used is of course the Janie Dress and Peplum from the Project Run & Play shop.  Okay we admit it, we’ve lost track of how many we’ve sewn now.

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation  

For Tina, we like to cut out the circle skirt with the regular width marking at the top of the pattern piece, and then use the gathered length marking at the bottom of the pattern piece to make it a little longer for growing.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this dress, we used some geometric mountains French Terry CLUB fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  We’ve had super good experiences with their french terry.  It’s high quality, easy to sew with, and doesn’t pill after many, many washings.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because french terry fabric doesn’t have as much stretch as jersey fabric, we decided to make the neckband from an *almost* matching grey jersey fabric.  This is so that the dress would go easily on and off over her head.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

This little girl loves textures as we’ve mentioned before.  She immediately notice the softer texture of this fabric and adores it!  Whenever it’s clean and hanging in her closet, she chooses her “mountain dress” as she calls it.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tina has this very adorable expression she makes when you say “show me your pretty smile!”  Such a cheesy baby!   So of course she’s asked to show her smile many times a day and each time gets a big laugh…

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Originally, I had planned to sew something for one of the boys with this fabric.  It would have been super cute too, but I think both Tina and I are glad she was the recipient of this fabric for this dress!

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because this is a CLUB fabric, it is a limited edition, so if you like it, don’t wait too long to grab some.  And you can find the Janie Dress pattern here.  We guarantee that some little girl in your life will thank you!

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Infinity Maternity Dress

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Recently I had the opportunity to help test the Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern.  This pattern will be released next week from Maternity Sewing.  (You can find the pattern here.)  This dress has Infinity in it’s name due to the multitude of ways to wear the straps.  

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

I chose to make the longest maxi version of the pattern.  And then I made the hem shorter in the front for a high low look.  This was partly due to the fact that the only fabric with enough yardage available at my local fabric shop was not quite wide enough for the circle skirt, and then it shrunk some more in the dryer.  The other reason is for the dramatic effect!

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The straps are quite long, and that is so that they can be wrapped in many different ways.  Over one shoulder, around the (empire) waist only, over both shoulders, crossed in the back, crossed in the front…you get the idea!  

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The pattern was quite easy to sew.  The hardest part was crawling around on the floor with a pregnant belly in the way, to cut out the pieces.  Speaking of cutting out the pieces, I really appreciate that this pattern has both pattern pieces and template pieces.  Template pieces means that you are given measurements, or small pieces to use to create the larger pattern pieces.  This saves paper and time!  

The only change I made to the pattern assembly was to enclose the waistband fully on the inside.  Since the waistband is lined, it was a very easy change to make, and one I prefer to feeling scratchy seams around my belly.

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is a double knit, or similar fabric from JoAnns.  As I mentioned, I needed 6 yards to make this dress due to the huge circle skirt, and the length of the straps.  It’s not very good quality fabric, and I suspect it would pill if worn often.  However, I’m not sure how often I’ll be wearing this statement dress, and I only have 3 months left of pregnancy, so it’s not going to be an issue.  Another thing about this fabric, it’s really too heavy for the recommended knits for the pattern.  (But remember, it was all I had access to!)  The problem is that the weight of the skirt pulls down the elastic in the back.  I solved this by using the ties to wrap around the back and stabilize the elastic.  If I had known it was going to be an issue, I also could have used wider or stronger elastic.  A lightweight fabric like double brushed poly would be an ideal knit for this dress.

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

My kids absolutely squealed when I put this dress on.  They told me it looked like a medieval lady or a Victorian princess!  Aria had loads of fun figuring out how to tie the straps in several different ways.  For reference, I was 24 weeks pregnant in these photos.  I sewed the size 4-6.  There is also a bandeau that can be made to layer under the dress, but I chose to wear a long sleeve shirt due to the cold weather instead.  The dress can be made in 10 different lengths from 22.5″ (mini) to 45″ (extra tall.)  It can also be used for non-maternity wear and would be great for nursing.   

Since I’m really not sure where I’ll ever have an opportunity to wear this dress, I’m going to call it “Frosting.”  There’s a challenge on Instagram to “sew frosting” where everyone is encouraged to sew something they want, even if it’s not practical, basic, everyday wear.  So this dramatic dress definitely qualifies.  

Maternity Sewing Podcast with Audrey from Skirt Fixation

If you’re more interested in my pregnancy journey, I was interviewed by The Maternity Sewing Podcast.  You can listen to that episode here: https://maternitysewing.com/audreys-story-many-pregnancies-and-many-challenges-podcast-episode-7/ Even though I’m an intensely private person, I shared my story in hopes of helping someone else who may be or may have gone through something similar.

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2 Gray Halifax Hoodies for fall

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well, it’s officially hoodie weather, so of course that means a few more Halifax Hoodies were in order!  This pattern by Hey June Patterns has gotten a complete workout and we have no plans to stop sewing it anytime soon…it’s a wardrobe staple for sure.

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra was sadly lacking in zip up hoodies, so I gave her first choice between the 2 fabrics I had.  (For an in-depth comparison of these two fabrics, please read my post on the CaliFabrics blog.)  She chose the heathered french terry fabric.  She also requested a slouchier hoodie that she could layer over a long sleeve shirt, so I sewed her a size L and graded to XL at the hips.   The other adjustments I made for her were a 1” wide shoulder adjustment, and added 1” to the sleeves.  It turned out exactly the way she had envisioned it!  She’s been wearing it constantly, so that always is the sign of a successful garment.  

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of note, I used self fabric for the bias on the hood, and 1” white twill tape for finishing the inside over the zipper.  The zipper is a plastic zipper, which was all that was available at my local fabric store in the right color.   It’s very nicely finished inside and out.  She did request no hood tie, so I didn’t bother putting in the buttonholes for one.  If she changes her mind, it’s an easy addition later.

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

For my own Halifax Hoodie, I sewed my regular size M with all my tall adjustments.  This means 1” added to the shoulders, 1.5” to the body and 2” to the sleeves.  I used the other cut of fabric, stretch sweatshirt fleece.  I used a mustard color grosgrain ribbon to finish everywhere on the inside and also for the hood ties.  With the brass zipper, it’s such a fun pop of color.

These hoodies are the kind that will be worn over and over and over again for years and years!  The kind you hate to have to replace because it’s such a good friend.  Do you have a garment like that?  Tell me about it!

Oh, and in case you don’t follow us on Instagram, you might be interested in a little photo news I posted there:

Large Family baby announcement

Expected arrival: February/March 2019!

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Pink Wool Bunny Jacket

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today’s outfit is both inspired and necessity sewing.  The inspiration comes from the Week 2 theme at Project Run & Play; Nature Inspired.  And the necessity comes from Baby Tina’s need for a winter jacket!  A pink wool bunny jacket.

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

So 1st the jacket.  This is the Downton Duffel Jacket by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  We really love this pattern, and have sewn it many times.  The fabric for this Downton Duffle Jacket came from a thrifting score!  This pink wool fabric was originally a wool blanket in perfect condition I found at the thrift store for $2.  I had no plans for it, but a huge wool blanket for that price was hard to pass up.

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric lining is from the stash, leftover from our sewing for the Forest Floor blog tour.  It’s the Wild Posy Flora Fabric by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.  It’s simply darling for the lining of this jacket.  I used up every last available scrap, and only had enough for one of the ears, did you notice?  But that’s okay because the other ear looks darling with the pink stretch leather I used for the hood trim, elbow patches and toggles.  Oh, and I borrowed the rabbit ears from the Twig + Tale Animal patterns and sewed them into the seams of the hood in the right places.  It’s an absolutely adorable addition, don’t you think?

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of that pink stretch leather, it gave me quite a time to get it on perfectly!  The problem was the stretch of the fabric, not the thinness.  Every trick I tried (teflon foot, tape on the bottom of a regular foot, a walking foot and more) failed and I ripped and ripped out the leather and cut out new toggles and tried again.  I even tried gluing the leather in place before sewing, but nope, I still got puckers!  

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally I found a combination that worked, thanks to asking for advice from my sewing friends on Instagram.  I ironed on double stick Steam-A-Seam 2 to the back of the toggle pieces and ironed them in place onto the jacket.  Then, with a walking foot on, I slowly HAND CRANKED around the edges of the piece. 

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, success!  Oh, and these are the actual toggles are shank buttons from JoAnns and that’s shoelaces for the cording.

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The jacket is lined with quilt batting for extra warmth in the cold of winter.  Baby Tina absolutely loves this jacket!  Once she discovered the pockets, she didn’t want to take it off.  She’s enamored with pockets on her clothes.  

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

And I was sure to use one of my new labels from Dutch Label Shop.  I hand sewed it on either side, leaving it open in the middle to act as a hook for hanging.  (Remember, you can use the code skirtfixation15 for 15% off your purchase until December 3rd.)

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

This year, the Downtown Duffle Jacket is a little large because I sewed a size 2T.  The one I sewed her for her 1st baby capsule wardrobe is just barely too small, and it was 6-12 months size.  My hope is that by rolling up the sleeves, this one might even fit her next winter too.

Rosemary Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next in her “Momma made it” wardrobe is a Rosemary Raglan with a couple of fun additions.  First of all, there are little ears sewed into the raglan sleeve seams.  I used the same stretch leather as on the jacket, and they ended up being a little heavy and hanging down, so they’re actually stitched to the sleeves as well.

Rosemary Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only other change I made was to add a little vinyl llama face to go with the ears!  I used my Cricut Maker to cut it out quickly and easily.  Then using the EasyPress 2, I attached it on and now have confidence it’s not coming off!  You can find the llama face by searching #M8B6E613 in the Cricut Design Space™.

Rosemary Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

This super soft French Terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  (It’s sold out now, but check out all their French Terry fabric!)  It’s actually the leftover scraps from a Halifax Hoodie that Allegra sewed for herself.  She’s been sewing herself a capsule wardrobe, and it’s neat to see it come together!

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final piece in Baby Tina’s outfit is a pair of black leggings from the Dressage Leggings pattern.  This fabric was actually left over from Annie’s leggings last week.  Once again, baby sewing is so fun and such a good use of scraps!

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now we’ll leave you with this silly expression that she makes whenever you say, “Show my your smile!” 

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Camo Boys and Sweatpants

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

My two little boys are currently in their camo phase.  Do all boys go through a camo phase?  All my boys have!  If their camo clothes are clean, they refuse to wear anything else.  Scratch that, they wear their camo clothes when they’re dirty, wet, stained, ripped, dusty, ragged, holey and in any possible condition!

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

Rather than fight this phase, I’m just surrendering to it.  In fact, I’m afraid I’ve crossed the border into complicit because of their delight whenever I sew them something with camo fabric!  

A while back I sewed them these two jersey tees, and the above photo was taken shortly after I sewed them.  You can see that David already has one hole in his shirt.  Probably from commando crawling across the rocks on the hillside or something.  

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pants they are wearing were NOT made by me, but they have been worn through the knees already.  I’d like to think that if I had made them I would have used tougher fabric and double reinforced the knees.  It’s almost like the company that made them never had little boys.  Or never was little boys.  Or never was the kind of boy who prefers climbing over a fence to using a gate.

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt FixationI did however sew these boys some camo pajama pants recently however using the Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants pattern.  That is, they were intended to be pajama pants, but I caught a boy coming in from outside the other day wearing them.  And they were covered with hay.  He was just rescuing his kitty from the top of the hay stack, he explained!

 

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you look in this photo, you can see that after several months of self imposed “navy seal training” (which involves crab walking across hot pavement, belly dragging under wires, crossing precariously balanced logs, and jumping from the highest heights they can find, plus I don’t even want to know what else!) David’s shirt has acquired several more holes.  In fact it looks like a cheese grater.  If asked, he’d probably have some story about being clawed by a bear.  

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

So whether they’re cuddling chicks, chasing dogs or wrestling with each other, these two boys can be found in camo clothes.  And I say let boys be boys; it’s healthy that way!

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

For more information about the sweatpants I sewed for them, please check out my post over at CaliFabrics.  There you can also see the larger pair of camo sweatpants I sewed for Thomas and the two pairs of non camo sweatpants for the girls.  Plus the backstory on her shirt!

Leave me a comment…do you sew for boys?  With camo fabric?

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Janie Dress and Dressage Leggings Outfit

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie’s fall/winter wardrobe gained another piece!  She’s been watching rather enviously the parade of Janie Dresses I’ve been sewing for Baby Tina, and when I told her it was her turn, she requested this pattern!  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Inspired by the week 1 theme at Project Run & Play, Kid Designed – Momma Sewn, I asked Annie to design a fall outfit for herself.  She perused our fabric stash and came up with this liverpool floral knit fabric.  Because we had plenty of it, we both agreed the Janie Dress would be perfect.  The large scale print works well on a full circle skirt where as a tiny print would look busy, in my opinion.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s tall and lanky frame, I blended the size 5 and size 12 patterns together!  At the waist I used the 5, and the size 12 for length and shoulder width.  Also, we used the whole width of the fabric on the circle skirt instead of using the size 12 length to get it as long as possible.  By the end of the winter, it’ll probably be right at the knee if Annie keeps growing like a weed!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because of her fond memories of this dress, Annie wanted the cowl version of the Janie Dress.  We decided a solid black knit fabric would be perfect for the cowl, both to separate the print from her face, and to match the leggings she designed for underneath.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the leggings, we used the quick and easy version included with the Dressage Leggings pattern.  We sewed her a size 10 with size 12 length.  These fit Annie perfectly, and she was in desperate need of a new pair of black leggings for fall and winter.  This was the only picture I got where you can get a good glimpse of the leggings and I love the concentrated look on Annie’s face!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Both of these patterns were quick and easy to sew.  Using our Brother 1034d serger, we completed them both (all except the hems) in short order.  Actually, the circle skirt is unhemmed because liverpool knit does not fray, and it was much less time consuming than hemming aaaaaalllllll the way around that circle!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Liverpool knit fabric is interesting.  It’s thick like a double knit, but has a crepe like texture on the face.  This almost pebbled look and feel is quite unique.  

Hand sewn labels designed by Skirt Fixation

Oh, and I was quite pleased to be able to use the new labels I designed from Dutch Label Shop.  No more questions about what is the front on handmade clothes anymore!  If you’d like to get your own labels, use the code skirtfixation15 for 15% off your purchase until December 3rd.

Annie was quite pleased with her design and it’s so fun to bring her vision to life!  She’s a pretty good little designer, and we’ve planned some more projects in the future…stay tuned!

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Three Ponte Camden Raglan Tees

Camden Raglan tees comparison by Skirt Fixation

Today I’ve got a huge comparison of these three different ponte fabrics over at CaliFabrics.  Please go check it out!

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Over at CaliFabrics, since it’s such an in depth discussion of the fabric, I don’t really get to share more about the pattern!  This is the Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns.

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Since Annie has (once again!!!) outgrown all her long sleeve shirts from last fall and winter, she was the recipient of 3 new Camden Raglan Tees!  The other two I’m perfectly happy with (and so is she!) but this one has a few flaws.  Allow me to be a perfectionist and point them out to you!  First of all, I sewed the neckband on backward and the seam is in the front.  But Annie says she doesn’t care, so I’m not unpicking serger seams to sew it on the right way!  Secondly, I only had 1 yard of fabric, (which is plenty for a Camden Raglan Tee) but I was also squeezing out a pair of leggings for baby Tina from these three fabrics.  So on this one, I tried turning the sleeve on the cross grain, and they ended up being too tight for Annie from just above the elbow to the wrist.  We have since solved this problem by making them short sleeved.  And she has a sweater and several hoodies she can layer with it, so I guess all’s well that ends well, right?

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

If I had to guess, I think this is Annie’s favorite of all 3 Camden Raglan tees because I’ve seen her wearing it with and layering it under everything!  It’s heavyweight ponte fabric, and so warm.

Camden Raglan tees comparison by Skirt Fixation

Here you can see all 3 Camden Raglan tees from the side.  Annie just loves this pattern, and we’ve sewn her so many versions including several dresses!

Camden Raglan tee comparison by Skirt Fixation

And here is the view from the back.  Once again, please head over to CaliFabrics to read all about my review of ponte fabric.  And leave a comment too!

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Summer Capsule Wardrobe for a Girl Toddler

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Cooler weather is upon us, and I realized that I never shared all of Baby’s summer capsule wardrobe!  We shared a couple of items with reviews, so today’s post is more about sharing the fabric and patterns used.  Well, okay, and lots of cute baby picture too!

First up are the Janie Dresses I made her.  They are reviewed here.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

This first one uses Art Gallery Floraison lit jersey knit in multi fabric.  It is such a fun, colorful dress!  Whereas most of a capsule wardrobe should be kept to a similar color scheme, dresses are stand alone pieces and can be as wild and colorful as you want!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The little navy blue collar on this one is so sweet!  It uses denim knit fabric.  (More about this neat fabric below.)

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The other Janie Dress uses rust bamboo rayon jersey fabric.  She absolutely loves these dresses.  We love to hug her when she’s wearing this one, partly because the fabric is so soft!!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The last Janie Dress is this one.  I used the softest, prettiest robin’s egg blue jersey fabric from CaliFabrics.  You can read all about it here.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Next up is the little pair of bloomers I made for her using my Cricut Maker Machine and some blue chambray fabric from my stash.  Get the details in this post.  These go with everything I sewed for this summer capsule wardrobe.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

I also sewed her a onesie using the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Bodysuit pattern and some Art Gallery Foliage Escape jersey knit in lapis from her 1 year old capsule wardrobe!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

And just because I knew she would love it, I sewed her a tutu from charcoal tulle.  I used the Violette Field Threads Ellie Skirt pattern.  (You can read our review of this pattern here.)  

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Baby loves textures in all clothing, so as you can see in this photo, her chubby little fingers are almost constantly feeling and rubbing the tulle fabric.  It’s quite adorable, really.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

She’s also wearing one of the two plain white onesies I made her using the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Bodysuit pattern and Riley Blake Designs white knit.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Because making two is just about as simple as making one, I used the Ellie Skirt pattern but used some black lace from my stash instead of tulle.  (Similar fabric here.)

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Baby is also wearing a grey knit Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Bodysuit I sewed for her.  I used fabric from my stash, but this fabric is just as nice if not nicer!  

Not modeled and unblogged but well worn items for Baby’s summer capsule wardrobe:

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

This is a Spunky Girl Skater Skirt (pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.)  It goes with about everything you can imagine!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

It’s hard to capture on camera, but this denim knit fabric has a really fun denim texture and look but it’s a knit fabric!  It only has 2 way stretch, but because this is a circle skit, that doesn’t matter as long as you make sure the stretch goes across the body on the waistband.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Vivienne Skirt:

You can read our review of this pattern here.  We used Art Gallery Fabric’s Emmy Grace cotton fabric for the top skirt and some rayon challis for the underskirt and ruffles.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Shift Dresses:

We used the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe pattern to sew her two shift dresses.  The one pictured above is from the same grey fabric as the onesie show.  The other is a green and white stripe knit jersey fabric like this one.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

As with the other capsule wardrobes, all of the separates can be mixed, so Baby looks somewhat put together no matter who gets her dressed for the day!  Here you can see her wearing the blue floral bodysuit with the grey tutu.  

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Again, her chubby hands in the fabric folds of the tutu just melt my heart!  While this capsule wardrobe didn’t turn out quite as cohesive as her 1st capsule wardrobe or her 2nd capsule wardrobe, it met several goals and went together good enough!  

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The biggest goal for this summer capsule wardrobe was to sew it entirely from my stash of fabric!  And with the exception of the Robin’s egg blue Janie dress, I succeeded!  (But who could resist a dress that matched her eyes that perfectly?

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Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m exploring the difference between rayon and viscose, and between challis and poplin.  In all the pictures, the rayon challis fabric is on the left and the viscose poplin fabric is on the right.

So what exactly is the difference between rayon challis and viscose poplin?  That was a question in my mind, for quite some time.  But since sewing with and wearing both fabrics, and doing some extra research, I think I have some answers.

First of all, we have to split each of these fabrics into two parts.  Rayon and challis, viscose and poplin.  You see, the first word refers to the material the fabric is made from, and the second word basically refers to the weave of each of them.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

So what is the difference between rayon and viscose?  For the home sewist, practically nothing.  They are basically the same thing, and since we’re not scientists, the tiny differences don’t really matter.  The only difference I could find is that viscose is usually made from bamboo while rayon can be from a wider variety of “plant matter and wood pulp, usually bamboo” and the two are processed the same way.  For cutting, sewing and wearing, rayon and viscose are essentially the same thing.  In fact I’ve even seen some fabric suppliers use the words interchangeably.  So the answer to the first part of the question is…there is not really any difference.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Now what is the difference between challis and poplin?  Here the simple home sewist can differentiate a little bit.  Challis and poplin both refer to the weave of the fabric. Interestingly, challis can be made from wool, rayon, cotton, silk or manufactured blends.  Challis usually has a plain weave (each weft yarn passes alternately over and under each warp thread) but can occasionally be found with a twill (diagonal) weave.  Poplin has a very tight plain weave and originally had silk warm and wool weft threads.  Both challis and poplin should be sewn with a new or fine needle.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Technical specifics for rayon challis vs viscose poplin:

Rayon Challis:

weight: 0-3.5 oz per yard

opacity: translucent

care: machine wash, tumble dry

width: 44” – 58”

drape: soft liquid

Viscose Poplin:  

weight: 120 gsm (3.5 oz per yard)

opacity: opaque

care: wash warm, dry flat, or dry clean

width: 58”

drape: very fluid

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Here you can see challis and poplin held up to the light.

Really you have to wear both of them to be able to feel the difference yourself.  It’s very, very subtle, and both are super nice fabrics!  For me, the rayon challis feels a little lighter with a little more drape.  The viscose poplin feels slightly softer, and doesn’t conform to the body quite as much.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Here is a comparison of the plain fabric so you can see the drape side by side.

But there are a few differences, so I thought you might appreciate knowing everything I know!  Leave a comment, did I miss anything in this comparison of rayon challis vs. viscose poplin?

Pattern Used: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Fabrics Used:

Rayon Challis from CaliFabrics (review and thoughts on wearing rayon challis in the fall here)

Viscose Poplin fabric from Blackbird Fabrics.  Sold out, but can be found here.  

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

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