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Rain Jackets…sort of!

Rain jackets sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently I sewed up a couple of rain jackets for my 2 youngest boys.  I used the Puddle Jumper Rain Coat pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop (affiliate link) and it’s a really great pattern.  In fact, I used it before for Annie.

Rain jackets sewn by Skirt Fixation

But this time, it didn’t work out exactly like I’d planned.  In fact, it was quite discouraging!  Please read the whole story over on the CaliFabrics blog, and leave me a comment to cheer me up.  Not every sewing creation of mine is a win, and I need help getting my sew-jo back!

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Me Made May 2018 Week 3

Me Made May week 3 by Skirt Fixation

Over on Instagram (follow us here!) we are participating in Me Made May.  For this event, sewists all around the world wear the clothes they made themselves and share it.  Here is what I’ve been wearing.

Shirt: Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns in double brushed poly fabric from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

Skirt: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns in baby wale corduroy from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BizXwdtBuS5/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Tiered Maxi skirt by Pattern Emporium reviewed here.

Peplum Top by Jocole in Art Gallery Fabric solid knit reviewed here.

Fancy Sailor Top in super soft Nani Iro double gauze reviewed here.

Pencil skirt in embossed scuba knit from JoAnn Fabrics reviewed here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi4SjW6hsiY/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Runway skirt by Savvy Patterns in Art Gallery Fabrics Blithe knit fabric and Blithe voile fabric for the godets.  Reviewed here.

Black Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns that just won’t go away!  I’m going to get some of this fabric to replace it though.  Soon…

Me Made May week 3 by Skirt Fixation

The photo above is what I wore on the next day of Me Made May.  Sort of.  And I never got it posted to Instagram.  It was one of those days!  I spent the morning in the goat barn with a doe who was having trouble kidding.  Around lunchtime, I had a lunch meeting that simply could not be avoided.  So I showered, threw on this maxi skirt refashioned from a dress (see the original post here) and my white Union St. Tee in Riley Blake Designs white knit fabric.  As soon as I returned, I was back in the barn in my chore clothes until just before supper.  Another shower, and I put on my pajamas for the rest of the evening!  Ah, such is life!

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Hampton Hoodie by Peekaboo Pattern Shop in Art Gallery Fabrics Petal and Plume knit fabric.

Style J denim maxi skirt in khaki.

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Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns in Art Gallery Fabrics Observer knit fabric with cream rayon challis for the godets.

Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns in fine chambray from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

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And from yesterday, the Mermaid Maxi Skirt in Art Gallery Fabrics Millie Fleur knit fabric.

And my favorite new basic, the Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns in chocolate Dana modal knit fabric.

That’s it for this week!  See you next week…

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Mermaid Maxi Skirt Review

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

When a skirt is named “Mermaid Maxi” what else can you do?  I was helpless to resist!  Diva Patterns by Tie Dye Diva has a new skirt pattern out, and it’s just as delightful as the name implies.  I was ecstatic to join the blog tour for the Mermaid Maxi Skirt, and I can’t wait to see all the creations this week!  

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Mermaid Maxi skirt is a knit skirt with some pretty special details.  First there’s the fit and flare mermaid tail shape.  Then there’s those pockets.  And finally, the pattern is versatile enough that you can make it several times achieving a different look every time.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I sewed a size 4, mermaid tail shaped skirt with ruched pockets.  The only change I made was to add 2 inches to the length, one at the knee, and one in the middle of the flare as instructed in the pattern instructions.  A straight skirt with a slit in the front can also be made.  And there is an option for straight pockets.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This pattern has great thorough instructions, lots of markings, illustrated drawings, and easy to follow directions.  Any possible difficult steps in the pattern are noted and extra instructions given if needed.  The Pink Pin Tips are especially helpful, and I loved the way the elastic waist is constructed.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Mermaid Maxi skirt can be made in 14 sizes from 0 (34-35” hips) to 26 (53-55” hips.)   In the above photo, I’m attempting to show you how full the bottom of the skirt is!  It’s so swishy and fun to twirl, but hard to capture on camera!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As you may have noticed, I pulled out some of the best fabric I’d been saving for just the right occasion.  This is knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics and is super soft and very good quality.  This one is called Line Drawings Bluing designed by the very talented artist Bari J.  In the above photo, you can see the detail of the lovely ruching on the pocket, and of course a closeup of that amazing fabric!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Suddenly I have an urge to sew aaaaalllll the swishy maxi skirts and take a trip to the beach and stroll barefoot through the sand.  Trail my toes in water.  Feel the salt water spray in my hair.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For this special skirt, I had to sew myself a new shirt.  Of course I sewed the Union Street Tee by Hey June Patterns.  And I treated myself to some chocolate brown dana modal knit fabric.  The fabric and the Union Street Tee pattern have the perfect drape and ease to pair with this form fitting maxi skirt.  Believe me when I tell you this simple t-shirt is a treat!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

You will want to be sure to check out the blog tour introduction post here.  There are giveaways for $250 in prizes, and the Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern is on sale!  Plus there’s a discount code for fabric so you can sew your own Mermaid Maxi Skirt!  Also, be sure to check out the rest of the Mermaid Maxi Skirts all week long!  (And if you’re looking for the weekly Me Made May post, I’ll see you here tomorrow…)

 

Monday, May 21
Tie Dye Diva Patterns – Mermaid Maxi Blog Tour and Giveaway!
Skirt Fixation – Mermaid Maxi Skirt Review

Tuesday, May 22
Musings of a Seamstress
Heather Handmade

Wednesday, May 23
Sew Altered Style
sewsewilse
Chook n Duck

Thursday, May 24
Penny Sew Vintage
TipStitched
Sharon Sews

Friday, May 25
Sewing By Ti
Brittany J Jones

Skirt Fixation for Tie Dye Diva Patterns Mermaid Maxi Tour

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Board Shorts Fabric in Action

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Even though I developed a swimsuit pattern for women, I had never sewn with board shorts fabric before.  Board shorts fabric is what men and boy’s swim trunks are made from.  It’s a woven material with no stretch, and slightly sueded on one side.  

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Since my boys needed new trunks, I decided to give it a try with the new board short fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  There are 20 different ones to choose from!  I started with the whales board short fabric and used the solid teal seafoam color board short fabric for contrast.

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

When sewing a boy’s swim trunks, you can use any shorts pattern.  I used the Everyday Shorts pattern from Made Everyday to make the bigger boy (David’s) swim trunks.  Board short (also called microfiber) fabric is very easy to work with, and these swim trunks were a quick sew! 

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

I used the Perfect Diaper Cover pattern to add an underwear insert underneath.  For the underwear, I used power mesh fabric.  (You can get it at Raspberry Creek Fabrics too.)

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

For the other boy, I used the Made Everyday tutorial for racer shorts.  I sewed both these boys a size 5, and they’re a little long for Lowell.  But the way these boys are growing, I’m not concerned!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

The hardest part was making the bias tape to trim the pockets and edges of the racer shorts.  The only reason it was difficult was because this fabric doesn’t hold a crease very well after ironing.

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

I used the whale fabric to make the bias trim along the edge of Lowell’s racer shorts, but it’s really to small to do it justice.  Happily, he didn’t care, and once again, the boys are coordinating without being too match-y!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Because these boys are so fair skinned, tend to burn easily, and spend 95% of their time outside in the summer running through the sprinkler, having squirt gun fights, dunking each other in the water trough, and taking adventures in the nearby stream, I decided to make them each a rash guard.  

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

You probably could have guessed, but I used the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan tee pattern.  It worked perfectly.  For the fabric, I used the swim basics stripe fabric in navy for one and solid navy swim fabric (from my stash) for the other.  The swim fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics have 50+ UPF Protection, so no sunburns happening here!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

The only thing left to do was try out the new swim trunks and rash guards.  As you can see in these photos, a great time was had by all!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Last year, Lowell was too cautious to enjoy the joys of a summer sprinkler with the other kids.  This year, he’s right in there jumping over the streams of water with his older siblings.  

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Of course, when the lawn is freshly mowed, the kids get grass clippings all over their feet while running through the sprinkler.  But it’s no biggie because you can rinse your feet off in the sprinkler!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

I got some spectacular shots of David jumping through the sprinkler, and my iPhone didn’t even get too soaked.  When they started grabbing the sprinkler and aiming it at each other however, I left!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Leave us a comment, did you run through the sprinkler when you were a kid?

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

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Bubbles and Stripes – A Grace Tankini

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewed by Skirt Fixation

Today I get to share all the details about my newest Grace Tankini.  You can get the Grace Tankini pattern here.

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewed by Skirt Fixation

The reason this Grace Tankini came into being is the amazing new swim fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  You can see all of them here if you’re in a hurry, or check them out at the end of the post too.  They are amazing, beautiful, great quality fabrics at an extremely reasonable price.

For the main fabric, I used the bubble dot matte swim knit fabric.  As a designer of swimwear, let me assure you that I have a lot of experience with swim fabrics.  Good and bad.  And the stuff Raspberry Creek Fabrics is producing is some of the best I’ve ever worked with.  If you’ve been afraid to try sewing swimwear, this fabric will calm your nerves.  And of course, use a pattern with instructions for beginners (like the Grace Tankini) and you can and will do it!

The accent panels on the side of the tankini top, the pockets of the swim skirt, and the hidden panty underneath all use the light lime green and white stripe fabric.  Of course they coordinate perfectly, they are designed and printed by the best!

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewed by Skirt Fixation

For this Grace Tankini, I made the View B top and plain sport skirt.  I also made it high waisted, not by using the pattern pieces (I forgot!) but by doubling the width of the waistband.  It works too!

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewed by Skirt Fixation

Now I promised I’d show you a couple more of my favorite swim fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Grace Tankini Inspiration by Skirt Fixation

I’m pretty sure this combination is the next one I’m going to sew!  Abstract Palm swim fabric with Plum solid swim fabric for the accents.

Grace Tankini Inspiration by Skirt Fixation

Ruched top and swim skirt in Coral and Navy palm trees swim fabric with navy solid swim fabric for the accents.

 

Grace Tankini Inspiration by Skirt FixationOkay fine, so I have a thing for palms and swim wear!  This is the View A Grace Tankini top and circle skirt with teal, navy and white palm leaves swim fabric.

In summary, get your Grace Tankini pattern here, and get the most amazing swim fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics here.  There are 83 (eighty three!!!) different swim and board short fabrics.

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A new Grace Tankini and Me Made May Week 2

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation for Savvy Patterns

Here’s the week 2 round up of what I’ve been wearing for Me Made May.  You can follow us daily on Instagram here.

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Seafarer shirt by Sew Much Ado in Soulful knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics reviewed here.

Jocole A-line maxi skirt reviewed here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BihGDxYhrRI/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns in Floral Denim from Fabric.com reviewed here.

Peplum top by Jocole Patterns in Art Gallery Fabrics deep ocean knit reviewed here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BikxFJZHoAw/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Fancy Sailor top in Millie Fleur line drawings bluing fabric reviewed here.

Knit maxi skirt from Jocole patterns in cocoa knit fabric reviewed here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BimbnmrhZ0n/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Seafarer top by Sew Much Ado in Fleet and Flourish knit fabric reviewed here.

Syrah skirt in ombre knit fabric from JoAnn Fabrics reviewed here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bio6K9EBCmd/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Santa Fe top by Hey June Patterns in double brushed poly from Girl Charlee reviewed here.

Denim maxi skirt from Style J.  If you don’t want to sew your own denim skirts, we can definitely recommend these!

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Grace Tankini from Savvy Patterns.  This is the thing I sewed for the week, and I’ll tell you ALLLLLL about it and the amazing fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics in then next post.  Believe me, this one needs it’s own post!

Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns in Fleet & Flourish voile fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics reviewed here.

Knit maxi skirt from Jocole patterns in cocoa knit fabric reviewed here.

So that’s it for week 2!  Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Patriotic Fabric Parade

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

This year I found the perfect patriotic fabric for a special occasion.  Raspberry Creek Fabrics has a new patriotic line of fabric, and I’m in love!  I got 2 of the 8 fabrics, both cotton jersey knits.  They are soft and durable, and last through all the antics my kids put them through.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

These patriotic fabrics inspired a patriotic parade!  They marched excitedly around the yard, playing their parade game.  Which is exactly how new clothes make me feel too!  Beware there are a ton of photos, but they all capture the mood perfectly.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Every summer around her birthday, I sew Annie a patriotic shirt.  That tradition and this fabric combined to keep the occasion going another year!  This shirt pattern is the Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns, Annie’s favorite.  For the sleeves, I used navy blue and white paisley bandana print fabric and added red stripes.  The center fabric is solid navy and oh-so-soft.  It was perfect for a patriotic vinyl iron on using my Cricut Maker machine.  And if you want to make this one too, here’s the cut file for free!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s skirt, I sewed her a knit pencil skirt with shorts attached.  This has her become her go to summer skirt!  The fabric is the red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The fact that there are 2 different blues make it a solid winner for us!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used striped navy and white jersey fabric for the shorts underneath, but have no photos.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next up I sewed raglan tees for the boys.  I know it seems like I’m on a mission to sew them all the coordinating raglans, but when it works, it works!  The main fabric is the same as Annie’s skirt, red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

David got saffron colored Art Gallery Fabrics knit for his sleeves and neckband.  Just like the rest of his shirts recently, I sewed him a size 7.  He is always very game for any garment I sew for him in any color and fabric.  It’s so easy and fun to sew for a non-picky child because I get to make all the decisions which is half the fun!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Lowell got the Oliver+S Fieldtrip raglan tee also.  His is a size 5 with the same navy as Annie’s shirt for the sleeves.  He has this thing for the color blue.  In fact, when he wears blue, he declares that he’s one of the “good guys” and always wears blue when possible!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

In the above group photo, you need to be sure to notice the special care I took to match the stripes on the sides of the boy’s shirts.  Thank you for noticing!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

And Baby got a complete outfit too, naturally!  I used the navy blue and white paisley bandana jersey knit print to sew a Pistachio Tee for her.  The only change I made was to crop it in length.  Honestly, it was so that as she grows her little toddler belly will stick out!  It’s the cutest thing, and you’d think she was a cat for all the belly rubs she gets around here.  The little navy shoulder ruffles are like tiny angel wings which is perfectly fitting too!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

The scale on the bandana print is quite large, which makes it great for apparel making.  But on a tiny baby shirt, you don’t get that size and scale all represented.  So I was very choosy on what part to put in the center of the shirt.  Did I get it right?

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby’s skirt is the Daphne pattern from Simple Life Patterns.  It uses the navy and white stripes over the solid navy fabric.  And honestly, I just might copy both my girls’ skirt for my own wardrobe!  

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, we grabbed a few props and flags from the dollar store for a parade.  The flowers I’d potted earlier in the year were perfect for on the wagon.  And the dog had to join the parade too!  The kids insisted on it because he matched the color theme!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

What you can’t see in the photos is some of the older kids standing behind me helping with kids and props and the dog, and making them all laugh by balancing the extra hats on my head while I snapped photos!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

For sure, I couldn’t sew as much as I do and photograph and blog it without that behind-the-scenes help!  But I reward them with handmade clothes too. 😉

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Do us a favor and head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics to check out all their fabric.  You won’t be sorry!  I love shopping from small fabric shops because they can’t afford to carry poor quality fabric and get a bad reputation.  So it’s like shopping someone’s curated collection of fabric.  My idea of a good time right there!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now I’ve chatted on for long enough!  Leave us a comment, we love them.

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Me Made May 2018 Week 1

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

As promised, for anyone who doesn’t follow us on Instagram, here’s the round up of Audrey’s weekly outfits.  It’s fun to look back and see what I wore in past years, and the different ways to pair items of clothing.  Stick around to the end of the post to see if I met my goal for the week!!!

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Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns pattern review here.

Willamette Shirt by Hey June Pattern pattern review here.

Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns.

Simple Maxi skirt pattern by Simple Simon & Co reviewed here in Art Gallery Fabrics aloe mist knit.

Marlene shirt pattern; reviewed here in Riley Blake Designs striped knit.

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Lane Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns in double brushed poly (here’s a similar fabric) reviewed here.

Jocole pencil skirt in scuba knit from JoAnn Fabrics (here’s a similar, no prettier, fabric! reviewed here.

Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns in black jersey from JoAnn Fabrics.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiW2b_bh453/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Lane Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns in black knit.

Jocole pencil skirt in striped knit (I think it’s this exact one) reviewed here.

Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns refashioned from a skirt (see it here.)

Style J denim maxi skirt.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bicm9FYBYsi/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns in woven brushed modal from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

Key Largo Top by Hey June Patterns with ruffle sleeves hack in floral viscose poplin from La Mercerie.

And if you’re following along, you know that I’ve accomplished at least 1 week’s sewing project for me goal for May.  Also, this seems to be a new color palette for me, but I’m totally in love with this fabric.  It’s lightweight, doesn’t wrinkle horribly, and drapes and flows beautifully.

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

In my opinion, it’s the perfect fabric for this pattern.  I highly recommend either and both of these!

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

For some reason, I’ve been attracted to the warm color palette for the first time in my wardrobe.  I love wearing navy blues and blacks, but recently I’ve wanted all the reds, oranges, and yellows.  So keep your eyes on this space to see how long this lasts.

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

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2018 Goals Update – April

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

Instead of waiting until the end of the year to check in on our sewing resolutions, I thought it would help stay on track to check in throughout the year.  So check up #1!

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

For the women’s make 9 challenge, I’ve sewn myself 4 items.  That means I’m ahead of the curve for staying on track.  Here are the links to the posts:

Woven Runway Skirt

Ventian Skirt (technically, I wanted to do a maxi, but after my chambray midi version, I’m not sure I want to do a maxi.  The fit is not great, but I think it’s the inseam pockets that I’m not loving, so I might do a maxi with the patch pockets and see if I like that better.)

Cheyenne Tunic

Lane Raglan

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

For the men’s make 9 challenge, I’ve sewn 3 items.  This means I’m right on schedule, but I’ve still got a couple of hard makes left.  Like pants.  Here is the link to the post:

Finlayson Sweater

Ha, I’m realizing that I haven’t blogged the turtleneck or the flannel Marco shirt.  Here’s a photo of it on the dashing Mr. Skirt Fixation to make up for that oversight.

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

2018 RTW Fast update:  No clothing purchases from me, but this is not a big surprise.  I have not purchased clothing for myself for several years!  I love sewing…

Another goal I added in after the original post was to use the Stash Shrinker spreadsheet from my friend Michelle at Sew Journers to help address the condition of my fabric stash.  Basically, you choose a multiplier, and use the spreadsheet to sew that amount of yards of fabric compared to the amount of yards of fabric you buy.  I decided to chose an extremely high multiplier of 5 and stay on a very strict diet until I sewed 100 yards of fabric at which point I would lower the multiplier.  Well, there’s good news and bad news…I can lower the multiplier now, but I didn’t stick with the not buying goal.  So I’ve lowered the multiplier to 3, and I’ll try to catch up on the amount of yardage bought!  

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A mini goal I’m doing is following along with Project Run & Play’s Let’s Sew A Rainbow event.  I’ve decided to sew something from the stash for one of the kids each week in the color of the week.  It’s green week, and I’ve sewed along every week so far!  I’ll do a post at the end with all the garments, but if you want to see sneak peeks, you should follow us on Instagram.

And now that we’re up to May, it’s time for Me Made May!  I’ll try to do a roundup of my posts here weekly like I did last year.  And the year beforeBut I’m hoping to challenge myself by sewing a garment for myself every week during May.  Last year I used Me Made May as an opportunity to identify the holes and gaps in my handmade wardrobe, but I never did anything about it!  So here’s to achieving that goal!

That’s all for today!  Thanks for sticking around for all the sewing and skirt fun.

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Ruffle Pencil Skirt DIY {Buy or DIY}

Ruffle Pencil Skirt DIY by Skirt Fixation

Today we have another Buy or DIY skirt for you!  Everyone seems to love this series and keeps begging for more!  This time we’re showing you how you can make a perfect skirt for spring on the cheap.  Our skirt pick of the day is a ruffle bird skirt from Anthropologie.   Keep reading for our ruffle pencil skirt DIY!

Ruffle Pencil Skirt DIY by Skirt Fixation

Ruffle Pencil Skirt DIY Details:

Ruffle Pencil Skirt: Anthropologie Bird Ruffle Pencil Skirt

Ruffle Pencil Skirt DIY by Skirt Fixation

Fabric Recommendation: Telio Tara Twill Peacock Mustard Fabric

Pattern Recommendation: Selena Knit Asymmetrical Pencil Skirt with Ruffle 

Ruffle Pencil Skirt DIY by Skirt Fixation

Ruffle Pencil Skirt DIY Math:

Anthropologie Bird Ruffle Pencil Skirt: $495 retail price.

Fabric needed: 2 yards

Pattern: $8.99 

Fabric: $7.98 per yard 

Total Cost: $17.95

Total Savings: $477.05

Ruffle Pencil Skirt DIY by Skirt Fixation

Ruffle Pencil Skirt DIY Instructions:

How to do it.  This skirt pattern is made for knit fabric, so two modifications need to be made.  First of all, you probably need to go up at least one size.  Look at the finished garment measurements chart to be sure.  Secondly, you need to add a zipper to the side seam so you can get it off and on!  This is not a hard addition, and here’s a good tutorial from Tessuti.

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  Ha, but seriously, it’s so easy and fun to sew your own couture looking clothes!

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