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Moon Glow Baby Quilt {My Sister’s Quilts #6}

Moon glow baby quilt pattern seen on Skirt Fixation

One of the series which is back in full force for 2017 is My Sister’s Quilts.

My Sister's Quilts series

If this is the first time you’re seeing this series, My Sister’s Quilts is the mini quilting memoirs of my sister who is a fantastic quilter and has made baby quilts for each of her 15 nieces and nephews.  (But none for her own 2 children, so I hear…)  Here she is to tell you about making this Moon Glow baby quilt for Aria.

Moon glow baby quilt pattern seen on Skirt Fixation

Maybe you will have seen a moon glow quilt before, or a pattern for one.  They are beautiful!  I saw a pattern for one in a magazine in the year 2000 and fell in love with it.  I had big ambitions!  I went right out an bought all the material for the quilt and that is as far as I got.  Then the fabric just sat in my material stash.

Moon glow baby quilt pattern seen on Skirt Fixation

When I heard I had a new niece or nephew on the way, I adapted the pattern into a baby quilt.  I was a college student at the time and the thought of saving money and using something I already had seemed like a good one.  I lucked out when it was a niece that arrived and not a nephew.  The colors matched her perfectly.

Moon glow baby quilt pattern seen on Skirt Fixation

I adore the fabric combination in this quilt.  Interestingly enough, I never did make the moon glow quilt that I originally fell in love with.  Instead, yard-by-yard I continue to use the remaining fabrics in my other nieces and nephews quilts.  It’s as if there is a little glow in every quilt… and together they represent all of my auntie love… a little ray shining on each one.

Moon glow baby quilt pattern seen on Skirt Fixation

I remember thinking this baby quilt was beautiful when I finished it, but my niece Aria was again that much more beautiful.  She is now a young woman with a beautiful glowing countenance!

If I had to pick only one of the 7 quilts “Aunt Fessy” has made for my children as my personal favorite, this one would be it!  When we received it after Aria was born, I remember being struck by the color combinations…I had never seen or imagined black fabric being used in a baby quilt before, but it was absolutely, stunningly perfect!  

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Maternity Cheyenne Tunic Tutorial

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Before I start Handmade Baby posts, I have one final maternity post for you.  A while back, Sarah from The Crazy Tailor suggested I should figure out how to hack the Cheyenne Tunic pattern to make it suitable for maternity wear.  As is usual with a sewing challenge, my mind worked on the problem until I finally figured out a solution…for each view!

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

To keep myself motivated to get the project done, I challenged Emily of @enjoyful_makes on Instagram to a sew off because she’s a fellow fan of Hey June Handmade and also expecting a baby.  We were each to take a Hey June Handmade pattern and hack it for maternity wear.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Let’s start with View A, the full button front.  The trick was deciding where to add the ease to allow for a rounded belly.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Step 1: Cut apart the front pattern piece below the bottom of the bust.  For me this was on the shorten/lengthen line.  If I were to do it again, I could even go an inch or so above that line.  Cut out the top half as normal, just adding seam allowance to the bottom of the piece.  When you cut out the bottom half of the pattern piece, cut out 3 extra inches across the front and add the seam allowance to the top as well.  I also added length to the bottom of the tunic, but this was probably not necessary.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Step 2:  Make pleats to gather in the extra 3 inches.  I made 3 pleats, each facing away from the center front, located in the center of each front piece.  Alternately, you could make 1 box pleat.  You just want your pleats/gathering to end up drawing in the extra 3 inches you added.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Step 3:  Sew the front and bottom pieces together so you have a whole front piece.  To make the Cheyenne Tunic last the entire pregnancy, sew these 2 pieces together WRONG sides together.  This will make the inside of your shirt look as pretty at this seam as at the rest of the shirt.  After you have the shirt completed, sew a ribbon or tie over the top of this seam covering up the exposed edges and dangling off the side seams.  This will allow you to wear the shirt at all stages of pregnancy, included the smaller months as the ties can draw in the extra width as you grow.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

I did not do this on my shirt because I am nearing the end of my pregnancy.  So I sewed the top and bottom halves of the fronts together RIGHT sides together.  I pressed the seam up and zigzagged the raw edges on the inside.  Then I finished assembling the front pieces according to the pattern.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

And there you have it…a maternity Cheyenne Tunic, View A.  I often wear this one with one of my maternity Runway Skirts.  I made the Cheyenne in black stretch sateen from JoAnn Fabrics.  I love this fabric for the Cheyenne Tunic very much, and will probably make myself another non maternity version in the fall!

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Now for View B…which is super, super simple.  This is the maternity Cheyenne tunic hack I actually figured out first.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Step 1:  Cut out the front piece as shown.  The center front will be 3 inches away from the fold.  Cut down the front down to the “cut here for placket” marking.  At that point, pivot and cut out to the fold of the fabric.  Again I added length to the tunic length which was not necessary.  But I’m very tall, so it ended up okay.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Step 2:  Sew 2 gathering stitches just below the bottom of the placket.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Step 3:  Gather this very tightly.  You probably won’t be able to get it exactly back to the original shape, but the bottom point of the placket will cover up the gaping part.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Easy-peasy, and you have a View B maternity-ized Cheyenne Shirt!  The fabric from this one came from Hancock Fabrics going out of business sale and indigo Robert Kaufman chambray union fabric leftover from this skirt.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

This tutorial can probably be used with any button up shirt pattern, but I definitely recommend the Cheyenne Tunic pattern from Hey June Handmade.  All the seams are beautifully finished on the inside and it’s such a lovely, professional shirt!

Affiliate links are used in this post, but only to products which I’ve personally used and loved!  If you click on them you too will find something you love…and I might make a few pennies!

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2017 Sewing Goals

And now that we’ve assessed our sewing from 2016, we want to share our sewing goals for 2017 with you!  Just like our State of the Blog 2016 post, all of us are contributing today.

Audrey:

If last year was about new things, this year is going to be a mix of new and continuing!  My plan is to continue meeting sewing bloggers in person (at least 3 more!) continue sewing for Mr. Skirt Fixation (he’s requested pants…scary!) and continue participating in Project Sew It.

As for new, there’s a huge new thing happening with a baby due soon!  So I’m going to be blogging a lot about baby sewing.  I have so many ideas and things planned, I’ve already named this new category Handmade Baby.  Now to settle on the baby’s name…

Allegra:

This year I anticipate a move forward into ‘adult life’, and that may or may not include more time away from home, and less time sewing. I still want to do crafting, and maybe some more detailed embroidery, but I’m not limiting myself to specific goals this year, since I don’t know what will be reasonable to accomplish.  My over-arching goal, I think, is to force myself to try new things, no matter how scary they seem  (And also not to sprain my hand sewing on buttons for mom, cause I know I’ll still be doing that XD)

Aria:

As I have started high school, I will be a lot busier this year, which means less time for sewing and things like that… But I do plan on joining Mom in Project Sew It, partly because my wardrobe is very lacking.  I’m really exited to be doing this, and plan on making a lot of it purple and gray.

Annie:

I want to sew a quilt for the new baby.  I also want to sew more clothes for myself.  And I have some ideas for making new things for my doll.

How about you, do you have any sewing goals for 2017?

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State of the Blog 2016

As we’ve done for several years, we thought we’d give a state of the blog summary for 2016.  This year had some highs and a few lows.  By a rough count, we sewed at least 44 skirts this year!  And we sewed 14 Oliver + S patterns.  Craftsy has changed the way they report information, but we know that many, many, many of our free skirt patterns were downloaded.  This includes both the Dollhouse Skirt and The Pegasus Skirt.

One thing we got burnt out on this year was all the series we had going on!  At 1 point we were trying to keep up with at least 9 different series mostly relating to skirts.  So we’ve reassessed and some are going away completely, some will be semi-occasional instead of monthly, and we’ve also got a few new ideas up our sleeves.

Pretty cool that your favorites were my favorites too! #2016bestnine

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Instagram is our social media outlet of choice, and you can see our top 9 Instagram posts of the year here.  Follow us on Instagram here.

Each of us have evaluated our goals and sewing endeavors from 2016 and have a little summary for you.

Audrey:

It turned out that 2016 was all about trying new things!  To start the year, I stated 2 goals which were both new and terrifying to me!  The first was to meet at least 3 sewing bloggers in person, and I made that goal by meeting 4 terrific ladies through the year!  My 2nd goal was to sew something for Mr. Skirt Fixation, and although not one of them has been blogged, I sewed 12 garments for him!

Sewing jeans for the 1st time - Skirt Fixation

Another new thing for me was attempting (and succeeding at 50%!) sewing jeans for my boys.

In 2016 I dabbled in fabric design which was fun, but didn’t hold my interest for long, unfortunately.  I may revisit it sometime.

The Runway Skirt pattern

The kind of design that really lit me up I found out is pattern design!  And I’m really excited to have launched my 1st pattern (a skirt, of course) and set up the Savvy Patterns shop to go with it.

A highlight of the year was participating in Project Sew It and sewing up something for each of my 8 nieces and nephews for their birthdays.

I really love my work as a Virtual Assistant for Project Run & Play.  It is so inspiring to be part of a very active sewing community.

Allegra:

Looking back over my goals from last year, I realized that my interests changed a lot over the course of a year! Last year I set the goals of sewing a softie, and making more handmade gifts for my family. I accomplished the handmade gift goal – at least a little, by putting more effort into homemade gifts for my family.

I didn’t complete the softie goal, which disappoints me, but I did do a lot of other crafting-related things. For instance, I learned wreath-making from a wonderful little lady, and made mom a new wreath. I think that the number of buttons I sewed on for mom this year make up for any discrepancies in the rest of my performance ;). Also, as part of my last year of 4-H, I won Grand Champion on my embroidery of this butterfly.

Aria:

Last year, I wanted to continue working on my quilt and make a softie.  I  did work on my quilt a little, but with a busy summer and then school, I haven’t had much time to do either.

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

However, I did make myself an entire outfit, and start on a softie! I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m sure I will eventually! I have sort of scrapped the quilt idea for now, owing to my busyness and the difficulty of making a hexagon quilt a first quilt, but I do have an idea for a different one!

Annie:

Young girl sews her own dress for 4H project!

I was really excited to sew a dress for myself this year.  My favorite thing Mom made for me is my Uptown Downtown pink maxi dress.  I wear it all the time!

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3 Knight (Hoodies) To The Rescue

Knight Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Having boys is so fun!  Our youngest boy, Lowell, has started to notice what his big brothers and Dad wear.  And so naturally, he noticed that both David and Thomas have Knight Hoodies and he didn’t.  This was easy to resolve…I just sewed him up one.

Knight Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’ve reviewed the Knight Hoodie pattern when I made one for Thomas.  It’s a great pattern.  Then I made one for David and included some tips for a wavy zipper fix.  Next I made one for my nephew for his birthday, and included tips on lining up the pockets and hood across the zipper.  And finally this one for Lowell.  Each time I make one, I feel like it gets a little easier.  I lined up the pockets more carefully, than I did the 1st time.  Also, that curve around the face of the hood/helmet is probably the hardest part, but it too is getting easier!

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

Although it ended up a little oversized, I made Lowell the same size as I had for David for 2 reasons; 1: the pattern was already printed out and tiled, and 2: I wanted it to last all winter!  Lazy, but effective…

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, I used some Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Black (affiliate link) from JoAnn Fabrics.  It was actually left over from the Knight Hoodie I made for my nephew.  On this one, I used a plastic zipper instead of a metal one like on the other boys’ and it works out great.

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

The buttons are probably the most expensive part of making a Knight Hoodie, but I used my new-found button source, the thrift store!  These buttons came off of a stinky denim shirt with suspicious stains under the arms.  But for $2 it was a steal because of all the buttons on it!  (23!!!)

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this photo shoot, all the boys wanted to be together in their Knight Hoodies.  The best lighting is outside, but the day was frigid so Allegra, our chief photographer, decided to head for the greenhouse.  It turned out to have the perfect temperature and great lighting for our purpose.

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now there are 3 knights in shining armor er hoodies to rescue fair maidens!  Be warned, o ye fair maidens, these boys have a good dose of mischievous up their sleeves!

Want to make your own Knight Hoodie?  Find the pattern here.

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Aria’s 4H Sewing Project

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

This year 2 of us chose sewing for a 4H project.  You can read about Annie’s project here.  Today Aria is sharing her 4H sewing project.

This year for 4-H I did a three-part sewing project that included a shirt, a skirt, and a jacket. All three were made from varying weights of knit.

4H sewing project

The Veronika Skirt

This was made from a heavy knit from JoAnn Fabrics that I have used before and is super awesome! I made it for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats.  You can read our full review here.

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The Halifax Hoodie

For the jacket I used a lighter French Terry for the first time.  I am happy to say that even though it was a lighter knit it was really easy to use!  The Halifax Hoodie from Hey June Handmade is a really nice sew up as well!  I used the third option with a zipper, pockets, and a hood.  The instructions were easy to follow but I was still really glad to have Mom’s help, especially when I did the pockets, zipper, and hood because it was my first time doing any of those!  I followed the instructions and it made my firsts easy ones!  The first thing I sewed was the pockets.  These were pretty easy except for the trying to keep them straight and sew through a lot of layers at one time, so I still think they are a bit crooked yet…  The next thing I did was the zipper.  This was completely different from anything I had ever done before.  I put a lot of pins in to hold it straight, went slow, and had Mom to help me!  I was pretty impressed by how well it turned out and how easy it was!  The last ‘difficult’ thing I did was the hood.  I had pretty much no trouble assembling it, but attaching it to the rest of the jacket was the difficult part.  There were a lot of layers, but when I attached the binding to enclose the seam allowances it looked pretty good!  The rest, compared to this was really easy!  The French Terry was super fun to work with and I really like the finished result!

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The Lane Raglan Shirt

This was not my first Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade that I sewed, but it was the first with a lightweight fabric that I made.  This fabric was pretty difficult to cut and sew, and I’m not really impressed with the result.  At this point, we were also having difficulty with the machine sewing using a double needle, so that didn’t help much either.  I really liked the simplicity of the pattern last time I made a Lane Raglan, but this time with the lightweight knit, it really hindered progress a lot.  I sewed the neckband on wrong and had to pick it out, which left a lot of holes.  Something happened on the sleeves, and there I had to sew some tucks in the shoulder, but the rest of the shirt turned out ok.

I really enjoyed sewing the skirt and the hoodie, but I did learn that I probably shouldn’t be sewing too much on lighter knits yet!

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The lady who judged my sewing project at the county fair said she didn’t have any experience sewing with knits, but when my project went to state fair, the judge had some very helpful comments. One of them was on the hoodie, to try and line up the seam under the arm a bit better. I’d really like to sew another Halifax Hoodie sometime.

Thanks for sharing your 4H sewing project Aria!  Affiliate links are used in this post…to feed our sewing habits!

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Clotilde {Living Skirt Art}

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

For our final Living Skirt Art of 2016 we chose a painting that forecasts the future.  Be sure to visit the other Living Skirt Art piece of art by guest poster, Teri from FaSewLa, linked at the end of this post.

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

This month, we chose Clotilde by Louis Paul Dessar.  He was interested in art from a young age.  Born in Indiana in 1867, he attended the National Academy of Design in New York.  He became fascinated with French Landscape painting and moved to Giverny, France.  After marrying a fellow art student, living in France for 50 years, and spending his entire life painting, he returned to the United States where he died in Connecticut in 1952.

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

Since Louis Paul Dessar favored an overall golden tone in his pictures, and normally painted later in the day, we tried very carefully to replicate that part in our Living Skirt Art piece today.  His love of light can be seen reflected in Clotilde where the light filtering through the filmy curtain plays with the plant shadows.  A pregnant woman knits something small, presumably for her expected child.

The skirt in our photo is this one made for Allegra years ago.  (Thankfully it has a wide elastic waistband!)  A little secret: it is being worn inside out because the lining was a closer match to the original photo than the printed reverse!

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

In summary:

Painting: Clotilde

Artist: Louis Paul Dessar

Model: Audrey

Photography: Allegra

Skirt: Chiffon Maxi Skirt Knock Off

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest.

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

And now go visit Teri at FaSewLa to see and read about her fantastic Living Skirt Art recreation.  Isn’t her preview photo above so artistic in itself?  But you really need to see the art she is recreating!

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Chapter 5, Cuff Placket: Private Eye

Cuff Placket, Private Eye

Cuff Placket, Private Eye is a sewing related 1930s style detective story written by Allegra.  If you’re new here, be sure to read Chapter 1 & Chapter 2 & Chapter 3 & Chapter 4 before you read today’s installment.

Cuff Placket, Private Eye

The cell was damp, and the officer on beat was dryer than Adam’s bones. When he was off of my part of the block, I searched through my pockets. I found nothing useful but a single needle, overlooked by the cops as it was stuck through the lapel of my inner vest.

I grinned and held it up, watching it sparkle in the light as I made sure that the policeman had finished his rounds and was going into the front of the station. Wiggling my hand through the bars, I began the process of picking the lock on my cell.

Before I could accomplish my task, I heard voices in the other room, and then the door between the office and the cells opened and the officer stepped through. Pearl followed him, and with them was a tall, blond young man.

“There you go, Ma’am.” The cop said as he opened the cell. I stepped out and collected my belongings.

Out on the street, I thanked Miss Button.

“Oh, no need,” she said, looking anxious. “My fiancé here paid your bail.”

Fiance?

“Fiance?” I asked.

She nodded. “Mr. Placket, this is my fiancé – Serger Veddyqwik.”

“Nice to meet you,” I said, swallowing my disappointment and shaking hands with the man.

“The same.” He answered in a thick foreign accent. “May ve know the details of the case?”

“My father said you threatened his life!” Pearl exclaimed, her eyes wide.

I took a deep breath. “That’s not true, miss. Through my investigations, I discovered that your father was the true mastermind of the kidnapping; he hoped to get your mother to pay the ransom, and then pocket the money himself. If you confront him about it, I think he’ll probably cave.”

Pearl burst into tears and buried her face in Serger’s chest.

“If you can’t get him to tell you where he’s keeping the little girl,” I told the young man, “then I can refer you to a good set of brass knuckles.”

He grinned, patting Pearl on the back comfortingly. “I think I vill be able to take care of zat part.”
Looking up at his bulk, I didn’t have any doubts. Pearl, still crying, paid me, and I tipped my hat to the young couple.

I hunched my shoulders against the beginning drizzle, and pulled my fedora down on my forehead.

Cuff Placket, alone again, walking the streets.

Seeing all, seen by none.

Case closed.


Allegra has created an inspiration Pinterest board for this story.  Go check it out…you just may find a clue lurking there!

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“Deer” Niece’s Birthday {Project Sew It}

For the final Project Sew it of the year, sort of splurged.  The recipient it my youngest niece, and the only little girl I ever get to sew for! project+sew+it+grey

There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed some tiny girl things for her when she was born, but now that it was her birthday and she’s mobile it was time for some bigger things.  Not like that was going to be a hardship…

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I started with the free Girl’s Peplum Top pattern by Sew Much Ado.  This pattern is free only for size 18 months, which was exactly what my niece needed.  This pattern is also available for purchase from Sew Much Ado in larger sizes.  The reason I chose this pattern was for the ease of movement for a crawling, active, mobile child.  A dress or skirt would get in the way, but a peplum is perfectly girly solution.  For the fabric, I used Girl Charlee’s fawn silhouette fabric (currently available in different colors.)  The only change I made to the pattern was to split the peplum part of the top into 2 pieces so the little deer would be right side up on both sides of the top.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

A peplum can’t be worn by itself, so a pair of leggings was in order.  The Lollipop Leggings pattern affiliate link (without the skirt this time!)  using the button tab option turned out to be a perfect match.  I used some fabric I’d found at JoAnn’s because it matched perfectly.  As I was searching for the perfect buttons in my rather small button stash, nothing was grabbing me.  Then I remembered my bead stash which is insanely huge.  Since these buttons are non functional, beads worked here.  I just happened to have some with darling little animals on them.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final piece in my final Project Sew It creation for the year wasn’t necessary, but the star of the show, of course!  I’m referring to the Evergreen bonnet by Twig & Tale.  I had to use the free Reindeer Add On to keep the deer theme going of course.  For the fabrics, I used a brown flannel for the outside, and the softest white fleece I could find (leftover from this canvas jacket project) for the inside.  Then there was the perfect ribbon in my stash, so this whole bonnet was free to make, how could I not?  I could just picture my niece in it!  And then my sister-in-law sent me photos and I was blown away.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

It was even better than I could have imagined!  Plus my sister-in-law says it’s the go to hat for her daughter for the cold weather this winter.  It covers her ears better than any other hat they have, and stays in place.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’m so delighted to have completed my goal of sewing something for each of my nieces and nephews this year through the Project Sew It inspirational challenge.  They’ve just announced their challenge for 2017, and I’ve declared myself in!

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation