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Make Nine Update #1

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

My 1st outfit from my Make 9 (Outfits) is complete!  I took the opportunity of an upcoming birth to make myself the most comfortable pajamas outfit for the postpartum days when I’ll be in bed recovering from giving birth.  In the past, I’ve never thought about a special outfit for this time, instead just grabbing whatever was at hand and then cringing when I was wearing a pajama shirt with gaping holes in the elbows or something similar when someone came to see the baby!

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

This outfit changed a little bit from my original plan.  This was with the thought of postpartum and nursing in mind.  Originally I had planned to make a Paro Cardigan, but realized a Julia Cardigan would be better suited to the purpose I had in mind. 

Julia Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Make 9 Challenge

The shape of the Julia Cardigan is more ideal for nursing and lounging in bed.  Plus it’s been quite a while since I sewed a Julia Cardigan, and never one with this nice of quality fabric. 

This fabric is vintage Hacci Sweat knit from Girl Charlee. It’s sold out now, but very soft, and very good quality. I had 2 yards, and had just enough scraps left over to make a sweater dress for Baby Tina, so stay tuned for that too!

Julia Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Make 9 Challenge

And the pattern was already cut out and ready to go – no muslin needed.  Just sew and go!

Durango Tank sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This was my 1st time to sew a Durango Tank and the 1st time to do arm bindings like this.  It really isn’t hard to take the extra steps to get this professional looking finished garment.  And I know it’s going to be very comfortable to wear! 

Durango Tank sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One reason I’m looking forward to wearing the Durango Tank for postpartum days is because of the extra ease through the waist and stomach. Gently on a belly recovering from expanding to the size of a large watermelon!

Durango Tank sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I love the split back detail…one of those little touches that makes Hey June Patterns special and a touch above the rest!

The fabric I used is super soft Art Gallery Fabrics knit, and will be so perfect for lounging in bed with a new baby!  Or anytime you want to wear it really, but you know where my brain is right now…

Mountain Pose Pants sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We’ve made the Mountain Pose Pants before several times…and this time I made 2 changes.  I eliminated the side seam by laying the front and back leg pieces side by side and cutting them out as one piece.  Also, I narrowed the bottom of the legs to get more of a leggings look because I anticipate wanting to wear these out of bed too!

I used navy double brushed poly from CaliFabrics, and it’s going to be amazing to wear!  It’s very soft and durable…I know from past experience with DBP from CaliFabrics.  I have worn this pair of Mountain Pose Pants every single night for pajamas during this pregnancy.

Postpartum outfit sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Here is what I ended up with:

Top Pattern: Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Indigo and Aster knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics

Pants Pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Pants Fabric: Navy Double Brushed Poly from CaliFabrics

Sweater Pattern: Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations

Sweater Fabric: Vintage Hacci Sweater fabric from Girl Charlee

Postpartum outfit sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I got so excited about having a special postpartum outfit that I sewed up another one…stay tuned.

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Spring Strawberry Skirt {Buy or DIY}

Buy or DIY wrap skirt by Skirt Fixation

It’s time for another Buy or DIY skirt!  When we saw this strawberry wrap skirt from Anthropologie, we were immediately reminded of spring.  Plus we happened to know the perfect fabric and pattern to use to make it and save more than we spent!

Buy or DIY wrap skirt by Skirt Fixation

Buy or DIY Wrap Skirt Details:

Colloquial Wrap Skirt from Anthropologie

Buy or DIY wrap skirt by Skirt Fixation

Fabric Recommendation: Strawberry Blossom rayon fabric from Hawthorne Supply Co.  

Buy or DIY wrap skirt by Skirt Fixation

Pattern Recommendation: Blank Slate Patterns Daintree Skirt

Buy or DIY Wrap Skirt Math:

Colloquial Wrap Skirt: $120 retail price.

Fabric needed: 4 yards

Pattern: $11.95 

Fabric: $15.95 per yard

Total Cost: $59.75 for DIY 

Total Savings: $60.25

Buy or DIY wrap skirt by Skirt Fixation

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  (See what we did there?! Are you tired of this pun yet? We’re not!)  So now we are totally in the mood to replicate this exact skirt!  Let us know about your great spring skirt.

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Basic Jalie Outfit #2680 & #2681

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Maybe this doesn’t look so “basic” to you?

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Today we get to participate in a fun tour!  The Basically Jalie tour is full of basic inspiration and a fun sew along and of course lots of prizes.  We sewed a basic jacket and a not so basic skirt!

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For our first pattern, we chose the Jalie 2680 City Coat.  While this jacket can be made in many different fabrics for a very versatile jacket, we chose olive stretch twill from JoAnns.  Because it doesn’t get more basic than an olive green utility jacket, does it?  

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One detail of this jacket we absolutely love is all the panels and seaming.  It really doesn’t take that long to sew.  We sewed almost all of the seams on our serger and then immediately switched to the sewing machine to topstitch each seam.  

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Another detail that makes this jacket special are the inseam pockets on the front princess seam.  Unless you put your hands in your pockets, they are invisible and the clean lines of the jacket are maintained.  But they’re there, and what is a basic olive green utility jacket without pockets?

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This Jalie 2680 City Coat pattern can be sewn with a hood or a collar.  We chose the hood version.  After a quick muslin, we determined that we needed to add 1” length to the sleeves, 1” length to each of the body pieces, and 1” width to the shoulders for tall fit issues.

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As you can see, the inside of this jacket is very clean and finished.  We wouldn’t really recommend this pattern to a beginner due to the lack of detailed instructions.  But an adventurous beginner or intermediate sewist would definitely find this a rewarding make!

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the not so basic skirt, we chose the Jalie 2681 Gored Skirts pattern.  This knit skirt also has many panels, which echoes the seaming on the jacket.  There are 5 different style options for this skirt, and we can’t wait to make more of the views.

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

All of the views are knee length, but as you can see, we maxified this skirt!  Part of the reason was for dramatic appeal, and part of the inspiration was this gorgeous fabric from CaliFabrics.  It’s navy floral on black burnout stretch velvet, and even prettier in real life than on a screen!   It comes in 4 colors, so a very something for everyone type of fabric!  

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We lined it with a navy jersey fabric, just to the knee so that the sheer velvet burnout can really be seen below the knee.  Modeled with a pair of blue suede shoes this is a very ooh-la-la look and definitely not basic!  But amazing, right?

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of the model, Aria is not the intended recipient of this outfit!  However, because I’m almost 9 months pregnant, it doesn’t fit me at all right now, and Aria’s measurements are close enough to mine that I know this is going to fit me very well and be a new favorite.  And Aria is under very clean instructions NOT to steal it from me.  That’s always worked in the past, right?

Now for more information about the prizes I mentioned!

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Blogger Lineup

Be sure to visit these talented sewing bloggers during the tour:

Wednesday, Feb 6 – The Petite Sewist | auschick sews | Replicate then Deviate | Deepika Blogs

Thursday, Feb 7 – Sew What Yvette | Sew Cucio | Shalini’s Sewing Space | Curtiepie | A Jennuine Life

Friday, Feb 8 – SeamsLikeStyle | It’s Liesel | SewSophieLynn | Danvillegirl Sewing Diary | Skirt Fixation

Monday, Feb 11 – The Crafting Fiend | Sprouting JubeJube | its sew colorful | Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

Tuesday, Feb 12 – All Things Katy! | BigFlyNotions | needle and the belle | Zoopolis

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Denim Quilt made from old Jeans #2

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

Remember the last denim quilt we made?  Well, it’s such a loved item around our house that one was just not enough.  So we made another one.  Well okay, Aria made this one all by herself!

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

This time we used much the same process as last time to create the half square triangles.  The finished dimensions are 75” x 100”  There are 192 half square triangle blocks.  Each block was 6.5” by 6.5” before sewing them together.  

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

Aria wanted big contrast between the darker and lighter triangles of denim in each square, so she dug deep into our denim/jeans stash and pulled out the darkest denims she could find.  This included some black and brown denim.  It’s fun to see some of them and remember what their original source was.  The black with white embroidery was originally a jacket I made for Aria, blogged here.

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

The lightest brown is Carhartt denim/canvas leftover from this pair of pants made for Thomas.  Some of the lightest embroidered denim was a skirt Aria wore and wore and wore!  

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

The majority of the denim in this quilt is from jeans the boys wore and wore out.  For most of them, the knees had holes in them, but there was lots and lots of usable denim left. We get asked often how many pairs of jeans it took to make the other quilt. Honestly, we weren’t counting, and because so many of them were different sizes (from little boy to very big man!) it probably wouldn’t be an accurate count anyway!

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

When she was finished, Aria chose to use a luscious deep red herringbone flannel fabric by Robert Kaufman (affiliate link) for the backing.  Instead of binding it with a different piece of fabric, she just left enough overhanging to bring it around to the front and create a contrast border.  Aria finished this binding by hand herself.

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

Once again, our very special aunt did the quilting for us.  Her work is truly amazing, and she worked us into her schedule.  Her work is in hot demand, so it was very generous of her to bump us up in the queue!  Aria chose the same quilting pattern that was used on the other denim quilt we made.  It’s just so nice on a half square triangle quilt!

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

Aria has been sleeping like a baby under this very warm, very heavy quilt.  It’s like those weighted blankets you see which are marketed for better sleeping.  

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

Don’t tell the maker, but I snuck a picture of her and the quilt! And yes, there is enough denim and jeans left to make more of these.  Can’t stop, won’t stop!  

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Outnumbered the Podcast – Launch!

Today is a really, really exciting day because I get to share something I’ve been working on behind the scenes for a couple of months. A fellow mom to 8 kids (with one on the way) and I are launching our podcast today! It’s topic something I’m really passionate about – motherhood and kids!

We’re releasing 3 episodes today…for a great reason! We want to give you a flavor of what our episodes will be like, and an introduction to ourselves. After the introduction episode, we will be alternating between a kid-centered topic and a mom-centered topic.

Today, we’re launching Outnumbered, the Podcast with 3 episodes. An introduction to us and our lives, an episode all about kids and chores, and motherhood episode about what to do when you want to quit! Each of our episodes are about 30 minutes long, and have several things in common. At the beginning, we have a short humor segment where we share a funny Insane Mom Moment, Kid Quote, Thing I Never Thought I’d Say, and more! (If you have something to contribute to this, please email us: outnumberedthepodcast@gmail.com ) Near the end of each episode, we share a recommendation, mom hack, inspirational quote, or something that is helping up to become a better mom! Oh, and if you stick around to the very, very end of the episode, we usually add in a hilarious outtake where we mess up or are interrupted by one of our many children with life-threatening needs like “Can I please have some gum?”

You can find Outnumbered, the podcast, by searching “outnumbered” on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, Podbean, or wherever you listen to podcasts! Here are the direct links to us on each platform:

iTunes

Spotify

Google Play

Stitcher

and our website for Outnumbered, the Podcast is here!

And you can sign up for our newsletter so that you can know right away when the next episode drops!

You can follow us on Instagram too!

So there will still be lots and lots of skirts and sewing around here as usual! But this is my passion project, and I’m so excited to share years of parenting tips, advice, failures, joys and lots and lots of laughter with you!

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Janie Dress & Hatteras Hoodie

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

It’s another Janie Dress for the baby, let’s just get that out of the way first thing!!  There are so many reasons we keep making this dress pattern…and one of the main ones is that she loves them so much!

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this Janie Dress, we made the short sleeve circle skirt version.  We used some fabric leftover from a dress made for Annie earlier in the year, you can see it here.

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

Or you can see it here!  Annie and Baby Tina LOVE to wear matching dresses!  This gorgeous fabric is some Art Gallery Fabric knit fabric, so you know it’s super soft and very good quality.  

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s dress we used the Camden Raglan pattern and made some changes (you can read the full details here) to make it into a dress.  She adores this dress even though at first she wasn’t sure about the raw hems on the sleeves and hem.  Let me assure you it’s getting very well worn!

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Baby Tina’s dress we used the Janie Dress pattern (duh!) like I mentioned earlier, and also made her a hoodie to go coordinate with it for extended Season wear.  We were delighted to find out she fits into the very smallest size of the Hatteras Hoodie pattern.  

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

Note to self: putting nuts in the pocket of Baby Tina’s hoodie before the photo shoot is over means she will have food in her mouth or be chewing in almost every single photo.  But she really is enamored with the pockets of this hoodie and constantly finds things to put in them.  She has a domino she’s dubbed her “phone” which she religiously carries around in one pocket!

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric of this Hatteras Hoodie is leftover from one of the hoodies I sewed for her brothers earlier in the year.  You can see that post here.  The hoodie is lined with more of the cherry blossom fabric, and a pink zipper makes this black hoodie perfectly girlie!

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

So from scraps, Baby Tina has a brand new, adorable, completely huggable outfit!  

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Boy’s Downton Duffle Coat

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

Around here, the Downton Duffle Coat is our go-to winter coat pattern!  We just love how easy they are to sew, how many sizes are included, and what professional results you can achieve.  This time, the recipient of the Downton Duffle Coat was David, age 7.  His younger brother is wearing this one I made for him a couple of winters ago.

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the wool fabric, I used a cut of fabric gifted to me from a friend.  It was grayish blue on one side and a brighter blue on the other side.  I ended up using the muted side, and think it complements his eyes perfectly!

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

The inside is the fluffy side of a sherpa fabric I got from JoAnns.  You can see both sides in the vest I made here.  I asked David which side he wanted against his skin, and he chose this soft and cuddly side!  Can’t blame him there…

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

I did use the reverse suede side for the hood trim.  Because this fabric is so thick, there was no need to interline the body or hood of the Downton Duffle Coat.  It’s toasty warm, and David is so happy with it!

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

The sleeves however, did need to be lined with a slipperier fabric so that his arms can slide in and out with ease while wearing a long sleeve shirt or sweater.  I used some gray lining fabric from the stash, and quilted some batting between the layers.  I’m quite pleased with how they turned out as well!.

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only place I ended up using leather on this Downton Duffle Coat was on the elbow patches.  Since the last time I made this pattern was a relatively short time ago for baby Tina, I hadn’t forgotten yet how much trouble those faux leather toggles were.  So I just decided to forego the toggle closures altogether on this one.  They are purely decorative anyway when there is a zipper.  Cute, but not worth the struggle this time!

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

I made a size 8 for David hoping it will last him 2 winters like it did last time.  You can see the arms are a little bit too long, but that’s usually where my kids outgrow their clothing first.  So perhaps…  He hasn’t mentioned the sleeves bothering him or feeling too long, and when I said he could roll up the sleeves to make cuffs, he declined, saying he liked it just like this!

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you’ve never made a coat before, I really suggest this pattern, the Downton Duffle Coat.  It’s delightfully simple, and can be accomplished with ease.  You’ll feel like a professional!  Have you made a coat pattern before?

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Hey June Patterns for Pregnancy

Brunswick Pullover for maternity wear modeled by Skirt Fixation

Today I have a fun list of Hey June patterns that work well for each trimester of pregnancy, as well as some that are breastfeeding friendly. Also, I’m super excited about the tutorial I wrote and linked to for making these bottom patterns work for pregnancy, so please click over and check it out on the Hey June blog. Before I start my list, let me state that the way my body does pregnancy is that I mostly get a belly, and don’t change significantly anywhere else. So this list is how these patterns work for me…and how they might work for other pregnant bodies too!

Hey June Patterns for the 1st Trimester & Postpartum:

Brunswick Pullover

Kendrick Overalls (if made with stretch woven fabric)

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Phoenix Blouse (you didn’t know I was pregnant when I made and blogged the above blouses, did you?)

Sandbridge Skirt (if made with stretch woven fabric)

Amalfi Dress

Bryce Cargo Pants (or skirt using this tutorial)

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Key Largo Top (also me in the 1st trimester in a Key Largo Top blogged here.)

Willamette Shirt

Trevi Top and Dress

Tallinn Sweater

Santa Fe Top

Sanibel Dress & Romper

Charleston Dress (Would accentuate a growing bump in a very cute fashion!)

Cheyenne Tunic

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Halifax Hoodie (1st trimester in the Halifax Hoodie blogged here.)

Biscayne Blouse

Union St. Tee

Lane Raglan

Evergreen Jacket 

Aurora Tee

Sloan Leggings

Mountain Pose Pants

Durango Tank

Hey June Patterns for the 2nd Trimester:

Phoenix Blouse

Tallinn Sweater

Santa Fe Top

Trevi Top and Dress

Cheyenne Tunic

Halifax Hoodie

Brunswick Pullover for maternity wear modeled by Skirt Fixation

Brunswick Pullover (Technically I’m in the 3rd trimester at 30 weeks in this photo, but this is how it would look with the side plackets buttoned at the end of the 2nd trimester!)

Union St. Tee

Sloan Leggings (under the belly)

Mountain Pose Pants (under the belly)

Using this tutorial for these patterns:

Kendrick Overalls (not sure how the straps would work around a bump…what do you think?)

Sandbridge Skirt

Bryce Cargo Pants

Using this tutorial for these patterns:   https://www.heyjunehandmade.com/maternity-lane-raglan-hack/ 

Lane Raglan

Aurora Tee

Durango Tank

Amalfi Dress (using this tutorial: http://sewmariefleur.com/amalfi-dress-hey-june-maternity-nursing-hack/ )

Hey June Patterns for the 3rd Trimester:

Santa Fe Top (Best pajamas ever!)

Mountain Pose Pants (Other half of the best pajamas ever!)

Brunswick Pullover for maternity wear modeled by Skirt Fixation

Brunswick Pullover (Here you can see it in the 3rd trimester with the side plackets unbuttoned.)

Tallinn Sweater

Sloan Leggings

Using this tutorial for these patterns:

Kendrick Overalls (Most likely without the straps.)

Sandbridge Skirt

Bryce Cargo Pants (Here you can see the combination Bryce Cargos and Sandbridge Skirt using my tutorial…did you check it out?)

Using this tutorial for these patterns:   https://www.heyjunehandmade.com/maternity-lane-raglan-hack/ 

Aurora Tee

Union St. Tee

Durango Tank

Lane Raglan (I used the above linked tutorial, except I used the bottom band, and I like the way it tucks in under my belly. Just look at that belly stick out!)

Halifax Hoodie

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

Cheyenne Tunic (using my tutorial: http://skirtfixation.com/2017/01/maternity-cheyenne-tunic-tutorial/ )

Phoenix Blouse It might work for you with no changes, or you could use this tutorial: https://www.heyjunehandmade.com/maternity-phoenix-blouse/ I’m still wearing the ones I made above with no alterations, and I’m 31 weeks.

Amalfi Dress (using this tutorial: http://sewmariefleur.com/amalfi-dress-hey-june-maternity-nursing-hack/ )

Nursing Friendly Hey June Patterns:

Tallinn Sweater (Not the best picture, but you can see with the crossover front, this one is perfect for nursing!)

Lift these up for nursing:

Brunswick Pullover

Phoenix Blouse

Key Largo Top

Aurora Tee

Durango Tank

Willamette Shirt

Union St. Tee

Lane Raglan

Trevi Top

Santa Fe Top

Button front for nursing access:

Sanibel Dress & Romper

Cheyenne Tunic

Biscayne Blouse

Zipper Front for nursing access:

Halifax Hoodie

Evergreen Jacket 

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2019 Sewing Goals

9 Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

2018 was a great year for goals and the successful completion of goals!  It seems that we’ve found a good rhythm to our sewing, and so several of our goals will stay the same.

And there are some REALLY exciting goals that I can’t share yet, so stay tuned…

Stash Shrinker:

This was a truly transformational tool for me.  Not only did it help me keep track of my garments and yardage sewn, but it made me really dig deep into the big stash of fabric we have here.  One thing the Stash Shrinker did was intended – to cut down on the amount of fabric we bought.  But an unintended consequence of that was an incredible sense of what makes good quality fabric!  I also became aware of how much poor quality fabric I had in my stash that would probably never get sewn.  Around 50 yards of fabric was thrown out, donated, and given away!  Call me a snob, but in 2019 (and beyond!) there will be NO poor quality fabric purchases!

9 Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

All that being said, I did buy some really good quality fabric in 2018, and my plan is to sew a good chunk of it up in 2019.  So I have a plan…  I’ve planned 9 SKIRT OUTFITS using fabric and patterns in my stash.  Outfits because I’m tired of having garments in my closet that are lone wolves…they don’t really go with anything!  

Quite a few of the outfits I have planned are interchangeable.  Most of the skirts are solid, so they go with quite a few of the tops.  And the major layering pieces are solid which also means they go with quite a few of the outfits.  

Several of the patterns are repeats, and patterns I really love!  But if new patterns come out, I’ll be able to substitute as needed.

Skirt Outfit #1:

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns (already made and blogged here)

Top Fabric: Poly Crepe from Indie Sew 

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Gray Corduroy from Style Makers Fabric

Vest Pattern: Lonetree Vest & Jacket by Indie Sew

Vest Fabric: Tencel Twill from Blackbird Fabrics

Pajamas! Outfit #2:

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Indigo and Aster knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics

Pants Pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Pants Fabric: Navy Double Brushed Poly from CaliFabrics

Sweater Pattern: Paro Cardigan by Itch to Stitch

Sweater Fabric: Vintage Hacci Sweater fabric from Girl Charlee

Skirt Outfit #3:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Chambray from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Sandbryce Skirt (a mash up of the Sandbridge Skirt and Bryce Cargos both by Hey June Patterns)

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #4:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Cotton Lawn by Windham Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Kendrick Overalls by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Raisin Twill from Style Maker Fabrics

Jacket Pattern: Joy Jacket by Chalk and Notch

Jacket Fabric: Tencel Denim from CaliFabrics

Skirt Outfit #5:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Rayon Linen from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Navy Pinstripe Linen and Tencel fabric  from Blackbird Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #6:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Robert Kaufman chambray from CaliFabrics

Skirt Pattern: Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen

Skirt Fabric: Heritage Rayon fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #7: 

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Willamette Shirt by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Indian Ikat from Blackbird Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #8: 

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Flannel shirting from Indie Sew

Turtleneck Pattern: Nikko Top by True Bias

Turtleneck Fabric: Rust rib knit from Indie Sew

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Maroon Stretch Twill from La Mercerie

Skirt Outfit #9:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Woodland Clearing by Kaufman cotton Lawn fabric

Skirt Pattern: Maxi Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Olive Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

I’ve planned these 9 outfits to do with the Make 9 challenge on Instagram.  And my plan is to sew them seasonally, probably along with the Seasonal Sew 3 challenge on Instagram also.  Right now, that looks to be roughly in order from left to right, top to bottom.   We’ll see how it plays out!  One thing you might note, most of these are made from woven fabrics.  This is because I sew up knit garments all the time, no challenge there.  So this is my CHALLENGE plan!

Whew, that’s a lot of sewing, but I think with the good quality fabric and amazing patterns, this is the type of self-care sewing I will look forward to!

Do you have any 2019 goals?  Are they sewing related?  Do you think my plan is unrealistic? 😉

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Final 2018 Sewing Goals Update

This is a quick 2018 Year in Review

200 items sewn (not counting bonnets for the Etsy shop)

365 yards of fabric sewn/removed from stash. And I kept my multiplier at 5 ALL YEAR LONG!!! We’ll definitely be using the Stash Shrinker next year, and if you want to keep track of your sewing makes and fabric used, you can find it over at Sewjourners: https://sewjourners.net/2018/01/02/stash-shrinker/

0 RTW items bought for myself

9 of Skirt Fixation's 2018 sewing goals

7.5 out of 9 Make 9 items sewn

Top row, left to right: Charleston Dress by Hey June Patterns, Runway Skirt (woven) by Savvy Patterns, Paro Cardigan by Itch To Stitch

Middle row, left to right: Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic, Vientiane Skirt (maxi) by Itch To Stitch, Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns (this is a free pattern!)

Bottom row, left to right: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns, Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns, Sandbrige Skirt (maxi) by Hey June Patterns.

The only 2 I didn’t complete are the Durango Tank, but it’s already cut out, so that’s worth 1/2 right? And the other one was the Paro Cardigan…when I lost my waist, I lost my motivation to sew that! But it’s been added to my Make 9 for 2019 (stay tuned…)

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

7 out of 9 Menswear make 9 items sewn. No pants or raglan tee. But lots and lots of Metro Tees!

Plenum Quilt review by Skirt Fixation

At least 4 quilts pieced and in various stages of quilting. Stay tuned on that too…

So while we didn’t make 100% on every goal, we accomplished a LOT of sewing this year! And we’re excitedly planning for 2019, so stay tuned for that…

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