Ah, the Vivienne Skirt! This skirt is probably the epitome of Violette Field Threads pattern company. I probably wax romantic about the Vivienne Skirt pattern since it was the first PDF pattern I ever sewed years and years ago.
The Vivienne Skirt pattern can be made in 8 sizes for girls from 2T to 9/10. It consists of an overskirt and an underskirt to which ruffles are attached. This skirt is not a fast sewing project, but totally worth it every time! The instructions are accompanied by photographic images and both are very clear and accurate. We only have one note to make about the layout of the pattern; if you are using a directional print like we did for the overskirt, you cannot use the layout diagram as the skirt fronts need to face the same way.
Usually we have to lengthen skirts we make for Annie, but this time we made a size 9/10 for her due to her tall height and gathered the elastic in the back tight enough to fit her waist. This would be a difficult skirt to lengthen.
We only made one change to the Vivienne Skirt pattern, we added a 4th ruffle to the underskirt front only because we wanted the added coverage since we used a different color fabric for the underskirt and didn’t want the contrast to show when Annie was walking.
The red buttons were from the button jar, probably bought at JoAnn Fabrics years ago. The Vivienne Skirt pattern also comes with a shirt pattern which is totally adorable and we plan to sew at a future date.
Speaking of that amazing overskirt fabric, it’s from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s manufactured by Free Spirit, designed by Amy Butler and called Bright Heart. And it’s pure loveliness to work with! For the ruffles, we used coral rayon challis also from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. Basically the perfect fabric for making drape-y ruffles.
Here’s a little story to illustrate the amazing customer service you will get from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. We wanted to use the coral rayon challis for the ruffles (Annie is such a fan of pink!) but couldn’t tell on the computer screen the best matching fabric for the overskirt. So we emailed Raspberry Creek Fabrics and they did a color matching and sent us about 6 fabric listing options to choose from. So sweet, and above and beyond friendly customer service, don’t you think?
We’re nearing the end of this edition of All The Skirts, and we hope you’ve entered to win. If you haven’t started sewing yet, you still have a few weeks left, so grab your fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and your Violette Field Threads patterns and get started!
Simply link up anything you’ve made this year with a Violette Field Threads pattern or fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway too. Two winners will each receive 5 PDF pattern from Violette Field Threads and $50 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.