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Swimsuit sewing for kids!

Today we’re bringing home a post that originally posted over at Project Run & Play because we thought you might be thinking about this type of sewing soon!

Today I’ve got a whole bunch of information for you to help you be able to sew a swim suit for your child this summer.  I was totally intimidated by this until I tried, and now I’m confident that with the right supplies and technique, you can do it too!  Let’s get started with some inspiration to help you WANT to make your child’s swimwear.

Sewing swimwear for your child is in reach! Just read this post.

Check out these handmade swimwear posts.  Some of these were moms sewing swimsuits for their very first time!

Flamingo Halter Suit by Chelise Patternson

Trio Swim style by Orange Who 

Swim Tankini & Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Fruit inspired Swims Suits by Paisley Roots

Reversible Swimsuit by Petite a Petite & Family

One Piece with boy shorts by Falafel and the Bee

And don’t forget those swimming accessories!

Easy swimming suit cover-up tutorials by Simple Simon & Co

Hamerhead Swim Team Bag by Sew Much To Give

Best swimwear patterns for children

1st you’ll need a good pattern.  Try one of these:

Sew Pony Cosi Suit 

Malibu one piece by PeekABoo Patterns (PeekABoo Patterns actually has over a dozen swimsuit patterns!)

Swashbuckler Swim Trunks by Patterns For Pirates

Salt Water Swim Trunks by Blank Slate Patterns

Kid Pants/Shorts by Made Everyday

Jalie Boardshorts

Next you’ll need some fabric.

Swimsuit fabric

If you’re sewing for a girl, check out some of these swimwear sources:

The Fabric Fairy Swimwear section

Girl Charlee spandex

Pink Stripe from Fabric.Com

Peekaboo Pattern Shop Ice Cream Fabric

Yellow Polka Dot

And for a boy you’ll need board shorts fabric which is also known as microfiber.

Boardshorts fabrics

Try these sources for board shorts fabric:

Sharks from Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Black from fabric.com

Aqua fabric from Peekaboo Pattern Shop 

Chinese dragon from The Fabric Fairy

Woody cars from The Fabric Fairy 

Finally, you might need a few special notions:

Swimsuit special elastic

Power mesh for under boys shorts

Swimsuit lining

So there you have it!  Challenge yourself to make some swimwear…you won’t regret it!  And then let us know so we can be inspired too!

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My Sewing Space

Skirt Fixation sewing area

Today I’m bringing home a post where I shared my sewing space over at Project Run & Play.  If you missed it, welcome…come it and take a peek!

Welcome to my sewing room!  This is Audrey from Skirt Fixation, and one of the Virtual Assistants for Project Run & Play, and I’m so excited to welcome you into my sewing space today.

Skirt Fixation sewing area

Although I have set up my sewing space in many different places, currently I feel VERY lucky to have an entire outbuilding dedicated to my creative endeavors.  Here’s the back story.  This little building right outside our back door was the smokehouse/summer kitchen to the original house on our property, built sometime in the mid 1800s!  Our current home, which was built in 1916, has 3 bedrooms (and we are expecting child #8!) so needless to say, every spare inch of space is used inside the house!

Skirt Fixation sewing area

Several summers ago, we decided to remodel the old smokehouse/summer kitchen into a guest house so any company could have somewhere quiet to escape our boisterous brood.  Mr. Skirt Fixation further added plumbing and electrical to commercial kitchen standards because we were contemplating a chocolate truffle making business in the little building at some point in the future.  The kids promptly christened it the “Chocolate House.”  This past fall, I made it my sewing space, with the caveat that it is still 1st and foremost a guest house.

Skirt Fixation sewing area

Because I need to move out at a moment’s notice, organization is the key.  My large, raised cutting table is collapsible, and can be moved out and a bed set up in less than 5 minutes.  It stands 37” high, which I really appreciate due to my 6’ tall height!  I keep my extra large cutting mat on it and usually stage whatever project I’m currently sewing on top.

Skirt Fixation sewing area

Underneath the cutting table are my knit fabric storage boxes.  I have found that rolling my knit fabric and storing it vertically is the boxes is the best way to keep it organized.

Skirt Fixation sewing area

My next organizing savior is this tall wire metal shelf.  I have it filled from floor to ceiling with all my sewing supplies and fabric.  Everything is stored in clear plastic boxes of all sizes.

Skirt Fixation sewing area

Separate small shoeboxes hold zippers, seam binding, cutting tools, elastic, hardware, and extra sewing machine parts.

Skirt Fixation sewing area

Medium sized boxes are the perfect size for ribbons, embroidery, fabric art supplies, felt, and projects in process.

Skirt Fixation sewing area

Large boxes on the bottom shelves hold woven fabrics sorted by color.  Since a large fabric purge last year, I have it down to 4 of these boxes.  Bulging, but only 4!

Skirt Fixation sewing area

All my pdf patterns are stored in binders next to my sewing books.  The wire metal shelf usually has at least one garment hanging on it waiting for me to take photos.

Skirt Fixation sewing area

I keep my buttons in small glass jars sorted by color.  Personally, I am saving spice jars as I use them up, but if you don’t want to wait that long, here is a set that would work perfectly!

My mission style computer desk (which sometimes doubles as my ironing station when I’m working) is pretty clean and clear thanks to a 3 drawer organizer and a pretty storage box to hold all the miscellany that blogging requires!

Skirt Fixation sewing area

Probably the happiest place is my sewing table.  I have a 6 foot long collapsible table.  Often I tease Mr. Skirt Fixation that there is plenty of room on it for more machines!  But since it’s sadly bereft of more machines, I usually manage to fill it with whatever project I’m working on and staging my next project.

Skirt Fixation sewing area

The wide windowsill holds sewing supplies, including this small 3 drawer organizer where I keep my scissors, needles, extra sewing machine feet, and seam rippers.  The button lampshade was a gift from a sewing aunt, and the floral artwork is the sole piece of art in the room!  It was painted by my sister-in-law for Mr. Skirt Fixation’s birthday, but because it matches the roman shades I made for the room perfectly, I stole it!  I’m now noticing how bare the walls are…I have several mini quilts that I need to hang up, but I need hanging tips because duct tape probably isn’t classy enough!

My favorite thing about sewing in the “Chocolate House” is all the light from every side!  Many of my flat lay photos are taken from the cutting table, and I don’t even need to add any extra lighting.

Thanks for visiting my sewing space today, I’m sorry there was no chocolate!  Please link up your sewing space in our link up so I can come visit you.

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Copycat Anthropologie Knit Skirt {Buy or DIY ~ Skirt!}

Copycat Anthropologie Knit Skirt for $100 less by Skirt Fixation!

Today we have another Buy or DIY skirt for you!  When we saw the Across the Pond skirt from Anthropologie, our jaws dropped and we were pretty sure they must have copied it straight from the designer, Megan Nielsen!  Our skirt pick of the day is a knit pencil skirt from Anthropologie with waist ties.   We’re going to show you how to make a copycat Anthropologie knit skirt for $100 less than the Anthropologie price!

Copycat Anthropologie Knit Skirt for $100 less by Skirt Fixation!

Copycat Anthropologie Knit Skirt Details:

Original Skirt: Anthropologie Across the Pond Skirt

Fabric Recommendation: Sew Classic Knits Ponte Roma Solid Fabric

Pattern Recommendation: Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt

Copycat Anthropologie Knit Skirt Math:

Anthropology Across the Pond Skirt: $148 retail price.

Fabric needed: 1 yard

Pattern: $13.80

Fabric: $7.79 per yard

Total Cost: $21.59 for DIY

Total Savings: $126.41

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  Plus by buying the Axel pattern, you actually get 3 skirt patterns in one.  (See our review of all 3 pattern here.)  Win, win, win!  We hope we’ve convinced you with yet another Buy or DIY skirt edition.

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Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Inspired by her Aunt Fessy’s baby quilt series, Annie wanted to make something for the new baby “all by myself!”  At 8 years old and with one quilt already under her belt plus quite a bit of other sewing, we decided she could easily handle this pixelated heart baby quilt project.  Here’s Annie to tell you about making this quilt.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

First I cut out all the squares.  If Mom’s baby is a boy, then I don’t have to make a new quilt because I picked orange, brown, and red for the colors.  And a little bit of gray.  After I decided on the colors, I finished cutting the small squares.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed the squares together after laying them all out and deciding the pattern.  I took a picture of the heart laid out so I could remember and didn’t loose track of the pattern I wanted.

I sewed the small squares into strips and then sewed them into big squares.  Then I sewed the big squares together.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the back, I picked out some flannel fabric from our fabric boxes.  I pinned it together with batting in the middle.  Then I quilted it together with straight lines 1/4” away from the edges of the squares.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, I sewed the binding on and Mom helped sew it down.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I think the baby will be very happy with this quilt!

Annie picked out the pattern by herself, it’s the free pixelated heart pattern from Robert Kaufman.  We sized down the pattern from 5×5 squares to 2×2 squares to make the quilt end up a baby size.  Annie loved choosing fabrics from the stash and remembering things we’d sewed for her and her siblings from them!  The other change we made to the pattern was to cut out large pieces of white where ever we could so as to eliminate some of the small square cutting and sewing.

Leave Annie a comment telling her what you think of the pixelated heart baby quilt she made for her new sibling!

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Sock Monkey Baby Quilt {My Sister’s Quilts #7 & #8}

Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!

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.

Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!

This was a fun and simple quilt to make.  I was living in England at the time, but bought the fabric when I was home in Montana on a visit.
Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!
The pattern was a simple 4-square block but the sock monkeys were so cute that I decided they could be the focus instead of a complex piecing pattern.  Since I had two nieces arriving during a similar time, I made these quilts in assembly line fashion.
Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!
The quilts ended up a bit smaller than I had imagined, but my sisters told me later that it was nice having a smaller quilt to use for things like tucking into a car seat!
Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!
As chance would have it I also visited a thrift store around that time and found an original authentic sock monkey pattern kit!  It was so fun making these adorable little stuffed monkeys and pretending I was a lady from the 1950’s.
Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!
These little quilts have a fun vintage feel to them and were perfect for my cute little nieces!  They match their sweet little personalities that have just the right mixture of sugar and spice.
My sister-in-law and I both agree this sock monkey baby quilt is probably the most used of all the baby quilts we’ve recieved.  It’s small size is perfect to lay an infant on, use as a diaper changing pad in a pinch, or the perfect size cover for the car seat.  Plus it’s gender neutral, so we’ve used it with both/all our babies!  And the darling sock monkeys she made, they add such charm and are so very well loved!
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Blouses for February {Project Sew It}

Project Sew It February challenges sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today Aria and Audrey are sharing our makes for the Project Sew It February prompt – blouse.  (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.)  Audrey took the opportunity to treat herself to something she’s never had before, and Aria added a much needed item to her wardrobe.  Here they are with their makes.

Audrey’s Flannel Cheyenne Tunic:

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well once again I am not modeling my own clothing, but hopefully next month I will be!  For February’s blouse prompt, I turned to my favorite button up pattern and made myself a flannel Cheyenne tunic.  I can’t remember ever having a flannel shirt in my life, and I am absolutely in love with how this one turned out!  I CANNOT wait to be able to try it on myself!

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed the Cheyenne Tunic in the popover view B.  I adore the fit of the first Cheyenne tunic I made, and knew no fit adjustments would be needed for this flannel version.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, I fell in love with this Robert Kaufman mustard and gray flannel fabric that I found at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It sewed up like a dream because it’s a very stable flannel.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

I turned the button placket, pocket and back yoke pieces on the bias like a true flannel check shirt.  It think it adds so much awesomeness to this Cheyenne!  Last time I used voile for the sewing this version of the Cheyenne tunic, my maternity version is from a chambray, and this one is flannel which I think speaks very well to the versatility of this pattern.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Aria told me that this flannel Cheyenne Tunic is very warm.  The wind was blowing and it was a cold day when we took these photos, but she said she couldn’t feel the wind through the shirt!  Now by the time I can probably wear it, summer will be upon us and I will have to wait for fall weather, but at least I’m prepared!

Aria’s Drapey Rayon Seafarer:

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I really enjoyed making this month’s challenge! It was a SUPER quick sew, and I was able to do it in one day! I have made the Seafarer once before, but it was with a heavy weight knit.  I still wear it too, but recently Allegra gave me one of the Seafarers Mom made for her (not blogged!)  I love it!  One of my favorite parts about it is it is a light weight knit and a larger size, thus making pretty drapey and super comfortable!

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I was looking for light weight fabrics when I came across this super pretty purple Sew Classic Spandex Knit Fabric from JoAnn Fabrics!  It turns out we have nearly four yards of it! (Hopefully I can make something else out of it!)

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

The most difficult part of this was the neckband. I tried to sew it on the first time, but i didn’t stretch it anywhere near enough, so I had to unpick it, *sigh*, and mom helped me pin it.  After that everything went really smoothly!

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

This Seafarer Top is definitely my best attempt at sewing with light weight knits!  I’m hoping to do  more with lighter weight knits and looking forward to the next challenge!

Project Sew It February challenges sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Sweet Valentine Exchange 2017

For posterity, I thought I’d add a little post here sharing another Instagram swap I participated in.  (You can follow us on Instagram here.)

The Sweet Valentine Exchange or SVE is a swap happening in February on Instagram.  Like all swaps, you are assigned a secret partner and someone is assigned to you.  You know a little of their likes and dislikes from a general form everyone fills out, but much you learn by “stalking” them on Instagram.

SVE17 swap

We were assigned to make something Valentine-y for @favouritepeopleapparel  and from studying her Instagram feed and her form, we decided this Sew Together Bag would be the perfect thing…stuffed with sewing goodies and some chocolate too!

From @runkarrycreate we received this darling denim pouch, stuffed with candy.  The kids gobbled the candy, and I’m still deciding what treasures to keep in the personalized denim pouch.

If you’d like to see more of what was given and received in the Sweet Valentine 2017 swap, check out this hashtag on Instagram, #sve17.

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DIY Felt Breakfast Food

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew

Today we’re “bringing home” this felt breakfast food post Allegra posted 2 years ago over at Sew Mama Sew.  Her siblings still love to play with this darling, handmade felt breakfast food!

Hi!  I’m Allegra, and I blog over at Skirt Fixation with my mom and sisters. I love embroidery, and combining that with another passion of mine; food, I have fun creating felt food! Felt food is a fun and educational toy that younger children love to touch. My little siblings’ personal favorite out of all of the items that I have made is the felt teabags. I stuff them with real aromatic herbs, and little kids adore smelling them over and over!

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew

Today I have a tutorial for an easy felt breakfast food set including an egg, bacon, pancake and teabag!

FELT EGGS:

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewYou will need:

White felt (I use scraps because the eggs aren’t very large)

Yellow felt (I use very small scraps)

White and Yellow embroidery floss.

Very small amount of stuffing.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew Pin oval egg pattern onto white felt. Cut out two ovals.  Pin egg yolk pattern onto yellow felt. Cut out one.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew

Place egg yolk on one of the white ovals.  Pin if needed.  With two strands of yellow embroidery floss, begin to stitch the yolk onto one of the ovals. Bring the thread up through the bottom, and then put it through a small distance away.  When the yolk is ¾ of the way sewn down, pause and stuff it with a small amount of stuffing.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewFinish stitching the yolk down.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewBegin to stitch the two white ovals together. To do Blanket Stitch, bring your needle down through the two layers. Pull thread through until just a small loop remains. Put your needle through the loop and pull tight. There are quite a few good tutorials if you type in ‘blanket stitch’ in your preferred search engine.

Stuff the egg with a tiny amount of stuffing if desired.  Finish stitching the egg together.  Repeat to make as many cute little eggs as needed!

 FELT BACON:

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewYou will need:

Dark red felt (If you have good-sized scraps, you can use them)

Pink felt (you can use very small scraps)

Pink embroidery floss.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew

Pin bacon pattern piece pattern to red felt. Cut out one piece.  Out of the pink felt, cut two strips the approximate length of the bacon. These can be rather raggedy as they represent the bacon fat!

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew

Using a regular up-and-down stitch, sew the pink pieces of felt onto the red piece, positioning them so that there is a small space between them. Note: the red felt that I used is wool felt, and so thick that I only poked the needle partway into it, so that the pink stitching doesn’t show on the back.

Repeat these steps to make as much bacon as desired!

FELT PANCAKES:

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewNote: If you want to make a plain pancake, simply leave off the syrup and butter pieces, and just stitch the two round pieces of felt together.

You will need:

1 sheet of pancake-brown felt

Dark brown felt (You can use large scraps)

Yellow felt (You can use small scraps)

Dark brown, medium brown, and yellow embroidery floss.

Small amount of stuffing.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewUsing the pancake pattern, cut out two light brown felt circles. Using the dark brown felt, cut out one syrup pattern. Using the yellow felt, cut out two small yellow butter patterns.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew Put the two small yellow squares together, and stitch them in place on top of the syrup piece. Poke your needle up through the yellow pieces, and back down through the dark brown piece to secure it.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewStitch the dark brown syrup to one of the light brown circles. Use the same stitch as in previous step.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew Stitch the two light brown circles together ¾ of the way using blanket stitch.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew

Stuff lightly with stuffing and finish stitching up.

FELT TEABAGS:

Note: These smell really good!

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewYou will need:

Scraps of white felt

White and colored embroidery thread

Colored ribbon

Aromatic dried herbs

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewUsing the teabag pattern, cut out two pieces. Using the teabag tag pattern, cut out one tag.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewSandwich one end of the ribbon between the tops of the two teabag pieces. Stitch the pieces together using blanket stitch, leaving the bottom open.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew Stuff the teabag with the dried herb leaves, then sew the bottom shut using blanket stitch. I chose to use spearmint in this teabag.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewOn the other end of the ribbon, fold the tag piece in half and sandwich the ribbon inside of the folded tag piece. Stitch around the tag with colored embroidery floss to close it. I also embroidered a small leaf on the tag for fun.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew

If you want to see more felt food I’ve made, including a sweet little donut that would go fabulously with this breakfast, go on over to Skirt Fixation and check it out!

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Capsule Wardrobe for a Newborn Baby

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Have you heard of a capsule wardrobe?  The basic idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to minimize the amount of clothing in a wardrobe, but make each piece intensely wearable by coordinating it with everything else in the wardrobe.  The “what do I wear” question is solved because everything is wearable.

A perfect application of the capsule wardrobe is for someone who is expected to outgrow all their clothes in a few months time.  (Like a baby…)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe Color Choices

Since I’ve had 7 babies, I’ve pretty much nailed down exactly what is and isn’t needed in the first 6 weeks.  I know this next baby will be dressed by many eager siblings, so I want it to always look coordinated.  Even on days when the oldest sister called dibs on dressing the baby but the youngest sister had a fit until her favorite pair of pants were used and the middle brothers slipped on a cardigan later when the sisters weren’t looking!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

The perfect solution is a white onesie wardrobe.  This means all the onesies can be paired with any other piece in the newborn capsule wardrobe and match perfectly!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Next I chose solid grays as the layering pieces because once again they will coordinate with everything.  Also because we don’t know if we’re having a boy or a girl, and gray is a neutral that works for both.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Finally, since it would be a shame to dress a baby in all white and gray, I used wild explosions of patterns that couldn’t possibly be worn together (like pants and one piece outfits) in shades of mint and gray.  Result?  Baby looks boutique and not clownish!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe Suggested Clothing List

Now that I’ve gone over my thoughts on color choices for a newborn capsule wardrobe, I’ll share what I’ve discovered to be the perfect clothing components.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

4 baby gowns:  These are all I put my newborn in for the first few weeks, and definitely until the umbilical cord stump comes off.  They make for easy diaper changes…in fact sometimes the baby can sleep right through when they’re wearing a baby gown.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

3 indoor hats:  The baby has been used to being in a 98.6 degree environment, and your home is probably cooler than that.  So a little knit hat helps it maintain it’s heat.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

4 footed pants: The other place the baby can loose body heat is through the soles of it’s feet.  Footed pants work great to keep baby warm and also have the added benefit of helping keep their socks on!  (I have yet to have a baby whose socks stay on all by themselves…)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

6 onesies: After the baby is out of it’s exclusive baby gown days, you will need onesies.  Because a baby can go through several in a day, I’ve found 6 to be a good number.  And because they’re white, those pesky poo stains can be bleached right out!  (Give them an extra rinse though for baby’s delicate skin.)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

2 sweaters: Sometimes you will need to give the baby an extra layer of warmth, perhaps when you’re going out, and a baby sweater fills the need perfectly.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

1 coat and 1 outdoor hat: If your baby is born in colder months, you will definitely need a warm coat and an outdoor hat.  Even over the sweater.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

8 receiving/swaddle blankets: From the very 1st baby, we discovered the many benefits of swaddling.  I consider swaddling blankets to be a part of their wardrobe, and have found 8 to be a good number.  I made 4 gauze swaddle blankets, 2 knit swaddle blankets, and 2 flannel swaddle blankets.  You will may find you prefer one type over another in different situations.  This newborn capsule wardrobe is in neutral colors, but the next capsules in larger sizes will lean toward boy or girl in theme, and the white gauze swaddle blankets will continue to coordinate either way.

6 pairs of socks: Although your baby will rarely get these dirty, somehow one will disappear several times a day!

1 special occasion dress/romper/outfit:  Since you’ve kept so rigidly tight on the colors and amounts of clothing in this newborn capsule wardrobe, you’ve got extra resources to get something for a special occasion for your new baby.  Go ahead and splurge…you’ve deserved it with your discretion and control so far.

So here’s that list for you all together:

4 gowns

3 indoor hats

1 outdoor hat

4 footed pants

6 onesies

8 receiving/swaddle blankets

2 sweaters

1 coat

6 pairs of socks

1 special occasion dress/romper/one piece

Now get busy creating a newborn capsule wardrobe for you’re expected bundle of joy!  If there’s anything else you consider essential to a newborn’s wardrobe, please let me know in the comments below.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

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How to Add Faux Fur Cuffs to Any Garment

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

When I showed you Annie’s winter jacket, I promised a tutorial on how to add faux fur cuffs to any jacket (or garment!)  So that’s what I’ve got for you today.  Be sure to check out my tips for working with faux fur here before you begin.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Step 1:

Measure your sleeve opening and add 1/2 inch.  This will be the width of your cuff.  Decided how tall you want your cuff to be, double it and add 1/2 inch.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Step 2:

Fold your faux fur piece in 1/2 across the width, and sew with 1/2 inch seam allowance.  You will now have a circle of faux fur.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Step 3:

Fold your cuff in 1/2 with the WRONG sides together, matching up the raw edges.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Step 4:

If your jacket has a lining, you will want to separate it from the rest of the sleeve and slide it up the sleeve out of the way before this step.  Slide the cuff over the sleeve, matching the raw edges.  Pin really well, lining up the seams.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Above is the view of what you just did laid out flat.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Step 5:

Sew the cuff to the sleeve, catching both layers of cuff, the outer layer of the jacket and any batting.  But remember, any lining will be pulled up out of the way right now.  I found it easiest to sew this step with the needle INSIDE the sleeve.

If your jacket doesn’t have a lining, you need to finish these edges with a zigzag stitch or serger.  And then you’re done!

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

If you have a lining, keep going…it’s about to get really pretty on the inside!  Above is what your sleeve looks like right now.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Step 6:

If you have a lining, pull it back down over the raw edges of the cuff and sleeve.  Fold over the raw edges of the lining toward the wrong side by 1/2 inch.  Pin this in place over the raw edges of the cuff and sleeve.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Step 7:

Hand stitch the lining over the cuff.  You will have a beautifully finished inside of your jacket, and an invisible, perfect finish on the outside.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Great job!  Now you can add faux fur cuffs to any jacket!