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Pink Wool Bunny Jacket

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today’s outfit is both inspired and necessity sewing.  The inspiration comes from the Week 2 theme at Project Run & Play; Nature Inspired.  And the necessity comes from Baby Tina’s need for a winter jacket!  A pink wool bunny jacket.

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

So 1st the jacket.  This is the Downton Duffel Jacket by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  We really love this pattern, and have sewn it many times.  The fabric for this Downton Duffle Jacket came from a thrifting score!  This pink wool fabric was originally a wool blanket in perfect condition I found at the thrift store for $2.  I had no plans for it, but a huge wool blanket for that price was hard to pass up.

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric lining is from the stash, leftover from our sewing for the Forest Floor blog tour.  It’s the Wild Posy Flora Fabric by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.  It’s simply darling for the lining of this jacket.  I used up every last available scrap, and only had enough for one of the ears, did you notice?  But that’s okay because the other ear looks darling with the pink stretch leather I used for the hood trim, elbow patches and toggles.  Oh, and I borrowed the rabbit ears from the Twig + Tale Animal patterns and sewed them into the seams of the hood in the right places.  It’s an absolutely adorable addition, don’t you think?

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of that pink stretch leather, it gave me quite a time to get it on perfectly!  The problem was the stretch of the fabric, not the thinness.  Every trick I tried (teflon foot, tape on the bottom of a regular foot, a walking foot and more) failed and I ripped and ripped out the leather and cut out new toggles and tried again.  I even tried gluing the leather in place before sewing, but nope, I still got puckers!  

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally I found a combination that worked, thanks to asking for advice from my sewing friends on Instagram.  I ironed on double stick Steam-A-Seam 2 to the back of the toggle pieces and ironed them in place onto the jacket.  Then, with a walking foot on, I slowly HAND CRANKED around the edges of the piece. 

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, success!  Oh, and these are the actual toggles are shank buttons from JoAnns and that’s shoelaces for the cording.

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The jacket is lined with quilt batting for extra warmth in the cold of winter.  Baby Tina absolutely loves this jacket!  Once she discovered the pockets, she didn’t want to take it off.  She’s enamored with pockets on her clothes.  

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

And I was sure to use one of my new labels from Dutch Label Shop.  I hand sewed it on either side, leaving it open in the middle to act as a hook for hanging.  (Remember, you can use the code skirtfixation15 for 15% off your purchase until December 3rd.)

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

This year, the Downtown Duffle Jacket is a little large because I sewed a size 2T.  The one I sewed her for her 1st baby capsule wardrobe is just barely too small, and it was 6-12 months size.  My hope is that by rolling up the sleeves, this one might even fit her next winter too.

Rosemary Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next in her “Momma made it” wardrobe is a Rosemary Raglan with a couple of fun additions.  First of all, there are little ears sewed into the raglan sleeve seams.  I used the same stretch leather as on the jacket, and they ended up being a little heavy and hanging down, so they’re actually stitched to the sleeves as well.

Rosemary Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only other change I made was to add a little vinyl llama face to go with the ears!  I used my Cricut Maker to cut it out quickly and easily.  Then using the EasyPress 2, I attached it on and now have confidence it’s not coming off!  You can find the llama face by searching #M8B6E613 in the Cricut Design Space™.

Rosemary Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

This super soft French Terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  (It’s sold out now, but check out all their French Terry fabric!)  It’s actually the leftover scraps from a Halifax Hoodie that Allegra sewed for herself.  She’s been sewing herself a capsule wardrobe, and it’s neat to see it come together!

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final piece in Baby Tina’s outfit is a pair of black leggings from the Dressage Leggings pattern.  This fabric was actually left over from Annie’s leggings last week.  Once again, baby sewing is so fun and such a good use of scraps!

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now we’ll leave you with this silly expression that she makes whenever you say, “Show my your smile!” 

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Camo Boys and Sweatpants

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

My two little boys are currently in their camo phase.  Do all boys go through a camo phase?  All my boys have!  If their camo clothes are clean, they refuse to wear anything else.  Scratch that, they wear their camo clothes when they’re dirty, wet, stained, ripped, dusty, ragged, holey and in any possible condition!

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

Rather than fight this phase, I’m just surrendering to it.  In fact, I’m afraid I’ve crossed the border into complicit because of their delight whenever I sew them something with camo fabric!  

A while back I sewed them these two jersey tees, and the above photo was taken shortly after I sewed them.  You can see that David already has one hole in his shirt.  Probably from commando crawling across the rocks on the hillside or something.  

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pants they are wearing were NOT made by me, but they have been worn through the knees already.  I’d like to think that if I had made them I would have used tougher fabric and double reinforced the knees.  It’s almost like the company that made them never had little boys.  Or never was little boys.  Or never was the kind of boy who prefers climbing over a fence to using a gate.

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt FixationI did however sew these boys some camo pajama pants recently however using the Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants pattern.  That is, they were intended to be pajama pants, but I caught a boy coming in from outside the other day wearing them.  And they were covered with hay.  He was just rescuing his kitty from the top of the hay stack, he explained!

 

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you look in this photo, you can see that after several months of self imposed “navy seal training” (which involves crab walking across hot pavement, belly dragging under wires, crossing precariously balanced logs, and jumping from the highest heights they can find, plus I don’t even want to know what else!) David’s shirt has acquired several more holes.  In fact it looks like a cheese grater.  If asked, he’d probably have some story about being clawed by a bear.  

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

So whether they’re cuddling chicks, chasing dogs or wrestling with each other, these two boys can be found in camo clothes.  And I say let boys be boys; it’s healthy that way!

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

For more information about the sweatpants I sewed for them, please check out my post over at CaliFabrics.  There you can also see the larger pair of camo sweatpants I sewed for Thomas and the two pairs of non camo sweatpants for the girls.  Plus the backstory on her shirt!

Leave me a comment…do you sew for boys?  With camo fabric?

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Janie Dress and Dressage Leggings Outfit

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie’s fall/winter wardrobe gained another piece!  She’s been watching rather enviously the parade of Janie Dresses I’ve been sewing for Baby Tina, and when I told her it was her turn, she requested this pattern!  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Inspired by the week 1 theme at Project Run & Play, Kid Designed – Momma Sewn, I asked Annie to design a fall outfit for herself.  She perused our fabric stash and came up with this liverpool floral knit fabric.  Because we had plenty of it, we both agreed the Janie Dress would be perfect.  The large scale print works well on a full circle skirt where as a tiny print would look busy, in my opinion.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s tall and lanky frame, I blended the size 5 and size 12 patterns together!  At the waist I used the 5, and the size 12 for length and shoulder width.  Also, we used the whole width of the fabric on the circle skirt instead of using the size 12 length to get it as long as possible.  By the end of the winter, it’ll probably be right at the knee if Annie keeps growing like a weed!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because of her fond memories of this dress, Annie wanted the cowl version of the Janie Dress.  We decided a solid black knit fabric would be perfect for the cowl, both to separate the print from her face, and to match the leggings she designed for underneath.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the leggings, we used the quick and easy version included with the Dressage Leggings pattern.  We sewed her a size 10 with size 12 length.  These fit Annie perfectly, and she was in desperate need of a new pair of black leggings for fall and winter.  This was the only picture I got where you can get a good glimpse of the leggings and I love the concentrated look on Annie’s face!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Both of these patterns were quick and easy to sew.  Using our Brother 1034d serger, we completed them both (all except the hems) in short order.  Actually, the circle skirt is unhemmed because liverpool knit does not fray, and it was much less time consuming than hemming aaaaaalllllll the way around that circle!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Liverpool knit fabric is interesting.  It’s thick like a double knit, but has a crepe like texture on the face.  This almost pebbled look and feel is quite unique.  

Hand sewn labels designed by Skirt Fixation

Oh, and I was quite pleased to be able to use the new labels I designed from Dutch Label Shop.  No more questions about what is the front on handmade clothes anymore!  If you’d like to get your own labels, use the code skirtfixation15 for 15% off your purchase until December 3rd.

Annie was quite pleased with her design and it’s so fun to bring her vision to life!  She’s a pretty good little designer, and we’ve planned some more projects in the future…stay tuned!

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Three Ponte Camden Raglan Tees

Camden Raglan tees comparison by Skirt Fixation

Today I’ve got a huge comparison of these three different ponte fabrics over at CaliFabrics.  Please go check it out!

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Over at CaliFabrics, since it’s such an in depth discussion of the fabric, I don’t really get to share more about the pattern!  This is the Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns.

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Since Annie has (once again!!!) outgrown all her long sleeve shirts from last fall and winter, she was the recipient of 3 new Camden Raglan Tees!  The other two I’m perfectly happy with (and so is she!) but this one has a few flaws.  Allow me to be a perfectionist and point them out to you!  First of all, I sewed the neckband on backward and the seam is in the front.  But Annie says she doesn’t care, so I’m not unpicking serger seams to sew it on the right way!  Secondly, I only had 1 yard of fabric, (which is plenty for a Camden Raglan Tee) but I was also squeezing out a pair of leggings for baby Tina from these three fabrics.  So on this one, I tried turning the sleeve on the cross grain, and they ended up being too tight for Annie from just above the elbow to the wrist.  We have since solved this problem by making them short sleeved.  And she has a sweater and several hoodies she can layer with it, so I guess all’s well that ends well, right?

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

If I had to guess, I think this is Annie’s favorite of all 3 Camden Raglan tees because I’ve seen her wearing it with and layering it under everything!  It’s heavyweight ponte fabric, and so warm.

Camden Raglan tees comparison by Skirt Fixation

Here you can see all 3 Camden Raglan tees from the side.  Annie just loves this pattern, and we’ve sewn her so many versions including several dresses!

Camden Raglan tee comparison by Skirt Fixation

And here is the view from the back.  Once again, please head over to CaliFabrics to read all about my review of ponte fabric.  And leave a comment too!

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Summer Capsule Wardrobe for a Girl Toddler

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Cooler weather is upon us, and I realized that I never shared all of Baby’s summer capsule wardrobe!  We shared a couple of items with reviews, so today’s post is more about sharing the fabric and patterns used.  Well, okay, and lots of cute baby picture too!

First up are the Janie Dresses I made her.  They are reviewed here.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

This first one uses Art Gallery Floraison lit jersey knit in multi fabric.  It is such a fun, colorful dress!  Whereas most of a capsule wardrobe should be kept to a similar color scheme, dresses are stand alone pieces and can be as wild and colorful as you want!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The little navy blue collar on this one is so sweet!  It uses denim knit fabric.  (More about this neat fabric below.)

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The other Janie Dress uses rust bamboo rayon jersey fabric.  She absolutely loves these dresses.  We love to hug her when she’s wearing this one, partly because the fabric is so soft!!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The last Janie Dress is this one.  I used the softest, prettiest robin’s egg blue jersey fabric from CaliFabrics.  You can read all about it here.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Next up is the little pair of bloomers I made for her using my Cricut Maker Machine and some blue chambray fabric from my stash.  Get the details in this post.  These go with everything I sewed for this summer capsule wardrobe.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

I also sewed her a onesie using the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Bodysuit pattern and some Art Gallery Foliage Escape jersey knit in lapis from her 1 year old capsule wardrobe!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

And just because I knew she would love it, I sewed her a tutu from charcoal tulle.  I used the Violette Field Threads Ellie Skirt pattern.  (You can read our review of this pattern here.)  

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Baby loves textures in all clothing, so as you can see in this photo, her chubby little fingers are almost constantly feeling and rubbing the tulle fabric.  It’s quite adorable, really.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

She’s also wearing one of the two plain white onesies I made her using the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Bodysuit pattern and Riley Blake Designs white knit.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Because making two is just about as simple as making one, I used the Ellie Skirt pattern but used some black lace from my stash instead of tulle.  (Similar fabric here.)

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Baby is also wearing a grey knit Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Bodysuit I sewed for her.  I used fabric from my stash, but this fabric is just as nice if not nicer!  

Not modeled and unblogged but well worn items for Baby’s summer capsule wardrobe:

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

This is a Spunky Girl Skater Skirt (pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.)  It goes with about everything you can imagine!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

It’s hard to capture on camera, but this denim knit fabric has a really fun denim texture and look but it’s a knit fabric!  It only has 2 way stretch, but because this is a circle skit, that doesn’t matter as long as you make sure the stretch goes across the body on the waistband.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Vivienne Skirt:

You can read our review of this pattern here.  We used Art Gallery Fabric’s Emmy Grace cotton fabric for the top skirt and some rayon challis for the underskirt and ruffles.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Shift Dresses:

We used the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe pattern to sew her two shift dresses.  The one pictured above is from the same grey fabric as the onesie show.  The other is a green and white stripe knit jersey fabric like this one.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

As with the other capsule wardrobes, all of the separates can be mixed, so Baby looks somewhat put together no matter who gets her dressed for the day!  Here you can see her wearing the blue floral bodysuit with the grey tutu.  

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Again, her chubby hands in the fabric folds of the tutu just melt my heart!  While this capsule wardrobe didn’t turn out quite as cohesive as her 1st capsule wardrobe or her 2nd capsule wardrobe, it met several goals and went together good enough!  

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The biggest goal for this summer capsule wardrobe was to sew it entirely from my stash of fabric!  And with the exception of the Robin’s egg blue Janie dress, I succeeded!  (But who could resist a dress that matched her eyes that perfectly?

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Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m exploring the difference between rayon and viscose, and between challis and poplin.  In all the pictures, the rayon challis fabric is on the left and the viscose poplin fabric is on the right.

So what exactly is the difference between rayon challis and viscose poplin?  That was a question in my mind, for quite some time.  But since sewing with and wearing both fabrics, and doing some extra research, I think I have some answers.

First of all, we have to split each of these fabrics into two parts.  Rayon and challis, viscose and poplin.  You see, the first word refers to the material the fabric is made from, and the second word basically refers to the weave of each of them.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

So what is the difference between rayon and viscose?  For the home sewist, practically nothing.  They are basically the same thing, and since we’re not scientists, the tiny differences don’t really matter.  The only difference I could find is that viscose is usually made from bamboo while rayon can be from a wider variety of “plant matter and wood pulp, usually bamboo” and the two are processed the same way.  For cutting, sewing and wearing, rayon and viscose are essentially the same thing.  In fact I’ve even seen some fabric suppliers use the words interchangeably.  So the answer to the first part of the question is…there is not really any difference.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Now what is the difference between challis and poplin?  Here the simple home sewist can differentiate a little bit.  Challis and poplin both refer to the weave of the fabric. Interestingly, challis can be made from wool, rayon, cotton, silk or manufactured blends.  Challis usually has a plain weave (each weft yarn passes alternately over and under each warp thread) but can occasionally be found with a twill (diagonal) weave.  Poplin has a very tight plain weave and originally had silk warm and wool weft threads.  Both challis and poplin should be sewn with a new or fine needle.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Technical specifics for rayon challis vs viscose poplin:

Rayon Challis:

weight: 0-3.5 oz per yard

opacity: translucent

care: machine wash, tumble dry

width: 44” – 58”

drape: soft liquid

Viscose Poplin:  

weight: 120 gsm (3.5 oz per yard)

opacity: opaque

care: wash warm, dry flat, or dry clean

width: 58”

drape: very fluid

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Here you can see challis and poplin held up to the light.

Really you have to wear both of them to be able to feel the difference yourself.  It’s very, very subtle, and both are super nice fabrics!  For me, the rayon challis feels a little lighter with a little more drape.  The viscose poplin feels slightly softer, and doesn’t conform to the body quite as much.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Here is a comparison of the plain fabric so you can see the drape side by side.

But there are a few differences, so I thought you might appreciate knowing everything I know!  Leave a comment, did I miss anything in this comparison of rayon challis vs. viscose poplin?

Pattern Used: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Fabrics Used:

Rayon Challis from CaliFabrics (review and thoughts on wearing rayon challis in the fall here)

Viscose Poplin fabric from Blackbird Fabrics.  Sold out, but can be found here.  

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

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DIY Calvin Klein Skirt

Buy or DIY Calvin Klein skirt tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Today we have another Buy or DIY skirt for you!  Everyone seems to love this series and keeps begging for more!  This time we’re showing you how you can make a gorgeous skirt for holiday parties and feel rich because you saved so much money!  Our skirt pick of the day is a Calvin Klein Circle Skirt.   Keep reading for our DIY Calvin Klein skirt!

DIY Calvin Klein Skirt Details:

DIY Calvin Klein skirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Calvin Klein Check Taffeta Circle Skirt from Saks.com

DIY Calvin Klein skirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Fabric Recommendation: This lovely Art Gallery Indie Boheme Apatite Crystal fabric.  We just love using Art Gallery Fabric!

DIY Michael Kors Skirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Pattern Recommendation: Megan Nielsen Veronika Skirt (You can buy this skirt pattern or get it FREE by signing up for their newsletter!)  We have sewn this skirt and you can read our full review here.  Everyone loves a good circle skirt, and this one has an option for pockets!!!

Invisible zipper:

This one from Amazon would work nicely.

DIY Calvin Klein Skirt Math:

Calvin Klein Check Taffeta Circle Skirt: $1600 retail price.
Fabric needed: 3.5 yards
Pattern: $12.77 or FREE for newsletter subscribers
Fabric: $12.73 per yard
Notions: 9” invisible zipper $4.99
Total Cost: $49.55
Total Savings: $1550.45

How to do it. The Calvin Klein Taffeta skirt is pleated, so you can iron pleats into the fabric we’ve recommended before cutting out the circle skirt. Or after if you want the pleats all vertical on the skirt. Your choice!

Buy or DIY Calvin Klein skirt tutorial from Skirt Fixation

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

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October 2018 Goals Update #2

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

It’s time for another check in to see where we are on our 2018 sewing resolutions.  Since there are only 3 months left, we should be getting closer to finishing up.  Should be!  

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

For the women’s make 9 challenge, we’ve now sewn 6 of the garments we had planned.  Here are links to the 2 additional items we’ve sewn since April.  

Gabriola Skirt  (I sewed it for me, but Aria stole it.  So it still counts, right?)

Sandbridge Skirt (actually 2 of them!)

And in our April update post, I said I wanted another chance at the Ventian Skirt.  So here’s where I sewed another Ventian Skirt, maxi version this time.

Only 3 garments left to go, and the Charleston dress is already muslined, so that should get finished this month.

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

For the men’s Make 9 challenge, I’ve only sewn 2 more items, so I’m officially behind.  And since the hardest garment is left (pants!) I’m not sure I’m going to accomplish this one.  Neither of these two makes are blogged by themselves, but here is where I mentioned about the Hudson Pants I made for our oldest boy.  Since I also sewed him the Metro Tee, Mr. Skirt Fixation definitely has been getting the short end of the sewing stick.  

2018 RTW Fast update: Still no ready to wear garment purchases of any kind for me!  Yea!

Stash Shrinker:  After my April post, I raised the multiplier back up to 5 from 3.  I did catch up on the amount of fabric sewn, and am still going strong!  It’s a strict fabric diet I have myself on, but I love to see the number of yards sewn keep going up.  Right now it’s up to 310.75 yards sewn!!!  This seems to motivate me as much as not buying all the fabric I love is motivating me to sew from my stash!

Project Run & Play Let’s Sew A Rainbow goal: Done and blogged.  Well, all except the purple.  We’ll see if that ever happens!   There’s just not much love for purple garments around here!

Me Made May: Accomplished, posted to Instagram and blogged.  See the posts here.

Plenum Quilt review by Skirt Fixation

There are 2 more goals I hope to accomplish before the end of the year.  One is to finish up some of the quilts I have in process.  Fall and winter are such nice times to sew and USE quilts!  And the other goal is to work on my fall/winter wardrobe.  My spring/summer wardrobe always gets a lot of attention because of Me Made May, but the same scrutiny doesn’t happen 6 months later when the weather changes.  

That’s all for today!  It’s just sort of a personal tracking post, so thanks for reading and sticking around for all the skirt and sewing fun.

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Key Largo Tops for Summer

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Summer of the Phoenix {Blouse} programming to bring you these Key Largo Tops. With as much as we love the Key Largo Top pattern by Hey June Patterns it was bound to happen!

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It came about because Aria wanted (and needed) some new tops for nicer occasions. And because she tried on this Key Largo Top of mine and fell in love with the pattern and the fabric substrate, but not the color. So after searching for hours online for the *perfect* viscose poplin, she settled on this one from Blackbird Fabrics.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Aria and I have a deal; if she will cut out and prepare the pattern pieces for sewing, I will sew together the garment for her. It came about not because she can’t sew her own complex garments (as shown here and quite a few other posts on this blog) but because her school workload is so heavy that she just doesn’t have the time. And so if she takes care of my least favorite parts, I’ll sew the rest.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Since Aria is as tall as I am (6 feet) I make some of the same adjustments for her on this pattern as I do for myself. That means a 1” wide shoulder adjustment, and 2” to the length. However, because she’s tried on my Key Largo Top, she also felt like it was a little tight across the back of the shoulders, so we made a broad back adjustment of about 3/4”. (In a tit for tat, I tried on HER Key Largo Top and think I could also use a little bit of a broad back adjustment too!)

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And of course Aria requested the ruffle sleeve version, it’s just so feminine and fun to wear! Except that her ruffle had to be longer than mine because her arms are longer than mine. (Not admitting that this might mean she’s still growing…)

This Key Largo Top matches perfectly with MY beautiful Gabriola maxi skirt in the swishy-est, most feminine, elegant fabric ever. My Gabriola Maxi skirt that I’ve never worn. (To read that sad story, head over the CaliFabrics blog!)

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Because I was sewing one (basically) white Key Largo Top and because that is a huge hole in my wardrobe, I grabbed some vintage shirting fabric from my stash and sewed up a plain white Key Largo Top for myself.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is a little stiff, but I’m hopeful it will soften with repeated washings like many vintage fabrics do. I added the lace ruffle to the sleeves because without it I felt like the shirt was looking a little bit like scrubs. Not that there’s anything wrong with scrubs, but it wasn’t my intended look.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As I was making this, I realized that up until this one, I’ve never made the Key Largo Top exactly as the pattern is written.  This means that the front is cut on the bias and there’s that cute front hem tie feature!  If it wasn’t the Summer of the Phoenix {Blouse} I’d whip up a couple more of these…I think that feeling is the mark of a successful garment sew, don’t you?

Oh, and speaking of the Summer of the Phoenix {Blouse} stay tuned…we’ll be right back on track very soon!

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Funny DIY Homeschool T-shirts with the Cricut EasyPress 2

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Today we have a fun post for you and a tutorial on how to make your own funny DIY homeschool t-shirts.  

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Homeschoolers often get taken very seriously, but really, they can be a fun and funny group of kids.  They have probably been asked all the same questions over and over again many times, (usually involving something to do with socialization or the lack thereof) and find them humorous.  Today we decide to have a little fun with it.  

“BEST student in my class” funny DIY homeschool T-shirt tutorial:

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

The 1st t-shirt we made declares Annie to be the BEST student in her class.  (Joke: she’s the ONLY student in her grade level!)  First we designed the graphic in Cricut Design space.  Here’s the link to the project if your star pupil needs a shirt like this too. 😉 

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Next, we used the Cricut Maker to cut out the glitter iron on vinyl star with the word best.  (PRO TIP: remember to mirror your image before cutting out!)  Then we weeded it (this just means taking away all the parts of glitter vinyl we didn’t want attached to the shirt) using the Cricut Bright Pad.  It makes the job so quick and easy!

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Then we used the Cricut Maker to cut out the other words, “STUDENT in my class” again remembering to mirror the words before cutting.  These words are cut from pink Everyday Iron On vinyl.  We like to use it because making sure your iron-on material sticks and continues to stick after many, many washes is paramount.  At Cricut, the quality of their iron-on materials and EasyPress are best-in-class.This is why they now have in place the StrongBond™ Guarantee on many of their iron-on materials. Cricut’s StrongBond™ Guarantee means that when this iron-on material is used as directed, you’ll be completely satisfied with the results. If not, they’ll replace it for free.  Everyday, SportFlex, and Glitter Iron-on are designed to outlast 50+ wash and dry cycles when used and applied as directed!  Weeding was quickly finished, and it was time to attach the words onto the shirt.

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

But 1st we needed a shirt pattern piece!  We used the Camden Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns, one of Annie’s favorite shirts.  This very cute and appropriate note paper fabric is part of the CLUB back to school collection from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Before sewing the shirt together, we used the new Cricut EasyPress 2 to attach the graphics to the shirt.  Here are some things you will want to know about the new EasyPress:

  • Three unique sizes (6×7, 9×9, and 12×10) to suit every project (ours is the 9×9 and it was perfect for these shirts!)
  • Professional iron-on success in 60 seconds or less
  • Easy to learn, simple to use
  • Ceramic-coated heat plate means dry, even heat for flawless transfers
  • Faster heat-up time
  • Precise temperature control up to 400 F
  • Insulated, streamlined Safety Base keeps EP2 in protected resting position while also protecting crafting surface
  • Easy to read digital display
  • Fabulous raspberry color
  • USB port for firmware updates

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

After laying out our two pieces, we 1st pressed the “STUDENT in my class” words to the shirt.  This is because you can re-press over the top of Everyday Iron On, but not Glitter Iron On.  So we set the star aside and attached the other words first.

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Cricut has this very helpful feature on their website so you can determine what times and temperatures to use on the EasyPress 2 depending on the type of iron on and the base material you are using.  And it tells you whether to peel of the backing when it’s warm or cool, a very important part to making sure the graphic lasts through many washes and wearings.

“I believe I can fly” funny DIY homeschool t-shirt tutorial:

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

The other shirt we sewed was for Thomas.  At his age, he wanted something a little sarcastic for his funny DIY homeschool t-shirt.  Motivational sayings cause major eye rolling, so this was his little joke.

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

We made this shirt in a very similar manner to Annie’s shirt.  Here is the project in Design Space if your sarcastic teenage son wants one too!

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

This time we used black Everyday Iron On.  The pattern for his shirt is the Lennon Tee pattern from Shwin and Shwin.  The paper airplane fabric is again part of the CLUB back to school collection from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  To get the perfectly matching shade of grey for the front, I just used the reverse side of the airplanes fabric!

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

All right, now leave us a comment: Do you have sarcastic and funny kids?  Do you homeschool them?   What other Funny DIY Homeschool T-shirts should I make?

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