Before totally warm weather hits, we need to share this baby sweater dress we sewed for Baby Tina!
There was a little fabric left over from making the sweater in my Make 9 outfit #1, and I had a baby sweater dress on the brain! If there’s anything cuter than a baby girl in a sweater dress, I sure can’t think of what it might be!
We used the Janie Dress pattern. Again. It’s just that good! It’s comfortable, and we have the pattern cut out in Tina’s size already, so…
As we did on the robin’s egg blue dress, we used a vintage linen napkin for the collar. It adds such a sweet touch, and the little blue flower matches the sweater fabric perfectly.
I actually didn’t have quite enough fabric to cut out this Janie Dress. The circle skirt takes up quite a little space, but I still wanted to make it work. So I cut out the front and back bodice pieces not on a fold, and so they each have a seam down the middle. In the back this looks perfectly natural, but in the front I wanted to hide it.
After puzzling over a solution for some time, I decided to use the edges of the vintage napkin (so they were already hemmed!) and create a ruffle down the front of the dress. When you first looked at it, did you know that cute ruffle is really there to hide a seam?
You can just barely see the seam in the back of the bodice in this photo where her sisters were trying to teach Baby Tina to twirl. A vital skill every girl wearing a circle skirt should know, right?
A baby sweater dress could also probably be refashioned from a thrifted sweater too, don’t you think? I mean, something this cute deserves to be sewn at every possible chance, right?
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Recently we welcomed a baby boy to our family! Today I’m sharing the capsule wardrobe for a baby boy that I sewed before he was born. Actually, since we didn’t know if he was a boy or a girl, this could also be a gender neutral newborn capsule wardrobe.
As I did last time I created a newborn capsule wardrobe, I choose a color palette to work with first. This time I chose grey and white with some green and turquoise blue thrown in. I had some owl jersey fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics that I had been holding on to for just the right use, and so pulled the colors from that.
The fabric in this pair is also from Art Gallery Fabrics, and pairs well with the rest of the items in the newborn capsule wardrobe.
Besides 6 new plain white onesies (see the reason for this here) I used the Rosemary Raglan pattern to sew up a couple of little shirts. For the raglan sleeves on one of them, I just used the back side of the fabric, and it’s a perfect match!
Of course a sweater was in order…and so we pulled out some scraps of french terry and used the Brindlle & Twig Grandpa Cardigan pattern. If you’ve been around Skirt Fixation for a while, you’ll recognize most of these fabrics as scraps leftover from other projects…that’s the beauty of sewing for a baby!
Now it’s time for me to share some of the Rosemary & Thyme shirts I sewed! In developing these patterns for the Project Farmer’s Market capsule wardrobe collection, I had to sew up quite a few samples to check fit and so on. Luckily I have kids in many of the sizes I needed checked before turning the pattern over to my tester group. You can see many of the fantastic tester photos in this post.
Read about the D’Anjou Dress from this capsule wardrobe collection here. Read about the Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt in this post. Read about the Jonagold Jumper from this collection here. Read about the Up Beet Tee & Dress and Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts in this post.
This Rosemary Shirt was for baby Tina in the smallest size, size 1. After this sample, the collar shape was changed, and the button placket was narrowed, so don’t pay too much attention to those things! Tina loves to wear this Rosemary Shirt, so those things were mostly aesthetic changes anyway. This version includes one placket ruffle, and the optional side elastic. The fabric is a striped linen from my fabric stash.
This is another Rosemary Shirt I sewed for Tina. It’s actually the one you see layered under her D’Anjou Dress in the greenhouse photos. I just adore the little tie sleeves, don’t you? This Rosemary Shirt is sewn using a lightweight shirting fabric from my stash.
David received a Thyme Shirt early on in the testing process. This one is made using stretch sateen. After this fit check, the shape of the collar was changed. He looks so handsome in black, but it is really hard to photograph!
And of course there’s the Thyme Shirt that David is wearing under his Jonagold Jumper. There are some awesome photos of it in the greenhouse photoshoot, but my favorite is the one I snapped at home with my iPhone camera. In it he’s holding a chicken and looking super serious. What a heart breaker! The fabric is some I had in my stash, but here is some fun moth fabric. Or this honey bee fabric. Or how about this bug fabric?
At one point, I needed to check the fit of the largest size of the Thyme Shirt, so I sewed one up in lightweight chambray for Thomas. It’s a good thing I did because the fit across the back, chest and shoulders needed quite a bit of adjustment. Also, the sleeve head was changed after this fit check. Technical information, but all part of the process of designing a pattern!
Nearing the end of the fitting process, I sewed up this Rosemary Shirt for Annie in the same lightweight chambray fabric. By this time, the fit was getting so good that this version is totally wearable and quite close to the final version of the Rosemary Shirt. So I went ahead and finished this Rosemary Shirt after grabbing this fit photo, and in fact, Annie wears this Rosemary shirt often! (I really need to get a picture!)
And I plan to sew up quite a few more of these Rosemary & Thyme Shirts through the summer and fall. Annie wants a short sleeve version with the cute sleeve ties, and I owe Thomas one that fits properly. Plus somehow Lowell missed out on getting any at all…and it would be fun to sew matching ones for him and David. Plus I’ve been pondering lengthening the Rosemary Shirt into a dress for baby Tina. With the wide variety of fabric options, the possibilities are endless!
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Today the patterns we’re featuring are the Up Beet Tee & Dress and Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts. These patterns were designed by Celina of Petit a Petit & Family for the Project Run & Play capsule wardrobe collection called Project Farmer’s Market. Read about the D’Anjou Dress from this capsule wardrobe collection here. Read about the Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt in this post. Read about the Jonagold Jumper from this collection here.
First of all, we sewed up an outfit for Lowell using these patterns. Let’s start with the Up Beet Tee we sewed for him. Now before getting started, we really must say the it’s almost impossible to describe the amazing genius of this pattern. It’s a raglan tee in back but a plain tee in front.
To achieve this look, the sleeve piece looks like a jig saw puzzle piece, but it goes together like a dream! Seriously, you just have to sew this pattern to truly appreciate it’s genius.
The neck, sleeves and hem are all finished with a binding, and the pattern has instructions on how to make this either hidden or exposed. On Lowell’s shirt we made the neck and sleeves exposed for a pop of navy blue color, but make the hem band hidden.
While we’re on the topic of the Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern, of course we had to make the dress version too after we discovered how fun and easy it was to sew! The dress has a cocoon shape, and gathering at the front shoulders and across the back to make it feminine.
For Tina’s 1st Up Beet Dress, I used fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics Line Drawings Bluing (leftover from this skirt) for the main fabric and a pop of yellow triangle fabric for the bindings. I’m totally in love with this dress, and she is too.
Oh and pockets! I forgot to mention the pockets which Tina L.O.V.E.S. It was seriously challenging to get her to take her hands out of the pockets for pictures! I feel that way about pockets too, baby! We made the size 2 for her with 3/4 length sleeves. The sleeves are a bit longer than than for her right now, but at the rate my kids arms grow, they won’t be for long! The sleeves can also be made elbow length, or with a cap sleeve.
And of course we couldn’t stop at just one Up Beet Dress…so we made two! For the 2nd one, we used some Raspberry Creek Fabric knit leftover from this dress. On this one, we used some hot pink jersey for the neck binding and made the hem binding hidden.
I didn’t get a photo of the back, but the stripes show off the lines of the raglan sleeves on this dress too. Also, the high-low hem of this dress is adorable!!!
Suffice it to say Tina loves this dress too, and wears one of the other several times per week!
And the final garment we sewed is the Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts for Lowell. I don’t know if there’s a more perfect pair of pants for this guy. It’s almost like they were designed for him! You see, he insists on rolling up the hems of any pair of pants he wear! And that’s the way the Turnip Up Pants are designed! (Did you see the banana fabric we snuck in for the Hong Kong seam bindings?
Other features that make these pants perfect for this boy are double reinforced patches on the knees, pockets, and the knit waistband (hello comfort!)
For the main fabric, we used a light blue denim from our stash. You can find similar fabric here. And a similar banana fabric can be found here. I love the way he’s standing in the above photo, don’t you?
We’d encourage everyone to grab these patterns and sew them up just to increase your sewing prowess! Seriously, the construction of these patterns will delight you.
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Next up is the Jonagold Jumper from Project Farmer’s Market! Read about the D’Anjou Dress from this capsule wardrobe collection here. Read about the Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt in this post.
When I saw this pattern could be sewn for boys and girls, I immediately knew who was getting a new pair of overalls! David was sorely in need of a new pair, his last pair looking very ragged and (almost!) worn though the double knees.
The Jonagold Jumper can be made in sizes newborn to 12 years. They can be sewn in cropped length, with a skirt, and with a scooped neck or straight. The straps can be fastened with traditional overall hardware, knotted, clipped, or various other ways. The pockets can be square or curved. And it can be sewn with knit fabric!
The pattern is very thorough in helping you get a perfect fit on both the top and bottom parts of the Jonagold Jumper. There we so many versions of this pattern sewn, and they are all so cute and different, that it really shows how versatile this pattern can be.
For David’s Jonagold Jumper, we went for a solid farmer look to go along with the Farmer’s Market theme. Since David is one of the main helpers on chores around our mini farm, a good solid pair of overalls in a necessity. He helps feed the rabbits and chickens, plus herds the dairy goats whenever necessary.
The fabric of his Jonagold Jumper uses some sturdy denim we got from CaliFabrics. They will hold up well to the rigors a farm kid puts them though for quite a long time…maybe even long enough to be passed down to his younger brother!
Yes, we did sneak in some vegetable themed fabric into this Jonagold Jumper. The inside of the bib front and back is lined with carrot fabric! And the straps are too. Since the denim is so thick, it wouldn’t have worked to have lined them with denim, so carrot fabric to the rescue!
Underneath his Jonagold Jumper, David is wearing a Thyme Shirt. More on that in a future post… You really should check out the Jonagold Jumper hashtag on Instagram. There are so many cute versions. All greenhouse photos by Carrie of Beri Bee Designs.
The next patterns I sewed for Project Farmer’s Market are the Banana Boat Tee and the Soleil Skirt patterns. These are two really fantastic patterns, and I sewed them up for Annie. Read about the D’Anjou Dress from this capsule wardrobe collection here.
The Banana Boat Tee can be sewn in sizes 18m – 10. Annie is around a size 7 in width in the size range, and a little taller than the pattern’s size 10. We decided to go with a straight size 10 and added 2 inches to the length. This will allow her to wear it all summer long.
The sleeves have a cute cuff and faux button detail on the shoulder. (Note the wood buttons that we used for the D’Anjou Dress?)
The neckline is finished with a facing rather than a binding which adds to the boat neck feel and where the pattern probably gets it’s name from! Annie usually prefers a traditional neckline to a boat neckline, but she didn’t say anything about this one, so I take that a s a sign she really likes it!
Moving on to the Soleil Skirt pattern. Soleil means sun, and that fits right into the Farmer’s Market theme. This skirt can also be sewn in sizes 18m – 10. It has quite a few options. It can be sewn in 3 different lengths: knee, midi and maxi. There are pockets, so of course Annie is in love! There is an option for removable straps and also a bow in the center front. Such a cute skirt!
Probably my favorite thing about this pattern is that the button placket down the center front is a faux button placket!!! This means that I didn’t have to sew any button holes, a clear win in my opinion! To celebrate, we had to sew a row of double buttons. We used some wooden ones we found at Joanns to keep with the wood theme, and because they had the exact crimson color of the fabric painted around the edges.
For the fabric we used a beautiful rayon challis like this one. It’s perfectly soft and the drape can be described as liquid! Annie loves this skirt and has been wearing it on repeat!
Finally, we sewed up the free Seed Headband using oranges fabric (similar to this one) for a pop of color in Annie’s outfit. Of course it matches the Farmer’s Market theme and is from our stash of fruit and vegetable themed fabrics.
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Last week we showed you the Rosemary & Thyme Shirts pattern we contributed to the Project Farmer’s Market capsule wardrobe collection. Today we’re going to begin sharing some of the other patterns we sewed from the collection, starting with the D’Anjou Dress.
The D’anjou Dress is part of the Project Farmer’s Market capsule wardrobe collection. I sewed it up for our Diggin’ Our Garden Thyme photoshoot for the lookbook. All photos in the greenhouse are taken by my friend Carrie of Beri Bee Designs.
The D’anjou Dress can be made in sizes 18M – 10. For Tina I made the size 18M. It’s generously long on her, so will hopefully last all summer! For options, I included the underskirt, and made the overskirt with tucks.
The straps are functional (they button and unbutton) and there is an invisible zipper to help get in and out of the dress. Of course I had to use wooden buttons…I used them throughout the whole collection, so keep your eyes out for them! The installation instructions on this invisible zipper are 100% helpful, and you should get a beautiful zipper every time.
As you can see, I had fun playing with the directionality of the fabric and the fold over pocket piece. It was just too perfect to play with the triangles and the pocket fabric!
Speaking of fabric, the D’anjou overskirt is made using some Alison Glass fabric we’ve had in our stash for a long time. It’s no longer available in the larger fabric shops, but you may be able to find it in a smaller shop on Etsy or perhaps your local quilt shop. It’s called Geese in Ocean from the Handcrafted line by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. Here is another gorgeous hand dyed fabric by Alison Glass with a similar color scheme.
For the underskirt and pocket contrast, we used some shot cotton similar to this one. It adds a nice color pop at the bottom of the dress. Some others who sewed the D’anjou Dress used contrasting colors for the underskirt, and that’s really fun too!
Underneath the D’anjou Dress, Tina is wearing a Rosemary Shirt. We’ll talk more about all the Rosemary and Thyme Shirts we sewed another day.
For a pop of color and fun and Farmer’s Market Theme, we made a hairbow using lime fabric. In fact, in all our Project Farmer’s Market creations, we added fruit or vegetable fabric somewhere. Years ago, Allegra had a farmer’s market business sewing and selling fruit and vegetable themed aprons. So we have lots of scraps of this kind of fabric left in our stash, and made good use of it all through our makes for this project. Here is a cute lime fabric that is very similar and would make a fun hair bow!
Tina loves this dress, and choose to wear it on her birthday! She loves clothes and loves to tell people when she’s wearing something, “Momma made it!”
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For over 6 months, I’ve been working on a project behind the scenes… so I’m super duper excited about today’s post. It’s with great, great pride that I’ve been able to be a cheerleader and coordinator of the Designer Capsule #1: Project Farmer’s Market for Project Run & Play.
If you’ve been around here any time at all, you know one of my very, very favorite things to sew are button up shirts. They are so very rewarding when they’re finished, and the classic lines never go out of style. With that in mind, I designed and (with the help of an amazing tester team) brought the Rosemary & Thyme Shirts into fruition. They are woven popover-style shirts with a band collar. Each has a couple of fun sleeve options, and the Rosemary has a few feminine details.
The Rosemary & Thyme Shirts are the 1st exclusive Project Run & Play pattern. They are classic woven tops worth sewing just as they are. But the lines are clean and useable as the building block for many great garment creations. The Rosemary & Thyme Shirts are unique in that they are designed on 3 different size blocks with boy & girl shapes and ages in mind. Sizes 1-6X are a unisex block and a perfect fit for boys and girls both. The Rosemary Shirt in sizes 7-14 is a tween girl block and a perfect fit for those changing years. The Thyme Shirt in sizes 8-16 is a tween/teen boy block ideal for the growing male.
I’m so thankful for and proud of the team of pattern testers. Today I get to share with you all their versions of the Rosemary and Thyme Shirts. Without their help, this pattern would not be as amazing. Period.
First up, I’m extremely thankful for the two testers whose gorgeous children are the Rosemary and Thyme cover models.
Liesel is a former Project Run & Play designer, and very talented seamstress. She sewed several versions, but this Rosemary Shirt cover version is from rayon, and gorgeous!
Frieda’s incredibly handsome son is wearing a linen Thyme Shirt on the pattern cover, and she also sewed him one from plaid shirting which is equally handsome!
Ashley sewed Thyme shirts for both her sons from chambray fabric, don’t they look handsome?
Amber sewed a short sleeve Rosemary Shirt and included the optional ruffles around both sides of the placket.
Alyssa sewed a Thyme Shirt for her brother (who was a little bit larger than the largest size, and when it didn’t work out right, she helped me work out some bugs in the pattern, and selvedged that too small version for her sister!
Cordelia sewed a short sleeve Rosemary Shirt for her friend, and swapped out the buttons for green snaps that pop!
Elizabeth is also a former Project Run & Play designer, and sewed Thyme Shirts for two of her little brothers.
Feyza sewed up a short sleeve Thyme Shirt using chambray fabric for her son.
Hafiza sewed several versions of the Thyme Shirt, and this linen version is so darling!
Jennifer sewed a short sleeve Rosemary Shirt from this large scale shirting and it’s so perfect!
Kiran hit the Farmer’s Market theme perfectly with this lemony short sleeve Rosemary Shirt.
Kristen’s son is absolutely dashing in his vivid blue short sleeve Thyme Shirt.
Lisa sewed the Rosemary Shirt for her daughter and the cutest Thyme Shirt for her son!
Lisa M. is also a former Project Run & Play designer, and sewed up this drapey version in rayon for her daughter…did you see it in the lookbook?
Malea sewed up this wardrobe basic Thyme shirt that will go with everything!
Nadine sewed her son this chambray Thyme Shirt and also used snaps for a pop of color.
Sonia used the optional side elastic on this short sleeve Rosemary Shirt for her daughter, and I love the definition it adds.
Suzi sewed matching Thyme Shirts for her sons from this large scale plaid, and I love the contrasting button plackets too!
And last but not least, Zoe sewed up the cutest version of the Rosemary Shirt and added eyelet trim to the bottom of the 3/4 sleeves!
Remember when I said I was planning a stylish yet comfortable postpartum wardrobe? You can see the 1st postpartum and nursing outfit I sewed, in this post. Today I’m sharing the 2nd postpartum and nursing outfit.
There are not any maternity or nursing patterns specifically for tall women, but once you begin to sew, and know your own body and fit adjustments well, you can create your own wardrobe especially for maternity and nursing. One of my favorite patterns for nursing is the Tallinn Sweater by Hey June Patterns. While it’s not designed specifically for nursing, the cross front design allows for that perfectly! In fact, you can see my whole list here of all the Hey June Patterns that work for pregnancy and nursing.
If you’re interested, I usually add 1” width to the shoulders, 2” to the sleeve length, and 1.5” to the body length. These are my standard adjustments for knit top patterns from this pattern company. However, I just made the sleeves elbow length for this version so I can wear it into summer. These adjustments change a garment from annoying to pure joy for me! The adjustments I make to bottom patterns are much more comical as my legs just go on and on…
The beautiful micro rib knit in rust is from D& H Fabrics and is absolute soft-as-a-cloud perfection for this Tallinn top. It drapes beautifully and with the rayon spandex blend will layer under a sweater for cooler days but stand alone by itself all summer long. (I got on a roll and made a sweater to go with this Tallinn nursing top for a brand new postpartum outfit…you can see it on my Skirt Fixation blog.)
To make this beautiful Tallinn Top into a whole outfit, I decided to make a 2nd Julia Cardigan. This cardigan really is the perfect shape for nursing with the perfect balance of coverage and also not too bulky.
For this 2nd Julia Cardigan, I chose some Watercolor Floral oatmeal french terry fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s absolute perfection, and there is a very good reason it sells out as fast as they can get it in stock!
The final piece of this postpartum outfit is the Sandbryce Skirt (yes, I made that name up! There’s no pattern by that name, and you can read my tutorial on how to mash the Sandbridge Skirt and Bryce Cargos to get this skirt.) While I made this skirt for maternity wear, I fully anticipate turning to that comfortable and supportive wide knit waistband over and over again for a month or two after giving birth!
If you’d like to read about WHY I chose to sew a 2nd postpartum and nursing outfit, please head over to the D&H Fabrics blog and read my story.
What’s better than 1 new skirt? 2 new skirts, of course! And if that can be 2 new skirts in 1…bonus! Today we have share how to make a reversible paneled skirt tutorial with you.
We started with the Jalie 2681 paneled skirt pattern and some denim-look knit fabric from CaliFabrics. (Please head over to the Cali Fabrics blog to read all about why this fabric worked perfectly for this project, and also the shirts we sewed to go with the reversible paneled skirt.)
Aria couldn’t decide which side of this denim knit fabric she liked better, and asked if there was a way to make the skirt reversible. After some thought, I came up with a way to make it reversible with just a few modifications to the pattern.
1st of all, serge each seam to put the panels together. If you don’t have a serger, you can sew the seams with a regular sewing machine and a stretch stitch. And then zigzag the edges of the seam allowances together.
The next step is to press and then topstitch the finished seam allowance down to the skirt. Be sure to press each seam allowance the same way. Doing these two steps makes it look like all the seams are coverstitched without having a coverstitch machine.
To finish the hem, first serge (or zigzag) the bottom raw edge of the skirt. Then turn the finished seam up, making sure to turn it to the side where the exposed seams are.
The waistband can be done a couple of different ways, so we’ll just share how we did this one. Finish the top of the skirt with a serger or zigzag stitch. Turn that serging to inside by 2.25” or 1.25” depending if you’re going to insert 1” or 2” elastic. Topstitch down the serged edge, leaving an opening to insert the elastic. Insert the elastic, and then close the opening.
That’s it! And the skirt is totally reversible. Aria is in love with this 2-in-1 reversible paneled skirt. She also made herself 2 tops to go with this skirt, one for each side! The olive dolman sleeve knit top is the Seafarer from Sew Much Ado. The light blue is a Lane Raglan from Hey June Patterns. Now she’s challenged me to figure out how to add pockets…any suggestions?
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