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Janie Dress & Hatteras Hoodie

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

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Boy’s Downton Duffle Coat

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

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Hey June Patterns for Pregnancy

Brunswick Pullover for maternity wear modeled by Skirt Fixation

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

Hey June Patterns for the 1st Trimester & Postpartum:

Brunswick Pullover

Kendrick Overalls (if made with stretch woven fabric)

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

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

Sandbridge Skirt (if made with stretch woven fabric)

Amalfi Dress

Bryce Cargo Pants (or skirt using this tutorial)

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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

Willamette Shirt

Trevi Top and Dress

Tallinn Sweater

Santa Fe Top

Sanibel Dress & Romper

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

Cheyenne Tunic

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Biscayne Blouse

Union St. Tee

Lane Raglan

Evergreen Jacket 

Aurora Tee

Sloan Leggings

Mountain Pose Pants

Durango Tank

Hey June Patterns for the 2nd Trimester:

Phoenix Blouse

Tallinn Sweater

Santa Fe Top

Trevi Top and Dress

Cheyenne Tunic

Halifax Hoodie

Brunswick Pullover for maternity wear modeled by Skirt Fixation

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

Union St. Tee

Sloan Leggings (under the belly)

Mountain Pose Pants (under the belly)

Using this tutorial for these patterns:

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

Sandbridge Skirt

Bryce Cargo Pants

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

Lane Raglan

Aurora Tee

Durango Tank

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

Hey June Patterns for the 3rd Trimester:

Santa Fe Top (Best pajamas ever!)

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

Brunswick Pullover for maternity wear modeled by Skirt Fixation

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

Tallinn Sweater

Sloan Leggings

Using this tutorial for these patterns:

Kendrick Overalls (Most likely without the straps.)

Sandbridge Skirt

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

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

Aurora Tee

Union St. Tee

Durango Tank

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

Halifax Hoodie

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

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

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

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

Nursing Friendly Hey June Patterns:

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

Lift these up for nursing:

Brunswick Pullover

Phoenix Blouse

Key Largo Top

Aurora Tee

Durango Tank

Willamette Shirt

Union St. Tee

Lane Raglan

Trevi Top

Santa Fe Top

Button front for nursing access:

Sanibel Dress & Romper

Cheyenne Tunic

Biscayne Blouse

Zipper Front for nursing access:

Halifax Hoodie

Evergreen Jacket 

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2019 Sewing Goals

9 Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

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

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

Stash Shrinker:

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

9 Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

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

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

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

Skirt Outfit #1:

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

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

Top Fabric: Poly Crepe from Indie Sew 

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Gray Corduroy from Style Makers Fabric

Vest Pattern: Lonetree Vest & Jacket by Indie Sew

Vest Fabric: Tencel Twill from Blackbird Fabrics

Pajamas! Outfit #2:

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns

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

Pants Pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Pants Fabric: Navy Double Brushed Poly from CaliFabrics

Sweater Pattern: Paro Cardigan by Itch to Stitch

Sweater Fabric: Vintage Hacci Sweater fabric from Girl Charlee

Skirt Outfit #3:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Chambray from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #4:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Cotton Lawn by Windham Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Kendrick Overalls by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Raisin Twill from Style Maker Fabrics

Jacket Pattern: Joy Jacket by Chalk and Notch

Jacket Fabric: Tencel Denim from CaliFabrics

Skirt Outfit #5:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Rayon Linen from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

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

Skirt Outfit #6:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

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

Top Fabric: Robert Kaufman chambray from CaliFabrics

Skirt Pattern: Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen

Skirt Fabric: Heritage Rayon fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #7: 

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Willamette Shirt by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Indian Ikat from Blackbird Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #8: 

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Flannel shirting from Indie Sew

Turtleneck Pattern: Nikko Top by True Bias

Turtleneck Fabric: Rust rib knit from Indie Sew

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Maroon Stretch Twill from La Mercerie

Skirt Outfit #9:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Woodland Clearing by Kaufman cotton Lawn fabric

Skirt Pattern: Maxi Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Olive Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

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

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

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

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Final 2018 Sewing Goals Update

This is a quick 2018 Year in Review

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

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

0 RTW items bought for myself

9 of Skirt Fixation's 2018 sewing goals

7.5 out of 9 Make 9 items sewn

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

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

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

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

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

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

Plenum Quilt review by Skirt Fixation

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

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

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Maternity Jacket Refashion

DIY Maternity Jacket Refashion by Skirt Fixation

For several pregnancies now, I’ve had a terrible secret!  Each of these pregnancies were in the winter, but I didn’t have a maternity jacket.  Well, I had one, but it didn’t fit my tall frame and mostly my long arms.  I decided it was just better to be cold than to fight with sleeves that were 6” too short and didn’t keep me warm anyway.  Mostly, I wore the maternity puffer vest my sister gave me, with a sweater or two layered underneath.  So clearly it was time for a maternity jacket refashion.

DIY Maternity Jacket Refashion by Skirt Fixation

I started with the puffer vest, and this maternity jacket.  It was a nice wool jacket, but the arm were woefully inadequate as I mentioned above.  And it was tight across my back and shoulders.  

To begin with, I unpicked the sleeves from the wool maternity jacket, including the lining.  Then I unpicked the sleeves apart from the lining at the hem as well.  There was a cuff type feature at the bottom of the sleeve that afforded me an extra inch when unfolded.  

DIY Maternity Jacket Refashion by Skirt Fixation

Next I ordered knit cuffs from Style Maker Fabric.  The sleeves still were not going to be quite long enough, so I needed the extra length that the cuffs would give.  Plus, the band around the bottom of the puffer vest is ribbed fabric, so the cuffs would cary on that theme.

DIY Maternity Jacket Refashion by Skirt Fixation

To combine these three elements into one well fitting maternity jacket, first I attached the cuffs to the bottom of the sleeves.  This was accomplished by simply folding over the lining to the wrong side, inserting the cuffs next, and then topstitching on the wool jacket outside.  There were already decorative lines of topstitching along the bottom of the sleeve, so my topstitching blended in perfectly.

DIY Maternity Jacket Refashion by Skirt Fixation

Next, I sewed the top of the sleeve to the vest armhole with the right sides together, keeping the lining out of the way.  Fortunately for me, the sleeves had been gathered on the original maternity jacket, so I had plenty of room to play with.  They fit very nicely onto the vest.  Finally, I folded 1/4” of the lining to the wrong side and stitched it to the inside of the vest by hand, covering the seam allowance and raw edges made by attaching the sleeve to the vest.

DIY Maternity Jacket Refashion by Skirt Fixation

And now, I’m not cold anymore!!!!!  This is such a huge victory for me, and so very sensible too!    It seems like such a small thing now (just one evening of work) but the days ahead are finally going to be WARM!

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Urban Classic Doll & Her Clothes Pattern Review

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Today we get to show you the results of some very fun sewing!  We had the opportunity to join the Happiness is Handmade tour with the Urban Classic Doll.  This super fun pattern is created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.  It’s the third in her lineup of softie patterns, joining the Nutcracker Doll pattern and the Urban Jungle Doll patterns.  You can use the code HAPPINESS for 20% of the Urban Classic Doll.  And we’re giving away one at the end of this post…

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Making the Urban Classic Doll turned into a family endeavor!  Aria embroidered the face.  This pattern includes options for printing a face template on fabric, instructions for hand painting it on, or templates for basic or complex embroidering.  Aria used the complex pattern, and produced a very beautiful face!  

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Aria also contributed a ball of wool yarn for the gorgeous red hair!  This pattern includes 5+ options for hair, and we chose the long yarn hair.  This doll has very enviable hair!  It’s so thick and can be styled numerous ways.  The instructions show several different ways to attach the hair so it can be styled differently.

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

This was actually my 1st time sewing a doll!  The instructions made it easy, and I think we ended up with a pretty sweet doll.  I did the sewing, and Annie stuffed the limbs and then the body as we went.  

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Annie also helped make this Urban Classic Doll a wardrobe!  She picked out the fabric for the clothes, cut out ALL the pattern pieces, and decided which options to make.  We ended up making 5 pieces of clothing for our Urban Classic Doll!

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

First we made the short sleeve shirt in some Cotton + Steel fabric (leftover from this skirt and this jacket lining!)  Then Annie chose some knit fabric (leftover from this dress) to make a matching skirt.  Annie took into consideration what else had been made for the fabrics used because she wanted to make the doll and Baby Tina match sometimes!

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Next we made the Urban Classic Doll a dress using some chambray fabric with stripes.  (We can’t share what was made from the fabric yet, but trust us, it’s cute!)  Annie didn’t realize she was cutting the stripes in different directions for the skirt part of the dress, but we both decided it ended up cute too!

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

And then Annie wanted a dress that could be both fancy and a nightgown as needed.  So she chose this fabric (used for this dress and this onesie) for a drop waist maxi dress and nightgown!  Baby Tina was absolutely delighted to be dressed in matching clothes to the doll.  Her slightly concerned look in some of these photos is because we kept taking the doll away to change it’s clothes, and all she wanted to do was, “Hold it, please!”

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

And finally, we sewed a pair of basic pants that could be used as leggings under all the outfits.  Annie insisted!  The pattern also includes options for pleated pants, a dress with a bubble skirt, a dress with an empire waistline, lace up shoes and a knitted cardigan.  Annie and I just ran out of time, but we both agree that the doll needs shoes, and we’re trying to convince Aria (the only knitter in our house) that she would enjoy making the doll a cardigan!  And we heard a rumor that there will be more clothes released in the near future…

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

The completed Urban Classic Doll is 30” long.  You can see the scale of the doll in the photos where Baby Tina is holding her!  It doesn’t deter her to drag around a doll that is longer than her though.  

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Although the doll is better sized for Annie, I suspect they’ll be sharing the doll equally.  They both are very enamored with it!

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Celina is very generously allowing us to giveaway an Urban Classic Doll and clothing bundle pattern.  You can enter the giveaway by leaving a comment below.  As you might have noticed, we have been calling her “this doll” and she really needs a name!  Any suggestions?  (For additional entries, follow us on Instagram, and follow the instructions on our post.)  

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Janie “Mountain Dress”

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we get to share another Janie Dress with you.  Yes, we’re obsessed with this pattern!  This time we sewed it using French Terry fabric for a fall version.  We made just a few modifications, so stay tuned and we’ll give you all the details.

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pattern we used is of course the Janie Dress and Peplum from the Project Run & Play shop.  Okay we admit it, we’ve lost track of how many we’ve sewn now.

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation  

For Tina, we like to cut out the circle skirt with the regular width marking at the top of the pattern piece, and then use the gathered length marking at the bottom of the pattern piece to make it a little longer for growing.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this dress, we used some geometric mountains French Terry CLUB fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  We’ve had super good experiences with their french terry.  It’s high quality, easy to sew with, and doesn’t pill after many, many washings.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because french terry fabric doesn’t have as much stretch as jersey fabric, we decided to make the neckband from an *almost* matching grey jersey fabric.  This is so that the dress would go easily on and off over her head.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

This little girl loves textures as we’ve mentioned before.  She immediately notice the softer texture of this fabric and adores it!  Whenever it’s clean and hanging in her closet, she chooses her “mountain dress” as she calls it.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tina has this very adorable expression she makes when you say “show me your pretty smile!”  Such a cheesy baby!   So of course she’s asked to show her smile many times a day and each time gets a big laugh…

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Originally, I had planned to sew something for one of the boys with this fabric.  It would have been super cute too, but I think both Tina and I are glad she was the recipient of this fabric for this dress!

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because this is a CLUB fabric, it is a limited edition, so if you like it, don’t wait too long to grab some.  And you can find the Janie Dress pattern here.  We guarantee that some little girl in your life will thank you!




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Infinity Maternity Dress

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Recently I had the opportunity to help test the Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern.  This pattern will be released next week from Maternity Sewing.  (You can find the pattern here.)  This dress has Infinity in it’s name due to the multitude of ways to wear the straps.  

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

I chose to make the longest maxi version of the pattern.  And then I made the hem shorter in the front for a high low look.  This was partly due to the fact that the only fabric with enough yardage available at my local fabric shop was not quite wide enough for the circle skirt, and then it shrunk some more in the dryer.  The other reason is for the dramatic effect!

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The straps are quite long, and that is so that they can be wrapped in many different ways.  Over one shoulder, around the (empire) waist only, over both shoulders, crossed in the back, crossed in the front…you get the idea!  

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The pattern was quite easy to sew.  The hardest part was crawling around on the floor with a pregnant belly in the way, to cut out the pieces.  Speaking of cutting out the pieces, I really appreciate that this pattern has both pattern pieces and template pieces.  Template pieces means that you are given measurements, or small pieces to use to create the larger pattern pieces.  This saves paper and time!  

The only change I made to the pattern assembly was to enclose the waistband fully on the inside.  Since the waistband is lined, it was a very easy change to make, and one I prefer to feeling scratchy seams around my belly.

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is a double knit, or similar fabric from JoAnns.  As I mentioned, I needed 6 yards to make this dress due to the huge circle skirt, and the length of the straps.  It’s not very good quality fabric, and I suspect it would pill if worn often.  However, I’m not sure how often I’ll be wearing this statement dress, and I only have 3 months left of pregnancy, so it’s not going to be an issue.  Another thing about this fabric, it’s really too heavy for the recommended knits for the pattern.  (But remember, it was all I had access to!)  The problem is that the weight of the skirt pulls down the elastic in the back.  I solved this by using the ties to wrap around the back and stabilize the elastic.  If I had known it was going to be an issue, I also could have used wider or stronger elastic.  A lightweight fabric like double brushed poly would be an ideal knit for this dress.

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

My kids absolutely squealed when I put this dress on.  They told me it looked like a medieval lady or a Victorian princess!  Aria had loads of fun figuring out how to tie the straps in several different ways.  For reference, I was 24 weeks pregnant in these photos.  I sewed the size 4-6.  There is also a bandeau that can be made to layer under the dress, but I chose to wear a long sleeve shirt due to the cold weather instead.  The dress can be made in 10 different lengths from 22.5″ (mini) to 45″ (extra tall.)  It can also be used for non-maternity wear and would be great for nursing.   

Since I’m really not sure where I’ll ever have an opportunity to wear this dress, I’m going to call it “Frosting.”  There’s a challenge on Instagram to “sew frosting” where everyone is encouraged to sew something they want, even if it’s not practical, basic, everyday wear.  So this dramatic dress definitely qualifies.  

Maternity Sewing Podcast with Audrey from Skirt Fixation

If you’re more interested in my pregnancy journey, I was interviewed by The Maternity Sewing Podcast.  You can listen to that episode here: https://maternitysewing.com/audreys-story-many-pregnancies-and-many-challenges-podcast-episode-7/ Even though I’m an intensely private person, I shared my story in hopes of helping someone else who may be or may have gone through something similar.




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2 Gray Halifax Hoodies for fall

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well, it’s officially hoodie weather, so of course that means a few more Halifax Hoodies were in order!  This pattern by Hey June Patterns has gotten a complete workout and we have no plans to stop sewing it anytime soon…it’s a wardrobe staple for sure.

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra was sadly lacking in zip up hoodies, so I gave her first choice between the 2 fabrics I had.  (For an in-depth comparison of these two fabrics, please read my post on the CaliFabrics blog.)  She chose the heathered french terry fabric.  She also requested a slouchier hoodie that she could layer over a long sleeve shirt, so I sewed her a size L and graded to XL at the hips.   The other adjustments I made for her were a 1” wide shoulder adjustment, and added 1” to the sleeves.  It turned out exactly the way she had envisioned it!  She’s been wearing it constantly, so that always is the sign of a successful garment.  

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of note, I used self fabric for the bias on the hood, and 1” white twill tape for finishing the inside over the zipper.  The zipper is a plastic zipper, which was all that was available at my local fabric store in the right color.   It’s very nicely finished inside and out.  She did request no hood tie, so I didn’t bother putting in the buttonholes for one.  If she changes her mind, it’s an easy addition later.

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

For my own Halifax Hoodie, I sewed my regular size M with all my tall adjustments.  This means 1” added to the shoulders, 1.5” to the body and 2” to the sleeves.  I used the other cut of fabric, stretch sweatshirt fleece.  I used a mustard color grosgrain ribbon to finish everywhere on the inside and also for the hood ties.  With the brass zipper, it’s such a fun pop of color.

These hoodies are the kind that will be worn over and over and over again for years and years!  The kind you hate to have to replace because it’s such a good friend.  Do you have a garment like that?  Tell me about it!

Oh, and in case you don’t follow us on Instagram, you might be interested in a little photo news I posted there:

Large Family baby announcement

Expected arrival: February/March 2019!

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