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Striped Matching Girls Dresses

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

A while back I saw a friend of mine wearing a reverse stripe shirt.  Actually, I’m just calling it that…none of the Google search terms I entered brought up a shirt like the one she was wearing.  The body of the shirt was white with black stripes and the sleeves were black with white stripes.  I really liked it, so I kept my eye out for two fabrics to use that I could recreate her shirt and make my daughters striped matching girls dresses.

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

When I saw this taupe and off-white striped modal jersey fabric from CaliFabrics, I immediately thought of another fabric in my stash that would work with it to recreate my friend’s shirt.  It was a cocoa with white stripes in jersey knit fabric. Striped matching girls dresses, here we come!

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

It turns out the two fabric aren’t exactly perfectly matched, because one has white stripes and the other is on the off-white background.  But the taupes are the same color, or close enough, so I went ahead with my plan.  

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

I had enough fabric to make maxi dresses for my two youngest daughters.  For my older daughter, I used the Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight Patterns.  For the younger daughter, I used the Janie Dress

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

Both of these dress patterns have a wide enough size range to fit both of my daughters, but I already had each of these patterns in the right sizes, and was in a hurry to execute my plan of making striped matching girls dresses!

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s dress, I used the cocoa with white stripes for the main body of the dress, and the off-white with taupe stripes for the sleeves, neckband and pockets. 

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

For baby Tina’s dress, I used the off-white with taupe stripes for the body of the dress, and the cocoa with white stripes for the sleeves and neckband.  Both fabrics are super soft, great quality, and haven’t pilled with lots of washing and wear!

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

The girls love their matching-but-not-too-matching dresses.  The effect is very fun and gets a lot of double takes!  These dresses will be great in summer and with the maxi length, they should be able to wear them all summer too.

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

It would probably be easiest to match colors by buying both fabrics from the same source, or in a brick and mortar shop.  Another idea is to get black and white & white and black stripes because there wouldn’t be as much variation. Or a third idea is to buy both fabrics from the same manufacturer, like Art Gallery Fabrics. They have some very nice stripes of all color and sizes in their super soft knit fabric!


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DIY Reversible Sequin Board

DIY reversible sequin board tutorial from Skirt Fixation blog.

If you’ve ever touched reversible sequin fabric, you know how fun it can be!  We decided to make a reversible sequin board and we’re sharing the DIY reversible sequin board tutorial today so you can make one yourself.  

We highly recommend the reversible sequin fabric from CaliFabrics.  

DIY Reversible Sequin Board Step 1: Gather materials

1 yard reversible sequin fabric

scissors

Elmer’s glue

stiff board (can be any size, but one side has to be 36” or shorter)  We used the back of our dry erase board for a dual use toy!

paint brush

child helper is optional! 😉

DIY Reversible Sequin Board Step 2: Cut fabric to size

Lay out sequin fabric on board and cut off any excess.  You can use any scissors, but we recommend not using your best scissors as the sequins might dull it a little.  We didn’t notice any dulling, but we also didn’t use our best scissors!

DIY Reversible Sequin BoardStep 3: Paint on the glue

Paint the board with Elmer’s glue.  We put it on thick, and didn’t do the whole board before starting the next step because it was drying too fast.  Our reversible sequin fabric was on a knit base, so the fabric is stretchy and we wanted it to stay in place during play.

DIY Reversible Sequin Board Step 4: Lay down the fabric

Roll up the fabric with the sequins inside the roll.  Then slowly unroll the fabric on top of the glue, starting at one end of the board and applying more glue as you unroll.  This is much easier than trying to work with the fabric unrolled and my 16 year old daughter came up with this genius method!

DIY Reversible Sequin Board Step 5: Smooth it down and let it dry

Carefully press down the reversible sequin fabric around all the edges.  Next is the hardest part, not playing with it while it dries!  We put our in a room where the kids couldn’t see it while it dried so they wouldn’t be asking every 10 minutes if it was ready yet!

This Reversible Sequin Board is one of the items I have in my sewing area that the kids are only allowed access to when I’m sewing!  I talked about this in episode 16 of Outnumbered the Podcast.  By giving them special toys and activities I’m actually making better use of my time and can get more done.  This episode is all about finding more time for your passions/work/creative endeavors. Please listen and let us know what you think!

DIY reversible sequin board tutorial from Skirt Fixation blog.

Another activity they love are these DIY animal spools.  Would you be interested in seeing more of their special sewing time activities?

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Tip Top Tunic Review

When I was sewing up the capsule wardrobe for Baby before he was born and before we knew if he was a boy or a girl, I decided to sew up a dress or two…just in case he was a girl.  I used the Tip Top Tunic and Dress pattern for one of these.  Well, he was not a boy, so I had this dress.  

Lucky for Tina, even though I had made the smallest size of this pattern (6-12 months) the ease is quite generous, and Tina is petite enough to wear it as a tunic.  She loves the swishy double sleeves, and delights in the feel of the soft voile.

As with all patterns by Petit a Petit & Family, this one is very easy and fun to put together.  The instructions are easy to follow with drawn illustrations.  The sleeves are a fun shape, and that is accentuated by doubling them and making the different colors.

You might recognize the fabric, it’s leftover from making this skirt.  I didn’t quite have enough and had to piece the back.  But it’s not really noticeable unless you’re looking for it, like me!  It’s voile from Art Gallery Fabrics, and really good quality and easy to work with.

For the sleeves, we used a lightweight tencel twill in pink, and a white shirting used in my Key Largo Top.  They are lightweight fabrics and this is imperative to getting good drape on the fluttery sleeves.  The effect would not be the same with a stiff fabric.

Because the neckline is elastic all around, it make this still wearable for Tina even though she just turned two.  She is really fun to dress because she will wear almost anything if you exclaim about how pretty/nice/fun/happy/etc. in it!  She’s very verbal for a new 2 year old and it’s super delightful to interact with her!

The pictures in this post aren’t perfectly posed, the dress is a bit wrinkled, but the expressions on Tina’s face are purely who she is in a nutshell!  Every single one of them!  

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7 DIY Skirt Outfit Ideas

Today we’re sharing 7 DIY skirt outfit ideas! Use these ideas as inspiration to get dressed in a skirt outfit today.

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Cone Mills stretch denim

Detailed back pocket instructions here.

Shirt Pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Shirt Fabric: Double brushed poly from CaliFabrics

Shoes: Earth Sandals (similar here)


Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Cone Mills stretch denim

Detailed back pocket instructions here.

Shirt Pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Shirt Fabric: Double brushed poly from CaliFabrics

Skirt Pattern: Jocole Pencil Skirt (review here)

Skirt Fabric: Embossed scuba knit

Shirt pattern: Lane Raglan from Hey June Patterns

Leggings pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Leggings fabric: black jersey knit

Shoes: Black ballet flats

Skirt Pattern: Flirting the Issue tutorial (reviewed here)

Skirt Fabric: Double Gauze by Nani Iro (sold out, but here’s some similar)

Blouse pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Blouse fabric: Rayon chambray (Instructions for the yoke here)

Shoes: (similar brown flat shoes)

Skirt Pattern: Syrah Skirt (review here)

Skirt fabric: floral rayon jersey (similar here)

Shirt pattern: Lane Raglan from Hey June Patterns

Shirt fabric: Bamboo jersey

Bandana

Skirt pattern: Gabriola Skirt (instructions here)

Skirt fabric: White shirting dyed with RIT dye.

Shirt pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Handmade

Shirt fabric: Dana modal jersey in chocolate

Hoodie pattern: Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns

Hoodie fabric: CLUB french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Shoes: Dansko shoes

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Cone Mills stretch denim

Detailed back pocket instructions here.

Shirt Pattern: Santa Fe Top from Hey June Patterns

Shirt fabric: rayon spandex (sold out, but here’s a pretty one!)

Hoodie pattern: Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns

Hoodie fabric: Grey sweat shirting
Leggings Pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Leggings Fabric: Navy double brushed poly fabric

Shoes: Grey knotted ballet flats

It’s May so that means we’re participating in Me Made May over on Instagram. (Follow us for lots of behind the scenes sewing goodness!) Me Made May means we’re sharing what we are wearing everyday…and for me that means me-made garments! We’ll once again post a weekly recap of our outfits here on Skirt Fixation with links to patterns and fabrics.

The kids have been wearing a lot of Mama-Mades in honor of Mini Me Made May! Except this week we mostly forgot to document what they were wearing each day in our Instagram stories…see you there!

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6 DIY Skirt Outfit Ideas

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Today we’re sharing 6 DIY skirt outfit ideas! Use these ideas as inspiration to get dressed in a skirt outfit today.

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt pattern: refashioned skirt (instructions here)

Skirt fabric: embroidered corduroy from JoAnn Stores

Shirt pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Handmade

Shirt fabric: Dana modal jersey in chocolate

Shoes: (similar brown flat shoes)

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt pattern: Jocole pencil skirt (instructions here)

Skirt fabric: Arizona After Mesa Grande knit

Top pattern: Tallinn Sweater by Hey June Patterns

Top fabric: rust rib knit from D&H Fabrics (instructions here)

Leggings pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Leggings fabric: black jersey knit

Shoes: Black ballet flats

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt fabric: fine wale corduroy (instructions here)

Shirt pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Shirt fabric: burnout knit fabric (instructions here)

Shoes: (similar brown flat shoes)

Scarf fabric: oranges cotton

Scarf pattern: free Seed pattern

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Cone Mills stretch denim

Detailed back pocket instructions here.

Shirt Pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Shirt Fabric: Refashioned skirt (instructions here)

Leggings Pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Leggings Fabric: Navy double brushed poly fabric

Shoes: Skechers walking shoes

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt pattern: Gabriola Skirt (instructions here)

Skirt fabric: Petal and Plume voile fabric (sold out, similar here)

Blouse pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Blouse fabric: Rayon chambray (Instructions for the yoke here)

Shoes: Dansko shoes

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt pattern: Kendrick Overalls by Hey June (removable straps instructions here)

Skirt fabric: olive stretch twill

Shirt pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Shirt fabric: Navy modal stripe fabric from CaliFabrics

Hoodie pattern: Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns

Hoodie fabric: athletic french terry (instructions here)

Shoes: Black ballet flats

It’s May so that means we’re participating in Me Made May over on Instagram. (Follow us for lots of behind the scenes sewing goodness!) Me Made May means we’re sharing what we are wearing everyday…and for me that means me-made garments! We’ll once again post a weekly recap of our outfits here on Skirt Fixation with links to patterns and fabrics.

The kids have been wearing a lot of Mama-Mades in honor of Mini Me Made May! We’re documenting what they wear each day in our Instagram stories…see you there!

Affiliate links are used in this post. If you click on one of our links, we might make a few pennies at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting our small business!

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Kendrick Overalls Review

Today I’m sharing a 3rd outfit from my Make 9 (outfits) goal for 2019.  Again, this is a postpartum friendly outfit!  For this outfit, I took the opportunity to try a new-to-me style, overalls!

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Originally, this olive green stretch twill was going to be sewn into a Sandbridge Skirt.  But plans change, and this one actually changed due to a change on one of my other Make 9 outfits.  More on that in the future.  So I took the opportunity to try overalls, but I played it safe by making the overall straps removable.  If you stick around to the end, I’ll reveal what I think of this style for me…and if the straps stay or go!

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Overalls are all the rage right now, and I wasn’t sure what I thought of the trend or if it would work for me.  But you never know until you try, so try I did!  I used the Kendrick Overalls pattern from Hey June Patterns, and used this tutorial to make the straps removable. This pattern can be made into both traditional overalls (with pants) or as a skirt as I chose to do, of course!

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is stretch twill I got from my local fabric store, but here is a very nice olive stretch twill. The stretch twill makes it very comfortable for postpartum wear.  In case you’ve got a good eye, yes this is the same exact fabric I used for this jacket which I’m enjoying very much!

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Kendrick Overalls pattern is very nice pattern.  The instructions are though, not confusing, and I especially like the instructions for the zip fly.  Perfect every time!  I added enough length to this pattern to have it hit right below my knee (3” I think!)  

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I like the deep hem, and the split in the front in very nice for walking and a pleasure to construct too.  Plus, this skirt has 4 very roomy pockets, so WIN!  (I used the option for patch pockets in the front, but you can also make traditional hip pockets in the front.

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Now you can’t wear overalls alone, so I made myself a new black Lane Raglan to go underneath when wearing the straps.  There’s nothing quite as ubiquitous as a plain black tshirt, right?  To make this one just perfect, I used bamboo jersey, and it’s heavenly!

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As I mentioned earlier, the straps are removable, so I planned a Phoenix Blouse as part of this Make 9 outfit. 

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It’s no secret I love the Phoenix Blouse, having declared last summer as the Summer of the Phoenix Blouse!  

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This lawn fabric is from my stash (as are all the fabrics in my Make 9 outfits plans, that was the whole point!) and is called Woodland Clearing, designed by Liesl Gibson for Robert Kaufman fabrics.  Yes, I loved it so much that I bought it in both color ways and made the other one into a Willamette Shirt.

 

Now a fabric this gorgeous, and an outfit this fun calls for some bright tassels, don’t you think?  I made them in about 10 minutes using this tutorial, but if you click on the photo above, I’ve linked to some available for purchase.  (They are super easy to make though…) 

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I chose the color orange to not only make them pop, but to draw out the color of the bright birds in the fabric.

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Now to answer the questions, do I like the Kendrick Overalls better with or without straps?  Well, for me personally, the straps are too fussy to deal with when I already have a bunch of little kids to handle during the day.  I can’t be bothered to chase straps all over the place too! 

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Also, I personally don’t think they work well for my proportions…do you think they make me look short?  Or shorter than my long lanky 6’ tall?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Here’s what I ended up with:

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Kendrick Overalls Outfit #1

Skirt pattern: Kendrick Overalls by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: olive stretch twill

T-shirt pattern: Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns

T-shirt fabric: black bamboo jersey

Black boots

Floral hat (similar)

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Kendrick Overalls Outfit #2

Skirt pattern: Kendrick Overalls by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: olive stretch twill

Blouse pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Blouse fabric: Woodland Clearing lawn from Robert Kaufman

Dansko shoes

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Salida Skirt & Key Largo Top

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Make 9 (outfits) update #2

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

My 2nd outfit from my Make 9 (Outfits) is complete!  I took advantage of the slow days prior to giving birth to work on some garments that would work well for early postpartum wear.  Just like my 1st complete Make 9 outfit, this one ended up with a change as well.  

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Originally I had planned to sew a Willamette Shirt from this fabric as you can see from my planning collage.  But when I pulled out the cut of fabric, there was just over 1 yard, not nearly enough for a Willamette Shirt. 

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

But I have discovered that I can very nicely get a Key Largo Top out of 1 yard.  And it’s pretty well established that I love the Key Largo Top!

Let’s talk about this fabric.  This is ikat fabric, and my first time sewing with it although I’ve admired it for a long time.  It is a little stiffer than the recommended fabrics for a Key Largo Top, just FYI.  But it’s exactly right for the look I was inspired by.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Ikat is actually not a fabric, but a dyeing technique.  It can be done to many different substrates.  This substrate is a thicker cotton.  It’s really soft and nice to wear.  I got this fabric from Blackbird Fabrics, but it’s no longer available.  However, Stylemaker Fabrics currently has a very similar ikat pattern in grey, black and vanilla.  I’ve also got my eye on this navy and cream ikat shirting fabric.  Actually, all their ikat fabrics are very nice…as I said I’ve admired this type of look for a long time!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The way this shirt works well for postpartum is it’s loose, boxy shape.  It’s currently the fashion which is very friendly to a recovering postpartum belly!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Salida Skirt pattern is also very postpartum friendly if you use stretch woven fabric in place of the recommended woven fabrics. 

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I used a khaki stretch twill from JoAnns but here is a similar one in beige.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Salida Skirt was released a few months ago from True Bias.  I love the shape and style lines of this skirt.  I did add length to the skirt.  The finished length is 21”, and to have the skirt hit at my knee (as intended in the pattern) I had to make it 27-28” long.  (Hello long legs!)  I added 3 inches at the lengthen/shorten line and 3” at the hem.  It came out just right!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The first time I wore this skirt, I was 2 weeks postpartum (pictured above,) and it was pretty tight and uncomfortable.  But now at 5 weeks postpartum, it’s pretty comfortable to wear.  I anticipate to be able to wear it much longer having sewed it from stretch twill.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the closure, I dug around in my button stash and pulled out this fun metallic button!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Here’s what I ended up with:

Top Pattern: Key Largo Top by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Diamond Cotton Indian Ikat Blue and Grey fabric from Blackbird Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Next I’ll be sharing another Make 9 outfit I finished in the next post…stay tuned! And the other view of the Salida Skirt pattern is also in my Make 9 plans.

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DIY Baby Sweater Dress

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Before totally warm weather hits, we need to share this baby sweater dress we sewed for Baby Tina!  

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

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!

I used some fabric from my stash, but this fabric is the same, but in grey.  Or this fabric is almost identical in color.  Really, any sweater fabric would be cute, right?

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

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…

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

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.  

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

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?

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

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?

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

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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Newborn Capsule Wardrobe

Newborn capsule wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Newborn capsule wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Newborn capsule wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

These are the items I sewed: 4 baby hats using the free pattern and tutorial from Sweet Red Poppy.

Newborn capsule wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

4 gowns using the free pattern from Stitched Together. You can read more about the grey and white striped fabric over at CaliFabrics and the reasons why I like to use the fabrics I chose for a newborn capsule wardrobe.

Newborn capsule wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

3 knit swaddle blankets. Here is my free tutorial for different types and sizes of swaddle blankets and how to sew each kind. (It’s about the easiest sewing there is!)

Newborn capsule wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

4 pairs of footed baby pants using the free pattern from Sew Much Ado. The green leaf fabric is from Art Gallery Fabrics, so super soft and snuggly!

Newborn capsule wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Newborn capsule wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

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!

Newborn capsule wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

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!

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My Rosemary & Thyme Shirts

Thyme Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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.

Rosemary Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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.

Rosemary Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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.

Thyme Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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!

Thyme Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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?

Thyme Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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!

Rosemary Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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!  

Find the Rosemary & Thyme Shirt patterns here in the Project Run & Play shop.

Find the whole Project Farmer’s Market collection here in the shop.  (Save over 30%!!!)

Find the unisex mini collection here in the shop.  (Save over 25%!!!)

Find the girls mini collection here in the shop.  (Save over 25%!!!)

Enjoy viewing the Project Farmer’s Market lookbook here.

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