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Phoenix Blouse with 3 changes

In my last post I mentioned that one reason I didn’t mind sewing a Phoenix Blouse for Aria was that I was sewing 2 at a time.  And of course the other one was for me!  Ever since I sewed up my wearable muslin Phoenix Blouse, I’ve been wanting more.

Phoenix Blouse sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Having sewed a muslin, I knew there were just three changes I wanted to make.  Two I’ll definitely make again, and the other I won’t!

The first thing I wanted to do was to try the Phoenix Blouse with the flutter sleeves from the Amalfi Dress, just like on Aria’s blouse.  It is such a feminine touch!  And I absolutely adore wearing these sleeves.  They swoop and swish and flow and twirl with movement all their own!  I’ll definitely be adding these sleeves to a Phoenix Blouse again.

Phoenix Blouse sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The 2nd change I make was to eliminate the slit in the front yoke.  I think I just wanted to see if it would still slip over my head without the slit.  It does, obviously.  It also raises the neckline a little for modesty reasons (think bending over and chasing little kids all day!)  Also, this fabric is quite busy, so I thought eliminating the slit would help simplify the blouse a little.

While I love this blouse due to the sleeves and the fabric, I probably won’t eliminate the slit again.  It just seems to take away from the style lines somewhat.

Phoenix Blouse sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The final change was to take in the side seams a little bit.  I did this for Aria on her blouse, and it creates such a nice silhouette while still staying true to the boho feel of the blouse.  It’s still very loose and comfortable to wear, but has a bit of shaping.  This is a change I’ll be making again in the future.

Phoenix Blouse sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is a poly crepe I got from Indiesew.  It’s currently sold out, but they carry very, very nice quality fabric, so I always keep an eye on what they have in stock.  If you’re specifically looking for poly crepe, here is a pretty selection.

Phoenix Blouse sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Poly crepe is worth looking into, it’s inexpensive, lightweight, and oh the drape!  Poly crepe has a slight pebbled texture to it.  The one I got from Indiesew is slightly shiny on one side.  It washes well, and is easy to iron.  As the name suggests, it is polyester, so does not breathe as well as natural fibers.

Phoenix Blouse sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I have been wearing this Phoenix Blouse with both this black skirt and this brown one.  What color would you wear on bottom with this blouse?  And also, have I convinced you it’s the Summer of the Phoenix Blouse yet?  (If not, stay tuned…)

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The Summer of the Phoenix Blouse {part 2}

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

A while back, I promised this was going to be the summer of the Phoenix Blouse.  So it’s about time for another post about the Phoenix Blouse, don’t you think?  Don’t worry, I’ll make up for it with 2 posts about it this week, okay?

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

When Aria saw the Phoenix Blouse I sewed for myself, she “needed” one.  And I get it, I “need” a few more myself!  After trying on my Phoenix Blouse, she had some exact requests for her Phoenix Blouse.  She wanted the Amalfi Dress sleeves and for the Phoenix Blouse to be a little more fitted.  These were easy adjustments to make!

To make Aria’s Phoenix Blouse more fitted, we simply basted the sides of the size 6.  Then she tried it on inside out.  I pinned the sides to the amount of fitted-ness that she requested, and then I sewed up the side seams.  

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Phoenix Blouse is made to have the sleeves from the Amalfi Dress fit, so that was an easy adjustment too.  Both patterns are designed by Hey June Patterns, and she deliberately made these two patterns work together.  We just used the size 6 sleeves from the Amalfi Dress pattern, and lengthened them a little so they hit right at Aria’s elbow after hemming.  

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Just like on my blouse, we used layers of blue lace on the front yoke.  It creates such a cute boho look! 

The fabric is rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  You can find it right here.  It’s perfectly soft and drapey and also cool to wear in hot weather.  Aria has gotten many, many compliments while wearing her new Phoenix Blouse.

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

To go with her new blouse, Aria requested a new skirt.  She settled on a Runway Skirt made from black stretch sateen with black rayon challis godets.  

Because we were using woven fabric (and the Runway Skirt is designed for knit fabric) we decided to go up a size from where Aria was on the measurement chart.  This was a mistake because we ended up taking the skirt in at every seam (after these photos were taken.)  Next time we sew a woven Runway Skirt, we’ll just stick with the regular size.  The skirt is not designed with negative ease, so making it with woven fabric, or even stretch woven fabric is not an issue as there is a zipper in the back.  Lesson learned!

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

While Aria can and does sew her own clothes, recently we’ve come to an agreement.  If she cuts out the fabric, I’ll sew it up for her…especially if I’m making two of the same pattern like I was this time.  But more on that in the next post…

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10 Ways to use a Cricut Maker for Apparel Sewing

10 Ways to Use the Cricut Maker for Apparel Sewing by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m sharing 10 amazing ways to use a Cricut Maker for Apparel Sewing.  This post was sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions are mine.  When Cricut introduced the Maker and it’s amazing rotary blade for putting virtually any fabric without a backer, it opened up a whole bunch of opportunities for those of us who love apparel sewing.  So let’s get started with the 10 ways to use a Cricut Maker for apparel sewing.

1-Baby Bloomers

Simplicity Baby Bloomers sewn by Skirt Fixation

Did you know that you can find complete sewing patterns on Cricut Design Space™?  It’s true!  I found these darling little chambray bloomers in the Design Space project center and sewed up a pair for my baby quicker than you can imagine!  Bloomers under her skirts and dresses are a go-to garment around here, and this pair will go super well with the little capsule wardrobe I’m sewing for her!

Simplicity Baby Bloomers sewn by Skirt Fixation

It was super duper easy to sew up these bloomers after the Cricut Maker cut out the chambray fabric and marked the pieces and notches using the fabric marking pen.  Note: the pattern says it is sized for a 6 month baby, but due to the elastic, it’s working fine for Baby who is 16 months.  Just note the weight and size.  And we used Baby’s measurements for the elastic, not the guide given.  We will definitely be sewing up more of these Simplicity Baby Bloomers!  You can find the project right here.

2-Headband

Headband sewing by Skirt Fixation

This darling headband is also a Cricut Design Space™ project.  The only change we made was to use knit fabric instead of felt because we didn’t have felt in the right colors we wanted.  But it’s sooooooo cute!  You can find the project here.

3-Graphic Tees

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

This one is a crowd favorite for sure!  I created the patriotic tee above using my Cricut Maker to cut out the Sport Flex Iron On.  Although I do not have an Easy Press, many people report great success with using it to iron on their images to their tees.  You can read more about Annie’s outfit and grab that FREE cut file here.

4-Exterior Label Tags

Special tag for denim by Skirt Fixation

In my recent Denim Week series, I shared two leather and Kraftex tags I created using the Cricut Maker for the back of my denim skirts I sewed.  They add a very classy and special touch to any denim garment.

5-Interior Garment Labels

My friend Tami, from SewSophieLynn, shared how to make custom interior size labels for garments in this post.  Boy oh boy, did I need that information with all the different sizes I have going on around here with 8 kids!

6-Elbow and Knee Patches

The very talented Abby from Sew Much Ado used the Cricut Maker to add knee patches to her free baby pants pattern that we love!  Read all about it in this post.  You can also use the same technique to add elbow patches…which we love to do too!

7-Day of the Week Underwear

Kari from That’s Sew Kari created these perfectly adorable and practical day of the week underwear in this post.  How much more genius can it get?  She used her Cricut Explore Air 2, but of course you can use the Cricut Maker to do the same thing!

8-Removeable Collar

Amber of Amber Simmons used her Cricut Maker to create this fabulous Peter Pan collar.  It’s just the cutest thing ever!  We’d use it to layer under sweaters in the winter for just the right touch.  Read more about it in her post here.

9-Baby Shoes

These baby shoes were made with the help of a Cricut Maker!  Aren’t they about the most darling thing ever?  This project can be found in Design Space here.  The next person I know who has a baby girl is definitely getting these in their handmade care package!

10-Baby Dress

A complete baby dress for 3-6 months size!  This entire project can be cut out on the Cricut Maker.  Plus all the notches get cut out too, and any markings are marked.  Those are my least favorite parts of the project!  Did you know that you can find over 500+ digital sewing patterns and quilt blocks available from Simplicity®, Riley Blake™, and more (sold separately) through Cricut Design Space™?  And Design Space® software works for iOS, Android™, Windows®, and Mac® too.

10 Ways to Use the Cricut Maker for Apparel Sewing by Skirt Fixation

If you’re considering a Cricut Maker for apparel sewing, these are 10 options to get you started.  And also you might like to know the Cricut Maker offers the ultimate in cutting performance and versatility. Unlike all other cutting machines it has:

  • Bluetooth® wireless technology
  • Adaptive Tool System™ for professional-level cutting performance and expandability
  • Compatible with Washable Fabric Pen for marking pattern pieces (sold separately)
  • Cuts hundreds of materials, from the most delicate fabric and paper to matboard and leather
  • The ultimate in professional-level cutting performance and versatility

And more!  Leave us a comment, what apparel project would you sew with a Cricut Maker?

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Sandbryce Skirt

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Meet my new favorite summer outfit.  This is the mash up of 2 patterns, the Sandbridge Skirt and the Bryce Cargos.  I’m calling it the Sandbryce Skirt.  I’ve been on a hunt for a good cargo skirt pattern, and finally decided to take matters into my own hands.  I ended up with a skirt I’m going to be making again ASAP so this one can get some rest.  Or at least not worn 3 times per week!

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Earlier in the year, Emily shared a tutorial over at Hey June Handmade on how to mash these two patterns but she did it the exact opposite of me!  So it’s not copying at all, is it?  She used the Sandbridge Skirt on top and the Bryce Cargo pants on bottom to make herself a pair of jeans.

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

To create my Sandbryce Skirt, I laid out the pattern pieces for the Bryce Cargo pants first.  Then on top of them I overlaid the Sandbridge Skirt pattern pieces.  I lined them up the best I could.  On the front pieces, I matched up the zip fly parts.  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the back pieces, I matched the hip curves for the outseam.  Then I folded in the crotch triangles for the pants pattern on front and back.  As you can see on the front, the Sandbridge Skirt pattern piece is wider than the Bryce Cargo piece (on top of it.)  Because I was using stretch twill, I eventually decided just to go with the side seam of the Bryce Cargos so as not to mess up the pocket, and angled in from the hem to that point.

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

As far as instructions went, I basically followed the Bryce Cargo steps, except where obviously I needed to follow the Sandbridge Skirt steps.  It worked out great!  The only change I might make next time is to take in the center back a little more at the top.  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I made this Sandbryce Skirt knee length, just by measuring how long I needed it, and continuing the lines of the skirt down that far at the same angles.  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

You can see the insides of this skirt are very professionally finished, per the pattern instructions (on both patterns!)  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Adding all the hardware (snaps) was a learning experience for me, but totally worth it!  Like I mentioned in my Denim Week series, the hardware is one of the things that makes a skirt look professional and not “homemade.”

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is stretch twill from JoAnn Fabrics in a color called Clay.  It is amazingly good quality, and very, very comfortable!  In fact, I’ve already picked up some in this khaki to make myself another Sandbryce Skirt.  And I really want to get it in this olive green color except my local store doesn’t have it right now.  (The price of this stretch twill online right now is ridiculously cheap!!!)

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of course I had to make myself a new shirt to go with my new skirt.  I made myself the Santa Fe top using the most beautiful rayon spandex jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s currently sold out, but they have a beautiful selection of other rayon spandex jersey fabric.

This is seriously my favorite outfit to wear, and I think Mr. Skirt Fixation likes it a little bit too!  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Have you ever mashed up two patterns and ended up with an end result that was better (if possible!) than either of the patterns to begin with?  That’s the beauty of sewing your own clothes…you can make EXACTLY what you love every time!

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How to Thread the Brother 1034d Serger

The time has come!  It’s time to learn how to thread the Brother 1034d serger/overlocker.  This video is specifically about how to thread the Brother 1034D machine, while most of the rest of our serger school videos can be applied to any serger or overlocker.

This next lesson in the Serger School series is all about threading the Brother 1034d serger the proper way.  Often, the cheater method we showed you last lesson works great, but at other times you’ll need to know the proper way to thread your machine.  If one of your threads breaks, or if you have a Brother 1034d that’s completely unthreaded, and so on, you’ll need this video.  

Many people say this is the hardest part about owning a serger, but in this video, we show you each step.  And the whole video is just over 5 minutes long.  So threading really is not that arduous of a task.  You can do it!  

A serger (or overlocker if you’re outside of the US) has 4 threads.  A regular sewing machine has one thread and a bobbin.  That is one thing that makes a serger more complicated to thread.  After a while, threading your serger will become very easy to you, and you won’t hesitate to change thread colors as needed for a project.  But we understand the trepidation when it’s an unfamiliar process.  That’s why we creating this video for you about how to thread the Brother 1034d serger.

We promise you that this video will simplify the threading process for you.  If you’re struggling with one certain thread, here is where each of them start in the video:

Upper Looper: 0:26

Lower Looper: 2:15

Left and Right Needles: 3:37

In the video, and in our studio, we use the Brother 1034d serger.

Brother 1034d Serger

 

We recommend these threads:

GREY Low Lint, High Tensile Strength Polyester Serger Thread

BLACK Low Lint, High Tensile Strength Polyester Serger Thread

WHITE Low Lint, High Tensile Strength Polyester Serger Thread

If your serger is still in the box, go here for Lesson 1.

We also suggest our lesson on Cheater Threading!

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How to thread the Brother 1034d serger video tutorial from Skirt Fixation

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Janie Dress and Peplum

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today is our stop on the Project Run & Play Shop Grand Opening blog tour!  It’s an exciting day to be able to share not only these Janie dresses with you, but the whole Project Run & Play Shop.  This idea has been over a year in the making, and it’s so delightful to have a place to offer the amazing Project Run & Play design all in one spot!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The whole month of July is the grand opening celebration.  There is a huge giveaway, sales each week, and every single pattern is being featured and sewn by a talented Project Run & Play designer.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

This week, dresses are featured.  They are for sale for 20% off in the shop.  We got to sew up the Janie Dress and Peplum pattern.  This darling knit dress has quite a few options, and we couldn’t help but sew up two different version.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Janie Dress and Peplum can be made in 13 sizes from 6 months to 12 years.  We sewed a size 12 months for Baby.  The pattern is very thorough with photo illustrations and detailed instructions.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

One thing we love about this pattern is that cute collar!  It is perfectly drafted, and is super easy to attach.  Plus it lays right exactly where it’s supposed to at all times, which is very important!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

As you might know, knit neckbands are a particular point of interest to us when we sew patterns, and we are delighted to report that this one is absolutely perfect!  It lays flat with no curling or buckling.  Another sign of a superbly drafted pattern in our opinion!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Janie Dress can have either a circle skirt or a gathered circle skirt.  In the floral dress, we did the circle skirt option.  But we added length simply by using the gathered circle skirt hem length.  Quick, easy, and super effective to make this pattern last a little longer on a growing baby.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for this dress is Indigo and Aster knit jersey La Floraison.  We also used it for Annie’s cardigan here.  The collar fabric is some indigo denim-look knit fabric.  I used it because it really accentuates Baby’s eye color!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other Janie dress we sewed is mostly the same, but we used the gathered circle skirt option.  This was also a very easy dress to sew.  We used some rust bamboo knit leftover from sewing myself a peplum I sewed for myself.  I guess I haven’t shared it here, except in my Me Made May round up post.  You can see it on Instagram here.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is so lightweight and perfectly cool for summer because it’s bamboo and rayon mixed!  I love wearing my peplum, and I just know this dress will help Baby keep cool in the summer heat.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

These 2 Janie Dresses are just the beginning of a summer capsule wardrobe we’re sewing for Baby.  So stay tuned for lots more baby goodness and tons of photos in the near future!  And remember to head over to Project Run & Play for the grand opening tour!  You can enter the giveaway below also.  And get your Project Run & Play patterns here.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

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Llama Queen Outfit

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we’re sharing an outfit Annie has been wearing all spring and summer!  Better late than never when it’s a llama queen outfit, right?  

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Back when we sewed up some of the other fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabric’s spring CLUB line, we fell in love with this llama print too.  They’re so, well, llama-ish and love-able!  

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

We paired the llama jersey knit fabric with some pink and white CLUB stripes fabric, and some gray knit from our stash.  (Still attempting to reduce the size of our fabric stash over here!)  

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The llama queen graphic was a fun addition we decided to add.  Annie is NOT a drama queen, so it was a fun and silly item to make.  We used the Cricut Maker machine to cut out the llama, and the words.  For the little blanket on the llama queen’s back we used a scrap of fabric, and just stitched it on over the vinyl llama after we ironed the llama in place.  The selvedge at the bottom creates a nice fringe effect!

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the llama queen shirt, we used our beloved Camden Raglan pattern.  Annie loves the fit of this shirt, and I love how quick and easy it is to sew.  I haven’t told her, but I can sew one up in less than 20 minutes!

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The skirt pattern is the Skipalong Skort pattern.  It’s also a favorite around here for several reason.  First, pockets.  Need I say more?  Second, there are shorts hidden underneath, which Annie and I both love!  Third, Annie loves how “play friendly” the width of this skirt is.  She loves pencil skirts, but can’t run as fast in them, she tells me!

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

As with all the Raspberry Creek CLUB fabric we’ve used, this fabric is soft and durable for everything my kids throw at it.  Or roll in it.  Plus, no pilling after wearing this llama queen outfit steady for a couple of months already!  The llama fabric also comes in french terry fabric too.

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie had fun trying out some “llama queen” poses!  Really, she’s too sweet for it to be effective!

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Huge List of Things to Make with Denim Fabric

For the final day of Denim Week, we’ve got a huge list of things to make with Denim Fabric.  If you missed any of the days, here they are:

Day 1: Introduction and Cone Mills Denim Giveaway

Day 2: Giant List of Denim Fabric, Supplies and Resources

Day 3: Giant List of Denim Patterns Classes and Tutorials

Day 4: Denim Details to customize your creation

Huge list of things to make with denim fabric by Skirt Fixation

Since all those days are dedicated to sewing garments with denim fabric, today is everything else you can sew with denim!

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeans

We made this incredible denim quilt!  You can read all about it here.

Senna tote sewn by Skirt Fixation

Another place we love to use denim is for bag making.  Denim makes such sturdy handles for a bag.  This one is the Senna Tote made with Art Gallery Fabrics denim.

 

Denim makes any part of a bag more durable, like these two bags (blogged here.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
That’s it for Denim Week!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
 

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Denim Details – Ways to make your garment special!

Denim Details: Ways to make your garment special from Skirt Fixation

And now, Day 4 of Denim Week, we get to probably our favorite part of sewing a denim garment…details!  If you’ve taken the time and effort to sew a detailed denim garment, you should absolutely make it special by adding some unique denim details.  We’ve found 7 different areas to add denim details to your garment, and we’ve got loads of examples of ways it’s been done in the sewing community.  Plus we’ve added 2 tutorials and 2 free cut files for you to use if you want on your denim garments!

Denim Details: Ways to make your garment special from Skirt Fixation

Denim Detail #1 Back Pockets:

This is probably the most noticeable way denim garments are personalized!  And, why not?  The back pocket is basically a blank canvas, waiting your design!  We’ve created 2 tutorials for you, a pleated back pocket and a pieced back pocket.

Pleated Pocket Tutorial:

Pleated pocket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Step 1:  Fold, pin and iron horizontal rows of pleats until the pleated section is long enough to fit pocket pattern piece.

Pleated pocket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Step 2:  Topstitch across pleats with topstitching thread

Pleated pocket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Step 3:  Cut out pattern pocket pieces and attach to back as instructed in pattern.

 

There is a side view where you can see the cool texture the pleating creates.

Pieced Pocket Tutorial:

For this tutorial, we used the smaller size of the Goose Chase pattern by Jeli Quilts.  There are hundreds of paper piecing patterns available, and we can’t wait to use some more!  Be sure to show us if you’re inspired to use a paper pieced quilt pattern on your denim back pockets.

Pieced back pocket design by Skirt Fixation

Step 1:  Use paper piecing template and the front and back of fabric to create design.  We used both sides of the fabric so the finished pocket would have the same color value, just light and dark tones.

Pieced back pocket design by Skirt Fixation

Step 2:  Sew on extra denim to sides and top as needed to expand size of the pieced fabric.

Pieced back pocket design by Skirt Fixation

Step 3:  Cut out pocket.  Cut out another pocket piece from lightweight lining.  Fold the edges of the denim pocket over the lining pocket.  This is to protect the insides of the piecing.  Then, just attach to back as instructed in pattern.

Pieced back pocket design by Skirt Fixation

Funny story: I couldn’t decide if I wanted to topstitch around the flying geese or not, so I tried it to see what it looked like on one pocket.  Which do you like better?  See photos of the finished skirt below to see what I ended up with…

Back pockets from the sewing community:

Here are some amazing examples of back pocket personalization from the sewing community!  Click on each photo to be taken to their creation.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BimtZ5QBpJU/?taken-by=havinsewmuchfun

https://www.instagram.com/p/BKRVosKDRNX/?saved-by=skirtfixation

https://www.instagram.com/p/BSN6eOOg_yt/?saved-by=skirtfixation

 

Denim Details #2 Tags

There are a couple of ways to use tags in your denim creations.  The leather tag on the back waistband is a common element of denim garments.  We have 2 free cut files for the designs we used.

Special tag for denim by Skirt Fixation

For this tag, we used Kraft-tex paper (which is what is often used on ready to wear denim.)  Since the cutout details are quite small and wouldn’t be stitched in place, we used Aleene’s Okay-to-wash-it fabric glue.  We’re happy to report that it’s still just like new after much wearing and several washes!  You can get the FREE cut file project here.

Special tag for denim by Skirt Fixation

For this second tag, we used real leather and created this free cut file.  After cutting it out on our Cricut Maker machine, we simply topstitched it on.

Sandbridge Skirt by Skirt Fixation

You can see what a special, customizes skirt these details make!

Tags from the sewing community:

This first example is a different kind of tag on the inside that’s totally unique and amazing!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BjfWlxKhOD2/?saved-by=skirtfixation

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjuxay2BBqh/?tagged=ashjeans

Denim Detail #3: Inside pockets, facing and trim

Sandbridge Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Inside the denim garment, there are several fun places to tuck in vibrant fabric!  The pocket lining, the bias trim, the inside of the waistband, and so on.  It’s like a secret smile and a small celebration tucked inside!

Insides from the sewing community:

The preview photo above only shows the awesome back pocket design, but over on Instagram, you can scroll through the photos to see the insides too!

Denim Detail #4: Fabric and Topstitching choices

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The combination of fabric and topstitching fabric makes the garment look so different!  On the Sandbridge Skirt we sewed above, we used contrasting thread.  If we had used white, or a navy contrasting thread, it would look different again.

Sandbridge Skirt by Skirt Fixation

 

When you use contrasting topstitching thread, it really stands out and makes a statement.  Matching topstitching thread results in a totally different look.

Fabric/topstitching combinations from the sewing community:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BVAoJmpgMsc/?saved-by=skirtfixation

https://www.instagram.com/p/BeiM5xAF4o0/?saved-by=skirtfixation

Denim Detail #5: Hardware

Sandbridge Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Yes, installing the hardware can be intimidating.  But it’s worth it!  If you can make an incredibly complex garment from denim, you can install the hardware!  I think it’s scary because this step is the last one, and you’re doing it to the finished garment!  If you mess up…all your hard work and time is wasted, right?  But there are loads of helpful tutorials and videos, and you should always practice (buy enough extra hardware!) first.

Hardware from the sewing community:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BfRaB_1hDxW/?tagged=sandbridgeskirt

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWyi38zB-Kw/?tagged=sandbridgeskirt

Denim Detail #6: Distressing

We don’t have any experience with distressing denim, but we’ve seen it done well.  Here are some helpful tutorials:

How to distress denim from Bernina

Sew Guide how to make your own distressed jeans (15 ways!!!)

Imagine Gnats distressing denim tutorial (photos of different techniques on different denims)

Patterns for Pirates (tips and good advice!)

Distressing denim from the sewing community:

Moje prvni Morgan jeans jsou hotové a jsem z nich nadšená! Moje šicí sebevědomí šlo nahoru stejně jako chuť pustit se do dalšího kousku. Tyhle první jen vzbudily chuť experimentovat s prošíváním a tvarem kapes, a možná velikostí. Třešničkou na dortu je ten barevný vnitřek, který je hlavně pro mě a radost z jejich oblékání. My first #morganjeans are finished! My sewing confidence went up as well as the need for another pair. This first piece only provoked the desire to experiment with the top stitching, pocket shape and maybe with the size as well. The cherry on the top are the colourful insides seen just by me when putting them on. #nofearnewjeans #boyfriendjeans #imakemyownclothes #closetcasepatterns #morganjeans #memadewardrobe #novédžíny #siti #vlastnorucneusito #sijemesinasebe #svadlenka #sijeme #šijemedžíny

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#heyjunehandmade went and did it, again, adding another amazing pattern to the collection! And, I had the pleasure of testing it! *squee* Released 7/20/17! The #SandbridgeSkirt is a casual skirt in two lengths with traditional five-pocket styling, a functional zip fly, belt loops, and contoured waistband in sizes 2 – 22. (Check their blog for a sew-along!) https://www.heyjunehandmade.com/product/sandbridge-skirt/?affiliates=55 Go to fb.me/sewrumba to see more of my work. #heyJune @sewrumba @heyJunehandmade #handmade #sewing #stayathomemom #SAHM #Atlanta #Georgia #crafts #craftaholic #skirts #skirt #PDFPatterns #sewingpatterns #DIY #makeallthethings #sewinglove #happyplace #Ididthis #Imadethis #photography #hobby #sewrumba

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Denim Detail #7: Pattern Hacks

Sandbridge Skirt by Skirt Fixation

I used the Sandbridge Skirt pattern and made it into a maxi skirt.  To do this, I simply grabbed a denim maxi skirt from my closet that I wanted to replicate the shape of.  As I was cutting out my skirt, I extended the length of the skirt starting beneath the pocket bag and angled it gradually out and down.  To get the shape I wanted, I laid the RTW (ready to wear) skirt out on my fabric, and used the angle and length as my pattern from below the pocket bag and down to the hem.  The result is exactly what I was hoping for!

Sandbridge Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Pattern Hacks from the sewing community:

So here’s a fun fact. I am such a terrible blogger that I forgot to hit ‘publish’ on Monday’s Overalls post until yesterday afternoon, so it has become Wednesday’s overalls post, and also here is a photo of me in front of a wall. As you do. Also, swipe for a flatlay complete with succulents. As you do. Anyways: Ginger Jean Dungaree hack now on the blog- for real this time! . . . . @drapersfabrics @closetcase.patterns #gingerjeans #patternhack #closetcasepatterns #overalls #modernmaker #sewcialists #berninanz #madebyme #isew #handmadewardrobe #makersgonnamake #makerlife #sewingblogger #sewingtall #sewnz #sewistsofinstagram #pinkhair #ootd #imakemyownclothes #diywardrobe #sewingaddict #rtwfast2018 #succulents #flatlay #diystyle #youcanhackit

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More Denim Details Inspiration:

We’ve got a Pinterest board dedicated to Denim Details here.

Day 1: Introduction and Cone Mills Denim Giveaway

Day 2: Giant List of Denim Fabric, Supplies and Resources

Day 3: Giant List of Denim Patterns Classes and Tutorials

Denim Week Discount

Right now, the Sandbridge Skirt is the featured pattern over at Hey June Patterns, so use the code “Sandbridge15” to get if for 15% off!

Denim Details: Ways to make your garment special from Skirt Fixation

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Giant List of Denim Patterns, Classes and Tutorials

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Welcome to Day 3 of Denim Week!  Today we cover 55+ patterns, classes and tutorials specifically designed for use with denim fabric.  We’ve grouped them into patterns for women, men, girls, boys, and classes & tutorials.  While there are lots of pattern you can use denim fabric for, we’re only including ones specifically designed for denim.

Be sure to check out Day 1 for the giveaway of Cone Mills denim fabric and patterns that use denim fabric from Closet Case Patterns and Itch to Stitch.  You can find all our tips and resources for denim fabric on Day 2.

Denim Patterns for Women:

Since they are our absolute favorite thing, we’re starting with denim skirt patterns.

Denim Skirt Patterns:

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Danube Jean Skirt by Itch to Stitch

Sally Jean Skirt by Style Arc

Kate Skirt by Style Arc

Staple Skirt by Winter Wear Designs

Romeo Denim Skirt by I AM

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Moss Skirt by Grainline Studio

Short denim skirt with yokes by Kommatia Patterns

Rosari Skirt by Pauline Alice 

Leonora Skirt by Colette

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Madeleine Skirt by Victory Patterns

Women’s Jeans Patterns

There are an impressive number of women’s jeans patterns.  Allie Jackson has a nice comparison of some of these here.

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Liana Stretch Jeans by Itch to Stitch

Mountain Pull-On Jeans by Itch to Stitch

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns

Morgan Jeans by Itch to Stitch

Real Deal Jeans by Winter Wear Designs

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Ames Jeans by Cashmerette

The Dauphine Skinny Jeans by Do It Better Yourself Club

Bravado Bootleg and Flood Jeans by Do It Better Yourself Club

Stretch Jeans by Jalie

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Ash Jeans by Megan Nielsen

Jilly Jeans by Style Arc

Several jeans patterns by Angela Kane

Safran by Deer and Doe

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Jamie Jeans by Named

Blakely Stretch Jeans by Style Arc

Starboard Jeans by Papercut Patterns

Otsu Jeans by Papercut Patterns

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Birkin Flares by Baste and Gather

Stretch Skinny Jeans by Mimi G

Scarlett Moto Skinnies Laela Jeyne

Other Women’s Denim Patterns:

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Hampton Jean Jacket by Aline Sewing + Design Co.

Stevie Jean Jacket by Style Arc

Cindy Jeans Jacket by Style Arc

Bryce Cargos by Hey June Patterns

Jenny Trousers and Overall by Closet Case Patterns

Men’s Denim Patterns:

The selection of men’s pattern for use with denim fabric is decidedly smaller.  There are the few we found:

Men’s 4 pocket Jeans by Dongo Designs 

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Free French Jeans pattern

Men’s Jeans by Angela Kane 

Jedediah Pants by Thread Theory 

Children’s Unisex Denim Patterns:

Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads

Baby & Toddler Jeans by Pattern Emporium

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Dakota Denim Jacket by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Skinny Jeans by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Girl’s Denim Patterns:

Sandy Bay Shorts for girls by Felicity Sewing Patterns

Wren Skinny Jeans by Laela Jeyne

Mini Moto Jeans by Lil Luxe Collection

Phresh Jeggings by Winter Wear Designs

Boys Denim Patterns:

Cpt. Comfort Jeans by Patterns for Pirates

Sk8 Skinnies by Winter Wear Designs

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Super Tough Jeans by Suco by Susana 

Denim Classes and Tutorials:

Sewing Designer Jeans on Craftsy

Jean-ius (designer jeans) on Craftsy

Sew Your Dream Jeans by Closet Case Patterns Workshops

Sew Your Favorite Jeans by Indiesew

Sewing Jeans by Angela Kane

Mens Jeans sloper and pattern tutorial by Taylor Tailor 

Rub Off your Favorite Jeans by Melly Sews

Denim Pattern Sew Alongs:

Many of the patterns listed above have helpful sew alongs on their blogs with step by step photographs.  They include tons of little tips and tricks, and are definitely worth the time you spend checking them out.

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

That’s it for Day 3 of Denim Week!  If you made it this far, reward yourself by entering the giveaway!

See you tomorrow for denim details…probably the day we’ve been the most excited about!

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