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Parachute Polo Dresses

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

Everyone here is so excited about today’s post!  You see, when Baby was born and she was a girl, Annie got all excited about matching with her little sister!

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

I’ve sewn these 2 girls a couple of matching dresses using scraps from dresses I’d already sewn for Annie.  But this was the 1st time we got to PLAN and EXECUTE on the matching dresses theme!

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

We started with the Parachute Polo Shirt pattern by Oliver+S and made Parachute Polo Dresses.  We happen to have both size ranges of this pattern since we’ve been sewing it up for the boys.  And so we made a 12 month size for Baby and a size 8 for Annie.

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

To make Baby’s Parachute Polo Shirt into a dress, we just added a gathered rectangle at the bottom.

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

Annie’s was a little more difficult, because we wanted to go a little longer with it.  We used the same general idea as this tutorial from Oliver+S but made 2 tiers instead of 3.  As an added benefit, there is another layer to the skirt part of the dress, due to the striped fabric being semi-sheer.

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

One thing I did different form the pattern was to use knit fabric for the collar and placket instead of woven as suggested.  There reason is that the Parachute Polo Shirt’s we’ve made for the boys require pressing of the collar after washing, and the knit won’t need it!  Because it’s interfaced, it still stands up nicely though.

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is from Girl Charlee.  It’s currently sold out, but if you love wide stripes like I do, you might try this one.

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

Since this fabric was lighter weight, and I didn’t want to bother with hemming, I only hemmed the bottom of the dresses, and left the sleeves and Annie’s upper tier unhemmed.  Knits for the win!

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

In a fun little challenge for myself, I not only matched the stripes at the side seams, but I matched the buttons to the stripes!  I considered contrast buttons, or a colored button, but I really wanted the silhouettes of these dresses to shine.

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

Baby and Annie had so much fun with this Parachute Polo dresses photo shoot!  They couldn’t stop giggling and laughing and playing!

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

It’s going to be so fun sewing for these girls in the next few years.

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

Leave us a comment…what do you think about dressing kids in matching clothing?

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

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Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern Review

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Yesterday when I showed you my new Simple Knit Pencil Skirt and Union St. Tee, I forgot to tell you the back story.  Originally I had planned a much different outfit for the Skirt-A-Thon!  So today I’m sharing what really happened.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

My first plan was to sew the pencil skirt and pair it with a hoodie for fall.  Because I had the perfect french terry fabric in my stash that I’d ordered a few months ago.  And so I ordered the coordinating skirt fabric and got started sewing the hoodie while I was waiting for it to arrive.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Of course it’s the Halifax Hoodie pattern from Hey June Patterns.  Last year I made myself one from athletic fabric, Aria made one for her 4H project, and I made and gifted one to my sister (not blogged.)  It’s probably our favorite layering hoodie pattern.  I used a white metal zipper, and white parachute cording, and they are the small details that make the difference on this hoodie.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The french terry fabric is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It is one of their in house designs from summer.  While it’s not currently being printed, this one and this one are other floral french terry designs that would be dreamy in a hoodie!  I absolutely adore everything about this hoodie, and am at a loss for words to explain how much I love it!

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For my fellow tall seamstresses, I lengthened the body and sleeves by 1” at the hem.  That’s it!  And this time I lined the hood.  It’s an option in the pattern, and I’m really excited with the peak of smoky mint inside.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

So what’s the story on the skirt?  Well, when my fabric arrived, it turned out I hit the jackpot (which means it was close enough to the end of the bolt that I got everything that was left.) and received 2.25 yards instead of the 1 yard that I ordered for the pencil skirt.  It’s Fabric.com Designer Fabric  by Art Gallery Fabrics in their new Aloe Mist solid knit.  It’s just as soft as the rest of their knit fabrics, and the perfect shade of mint for fall!

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

So my plans changed because now I had enough to make a maxi skirt instead of a pencil skirt!  That’s okay though because Simple Simon and Co. just happen to have a Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern.  And it’s just as easy and fast to whip up as their pencil skirt.  It also has a super comfortable 2” exposed elastic waistband.  For my tall sewing friends, I only had to lengthen the pattern by 3” to attain this perfect just-brushing-the-floor-but-not-dragging-on-it length.  I made the size small, and was able to get the whole skirt (and the lining for the hood) out of the 2.25 yards because it doesn’t have a directional print.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It was a good change of plans, don’t you think?  Alright, enough sewing for me.  For now.  Because fall sewing really is my favorite season to sew!  Leave me a comment below, have your plans ever changed when your fabric arrived?

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Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern Review

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

When our good friends over at Simple Simon & Company were looking for makers for their Skirt-A-Thon, you can bet we jumped at the opportunity!  Who wouldn’t want a simple knit pencil skirt or two in their wardrobe?

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co. is the perfect pencil skirt pattern for a beginner to sew.  It’s comprised of 2 quick and easy seams, a circle of elastic and the hem.  And the more advanced seamstress will definitely appreciate how fast they can attain new skirts.  Plural.  Because that’s how fast it is to make this simple pencil skirt pattern!  Plus there are instructions for sewing with knits, hemming, and measuring yourself.  And the pattern is available in both PDF and paper form, so everyone will be happy.  Super simple!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Besides how fast it is to sew this skirt, my favorite thing about it is the waistband.  The pattern calls for 2” elastic, which makes it super comfortable.  As an added benefit, it helps with that issue of my stomach muscles not being quite what they were before I had 8 kids.  Ahem!!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I made the size small, and for my fellow tall sewing friends, I added 3.5” to the length.  It hits right below the knee, which is perfect for fall.  The pattern can be made in 6 sizes from XS to XXL.

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric of this Simple Knit Pencil Skirt is sweater knit we got at Hancock Fabrics when they were going out of business.  If you want to recreate this look, you could try this quilted sweater knit.
Telio Cozy Quilt Knit Grey Fabric There’s nothing quite like chunky textured sweater knit to make you want to bring on fall!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For fall, I styled the Simple Knit Pencil Skirt with leggings and boots.  And a 3/4 length sleeve shirt.  Since I’m 6” tall with eternally long arms, I have never bought or worn 3/4 length sleeves before because all RTW (ready to wear, or store bought) shirts have sleeves that length on me anyway.  But recently I realized in fall and spring I usually push my sleeves up to just below the elbow.  So I thought I’d try sewing a t-shirt with sleeves that length just for my fall wardrobe and see how it goes.  For my tall sewing friends, the other adjustments I made were to add 1″ to the width of each shoulder, and 1″ to the length of the body.  Plus my standard adjustment of raising the neckline by 1″ not because I’m tall, but because with 8 kids I bend up and down all. day. long!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This shirt is the Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns.  Here’s a close up of that v-neck, because while it’s not as easy to sew as a scoop neck, when it turns out perfect it’s totally worth it!  And with the instructions in the Union St. Tee pattern, it always turns out perfect!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for my new fall t-shirt is (of course) soft as can be Art Gallery Soulful Jersey Knit Floral Universe Auburn Fabric.  I figured if I was going to give 3/4 length sleeves a fair chance, I needed to use fabric I totally and completely loved!  (And yes, you’ve seen this fabric before in the purple color way for Aria’s shirt.)

Now head over to Simple Simon and Co. to grab your Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern, and see all the other pencil skirts in the Skirt-A-Thon!

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Key Largo Top in 3 Different Substrates!

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m over at Hey June Handmade sharing a tutorial on how to add ruffle sleeves to the Key Largo Top.  I’m totally honored to be there, and ruffle sleeves are so big right now (sorry, bad pun!) that you really will want to add them to all your tops!

In creating the tutorial, and falling in love with the Key Largo Top, I sewed up three of them, all in different fabric substrates!  So I want to share them all with you, including my thoughts on how each works.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

For the first Key Largo Top I sewed, I used Art Gallery Sage Painted Desert Night Fabric.  This is the ONLY brand of quilting cotton I’d use for apparel sewing because it’s so soft and has some drape.  But as you can see, the whole shirt ends up a little stiffer.  If you look around the neckline, you can especially see some stiffness.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

Please note, quilting cotton is not one of the recommended fabrics for making the Key Largo Top.  This was my muslin.  And yes, I felt comfortable enough with Hey June Patterns to sew up my muslin in expensive Art Gallery Fabric quilting cotton!  This is because I have sewn these patterns enough to know how they fit.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

That said, I made NO adjustments to the pattern for this first version, and it’s completely wearable and I love it!  After this one though, I added 1 inch width to each shoulder and 2 inches to the length.  You can see how the shoulder seams ended up too far in.  And even though this top is designed to be cropped, I needed the extra length because I’m 6′ tall, and that’s my standard adjustment for Hey June Patterns.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The next Key Largo Top I sewed from Art Gallery Observer Voile Indigo Window Crystal Fabric.  If I could only keep one of these 3 shirts, this is probably the one I would choose!  As you can see, I added ruffles to the sleeves.  (Remember to check out my tutorial over at Hey June Handmade.)

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The voile is lightweight and drape-y and cool for summertime wear.  The voile is a dream to work with too.  Because all the inside edges are enclosed or finished, the issue of voile fraying is eliminated.  Voile is slightly sheer, so I’m wearing a tank underneath.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The voile does wrinkle slightly by the end of the day.  Even though I sewed the same size as the 1st Key Largo, I think this version is more flatterning/slimming due to the way the fabric drapes with the curves of my body.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The 3rd and final (for now!) Key Largo Top I sewed is from Art Gallery Spices Fusion Rayon Challis Paparounes Spices Fabric.  This was my 1st time working with Art Gallery Fabrics rayon.  I’ve seen the drape of this fabric described as liquid, and that word is truly accurate!  The sleeve ruffles are pure magic on this version.  It’s too bad these photos are stills and not videos!

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

This rayon fabric seems to resist wrinkling, at least it did for me, and I wore it all day!  Rayon fabric is shifty when cutting, so you have to be super careful.  The stripes in this fabric actually helped keep track of where things were supposed to be.  One thing I noticed is that even though I used the exact same method and measurements to create the ruffles on these sleeves as the voile Key Largo Top, these ruffles end lower on my arm.  In my opinion, it’s due to the heavier weight per ounce of the rayon fabric than voile fabric.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

And the rayon fabric does “relax” during the day while wearing it, so it doesn’t look quite as fitted at the end of the day as at the beginning.  Also, this version will extend into fall wear because it has less breathability than rayon.  It is also slightly sheer fabric, and I’m wearing the same tank underneath.

Want to see them all side by side?  Here you go:

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

Overall, I’m pretty excited about my 3 new Key Largo Tops!  They each have slightly different feel and look when being worn.  Now head over to Hey June Handmade so you can add ruffles to all your Key Largo Tops too!  Leave me a comment about which of these versions you like best and why.

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DIY Clothing Labels

DIY Clothing Labels tutorial by Skirt Fixation

It’s time for another Handmade Baby post!  If you sew baby clothes, like me, you will soon discover how fast that little one can grow!  And growing means new clothes.  Plus the old clothes need to be dealt with too!  With all these handmades, and the speed at which the transitions happen, it’s easy to loose track of what size each article of clothing is, even if you’re doing a capsule wardrobe, and have minimized the amount.  Enter DIY clothing labels.

DIY Clothing Labels tutorial by Skirt Fixation

To make 60 DIY clothing labels, cut a piece of fabric 20.5” x 9.25”  Divide this into 1.5” x 2” squares, using a pencil or fabric marking pen.  (We like Mark-B-Gone pens.) affiliate link  Allegra also used this pen to write the numbers on before she began embroidering.

Use Fray Stop (affiliate link) on the edges of the big square.  If you don’t do this little step, you’ll be fighting fraying edges the whole time you are embroidering!

Embroider 1/2 of the tag.  We did the lower half, but you can also do the top half which makes it easer to sew into a seam.  Stay away from the edges of each tag.

You can also write the sizes on the labels with a permanent marker if you don’t know how to embroider or have an in house embroiderer, like we do.  Thanks Allegra!

DIY Clothing Labels tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Cut the rectangles apart.

DIY Clothing Labels tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Fold each rectangle in 1/2 with the right sides touching and sew the sides with a 1/4” or less seam allowance.

DIY Clothing Labels tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Turn the tags right side out.  Push out the corners out so the tag is square.

DIY Clothing Labels tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Fold over the raw edge to the underside, and topstitch across it onto the fabric.

DIY Clothing Labels tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Pivot at the corners and continue top stitching the tag into the garment.

DIY Clothing Labels tutorial by Skirt Fixation

And there you have it!  Tiny baby DIY clothing labels.  Let us know what you do with the clothes your children outgrow…we need suggestions!

DIY Clothing Labels tutorial by Skirt Fixation

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Purple Seafarer Tops

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This summer Aria needed some new shirts, but she had no time to spare from her summer job to sew herself some.  That’s okay, with the right fabric and pattern, I whipped up some for her in no time!

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We love dolman t-shirts, and so we turned to the Seafarer by Sew Much Ado.  It’s so comfortable, and Ari’s current favorite version is the version with hemmed sleeves and hem, so we can sew them up super fast.

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the fabrics, Ari fell in love with Maureen Cracknell’s Art Gallery Soulful Jersey Knit Floral Universe Plum Fabric  and since I was sewing 1 purple shirt, I grabbed this Knit Stitched Arrow fabric from the Bolt by Girl Charlee collection in the purple colorway.  No thread changes, you see!  It’s not currently available in the purple color anymore, but you can find it in these two colors.  Bolt By Girl Charlee Desert Sky Jersey Knit Stitched Arrow Gray Fabric and Bolt By Girl Charlee Pure Vintage Jersey Knit Stitched Arrow Navy/Turq Fabric

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Aria is in love with her 2 new shirts, and has even paired them with her Runway Skirt for fancier occasions.

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As our experience on sewing with knit fabrics matures, we’ve made one slight change to the way we construct t-shirts.  We hem the sleeves and bottom before we sew the side seams.  This is because we have yet to find an effective method to keep a double needle hem from unraveling!  We’ve tried backstitching, tying the threads on the wrong side, and doing nothing extra.  But all these methods have failed to some degree or another.  So far, burying the thread ends in the side seams by hemming first seems to work the best.

We’re certainly open to tips and hints from anyone who has had success…leave us a comment!

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Lace Skirt to Trevi Top Refashion

Lace skirt refashion to a Trevi Top

In my last post I promised a full review on how I refashioned a lace skirt into the Trevi Top.

Lace skirt refashion to a Trevi Top

First of all, here’s the skirt I started with.  It’s lace (crocheted maybe?) and very pretty, but not super flattering to my figure, not long enough, and not really me as is.  So of course I had to refashion it and make it mine!

Because I was afraid the skirt would unravel once I cut into it, I tried to preserve as many of the existing seams as I could.  It seems the original makers of the skirt had the same idea because there was only 1 seam around the skirt, on one side.

The Trevi Top and Dress pattern was a perfect choice for this refashion because the arm and neck openings are bound with bias tape.  The other seams are french seams, leaving no raw edges either.  And the back placket is all enclosed on the edges as well.

Lace Skirt refashion step 1:

Lace skirt refashion to a Trevi Top

I laid out the front pattern piece lining up the bottom of the pattern piece with the hem of the skirt.  Then I carefully cut through 1 layer only across the armhole opening across the shoulder and down the neckline.

Lace Skirt refashion step 2:

Lace skirt refashion to a Trevi Top

I flipped over the front pattern piece and continued cutting the neckline opening, across the other shoulder, and back down the armhole opening, again only through 1 layer of the skirt.

Lace Skirt refashion step 3:

Lace skirt refashion to a Trevi Top

First I folded down the part of the skirt I’d cut out for the front.  Then I laid out the back piece of the Trevi Top and Dress pattern.  I did fold in the amount allowed for the placket up the back.  Then I continued cutting up the armhole opening, across the shoulder and down the back neckline opening.  Then I flipped over the back pattern piece and cut out the other half in the same manner as the front.

Lace Skirt Refashion step 4:

Lace skirt refashion to a Trevi Top

Carefully cutting through the top layer only, I cut up the center back of the skirt which was now looking more like a top!

Lace Skirt Refashion step 5:

Lace skirt refashion to a Trevi Top

The skirt had more width than I wanted the top to have, but I didn’t want to create side seams to take out some of that width after I’d worked so hard to preserve the integrity of the skirt this far!  I used the lining fabric (it was the perfect color, of course) to make both the back plackets and the bias tape for finishing both the arm and neck openings.  Once I had my placket pieces interfaced, I laid them out as you can see above, thus eliminating some of the fullness from the width and preserving the seamless construction.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

After this step, I continued with the instructions for the Trevi Top and Dress.  The only change I made to accommodate the original construction was making only the top button on the back placket functional, and eliminating the need for many buttonholes and cuts!

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I also kept the original waist tie, and by weaving it in and out of the holes at the waist level, I can have another look, slightly more fitted.

Needless to say I’m pretty pleased with this lace skirt refashion!  I only wish I had another lace skirt to play around with!

Lace Skirt to vest refashion by Skirt Fixation

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Sandbridge Skirt & Trevi Top Outfit

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Sandbridge Skirt is basically a dream skirt come true!  Several Indie designers have produced patterns for sewing your own jeans, but this is the first one we’ve found for a denim skirt.  And because it’s from one of our favorite pattern companies, Hey June Patterns, we’re totally enthralled.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Sandbridge Skirt has all the details of jeans, in a skirt.  The Sandbridge Skirt pattern can be sewn in 11 sizes from 2 to 22.  There are 2 possible views to sew, View A, which is a mini, and View B which I sewed.  Both views can have a raw hem like I made, or there are instructions to give the hem a more finished look.  To make this one knee length for my 6’ tall frame, I added 3 inches to the hem.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

 

The Sandbridge Skirt is designed to sit on the hips, and I made the size 6, expecting my body shape to still change a little due to being 5 months postpartum.  It currently sits lower than my waist, but not quite on my hips.  In the above photo, you can see the little reason it’s not fitting quite yet peeking out over my arm!  Also, it’s paired with my navy blue Seafarer top, for a more casual look.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the next Sandbridge Skirt I make, I plan to change the shape of the hem to be slightly a-line rather than narrowing at the hem as this one does.  This is simply due to the fact that I have to randomly break into a sprint to catch one child or another.  And this hemline is just a bit constricting for that type of activity.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for this Sandbridge Skirt is some Richloom Ellery Floral Denim Fabric By The Yard purchased from fabric.com several years ago.   It is actually cotton duck fabric, but acts just like denim.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Sandbridge Skirt pattern is very well drafted.  Since I have sewn jeans for my sons, that gives me some experience in this type of sewing.  But I have to say the zip fly instructions are the best I’ve come across!

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of finished look, the inside of the Sandbridge Skirt is a thing of beauty!  I used the opportunity to use some delicious chambray to finish the waistband inside, and a little yellow grosgrain ribbon tag.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As with any jean pattern, topstitching is key to making the finished product not look home made.  Once again, I find it ironic to spend hours making an article of clothing NOT look like I sewed it!  I had fun with the back pockets, and what you see here is actually my 2nd attempt, the first ended up too fancy for my liking with everything else going on with this skirt!  And those back crossed belt loops tickle me too.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The other garment featured in these photos is the Trevi Top.  It is another pattern by Hey June Patterns, and has some really special details.  When this pattern was released, I immediately envisioned it in lace!  My version happens to be a skirt I refashioned, and I’ll have a full tutorial later in the week.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The button up back feature is one of my favorite parts of the Trevi Top.  I kept the original tie from the waist of the skirt, and by weaving it in and out of the holes I can give the waistline a little definition if I want to.  In my opinion, it looks better belted with a long skirt, and unbelted with a shorter skirt like this.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Incidentally, only the top button on this Trevi Top is functional, and I forgot to button it for this photo shoot!  This makes is easier to button up, and made the construction easier because of the lace.  Is the Sandbridge Skirt worth it?  For me it’s a definite yes!

If you’ve made it this far in this very loooong post, leave me a comment!

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Simple Leggings Pattern Review

Simple Leggings review by Skirt Fixation

Annie was feeling uninspired about modeling for this photo shoot, so I told her to try out different poses with an “s” theme.  I’d call out a word (silly, spunky, sweet, spoiled, shy, sassy, etc.) and she’d try the pose.  I’ll leave it to you to guess which ones she is representing in the photos!

Simple Leggings review by Skirt Fixation

It was a simple choice!  The question was longer legs, and the approach of cooler weather.  The Simple Leggings, a new pattern by Simple Simon and Co was clearly the answer!  It doesn’t get much more simple than the Simple Leggings patterns.

Simple Leggings review by Skirt Fixation

First of all, it’s super simple to sew.  If you have never sewn a pair of legging before, and you know a girl (in sizes 2T to 14) that needs a pair, you really must try the Simple Leggings.

Simple Leggings review by Skirt Fixation

With only 1 pattern piece and 3 seams, this pattern is super simple to understand.  There are tips for working with knits, tips for measuring, and the illustrations are just plain cute!

Simple Leggings review by Skirt Fixation

For reference, this pair for Annie is a size 6 in width, with a size 12 for length.  I think the next pair I sew for her I’ll add even more length so they can last through fall and winter!  You may also note that Annie’s  leggings have a seam down the outside of the leg.  This is only because I misunderstood the cutting directions.  The pattern does not have this seam which makes it, well, more simple!

Simple Leggings review by Skirt Fixation

We love to wear leggings under skirts for comfort and modesty in the fall and winter.  Annie chose to pair this super simple version with her camo skirt.  We have quite a few more versions planned for fall, and since they’re so simple to sew, I’m planning to have Annie sew the next pair!

Simple Leggings review by Skirt Fixation

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Rosemary Raglan Pattern Review

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We bought the Rosemary Raglan pattern before our baby girl was born, that’s how much we loved it at first sight!  Since the pattern is for sizes 3 months to 12 years, we could make the pattern for Annie for a few more years anyway.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

There are so many fun possibilities for fabric combinations and colors with this pattern.  For the Rosemary Raglan you see here, we used Bolt by Girl Charlee Homestead Life Jersey Knit Bluebird Garden Rose Fabric.  The brown stripe fabric is leftover from this skirt, and it’s inside the hood too.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

The Rosemary Raglan pattern was easy to sew, and the instructions were complete and thorough, just like all Peekaboo Pattern Shop patterns we’ve sewn.  It’s going to be so fun to sew this pattern for Baby (and Annie!) for years to come.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

These photos were actually taken in May, and Baby has already outgrown this (and the other 2) Rosemary Raglan tops I sewed for her.  This was the only one I included the hood option.  You can see the other 2 in this Instagram post.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

Now that the fall is approaching, I’m ready to do some fall sewing again…and that is going to include some more Rosemary Raglans for Baby!  I love the raglan sleeves in baby size!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This pattern can also be sewn without the peplum, if desired.  There are 2 sleeve lengths, short, 3/4, and long.  So technically I could have made some of these for Baby to wear all summer!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One thing that is going to be very handy about dressing Baby in Rosemary Raglans this fall is ease of crawling.  Since she has ALREADY stared scooching, we can easily see that skirts and dresses hinder her mobility.  That’s okay, it just means I get to to more scrap busting and whip out a whole bunch of Rosemary Raglans for her to wear this fall!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It’s fun to look back at these photos and see how much Baby has changed in just a few short months!  Her hair has lightened to a coppery color for one thing!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

She still is enthralled with any sibling who comes near…in these photos, Annie was just out of the shot, interacting with Baby and getting her to smile!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation