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Indigo and Aster fabric tour for my girls

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

Hello and welcome!  I’m delighted to share some Indigo and Aster fabric goodness with you today.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

This photo shoot was inspired by the floral crowns on the border print fabric of the Indigo and Aster fabrics.  Each animal is wearing a floral crown in that border print fabric!

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

I’ll start with my older daughter, Annie, and then go on to Baby’s two outfits.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

For the skirt, we used the border print panel. Each of the animals has a darling floral crown!  Since we have dairy goats, we just had to include one of the yearlings in our photoshoot.    The pattern we used is the Lottie Skirt by Violette Field Threads.  We just left off the suspenders this time around.  

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

We added a piece of lace trim at the bottom of the waistband panel.  Annie liked this touch.  Girly, but not too babyish she said.  Next came an Aster Cardigan to pair with the skirt.  This fabric is the bright, cheerful, colorful, floral knit print from the Indigo and Aster line.  Underneath the cardigan, Annie is wearing a brand new Camden Raglan I sewed just for the occasion.  It’s a great layering piece.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

Somehow, Baby ended up with 4 pieces of clothing out of the deal!  I already shared a little about the green Rosemary pinafore (pattern by Violette Field Threads) in this post.  I used the lush bouquet green fabric for the main part of the pinafore.  It is lined with this tiny, floral print called Bonheur Fresh, and also the ties are the same print.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The dress underneath is the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe dress pattern.  I used my tutorial to make it gathered and also added lace to the ends of the sleeves.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

And you can see Baby is wearing a bonnet.  As with all the bonnets I make (and sell!) this one is reversible.  On the floral side is one of my favorite prints from the Indigo and Aster line.  It’s called Foliage Escape Lapis. 

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

The other side of the bonnet is blue velvet.  I also used some blue velvet ribbon for the ties.  

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

As you can see, I loved this foliage escape lapis print so much, I used the knit version of it to make Baby another Eeny Meny Miny Moe dress.  Once again, I modified it using my tutorial.  I also added lace to the front bodice and above the ruffle I added to the end of the sleeves using this tutorial.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

That’s all for today!  Thanks for visiting and head over to Bari J.’s Curated Maximalist blog to see what others are making with Indigo and Aster fabric this week!

The beautiful photography in this post is the work of Delaney Aby.

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Nautical Swimsuit for Girls

Fun nautical swimsuit for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

This nautical swimsuit it just perfect for girls.  It was very fun to play around with some more swim fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and this time, Annie was the lucky recipient.  She requested some very specific elements, and I tried to get it just the way she liked it.  I think in the end, she ended up with a nautical swimsuit that she’s very delighted with.  

Fun nautical swimsuit for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

The main fabric is the seahorse and seashell print.  It’s about as perfect as you can get for swim fabric, and yes, I know I say that about every one of the swim fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics!  But seriously, seahorses, seashells and sea stars all in one fun swimsuit?  And these fabrics have 50+ SPF protection too!

Fun nautical swimsuit for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

The accent fabric is coral and white stripe.  I used it for both the center panel and the shorts underneath the swim skirt.  As it so happened, I forgot to cut out the back of the top until I started constructing the suit, and so I didn’t have enough fabric left to make the back from either of these two fabrics!  Luckily, I had just the right shade of solid coral fabric in my stash.

Fun nautical swimsuit for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now for the patterns.  For the swim skirt, I started with the Sporty Girl Skort by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  It’s not intended to be a swim skirt, so I sized down, and modified the waistband to include elastic all the way around instead of just the back. 

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And I also added elastic to the legs openings of the shorts underneath.  It ended up just like the nautical swimsuit Annie had envisioned!

Fun nautical swimsuit for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the top, Annie wanted a ruched center panel just like on the Grace Tankini.  I started with the Just Keep Swimming Rashguard pattern by The Wolf and the Tree.  I took the center of the color blocked version, and extended it by about 8 inches spread across the panel.  Then I gathered it and sewed it together.  Annie couldn’t decide if she wanted sleeves or not, so I suggested the half shoulder ruffle.  It has the coverage of sleeves (no more sunburned shoulders!) and the breathability of sleeveless.  To add them to the armhole openings, I just simplified things by only putting elastic below the ruffles.  Because when I tried it all the way around, it ended up so very wonky and I had to rip it out!  

Girls swimsuit inspiration

Just like when I shared my Grace Tankini, I had to play around with some other fabric combinations and swimsuit patterns!  There are simply so many options, you could created endless possibilities…not like I’m trying or anything!  This is the Marilyn Vintage Swimsuit by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  Wouldn’t it be fun to use that darling mermaid fabric for the sides and back, some deep lilac purple for the ruched center, and some teal gingham for the straps and leg bands?!?

 

Girls swimsuit inspirationOr how about this fun combination?  It’s the Waikiki One Piece from Peekaboo Pattern Shop in pink and yellow tossed lemons for the main body, and yellow and white polka dots for the ruffles and straps?

Girls swimsuit inspiration

Would it be wrong if I sewed myself this exact combination for myself?  It’s the High Tide Surfsuit from Peekaboo Pattern Shop in Watercolor Popsicle fabric with Light Lime solid fabric and pink and white stripes for the contrast and accents.  You just know everyone would be jealous!

Alright, that’s it for me!  Go grab some swimsuit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and have fun!

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Board Shorts Fabric in Action

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Even though I developed a swimsuit pattern for women, I had never sewn with board shorts fabric before.  Board shorts fabric is what men and boy’s swim trunks are made from.  It’s a woven material with no stretch, and slightly sueded on one side.  

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Since my boys needed new trunks, I decided to give it a try with the new board short fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  There are 20 different ones to choose from!  I started with the whales board short fabric and used the solid teal seafoam color board short fabric for contrast.

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

When sewing a boy’s swim trunks, you can use any shorts pattern.  I used the Everyday Shorts pattern from Made Everyday to make the bigger boy (David’s) swim trunks.  Board short (also called microfiber) fabric is very easy to work with, and these swim trunks were a quick sew! 

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

I used the Perfect Diaper Cover pattern to add an underwear insert underneath.  For the underwear, I used power mesh fabric.  (You can get it at Raspberry Creek Fabrics too.)

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

For the other boy, I used the Made Everyday tutorial for racer shorts.  I sewed both these boys a size 5, and they’re a little long for Lowell.  But the way these boys are growing, I’m not concerned!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

The hardest part was making the bias tape to trim the pockets and edges of the racer shorts.  The only reason it was difficult was because this fabric doesn’t hold a crease very well after ironing.

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

I used the whale fabric to make the bias trim along the edge of Lowell’s racer shorts, but it’s really to small to do it justice.  Happily, he didn’t care, and once again, the boys are coordinating without being too match-y!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Because these boys are so fair skinned, tend to burn easily, and spend 95% of their time outside in the summer running through the sprinkler, having squirt gun fights, dunking each other in the water trough, and taking adventures in the nearby stream, I decided to make them each a rash guard.  

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

You probably could have guessed, but I used the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan tee pattern.  It worked perfectly.  For the fabric, I used the swim basics stripe fabric in navy for one and solid navy swim fabric (from my stash) for the other.  The swim fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics have 50+ UPF Protection, so no sunburns happening here!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

The only thing left to do was try out the new swim trunks and rash guards.  As you can see in these photos, a great time was had by all!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Last year, Lowell was too cautious to enjoy the joys of a summer sprinkler with the other kids.  This year, he’s right in there jumping over the streams of water with his older siblings.  

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Of course, when the lawn is freshly mowed, the kids get grass clippings all over their feet while running through the sprinkler.  But it’s no biggie because you can rinse your feet off in the sprinkler!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

I got some spectacular shots of David jumping through the sprinkler, and my iPhone didn’t even get too soaked.  When they started grabbing the sprinkler and aiming it at each other however, I left!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Leave us a comment, did you run through the sprinkler when you were a kid?

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

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Patriotic Fabric Parade

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

This year I found the perfect patriotic fabric for a special occasion.  Raspberry Creek Fabrics has a new patriotic line of fabric, and I’m in love!  I got 2 of the 8 fabrics, both cotton jersey knits.  They are soft and durable, and last through all the antics my kids put them through.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

These patriotic fabrics inspired a patriotic parade!  They marched excitedly around the yard, playing their parade game.  Which is exactly how new clothes make me feel too!  Beware there are a ton of photos, but they all capture the mood perfectly.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Every summer around her birthday, I sew Annie a patriotic shirt.  That tradition and this fabric combined to keep the occasion going another year!  This shirt pattern is the Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns, Annie’s favorite.  For the sleeves, I used navy blue and white paisley bandana print fabric and added red stripes.  The center fabric is solid navy and oh-so-soft.  It was perfect for a patriotic vinyl iron on using my Cricut Maker machine.  And if you want to make this one too, here’s the cut file for free!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s skirt, I sewed her a knit pencil skirt with shorts attached.  This has her become her go to summer skirt!  The fabric is the red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The fact that there are 2 different blues make it a solid winner for us!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used striped navy and white jersey fabric for the shorts underneath, but have no photos.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next up I sewed raglan tees for the boys.  I know it seems like I’m on a mission to sew them all the coordinating raglans, but when it works, it works!  The main fabric is the same as Annie’s skirt, red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

David got saffron colored Art Gallery Fabrics knit for his sleeves and neckband.  Just like the rest of his shirts recently, I sewed him a size 7.  He is always very game for any garment I sew for him in any color and fabric.  It’s so easy and fun to sew for a non-picky child because I get to make all the decisions which is half the fun!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Lowell got the Oliver+S Fieldtrip raglan tee also.  His is a size 5 with the same navy as Annie’s shirt for the sleeves.  He has this thing for the color blue.  In fact, when he wears blue, he declares that he’s one of the “good guys” and always wears blue when possible!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

In the above group photo, you need to be sure to notice the special care I took to match the stripes on the sides of the boy’s shirts.  Thank you for noticing!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

And Baby got a complete outfit too, naturally!  I used the navy blue and white paisley bandana jersey knit print to sew a Pistachio Tee for her.  The only change I made was to crop it in length.  Honestly, it was so that as she grows her little toddler belly will stick out!  It’s the cutest thing, and you’d think she was a cat for all the belly rubs she gets around here.  The little navy shoulder ruffles are like tiny angel wings which is perfectly fitting too!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

The scale on the bandana print is quite large, which makes it great for apparel making.  But on a tiny baby shirt, you don’t get that size and scale all represented.  So I was very choosy on what part to put in the center of the shirt.  Did I get it right?

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby’s skirt is the Daphne pattern from Simple Life Patterns.  It uses the navy and white stripes over the solid navy fabric.  And honestly, I just might copy both my girls’ skirt for my own wardrobe!  

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, we grabbed a few props and flags from the dollar store for a parade.  The flowers I’d potted earlier in the year were perfect for on the wagon.  And the dog had to join the parade too!  The kids insisted on it because he matched the color theme!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

What you can’t see in the photos is some of the older kids standing behind me helping with kids and props and the dog, and making them all laugh by balancing the extra hats on my head while I snapped photos!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

For sure, I couldn’t sew as much as I do and photograph and blog it without that behind-the-scenes help!  But I reward them with handmade clothes too. 😉

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Do us a favor and head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics to check out all their fabric.  You won’t be sorry!  I love shopping from small fabric shops because they can’t afford to carry poor quality fabric and get a bad reputation.  So it’s like shopping someone’s curated collection of fabric.  My idea of a good time right there!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Chambray Fabric 3 ways!

3 ways to use chambray fabrics by Skirt Fixation

Did you catch our post over at CaliFabrics about the 3 ways we’re wearing chambray?


3 ways to use chambray fabrics by Skirt Fixation

Here are the pattern details:

My shirt: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

My skirt: Vientian Skirt by Itch to Stitch

Annie’s dress: Laramie Shirt & Dress by Hey June Patterns

Now go read the post over at CaliFabrics for more details!

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Complete Guide to Rayon Spandex Fabric

All you ever wanted to know about rayon spandex fabric from Skirt Fixation.

After using it wrong, laundering it wrong, and choosing the wrong patterns, I figured out something that gave me a major Aha! moment!  Rayon spandex fabric.  It comes in some of the most beautiful prints, but I wasn’t sure how to use it properly.  I’ve sewed several things using rayon spandex, and after some mistakes and successes plus lots of wear and tear, I thought I’d share my pattern suggestions for rayon spandex.  (I’ve included several FREE ones!)  And some laundry notes too. 

Rayon Spandex Fabric Details

First of all, what is rayon spandex?  It’s a blend of rayon and spandex!  Usually 95% rayon and 5% spandex.  It is very lightweight, and usually wrinkle resisted and crease resistant.  It has beautiful drape.  Rayon spandex usually is 59”-60” wide like most jersey fabrics.  It’s very stretchy, usually has 4 way stretch (which means it stretches both vertically and horizontally) and the recovery is great (which means it doesn’t stay stretched out.)  It’s soft and supple and forms to your curves.  Rayon spandex is quite breathable and feels cool to the touch.  It doesn’t pill over time, but does get a little hairy fuzz if you don’t launder it properly.  It also can be difficult to hem due to it’s lightweight structure.  This is easily remedied with Heat n Bond Soft Stretch. 

Rayon Spandex Laundry Instructions 

So how do you care for rayon spandex fabric?  I would recommend pre-washing it like you plan to launder your finished garment.  For me this means washing on cold.  I do NOT recommend putting your rayon jersey in the dryer ever.  This will immediately cause that little hairy fuzz I mentioned earlier.  It doesn’t ruin the fabric, but there’s that fuzz.  

Rayon Spandex Fabric Samples

Since rayon spandex comes in such a wide variety of prints (and solids too!) I thought I’d share some of the ones I’ve been loving recently.

Black & Peach floral rayon spandex on Amazon

Royal Blue Solid rayon spandex on Amazon

Black & White rayon spandex from JoAnn Fabrics

Printed indigo dye rayon spandex fabric from JoAnn Fabrics

Retro Floral Mauve rayon spandex fabric from Fabric.com

Yarn Dyed Stripes rayon spandex fabric from Fabric.com

Adult Pattern Suggestions for Rayon Spandex

Because of the unique properties of rayon spandex, I would not recommend using it for every pattern.  Here are some pattern that I’ve either made using rayon spandex fabric, or know it would work with rayon spandex.

Yoga A-line skirt by Jocole

Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns (FREE)

Hampton Hoodie by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

As you can see, a Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns works and is quite drape-y.  If I use rayon spandex for this pattern again, I’ll leave off the bottom band and let the fabric drape.

Ina Skirt by Pattern Review

Santa Fe top turned dress by Skirt Fixation

Santa Fe Top (or dress!) by Hey June Patterns  See our tutorial for making it into a dress here.

Seattle Skater Skirt by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Seafarer Top made from rayon spandex fabric by Skirt Fixation

Seafarer Top by Sew Much Ado

Renfrew Top by Sewaholic

Easy cheater method of making a shibori dye skirt by Skirt Fixation

Syrah Skirt by Selvage Designs

Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Aurora Leggings by Hey June Patterns

Children’s Pattern Suggestions for Rayon Spandex

Adele 2 Tier Ruffle Skirt by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns   Find our tutorial on how to make it into a dress here.

City Park Tee by Hey June Patterns

Julia Sweater by Compagnie M.

Rayon Jersey fabric and pattern suggestions from Skirt Fixation

The 2 on the left are Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Dress by Peekaboo Pattern Shop  and suitable for rayon spandex fabric.

Rosemary Raglan by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Tilly Circle Skirt by SLPco

Spunky Girl Skater Skirt by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Gretchen Cardigan by Violette Field Threads

Lollipop Leggings by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Monkey Bar Skirt by Hey June Patterns (FREE)

Rachel Dress by ModKid

#106 by Thread Faction

Monet-inspired dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight & Gather

Woodstock Swing Tee by Hey June Patterns (FREE)

All you ever wanted to know about rayon spandex fabric from Skirt Fixation.

Whew!  That’s quite a lot of information about rayon spandex!  Leave us a comment now.  Have you ever sewn with rayon spandex?  Did we forget any information?

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