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Sew the Rainbow

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Earlier this summer, I did a bunch of kid sewing that I never shared here!  The inspiration was from the Project Run & Play Sew The Rainbow themed weeks.  (Please go check out Project Run & Play, it’s an online children’s sewing event that I am privileged to lead, and there are some fantastic things happening over there!  It’s why this blog is a little quieter than usual right now.)  Here’s how we decided to sew the rainbow…

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For red/pink week, both Annie and Thomas got t-shirts.  In fact, Annie sewed her own shirt!  She used the Camden Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns, and was so delighted to whip up this little raglan tee for herself.  

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

The fabric is Art Gallery Fabric knit leftover from this dress.  I couldn’t find it in stock, but this one is pretty similar and also an Art Gallery Fabric knit.

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

Thomas also got a t-shirt.  For his we used buffalo plaid knit fabric (like this one) and he’s in heaven!  He’s been wearing it all summer.  We used the Shwin & Shwin Lennon Tee pattern.

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For orange week, Annie requested a nightgown.   We again used the Camden Raglan pattern as our base, but lengthened it into a nightgown length.   This fabric came from the Hancock Fabrics going out of business sale, but this gorgeous orange feather fabric would make a delightful nightgown!

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Then came yellow week!  Again, Annie got a new garment!  This time I sewed her a knit pencil skirt with shorts underneath.  We used the Jocole Pencil skirt pattern, and added the shorts from the Skipalong Skort underneath.  This fabric is also sold out (we were using up fabric from our stash for this exercise!) but here is a super soft, bright yellow, similar knit fabric.  

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

Then came green week!  We’ve blogged both our makes for this week earlier.  You can see David and Lowell’s green camo rain jackets here.

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

Also, I sewed a little sloth outfit for a friend’s new baby that totally falls into the green category and also things I haven’t blogged category!  I used the Seattle Skater Skirt pattern for the brown skirt, the Lollipop Leggings pattern for the leggings, and the Rosemary Raglan for the little tee.  Then I designed and added the darling sloth graphic using my Cricut Maker.

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

And sort of bridging between green and blue weeks, Annie’s swimsuit is a turquoise/aqua color.  You can read all about it here.

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

Then for blue week, we went sort of crazy.  In fact, we got stuck on blue week and still haven’t made it to indigo/violet week.  David and Lowell got swim trunks and rashguards which you can read about here.

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

My biggest son got a pair of navy blue sweat pants.  We used some navy sweatshirt fleece, and the men’s Hudson Pants pattern.  As a little aside, he’s totally over the moon about a pair of sweatpants that fit his long, long, long legs!

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

And then there was the whole blue patriotic parade of fabric that we sewed.  You can read all about those garments in this blog post.

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

One reason this post took so long to get up is because we just never sewed any purple garment!  In fact, we’re still sewing with blue (as will be shown next week!)  But we did manage to sew some dresses that fit into the rainbow week theme, and you can read all about them in this blog post.

Thanks for taking time to read about our Sew the Rainbow garments!  It’s been quite a colorful summer around here.

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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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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:

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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

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Moss Skirt by Grainline Studio

Short denim skirt with yokes by Kommatia Patterns

Rosari Skirt by Pauline Alice 

Leonora Skirt by Colette

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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.

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Liana Stretch Jeans by Itch to Stitch

Mountain Pull-On Jeans by Itch to Stitch

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Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns

Morgan Jeans by Itch to Stitch

Real Deal Jeans by Winter Wear Designs

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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

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Ash Jeans by Megan Nielsen

Jilly Jeans by Style Arc

Several jeans patterns by Angela Kane

Safran by Deer and Doe

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Jamie Jeans by Named

Blakely Stretch Jeans by Style Arc

Starboard Jeans by Papercut Patterns

Otsu Jeans by Papercut Patterns

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Birkin Flares by Baste and Gather

Stretch Skinny Jeans by Mimi G

Scarlett Moto Skinnies Laela Jeyne

Other Women’s Denim Patterns:

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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 

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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

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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

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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.

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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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Double Circle Maxi Skirt for Summer

Double circle maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

As I mentioned yesterday, I ordered another summer fabric from the Summer CLUB fabric line at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s called bubble stripe and I got the version on rayon challis.  (It also comes on jersey knit or french terry.)  This rayon challis is very easy to work with and doesn’t shift and move while you are working with it, like other rayon tends to do.  

Double circle maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie requested a summer maxi skirt.  Since there were a few ideas in my head I wanted to try out, I agreed!  Enter the double circle maxi skirt.  I’m not sure how successfully these worked out in person, so please chime in with your opinion!  I’ve broken the look down into separate ideas I tried with notes/thoughts on the success of that part.

Double circle maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Idea #1  Double circle skirt:

I used Dana of Made Everyday’s video tutorial for making circle skirts.  The double circle maxi skirt compounds the fun of a circle skirt, and I think this part works well!

Double circle maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Idea #2 Stripes on Stripes

For the top fabric, I used rayon challis in bubble stripe.  It’s lightweight, floaty, and simply divine for a circle skirt.  The colors are perfect for summer, and the bubbles are not such obvious stripes that they clash with the stripes underneath.  I think this part works too!

Double circle maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Idea #3 Different types of circles

The top circle skirt is a full circle skirt.  The reason there are side seams is because of a personal error where I forgot to make the 2nd fold.  Embarrassing!!!  But it’s still a full circle.  The skirt underneath is a 1/2 circle skirt with just a seam in the back.  Each would make a great skirt on it’s own, but the dichotomy between the two fullnesses doesn’t quite work, in my opinion.

Double circle maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Idea #4 Different fabric substrates

The top circle skirt is rayon challis, while the green stripes underneath are a rayon spandex knit.  Because the two fabrics have different weights and drape differently (which could also be part of the difference in fullnesses discussed in idea #3) so this idea is not grabbing me either.

Double circle maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Idea #5 Maxi circle skirt

With 60” wide fabric, about the longest you can make a full circle skirt is 25 inches.  (It depends on the waist measurement, but this is a child’s measurement, so an adult’s circle skirt will not be any longer.)  But Annie wanted a maxi circle skirt, so that was the reason for using a 1/2 circle underneath.  It’s possible to make a 1/2 circle skirt longer.  However, I think the difference between the two circles is too great.  Perhaps adding another layer in-between to break up the large gap would work better.  The top layer is 25” long, the bottom is 31” long, so adding a layer at 28” would bridge the gap.  You can see an example of a three layer circle skirt we made here.  Another option would be to use our tutorial for making a longer circle skirt with narrow fabric here.

Double circle maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

You know what’s funny though?  All this dissection of the pattern and analysis of the elements of this skirt are only in my brain.  Annie has NO issues with this skirt!  She loves it, and that’s what I need to focus on, right?

Double circle maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’m linking this up to the Streak, Stroke, Stripe! sew along at Project Run & Play, even thought I’m not eligible to win!  But you should link up any stripes you’ve sewn so you have a chance to win!

Double circle maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Leave me a comment with your thoughts and opinions on this skirt.   Or let me know what you do when you overanalyze something you’ve created.

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Knit Summer Dresses for my Girls

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It’s begun.  Summer temperatures have arrived, and with it, the requests for summer clothes.  For my younger girls, this means knit fabric, light colors, and breezy silhouettes.  Two knit summer dresses coming right up!  

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One of Annie’s favorite dresses from last summer is the Ila Dress I sewed for her from french terry fabric.  She still wears it, although it’s about 6 inches shorter than when I sewed it.  Not my laundry skills, her growing skills!

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

For these two dresses I got to use the new summer fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  These fabrics shout “sum, sum, summertime!”  There’s lemonade, fruit, dots, waves and sea creatures.

For the main fabric I used textured sand stripe jersey knit fabric for these knit summer dresses.

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

As with all CLUB fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, this fabric is super soft, does not pill, and has great stretch and recovery.  This sand stripe looks textured, and just begs for a lemonade stand operation, don’t you think?

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Ila Dress by Coffee and Thread does not call for knit fabric, so I made the same modifications as last time.  It really makes it quite a fast sewing project.

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie, I added a ruffle to the bottom of the sleeves and hem.  This gives her added length (due to that growing-like-a-weed condition!) and makes it fun.  I used mustard jersey knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the ruffles and center panel.  

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby also got a knit Ila dress.  I have to admit, I sewed her a size too big, but thankfully, she’ll grow into it.  Perhaps it’ll last longer than a month that way!  She seemed to notice that her and Annie were matching and got a great kick out of posing with Annie for these photos!

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Her contrast center panel and neck yoke are from bright fuchsia jersey knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This color really brings out the pink tones in her cheeks and lips, and is so precious, if I do say so myself!

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

One of Annie’s favorite things about this dress are the hidden pockets.  Baby ignored hers until shown how she could put treasures into them, and then wouldn’t stop putting things in!  

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now I can check a few knit summer dresses off that summer sewing list.  Except that Annie caught sight of the other summer fabric I got from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and put in her order for a summer maxi skirt.  Stay tuned on that…

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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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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!

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


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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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Great Wall of China Inspired Children’s Clothing

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Even though I’m not eligible to win a prize, I’m sewing along with Project Run & Play for the week 1 “7 Wonders of the World” theme!  (If you missed the news, I’m now leading Project Run & Play!)  It’s too inspiring not to!  Here’s a look at our Great Wall of China Inspired children’s clothing.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Around our house, we have studied the Great Wall of China in our history studies many times.  Since it’s one of the ancient Wonders of the World, we chose to be inspired by both the architecture, and the surrounding landscape.  And we decided to have a little fun too!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s dress, we chose to be inspired by the length of the Great Wall of China and sew her another maxi dress.  We started with the Camden Raglan, and got busy designing it into a dress with special little touches.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The first little touch we added was to insert lace on the lines of the raglan sleeves.  It’s a sweet little touch, and represents how the Great Wall of China criss crosses the entire country.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The second little touch we added was to design a bell sleeve for the sleeve hem with more lace inserted at the top of the bell.  Annie chose the length she wanted the sleeves to be, and absolutely adores how they bell out and flow with the dress.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The final touch we added was to leave the sleeve and bottom dress hems raw.  With time and wear and washing, they will curl up slightly.  The intention was for this design feature to mimic and accent the white of the lace and cherry blossoms.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

We used this Art Gallery Pandalicious Jersey Knit Yinghua Cherrylight Fabric.  “Yinghua” means cherry blossom.  It’s perfectly soft, drapes beautifully on the sleeves and skirt, and is stable enough to make the neckband turn out perfectly.  Annie styled it with her Panda Vest we sewed for her earlier.  This is to represent the pandas in the wilds of China around the Great Wall.  You can read all about it in that post, but it uses panda fabric from the same line of fabric as the cherry blossom fabric.  And she also borrowed a fan from Allegra for a photo prop.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Next came some raglan t-shirts for the boys.  Yes, more raglan t-shirts for these boys!  What can I say?  We used the Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan t-shirt pattern.  For David we are sewing a size 7 and for Lowell a size 5.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, we used some Riley Blake Knit Stripe Aqua/Navy Fabric for the sleeves, neckband, and the back of Lowell’s t-shirt.  We chose stripes to mimic the lines of the Great Wall of China.  For the fronts, we used Riley Blake Designs navy blue jersey knit fabric.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Then came the fun part!  We decided to use our new Cricut Maker machine to make fortune cookie gold foil iron on graphics with two fun sayings.  And the little strip of twill tape represents for the paper fortunes inside!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

David’s shirt says “Tough Cookie” with a fortune cookie.  David is quite a sweetie, and like many boys his age, loves to see how tough he can be!   Click here for the free cut file if you want to make a shirt like this too.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Lowell’s shirts says “Fortun*Ate” as a fun play on words about eating fortune cookies and how fortunate we feel to have him as our son!  If you want to make a shirt like this go here for the free cut file.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For the photoshoot, we tried to find a location the was faintly related to the landscape of China.    We found a river, a gazebo, some cement pillars, a lamppost, and a timber frame shelter.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

What do you think of our Great Wall of China inspired children’s clothing?  Be sure to go over to Project Run & Play and check out what all the designers created for the 7 Wonders of the World prompt, you’ll be inspired and amazed!  And you can see what everyone else is sewing along here.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

This isn’t the greatest picture to showcase the clothing, the lighting is too bright, the kids are wiggling, and so on.  But after I got home and was editing the photos, I noticed how the boys are holding hands with their fingers interlaced, and it was a done deal!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Oh, and if you guessed that I rewarded them with fortune cookies for a modeling jog well done you guessed right!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

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