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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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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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Double Gauze Nina Blouse

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we’re happy to share with you about the Coffee + Thread Nina Blouse.

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt FixationIf you’ve been here for longer than a day or two, you’ve probably seen us sew a Coffee+Thread pattern before!  We love these pattern, and Olga (the owner/designer) is absolutely brilliant when it comes to making a professional pattern.

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Nina Blouse is completely finished inside, and looks so professional.  My favorite detail is the shoulder pleats.  And the Peter Pan collar is right up there too!

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

There is a scalloped version of a collar that you can use, and it’s quite cute too.  There are 3 different sleeve options, scalloped, cap, and 3/4.  As you can see, we went with a sort of elbow length.  I love how they are elastic at the end, and Annie things it great that they stay where she puts them!

One element of the pattern we didn’t include is the removable bow or ties.  Since they’re removable, we could go back and add them in later.  They’re both vintage and in style right now, so we might!  Those large black buttons are harvested off a jacket we bought at the thrift store just for the gorgeous buttons.  We also used some of them on this jacket for Annie.

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Nina Blouse can be made in 13 sizes from 12 months to 12 years.  I made Annie a straight size 8 with a tiny bit of added length in the bodice.  That and shortening the sleeves were the only changes I made.  The pattern illustrations are drawn and no step was confusing.  There is a complete index at the beginning of sewing terms to help out the sewer.

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern is consistent with the other Coffee + Thread patterns as far as sizing goes, so we felt confident sewing it up without making a muslin first.  Plus there is plenty of ease in the pattern due to the loose fitting design, so we felt safe!

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

That lovely (and also hard to photograph) black fabric is double gauze we got at Imagine Gnats.  It’s dreamy like all double gauze, and Annie mentioned how nice it’s going to be to wear this double gauze Nina blouse in the hot summer months!  I have a blouse in double gauze, and love it in summer.

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

Just a note about the skirt, I don’t remember where I got the fabric, but I do remember that I washed it with some cheap brown fabric and it bled onto the horses!  So it’s just sat in the stash until last week when Annie mentioned she would like some play skirts for summer.  Stained fabric=perfect for getting stains on!  Done deal!  Since the horse fabric is so lightweight, I added a lining and also shorts because, play skirt!  I sort of drafted the pattern myself, and used the shorts from the Skip Along Skort for underneath.

Head over to the Coffee+Thread blog to follow along on the Nina Blouse tour and see all the beautiful garments that are sewn.

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

And do yourself a favor and grab the Nina Blouse pattern by Coffee+Thread today!  For 20% off use the NINAPATTERNTOUR code, good through 03/19, 11:59 pm Central (Chicago) time zone.

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Modifying a dress to a peplum top

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

Today we’re over at CaliFabrics sharing all about our surprising love for this Earth Floral London Calling cotton lawn fabric.  Go check it out!

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

But we wanted to share a little bit about how we modified the Apple Picking Dress pattern by Oliver+S into a peplum, just like we did last time we made this pattern for Annie.  That one turned out to be such a favorite of hers that when she finally outgrew it, I promised to make her another one.

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

Here’s the short and easy tutorial that will actually work for any drop waist dress, or you could easily do this with any dress with a waistband seam.

Measure from neck to waist, and shorten the bodice front and back pieces accordingly.  You will also need to shorten any placket pieces by the same amount.

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

Then for the Apple Picking pattern, we just used the 1st ruffle only instead of both ruffles.  Ta-da!  Fast, easy, on trend, and suuuuuper cute!

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

Of course, since there was leftover fabric scraps, I had to sew up a matching bubble skirt for the baby!    And the scraps of the scraps, I sewed a bonnet and the heart on Baby’s shirt.

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

In fact, this cute floral fabric inspired a whole capsule wardrobe for baby, which I’ll be telling you more about very soon!

That’s it for today…short and sweet, just like the peplum!  Go check out our full post with lots more photos of these two over at CaliFabrics.

 

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Camden Raglan Gathered Dress

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently I’ve begun sewing for summer.  I know, I’m ahead of schedule, and it’s a pretty daring thing to do when kids grow as fast as mine do!  But I’m trying to allow for growth.  Annie requested some dresses for summer to play in, and I just happened to have the fabric to make it happen.  I’ve found that I can use a busier print for sewing a dress and Annie doesn’t have to worry about trying to match it to something she already has in her closet.  And I had the Camden Raglan pattern and a useful tutorial from Hey June Handmade.

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since Annie L.O.V.E.S. this dress from the time we made the Camden Raglan into a dress, we decided use that pattern again.  This time, instead of using the swing dress tutorial, we used the gathered dress tutorial.  Last time, the floral fabric was the accent, this time the solid fabric is the accent.  We sewed the size 8 for Annie this time.

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

We used some floral fabric from Girl Charlee (no longer available) and some denim colored knit fabric left over from making Mr. Skirt Fixation a t-shirt.  You can still get it at Girl Charlee, and it’s really nice quality fabric.

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

As you can see, we also added a ruffle to the bottom, which was the most time consuming part of sewing this dress!  I just cut all the fabric I had left into 2” strips, gathered them and sewed them to the bottom.  It took forever, but it’s a little girly touch that Annie loves.

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie wore this Camden Raglan dress the day we took those pictures and has begged to wear it every day since.  I’m still holding out, telling her to wait until the weather warms up.  “Won’t it be nice to have a new dress to wear then?”  I keep asking her.  She just gives me a pouty face and goes to put on one of her (many, many) other handmade items!

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

I know exactly how she feels though, my favorite handmade item is usually the most recent one!  Lucky for her, this isn’t the only new garment she’s gotten recently, as evidenced by this skirt.  And stay tuned for more…

Leave a comment, do you sew ahead for your kids?  What do you do if they ask to wear it?

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Girl’s Ombre Maxi Skirt

Girl's ombre maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

It’s been a while since I sewed Annie a maxi skirt.  As fast as she’s growing, the last maxi skirt I made her wasn’t maxi for very long either!  So it was time to keep the maxi skirt love alive and growing.  She fell in love with my ombre maxi skirt last year, and we recently found the perfect fabric.

Girl's ombre maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the pattern we used the girl’s version of the Jocole A-line maxi skirt.  This time we sewed a size 6 in width, and size 10 in length.  (She’s so lucky to have a mom who sews for her!)

The beautiful fabric is blue ombre double brushed poly from Simply By Ti.  This is Annie’s 1st garment made from double brushed poly.  Just like everyone else with their 1st double brushed poly garment, she is in total adoration over the softness and comfort.  This fabric is also available in a pink ombre color.  Which Annie would have adored as well!

Girl's ombre maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Interestingly enough, recently Annie went shopping in our attic where her older sisters store the clothes they’ve outgrown until they fit Annie.  It was very fun for all of us to see how some of the first skirts we sewed and refashioned for Aria now are fitting Annie!

Girl's ombre maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

It was intriguing to see how much our sewing skills have improved since then too.  Refashioning is a good way to put old clothes to use again, to stir the creative mind, and to get back into the sewing groove.

Girl's ombre maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We sometimes still refashion around here, but more often we have been choosing to sew a garment from start to finish.

Girl's ombre maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation We’re excited to see where our sewing journey takes us next!  And we absolutely love working with small fabric shops like Simply by Ti.  Please go check out their excellent selection of garment fabrics.  Simply by Ti is a small fabric shop run by a mom who had a difficult time finding good garment fabrics online, so she started her own shop with really great garment fabrics.  She’s super friendly and willing to help her customers with fabric selection.

Girl's ombre maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for this post was provided by Simply By Ti.  Honest review is by us!  Annie styled this ombre maxi skirt with her Geneva Cardigan, blogged here.

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French Terry Pajamas

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

And we’re back!  In the next few weeks we get to reveal some really big projects we’ve been working on, and we’re so excited.  So stay tuned…

Today we’re sharing some french terry pajamas!  Because there was quite a lot of pj time over the past few weeks with holidays, non-school days, and even some sick-ish, lounging around days.  So we were very glad to have brand new, comfortable pajamas for these days!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Back in the fall, I bought some of the VERY popular oatmeal french terry fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  And to go with it, I got some limited printing autumn floral rose fabric.  I knew exactly what I wanted to sew with these fabrics (for once!) and just needed an opening in my sewing queue.  (This floral is gone now, but check out everything else printed on the luscious oatmeal french terry base!)

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the autumn floral rose french terry (which is printed on the oatmeal french terry base) I sewed myself a Halifax Hoodie, view D.  I used the oatmeal for the pocket and the cowl.  Let me assure you, this hoodie is as comfortable as it looks.  And then some!  For the pull tie in the cowl, I used some 3/16” “magic rope” I have in my sewing room, and it’s the perfect match.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the main part of the oatmeal fabric, I sewed myself a pair of Hudson Pants.  This pattern is by True Bias, and I’m probably the last person in the sewing community to make myself a pair.  But hey, I’ve been focused on skirts!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Before cutting into the good oatmeal french terry fabric, I made  muslin from some cotton jersey from Girl Charlee.  For giggles, above is the before and after photo of my pre-muslin adjustments to the pattern piece.  Because the pattern designer helpfully included the finished inseam as 28” and mine is 36”, I knew I had to add 8” to start with!  It’s not a good idea to add all the length at the bottom hem, so I added 3” in the thigh, 3” at the calf, and 2” at the hem.  After sewing the muslin, I decided I also needed to add 1.5” to the rise at the top of the pants.  The oatmeal Hudson Pants are just a little too long, but I figure with wash and wear they might shrink, and I’m NOT going to complain about extra length!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

The waistband of the Hudson Pants are so comfortable, and I used the same “magic rope” for the drawstring here as well.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s been established that as the Fabric Scrooge, I like to use up the leftover scraps!  With the leftover floral french terry fabric, I sewed some Oliver + S Parachute Pants for Annie.  She really needed new pajama pants, and she says they are the most comfortable pair she’s ever had!  I made her a size 10 width, and a size 12 for length.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

It turns out that a size 8 for width would have been better, but I fixed it by adding a drawstring to the waist, just like mine.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

And since there were tiny little scraps of the floral french terry left, Baby got a tiny pair of size 12-18 month Parachute Polo Pants too!  The floral fabric is on the side contrast stripes, and the main fabric is leftover from Annie’s Ila Dress.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby is wildly adorable in them, and she happened to be wearing them the other night when the below video happened!  Not even 10 months, and already racing to keep up with all her older siblings.

Leave us a comment below, what do you wear on lounging around days?  How early did your baby walk?

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Halifax Holiday Party

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

It’s Halifax Holiday Party time!  Some sewing friends (Heather, Sara, Lara & Sara) and I joined up for a fun little party where we each ended up with a Halifax Hoodie when it was all said and done!  I’ll link to each of their posts at the end, so please go visit them to see their party Halifax Hoodie’s too.

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

This impromptu party started when we were talking about doing a sew along, and Sara of Radiant Home Studio mentioned she had a Halifax Hoodie in her sewing queue.  Well, the rest of us immediately saw a very good excuse to get another Halifax Hoodie in our wardrobes and we were off.

I ran into a slight problem when I stared going through my fabric stash to choose fabric for my newest Halifax Hoodie.  So I chose 4 different options and posted a picture on Instagram for my followers to help me decide.  (Follow us on Instagram too so we can get your input on these import kind of decision making things!)

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

As I was collecting votes from my followers, I made the mistake of asking Allegra which fabric I should use, and she immediately claimed some of the fabric and requested a Halifax Hoodie of her own!!!  Well now, I guess the bright side is that she narrowed down my choices for me…

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

For Allegra’s Halifax Hoodie, I used floral french terry fabric from Peekaboo Pattern Shop and this black french terry from CaliFabrics.  They are both such soft and comfortable fabrics!  I will definitely be ordering more of this black french terry.  It’s midweight, so stable enough to work with easily, and yet has amazing drape.  Just look a the drape of the cowl!  I would probably order more of the floral french terry fabric too, but it’s sold out in the black color way.  However, it can be found in blue and olive, which are very lovely too!

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

Allegra requested view E from the Halifax Hoodie pattern, which is the version with the cowl, twisted side seams and a high-low hem.  I graded from a size L to an XL at the hem, and Allegra says the fit is divine…as if it was custom made for her!

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

I had ordered chocolate brown French Terry fabric with view C of the Halifax Hoodie in mind.  Since I wear my black Halifax Hoodie ALL THE TIME, I knew a brown one would also work very well in my closet, and I could give my black one a rest a couple days of the week!

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

Here’s a tip I posted on Instagram that I discovered when I couldn’t find chocolate brown twill tape for the insides of the zipper; use grosgrain ribbon instead!  And after I discovered this little hack and how good it looked, I used the ribbon on the inside of the hood and to finish the neckband inside too.  It’s so delightful to have this professional and pretty finish on the inside!

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

When Annie saw I had used the floral French Terry fabric on Allegra’s Halifax Hoodie, she got sort of quiet and teary eyed.  That was when I remembered she had originally helped me choose the fabric with a hoodie for HER in mind!  So how could I resist?  I had enough fabric left, and Hey June Patterns has the kid’s version of the Halifax in the Hatteras Hoodie.

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

Annie also had a very specific look she wanted; pullover, not zip up, with a hood and a pocket.  Luckily, that’s exactly what View A is!  It was my 1st time making view A (which is also view A on the Halifax Hoodie) but with the great detailed instructions, that split neck came out perfectly.  I made Annie a size 9 and added 1 inch to the length of the sleeves.

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

Alright now, go check out Heather of Heather Handmade whose view B Halifax Hoodie I WILL be copying!

And you don’t want to miss view D by Handmade By Lara Liz which I have the exact fabric, so I’ll be copying her too!

Sara of Radiant Home Studio ended up with a perfect View D in Aria’s favorite color, so I guess I’ll be making one of those too!

And Sara of Made By Sara has made a gorgeous Halifax which, let’s be honest, I’ll probably be copying her’s too!  SO stay tuned for quite a few more Halifax Hoodies in the future!

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

And now we’re all inviting you to sew a Halifax Hoodie for yourself in time for the holidays too!  Just sew one up and share it with us using the hashtag #halifaxholidayparty on Instagram or contact us and show us your new, cozy Halifax Hoodie!

P.S.  Have you been eyeing Annie’s hat?  Stay tuned for a surprise about that Friday!

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2 Lane Raglans for Fall (and a surprise…)

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Recently Mountain Maker Fabrics had a Lane Raglan sew along.  And if you’ve been here any time at all, you know our love for the Lane Raglan and all Hey June Patterns.  If you haven’t, it’s huge.  Glacial.  Of course we couldn’t miss the chance to make another Lane Raglan.  Or two.  Plus a Camden Raglan which is the Lane’s little sister pattern.

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

First of all we have a French Terry Lane Raglan hoodie with thumbholes and hood.  This fabric is Purple Tie Dye French Terry from Girl Charlee, and super duper soft and drapey.  I sewed this up for Aria last weekend when she was out of town as a surprise.

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

After all my hard work, I rewarded myself by trying it on…and decided it that Aria probably wasn’t going to get a new Lane Raglan hoodie for fall after all!  (If you stick around to the end of the post, you can find out if I relented to her begging once she returned or not!)  The only modification I made was to cut on the long sleeve line even though I was adding cuffs.

Bamboo knit Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Next I sewed myself a plain as can be boring old black long sleeved Lane Raglan that I’ll probably wear at least 2x per week this winter!  That’s what’s known as a staple garment.

Bamboo knit Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is a super soft, lightweight and drape-y rayon bamboo blend.  It’s sold out over at CaliFabrics where I got it, but you can find it here: Telio Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey Knit Black Fabric

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And last, but the one you’ve been waiting to see is the Camden Raglan I sewed for Annie.  As I wrote in my Instagram post (you can follow us for sneak peeks and more!) I made the mistake of letting her choose any fabric she wanted from the stash.

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

She zoomed right in on this Art Gallery Inblue Jersey Knit Bloesem Dark Fabric.  I only had 1 yard, and this time I’m making her the size 8 instead of 6 like last year, but even with the hood and thumbhole options I managed to eek it out!  At such a young, tender age, she sure has learned which fabrics are the best quality, don’t pill, and are super comfortable to wear!

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The lace pocket idea was stolen from Sew Sophie Lynn.  She added a lace pocket to one of her shirts, and everything else she does is pretty cool too!  Annie said to me, after she tried it on for the 1st time, “I don’t remember discussing the lace pocket, but it’s pretty so thanks for adding it!!!”

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The thumbhole cuff instructions are not included with the Camden Raglan, but you can use the ones from the Lane Raglan, and it works great!

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

These Lane Raglans could pretty much be sewn in an assembly line process, with a few thread changes for the black one.  It wasn’t too hard, and now we’ve each got a new shirt for fall and winter.  And yes, that’s Aria behind that hood.  I relented!

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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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