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Mix ‘n Match Swimwear

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today is my stop on the Summer Swimwear blog tour.  Recently, Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, and The Wolf and the Tree all released swimwear patterns.  Follow along on the blog tour to see what everyone made, and also enter below to win some prizes.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

I signed up for the Summer Swimwear blog tour because I am a beginner at sewing swimwear and wanted to be challenged to improve.  One time I had sewn swimwear before was last summer when I made Annie a swimsuit for our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe.  Since that suit is still fitting her pretty well, I wanted to create mix n’ match swimwear, so she can choose which ones to wear and still match.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here’s what Annie had to start with:

Tankini Top Pattern: Modified Charming Tee by Lil Luxe Collection (Detailed pattern review & photos here.)

Tankini Top Fabric: Navy performancewear fabric from JoAnn Fabrics

Tankini Skirt Pattern: Cabana Swim Bottoms by PeekABoo Pattern Shop affiliate link  (Detailed pattern review & photos here.)

Tankini Skirt Fabric: White Fans on Navy Lycra Swimsuit Fabric from The Fabric Fairy

Swimsuit lining from The Fabric Fairy

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

I started adding pieces by sewing a Just Keep Swimming rash guard from ultra thin white swimwear fabric from my stash.  Annie is very fair and burns easily, so the idea is to cover up as much skin as possible while still allowing her to enjoy the water.  I used this fabric intending that whatever top is underneath could still show through.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

It would also be fun to make a rash guard from this mesh fabric from Imagine Gnats.  The Just Keep Swimming rash guard was very easy to make.  The patterns are complete, easy to follow and illustrated with both photographs and illustrations.  Making this rash guard was just like making a t-shirt but with swimwear fabric.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next I sewed a pair of medium shorts with a yoga waistband from the Just Keep Swimming pattern.  Once again, this was a very easy sew.  I used fabric from Hancock Fabric’s going out of business sale.  I wish I’d gotten a whole bunch more because it’s very thick and not transparent.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Feeling confident with my beginner swimwear sewing abilities, I decided to tackle a tankini top from the Classic Malliot pattern by Call Ajaire.  I ended up with something Annie can wear, (and likes) but had tough go of it!

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

I think before I tackle another swimsuit from this pattern, I’m going to up my swimwear sewing abilities.  I wouldn’t recommend this pattern for other beginners to sewing swimwear…it’s probably not the pattern, just my lack of sophistication at sewing with swimwear fabrics.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used more fabric from the Hancock Fabrics sale with fabric for the back ties leftover from sewing the skirt last year.  I sewed view G in a size 7 width with size 12 length as I did for all the swimwear mix ’n match pieces I sewed.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

In the end, I guess that it doesn’t matter that I missed catching the lining in a few spots, (maybe, probably) attached the straps wrong, and didn’t stretch the fabric evenly while topstitching.  All that really matters is that Annie has a new swimsuit that actually fits her which she loves.

Join in on the Summer Swimwear Tour fun by using the hashtag #sewswimtour to share your favorite swimwear makes.  And don’t forget to enter to win these fabulous prizes from our other sponsors!
Prizes include:
– 1 pattern The Classic Maillot pattern by Designs by Call Ajaire
– 1 pattern The Swim and Surf Shorts by Gracious Threads
– 1 pattern Just Keep Swimming by The Wolf and the Tree
– 1 pattern of choice (excludes bundles) by Pienkel
– 1 pattern of choice by AimerLae & Finn
– 1 pattern of choice by Rachel Rossi Design
– Free Jellyfish Swim Cap pattern via Sew by Pattern Pieces Group
– 1 pattern of choice by Dandelions n Dungarees
– 1 pattern of choice by E + M patterns
– 5 patterns of choice by George & Ginger
– $30 gift certificate by The Fabric Fairy
– 1 pattern of choice by Sunday Girl Designs
– 1 pattern of choice by 5 out of 4 Patterns
That’s 17 patterns + $30 in fabric!!
Enter the giveaway below:
During the tour Designs by Call Ajaire is offering 20% off all patterns in the Etsy shop using the code SWIMTOUR, Gracious Threads is offering 15% off the purchase of 3 or more patterns in her shop (no coupon needed), and The Wolf and the Tree is offering 15% off patterns in her shop using the code SWIMTOUR as well.  So take a few minutes to visit Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, and The Wolf and the Tree and of course the rest of the lovely blogs we have on the tour:
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Carousel Dress {Project Sew It – June}

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

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There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

I know it’s July, but I have some of June’s Project Sew It up for you today.  My version of Project Sew It is that I”m sewing something for each of my nieces and nephews this year.  Today I have a Carousel Dress for a special niece.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

Earlier in the year, I purchased some french terry fabric from Mabel Madison during a super good sale.  I knew it was just the sort of thing one of my nieces would love.  Then the object was to find the perfect pattern to go with the large scale print.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

After looking through my patterns, I had an aha moment when I came across the Playhouse Dress by Fishsticks Designs.  You might remember the fox dress I made for Annie a few years ago using this pattern.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

I think this fabric was made for this pattern!  It stands out a little better than the lightweight fox fabric.  Plus French Terry is a nice breathable fabric for summer.  I paired this with grey sweatshirt fleece leftover from making Thomas’s knight hoodie, I think.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

I just had enough of the large scale print for the front of the dress, and the smaller carousel print for the back and sleeves.  I think this dress is one of the cutest things I’ve ever sewn, and Annie thought so too!  She kept asking me if I could order more of this fabric.  (It’s still in stock at Mabel Madison, so if you want some, you might need to hurry before Annie makes me buy it all!)

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

Even cuter than the dress is my little niece J. wearing the dress!  Just as I had hoped, it looks like it was custom made for her!  And it’s just too perfect to be able to twirl and twirl in a carousel dress, amiright?

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

You might have noticed at the beginning of this post I said SOME of June’s Project Sew It.  That’s because I have another niece with a June birthday, but ever the slacker, I don’t have her handmade item sewn yet.  Stay tuned…

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

Special thanks to my sister in law for taking all the adorable photos of J. in her dress!

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Dollhouse Skirt – New FREE Pattern

FREE Dollhouse Skirt pattern from Skirt Fixation.

Last year, we were inspired by Skirting the Issue to create a free girl’s skirt pattern, the Pegasus Skirt.  This year we decided to do the same.  We are completely over the moon about the release of our second free skirt pattern, The Dollhouse Skirt.

FREE Dollhouse Skirt pattern from Skirt Fixation.

Today we are contributing to Skirting The Issue with this free pattern for the occasion.  We challenge you to sew one up and donate it to a girl in need.

FREE Dollhouse Skirt pattern from Skirt Fixation.

The Dollhouse Skirt is an elastic waist skirt perfect for any doll loving girl.  The skirt is color blocked to resemble a dollhouse, and there are multiple window pockets for storing a doll and her treasures.  The door actually opens and latches closed with a button.  The windows are created from clear vinyl so it is just like a real dollhouse!  Think of how long this interactive skirt will keep her occupied!

FREE Dollhouse Skirt pattern from Skirt Fixation.

The Dollhouse Skirt can be made for any girl from 12 months to 10 years.  You choose the length, mini, midi or even maxi!  The Dollhouse includes clear helpful photo instructions for every step.  If you’ve never made a skirt before, don’t worry, if you can sew a straight line, you can make this skirt.  And even though it looks very intricate, we’re confident you can sew up the Dollhouse Skirt in a couple of hours like we did.

FREE Dollhouse Skirt pattern from Skirt Fixation.

You can get a free copy of the Dollhouse Skirt on Craftsy.  We’ve chosen Craftsy as the host for the Dollhouse Skirt, just as we did for our free Pegasus Skirt pattern for these reasons:

1: Craftsy allows us to get the skirt to you with no fees or charges, which keeps The Pegasus Skirt free! (It’s also free for you to sign up, if you aren’t already a member.)

2: Craftsy is a community of talented makers, and we want to be counted among them.

3: In the Craftsy community, makers are challenged to grow, learn and create greater and greater things, and that is at the heart of the Dollhouse Skirt.

FREE Dollhouse Skirt pattern from Skirt Fixation.

We really want you to try our FREE Dollhouse Skirt pattern, and we’d love to see what you make, so be sure to use the hashtag #dollhouseskirt on social media.  There are so many different fabric and color combinations that could be used to make the Dollhouse Skirt pattern.  We can’t wait to see your Dollhouse Skirt.  So hop over to Craftsy, pick up your free copy of the Dollhouse skirt, and start sewing one today (hopefully for a girl in need!)

FREE Dollhouse Skirt pattern from Skirt Fixation.

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10 FREE Reversible Skirt Tutorials {Skirting the Issue}

10 FREE reversible skirt tutorials

10 FREE reversible skirt tutorials

What’s better than one skirt?  One skirt that can be worn two ways!  Reversible skirts are so fun and a very, very sweet gift to give to a foster girl.  So we rounded up these 10 FREE tutorials that you can make for your child or donate to a good cause like Skirting The Issue.  Alright, here’s the 10 FREE reversible skirt tutorials.  And if you’d prefer a pattern, scroll down to the end for some reversible skirt pattern suggestions.  Keep in mind several of these tutorials are for women’s sizes which work wonderfully for older girls in foster care where the need for donations is greater.

10 FREE Reversible Skirt Tutorials:

Circle Skirt by You & Me

Paperbag Skirt by Petit a Petit & family for The Sewing Rabbit

Balloon Skirt by Zierstoff

Wrap skirt by Andrea DeHart for Makezine

Domesticated Skirt by Sew A Straight Line

Scalloped Hem by Bored & Crafty

Zippered Bali Skirt by So Sew Easy

Circle Wrap Skirt by Girl Inspired

Reversible Pencil Skirt

Pencil Skirt by Bumbling Panda

Petal Skirt by Pretty Prudent

Girl’s Reversible Skirt Patterns:

Oliver + S Hula Hoop Skirt

Oliver + S Swingset Skirt

Violette Field Threads Lavinia Skirt

Thanks for stopping by today and happy skirt sewing!

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Summer Pajamas

Summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

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This week I decided to make summer pajamas for some of my kids.  Two of my older boys decided they didn’t need Mom to sew them a new pair of “fun” summer pajamas, but the other 5 were interested.  I had ordered some fun fabric panels from Peekaboo Pattern Shop with summer pajamas in mind.  I just love the fabric she designs, and used it as inspiration for 4 of the 5 pairs of summer pajamas.

Summer pajamas for teen girl by Skirt Fixation

Allegra received a really fun pair of pajamas.  I used the Lane Raglan to make her a fun graphic tee from the Crazy Hair Don’t Care panel from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  From the coordinating knit fabric, I sewed her a pair of summer pajama shorts using the Skyline Skort pattern and omitting the skirt.  (Irony from Skirt Fixation!)  The shorts fabric is currently sold out, but look at all these other fun fabrics designed by Peekaboo Pattern Shop!

Summer pajamas for teen girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Aria chose some french terry fabric for her summer pajamas.  French terry is perfect for summer pajamas due to the breathability of the fabric.  The shorts pattern is again the Skyline Skort with the skirt omitted.  The french terry fabric is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The top is also a Lane Raglan from french terry which was a dress in it’s former life!  This set is the softest ever…and I think she’ll be wearing the shirt outside of bedtime as well.  I know I would!

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When I saw this fabric panel at Peekaboo Pattern Shop, I knew it would be perfect for Annie.  For her top, I lengthened the Camden Raglan to tunic length and used some more of a skirt I had in the refashion pile for the red striped fabric.

summer pajamas for girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the bottoms, I used Lil Luxe Collection’s Slim Trousers pattern and the remnants of another blue striped skirt.  Annie sewed on the buttons on the back faux star pockets on the back, and there you have the perfect summer pajamas for Annie!

Matching summer pajamas for boys sewn by Skirt Fixation

The little boys had to have something semi matching.  When I ordered the I Want S’More fabric panel (sold out, but check out these other cute ones!) from Peekaboo Pattern Shop and the coordinating s’mores fabric I hadn’t planned on making each boy a set of pajamas.

Boys summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

But then when everyone was getting some summer pajamas, and I had enough fabric to make two pairs of shorts, I had to try to make another shirt.  Allegra wrote the words with a white fabric marker and eyeballed the stick.

Boys summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

I appliquéd on some marshmallows and stitched around Allegra’s art work.  For the shirt pattern, I used the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan Tee.  The shorts pattern are Kid Shorts from Made.

Summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With some marathon sewing, in two days 5 of my kids had new summer pajamas.  Plus I snuck in a new pair of summer pajama shorts for me, also using the Skyline Skort pattern and some black sweatshirt fleece.  It’s a good thing because now I think I need to go take a nap!

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Laminated Forest Backpacks

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final installment in my Forest Floor Fabric sewing is the little backpacks I made.  My original plan for the Forest Floor Fabrics Blog tour was to make the clothing and the Forest Friends pouches.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

With that in mind I asked Bonnie Christine (the designer of the Forest Floor Fabrics) to send me small scraps from quite a few of the different prints.  I believe my exact words were, “so small you’d normally throw them in the trash!”  But she was so generous with the size of the pieces she sent me, that I knew I had to make something larger.  And I knew exactly which item I would cross off my 2016 Sewing Plans Pinterest board; the heart backpack.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

But when I looked through the pattern, I realized Abby, of Sew Much Ado, had also created a Bunny backpack pattern, and I had enough fabric to make that too!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

Before I began constructing the backpacks, I laminated the outside pieces with Pellon Vinyl-Fuse Gloss to make the backpack more durable.  It was so easy and created such a fun result I think I’m on a mission to vinyl all the things now!  Because this is also a stabilizer, I eliminated the interfacing from these pieces.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

One change I made to the Heart backpack pattern was to use some webbing I had instead of constructing my own straps.  The other change was to use an exposed zipper for added girly-ness!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s backpack I used Wild Posy Flora fabric and the FREE pattern from Sew Much Ado.  She is completely in love with this new backpack.  She says she loves the heart shape, the flowers and it’s size.  She says it’s just big enough to carry her water bottle and a few other treasures!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the baby boy’s backpack I used Sew Much Ado’s FREE bunny backpack pattern.   The main part of the backpack uses Capped Dim fabric and the straps are from Maple Mill Fog fabric.  I wasn’t sure if Baby would like the backpack or even keep it on, but once he saw his sister wearing hers, he couldn’t be parted from it!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

Both backpacks are lined with Timber Nightfall fabric.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

The entire time I was sewing these backpacks I couldn’t believe these are free patterns!  They are so amazingly awesome that I know I’ll be making them over and over again.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m sharing a round up of 12 boy’s backpack patterns over at Our Chez Nous for Boys Sewing Week!  Psst!  There’s a great giveaway over there too!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Forest Floor Adventure

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Stepping into the forest, on and off the path, in the dappled lighting we discovered quite an adventure.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

A deer bounded across the path and paused to stare at us with it’s great doe eyes.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Four squirrels nibbled corn a forbidden arms length away.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Something mysterious swam just beneath the water,  surfaced with a splash and dove down again before we came to a decision as to it’s nature.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Creatures rustled through the branches overhead as bird song lightened our steps.

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The Forest Floor line of fabrics inspired my sewing creations like no other fabric has done for a while!  There are 20 fabrics in Bonnie Christine’s new Forest Floor line of fabric, and I used 7 of them in my creations.  I probably would have used even more if I could have gotten my hands on them!

Inspired by her experience of living in the forest, Bonnie creates a whimsical world where dreams of a magical place come to life.  Forest Floor hopes to ignite the exploration of forest curiosities, and take you on an adventure filled with green and oak flora and delicate berry tinted fauna that inhabits the wondrous depths of the mountains.

Explore the collection deeper: the collection | the lookbook | on instagram | about the collection 

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Today is our stop on the Forest Floor Fabrics blog tour.   The previous stop was at My Crowded Nest with a darling hexi quilt.  (Hello quilting goals!)  Tomorrow the ladies from Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe will share their creations made with Forest Floor Fabrics.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

We started with Flourish Aglow fabric in knit and made an Uptown Downtown maxi dress for Annie.  The combination of fabric and pattern caused Annie to positively float through our forest adventure.  This is the 4th Uptown Downtown dress I’ve made for Annie.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

It’s not only that they are simply darling on her, it’s that they must be amazingly comfortable because she wears them constantly.  This pattern has been updated, but since I had Annie’s size already cut out (she just needed extra length from the last time) I used the pattern I already had prepared.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

When Baby is finished nursing, I totally plan to make myself an Uptown Downtown dress from Art Gallery Fabrics.  It is the softest, most floaty knit ever!

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

I also made Annie a backpack from Wild Posy Flora fabric and the FREE pattern from Sew Much Ado.   Later this week we’ll have a detailed post about the backpacks we made so this post doesn’t become epic in length.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

After Annie’s dress was completed, I sewed some button up shirts for my two youngest boys.  When I first saw (and fell in love with) the Forest Floor Fabrics, it struck me that there are several fabrics in this line suitable for boys wear.  Which always excites me.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

David’s shirt is made from Timber Nightfall fabric.  The pattern is the Sis Boom Ethan Shirt, my favorite button up shirt for boys.  He is wearing his Classic Chinos with this shirt.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Baby’s shirt is also from the Ethan Shirt pattern, and it’s made from Luna Rising Shadow fabric.  This is probably my favorite piece of everything I made!  It could be the way the fabric makes his eyes pop!

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Baby also got a new backpack.  I used Sew Much Ado’s FREE bunny backpack pattern.  On a cuteness scale of 1 to 10, this little backpack is definitely off the charts!  The main part of the backpack uses Capped Dim fabric and the straps are from Maple Mill Fog fabric.  More details later this week.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Since David has a tractor backpack and also a Star Wars backpack he didn’t receive a new one this time.  But he did get to use 2 of the animal pouches I made by hacking the Forest Friends Pocket pattern from Violette Field Threads.  Tutorial tomorrow.  This is where I used all the remaining scraps not used in the clothing.  The deer face is from Laced Moss fabric,  the only fabric not seen elsewhere so far.

http://violettefieldthreads.com/products/preorder-forest-friends-pocket-set

All photography credits go to my oldest daughter, Allegra.  Stunning as usual and captures the mood perfectly!

Many thanks to Bonnie Christine for creating another fabulous line of fabric.  To see the rest of the creations on the Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour, visit this page on Going Home To Roost daily.

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Project Sew It – June

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

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There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

For the next entry in Project Sew It – my version, I sewed 2 garments for a nephew and niece.  They don’t share the same birthday, it’s just that Aunt Audrey is a little behind…again!

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

Since my first entry in Project Sew It was for siblings, and this month it’s the same, I thought it would be fun to again make some garments that are matching, but not too much!

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

I started with a Parachute Polo for my nephew, O.  I could hardly believe he is wearing such a big size when his Mom sent me his measurements!  And just like the first time, I decided to save time and sew 2 shirts at one time.  So when I was making David his polar bear Parachute Polo, I also sewed one for O.

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

Now I have to pause for a moment of honesty here.  When I chose this fabric to make this shirt, I decided to use it up because I wasn’t too fond of the color.  It’s fantastic fabric, Birch Organic knit fabric from Fabric Worm.  But the color just wasn’t doing anything for me.  Then I went hunting in my stash for a coordinating color for the collar.  There just wasn’t anything in the brown or green or even colors that was floating my boat.  But when I grabbed the blue (leftover from Aria’s Kelly Skirt) and wham!  I was in love with this shirt!  I really, really had to force myself to mail it off to my nephew I ended up loving it that much.

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

It was that fabric guiding the gift for his sister, T.  I don’t get to see these kids as much as I’d like, but from photos I see of them, I’ve gotten the impression that T is all girl and loves to dress in a feminine way.  With that in mind, I returned to my latest favorite skirt pattern for girl’s, Thread Faction #106.  I chose this light knit fabric for 2 reasons, it coordinated with the Parachute Polo shirt I’d just made, and for the hack I was planning.

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

For this version of Thread Faction #106, I made it a double layer skirt by cutting out 2 skirts, a pair of shorts, and attaching them both into the waistband at that step.  Easy and stunning effect!

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

I used some of the fabric from the Parachute Polo for the waistband of this skirt to cement in the matching status of the two items.

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Here is T modeling her new skirt!

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Isn’t she such a beautiful young lady!

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And here is little O looking so dapper in his new shirt!

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His Mom says his shirt fits as if it was custom made for him! 😉

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Vineyard Vines Girl’s Seersucker Skirt {Buy or DIY}

Girls' Seersucker skirt DIY

Today we have another Buy or DIY skirt for you! This time we’re showing you how you can make a skirt for a little girl for WAY less than retail price.  Which matters because she’s going to outgrow it!

Girls' Seersucker skirt DIY

Our skirt pick of the day is a girl’s seersucker whale embroidered skirt from Vintage Vines.  Seersucker is a great fabric to use for the hot summer months.  This is a really sweet a-line summer skirt and here’s how you can make it for less.  Much less.

Girl’s Seersucker Skirt Details:

Vineyard Vines Skirt: Embroidered Seersucker Whales Skirt

Fabric Recommendation: Robert Kaufman Embroidered Seersucker Whale Fabric  If you like the look of the pink embroidered creatures, try this Robert Kaufman Embroidered Seersucker Lobster Fabric.

Pattern Recommendation:  Oliver+S Sunday Brunch A-line Skirt

Girl’s Seersucker Skirt Math:

Vineyard Vines skirt: $65 retail price.

Fabric needed: 3/4 yards at $11.68 per yard

Pattern: $13.95

Total $: $22.71 for DIY

Total Savings: $42.29

Wow, the DIY wins for sure!! You’ll be winning too if you make some little girl this cute Oliver+S Sunday Brunch skirt.  And we’d like to point out that the Oliver + S skirt has pockets.  And it comes with a darling jacket pattern too.  So, bonus!  We’ve made them both and we can assure this is an amazing pattern.

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Thread Faction’s Skirt #106 {Pattern Review}

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we have the privilege of reviewing , a pattern by Thread Faction.  And not only that, we’re part of an super awesome blog tour where a bunch of Thread Faction patterns from their new SS2016 collection are being reviewed.  At the end of this post is a giveaway for 1 Thread Faction pattern, and a link to another Thread Faction giveaway you won’t want to miss, plus links to all the other bloggers on the tour.

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Alright, back to Skirt #106.  This pattern will surely be sewn again, which is saying a lot, considering how many skirt pattern we are amassing!  The shape is awesome, which allows for super movement and flexibility.  Just check out this collage we made of Skirt #106 in action.

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

As if the movement in this skirt pattern wasn’t enough, there are shorts underneath, which is a must for any little girl.  Cartwheels, here we come!

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Skirt #106 is a knit skirt pattern.  We used some of our hoarded Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric from the limited edition Priory Square line.  Skirt #106 can be made in 9 sizes from 2-10.  The waistband is elastic, Annie’s preferred method.  Also, the waistband instructions teach you how to make it in a very professional, finished manner.  It’s really worth it, even though it’s a little more difficult and took us several tries and sessions with the seam ripper to get it exactly right.  We sewed a size 6 with added length beyond the size 10 lines.  This is because if this summer is anything like last summer, it will be about 6 inches shorter at the end of summer!  So, planning ahead.

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s time for you to take a tour and see what everyone else has created using Thread Faction patterns.
26/5 Nap Time Creations Miss Castelinhos Swoodson Says Needles to say

27/5 Made By Sara Sew Not Perfect Hello Holli Whisk ’em

28/5 House of Estrela Made By Amanda Rose Max California Brave Fabrics

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