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Uptown Downtown Maxi Dress {Project Sew It}

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation. Love the coordinating binding!

If you thought I was late for the last Project Sew It post I did, just wait until you read about today’s project!

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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.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

This sweet niece of mine had a birthday in June.  Yes, June!  But I finally got around to sewing her project in September.  Since I was so late, I give her quite a bit of freedom in choosing the dress and the fabric!  Last winter I made her an Uptown Downtown maxi dress that she loved but outgrew pretty fast.  So naturally she requested another one.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sent her a link to all the Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric on the Hawthorne Threads website and told her to choose.  (Actually, that was pretty mean as I don’t think  I would have been able to narrow it down to just one!)  She chose Pirot Evoked Knit in Silver which makes an absolutely adorable Uptown Downton maxi dress.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since I was so late in making her gift, and since cooler temperatures have arrived, I made her an Aster Cardigan to go with the dress.  I even used matching fabric from the dress as the neck binding inside the cardigan.  I used sweatshirt fleece for this Aster Cardigan which makes a lovely cropped sweater.  Unfortunately, even though I went up a size from the Uptown Downtown dress, the cardigan was too small for my niece!  I’m pretty sure it’s because the sweatshirt fleece doesn’t have much stretch.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

She’s such a sweetie, she sent both the dress I made her last year and this Aster Cardigan back to us so Annie can wear them!  So I owe her a new cardigan, that fits to go with her dress.  I think if I use French Terry, it will work out perfectly.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

My sister sent me some modeled shots of my niece wearing her dress.  I love how she styled it with a scarf and vest.  She definitely gets her good taste from her mom.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now I think I’ve only got a couple more things to sew for Project Sew It.  Hopefully I will be a little more prompt…although I know I’m already late for my newest nieces’s birthday!

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Where the Wild Things Play {Twig & Tale Blog Tour}

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Wild Thing vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sometimes you get to be part of something that is just plain fun!  That’s what today’s sewing is about…Where The Wild Things Play.  Warning: it’s a picture heavy post, but I think you’ll see why.  And if you make it to the end, reward yourself by entering the giveaway!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently an Indie sewing company decided to change it’s name.  The former Big Little pattern company changed their name to Twig + Tale.  It perfectly describes what this company is about.  Fun, nature, wild things, upcycling, and did I mention fun?  You simply must go over and check them out.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

To celebrate the name change, Twig + Tale decided to host a blog tour.  We chose to use the Pathfinder Vest pattern and use the Wild Things upgrade to embellish the vest.  You can buy these two pattens bundled here.  We ended up sewing 4 Wild Thing vests.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

There are 14 different animals you can make using the Wild Things pattern.  Of the 3 different wild thing vests the kids chose, only 1 of them has specific instructions, so that gives you an idea of how good this pattern is!  Only the panda is included, so we used the fox to create 2 wolves and the dinosaur to create a dragon.  Let’s go over the dragon first.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

There is a free dragon upgrade, but it wasn’t released yet when we made the dragon as part of our Sewing For Kindergarten mini wardrobe.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you look at this photo, you can see the horns were originally made from heavier weight leather.  But they flopped over, and so I changed them out for faux leather that matched the dragon’s spikes.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Then I added the wings, of course, as soon as they were released.  Since I was adding them after the vest was already sewn, I added some pipe cleaners in the “bones” of the wings to give them structure.  Then I turned under the part of the wings by the spikes and stitched them down there and at the shoulders.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

When I showed David all the animal choices he wanted to be a dragon, so a dragon it was.  The outside of this dragon vest is some green fuzzy fleece from our stash, and the lining is Luminaries Gold by Maureen Cracknell’s Nightfall line for Art Gallery Fabrics.  This was a nod to the “Reach for the Stars” theme of the mini wardrobe.  I added a zipper to this vest instead of using the button and loops at the top.  There is a tutorial for how to do this here.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

David had so much fun during the photo shoot playing the part of a dragon wild thing.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The original plan was to sew a wolf vest for Baby to go with David’s dragon vest.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

These boys love the book “Where The Wild Things Are” and Max (the main character) puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief.  So Baby had to be a wolf.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The outside of this wolf vest is Golden Husky Faux Fur from Cali Fabrics.  In a nod to the line from the book, “That night in Max’s room a forest grew, and grew, and grew!”  We used Mystical Woods fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics designed by Maureen Cracknell.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Every time Baby put on this vest for a fitting and then for the photo shoot, he would begin to howl like a wolf.  A very cute, baby wolf.  Serious cuteness to see Baby trying to act tough and scary like a wolf.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used the fox ears and tail to create the wolf vest.  I inserted pipe cleaners into the ears to try to make them stiffer and stand up better.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Also, the pockets were omitted from this vest, simply because the sewing with faux fur was complex enough without trying to figure out pockets!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because I ordered a yard of the wolf fur, Thomas asked, and I acquiesced to making him wolf vest.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Simply because wolves travel in packs, I had enough to make them both, and making two was about as easy as making one.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

This was not the original plan, so I didn’t have any fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics for the lining.  But Thomas just wanted black anyway, so a black lining fabric from the stash (leftover from a skirt refasion!) it was.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Even though I put pipe cleaners inside the ears, they are larger than the small wolf ears and ended up a little floppy, probably due to the heavy weight of the faux fur.  Thomas is cool with it, deciding at times to be a bear, a wolf, or various other creatures!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

He’s just pleased to have gotten a vest out of the deal.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

At his request, Thomas’s wolf tail is detachable.  It attaches to the lining with a snap.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Also, he is much more realistic at playing the part of a scary wolf!  I used a toggle button and some hair elastic to make closures for both the wolf wild thing vests.  Buttons or zippers just weren’t an option with fur that has this long of a pile.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sewing with faux fur was a learning experience for me, and I’m sharing 30+ tips (so you don’t have to make the mistakes I did!) over on the Cali Fabrics blog.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Probably because there were so many cute options, and I had the outer fabric in my stash, I decided to sew a 4th wild thing vest for Annie.  She was overjoyed when she discovered she was getting a Wild Things vest too.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

After looking for the options, she decided to be a panda.  I knew there was only one possible fabric to use for the lining, so at the last minute, and relying on her notorious super fast shipping, I ordered some Pandalings Pod Shadow knit fabric (designed by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics) from Imagine Gnats.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Wild Things add on (which by the way is meant to be added onto a coat, but it’s very easy to add onto a vest, obviously!) included instructions and all the pattern pieces for a panda.  It was pretty easy to make.   Annie made the pom pom tail herself by following the directions included in the pattern.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pockets have a fun paw print detail on them.  Using knit for the lining is not one of the recommended fabrics, but it worked out fine.  I just made sure to keep the knit fabric against the feed dogs when sewing the lining to the vest, to help pull along the knit fabric.  The knit fabric also makes this a very, very soft vest inside and out!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Instead of the button loops and buttons recommended in the pattern, I made actual buttonholes since the fur I was using has a low pile and isn’t too thick.  For the photo shoot, Annie wore her Uptown Downtown maxi dress made from Art Gallery Fabrics.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

She didn’t think panda bears are very vicious, so had fun playing the part of a more gentle wild thing.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here is a closer look at each of the fun linings.  It was really fun and rewarding to sew these Wild Things vests.  The dragon and smaller wolf vests are the same size, and so the boys will be able to interchange them.  Then when they outgrow them, they will have the opportunity to play panda, and wolf all over again!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

As for me, I think it’s time to retire from the Wild Thing sewing business.  For a while, anyway, at least until I get all the fur cleaned up out of my sewing room!  Although there are still quite a few animal variations I haven’t sewn yet.  Which one would you make?

 

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Longihood Pattern Review (for boy & girl)

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

You may have noticed the Future Athlete outfit from our Sewing for Kindergarten post included the Longihood and we promised more details later.  Well, today we’ve got a full review of the Longihood pattern as well as a few more details about that Future Athlete look.

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Something neat is happening…Annika from Naeh Connection is making sewing a universal language by bringing pattern written in English to Germans who sew and patterns written in German to those of us who sew in English.  That’s what the Longihood pattern is, a pattern originally written in German, now available in English in the Naeh Connection Shop.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The Longihood pattern is a PDF pattern created by Die Erbensenprinzessin  It can be made in 10 sizes from 80 (12 months) to 134 (size 9) in 2 styles.  There is a more fitted dress version and a shorter sweater version.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Either one can have a hood or a cowl and the option of a kangaroo pocket.  The hood can be made with or without the cuff/band.  The shorter version can be made with a color blocked front.  The recommended fabrics are sweatshirting, french terry, velour, fleece, etc.  Rib knit is recommended for the cuffs and hem band.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The sewing of the Longihood is pretty straightforward.  There are just a few illustrations, not one for every step.  However, this is a nice easy sew, and the words are very thorough.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

For Annie, I sewed the dress version because it has waist shaping, but in the shorter, sweater length.  I made her a size 128 (size 8.)  The striped fabric came from Imagine Gnats, but is no longer available.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The contrast navy blue is a bamboo french terry, this one from The Fabric Fairy.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Both these hoodies are incredibly soft!  Like, I WANT one, soft!  I think the kids favorite feature of the Longihood is the kangaroo pocket…they have their hands in all the time!

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

For David, I sewed the basic sweater version without the color blocked front.  Because I was making it basic, I added all the optional topstitching and then some!  I sewed him a size 104 (size 4) with no changes.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The rest of the Future Athlete look is yet another pair of Parachute Sweatpants!  David loves this pattern so much that it’s almost all he ever chooses to wear.  I am a little disappointed in the quality of the sweatshirt fleece from JoAnn’s though because it’s pilling pretty fast.  I know he puts it to the ultimate boy test, and they’ve been laundered quite often, but still.  If you have a recommendation for good quality sweatshirt fleece, I’d love to hear it.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Overall, I definitely recommend the Longihood pattern, and will be making more for my kids!  And you should too, because right now there are sales…check this out:

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His Outfit details:

Top Pattern: Longihood translate to English in the Naeh Connection Shop

Top Fabric: French Terry from Hancock Fabric store closing, similar here and Grey Knit Rib similar here

Sweatpants Pattern: Parachute Sweatpants

Sweatpants Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

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Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt {Buy or DIY ~ Skirt!}

Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt - Buy or DIY from Skirt Fixation!

Today we have another girl’s Buy or DIY skirt for you! This time we’re showing you how you can make a name brand skirt perfect for summer for less than retail price, and more practical too.

Our skirt pick of the day is a Gucci skirt from Norstrom.   See that cute little bee appliqué patch?  We’ve even located a source on that for you!

Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt - Buy or DIY from Skirt Fixation!

Buy or DIY Skirt Details:

Skirt: Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt from Nordstrom

Fabric Recommendation: Cotton Jersey Charcoal Grey

Pattern Recommendation: Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop Sporty Girl Skort

Buy or DIY Skirt Math:

Gucci Ruffle skirt: $235 retail price.

Fabric needed: 1 yards at $6.48 per yard   See that darling little ruffle on the bottom?  Ordering a yard of this fabric will allow you extra to gather and add that ruffle, plus include the shorts underneath!

Pattern: $7.95

Baby bumble bee patch: $3.99

Elastic: $2.99 for 3 yards of 1″ wide knit elastic

Total $: $21.41 for DIY

Total Savings: $213.59

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  And we’d like to point out that the Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop pattern comes with built in shorts.  If you have a little girl who wears skirts, you’ll immediately love that option too!  We’ve made this pattern, and we can assure this is a great pattern you’ll turn to over and over again.

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Annie’s 4H City Park Tee Dress

Young girl sews her own dress for 4H project!

Young girl sews her own dress for 4H project!

Annie sewed a fun project for 4H this year.  Last year she sewed a skirt, and every year the child is supposed to show advancement of skills.  Now, in her level (K-2,) this isn’t a requirement and everyone gets a blue ribbon no matter what they create.  But we decided it was a good opportunity for Annie to learn some new skills.

Young girl sews her own dress for 4H project!

Adrianna just released the City Park Tee, and then did a series of tutorials on how to make the City Park Tee into a dress.  I showed the 3 looks to Annie and she chose the classic straight tee dress.  I asked Annie to share what she remembered/loved from making her City Park Tee dress, and here’s what she said:

We made it 20 inches longer than the longest size which was just above my ankles.  We used the City Park Tee into a dress using a tutorial from Hey June Handmade.  The neckband was pretty tricky but I put lots of pins in it.  It has different options for sleeves, but I used the short sleeve option.  I chose this fabric because brown looks better than light colors on my body.  We used almost all of this fabric that we had.  My favorite part of making this dress is getting to wear it.

Young girl sews her own dress for 4H project!

Just for reference, Annie is 8.  This was her 1st time sewing with knit fabric.  I kept her in constant supervision, sometimes helping to steer the fabric through the machine.  We also talked about each step of the directions and what it meant.  The City Park Tee is a very easy pattern to follow, and has illustrations for each step.  It really wasn’t too hard for Annie to understand and picture most steps before she started sewing it.

Young girl sews her own dress for 4H project!

Annie now regularly haunts our knit fabric stash plotting and planning the next City Park Tee or Dress she’s going to make!  I’m so proud of her, and if you are too, leave a comment!

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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

Summer pajamas

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!

Summer pajamas for girl

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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