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Giveaway Winner

Last week during the Runway Skirt blog tour, we had saw so many beautiful skirts!  A huge thank you to each and everyone who sewed and modeled a Runway Skirt.

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Make sure you didn’t miss a single day:

12/5 Day 1

12/6 Day 2

12/7 Day 3

12/8 Day 4

12/9 Day 5

And many of you loved and got your own Runway Skirt pattern during the sale too!  As they say in the Indie pattern design community, every time you purchase a pattern from an Indie designer, a real person does a happy dance!

The winner of the giveaway for 1 Runway Skirt pattern and $25 gift certificate to Urban Sew is Jill.  Happy sewing and shopping Jill!

If you weren’t the giveaway winner, you can get your own copy of the Runway Skirt here.  And remember the new maternity add on if you need that, or know someone who does!  You can also gift the pattern to someone using a gift certificate.

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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?

 

What would a Blog Tour be without a giveaway!

Art Gallery Fabrics is kindly sponsoring 2 yards of Art Gallery fabric of your choice. To make the prize extra sweet, we are also adding a collection of 5 Twig + Tale patterns of your choice.
International entries are very welcome. Our bloggers come from every corner of the world to celebrate the global nature of Twig +Tale too.
Enter using the rafflecopter below.
(The winning entry will be checked to ensure all criteria are met).
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Summer Skirt Awards 2016

Summer 2016 Skirt Awards

Edited to add: Yippee!  I’m so excited to announce that the great sewing teacher, Mie from Sewing Like Mad won a $40 gift certificate to Imagine Gnats; sponsored in part by the generous Rachel from Imagine Gnats.  

Summer 2016 Skirt Awards

The other morning I actually donned a sweater!  Fall is here, so that means it’s time for the Summer Skirt Award 2016!  Yes!  I know you’ve been waiting and watching all the skirts of the season, so relax and enjoy the skirts on parade!  Since it’s our 10th Skirt Award Ceremony we want to do something special.  We’re going to put up a poll at the end so you can vote on your favorite of these skirts, and the winner will receive a gift certificate to Imagine Gnats!  (So they can by more fabric and make more skirts, of course!)  All right…the best summer skirts of 2016:

Best Woven Skirt Award

The amazing Bonnie from Whisk ‘Em sewed up this skirt.  The contrast striping on the skirt delights the eyes and is perfect for summer!  Bonnie here’s your badge:

Summer 2016 Skirt Awards by Skirt Fixation

Best Skirt Tutorial

It’s pretty well established in the sewing community that if you need to know how to sew something the right way, ask Mie from Sewing Like Mad.  So it’s no surprise that her simple exposed elastic waist skirt tutorial exceeds all the others.   Mie, please accept this award from one of your lowly sewing students!

Summer 2016 Skirt Awards by Skirt Fixation

Best New Pattern

Here at Skirt Fixation we see and sew a lot of skirts from patterns.  So when we see a new release like the Maple Skirt by Jess from Gracious Threads, we get all kinds of excited at how good it is!  Jess, here’s your well earned badge.

Summer 2016 Skirt Awards by Skirt Fixation

Best Knit Skirt

Abbey from Sew Charleston had the same problem as we did when it came to the Axel skirt pattern, she couldn’t make just one!  And her skirts are so darling, and so versatile, we just had to award them the best knit skirt award.

Summer 2016 Skirt Awards by Skirt Fixation

Best Maxi Skirt

Making a maxi skirt for summer can be kind of a tricky situation.  Because you know, it’s summer!  A puzzle which Eryn, from Style Sew Me solved beautifully with this flowy breezy maxi skirt.  Eryn, please accept this award, even if it’s not as classy as your skirt!

Summer 2016 Skirt Awards by Skirt Fixation

Best Little Skirt

Lately we’ve been drawn to the simple but detailed items of clothing.  Something which Karly, of Paisley Roots, has mastered.  Like this little skirt.  You’ve GOT to go to her blog post to see the finer details.  Karly, please honor us by taking this badge!

Summer 2016 Skirt Awards by Skirt Fixation

Most Creative Skirt

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The ladies over at the Colette blog can get pretty creative.  And we love when it produces things as amazing as this skirt!  We’re all about trying different materials to create gorgeous skirts!  Ladies, here’s your badge…

Summer 2016 Skirt Awards by Skirt Fixation

Most Fun Skirt

We’re all hands on deck when it comes to a skirt with a strong theme, a fun look, and ultimate wearability.  That what our good friends, the ladies from Simple Simon & Co achieved with this Pokemon Go inspired skirt!  Ladies, we’d be honored if you’d take this award:

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Best Skirt Refashion

The Refashioners 2016 Jeanius challenge brought out the old jeans and the most amazing creations ever!  (Did you see the quilt we made for the challenge?)  Well there were several skirt created from old jeans, but one stood out above the rest.  Lisa from Pattern and Branch refashioned jeans into this skirt which still has us oohing and ahhing!  Lisa, your hard earned badge:

Summer 2016 Skirt Awards by Skirt Fixation

Fancy Skirt Award

It may look like just a plain white skirt, but you really need to check out this very fancy skirt by Stacy from Stylin Stacy.  The amount of topstitching and details that went into this one are incredible!  Stacy, here’s your award:

Summer 2016 Skirt Awards by Skirt Fixation

Best Summer Skirt

This sunshiny skirt could have won the award in several of the above categories, but HELLO SUMMER!  Alyssa, from The Sewing Goatherd, sewed up this skirt that sings sum, sum, summertime!  Alyssa, here’s your award:

Summer 2016 Skirt Awards by Skirt Fixation

Now that’s almost the end!  But remember to vote for your favorite skirt.  Voting will remain open through the weekend, and we’ll update this post with the winner on Monday.  If you won an award, right click on it to take it home and display it proudly!

Which Skirt Is Your Favorite of Summer 2016?

  • Best Summer Skirt by The Sewing Goatherd (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Best Knit Skirt by Sew Charleston (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Most Fun Skirt by Simple Simon and Co (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Fancy Skirt Award by Stylin Stacy (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Best Maxi Skirt by Style Sew Me (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Most Creative Skirt by the Colette Blog (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Best Woven Skirt by Whisk 'Em (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Best Skirt Refashion by Pattern and Branch (11%, 8 Votes)
  • Best New Pattern by Gracious Threads (20%, 15 Votes)
  • Best Little Skirt by Paisley Roots (22%, 16 Votes)
  • Best Skirt Tutorial by Sewing Like Mad (24%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 74

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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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Giveaway Winners for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

The last 2 months have been so fun because we got to sew up all the Megan Nielsen skirt patterns using fabric from Imagine Gnats.  And some of you had fun doing the same!  Before we reveal the giveaway winners, we want to review the Megan Nielsen skirts.

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

Kelly Skirt sewn in Indigo Denim

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

All 3 views of the Axel Skirt, one in striped knit.

Hello Holli wearing the Erin Maternity skirt by Megan Nielsen. Sewn with fabric from Imagine Gnats.

The ever cute Hello Holli in the Erin Skirt sewn with knit from Imagine Gnats.

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Brumby skirt in double gauze.

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

Veronika Skirt in knit.

Cascade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Cascade Skirt in French Terry

There were 3 lovely ladies who linked up things they’d sewn with a Megan Nielsen pattern or fabric from Imagine Gnats.

Cat is a Kitty linked up two things including this darling Brumby Skirt.

Our good friend Michelle from Falafel and the Bee linked up a few things she’d made with fabric from Imagine Gnats.

Dana from Sew Thrifty linked up some darling maternity clothing, and was the crowd favorite, winning 1 PDF pattern from Megan Nielsen and $50 from Imagine Gnats.

And the random winner of the Rafflecopter giveaway is Emi from Just Add Fabric, who happens to be an amazing seamstress.

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We will be donating the handkerchief hem Axel skirt to Skirting the Issue, which is happening right now!

That’s it for this edition of All The Skirts.  Stay tuned of the next edition of All The Skirts, coming soon!

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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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Cascade Skirt {All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats}

Cascade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Due to technical difficulties (also known as a waiting line for the sewing machine because of 4H project deadlines) Friday’s All The Skirts post is being published today.  (More on those awesome 4H projects coming soon!)

Cascade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final skirt for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats is the Cascade Skirt.  The Cascade skirt has a lot of things going on in one amazing skirt.  It’s a wrap skirt, a circle skirt, has options to tie in the front,  the back or button up, and has a high low hem!  And beside all that, we decided to make it into a swim suit coverup.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Imagine you’ve been swimming for a couple of hours and it’s time to settle down on the grassy shore and watch everyone else for a while.  You wade up to the shore, grab your Cascade Skirt made from jade french terry backed wick away lycra fabric., and wrap it around you like a towel, except waaaaay classier because it’s the Cascade Skirt!

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Cascade Skirt can be made in 5 sizes from XS to XL.  There are 3 versions to choose from, and the variations all depend on how you want to close the skirt.  Tie in front, tie in back, or a simple double button closure in the front.  This pattern is rated a 1 out of 5 skill level needed.  All the illustrations are drawn and very easy to follow.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since the side seams can show due to the high low hem,  instructions are included for french seams.  We just love thoughtful touches like that.  There are only 3 pattern pieces needed for making any of the views of the Cascade Skirt.  The pattern suggests hand tacking the waistband down, and even though I usually avoid hand sewing like the plague, I found this to be the best solution for getting the waistband not to twist.  I may or may not have paid Allegra in chocolate to rip it out for me.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Let’s move on the that delicious jade french terry backed wick away lycra fabric.  There are so many fabrics at Imagine Gnats that could be used to make a lovely Cascade Skirt.  I almost went with this eyelet because the Cascade Skirt instructions include directions for lining it.  And then there’s this drapey knit.  Finally, I did the only sensible thing to do and asked Rachel, the owner of Imagine Gnats for her help.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

When I finally settled on the idea of a swim suit coverup, she helped me choose this gorgeous french terry fabric.  While this color matches Aria’s swim suit and she immediately claimed this Cascade Skirt, I’m pretty sure I’ll be sewing at least one more.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of sewing Megan Nielsen patterns and Imagine Gnats fabric, it’s time to vote on those entries in the Inlinkz sew along.  The crowd favorite will win 1 Megan Nielsen PDF pattern and $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats.  Also, the Rafflecopter is still open for a few more days, so enter away for your chance to win 1 Megan Nielsen PDF pattern and $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats!

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Veronika Skirt {All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats}

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

Before we start today I want to point out that the Inlinkz is pretty lonely which makes your chances of winning pretty high!  Stick around until the end of the post to find the link up.  Also, the 15% off discount at the end of the post ends July 15…hurry and grab all your Megan Nielsen patterns!

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Veronika Skirt is next up for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats.  The Veronika Skirt is a FREE pattern!  It is a full circle skirt that can be made from woven or stretch fabrics.  There are 3 versions, 2 waistband options, and some scalloped pockets.  The Veronika skirt can be made in 5 sizes from XS to XL.

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

We changed up the Veronika Skirt pattern in two ways.  This was because Aria decided to use the Veronika Skirt pattern as part of her sewing 4H project this year and she wanted to customize it for herself.  The first change we made was to make it a 1/2 circle skirt instead of a full circle skirt.  This is a very easy change, all we had to do was cut the pattern NOT on the fold, on a single layer of fabric.  Another thing we had to change by doing this was to cut the top of the pattern piece larger.  For Aria, this meant measuring down 4″ from the top of the pattern.  And the final change we did in making a 1/2 circle skirt was to double the height of the waistband due to Aria’s preference.

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other change you’ve probably noticed is the length.  Aria wanted to maximize the effect, so we measured her desired finished length and made the Veronika skirt that long.  This change would not have been possible with a full circle skirt unless we added more seams into the skirt due to the width constraints of the fabric.

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

Like all Megan Nielsen patterns we’ve sewn, the Veronika skirt is a great pattern.  This skill level is rated as a 1 out of 5, and Aria truly made this skirt by herself after I helped figure the changes to the cutting layout.  The illustrations in the pattern are drawn, and the instructions are clear and simple.

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric we used for the Veronika skirt was in our stash, it’s some of our favorite knit fabric from JoAnn Fabrics.  But Imagine Gnats has many really great fabrics that would work for a Veronika skirt like this one, or this one!

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s your turn to play.  The Inlinkz is open for you to link up anything you’ve made in 2016 using fabric from Imagine Gnats, or any Megan Nielsen pattern!  We can’t wait to see what you’ve created using supplies from these fantastic sponsors.  And remember to use the discount code SKIRTS16 for 15% off at Megan Nielsen.

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Brumby Skirt {All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats}

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Pockets!  The Brumby Skirt catches your eye with those deep scoop pockets!  But don’t worry, that’s not all this skirt has to offer.  There is an exposed zipper option, 3 different lengths to choose from, and a contoured waistband.  You can even make a Brumby without pockets if you prefer.  Today we get to show you our Brumby Skirt made with fabric from Imagine Gnats for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats.

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Brumby skirt pattern is a one afternoon sew.  The illustrations are simple and easy to follow.   Basically, Megan Nielsen has created another wonderful skirt pattern.  One thing we really love about all Megan Nielsen patterns are how clean and professionally the skirts are finished on the inside.  On a scale of 1 to 5, this pattern is rated a 2 for difficulty.

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra chose Version 2 for her Brumby skirt.  It has more fullness and a midi length.  Plus the pockets, of course!  The front seam with topstitching is another nice detail form this version.  Allegra also chose some Champagne double gauze from Imagine Gnats for this skirt.  It makes such a soft, dreamy skirt.  She chose this color because it’s a good neutral and pairs with everything!

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only change we made to the Brumby skirt was the zipper.  Allegra wanted a regular zipper rather than the exposed option.  She’s already made me promise to sew her another one, so maybe we’ll try the exposed zipper next time!

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s your turn to play.  The Inlinkz is open for you to link up anything you’ve made in 2016 using fabric from Imagine Gnats, or any Megan Nielsen pattern!  We can’t wait to see what you’ve created using supplies from these fantastic sponsors.  And remember to use the discount code SKIRTS16 for 15% off at Megan Nielsen.

Also, be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.  There will be 2 winners who each receive $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats and 1 PDF pattern from Megan Nielsen.

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