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Karina Skirt {All The Skirts: Spit Up & Stilettos}

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

Today we present you the first skirt in the All The Skirts: Spit Up & Stilettos edition, the Karina Skirts.  This is one skirt you are going to want to have in your closet!  The Karina Skirt is a knit skirt, and it is lined.  This makes it slimming and comfortable.  Like secret pajamas!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

We chose to make a sporty version of the Karina Skirt by adding a striped racing stripe.

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

Ever since we saw Liz’s version of this, we wanted to make one.  Aria tried this skirt on and was instantly happy!  Making this skirt made me really happy because it was so easy to make.  The directions were very easy to follow, complete with picture instructions for each step.  The pattern says it’s not just easy, it’s super easy, and we found that to be so TOTALLY true!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

A little about the fabric.  We’ve vowed to sew all the Spit Up & Stilettos skirts from our stash since all their patterns are free.  Since we are just beginning to sew more with knits, we didn’t have too much in our stash, so we started with a knit maternity skirt (we used the waistband here) and refashioned it into the Karina Skirt.  If you’ve never sewn with knits before, this skirt would be the perfect place to start.  Really!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

One word of warning about this skirt…it is tight fitting!  So if you want a va-voom date night skirt, this is the one that will draw his eye!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

Of course Aria is too young to even think about dates, but the pattern goes down to XS, so it was perfect to make a sporty skirt for her.  I did lengthen the Karina Skirt by about 4 inches, per her request and to make it more suitable for fall and winter wearing.

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

Now we want you to enjoy All The Skirts: Spit Up & Stilettos, so we’ve made a way for you to play along.  Enter the giveaway and grab one of those free Spit Up & Stilettos patterns and get sewing!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

The giveaway this time will include a copy of Not A Skirt! and a $25 gift certificate to Fabricworm.  You can earn entries to win that great stuff in two ways:
1: Fill out the Rafflecopter entries
2: Link up any Spit Up And Stilettos pattern you’ve sewn, or up to three things you’ve sewn using fabric from your stash in 2014.

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Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

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A Betty Skirt for Fall

The Betty Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We are delighted to be the next stop on The Betty Skirt tour.  The Shaffer Sisters created this sweet little skirt pattern, and have are hosting the blog tour to show it off.

The Betty Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

There have been some fantastic versions of The Betty Skirt, and if you haven’t already, go visit the other Betty Skirts.  If you’ve been around Skirt Fixation very long, you know we L.O.V.E. the Betty Skirt.  We made two for Annie already, the seashell skirt, and the honeybee skirt.  But she’s had a mega growth spurt and outgrown them both!

The Betty Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

So it was time for a new Betty Skirt, and we wanted to make one that was going to last her through the fall and winter.  We decided to refashion a sweater to make her new Betty Skirt.

A sweater skirt refashion

We found this 2XL argyle cardigan at Goodwill, and our new Betty Skirt began to take shape.  The other two Betty Skirts we made were the gathered version, and this time we wanted to make the version with the placket, so the cardigan fit the ticket perfectly.  Although this sweater was very big to start with, it wasn’t quite big enough to make the full width of the panels, so this Betty Skirt is not as full as intended, but we’re pretty happy with the way it turned out anyway.

The Betty Skirt

The Betty Skirt is so fast and easy to sew up that we decided to make Annie a matching top, and we turned to our new favorite top pattern, The Bimaa Sweater.  At Goodwill, we grabbed another large and matching sweater for The Bimaa.

sweater refashion

Talk about another fast sew, this one was even faster because we used the existing hem and some of the existing sleeves.  (We made the sleeves extra long so she can cuff them and so she can wear the Bimaa Sweater more than just a few weeks!)  Growth spurts be gone!

sweater skirt refashion

We used the sleeves from the first sweater to make the shawl collar.

The Betty Skirt

So now Annie has a new outfit, a Betty (Sweater) Skirt and matching Bimaa Sweater.  The only thing left to do is figure out how to make one in my size!

The Betty skirt by Shaffer Sisters

The Shaffer Sisters have graciously allowed us to giveaway one copy of The Betty Skirt, so use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win.  This giveaway ends Saturday night, so if you’re not the winner, you still have one more day to use the coupon code “BETTYTOUR” for 30% off The Betty Skirt.  Believe me, this is one pattern you will make over and over and over again!

The Betty Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

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Sweater Skirt refashion by Skirt Fixation

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All The Skirts: Spit Up & Stilettos

Spit Up and Stilettos

Spit Up and Stilettos

All The Skirts: Spit Up and Stilettos

We are delighted to announce the next edition of All The Skirts. There is so much in this edition for everyone because everything in it is free. That’s right f.r.e.e. You see our next “sponsor” Spit Up And Stilettos has made all their patterns free for everyone. (You can read why here.) Talk about an amazing “sponsor!”
Let us tell you a little more about Lauren and Alyssa who are the creators of Spit Up & Stilettos. They are busy moms who craft, sew, cook and blog…kind of like you and me, right? Except that they are inspiring and influencing the ability of seamstresses everywhere. For example; two out of three of their skirt patterns have invisible zippers, which bumps up the sewing ability of every seamstress who sews up a Spit Up And Stilettos skirt. We’ll let you know how those invisible zippers go!
Since all the skirt patterns are free, we decided it would be a no brainer to use free fabric this time too. (Otherwise known as our very large fabric stash that needs some reduction action happening!) Do you have a fabric stash needing your attention? Grab a Spit Up and Stilettos pattern, (go ahead and make a donation if you’re able) and then get busy on that fabric stash. Here is a preview of the skirt patterns we will be sewing and reviewing in this edition of All The Skirts:

Spit Up and Stilettos
The Alyson Skirt: A paper bag skirt with tie and zipper, pleats and darts.

Spit Up and Stilettos
The Emilie Skirt: Twirl skirt coming up! The zipper and button will make it fitted to a T.

Spit Up and Stilettos
The Karina Skirt: Stylish, lined and easy.
We are so excited to begin sewing. The giveaway this time will include a copy of Not A Skirt! and a $25 gift certificate to Fabricworm.  You can earn entries to win that great stuff in two ways:
1: Fill out the Rafflecopter entries
2: Link up any Spit Up And Stilettos pattern you’ve sewn, or up to three things you’ve sewn using fabric from your stash in 2014.

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That’s it! Have fun and happy sewing. Oh, and with Spit Up and Stilettos patterns it won’t be hard to…

Make it beautiful!
Audrey & the Skirt Fixation team

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All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

All The Skirts

We’ve been waiting for today’s announcement for a loooooong time!

All the Skirts Graphic1

We have a new series starting today called All The Skirts!  It’s really simple, and you get to play along too.  For each edition, we will sew up all the skirts from a chosen pattern company using materials featuring one fabric company.  We are so excited to have this first edition sponsored by Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress and Imagine Gnats.  For the month of October, we will be showcasing All The Skirts from Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress using some of the best fabrics from Imagine Gnats.

We want you to enjoy this series too, so one lucky winner will receive 3 PDF patterns from Sis Boom and a $25 gift certificate to Imagine Gnats!

Also, these two amazing sponsors are offering special discount codes just for you during the All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats Edition.

Simply use the code “alltheskirts” when you check out over at Imagine Gnats for a 10% discount.  On everything.  Soon you could be receiving “happy mail” too!

And use the code “skirtfix” over at the Scientific Seamstress/Sis Boom Etsy shop for a 30% discount!  Now’s the time to snap up those patterns you’ve been wanting!

Just the other day we received some “happy mail” from Imagine Gnats.

Imagine Gnats fabric

We can’t wait to show you what gorgeous skirts we’re turning these fabrics into!  Each Friday in October, we’ll show you one of the Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress skirts we’ve sewn up from this amazing Imagine Gnats fabric.  The last Friday in October, we’ll reveal the (random) winners of the Sis Boom patterns and the Imagine Gnats gift certificate and showcase some of our favorite creations from the link up.

There are two you can to play along.

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

2.  InLinkz Link-Up: Link up your Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress and Imagine Gnats projects, each one earns you an entry!

Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.

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You can also earn as many entries as you want by linking up any Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress pattern you have sewn, or anything you’ve sewn in 2014 using fabric from Imagine Gnats!


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Jocole PDF Pattern winner!

Today we want to say hi and welcome!  If you are one of our new subscribers and getting today’s post in your inbox, we want to say a special thank you.  We have some really, really fun events coming up, and Friday we get to announce the first of them.  Then, because we’ve had such fun success with our two editions of Challenge Create, you know there is going to be another one of those coming up before too long as well!  Now onto the winner of 2 Jocole PDF patterns of her choice:

Laurie commented:  “Love both skirts! You ladies look so tall and beautiful! I have several of the Jocole patterns.. but not this skirt! I love it!”

Awww thanks, Laurie!  And now because we can’t leave you without at least one skirt, here is our favorite skirt pin from last week:

Katy from No Big Dill made this skirt during Once Upon A Thread.  It’s the neatest skirt inspired by the neatest book!  And if you want to be inspired to sew, Katy has another edition of Once Upon A Thread coming up!  Yeah, this is pretty much a preview of one thing you’ll be seeing later this week!

Ta-ta for now!

Audrey

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Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt Review

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt

If you’ve just arrived here on the Jocole Blog Tour, Hi and Welcome!

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt

We are so delighted to have the opportunity to make the Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt.  I think this is my favorite skirt I’ve ever made in all the skirts I’ve made in my lifetime!

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt

And to think I came so close to not making one for myself!  You see, it was like this: late one night I decided to make the Jocole Yoga A-Line skirt for the Jocole pattern tour.  (Yes we were given this pattern, but we would gladly pay twice the price for a skirt so wonderful!)

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt

So anyway, it was a dark and stormy night, and I was tired but everyone was asleep and I knew this was going to be a quick sew.  So as usual, I printed out my first pattern piece, checked the test square, and when all looked good, I set off cutting and sewing.  Now I’ll let you in on a little fact that I didn’t learn for another hour or so.  My printer settings were off, but I measured from the edge of the 3 inch block to the edge of the 10 cm block so it looked like it was 3 inches.  I was making a skirt that was 24% too small since my printer was set at 86%.

Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

About an hour later my new skirt was finished and ready to be tried on.  The skirt was so tight it looked like I’d painted it on with a paintbrush.  On my post baby body… Let’s change the subject, shall we?

Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I returned to JoAnn fabrics the next day and found a sparkly knit orange fabric.  This knit is almost sweatshirt weight.  Think about your favorite old college sweatshirt that you wore and wore and wore out.  This is that kind of knit.  Plus is has little sparkles all over it!

Back of Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt

Armed with new fabric and new enlightened measuring method, I started over again.  One quick hour later, viola, my new favorite skirt was born.  The only change I made to the  Jocole Yoga Aline Skirt pattern was to lengthen it by three inches.  The pattern goes up to forty inches long for tall ladies, but I’m what they refer to as ultra tall.  I may have made this skirt a teeny bit too long, but that’s a heavenly change!!!

Jocole Yoga A-Line skirt tween size

Aria was delighted to inherit the first, tiny skirt.  Come back to the blog tomorrow to find out how I added a lining to her Jocole yoga a line skirt, and also how you could make one for a tween.  Not accidentally.  On purpose.  Because you meant to.  Ahem.

2 Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirts

I just love it when mistakes turn into treasures!  Looking on the bright side, Aria got a new skirt and I got the creamiest, most buttery knit yoga skirt ever!  I forgot to tell you one of my favorite things about the finished skirt.  I made the tall 16″ fold over waistband, and I love the privacy it gives me when I use the option of having it  unfolded for added coverage while nursing the baby!

Julia CardiganThen, the rest of the week, I’ll be sharing blog posts about the top and cardigan I’m wearing since it’s Selfish Sewing Week.  Also be sure to enter the Rafflecopter give away below for a chance to win 2 free patterns of your choice from Jocole.  To help you decide which Jocole Patterns you want,  check out the other stops on the Jocole pattern blog tour.

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Jocole A-line yoga skirtsSee you tomorrow!

Audrey

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12 Skirts for Skirting The Issue

Skirting the Issue

July was a great month for skirts!  Over at Simple Simon & Co. the Elizabeths held an event that’s probably the best skirt event of the year.  It’s called Skirting The Issue, and it’s all about making skirts…for needy girls in foster care.  What a great event!  What a great cause!  So of course we couldn’t miss out.  After all, we are the skirt website, right?  So we sewed up some skirts for Skirting The Issue and now we are sharing them with you.

We felt like this event was so great, all 4 of us wanted to contribute some skirts.  Annie’s sewing ability is a little in the shady area so far, but in time she’ll learn!  So she chose 3 skirts from our stash of skirts to be refashioned.  Here are Annie’s selected skirts in sizes 5, 8, and 5:

Skirting the Issue

Aria wanted to refashion some skirts.  So we started with 6 skirts.  The tops of three of the skirts were in great condition, but the fabric on the bottom was ripped.  And for the bottoms of the three refashioned skirts, the original skirts were either stained, lackluster, stretched out or dated!  Combine them, and you have 3 new skirts for girls who need them!  They are sizes 6X/7 and two size 10s:

Skirting the IssueSkirting the Issue RefashionsSkirting the Issue refashions

Aria’s contribution:

3 refashioned skirts

Allegra raided our fabric stash and found three fabrics as her base.  She matched them with the most adorable coordinating fabrics for the pockets and trim for the pocket edges.  She used the basic measurement charts that was provided over at Project Run & Play to make 3 skirts in the upper sizes, a 10, 12, and 16.

3Pocket Skirts2

When Annie saw Allegra’s handiwork, the fairy pockets, the sparkly gold trim and that certain shade of blue, she just had to have “an Elsa skirt” and a photo shoot, so Allegra ended up making 4 skirts!

ElsaSkirt1

This child was in full actress mode for these photos!

ElsaSkirt2

She has never seen Frozen, only a few YouTube videos of the songs, but that seems to be enough!Elsa Skirt

She found a “perfect cape” in the dress up box!Elsa SkirtI think she was right…the skirt works, and it wasn’t as hard to make as a whole costume!
Elsa Skirt tutorial

You just have to wonder what she’s thinking!!Cute and easy elsa skirt tutorial!

These photos were taken in our “squash tunnel” where things are growing gangbusters!  But we’re not sure how we’re going to harvest this pumpkin!!

Pie Pumpkin

I decided to make 3 skirts, and make a tutorial.  Every day during Skirting The Issue, there were skirt tutorials posted!  We’d love to be chosen to share a skirt tutorial next year!

Finishing a skirt with bias tape tutorial:

Using Seam Binding to finish a skirt

1: Cut out 2 rectangles using dimensions on chart for desired skirt size.  Gather together matching seam binding and thread.

Step1

2: Sew 2 rectangles, right sides together, at sides to make a tube.  Finish seam edges as desired.

Step2

3: Fold over 1/4 inch on top edge of skirt and iron, wrong sides together.

Step3

4: Fold over additional 1 inch on top edge of skirt and iron, wrong sides together.  You have just made the elastic casing.

Step4

5: Sew close to bottom edge of elastic casing at top of skirt.  Sew on the inside of the skirt so you can line up the edge of your presser foot along the edge of the casing and end up with a nice straight line!

Step5

6: Stop before you get to where you started so you have room to insert the elastic!

Step6

7: Insert elastic through casing by using a pin on one end to pull elastic through.

Step7

8: Over lap the ends of the elastic and sew together.  Work elastic fully into casing.

Step8

9: Sew casing shut.

Step9

10: Fold bias tape around unfinished bottom of skirt and sew in place.

Step10

11: Overlap the ends and fold under the last end for a nice clean finish.

Step11

TaDa!  You have finished a skirt in record time!

pink bias tap skirt

And such pretty hem detail too!

pink bias skirt

You can use this for a pencil skirt shape too!

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You can add pockets and use bias tape trim at the top of the pockets if you want too!

bias tape pocket skirt

I made 3 skirts like this, in sizes 4, 6 & 8:

Skirting the Issue

So that’s a total of 12 skirts donated for the Skirting The Issue cause!  We loved this event, and since our mission here at Skirt Fixation is to promote skirts, this event is right up our alley!  If you have time to whip up a skirt or two, be sure to find all the information you need here for donating your projects to this great cause.

Skirting the Issue

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The Eagerly-Awaited Skirt Giveaway Remake Results!

giveaway skirt remake results

Allllllllllright!  Now we apologize first of all for keeping you waiting, but yesterday we were on the go all day long, and we haven’t gotten mobile blogging down pat yet, so without further ado, we present the Skirt Giveaway Remake Results!

Just to refresh your memory, here is the before skirt once again.  We were given it by a grandma lady, and it was won by another dear Grandma.

free white stag skirt!

Here is what Grandma M. said about her remake process:

Well, I finally was able to get to this skirt!!  It took me most the day Saturday to get it done, but I enjoy sewing & love the end product!  I patterned it after one of my favorite skirts from days gone by, you maybe remember the flannel skirt in greens, maroons & creme colors?  Anyway, the giveaway skirt took longer b/c of being made from rayon, needed lots of edge finishing & since I’d cut it twice there were lots of edges to attend to. 
skirt giveaway remake results
And it’s very “full & flowing” with a bottom circumference of about 10 1/2 feet and a finished length of 41″  :O)  This skirt took lots of math & measuring, so might be in the advanced sewing bracket.  I took a close-up to show the braided pattern in the black material that I used.  It was some from (one of my daughters) projects from high-school.  :O) 
giveaway skirt remake resultsWhat a gorgeous skirt remake!  To tell the truth, we couldn’t imagine what to do with such a “grandma” skirt, and we were so excited to see the results of whoever won!  What a fabulous remake.  We are absolutely bowled over!  So now Allegra and Aria have one Grandma who they hope to inherit fashion sense from, and another Grandma who they hope to inherit sewing ability from!  What an incredible sewing talent, and such great vision.
skirt giveaway remake resultsWe love how you paired this fantastic new skirt with a coordinating sweater and black jacket and boots.  What a great autumn combination.  Bring on the falling leaves and amazing fall colors!  Grandma M. will be there right in the middle of the action, in her beautiful new skirt.
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 So now you know what to do!  Leave Grandma M. some comment love and tell her what a great seamstress she is!  For that matter, tell her what a great Grandma she is!  Tell us about one of your Grandma’s and what she sewed!  Or let us in on your latest sewing project!  How about telling us about your favorite skirt?  We’d love to hear from you!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Alert! and Giveaway Winner!

floral skirt

Today’s Skirt Alert includes celebrity skirts!

lace skirt

First up is Beyonce in a lace coverup skirt on the beach in Brazil on September 17.  What a swimsuit coverup!  She wears this one with flair!  I think she actually wore this one to several functions during the day…must have been super comfortable!

floral skirt

Katie Holmes wore a cute floral skirt to a fashion show September 11.  She paired it with a green top, matching the foliage rather than the flowers.  Cute, cute, cute!  Looks sort of vintage, if you ask us!  Love the creamy clutch too.

olivia palermo skirt

We found a totally cute outfit that Olivia Palermo wore to a fashion show on September 16, on What She Wore, one of our favorite websites for finding celebrity skirts. This picture shows Ms. Palermo in a navy blue ensemble comprised of a skirt, shirt, and jacket. We love the shoes that she wore with this outfit, and we adore the asymmetrical zipper on her jacket.

Well, that’s this week’s skirt alert; let us know what you think of the chosen outfit in the comment section.

free white stag skirt!

And now for our free skirt giveaway winner!

The random number generator picked “Gramma Mary” who commented the following!

I have very few memories of any of my grandparents because they were all gone by the time I was 8 years old. But I do remember spending a couple weekends with my mom at her folks. I loved to sit & watch my Gramma iron. I was intrigued because she still used two old “flat-irons”, keeping one on the old cookstove to heat, while ironing with the other one – hot off the stove! But before you think this was way, way back, it took place in the 60′s. My grandparents were in their 80′s & chose not to update their home with all the “modern” inventions. :o )

This gramma was a seamstress by trade. My mom said she could look at a dress in a store & then go home & cut a pattern out of newspaper & sew it up. Maybe that’s why the women of our family like to sew & re-invent and do it so well! :O)

So be watching your mailbox Gramma Mary!  You’ll be receiving the skirt soon!  We can’t wait to see what she refashions it into!  We’ll keep everyone updated and post the end result as soon as we get it!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.