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Pink Wool Bunny Jacket

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today’s outfit is both inspired and necessity sewing.  The inspiration comes from the Week 2 theme at Project Run & Play; Nature Inspired.  And the necessity comes from Baby Tina’s need for a winter jacket!  A pink wool bunny jacket.

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

So 1st the jacket.  This is the Downton Duffel Jacket by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  We really love this pattern, and have sewn it many times.  The fabric for this Downton Duffle Jacket came from a thrifting score!  This pink wool fabric was originally a wool blanket in perfect condition I found at the thrift store for $2.  I had no plans for it, but a huge wool blanket for that price was hard to pass up.

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric lining is from the stash, leftover from our sewing for the Forest Floor blog tour.  It’s the Wild Posy Flora Fabric by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.  It’s simply darling for the lining of this jacket.  I used up every last available scrap, and only had enough for one of the ears, did you notice?  But that’s okay because the other ear looks darling with the pink stretch leather I used for the hood trim, elbow patches and toggles.  Oh, and I borrowed the rabbit ears from the Twig + Tale Animal patterns and sewed them into the seams of the hood in the right places.  It’s an absolutely adorable addition, don’t you think?

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of that pink stretch leather, it gave me quite a time to get it on perfectly!  The problem was the stretch of the fabric, not the thinness.  Every trick I tried (teflon foot, tape on the bottom of a regular foot, a walking foot and more) failed and I ripped and ripped out the leather and cut out new toggles and tried again.  I even tried gluing the leather in place before sewing, but nope, I still got puckers!  

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally I found a combination that worked, thanks to asking for advice from my sewing friends on Instagram.  I ironed on double stick Steam-A-Seam 2 to the back of the toggle pieces and ironed them in place onto the jacket.  Then, with a walking foot on, I slowly HAND CRANKED around the edges of the piece. 

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, success!  Oh, and these are the actual toggles are shank buttons from JoAnns and that’s shoelaces for the cording.

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The jacket is lined with quilt batting for extra warmth in the cold of winter.  Baby Tina absolutely loves this jacket!  Once she discovered the pockets, she didn’t want to take it off.  She’s enamored with pockets on her clothes.  

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

And I was sure to use one of my new labels from Dutch Label Shop.  I hand sewed it on either side, leaving it open in the middle to act as a hook for hanging.  (Remember, you can use the code skirtfixation15 for 15% off your purchase until December 3rd.)

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

This year, the Downtown Duffle Jacket is a little large because I sewed a size 2T.  The one I sewed her for her 1st baby capsule wardrobe is just barely too small, and it was 6-12 months size.  My hope is that by rolling up the sleeves, this one might even fit her next winter too.

Rosemary Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next in her “Momma made it” wardrobe is a Rosemary Raglan with a couple of fun additions.  First of all, there are little ears sewed into the raglan sleeve seams.  I used the same stretch leather as on the jacket, and they ended up being a little heavy and hanging down, so they’re actually stitched to the sleeves as well.

Rosemary Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only other change I made was to add a little vinyl llama face to go with the ears!  I used my Cricut Maker to cut it out quickly and easily.  Then using the EasyPress 2, I attached it on and now have confidence it’s not coming off!  You can find the llama face by searching #M8B6E613 in the Cricut Design Space™.

Rosemary Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

This super soft French Terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  (It’s sold out now, but check out all their French Terry fabric!)  It’s actually the leftover scraps from a Halifax Hoodie that Allegra sewed for herself.  She’s been sewing herself a capsule wardrobe, and it’s neat to see it come together!

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final piece in Baby Tina’s outfit is a pair of black leggings from the Dressage Leggings pattern.  This fabric was actually left over from Annie’s leggings last week.  Once again, baby sewing is so fun and such a good use of scraps!

Pink Wool Bunny Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now we’ll leave you with this silly expression that she makes whenever you say, “Show my your smile!” 

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Camo Boys and Sweatpants

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

My two little boys are currently in their camo phase.  Do all boys go through a camo phase?  All my boys have!  If their camo clothes are clean, they refuse to wear anything else.  Scratch that, they wear their camo clothes when they’re dirty, wet, stained, ripped, dusty, ragged, holey and in any possible condition!

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

Rather than fight this phase, I’m just surrendering to it.  In fact, I’m afraid I’ve crossed the border into complicit because of their delight whenever I sew them something with camo fabric!  

A while back I sewed them these two jersey tees, and the above photo was taken shortly after I sewed them.  You can see that David already has one hole in his shirt.  Probably from commando crawling across the rocks on the hillside or something.  

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pants they are wearing were NOT made by me, but they have been worn through the knees already.  I’d like to think that if I had made them I would have used tougher fabric and double reinforced the knees.  It’s almost like the company that made them never had little boys.  Or never was little boys.  Or never was the kind of boy who prefers climbing over a fence to using a gate.

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt FixationI did however sew these boys some camo pajama pants recently however using the Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants pattern.  That is, they were intended to be pajama pants, but I caught a boy coming in from outside the other day wearing them.  And they were covered with hay.  He was just rescuing his kitty from the top of the hay stack, he explained!

 

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you look in this photo, you can see that after several months of self imposed “navy seal training” (which involves crab walking across hot pavement, belly dragging under wires, crossing precariously balanced logs, and jumping from the highest heights they can find, plus I don’t even want to know what else!) David’s shirt has acquired several more holes.  In fact it looks like a cheese grater.  If asked, he’d probably have some story about being clawed by a bear.  

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

So whether they’re cuddling chicks, chasing dogs or wrestling with each other, these two boys can be found in camo clothes.  And I say let boys be boys; it’s healthy that way!

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

For more information about the sweatpants I sewed for them, please check out my post over at CaliFabrics.  There you can also see the larger pair of camo sweatpants I sewed for Thomas and the two pairs of non camo sweatpants for the girls.  Plus the backstory on her shirt!

Leave me a comment…do you sew for boys?  With camo fabric?

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Summer Capsule Wardrobe for a Girl Toddler

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Cooler weather is upon us, and I realized that I never shared all of Baby’s summer capsule wardrobe!  We shared a couple of items with reviews, so today’s post is more about sharing the fabric and patterns used.  Well, okay, and lots of cute baby picture too!

First up are the Janie Dresses I made her.  They are reviewed here.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

This first one uses Art Gallery Floraison lit jersey knit in multi fabric.  It is such a fun, colorful dress!  Whereas most of a capsule wardrobe should be kept to a similar color scheme, dresses are stand alone pieces and can be as wild and colorful as you want!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The little navy blue collar on this one is so sweet!  It uses denim knit fabric.  (More about this neat fabric below.)

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The other Janie Dress uses rust bamboo rayon jersey fabric.  She absolutely loves these dresses.  We love to hug her when she’s wearing this one, partly because the fabric is so soft!!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The last Janie Dress is this one.  I used the softest, prettiest robin’s egg blue jersey fabric from CaliFabrics.  You can read all about it here.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Next up is the little pair of bloomers I made for her using my Cricut Maker Machine and some blue chambray fabric from my stash.  Get the details in this post.  These go with everything I sewed for this summer capsule wardrobe.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

I also sewed her a onesie using the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Bodysuit pattern and some Art Gallery Foliage Escape jersey knit in lapis from her 1 year old capsule wardrobe!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

And just because I knew she would love it, I sewed her a tutu from charcoal tulle.  I used the Violette Field Threads Ellie Skirt pattern.  (You can read our review of this pattern here.)  

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Baby loves textures in all clothing, so as you can see in this photo, her chubby little fingers are almost constantly feeling and rubbing the tulle fabric.  It’s quite adorable, really.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

She’s also wearing one of the two plain white onesies I made her using the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Bodysuit pattern and Riley Blake Designs white knit.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Because making two is just about as simple as making one, I used the Ellie Skirt pattern but used some black lace from my stash instead of tulle.  (Similar fabric here.)

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Baby is also wearing a grey knit Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Bodysuit I sewed for her.  I used fabric from my stash, but this fabric is just as nice if not nicer!  

Not modeled and unblogged but well worn items for Baby’s summer capsule wardrobe:

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

This is a Spunky Girl Skater Skirt (pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.)  It goes with about everything you can imagine!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

It’s hard to capture on camera, but this denim knit fabric has a really fun denim texture and look but it’s a knit fabric!  It only has 2 way stretch, but because this is a circle skit, that doesn’t matter as long as you make sure the stretch goes across the body on the waistband.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Vivienne Skirt:

You can read our review of this pattern here.  We used Art Gallery Fabric’s Emmy Grace cotton fabric for the top skirt and some rayon challis for the underskirt and ruffles.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Shift Dresses:

We used the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe pattern to sew her two shift dresses.  The one pictured above is from the same grey fabric as the onesie show.  The other is a green and white stripe knit jersey fabric like this one.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

As with the other capsule wardrobes, all of the separates can be mixed, so Baby looks somewhat put together no matter who gets her dressed for the day!  Here you can see her wearing the blue floral bodysuit with the grey tutu.  

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Again, her chubby hands in the fabric folds of the tutu just melt my heart!  While this capsule wardrobe didn’t turn out quite as cohesive as her 1st capsule wardrobe or her 2nd capsule wardrobe, it met several goals and went together good enough!  

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The biggest goal for this summer capsule wardrobe was to sew it entirely from my stash of fabric!  And with the exception of the Robin’s egg blue Janie dress, I succeeded!  (But who could resist a dress that matched her eyes that perfectly?

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Sew the Rainbow

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

Earlier this summer, I did a bunch of kid sewing that I never shared here!  The inspiration was from the Project Run & Play Sew The Rainbow themed weeks.  (Please go check out Project Run & Play, it’s an online children’s sewing event that I am privileged to lead, and there are some fantastic things happening over there!  It’s why this blog is a little quieter than usual right now.)  Here’s how we decided to sew the rainbow…

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

For red/pink week, both Annie and Thomas got t-shirts.  In fact, Annie sewed her own shirt!  She used the Camden Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns, and was so delighted to whip up this little raglan tee for herself.  

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

The fabric is Art Gallery Fabric knit leftover from this dress.  I couldn’t find it in stock, but this one is pretty similar and also an Art Gallery Fabric knit.

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

Thomas also got a t-shirt.  For his we used buffalo plaid knit fabric (like this one) and he’s in heaven!  He’s been wearing it all summer.  We used the Shwin & Shwin Lennon Tee pattern.

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

For orange week, Annie requested a nightgown.   We again used the Camden Raglan pattern as our base, but lengthened it into a nightgown length.   This fabric came from the Hancock Fabrics going out of business sale, but this gorgeous orange feather fabric would make a delightful nightgown!

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

Then came yellow week!  Again, Annie got a new garment!  This time I sewed her a knit pencil skirt with shorts underneath.  We used the Jocole Pencil skirt pattern, and added the shorts from the Skipalong Skort underneath.  This fabric is also sold out (we were using up fabric from our stash for this exercise!) but here is a super soft, bright yellow, similar knit fabric.  

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

Then came green week!  We’ve blogged both our makes for this week earlier.  You can see David and Lowell’s green camo rain jackets here.

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

Also, I sewed a little sloth outfit for a friend’s new baby that totally falls into the green category and also things I haven’t blogged category!  I used the Seattle Skater Skirt pattern for the brown skirt, the Lollipop Leggings pattern for the leggings, and the Rosemary Raglan for the little tee.  Then I designed and added the darling sloth graphic using my Cricut Maker.

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

And sort of bridging between green and blue weeks, Annie’s swimsuit is a turquoise/aqua color.  You can read all about it here.

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

Then for blue week, we went sort of crazy.  In fact, we got stuck on blue week and still haven’t made it to indigo/violet week.  David and Lowell got swim trunks and rashguards which you can read about here.

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

My biggest son got a pair of navy blue sweat pants.  We used some navy sweatshirt fleece, and the men’s Hudson Pants pattern.  As a little aside, he’s totally over the moon about a pair of sweatpants that fit his long, long, long legs!

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

And then there was the whole blue patriotic parade of fabric that we sewed.  You can read all about those garments in this blog post.

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

One reason this post took so long to get up is because we just never sewed any purple garment!  In fact, we’re still sewing with blue (as will be shown next week!)  But we did manage to sew some dresses that fit into the rainbow week theme, and you can read all about them in this blog post.

Thanks for taking time to read about our Sew the Rainbow garments!  It’s been quite a colorful summer around here.

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A Sweet, Sentimental Collar from Old Linens

Vintage Linen Collar sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today I’ve got a sweet, sentimental collar story!  When a fabric is listed with the title “Robin’s Egg Blue” and that’s the exact color of your baby’s eyes, there’s no question as to whether or not you’re going to get that fabric!  And the icing on the cake is that this is some of the nicest jersey I’ve ever worked with.  You can read my full review of the dress fabric over on the CaliFabrics blog.  But today I want to share with you about that sweet little collar made from vintage linen.

Vintage Linen Collar sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently, we had the opportunity to help some dear friends of ours move to a new home.  This move was all about downsizing.  That meant having to disposition many belongings.  And if you’ve ever had to get rid of something sentimental, you know what an agonizing process this was for our friends.  

Vintage Linen Collar sewn by Skirt Fixation

Being the sweet, selfless friends they are, they tried to give many of their belongings to the people helping them with the moving process.  We all know that it hurts less to give things to people you know will love and care for them than to throw them away or send them to a faceless donation center.

Vintage Linen Collar sewn by Skirt Fixation

The problem with this plan for us was that with 8 kids and 2 adults in our home, we don’t need and don’t have room for many more belongings than we already have!  In fact, we have a sort of constant purging process in place around here.  But a few small things made it home with us, despite our best intentions to the contrary.

Vintage Linen Collar sewn by Skirt Fixation

One precious item we just couldn’t refuse was a box of vintage linens.  I mean fabric, right?  (The photo above shows what it looks like when you tell a toddler to twirl so you can get a shot of the circle skirt on her dress!  Toddler’s can’t twirl!!!)

Vintage Linen Collar sewn by Skirt Fixation

Plus, these are some pretty special linens.  There are hand embroidered items, and probably hand crocheted edges although I’m not an expert in that field.  One oval shaped linen had a note pinned to it with the words, “First embroidery I ever did pre-teen.”  But when we asked our friend, she said it was not her work but her mother’s!

Vintage Linen Collar sewn by Skirt Fixation

There are lace items too.  One problem is that in our day and age, linens like these are not used as they were originally.  Some of the vintage linens are of shapes and sizes we can’t even identify their original use.  But each one is gorgeous and clearly hand made.

A couple of the vintage linens have yellowing, as many old linens do.  One such one we decided to use as the collar for Baby’s new dress.  The delicate embroidery is encased between the two layers of collar, and featured on the tips.  It really adds such a beautiful touch to this darling dress!

So that is the story of a box of vintage linens, some dear friends and a collar on a robin’s egg blue dress.  Leave us a comment, what would YOU do with a box of vintage linens?

Dress: Janie Dress

Fabric: Robin’s Egg Blue jersey from CaliFabrics

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10 Ways to use a Cricut Maker for Apparel Sewing

10 Ways to Use the Cricut Maker for Apparel Sewing by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m sharing 10 amazing ways to use a Cricut Maker for Apparel Sewing.  This post was sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions are mine.  When Cricut introduced the Maker and it’s amazing rotary blade for putting virtually any fabric without a backer, it opened up a whole bunch of opportunities for those of us who love apparel sewing.  So let’s get started with the 10 ways to use a Cricut Maker for apparel sewing.

1-Baby Bloomers

Simplicity Baby Bloomers sewn by Skirt Fixation

Did you know that you can find complete sewing patterns on Cricut Design Space™?  It’s true!  I found these darling little chambray bloomers in the Design Space project center and sewed up a pair for my baby quicker than you can imagine!  Bloomers under her skirts and dresses are a go-to garment around here, and this pair will go super well with the little capsule wardrobe I’m sewing for her!

Simplicity Baby Bloomers sewn by Skirt Fixation

It was super duper easy to sew up these bloomers after the Cricut Maker cut out the chambray fabric and marked the pieces and notches using the fabric marking pen.  Note: the pattern says it is sized for a 6 month baby, but due to the elastic, it’s working fine for Baby who is 16 months.  Just note the weight and size.  And we used Baby’s measurements for the elastic, not the guide given.  We will definitely be sewing up more of these Simplicity Baby Bloomers!  You can find the project right here.

2-Headband

Headband sewing by Skirt Fixation

This darling headband is also a Cricut Design Space™ project.  The only change we made was to use knit fabric instead of felt because we didn’t have felt in the right colors we wanted.  But it’s sooooooo cute!  You can find the project here.

3-Graphic Tees

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

This one is a crowd favorite for sure!  I created the patriotic tee above using my Cricut Maker to cut out the Sport Flex Iron On.  Although I do not have an Easy Press, many people report great success with using it to iron on their images to their tees.  You can read more about Annie’s outfit and grab that FREE cut file here.

4-Exterior Label Tags

Special tag for denim by Skirt Fixation

In my recent Denim Week series, I shared two leather and Kraftex tags I created using the Cricut Maker for the back of my denim skirts I sewed.  They add a very classy and special touch to any denim garment.

5-Interior Garment Labels

My friend Tami, from SewSophieLynn, shared how to make custom interior size labels for garments in this post.  Boy oh boy, did I need that information with all the different sizes I have going on around here with 8 kids!

6-Elbow and Knee Patches

The very talented Abby from Sew Much Ado used the Cricut Maker to add knee patches to her free baby pants pattern that we love!  Read all about it in this post.  You can also use the same technique to add elbow patches…which we love to do too!

7-Day of the Week Underwear

Kari from That’s Sew Kari created these perfectly adorable and practical day of the week underwear in this post.  How much more genius can it get?  She used her Cricut Explore Air 2, but of course you can use the Cricut Maker to do the same thing!

8-Removeable Collar

Amber of Amber Simmons used her Cricut Maker to create this fabulous Peter Pan collar.  It’s just the cutest thing ever!  We’d use it to layer under sweaters in the winter for just the right touch.  Read more about it in her post here.

9-Baby Shoes

These baby shoes were made with the help of a Cricut Maker!  Aren’t they about the most darling thing ever?  This project can be found in Design Space here.  The next person I know who has a baby girl is definitely getting these in their handmade care package!

10-Baby Dress

A complete baby dress for 3-6 months size!  This entire project can be cut out on the Cricut Maker.  Plus all the notches get cut out too, and any markings are marked.  Those are my least favorite parts of the project!  Did you know that you can find over 500+ digital sewing patterns and quilt blocks available from Simplicity®, Riley Blake™, and more (sold separately) through Cricut Design Space™?  And Design Space® software works for iOS, Android™, Windows®, and Mac® too.

10 Ways to Use the Cricut Maker for Apparel Sewing by Skirt Fixation

If you’re considering a Cricut Maker for apparel sewing, these are 10 options to get you started.  And also you might like to know the Cricut Maker offers the ultimate in cutting performance and versatility. Unlike all other cutting machines it has:

  • Bluetooth® wireless technology
  • Adaptive Tool System™ for professional-level cutting performance and expandability
  • Compatible with Washable Fabric Pen for marking pattern pieces (sold separately)
  • Cuts hundreds of materials, from the most delicate fabric and paper to matboard and leather
  • The ultimate in professional-level cutting performance and versatility

And more!  Leave us a comment, what apparel project would you sew with a Cricut Maker?

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Janie Dress and Peplum

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today is our stop on the Project Run & Play Shop Grand Opening blog tour!  It’s an exciting day to be able to share not only these Janie dresses with you, but the whole Project Run & Play Shop.  This idea has been over a year in the making, and it’s so delightful to have a place to offer the amazing Project Run & Play design all in one spot!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The whole month of July is the grand opening celebration.  There is a huge giveaway, sales each week, and every single pattern is being featured and sewn by a talented Project Run & Play designer.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

This week, dresses are featured.  They are for sale for 20% off in the shop.  We got to sew up the Janie Dress and Peplum pattern.  This darling knit dress has quite a few options, and we couldn’t help but sew up two different version.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Janie Dress and Peplum can be made in 13 sizes from 6 months to 12 years.  We sewed a size 12 months for Baby.  The pattern is very thorough with photo illustrations and detailed instructions.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

One thing we love about this pattern is that cute collar!  It is perfectly drafted, and is super easy to attach.  Plus it lays right exactly where it’s supposed to at all times, which is very important!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

As you might know, knit neckbands are a particular point of interest to us when we sew patterns, and we are delighted to report that this one is absolutely perfect!  It lays flat with no curling or buckling.  Another sign of a superbly drafted pattern in our opinion!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Janie Dress can have either a circle skirt or a gathered circle skirt.  In the floral dress, we did the circle skirt option.  But we added length simply by using the gathered circle skirt hem length.  Quick, easy, and super effective to make this pattern last a little longer on a growing baby.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for this dress is Indigo and Aster knit jersey La Floraison.  We also used it for Annie’s cardigan here.  The collar fabric is some indigo denim-look knit fabric.  I used it because it really accentuates Baby’s eye color!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other Janie dress we sewed is mostly the same, but we used the gathered circle skirt option.  This was also a very easy dress to sew.  We used some rust bamboo knit leftover from sewing myself a peplum I sewed for myself.  I guess I haven’t shared it here, except in my Me Made May round up post.  You can see it on Instagram here.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is so lightweight and perfectly cool for summer because it’s bamboo and rayon mixed!  I love wearing my peplum, and I just know this dress will help Baby keep cool in the summer heat.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

These 2 Janie Dresses are just the beginning of a summer capsule wardrobe we’re sewing for Baby.  So stay tuned for lots more baby goodness and tons of photos in the near future!  And remember to head over to Project Run & Play for the grand opening tour!  You can enter the giveaway below also.  And get your Project Run & Play patterns here.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

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Knit Summer Dresses for my Girls

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

It’s begun.  Summer temperatures have arrived, and with it, the requests for summer clothes.  For my younger girls, this means knit fabric, light colors, and breezy silhouettes.  Two knit summer dresses coming right up!  

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

One of Annie’s favorite dresses from last summer is the Ila Dress I sewed for her from french terry fabric.  She still wears it, although it’s about 6 inches shorter than when I sewed it.  Not my laundry skills, her growing skills!

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

For these two dresses I got to use the new summer fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  These fabrics shout “sum, sum, summertime!”  There’s lemonade, fruit, dots, waves and sea creatures.

For the main fabric I used textured sand stripe jersey knit fabric for these knit summer dresses.

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

As with all CLUB fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, this fabric is super soft, does not pill, and has great stretch and recovery.  This sand stripe looks textured, and just begs for a lemonade stand operation, don’t you think?

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Ila Dress by Coffee and Thread does not call for knit fabric, so I made the same modifications as last time.  It really makes it quite a fast sewing project.

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie, I added a ruffle to the bottom of the sleeves and hem.  This gives her added length (due to that growing-like-a-weed condition!) and makes it fun.  I used mustard jersey knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the ruffles and center panel.  

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby also got a knit Ila dress.  I have to admit, I sewed her a size too big, but thankfully, she’ll grow into it.  Perhaps it’ll last longer than a month that way!  She seemed to notice that her and Annie were matching and got a great kick out of posing with Annie for these photos!

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Her contrast center panel and neck yoke are from bright fuchsia jersey knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This color really brings out the pink tones in her cheeks and lips, and is so precious, if I do say so myself!

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

One of Annie’s favorite things about this dress are the hidden pockets.  Baby ignored hers until shown how she could put treasures into them, and then wouldn’t stop putting things in!  

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now I can check a few knit summer dresses off that summer sewing list.  Except that Annie caught sight of the other summer fabric I got from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and put in her order for a summer maxi skirt.  Stay tuned on that…

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Indigo and Aster fabric tour for my girls

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

Hello and welcome!  I’m delighted to share some Indigo and Aster fabric goodness with you today.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

This photo shoot was inspired by the floral crowns on the border print fabric of the Indigo and Aster fabrics.  Each animal is wearing a floral crown in that border print fabric!

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

I’ll start with my older daughter, Annie, and then go on to Baby’s two outfits.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

For the skirt, we used the border print panel. Each of the animals has a darling floral crown!  Since we have dairy goats, we just had to include one of the yearlings in our photoshoot.    The pattern we used is the Lottie Skirt by Violette Field Threads.  We just left off the suspenders this time around.  

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

We added a piece of lace trim at the bottom of the waistband panel.  Annie liked this touch.  Girly, but not too babyish she said.  Next came an Aster Cardigan to pair with the skirt.  This fabric is the bright, cheerful, colorful, floral knit print from the Indigo and Aster line.  Underneath the cardigan, Annie is wearing a brand new Camden Raglan I sewed just for the occasion.  It’s a great layering piece.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

Somehow, Baby ended up with 4 pieces of clothing out of the deal!  I already shared a little about the green Rosemary pinafore (pattern by Violette Field Threads) in this post.  I used the lush bouquet green fabric for the main part of the pinafore.  It is lined with this tiny, floral print called Bonheur Fresh, and also the ties are the same print.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The dress underneath is the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe dress pattern.  I used my tutorial to make it gathered and also added lace to the ends of the sleeves.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

And you can see Baby is wearing a bonnet.  As with all the bonnets I make (and sell!) this one is reversible.  On the floral side is one of my favorite prints from the Indigo and Aster line.  It’s called Foliage Escape Lapis. 

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

The other side of the bonnet is blue velvet.  I also used some blue velvet ribbon for the ties.  

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

As you can see, I loved this foliage escape lapis print so much, I used the knit version of it to make Baby another Eeny Meny Miny Moe dress.  Once again, I modified it using my tutorial.  I also added lace to the front bodice and above the ruffle I added to the end of the sleeves using this tutorial.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

That’s all for today!  Thanks for visiting and head over to Bari J.’s Curated Maximalist blog to see what others are making with Indigo and Aster fabric this week!

The beautiful photography in this post is the work of Delaney Aby.

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Patriotic Fabric Parade

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

This year I found the perfect patriotic fabric for a special occasion.  Raspberry Creek Fabrics has a new patriotic line of fabric, and I’m in love!  I got 2 of the 8 fabrics, both cotton jersey knits.  They are soft and durable, and last through all the antics my kids put them through.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

These patriotic fabrics inspired a patriotic parade!  They marched excitedly around the yard, playing their parade game.  Which is exactly how new clothes make me feel too!  Beware there are a ton of photos, but they all capture the mood perfectly.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Every summer around her birthday, I sew Annie a patriotic shirt.  That tradition and this fabric combined to keep the occasion going another year!  This shirt pattern is the Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns, Annie’s favorite.  For the sleeves, I used navy blue and white paisley bandana print fabric and added red stripes.  The center fabric is solid navy and oh-so-soft.  It was perfect for a patriotic vinyl iron on using my Cricut Maker machine.  And if you want to make this one too, here’s the cut file for free!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s skirt, I sewed her a knit pencil skirt with shorts attached.  This has her become her go to summer skirt!  The fabric is the red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The fact that there are 2 different blues make it a solid winner for us!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used striped navy and white jersey fabric for the shorts underneath, but have no photos.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next up I sewed raglan tees for the boys.  I know it seems like I’m on a mission to sew them all the coordinating raglans, but when it works, it works!  The main fabric is the same as Annie’s skirt, red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

David got saffron colored Art Gallery Fabrics knit for his sleeves and neckband.  Just like the rest of his shirts recently, I sewed him a size 7.  He is always very game for any garment I sew for him in any color and fabric.  It’s so easy and fun to sew for a non-picky child because I get to make all the decisions which is half the fun!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Lowell got the Oliver+S Fieldtrip raglan tee also.  His is a size 5 with the same navy as Annie’s shirt for the sleeves.  He has this thing for the color blue.  In fact, when he wears blue, he declares that he’s one of the “good guys” and always wears blue when possible!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

In the above group photo, you need to be sure to notice the special care I took to match the stripes on the sides of the boy’s shirts.  Thank you for noticing!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

And Baby got a complete outfit too, naturally!  I used the navy blue and white paisley bandana jersey knit print to sew a Pistachio Tee for her.  The only change I made was to crop it in length.  Honestly, it was so that as she grows her little toddler belly will stick out!  It’s the cutest thing, and you’d think she was a cat for all the belly rubs she gets around here.  The little navy shoulder ruffles are like tiny angel wings which is perfectly fitting too!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

The scale on the bandana print is quite large, which makes it great for apparel making.  But on a tiny baby shirt, you don’t get that size and scale all represented.  So I was very choosy on what part to put in the center of the shirt.  Did I get it right?

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby’s skirt is the Daphne pattern from Simple Life Patterns.  It uses the navy and white stripes over the solid navy fabric.  And honestly, I just might copy both my girls’ skirt for my own wardrobe!  

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, we grabbed a few props and flags from the dollar store for a parade.  The flowers I’d potted earlier in the year were perfect for on the wagon.  And the dog had to join the parade too!  The kids insisted on it because he matched the color theme!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

What you can’t see in the photos is some of the older kids standing behind me helping with kids and props and the dog, and making them all laugh by balancing the extra hats on my head while I snapped photos!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

For sure, I couldn’t sew as much as I do and photograph and blog it without that behind-the-scenes help!  But I reward them with handmade clothes too. 😉

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Do us a favor and head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics to check out all their fabric.  You won’t be sorry!  I love shopping from small fabric shops because they can’t afford to carry poor quality fabric and get a bad reputation.  So it’s like shopping someone’s curated collection of fabric.  My idea of a good time right there!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

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