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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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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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Velveteen Rabbit Inspired Baby Outfit

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

This week the sewing theme over at Project Run & Play is Crafting A Story where everyone sews based on their favorite children’s storybook.  This is my Velveteen Rabbit inspired baby outfit.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently I had the privilege of sewing up some fabric designed by the artist, Bari J.  She is one of my favorite designers for Art Gallery Fabrics, and she asked me to sew some items with her newest collection of fabric for the Lookbook.  This collection is called Indigo & Aster, and the Lookbook is an inspirational magazine showing ideas of what to do with the fabric.  Today I’m sharing one outfit I made.  There are several more things to share, and I’ll also be sure to link the Lookbook when it’s published.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The first item I sewed is the Rosemary pattern by Violette Field Threads.  It’s a vintage inspired pin tucked pinafore, and simply perfect for this fabric.  It ties on the sides and has sweet little shoulder panels.  Because I only had 1/2 yard to work with, I made the skirt in the vintage (short) length.  I sewed the size 12-24 months for Baby, and it’s just the sweetest thing ever.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The main green fabric I used is called Lush Bouquet, and the side ties and bodice lining are Bonheur Fresh.  Both are quilting cotton, perfectly suited for this pattern, and super soft as are all Art Gallery Fabrics.  See the whole soon to be released collection here.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The dress underneath started as the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Dress pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  I used my own tutorial here to create a gathered dress.  Then I added lace over the waist gathers, and at the end of the sleeves.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric used for this is a double knit similar to this one.  Ponte Double Knit Ivory Fabric  And above is a shot of the dress without the pinafore.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

It works very well for this purpose.  It’s stable and holds up to baby wear and tear pretty well.  Besides the fact that it’s white!  But the Rosemary Pinafore over the top helps protect it.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

And you probably knew I was going to add a bonnet to the outfit right?  What else would someone with a bonnet shop do?  So I used what just might be my favorite fabric from the Indigo & Aster collection, Foliage Escape Lapis for one side, and some blue velvet for the other side.  And the bonnet ribbons are blue velvet ribbon too.  It’s reversible, of course, and both sides look similarly cute.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The bonnet pattern we use is the Evergreen Bonnet by Twig + Tale.  This time we used the bunny ears for dramatic effect.  I mean, come on, just look at her in the bonnet and try not to smile!  Use this link to get $3 off any Twig + Tale purchase of $10 or more.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of course, the bonnet is the main part of the Velveteen Rabbit inspired look.  The pinafore is so old fashioned, and reflects the time the book was written (1922) when all little girls wore pinafores.  When I was a child I discovered The Velveteen Rabbit book by Margery Williams, and it has always been one of my favorite books.  The story of becoming “REAL” has so much imagery and so many applications in today’s world.  I think it’s a classic that should be read to all children!  Even as an adult, I feel like time is making me more REAL, and quite a bit of it is because I’ve been loved.  My hope is to help others become REAL too.

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

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A-line Dress to Gathered Dress Tutorial

a-line to gathered dress tutorial from Skirt Fixation

PSA!!!  Today if you purchase $35 on fabric at Peekaboo Fabric Shop, you will get 1 free pattern of your choice with the code FREEDOM until 2/19.  Oh, the possibilities!!!

Last week I promised to share with you how to make an A-line Dress into a gathered dress with a waist seam.  This a-line to gathered dress tutorial will work for any a-line dress pattern, women or girl.  I am using the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Dress/Bodysuit pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.

a-line to gathered dress tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Decide where you want the waist/high waist seam to be.  For my daughter, I measured under the armpit down 2 inches.  I folded over the front of the dress pattern piece at this point, but you could also cut your pattern piece in 2.  A word about seam allowance.  Since I was using 1/2” seam allowance, after sewn back together, the seam ends up 1.5” down from her armpit.

a-line to gathered dress tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Then fold your fabric in 1/2 in preparation for cutting the pattern pieces.  Place the skirt part pattern piece away from the fold as wide as the original pattern piece.  For my daughter’s dress, the original pattern piece is 5 inches wide at the top of the skirt piece, so I placed the outer edge of the pattern piece 10 inches away from the fold as you can see in the picture above.

Cut out the skirt pattern piece.

a-line to gathered dress tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Fold the skirt part of the pattern piece up out of the way and cut out the bodice part of the dress.  Cut out the bodice part, remembering to cut 1/2” (or whatever your seam allowance is) below the bottom of the fold.

Sew gathering stitches across the top of the skirt part.  Do this by sewing 2 lines of basting stitches across the top of the skirt part 1/4” and 3/4” from the raw edge.  Pull the ends of the gathering threads and distribute the gathers until the width of the skirt part and the width of the top bodice are the same.

Pin these two pieces together, with the right sides together using a 1/2” seam allowance. Remove the basting stitches if they show.

Repeat the above steps for the back of the dress.  Continue assembling your dress as instructed in your pattern.  I used the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Dress & Bodysuit pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

In the above photo she is wearing the aline dress.

a-line to gathered dress tutorial from Skirt Fixation

In the above photo she is wearing the gathered dress!

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Pattern Suggestions for 1 Year Old Capsule Wardrobe

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby grew as babies do, and it was time for a new capsule wardrobe!  I learned a few things from her 1st capsule wardrobe, and wanted a change of color scheme.  Plus now I know she’s a girl and not a boy and could take full advantage of cute girl styles!

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

First I drew out a grid for planning what she needed.  Typically we dress her in layers this time of year, so long sleeve onesies and leggings are staple pieces.  Top that with skirts, dresses and cardigans.  Finish with cute little touches like bonnets and a bubble skirt.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Each of the pieces can be worn with many other pieces in the capsule wardrobe.  And they can stand alone.  Pieces can be layered or worn along as the weather warms up.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Let’s start with the onesies.  This time I used the Eeny Meeny Bodysuit pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  When this pattern was released I immediately saw it’s amazing possibilities in building a capsule wardrobe.  Because the less pattern pieces you have to cut out the better, right?  I sewed 3 onesies in different colors.  On the front of each is a heart appliquéd on using scrap fabric from the bubble skirt.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next I sewed up 3 pairs of leggings in 12-18 month size.  The Lollipop Leggings pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop is officially our go to leggings pattern for girls!  Instead of the light blue, I went with a denim knit fabric because Baby is on her knees a lot, and the color will hold up better.  I used a scraps of the floral lawn fabric as a tags on the inside for ease of determining the front from the back.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next came the skirts.  Of course!  She got 3 total with the Bouncing Bubble skirt I showed you earlier.  The other two are the Spunky Girl Skater Skirt pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  I used the light blue fabric and a brown stripe.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Those same 2 fabrics were used to make 2 dresses.  (And the brown corduroy dress we made earlier fits her perfectly now, so it’s part of the capsule wardrobe too!)  Plus these 2 blue dresses still fit her too!  I used the Eeny Meeny Dress pattern to make the light blue shift dress, and hacked the pattern a little bit to make the brown striped one too.  (Tutuorial on this coming soon!)

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

And then we needed cropped 3/4 sleeve cardigans for layering over the top of everything.  The Aster Cardigan stood up to the test.  We made a brown one with a plain collar, and a dark blue one with a faux piping collar.  The same wood buttons from the corduroy dress came in handy for the brown cardigan, and I added 2 accent buttons to the sleeve cuffs just because it was so cute!  Also, note the floral lawn fabric as the bias trim inside the neckline?

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, I couldn’t resist sewing a 2nd bonnet for the capsule wardrobe from chambray and (you guessed it) floral lawn fabric!  I used the Evergreen Bonnet pattern.  Allegra embroidered the sprig of daisies on the chambray side.  These bonnets are reversible which is handy for the whole capsule wardrobe concept!  Making bonnets is such a delightful endeavor for me, remember you can buy our bonnets here in the Savvy Noggins shop.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

We took photos of Baby every day for a week in her capsule wardrobe.  Each day we can dress her in something different and it’s so fun deciding which combinations to use.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sunday

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Monday

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

Tuesday

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

Wednesday

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Thursday

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

Friday

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

Saturday

Annie and I also took all these flat lay photos.  She took immense pleasure in deciding which garments to lay out next!

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

It’s pretty nice to have a capsule wardrobe for Baby that all coordinates and crosses this time of year when the weather can’t seem to make up it’s mind.  And if we ever get tired of dressing her in brown and blue, there’s always the sloth peplum!

Today I’m over at CaliFabrics sharing my thoughts on fabric suggestions for a child’s capsule wardrobe.  Be sure to check it out.

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