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Summer Pajamas

Summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Summer pajamas

This week I decided to make summer pajamas for some of my kids.  Two of my older boys decided they didn’t need Mom to sew them a new pair of “fun” summer pajamas, but the other 5 were interested.  I had ordered some fun fabric panels from Peekaboo Pattern Shop with summer pajamas in mind.  I just love the fabric she designs, and used it as inspiration for 4 of the 5 pairs of summer pajamas.

Summer pajamas for teen girl by Skirt Fixation

Allegra received a really fun pair of pajamas.  I used the Lane Raglan to make her a fun graphic tee from the Crazy Hair Don’t Care panel from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  From the coordinating knit fabric, I sewed her a pair of summer pajama shorts using the Skyline Skort pattern and omitting the skirt.  (Irony from Skirt Fixation!)  The shorts fabric is currently sold out, but look at all these other fun fabrics designed by Peekaboo Pattern Shop!

Summer pajamas for teen girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Aria chose some french terry fabric for her summer pajamas.  French terry is perfect for summer pajamas due to the breathability of the fabric.  The shorts pattern is again the Skyline Skort with the skirt omitted.  The french terry fabric is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The top is also a Lane Raglan from french terry which was a dress in it’s former life!  This set is the softest ever…and I think she’ll be wearing the shirt outside of bedtime as well.  I know I would!

Summer pajamas for girl

When I saw this fabric panel at Peekaboo Pattern Shop, I knew it would be perfect for Annie.  For her top, I lengthened the Camden Raglan to tunic length and used some more of a skirt I had in the refashion pile for the red striped fabric.

summer pajamas for girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the bottoms, I used Lil Luxe Collection’s Slim Trousers pattern and the remnants of another blue striped skirt.  Annie sewed on the buttons on the back faux star pockets on the back, and there you have the perfect summer pajamas for Annie!

Matching summer pajamas for boys sewn by Skirt Fixation

The little boys had to have something semi matching.  When I ordered the I Want S’More fabric panel (sold out, but check out these other cute ones!) from Peekaboo Pattern Shop and the coordinating s’mores fabric I hadn’t planned on making each boy a set of pajamas.

Boys summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

But then when everyone was getting some summer pajamas, and I had enough fabric to make two pairs of shorts, I had to try to make another shirt.  Allegra wrote the words with a white fabric marker and eyeballed the stick.

Boys summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

I appliquéd on some marshmallows and stitched around Allegra’s art work.  For the shirt pattern, I used the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan Tee.  The shorts pattern are Kid Shorts from Made.

Summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With some marathon sewing, in two days 5 of my kids had new summer pajamas.  Plus I snuck in a new pair of summer pajama shorts for me, also using the Skyline Skort pattern and some black sweatshirt fleece.  It’s a good thing because now I think I need to go take a nap!

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Days End {Living Skirt Art}

Living Skirt Art by Skirt Fixation

We seem to be on a streak of recreating modern art for our Living Art Series.  Today we have a beautiful painting by Sheri Dinardi called Days End. Also, Ana from Analog has recreated a painting.  Don’t miss the teaser photo of her beautiful recreation at the end of this post.

Living Skirt Art by Skirt Fixation

Days End is an oil painting on linen.  When this painting first grabbed our eye, it was a combination of the lighting and the amazing hair on the model that stood out.  In our home, Aria has magnificent hair, and we hoped we would be able to turn it into the star of some Living Skirt Art.

Sheri Dinardi lives in rural Oregon which inspires her paintings.   An interesting aside, Sheri’s favorite artist workshop she ever attended was held by Dan Gerhartz, who’s painting we brought to life last month!  To enjoy more art by Sheri Dinardi, visit her website here.  She prefers to paint from light because of the “nuances of light and shade, warm and cool as the light falls over the subject. These effects are simply not recorded with cameras.”  We found this to be very, very true when we were recreating Days End.  The lighting and position of the model (Aria) had to be just right.  And then the camera was woefully inadequate at capturing what our eyes were feasting on!

Living Skirt Art by Skirt Fixation

Here’s a little skirt story about a skirt in the photo.  There are actually 2 skirts in our recreation, the tiered denim skirt Aria is wearing and the wool one draped around her waist.  This is a skirt we made several years ago from wool, but the moths attacked it and left their calling cards.  So we cut it up the side seam and used it for a photo prop!

Living Skirt Art by Skirt Fixation

In Summary:

Painting: Day’s End

Artist: Sheri Dinardi

Model: Aria

Photography: Audrey

Skirt: Thrift store denim maxi skirt.

Living Skirt Art by Skirt Fixation

To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. And now go visit Ana over at Analog for another beautiful Living Skirt Art experience.

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

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Her Favorite Place {Living Skirt Art}

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

Your favorite skirt series is back today with a living interpretation of beautiful painting by Daniel F. Gerhartz.  Usually we turn to the masters of long ago for inspiration for our Living Skirt Art series.  But today, our featured artist is still living.  Daniel F. Gerhartz was born in Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and three children.  He started drawing as a teenager.  Daniel F. Gerhartz uses subjects and settings that allow him to capture light, color, mood and emotion as only a talented artist can.  If you’d like to see more of his work, visit his website here.

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

His paintings have been described as commanding, and the one we chose to bring to life today is certainly that!  This painting is titled Her Favorite Place.  The colors and lighting are stunning!

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

The story behind the skirt we used is this: Allegra was gifted a skirt, but it shrunk in the wash.  Being that it was the only skirt the right color for today’s post, it was rather fortunate there was an apron over the skirt as Aria had to pull it down quite far on her hips to make it the right length!

On another note, this little stream in the woods is a quiet place Aria likes to go sometimes, very appropriate for this living art interpretation.

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

In Summary:

Painting: Her Favorite Place

Artist: Danile F. Gerhartz

Model: Aria

Photography & Photoshop: Audrey

Skirt: Green (used to be) maxi skirt.

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

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Our favorite kind of skirt refashion

At The Piano painting by Vladimir Volegov brought to live by Skirt Fixation for their Living Skirt Art series. Check them all out!

We know we’ve posted a lot of these before, but they are probably our favorite kind of skirt refashion, so you’ll have to put up with one (or maybe more!)  Today we’re bringing home a post from the Refashion Coop.

So it’s not often you can take a skirt from mini to maxi, but it’s really easy with this little trick.

 

Start with two skirts!  Okay, so maybe that’s cheating?  But the long tiered skirt’s bottom tier was all ripped up from stepping on it, and had to come off which made the long skirt too short by itself.  Alright, here’s the process:
Step 1: cut off the waistband of the tiered skirt.  Bye for now…or cut off the tags and use it as a headband.
Step 2: zig zag the two layers together.  You really need the bottom layer to act as a slip under the quite sheer top layer.  Also, this makes the next step easier.
Step 3: Topstitch around the bottom of the mini, catching the other skirt firmly underneath.
Tada!  A new skirt from mini to maxi!
Why on earth did I make a WHITE skirt for my teenage daughter?  Here is the link to find out why, it’s really very beautiful!

 

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Girl Knitting {Living Skirt Art}

Living Skirt Art portrayed by Skirt Fixation

Everyone’s favorite skirt series is back for a living interpretation of a classic painting by Jules Breton.  We love to bring these old masterpieces to life.  Here’s all the details about our chosen art for today, Girl Knitting.  Be sure to check out what Katie of Simple Life Pattern Company, this month’s guest contributor, created.  (Preview at the end of the post.)

Living Skirt Art portrayed by Skirt Fixation

Jules Breton was a French Realist painter.  He was born in 1827 and lived a long and artistic life until 1906.  He grew up as the son of land stewards for a wealthy land owner.  You can see this influence in many of his pastoral paintings.  Another French painter persuaded his family to let him study art at a young age.  At first he tried historical paintings, but found his true calling in portraying the land and his love of rustic life.  He was a well known artist in his time, and rightly so.  You really should spend some time looking at more of his paintings.

Living Skirt Art portrayed by Skirt Fixation.  Check out all the art they've brought to life!

Girl Knitting is a pretty good example of Jules Breton style.  He really captured lighting well.  And with his portrayal, suddenly an everyday event becomes a work of art.  Aria is the best, okay, okay, the only knitter in our family.  So she was our choice to bring this art to life!  A fun side note, the garment over the back of the chair is this skirt!

Living Skirt Art portrayed by Skirt Fixation.  Check out all the art they've brought to life!

In Summary:

Painting: Girl Knitting

Artist: Jules Breton

Model: Aria

Photography: Audrey

Skirt: uncut corduroy skirt from Long Tall Sally fluffed out with this skirt and this skirt underneath!

Living Skirt Art portrayed by Skirt Fixation.  Check out all the art they've brought to life!

As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

Coming soon:  your sneak peek and link to Simple Life Pattern Company.

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Seafarer Top {Selfish Sewing Week}

Seafarer Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

Seafarer Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today Aria is here with her make for Selfish Sewing Week.  We actually worked on this project together as the machine we are using now is different than the one Aria sewed on previously.  

Seafarer Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I really like this shirt pattern!!! It’s the Seafarer pattern by Sew Much Ado.  Mom made herself one and when I tried hers on, I knew I wanted to make myself one.  Such a quick, easy sew!  It took me probably less than 30 minutes to sew!  Not including cutting it out.

Seafarer Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I enjoyed working with knits again, especially since my last time was a bit of a struggle, as the fabric was very light-weight. I have sewed a shirt with this fabric before, (different color), and it was very comfortable.

Seafarer Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only time I had a little trouble was when my bobbin thread got unthreaded, (who knows how) and I was unable to continue sewing until Mom came and pointed out the problem. After that though, I had no trouble.

Seafarer Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

Mom did most of the topstitching since I was busy with schoolwork.  I had a really great time doing this, and it will definitely be worn a lot!  In these pictures I’m wearing my new top with a circle skirt Allegra passed on to me.

Seafarer Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

This is one of our favorite knit fabrics.  It can be found at JoAnn Fabrics.  It’s a really nice weight and easy for a beginner to work with.  It’s from their Sew Classics line and has small stripes on the back.  We’ve gotten some in every color we’ve found!  I will most likely sew this up again, and maybe next time I will use a lighter weight fabric to accommodate the summer temperatures.

The Seafarer Top pattern is a great knit pattern for beginners to use because the dolman sleeves make it super easy and fast to construct.  Also the neckband on this pattern fits really, really nicely, so the maker will be satisfied with the final fit.  If you’re looking for your first knit shirt pattern, this is it!

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Penny Pencil Skirt {All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters}

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

The next skirt we made for All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters is the Penny Pencil Skirt.  And we found the perfect fabric to sew it with.  Let’s start with a review of the Penny Pencil Skirt pattern.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

The Penny Pencil Skirt can be sewn in 9 sizes from 2T to 12.  There are 4 different styles included in the pattern; Mini, Short Pencil, Long Pencil and Flounce.  We sewed the Long Pencil version.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

This pattern has a rating of beginner.  There are 4 different pocket styles, we made the classic version.  Just the pocket pieces and the flounce have pattern pieces to print, dimension are given for the other pieces.  The instruction are illustrated with photographs.  The back of the wide waistband has several rows of elastic, ensuring a perfect and comfortable fit.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

One little detail we love about the Penny Pencil skirt is how the side seams aren’t really on the sides, but wrapped around the front!  It’s so slimming, and modern, and cute!  Those of us at Skirt Fixation who are larger than a size 12 seriously wish this pattern came in women’s sizes!  It is such a stylish pencil skirt for a girl.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

The Penny Pencil skirt requires woven fabric, and so we went straight for some Art Gallery Fabrics new denim from Phat Quarters.  After much deliberation, we finally chose the Canyon Sunset color.  This is a true, heavyweight denim, much like your favorite jeans are made from.  Or your favorite denim skirt!  So of course we had to do double topstitching on everywhere just like a ready to wear denim skirt.  Again, all of us who didn’t get a skirt made from this luscious fabric have a new item on the wish list!  Oh, and we tucked a little Bari J. fabric inside the pocket too!

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

We posted a photo on Instagram of a whole bunch of other fabrics that coordinate with this Art Gallery Fabrics denim.  But for this outfit, we chose some knit leftover from making this Uptown Downtown Dress to make a new summer top for Annie.  We chose the new Camden Raglan pattern from Hey June Patterns.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

Yep, this is the smaller version of our very favorite top, the Lane Raglan!  And the best thing about it is that Annie is in the smallest size (a 6) so she will get to wear this pattern for a long time (it goes up to size 16!)  And then she can graduate to the Lane Raglan pattern with the rest of us!.  The Camden Raglan is as fantastic as the Lane Raglan.  We made the elbow sleeve, curved hem version.  But we’re excited to try the other versions too.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

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Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

So the first thing you need to do is get shopping at Phat Quarters with the exclusive discount code PHATSKIRTS at checkout for a 10% discount.  Then add your creation (or anything you’ve made in 2016 with a SLPco pattern or fabric from Phat Quarters) in the link up below.

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Betty VS Perfectly Preppy {Skirt VS Skirt}

A through comparison by Skirt Fixation of the Betty Skirt by Shaffer Sisters and the Perfectly Preppy Skirt by Scientific Seamstress.

A through comparison by Skirt Fixation of the Betty Skirt by Shaffer Sisters and the Perfectly Preppy Skirt by Scientific Seamstress.

This is the tale of two young friends; Betty on the left and Preppy on the right. They had much in common, were the greatest pals, and their differences only made them similarly unique! If they chose one day to go to the country, that was no problem; Betty (a pattern by Shaffer Sisters) lived on a little farm with sweet gardens and cow pastures. If they chose to spend the day in the city, that was no problem either, Preppy (a pattern from Scientific Seamstress) knew all the best small bookstores and tea shops.

Round 1: Pattern

Let’s talk about what these two patterns have in common first.  They both have a yoke, and elastic waist, and options for a pleated or gathered skirt.  They both love tea parties, walks in the park, and crayon drawings.  The illustrations are drawn in both patterns.   Both Betty and Perfectly Preppy have instructions for making a matching doll pattern.

Now the differences:

Sizes: Betty can be made in 29 sizes from newborn to 16X.  Perfectly Preppy can be made in 13 sizes from 6 months to 12 years.

Number of Pattern Pieces:  This is really dependent on which size and variation you make, so for purposes of this comparison, we’re going to use the version with large pleats in a size 5.   Betty has  2 pattern pieces (11 pages to print.)  Perfectly Preppy has 2 pattern pieces (9 pages to print.)

Price:  As of this date, the Betty Skirt costs $9 while the Perfectly Preppy Skirt is $7.50. Also, Betty would rather stay home and play with her pretend kitchen, while Preppy never misses a visit to the bookstore 🙂

Round 2: Variations

Betty has 4 style options, gathered, small pleats, large pleats and gathered with a placket.  Perfectly Preppy has 4 style variations, gathered or pleated, circle or rhumba.  It has instructions for adding a lining if desired.  Perfectly Preppy has optional shorts underneath.  Also, Perfectly Preppy has an option for double thickness pleats.  Finally, Perfectly Preppy offers several length variations.

Round 3: Sewing

Time:  Both of these skirt will take 2+ hours to sew.  Some of the variations may add extra time.

Fabric: Both skirts require 1.5 yards of fabric for a pleated size 5.

Notions: Both skirts require elastic.  The placket variation on the Betty Skirt will require buttons as well.

Round 4: Fit/Style

Both the Betty Skirt and the Perfectly Preppy Skirt have a similar fit and style.  We’ve made the Betty Skirt 3 times (Seaside theme, Honeybee theme and a refashioned one.)  We’ve sewn the Perfectly Preppy Skirt once.

And the winner is:

You!  If you choose to sew either one of these skirts, you are sure to have a very happy customer, who’s outfitted in a really cute skirt.  Our Skirt VS Skirt series is designed to help you decide which of the two wonderful skirt patterns we’re comparing is the right one for you.  We own both these patterns and have sewed them both, so we know what we’re talking about!  Which skirt patterns would you like to see compared next?

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New Year’s Resolution #1 Update

New Years Resolution #1 update

If you remember waaaay back to January when we posted our New Year’s Resolutions, I only had 2 goals.  I’ve added a 3rd with Project Sew It, but I figured if I keep it simple, I’m more likely to succeed, right?

New Years Resolution #1 update

So this rather short blog post is to show the progress I’ve made on one of those goal: sew something for Mr. Skirt Fixation.  He requested a pair of shorts for pjs.  So I traced his favorite pair of ready to wear shorts, and made him a new pair.  He likes the fit.  I haven’t seen him wearing them too often, but he says he’s waiting for warmer weather, so we’ll see.

New Years Resolution #1 update

Oh, and I’ve also hemmed 2 pairs of jeans for him, but that hardly counts and wasn’t what I meant with my New Year’s Resolution.  If you’re a fellow seamstress, you’ll appreciate how much I must care for Mr. Skirt Fixation by fulfilling his hemming request!  Also, I still want to make something for Mr. Skirt Fixation that’s a little more complicated than this, but I decided to test the waters with this easy one!

New Years Resolution #1 update

The other handmade item in today’s post is a pair for pj pants I made for Thomas.  Remember when I intended to make him a horse pair but messed up the fabric and his younger brothers profited?  Well, since I still owed him pj pants, I made him these for Valentines Day.  He loves them, as evidenced by the severe amount of pilling already on these!  I seriously had to sneak them away to get a photograph.  So much for my policy of not giving the item to the recipient until I’ve photographed it for the blog!  Also, these pj pants and the above shorts for Mr. Skirt Fixation attest to the fact that my ability to trace RTW clothing is improving.  I really would love to use a pattern for PJs, so leave me your favorite, both kid and adult, in the comments below.

Newborn Toggenburg goat from the Skirt Fixation farm

And finally, this is not a handmade item, but pretty high on the awwwww factor scale, so you’re welcome!  Spring on the farm has arrived!

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Birthdays #1 & #2 {Project Sew It}

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

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There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

The first entry in my version of Project Sew It is for a brother and sister.  My oldest niece, E, is growing into such a lovely young lady.  I wanted to sew something mature enough for her.  I used the Skipalong Skort pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  (affiliate link)  Since this one is also an adult pattern (which I made for Allegra here) I knew the style would be grown up enough.  The fabric is Art Gallery Fabrics, which I used first for Annie’s Antalya dress.  But I think the fabric is mature enough since I originally bought it to make something for ME!

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

Since my niece and nephew have birthdays close to each other I wanted to make something matching without it being too matching.

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

So when I was sewing David’s Oliver + S Field Trip raglan t-shirt, I actually whipped up two of them, one for David and one for A.  The pocket is matching, but not too sticky sweet matching, don’t you think?  I really am having a hard time believing A is this big.

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

I should have noted above that I will need the help of my sister and sister in law to make this project a reality!  My sister in law texted me the most adorable photo of these two in their clothes when they received them.  How much cuter could it get?  Alright, now I’m off to check the calendar and see who has the next birthday coming up.