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7 DIY Skirt Outfit Ideas

Today we’re sharing 7 DIY skirt outfit ideas! Use these ideas as inspiration to get dressed in a skirt outfit today.

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Cone Mills stretch denim

Detailed back pocket instructions here.

Shirt Pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Shirt Fabric: Double brushed poly from CaliFabrics

Shoes: Earth Sandals (similar here)


Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Cone Mills stretch denim

Detailed back pocket instructions here.

Shirt Pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Shirt Fabric: Double brushed poly from CaliFabrics

Skirt Pattern: Jocole Pencil Skirt (review here)

Skirt Fabric: Embossed scuba knit

Shirt pattern: Lane Raglan from Hey June Patterns

Leggings pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Leggings fabric: black jersey knit

Shoes: Black ballet flats

Skirt Pattern: Flirting the Issue tutorial (reviewed here)

Skirt Fabric: Double Gauze by Nani Iro (sold out, but here’s some similar)

Blouse pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Blouse fabric: Rayon chambray (Instructions for the yoke here)

Shoes: (similar brown flat shoes)

Skirt Pattern: Syrah Skirt (review here)

Skirt fabric: floral rayon jersey (similar here)

Shirt pattern: Lane Raglan from Hey June Patterns

Shirt fabric: Bamboo jersey

Bandana

Skirt pattern: Gabriola Skirt (instructions here)

Skirt fabric: White shirting dyed with RIT dye.

Shirt pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Handmade

Shirt fabric: Dana modal jersey in chocolate

Hoodie pattern: Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns

Hoodie fabric: CLUB french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Shoes: Dansko shoes

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Cone Mills stretch denim

Detailed back pocket instructions here.

Shirt Pattern: Santa Fe Top from Hey June Patterns

Shirt fabric: rayon spandex (sold out, but here’s a pretty one!)

Hoodie pattern: Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns

Hoodie fabric: Grey sweat shirting
Leggings Pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Leggings Fabric: Navy double brushed poly fabric

Shoes: Grey knotted ballet flats

It’s May so that means we’re participating in Me Made May over on Instagram. (Follow us for lots of behind the scenes sewing goodness!) Me Made May means we’re sharing what we are wearing everyday…and for me that means me-made garments! We’ll once again post a weekly recap of our outfits here on Skirt Fixation with links to patterns and fabrics.

The kids have been wearing a lot of Mama-Mades in honor of Mini Me Made May! Except this week we mostly forgot to document what they were wearing each day in our Instagram stories…see you there!

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6 DIY Skirt Outfit Ideas

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Today we’re sharing 6 DIY skirt outfit ideas! Use these ideas as inspiration to get dressed in a skirt outfit today.

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt pattern: refashioned skirt (instructions here)

Skirt fabric: embroidered corduroy from JoAnn Stores

Shirt pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Handmade

Shirt fabric: Dana modal jersey in chocolate

Shoes: (similar brown flat shoes)

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt pattern: Jocole pencil skirt (instructions here)

Skirt fabric: Arizona After Mesa Grande knit

Top pattern: Tallinn Sweater by Hey June Patterns

Top fabric: rust rib knit from D&H Fabrics (instructions here)

Leggings pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Leggings fabric: black jersey knit

Shoes: Black ballet flats

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt fabric: fine wale corduroy (instructions here)

Shirt pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Shirt fabric: burnout knit fabric (instructions here)

Shoes: (similar brown flat shoes)

Scarf fabric: oranges cotton

Scarf pattern: free Seed pattern

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Cone Mills stretch denim

Detailed back pocket instructions here.

Shirt Pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Shirt Fabric: Refashioned skirt (instructions here)

Leggings Pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Leggings Fabric: Navy double brushed poly fabric

Shoes: Skechers walking shoes

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt pattern: Gabriola Skirt (instructions here)

Skirt fabric: Petal and Plume voile fabric (sold out, similar here)

Blouse pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Blouse fabric: Rayon chambray (Instructions for the yoke here)

Shoes: Dansko shoes

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt pattern: Kendrick Overalls by Hey June (removable straps instructions here)

Skirt fabric: olive stretch twill

Shirt pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Shirt fabric: Navy modal stripe fabric from CaliFabrics

Hoodie pattern: Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns

Hoodie fabric: athletic french terry (instructions here)

Shoes: Black ballet flats

It’s May so that means we’re participating in Me Made May over on Instagram. (Follow us for lots of behind the scenes sewing goodness!) Me Made May means we’re sharing what we are wearing everyday…and for me that means me-made garments! We’ll once again post a weekly recap of our outfits here on Skirt Fixation with links to patterns and fabrics.

The kids have been wearing a lot of Mama-Mades in honor of Mini Me Made May! We’re documenting what they wear each day in our Instagram stories…see you there!

Affiliate links are used in this post. If you click on one of our links, we might make a few pennies at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting our small business!

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Salida Skirt & Key Largo Top

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Make 9 (outfits) update #2

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

My 2nd outfit from my Make 9 (Outfits) is complete!  I took advantage of the slow days prior to giving birth to work on some garments that would work well for early postpartum wear.  Just like my 1st complete Make 9 outfit, this one ended up with a change as well.  

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Originally I had planned to sew a Willamette Shirt from this fabric as you can see from my planning collage.  But when I pulled out the cut of fabric, there was just over 1 yard, not nearly enough for a Willamette Shirt. 

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

But I have discovered that I can very nicely get a Key Largo Top out of 1 yard.  And it’s pretty well established that I love the Key Largo Top!

Let’s talk about this fabric.  This is ikat fabric, and my first time sewing with it although I’ve admired it for a long time.  It is a little stiffer than the recommended fabrics for a Key Largo Top, just FYI.  But it’s exactly right for the look I was inspired by.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Ikat is actually not a fabric, but a dyeing technique.  It can be done to many different substrates.  This substrate is a thicker cotton.  It’s really soft and nice to wear.  I got this fabric from Blackbird Fabrics, but it’s no longer available.  However, Stylemaker Fabrics currently has a very similar ikat pattern in grey, black and vanilla.  I’ve also got my eye on this navy and cream ikat shirting fabric.  Actually, all their ikat fabrics are very nice…as I said I’ve admired this type of look for a long time!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The way this shirt works well for postpartum is it’s loose, boxy shape.  It’s currently the fashion which is very friendly to a recovering postpartum belly!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Salida Skirt pattern is also very postpartum friendly if you use stretch woven fabric in place of the recommended woven fabrics. 

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I used a khaki stretch twill from JoAnns but here is a similar one in beige.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Salida Skirt was released a few months ago from True Bias.  I love the shape and style lines of this skirt.  I did add length to the skirt.  The finished length is 21”, and to have the skirt hit at my knee (as intended in the pattern) I had to make it 27-28” long.  (Hello long legs!)  I added 3 inches at the lengthen/shorten line and 3” at the hem.  It came out just right!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The first time I wore this skirt, I was 2 weeks postpartum (pictured above,) and it was pretty tight and uncomfortable.  But now at 5 weeks postpartum, it’s pretty comfortable to wear.  I anticipate to be able to wear it much longer having sewed it from stretch twill.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the closure, I dug around in my button stash and pulled out this fun metallic button!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Here’s what I ended up with:

Top Pattern: Key Largo Top by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Diamond Cotton Indian Ikat Blue and Grey fabric from Blackbird Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Next I’ll be sharing another Make 9 outfit I finished in the next post…stay tuned! And the other view of the Salida Skirt pattern is also in my Make 9 plans.

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Make Nine Update #1

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

My 1st outfit from my Make 9 (Outfits) is complete!  I took the opportunity of an upcoming birth to make myself the most comfortable pajamas outfit for the postpartum days when I’ll be in bed recovering from giving birth.  In the past, I’ve never thought about a special outfit for this time, instead just grabbing whatever was at hand and then cringing when I was wearing a pajama shirt with gaping holes in the elbows or something similar when someone came to see the baby!

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

This outfit changed a little bit from my original plan.  This was with the thought of postpartum and nursing in mind.  Originally I had planned to make a Paro Cardigan, but realized a Julia Cardigan would be better suited to the purpose I had in mind. 

Julia Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Make 9 Challenge

The shape of the Julia Cardigan is more ideal for nursing and lounging in bed.  Plus it’s been quite a while since I sewed a Julia Cardigan, and never one with this nice of quality fabric. 

This fabric is vintage Hacci Sweat knit from Girl Charlee. It’s sold out now, but very soft, and very good quality. I had 2 yards, and had just enough scraps left over to make a sweater dress for Baby Tina, so stay tuned for that too!

Julia Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Make 9 Challenge

And the pattern was already cut out and ready to go – no muslin needed.  Just sew and go!

Durango Tank sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This was my 1st time to sew a Durango Tank and the 1st time to do arm bindings like this.  It really isn’t hard to take the extra steps to get this professional looking finished garment.  And I know it’s going to be very comfortable to wear! 

Durango Tank sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One reason I’m looking forward to wearing the Durango Tank for postpartum days is because of the extra ease through the waist and stomach. Gently on a belly recovering from expanding to the size of a large watermelon!

Durango Tank sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I love the split back detail…one of those little touches that makes Hey June Patterns special and a touch above the rest!

The fabric I used is super soft Art Gallery Fabrics knit, and will be so perfect for lounging in bed with a new baby!  Or anytime you want to wear it really, but you know where my brain is right now…

Mountain Pose Pants sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We’ve made the Mountain Pose Pants before several times…and this time I made 2 changes.  I eliminated the side seam by laying the front and back leg pieces side by side and cutting them out as one piece.  Also, I narrowed the bottom of the legs to get more of a leggings look because I anticipate wanting to wear these out of bed too!

I used navy double brushed poly from CaliFabrics, and it’s going to be amazing to wear!  It’s very soft and durable…I know from past experience with DBP from CaliFabrics.  I have worn this pair of Mountain Pose Pants every single night for pajamas during this pregnancy.

Postpartum outfit sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Here is what I ended up with:

Top Pattern: Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Indigo and Aster knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics

Pants Pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Pants Fabric: Navy Double Brushed Poly from CaliFabrics

Sweater Pattern: Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations

Sweater Fabric: Vintage Hacci Sweater fabric from Girl Charlee

Postpartum outfit sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I got so excited about having a special postpartum outfit that I sewed up another one…stay tuned.

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Basic Jalie Outfit #2680 & #2681

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Maybe this doesn’t look so “basic” to you?

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Today we get to participate in a fun tour!  The Basically Jalie tour is full of basic inspiration and a fun sew along and of course lots of prizes.  We sewed a basic jacket and a not so basic skirt!

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For our first pattern, we chose the Jalie 2680 City Coat.  While this jacket can be made in many different fabrics for a very versatile jacket, we chose olive stretch twill from JoAnns.  Because it doesn’t get more basic than an olive green utility jacket, does it?  

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One detail of this jacket we absolutely love is all the panels and seaming.  It really doesn’t take that long to sew.  We sewed almost all of the seams on our serger and then immediately switched to the sewing machine to topstitch each seam.  

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Another detail that makes this jacket special are the inseam pockets on the front princess seam.  Unless you put your hands in your pockets, they are invisible and the clean lines of the jacket are maintained.  But they’re there, and what is a basic olive green utility jacket without pockets?

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This Jalie 2680 City Coat pattern can be sewn with a hood or a collar.  We chose the hood version.  After a quick muslin, we determined that we needed to add 1” length to the sleeves, 1” length to each of the body pieces, and 1” width to the shoulders for tall fit issues.

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As you can see, the inside of this jacket is very clean and finished.  We wouldn’t really recommend this pattern to a beginner due to the lack of detailed instructions.  But an adventurous beginner or intermediate sewist would definitely find this a rewarding make!

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the not so basic skirt, we chose the Jalie 2681 Gored Skirts pattern.  This knit skirt also has many panels, which echoes the seaming on the jacket.  There are 5 different style options for this skirt, and we can’t wait to make more of the views.

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

All of the views are knee length, but as you can see, we maxified this skirt!  Part of the reason was for dramatic appeal, and part of the inspiration was this gorgeous fabric from CaliFabrics.  It’s navy floral on black burnout stretch velvet, and even prettier in real life than on a screen!   It comes in 4 colors, so a very something for everyone type of fabric!  

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We lined it with a navy jersey fabric, just to the knee so that the sheer velvet burnout can really be seen below the knee.  Modeled with a pair of blue suede shoes this is a very ooh-la-la look and definitely not basic!  But amazing, right?

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of the model, Aria is not the intended recipient of this outfit!  However, because I’m almost 9 months pregnant, it doesn’t fit me at all right now, and Aria’s measurements are close enough to mine that I know this is going to fit me very well and be a new favorite.  And Aria is under very clean instructions NOT to steal it from me.  That’s always worked in the past, right?

Now for more information about the prizes I mentioned!

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Be sure to visit these talented sewing bloggers during the tour:

Wednesday, Feb 6 – The Petite Sewist | auschick sews | Replicate then Deviate | Deepika Blogs

Thursday, Feb 7 – Sew What Yvette | Sew Cucio | Shalini’s Sewing Space | Curtiepie | A Jennuine Life

Friday, Feb 8 – SeamsLikeStyle | It’s Liesel | SewSophieLynn | Danvillegirl Sewing Diary | Skirt Fixation

Monday, Feb 11 – The Crafting Fiend | Sprouting JubeJube | its sew colorful | Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

Tuesday, Feb 12 – All Things Katy! | BigFlyNotions | needle and the belle | Zoopolis

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2019 Sewing Goals

9 Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

2018 was a great year for goals and the successful completion of goals!  It seems that we’ve found a good rhythm to our sewing, and so several of our goals will stay the same.

And there are some REALLY exciting goals that I can’t share yet, so stay tuned…

Stash Shrinker:

This was a truly transformational tool for me.  Not only did it help me keep track of my garments and yardage sewn, but it made me really dig deep into the big stash of fabric we have here.  One thing the Stash Shrinker did was intended – to cut down on the amount of fabric we bought.  But an unintended consequence of that was an incredible sense of what makes good quality fabric!  I also became aware of how much poor quality fabric I had in my stash that would probably never get sewn.  Around 50 yards of fabric was thrown out, donated, and given away!  Call me a snob, but in 2019 (and beyond!) there will be NO poor quality fabric purchases!

9 Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

All that being said, I did buy some really good quality fabric in 2018, and my plan is to sew a good chunk of it up in 2019.  So I have a plan…  I’ve planned 9 SKIRT OUTFITS using fabric and patterns in my stash.  Outfits because I’m tired of having garments in my closet that are lone wolves…they don’t really go with anything!  

Quite a few of the outfits I have planned are interchangeable.  Most of the skirts are solid, so they go with quite a few of the tops.  And the major layering pieces are solid which also means they go with quite a few of the outfits.  

Several of the patterns are repeats, and patterns I really love!  But if new patterns come out, I’ll be able to substitute as needed.

Skirt Outfit #1:

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns (already made and blogged here)

Top Fabric: Poly Crepe from Indie Sew 

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Gray Corduroy from Style Makers Fabric

Vest Pattern: Lonetree Vest & Jacket by Indie Sew

Vest Fabric: Tencel Twill from Blackbird Fabrics

Pajamas! Outfit #2:

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Indigo and Aster knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics

Pants Pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Pants Fabric: Navy Double Brushed Poly from CaliFabrics

Sweater Pattern: Paro Cardigan by Itch to Stitch

Sweater Fabric: Vintage Hacci Sweater fabric from Girl Charlee

Skirt Outfit #3:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Chambray from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Sandbryce Skirt (a mash up of the Sandbridge Skirt and Bryce Cargos both by Hey June Patterns)

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #4:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Cotton Lawn by Windham Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Kendrick Overalls by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Raisin Twill from Style Maker Fabrics

Jacket Pattern: Joy Jacket by Chalk and Notch

Jacket Fabric: Tencel Denim from CaliFabrics

Skirt Outfit #5:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Rayon Linen from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Navy Pinstripe Linen and Tencel fabric  from Blackbird Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #6:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Robert Kaufman chambray from CaliFabrics

Skirt Pattern: Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen

Skirt Fabric: Heritage Rayon fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #7: 

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Willamette Shirt by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Indian Ikat from Blackbird Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #8: 

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Flannel shirting from Indie Sew

Turtleneck Pattern: Nikko Top by True Bias

Turtleneck Fabric: Rust rib knit from Indie Sew

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Maroon Stretch Twill from La Mercerie

Skirt Outfit #9:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Woodland Clearing by Kaufman cotton Lawn fabric

Skirt Pattern: Maxi Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Olive Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

I’ve planned these 9 outfits to do with the Make 9 challenge on Instagram.  And my plan is to sew them seasonally, probably along with the Seasonal Sew 3 challenge on Instagram also.  Right now, that looks to be roughly in order from left to right, top to bottom.   We’ll see how it plays out!  One thing you might note, most of these are made from woven fabrics.  This is because I sew up knit garments all the time, no challenge there.  So this is my CHALLENGE plan!

Whew, that’s a lot of sewing, but I think with the good quality fabric and amazing patterns, this is the type of self-care sewing I will look forward to!

Do you have any 2019 goals?  Are they sewing related?  Do you think my plan is unrealistic? 😉

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Final 2018 Sewing Goals Update

This is a quick 2018 Year in Review

200 items sewn (not counting bonnets for the Etsy shop)

365 yards of fabric sewn/removed from stash. And I kept my multiplier at 5 ALL YEAR LONG!!! We’ll definitely be using the Stash Shrinker next year, and if you want to keep track of your sewing makes and fabric used, you can find it over at Sewjourners: https://sewjourners.net/2018/01/02/stash-shrinker/

0 RTW items bought for myself

9 of Skirt Fixation's 2018 sewing goals

7.5 out of 9 Make 9 items sewn

Top row, left to right: Charleston Dress by Hey June Patterns, Runway Skirt (woven) by Savvy Patterns, Paro Cardigan by Itch To Stitch

Middle row, left to right: Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic, Vientiane Skirt (maxi) by Itch To Stitch, Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns (this is a free pattern!)

Bottom row, left to right: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns, Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns, Sandbrige Skirt (maxi) by Hey June Patterns.

The only 2 I didn’t complete are the Durango Tank, but it’s already cut out, so that’s worth 1/2 right? And the other one was the Paro Cardigan…when I lost my waist, I lost my motivation to sew that! But it’s been added to my Make 9 for 2019 (stay tuned…)

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

7 out of 9 Menswear make 9 items sewn. No pants or raglan tee. But lots and lots of Metro Tees!

Plenum Quilt review by Skirt Fixation

At least 4 quilts pieced and in various stages of quilting. Stay tuned on that too…

So while we didn’t make 100% on every goal, we accomplished a LOT of sewing this year! And we’re excitedly planning for 2019, so stay tuned for that…

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Infinity Maternity Dress

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Recently I had the opportunity to help test the Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern.  This pattern will be released next week from Maternity Sewing.  (You can find the pattern here.)  This dress has Infinity in it’s name due to the multitude of ways to wear the straps.  

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

I chose to make the longest maxi version of the pattern.  And then I made the hem shorter in the front for a high low look.  This was partly due to the fact that the only fabric with enough yardage available at my local fabric shop was not quite wide enough for the circle skirt, and then it shrunk some more in the dryer.  The other reason is for the dramatic effect!

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The straps are quite long, and that is so that they can be wrapped in many different ways.  Over one shoulder, around the (empire) waist only, over both shoulders, crossed in the back, crossed in the front…you get the idea!  

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The pattern was quite easy to sew.  The hardest part was crawling around on the floor with a pregnant belly in the way, to cut out the pieces.  Speaking of cutting out the pieces, I really appreciate that this pattern has both pattern pieces and template pieces.  Template pieces means that you are given measurements, or small pieces to use to create the larger pattern pieces.  This saves paper and time!  

The only change I made to the pattern assembly was to enclose the waistband fully on the inside.  Since the waistband is lined, it was a very easy change to make, and one I prefer to feeling scratchy seams around my belly.

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is a double knit, or similar fabric from JoAnns.  As I mentioned, I needed 6 yards to make this dress due to the huge circle skirt, and the length of the straps.  It’s not very good quality fabric, and I suspect it would pill if worn often.  However, I’m not sure how often I’ll be wearing this statement dress, and I only have 3 months left of pregnancy, so it’s not going to be an issue.  Another thing about this fabric, it’s really too heavy for the recommended knits for the pattern.  (But remember, it was all I had access to!)  The problem is that the weight of the skirt pulls down the elastic in the back.  I solved this by using the ties to wrap around the back and stabilize the elastic.  If I had known it was going to be an issue, I also could have used wider or stronger elastic.  A lightweight fabric like double brushed poly would be an ideal knit for this dress.

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

My kids absolutely squealed when I put this dress on.  They told me it looked like a medieval lady or a Victorian princess!  Aria had loads of fun figuring out how to tie the straps in several different ways.  For reference, I was 24 weeks pregnant in these photos.  I sewed the size 4-6.  There is also a bandeau that can be made to layer under the dress, but I chose to wear a long sleeve shirt due to the cold weather instead.  The dress can be made in 10 different lengths from 22.5″ (mini) to 45″ (extra tall.)  It can also be used for non-maternity wear and would be great for nursing.   

Since I’m really not sure where I’ll ever have an opportunity to wear this dress, I’m going to call it “Frosting.”  There’s a challenge on Instagram to “sew frosting” where everyone is encouraged to sew something they want, even if it’s not practical, basic, everyday wear.  So this dramatic dress definitely qualifies.  

Maternity Sewing Podcast with Audrey from Skirt Fixation

If you’re more interested in my pregnancy journey, I was interviewed by The Maternity Sewing Podcast.  You can listen to that episode here: https://maternitysewing.com/audreys-story-many-pregnancies-and-many-challenges-podcast-episode-7/ Even though I’m an intensely private person, I shared my story in hopes of helping someone else who may be or may have gone through something similar.

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2 Gray Halifax Hoodies for fall

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well, it’s officially hoodie weather, so of course that means a few more Halifax Hoodies were in order!  This pattern by Hey June Patterns has gotten a complete workout and we have no plans to stop sewing it anytime soon…it’s a wardrobe staple for sure.

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra was sadly lacking in zip up hoodies, so I gave her first choice between the 2 fabrics I had.  (For an in-depth comparison of these two fabrics, please read my post on the CaliFabrics blog.)  She chose the heathered french terry fabric.  She also requested a slouchier hoodie that she could layer over a long sleeve shirt, so I sewed her a size L and graded to XL at the hips.   The other adjustments I made for her were a 1” wide shoulder adjustment, and added 1” to the sleeves.  It turned out exactly the way she had envisioned it!  She’s been wearing it constantly, so that always is the sign of a successful garment.  

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of note, I used self fabric for the bias on the hood, and 1” white twill tape for finishing the inside over the zipper.  The zipper is a plastic zipper, which was all that was available at my local fabric store in the right color.   It’s very nicely finished inside and out.  She did request no hood tie, so I didn’t bother putting in the buttonholes for one.  If she changes her mind, it’s an easy addition later.

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

For my own Halifax Hoodie, I sewed my regular size M with all my tall adjustments.  This means 1” added to the shoulders, 1.5” to the body and 2” to the sleeves.  I used the other cut of fabric, stretch sweatshirt fleece.  I used a mustard color grosgrain ribbon to finish everywhere on the inside and also for the hood ties.  With the brass zipper, it’s such a fun pop of color.

These hoodies are the kind that will be worn over and over and over again for years and years!  The kind you hate to have to replace because it’s such a good friend.  Do you have a garment like that?  Tell me about it!

Oh, and in case you don’t follow us on Instagram, you might be interested in a little photo news I posted there:

Large Family baby announcement

Expected arrival: February/March 2019!

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DIY Calvin Klein Skirt

Buy or DIY Calvin Klein skirt tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Today we have another Buy or DIY skirt for you!  Everyone seems to love this series and keeps begging for more!  This time we’re showing you how you can make a gorgeous skirt for holiday parties and feel rich because you saved so much money!  Our skirt pick of the day is a Calvin Klein Circle Skirt.   Keep reading for our DIY Calvin Klein skirt!

DIY Calvin Klein Skirt Details:

DIY Calvin Klein skirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Calvin Klein Check Taffeta Circle Skirt from Saks.com

DIY Calvin Klein skirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Fabric Recommendation: This lovely Art Gallery Indie Boheme Apatite Crystal fabric.  We just love using Art Gallery Fabric!

DIY Michael Kors Skirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Pattern Recommendation: Megan Nielsen Veronika Skirt (You can buy this skirt pattern or get it FREE by signing up for their newsletter!)  We have sewn this skirt and you can read our full review here.  Everyone loves a good circle skirt, and this one has an option for pockets!!!

Invisible zipper:

This one from Amazon would work nicely.

DIY Calvin Klein Skirt Math:

Calvin Klein Check Taffeta Circle Skirt: $1600 retail price.
Fabric needed: 3.5 yards
Pattern: $12.77 or FREE for newsletter subscribers
Fabric: $12.73 per yard
Notions: 9” invisible zipper $4.99
Total Cost: $49.55
Total Savings: $1550.45

How to do it. The Calvin Klein Taffeta skirt is pleated, so you can iron pleats into the fabric we’ve recommended before cutting out the circle skirt. Or after if you want the pleats all vertical on the skirt. Your choice!

Buy or DIY Calvin Klein skirt tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Wow, the DIY wins again!! Are you seeing a pattern here? Ha, but seriously, it’s so easy and fun to sew your own couture looking clothes!

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