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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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Key Largo Tops for Summer

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Summer of the Phoenix {Blouse} programming to bring you these Key Largo Tops. With as much as we love the Key Largo Top pattern by Hey June Patterns it was bound to happen!

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It came about because Aria wanted (and needed) some new tops for nicer occasions. And because she tried on this Key Largo Top of mine and fell in love with the pattern and the fabric substrate, but not the color. So after searching for hours online for the *perfect* viscose poplin, she settled on this one from Blackbird Fabrics.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Aria and I have a deal; if she will cut out and prepare the pattern pieces for sewing, I will sew together the garment for her. It came about not because she can’t sew her own complex garments (as shown here and quite a few other posts on this blog) but because her school workload is so heavy that she just doesn’t have the time. And so if she takes care of my least favorite parts, I’ll sew the rest.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Since Aria is as tall as I am (6 feet) I make some of the same adjustments for her on this pattern as I do for myself. That means a 1” wide shoulder adjustment, and 2” to the length. However, because she’s tried on my Key Largo Top, she also felt like it was a little tight across the back of the shoulders, so we made a broad back adjustment of about 3/4”. (In a tit for tat, I tried on HER Key Largo Top and think I could also use a little bit of a broad back adjustment too!)

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And of course Aria requested the ruffle sleeve version, it’s just so feminine and fun to wear! Except that her ruffle had to be longer than mine because her arms are longer than mine. (Not admitting that this might mean she’s still growing…)

This Key Largo Top matches perfectly with MY beautiful Gabriola maxi skirt in the swishy-est, most feminine, elegant fabric ever. My Gabriola Maxi skirt that I’ve never worn. (To read that sad story, head over the CaliFabrics blog!)

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Because I was sewing one (basically) white Key Largo Top and because that is a huge hole in my wardrobe, I grabbed some vintage shirting fabric from my stash and sewed up a plain white Key Largo Top for myself.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is a little stiff, but I’m hopeful it will soften with repeated washings like many vintage fabrics do. I added the lace ruffle to the sleeves because without it I felt like the shirt was looking a little bit like scrubs. Not that there’s anything wrong with scrubs, but it wasn’t my intended look.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As I was making this, I realized that up until this one, I’ve never made the Key Largo Top exactly as the pattern is written.  This means that the front is cut on the bias and there’s that cute front hem tie feature!  If it wasn’t the Summer of the Phoenix {Blouse} I’d whip up a couple more of these…I think that feeling is the mark of a successful garment sew, don’t you?

Oh, and speaking of the Summer of the Phoenix {Blouse} stay tuned…we’ll be right back on track very soon!

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1 Pattern, 3 Shirts – A Comparison

Union St. Tee sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently, I used the Union St. Tee pattern from Hey June Patterns to sew 3 quite different shirts for my daughters and I.  It’s one thing we love about this pattern, the versatility.  And if you would like to read an in-depth comparison of the 3 fabrics I used, head over to CaliFabrics.

Union St. Tee

The first Union St. Tee I sewed was for Allegra.  She requested the scoop neckline and elbow length sleeves.  I’ve actually never made the scoop neckline before, and think it looks so nice on her!  The elbow length sleeves will help stretch this tee into fall wearing.  Allegra requested a semi-slouchy tee, so I made a size large and graded out to a size XL at the hips.  Also, I used the full bust adjustment front piece and it fits so nicely on her.  Finally, I added 1 extra inch of width at the shoulders, because although she is not as tall as Aria or I, she got that wide shoulder gene.   Her Union St. Tee is made from modal fabric.

Union St. Tee sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next Union St. Tee I sewed for Aria.  She requested the crew neckline and elbow length sleeves.  After she felt the camo linen jersey, she also requested a slouchy tee, so I made her a size L, and added 1” at the shoulders and 2” to the length.  Since this fabric doesn’t have much recovery, I used plain white jersey for the neckband.  I haven’t officially admitted it yet, but I think she’s taller than me.

Union St. Tee sewn by Skirt Fixation

And of course, I had to get in on the Union St. Tee fun!  I sewed the v-neck and raised it 1”, my standard adjustment for this pattern.  I added 1.5” to the length and also used the 1” broad shoulder adjustment.  To make this tee just right for fall wearing, I also chose the elbow length sleeve.  For fun, I added a striped pocket to this tee.  My Union St. Tee is made from double brushed poly fabric.  

Union St. Tee sewn by Skirt Fixation

In a side by side comparison (there are more of these over at CaliFabrics) you can see more of the differences in the 3 shirts.  One pattern, 3 different shirts, 3 happy wearers!

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Phoenix Blouse with 3 changes

In my last post I mentioned that one reason I didn’t mind sewing a Phoenix Blouse for Aria was that I was sewing 2 at a time.  And of course the other one was for me!  Ever since I sewed up my wearable muslin Phoenix Blouse, I’ve been wanting more.

Phoenix Blouse sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Having sewed a muslin, I knew there were just three changes I wanted to make.  Two I’ll definitely make again, and the other I won’t!

The first thing I wanted to do was to try the Phoenix Blouse with the flutter sleeves from the Amalfi Dress, just like on Aria’s blouse.  It is such a feminine touch!  And I absolutely adore wearing these sleeves.  They swoop and swish and flow and twirl with movement all their own!  I’ll definitely be adding these sleeves to a Phoenix Blouse again.

Phoenix Blouse sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The 2nd change I make was to eliminate the slit in the front yoke.  I think I just wanted to see if it would still slip over my head without the slit.  It does, obviously.  It also raises the neckline a little for modesty reasons (think bending over and chasing little kids all day!)  Also, this fabric is quite busy, so I thought eliminating the slit would help simplify the blouse a little.

While I love this blouse due to the sleeves and the fabric, I probably won’t eliminate the slit again.  It just seems to take away from the style lines somewhat.

Phoenix Blouse sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The final change was to take in the side seams a little bit.  I did this for Aria on her blouse, and it creates such a nice silhouette while still staying true to the boho feel of the blouse.  It’s still very loose and comfortable to wear, but has a bit of shaping.  This is a change I’ll be making again in the future.

Phoenix Blouse sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is a poly crepe I got from Indiesew.  It’s currently sold out, but they carry very, very nice quality fabric, so I always keep an eye on what they have in stock.  If you’re specifically looking for poly crepe, here is a pretty selection.

Phoenix Blouse sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Poly crepe is worth looking into, it’s inexpensive, lightweight, and oh the drape!  Poly crepe has a slight pebbled texture to it.  The one I got from Indiesew is slightly shiny on one side.  It washes well, and is easy to iron.  As the name suggests, it is polyester, so does not breathe as well as natural fibers.

Phoenix Blouse sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I have been wearing this Phoenix Blouse with both this black skirt and this brown one.  What color would you wear on bottom with this blouse?  And also, have I convinced you it’s the Summer of the Phoenix Blouse yet?  (If not, stay tuned…)

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