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Runway Skirt Blog Tour Day 5

Today is the last official day of the Runway Skirt blog tour.  Hasn’t it been amazing?  And today we have 3 ladies finishing off the tour with a bang!  It’s the final few days to enter the giveaway (find it at the end of this post.)

First up is Annie from Enantiomerproject.  She’s a scientist by day and a seamstress all the rest of the time!  Click on the photo to go to her very stunning version of the Runway Skirt.

Runway Skirt sewn by Annie from Enantiomerproject

Next we have Alexis from My Sweet Sunshine.  Usually it’s her daughter in front of the camera, but I’m thrilled Alexis stepped into view in this very cute Runway Skirt.  Click on her photo to read more.

Runway Skirt sewn by My Sweet Sunshine

And finally, most likely saving the best for last, is Teronia from Sew Haute Blog.  If she looks familiar it’s because she’s one of the fabulous cover models on the Runway Skirt Pattern.  Teronia was a tester and somehow, probably because she’s so sweet, we became good friends.  Click on her photo for her tips on styling the Runway Skirt.

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Be sure to enter the giveaway below.  You can win a copy of the Runway Skirt and also a $25 gift certificate to Urban Sew, which should buy you enough fabric to make your Runway Skirt.

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And finally, you can grab the Runway Skirt on sale especially for this tour.  Buy it here at Savvy Patterns.

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12-5  Friends Stitched Together & Very Blissful Blog

12-6 Call Ajaire & Sew Mariefleur

12-7 Rebel And Malice & Inspinration & Shaffer Sisters

12-8 Paisley Roots & Feather Flights & Skirt Fixation

12-9 Enantiomerproject & My Sweet Sunshine & Sew Haute Blog

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Maternity Lane Raglan

Maternity Lane Raglan

Maternity Lane Raglan

Halfway there is a good time to make an announcement, right?  After I finished sewing the Wild Things vests, Aria kept telling me I needed to take a break and sew something for myself before I started my next difficult project (sewing jeans for my boys: follow along on Instagram to see my progress.)  How could I resist something as persuasive as that?  The only problem was…a growing waistline, and no patterns that worked.  Then I remembered the very intelligent Adrianna, the designer behind Hey June Handmade, had created a tutorial on how to modify the Lane Raglan for maternity wear.

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt FixationAfter digging through my stash, I grabbed some mustard knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics, leftover from this Aster Cardigan, and some blue brush strokes stripe fabric from Cali Fabrics, leftover from making this skirt.

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used her tutorial to make a maternity Lane Raglan with only 2 changes.  I added 6” instead of 4” to the length of the front because I’m tall like that!  And then I used one size larger on the front piece and my regular size for the back and sleeves.  And you know what?  I love it!!!  A maternity shirt with the sleeves long enough?  Plus, comfortable, with wide enough shoulders and long enough to cover my bump the whole nine months?  Unheard of unless I wanted to pay a whole bunch of money!  So of course I made a second one.

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

On the second maternity Lane Raglan, I made one more slight change; I widened the width of the neckband after seeing someone else do it on Instagram, and it’s pretty cool too.   For this second one I grabbed more fabric from my stash, a charcoal bamboo knit from Cali Fabrics, leftover from this skirt, and a floral fabric from Girl Charlee that I’ve used on this skirt and this cardigan.  The floral fabric has 2 way stretch and fits a little tighter, so it might not make it the whole 9 months.  But we’ll see.

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

There are some clothes in my regular wardrobe that would probably work for some or most of the pregnancy, but I like to put away all my “regular” clothes and only wear maternity clothes when I’m pregnant.  Then after I give birth, it’s sort of like my birthday too with all the new clothes I get to wear again!

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

So after making these two maternity Lane Raglans, I did something drastic: I cut off all the sleeves on all my maternity tops that were too short and hemmed them short sleeve length.  Because this pregnancy, I don’t have to settle for maternity tops that don’t fit right!  I can make myself all the maternity Lane Raglan tops that I want!

Affiliate links are used in this post.  This is because I totally love and completely think everyone should sew up a Hey June Handmade item for themselves!  Your world with be revolutionized…

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Cali & Co fabric outfit

My new favorite fall outfit!

Today I’m over at the Cali & Co blog!  You may have noticed the button over on the sidebar announcing that I’m now part of the Cali & Co blog squad.  If you’ve never checked out Cali & Co fabric you really should.  They have an amazing selection of fabrics.  Today I’m sharing all about my new fall outfit, sewed entirely from 3 beautiful Cali & Co. fabrics.  I found these three amazing fabrics, and I’ve got tips for sewing with each of them over on the Cali & Co blog today.

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Fashion Illustration by Kelly Smith {Living Skirt Art}

Fashion Illustration brought to life by Skirt Fixation

Today is the next installment in our Living Skirt Art Series!  It’s a crowd favorite, and we don’t like to disappoint you all, so…  Be sure to stick around to the end of the post for a sneak peak from Ajaire from Call Ajaire who is playing along with us this month.

Only once before in our Living Skirt Art series have we chosen to bring an illustration with a skirt in it to life.  All the other times we’ve chosen to bring paintings to life.  But illustrations, and specifically fashion illustrations are so prevalent, and in many cases, very, very good, that we just had to bring one to life today.

Fashion Illustration brought to life by Skirt Fixation

Fashion illustrations usually aren’t titled like paintings are.  When you start digging, the focus is as much on the artist as on the illustration.  Kelly Smith is an Australian Illustrator, working predominantly in fashion and beauty.  She has an impressive client list from Armani to Valentino!  For her approach she uses graphite pencil for 90 per cent of the work.  After scanning the drawing in, she adds colour and tweaks the image using Photoshop. Since she uses Photoshop, we had to stay true to the artist and use Photoshop to play around with our image as well.

Fashion Illustration brought to life by Skirt Fixation

This fashion illustration has two skirts, as you’ve probably noticed.  Aria’s skirt is a hand me down from a good friend.  It’s very good quality, from a company called Meadow Rue.  It has tons of hand embroidered details, inside and out.

Allegra’s skirt is a recent “thrift store score” and she absolutely loves it!  If she’d found it in a retail store she’d probably have bought one in every color.  As it is, she’s asked me to make her a few more, but I’m having trouble sourcing a pre-pleated fabric.  If you know of one, we’d be extremely grateful if you’d leave the source in the comments.

Fashion Illustration brought to life by Skirt Fixation

In Summary:

Fashion Illustration

Artist: Kelly Smith (check out her website here: http://www.birdyandme.com.au/)

Models: Allegra & Aria

Photography: Audrey

Skirts: Meadow Rue & thrifted pleated maxi.

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?

Fashion Illustration brought to life by Skirt Fixation

Also, go visit Call Ajaire for your next art viewing experience in our Living Skirt Art series.  Do you recognize which piece of art her adorable Bean is portraying?

Call Ajaire Living Skirt Art Bean as Girl On Beach

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Sante Fe Top Review

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I’ve got a new favorite top, to sew and to wear! It’s the Sante Fe by Hey June Handmade. Since I love everything I’ve sewn from this company, I was pretty sure the Sante Fe was going to be a win too. Just to be safe I made a muslin first. I used some charcoal bamboo knit fabric from Cali Fabrics.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is light, and swingy, and just perfect for this pattern.  I had never sewn a neckline with binding instead of a band, and I really like the clean finish. The cuffs on the arms have a similar clean finish. In fact, everything on the inside of this shirt is so clean and finished that I accidentally wore it inside out the other day…and no one noticed!

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation
I made view C and the only change I made for the muslin was to lengthen the dolman sleeves by about 2 inches to accommodate for my wide shoulders.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt FixationLike all Hey June Handmade patterns we’ve sewn, this one is easy to follow.  The illustrations are drawn and the instructions are clear and complete.  It can be made in 7 sizes from XS to 2X.  There are 6 different variations you could make.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

After making this muslin, I decided to make another Sante Fe Top the next day! The only change I made for fit was to raise the neckline by about 1 inch and shorten the binding accordingly. I used some cheap knit fabric I picked up at Hancock Fabric’s going out of business sale. It’s lightweight and only has two way stretch, which makes it another great fit for this pattern.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For a little Anthro-esque touch, I added a strip of blue lace down the front seam. I polled my sewing friends on Instagram before adding it, and there was overwhelming support for this idea. One of my sewing friends suggested adding the lace to the raglan sleeves of view F, and since I absolutely love this idea, I guess I’ll be making another Sante Fe Top soon!

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

You might have noticed I left both the hems of these Sante Fe Tops raw edges.  This is for 2 reasons.  1: knit fabric doesn’t fray, so no hemming needed.  2: my double needle is currently in time out for not meeting my expectations for hem perfection.  I knew the situation wouldn’t improve with thin fabrics.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt FixationHere’s what I love about the fit of the Sante Fe top: it hugs your curves, and then flares out for a looser fit around the waist and hips. The result is about the most comfortable shirt ever. I’ve been wearing one or other of these every week!
So if you’ve got some cheap lightweight knit fabric laying around that you purchased before you knew what you were doing when buying knit fabric (not that I’d know anything about that, ahem!) turn it into some Sante Fe Tops! You can thank me later.

Oh, and the Halifax Hoodie is currently the featured pattern which means it’s on sale, so grab it too while you’re at Hey June Handmade.  You’re going to need it this fall!

Affiliate links are used in this post.  I would have been using them on all Hey June Handmade posts before this, but I just recently realized they have an affiliate program!  I’m just telling you this in case you are opposed to helping support my fabric habit, and don’t want to click on any links.

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Hanging Out Linen {Living Skirt Art}

Living Skirt Art recreated by Skirt Fixation

Today everyone’s favorite skirt series, Living Skirt Art, is back for it’s monthly appearance.  We just love recreating works of art with a skirt in them.  What is SO VERY special about today’s Living Skirt Art installment is that we’ve got not one, but two special guest bloggers creating living skirt art with us!  Stay tuned to the end of the post for a couple of sneak peeks.

The artist featured in today’s Living Skirt Art recreation is Charles Courtney Curran.  He was born in 1861 in Hartford Kentucky and raised in Ohio.  He studied art in New York.  He showed his work publicly for almost 30 years.  Then he studied in Paris for 2 years under fellow Impressionist Jules Lefebvre.  Upon returning to the U.S. he settled in New York and began teaching art.  Later in life, he also began to teach at Cragsmoor, a summer art center.  He died in 1942.  Even today his works of art can be found in museums and Art Institutes around the world.

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation.

This piece of art, Hanging Out Linen is one of several he did with ladies hanging laundry as the main subject.  In each of them the play of lighting and shadows is incredible.   It is an oil on canvas, originally painted in 1887.  And it’s almost life size at 54” tall by 30” wide.

Living Skirt Art recreated by Skirt Fixation

The hardest thing about recreating Hanging Out Linen was recreating the lighting.  We decided that artist take creative liberties with lighting and color that cameras just can’t recreate!  So we’ve done our best and you’ll have to forgive the imperfections.  Do you recognize the skirt?  It’s one from our most recent All The Skirts series with Megan Nielsen and Imagine Gnats; the Brumby Skirt.

Horizontal Hanging Out Linen

In Summary:

Painting: Hanging Out Linen

Artist: Charles Courtney Curran

Model: Audrey

Photography: Allegra

Skirt: Megan Nielsen Brumby Skirt in champagne double gauze blogged here.

Living Skirt Art recreated 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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And now go visit Michelle over at Falafel and the Bee to see and read about her Living Skirt Art recreation.  This sneak peek is of the “before” and we’re sure you are familiar with the “after,” it’s a VERY famous piece of art by a very famous artist!

Living Skirt Art with Paisley Roots

Also we have Karly from Paisley Roots with another Living Skirt Art representation.  You may not be as familiar with this piece of skirt art, but you DEFINITELY should not miss Karly’s recreation!

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Giveaway Winners for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

The last 2 months have been so fun because we got to sew up all the Megan Nielsen skirt patterns using fabric from Imagine Gnats.  And some of you had fun doing the same!  Before we reveal the giveaway winners, we want to review the Megan Nielsen skirts.

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

Kelly Skirt sewn in Indigo Denim

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

All 3 views of the Axel Skirt, one in striped knit.

Hello Holli wearing the Erin Maternity skirt by Megan Nielsen. Sewn with fabric from Imagine Gnats.

The ever cute Hello Holli in the Erin Skirt sewn with knit from Imagine Gnats.

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Brumby skirt in double gauze.

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

Veronika Skirt in knit.

Cascade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Cascade Skirt in French Terry

There were 3 lovely ladies who linked up things they’d sewn with a Megan Nielsen pattern or fabric from Imagine Gnats.

Cat is a Kitty linked up two things including this darling Brumby Skirt.

Our good friend Michelle from Falafel and the Bee linked up a few things she’d made with fabric from Imagine Gnats.

Dana from Sew Thrifty linked up some darling maternity clothing, and was the crowd favorite, winning 1 PDF pattern from Megan Nielsen and $50 from Imagine Gnats.

And the random winner of the Rafflecopter giveaway is Emi from Just Add Fabric, who happens to be an amazing seamstress.

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We will be donating the handkerchief hem Axel skirt to Skirting the Issue, which is happening right now!

That’s it for this edition of All The Skirts.  Stay tuned of the next edition of All The Skirts, coming soon!

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Cascade Skirt {All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats}

Cascade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Due to technical difficulties (also known as a waiting line for the sewing machine because of 4H project deadlines) Friday’s All The Skirts post is being published today.  (More on those awesome 4H projects coming soon!)

Cascade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final skirt for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats is the Cascade Skirt.  The Cascade skirt has a lot of things going on in one amazing skirt.  It’s a wrap skirt, a circle skirt, has options to tie in the front,  the back or button up, and has a high low hem!  And beside all that, we decided to make it into a swim suit coverup.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Imagine you’ve been swimming for a couple of hours and it’s time to settle down on the grassy shore and watch everyone else for a while.  You wade up to the shore, grab your Cascade Skirt made from jade french terry backed wick away lycra fabric., and wrap it around you like a towel, except waaaaay classier because it’s the Cascade Skirt!

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Cascade Skirt can be made in 5 sizes from XS to XL.  There are 3 versions to choose from, and the variations all depend on how you want to close the skirt.  Tie in front, tie in back, or a simple double button closure in the front.  This pattern is rated a 1 out of 5 skill level needed.  All the illustrations are drawn and very easy to follow.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since the side seams can show due to the high low hem,  instructions are included for french seams.  We just love thoughtful touches like that.  There are only 3 pattern pieces needed for making any of the views of the Cascade Skirt.  The pattern suggests hand tacking the waistband down, and even though I usually avoid hand sewing like the plague, I found this to be the best solution for getting the waistband not to twist.  I may or may not have paid Allegra in chocolate to rip it out for me.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Let’s move on the that delicious jade french terry backed wick away lycra fabric.  There are so many fabrics at Imagine Gnats that could be used to make a lovely Cascade Skirt.  I almost went with this eyelet because the Cascade Skirt instructions include directions for lining it.  And then there’s this drapey knit.  Finally, I did the only sensible thing to do and asked Rachel, the owner of Imagine Gnats for her help.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

When I finally settled on the idea of a swim suit coverup, she helped me choose this gorgeous french terry fabric.  While this color matches Aria’s swim suit and she immediately claimed this Cascade Skirt, I’m pretty sure I’ll be sewing at least one more.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of sewing Megan Nielsen patterns and Imagine Gnats fabric, it’s time to vote on those entries in the Inlinkz sew along.  The crowd favorite will win 1 Megan Nielsen PDF pattern and $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats.  Also, the Rafflecopter is still open for a few more days, so enter away for your chance to win 1 Megan Nielsen PDF pattern and $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats!

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10 FREE Reversible Skirt Tutorials {Skirting the Issue}

10 FREE reversible skirt tutorials

10 FREE reversible skirt tutorials

What’s better than one skirt?  One skirt that can be worn two ways!  Reversible skirts are so fun and a very, very sweet gift to give to a foster girl.  So we rounded up these 10 FREE tutorials that you can make for your child or donate to a good cause like Skirting The Issue.  Alright, here’s the 10 FREE reversible skirt tutorials.  And if you’d prefer a pattern, scroll down to the end for some reversible skirt pattern suggestions.  Keep in mind several of these tutorials are for women’s sizes which work wonderfully for older girls in foster care where the need for donations is greater.

10 FREE Reversible Skirt Tutorials:

Circle Skirt by You & Me

Paperbag Skirt by Petit a Petit & family for The Sewing Rabbit

Balloon Skirt by Zierstoff

Wrap skirt by Andrea DeHart for Makezine

Domesticated Skirt by Sew A Straight Line

Scalloped Hem by Bored & Crafty

Zippered Bali Skirt by So Sew Easy

Circle Wrap Skirt by Girl Inspired

Reversible Pencil Skirt

Pencil Skirt by Bumbling Panda

Petal Skirt by Pretty Prudent

Girl’s Reversible Skirt Patterns:

Oliver + S Hula Hoop Skirt

Oliver + S Swingset Skirt

Violette Field Threads Lavinia Skirt

Thanks for stopping by today and happy skirt sewing!

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5 Skirts to Smooth your Waistline

5 skirts to smooth your waistline

5 skirts to smooth your waistline

Today we’re starting a new series (because we love skirt series!) called 5 Skirts.  5 Skirts is a series where we highlight five skirt patterns to help you feel confident about your body.  Today’s edition is: 5 Skirts to Smooth your Waistline!

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt: Hip sashes can be added to any of the three versions.  What’s so great about the hip sashes?  They minimize and cover the stomach.  An Axel skirt will have you looking as great in the evening as you did in the morning.

Violette Field Threads Quinn Skirt pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation in maxi length

Violette Field Threads Quinn Skirt: The neat feature of this skirt is the huge elastic waistband which accentuates the waist.  Because it’s elastic, it’s like wearing stylish shape wear on the outside.  Go ahead and order the extra large burrito, Quinn’s got you covered!

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew knit fabric

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt: Choose the fold over waistband when sewing any version of this skirt.  Can you say double the tummy control?  Or open the waistband up for extra coverage and control.  Also, this skirt hugs your hips.  Which means all the heart eyes on something other than your stomach as you sashay across the room.

Jade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Paprika Patterns Jade Skirt: The lines in this skirt are incredible.  They have the effect of moving the eye across the skirt and drawing the eyes away from stomach with diagonal lines.  Wearing a Jade skirt will bring you compliments over and over and over again!

Ombre Syrah Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baste & Gather’s Syrah Skirt: This skirt has an option for a wide, ruched waistband.  This feature adds visual interest and also disguises tummy rolls.  Choosing the ruched waistband means choosing confidence!

There you have it; 5 Skirts to Smooth your Waistline!  Now you can go ahead and wear a skirt…with pride!