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I Made A Puffer Jacket!!!

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

In celebration of today’s EPIC coat making success, I’m giving away a $50 gift card to Mood Fabrics!  For a chance to win, visit me on Instagram.

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

For a very, very long time I have wanted a puffer jacket!  But because I’m 6’ tall, until very recently, one that fit was out of the question even though puffer jackets are everywhere!  Then my (also very tall) sister sent me a photo of her wearing a puffer jacket she had purchased from a specialty tall shop.  I fell in love with it, and almost hit the buy it now button on their online shop.  Then I got to thinking…and decided to sew one for myself.  But as I looked for online tutorials or tips or anything, I couldn’t find ANY!  Am I the only person who has tried this?  There are a few places you can buy pre-quilted fabric, but now I was on a mission to sew my own.

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

After searching for nylon fabric (what puffer jackets are made from) I got several swatches from Mood Fabrics, and finally settled on Burgundy Nylon Ripstop fabric for the outside, and Maroon/Gray Tartan Plaid flannel fabric for the inside.

You can read all about how to make your own puffer jacket over on the Mood Fabrics blog today!  I’m guest posting there all about everything I learned while making this jacket for myself.

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

It may not surprise you to learn the pattern I used as the starting point for my puffer jacket was the Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns. (affiliate link)  To read about the modifications I made to the pattern, and see some (pre snow storm) photos, head over to the Hey June Handmade blog today!

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

I think the only details I didn’t include in those two posts is my zipper source, and the leather tassel I created at the last minute!  The zipper is a 36” thin nylon-coil separating formal wear zipper in color #527 – Bordeaux.  It was the only zipper I could find that was long enough.   It came from Zipperstop.  And since it wasn’t really intended for outerwear, I decided to add the leather tassel to try to spare the zipper and okay, just for looks!  It was so simple to make, I just cut long strips of gray leather, looped them around the bottom ring of the clip on hardware, and tied another strip of leather at the top to keep them all secure.  It turned out to be too wide to clip through the actual zipper pull itself, so I used a metal ring to go connect them.

Here’s a picture of my inspiration puffer jacket…the one my sister owns!  How did I do?

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French Terry Pajamas

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

And we’re back!  In the next few weeks we get to reveal some really big projects we’ve been working on, and we’re so excited.  So stay tuned…

Today we’re sharing some french terry pajamas!  Because there was quite a lot of pj time over the past few weeks with holidays, non-school days, and even some sick-ish, lounging around days.  So we were very glad to have brand new, comfortable pajamas for these days!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Back in the fall, I bought some of the VERY popular oatmeal french terry fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  And to go with it, I got some limited printing autumn floral rose fabric.  I knew exactly what I wanted to sew with these fabrics (for once!) and just needed an opening in my sewing queue.  (This floral is gone now, but check out everything else printed on the luscious oatmeal french terry base!)

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the autumn floral rose french terry (which is printed on the oatmeal french terry base) I sewed myself a Halifax Hoodie, view D.  I used the oatmeal for the pocket and the cowl.  Let me assure you, this hoodie is as comfortable as it looks.  And then some!  For the pull tie in the cowl, I used some 3/16” “magic rope” I have in my sewing room, and it’s the perfect match.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the main part of the oatmeal fabric, I sewed myself a pair of Hudson Pants.  This pattern is by True Bias, and I’m probably the last person in the sewing community to make myself a pair.  But hey, I’ve been focused on skirts!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Before cutting into the good oatmeal french terry fabric, I made  muslin from some cotton jersey from Girl Charlee.  For giggles, above is the before and after photo of my pre-muslin adjustments to the pattern piece.  Because the pattern designer helpfully included the finished inseam as 28” and mine is 36”, I knew I had to add 8” to start with!  It’s not a good idea to add all the length at the bottom hem, so I added 3” in the thigh, 3” at the calf, and 2” at the hem.  After sewing the muslin, I decided I also needed to add 1.5” to the rise at the top of the pants.  The oatmeal Hudson Pants are just a little too long, but I figure with wash and wear they might shrink, and I’m NOT going to complain about extra length!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

The waistband of the Hudson Pants are so comfortable, and I used the same “magic rope” for the drawstring here as well.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s been established that as the Fabric Scrooge, I like to use up the leftover scraps!  With the leftover floral french terry fabric, I sewed some Oliver + S Parachute Pants for Annie.  She really needed new pajama pants, and she says they are the most comfortable pair she’s ever had!  I made her a size 10 width, and a size 12 for length.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

It turns out that a size 8 for width would have been better, but I fixed it by adding a drawstring to the waist, just like mine.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

And since there were tiny little scraps of the floral french terry left, Baby got a tiny pair of size 12-18 month Parachute Polo Pants too!  The floral fabric is on the side contrast stripes, and the main fabric is leftover from Annie’s Ila Dress.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby is wildly adorable in them, and she happened to be wearing them the other night when the below video happened!  Not even 10 months, and already racing to keep up with all her older siblings.

Leave us a comment below, what do you wear on lounging around days?  How early did your baby walk?

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Chocolate & Free Beanie Reminder

Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie pattern.

Did you catch our post over at Cali Fabrics where we’re talking about the softest chocolate colored french terry fabric?

I sewed myself a Tallinn Sweater (affiliate link of course, it’s a Hey June Pattern, and awesome as usual!!!) from this amazing fabric, and it’s perfect for feeding the baby too!  Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie

Also, I share a little bit about the evolution of the design of the Reversible Beanie pattern.  And this is your last reminder here on the blog that it’s FREE until 1/1/2018.  After that, we’ll gladly accept your $3 for it!

And now we’re taking a small break until 2018 to spend some time with our family!  See you next year…we can’t wait to share some of the fun stuff we have planned!!!

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Lanes and Lapses

Lane Raglan with FBA sewn by Skirt Fixation

It’s been a while since we posted, probably our biggest lapse so far!  But we’ve been so super busy we haven’t had time to blog.  Never fear, we’ve been sewing and skirting and so on…

Lane Raglan with FBA sewn by Skirt Fixation

Another lapse you may or may not have noticed was the amount of sewing that has been happening for Allegra.  Well, today we’re over at CaliFabrics, taking care of that little problem, and explaining why it happened.  So that’s something, right?

And just as soon as we can, we’ll share more sewing and what the lapse is all about!  If you want to see behind the scenes sewing and sneak peeks, follow us on Instagram.

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2 Lane Raglans for Fall (and a surprise…)

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Recently Mountain Maker Fabrics had a Lane Raglan sew along.  And if you’ve been here any time at all, you know our love for the Lane Raglan and all Hey June Patterns.  If you haven’t, it’s huge.  Glacial.  Of course we couldn’t miss the chance to make another Lane Raglan.  Or two.  Plus a Camden Raglan which is the Lane’s little sister pattern.

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

First of all we have a French Terry Lane Raglan hoodie with thumbholes and hood.  This fabric is Purple Tie Dye French Terry from Girl Charlee, and super duper soft and drapey.  I sewed this up for Aria last weekend when she was out of town as a surprise.

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

After all my hard work, I rewarded myself by trying it on…and decided it that Aria probably wasn’t going to get a new Lane Raglan hoodie for fall after all!  (If you stick around to the end of the post, you can find out if I relented to her begging once she returned or not!)  The only modification I made was to cut on the long sleeve line even though I was adding cuffs.

Bamboo knit Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Next I sewed myself a plain as can be boring old black long sleeved Lane Raglan that I’ll probably wear at least 2x per week this winter!  That’s what’s known as a staple garment.

Bamboo knit Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is a super soft, lightweight and drape-y rayon bamboo blend.  It’s sold out over at CaliFabrics where I got it, but you can find it here: Telio Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey Knit Black Fabric

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And last, but the one you’ve been waiting to see is the Camden Raglan I sewed for Annie.  As I wrote in my Instagram post (you can follow us for sneak peeks and more!) I made the mistake of letting her choose any fabric she wanted from the stash.

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

She zoomed right in on this Art Gallery Inblue Jersey Knit Bloesem Dark Fabric.  I only had 1 yard, and this time I’m making her the size 8 instead of 6 like last year, but even with the hood and thumbhole options I managed to eek it out!  At such a young, tender age, she sure has learned which fabrics are the best quality, don’t pill, and are super comfortable to wear!

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The lace pocket idea was stolen from Sew Sophie Lynn.  She added a lace pocket to one of her shirts, and everything else she does is pretty cool too!  Annie said to me, after she tried it on for the 1st time, “I don’t remember discussing the lace pocket, but it’s pretty so thanks for adding it!!!”

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The thumbhole cuff instructions are not included with the Camden Raglan, but you can use the ones from the Lane Raglan, and it works great!

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

These Lane Raglans could pretty much be sewn in an assembly line process, with a few thread changes for the black one.  It wasn’t too hard, and now we’ve each got a new shirt for fall and winter.  And yes, that’s Aria behind that hood.  I relented!

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Affiliate links are used in this post because sadly, fabric is not free!  And if you click on one of our affiliate links, we just may make a few pennies at no extra cost to you…so thanks!

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Simple Leggings Pattern Review

Simple Leggings review by Skirt Fixation

Annie was feeling uninspired about modeling for this photo shoot, so I told her to try out different poses with an “s” theme.  I’d call out a word (silly, spunky, sweet, spoiled, shy, sassy, etc.) and she’d try the pose.  I’ll leave it to you to guess which ones she is representing in the photos!

Simple Leggings review by Skirt Fixation

It was a simple choice!  The question was longer legs, and the approach of cooler weather.  The Simple Leggings, a new pattern by Simple Simon and Co was clearly the answer!  It doesn’t get much more simple than the Simple Leggings patterns.

Simple Leggings review by Skirt Fixation

First of all, it’s super simple to sew.  If you have never sewn a pair of legging before, and you know a girl (in sizes 2T to 14) that needs a pair, you really must try the Simple Leggings.

Simple Leggings review by Skirt Fixation

With only 1 pattern piece and 3 seams, this pattern is super simple to understand.  There are tips for working with knits, tips for measuring, and the illustrations are just plain cute!

Simple Leggings review by Skirt Fixation

For reference, this pair for Annie is a size 6 in width, with a size 12 for length.  I think the next pair I sew for her I’ll add even more length so they can last through fall and winter!  You may also note that Annie’s  leggings have a seam down the outside of the leg.  This is only because I misunderstood the cutting directions.  The pattern does not have this seam which makes it, well, more simple!

Simple Leggings review by Skirt Fixation

We love to wear leggings under skirts for comfort and modesty in the fall and winter.  Annie chose to pair this super simple version with her camo skirt.  We have quite a few more versions planned for fall, and since they’re so simple to sew, I’m planning to have Annie sew the next pair!

Simple Leggings review by Skirt Fixation

Ready to sew up the Simple Leggings pattern yourself?  Check out all the details here, and also, enter to win the pattern for yourself!

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Quilt Market 2017

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

In May I had the awesome opportunity to explore Quilt Market for a few hours thanks to the generous ladies at Simple Simon and Co.  I had been wanting to meet liZ and Elizabeth for years, and finally got the opportunity.  Quilt Market is a trade-only show for the quilting/fabric industry.  So you can see how I was like a child in a candy store as I walked around with liZ.

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

liZ and Elizabeth had a booth showcasing their new Just Add Sugar fabric line.  They won the top prize at Quilt Market for best single booth award, and you can see why!  Their booth was  LOADED with fruit (which they brought in their suitcases all the way from Utah to St. Louis!!!)  The booth just exploded with color and sweetness.  The table was set for 6 and piled high with fruit, flowers, and of course their new fabric!  I even got to record on video their reaction when they were presented the best single booth award.

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

Because there were hundreds of booths at Quilt Market and I only had a few hours, I had to be selective in what I saw.  With careful planning and the ever generous Simple Simon and Co. ladies, I made it to my top 5 destinations!

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

Since I had chosen to wear my Runway Skirt made from Art Gallery Fabrics designed by April Rhodes, I had to see the Art Gallery Fabrics booths and meet April.  She was there displaying her new Arizona After and Heritage fabric lines, and they are both amazing.  Her booth was fantastic, and had a quiet peaceful atmosphere in the middle of the very bustling Quilt Market.

You might notice I also dressed Baby in an Art Gallery Fabrics dress (blogged here!)  As I walked up to their booth, Walter Bravo (who assists his wife Pat in running Art Gallery Fabrics) held out his arms to me and Baby with delight in his eyes!  We felt like we’d come home!

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017There were two displays that stopped me in my hasty exploration of Quilt Market and I had to photograph them.  This flower wall made entirely of starched fabric by RJR Fabrics was fantastic.

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

Another was this butterfly quilt display.  I don’t even know what to call it.  Let’s call it art!  It was made from the In Bloom fabric collection by Sandra Clemons.

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

There are 500 butterflies.  Five. Zero. Zero.  Incidentally, you can buy the pattern to make your own butterflies here.

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

Also, I HAD to meet Tula Pink.  Tula is basically a celebrity in the sewing world.  And her fabrics are amazing.  She even has a line of scissors and sewing notions that everyone is gaga over.  But the real reason I wanted to meet Tula was to see which one of us was taller!  I’d only seen photos before, and noticed her height, and was curious.  I’m not spilling the beans, but let’s just say we saw eye to eye about some things!

I also got to meet Alison Glass (who designed the fabric on this skirt) and her assistant Chen.  In a totally unexpected turn of events, I got a signed copy of Blair Stocker’s book Wise Craft Quilts.  And Rebecca Bryan gave me a precut mini charm pack from her new fabric line Panache.   There were so many other people I got to meet and fabrics I got to see and feel, it was incredible!

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

Spring Quilt Market 2017 was and amazing experience for me.  I’m so thankful to have experienced it and for liZ and Elizabeth.  Since everyone was so generous to me, I’m holding a giveaway for some of the amazing items I picked up at Quilt Market.  To enter, all you have to do is follow us on Instagram and comment on our giveaway post there.

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Santa Fe Dress

Santa Fe top turned dress by Skirt Fixation

Allegra’s summer job requires her to be on her feet in an uncomfortable uniform all day long.  So when she gets home she just wants to be comfortable in non-constricting clothes.  She described to me exactly what she wanted; a loose, flowy dress with dolman sleeves and no shaping.  Immediately my thoughts turned to the Santa Fe pattern.

Santa Fe top turned dress by Skirt Fixation

TO make the Santa Fe top into a dress, I simply measured from her shoulder to her knee, and made the pattern that long.  I kept the same angle of the A shape at the side seams, and dipped the hem down in front.  I think I ended up adding about 15 inches to the length.

For the fabric I used some super lightweight rayon jersey from the stash.  I don’t remember exactly where we sourced it, but you can find similar here: Rayon Jersey Yarn Dye Knit Grey Fabric.

Santa Fe top turned dress by Skirt Fixation

Right now the Santa Fe top is the featured pattern over at Hey June Handmade, so you can grab it for 15% off.  It’s already a steal, at full price with 6 different views.  You can see the other Santa Fe tops we’ve sewn here and our review of the pattern here.  Be prepared for a new favorite pattern!

Allegra is delighted with this Santa Fe dress.  She says it’s like wearing a cloud!  Whenever she get home, she slips into this dress for some R&R time!

Santa Fe top turned dress by Skirt Fixation

Leave us a comment below…what do you wear when you just need to relax?

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Free Patterns for March {Project Sew It}

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

For March’s Project Sew It challenge, both Aria and Audrey sewed up FREE patterns for meeting the “bottoms” project.  (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.)

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

Audrey’s Free Pattern Make:

Today’s post makes me really, really happy!  You see, about 6 years ago I had to throw away my favorite pair of yoga pants.  They were the only pair I’d ever had, I slept in them every single night, and they’d developed holes in some very conspicuous places.  But I’m sure you’ve had a favorite garment and know how hard this was for me, right?  Well, these specific yoga pants had lasted me about 10 years which probably justified the $80 I paid for them from a specialty tall company.  But since then I’ve been too cheap to put out another $100 bucks (price has gone up!!!) and have missed them ever since.

That all changed when Hey June Handmade published the Mountain Pose Pants pattern.  Did I mention it is a free pattern?  Yes.  I’m a huge fan of Hey June patterns as anyone who has been around her any time knows!  It’s the quality and professional results that you can achieve by sewing these patterns.

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

For other tall ladies who want to know, the inseam of the Mountain Post Pants is 32”, and at the recommendation of Adrianna (the designer behind Hey June Handmade) I split up the additional 4” I needed to reach my 36” inseam by adding 2” at the knee on the shorten/lengthen line and 2” at the hem by continuing the flair at the bottom.  You may notice I didn’t hem these pants…I’m waiting to see if the double brushed poly fabric shrinks any more before hemming…or maybe I’m just reveling in a pair of yoga pants that are too long!!!

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

And then there is the fabric I used.  If you have your ear tuned to the sewing world, you’ve heard lots and lots of chatter about double brushed poly knit fabric.  I wanted to know what all the fuss was about and ordered some wine colored double brushed poly knit from CaliFabrics.  In all the reviews I’ve read about double brushed poly, the author comments that they’d like to wrap themselves up in the fabric it’s so soft.  So I figured this fabric might make me a good pair of yoga pants to sleep in.  Let me tell you in a word: YES!

So now you know why this post makes me so happy…I’ve regained my favorite pair of yoga pants, possibly even better than the original pair due to the double brushed poly fabric.

Aria’s Free Pattern Make:

This month I was wanting to go with an easy pattern, partly because we have been pretty busy so I didn’t get around to starting my skirt until pretty late, and partly because next month is will probably be doing a bit more complicated pattern.

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

I decided on Melly Sew’s Easy T-Shirt Skirt Tutorial because I wear the skirt Mom made me all the time! I started with a t-shirt my older brother no longer wanted.  This tutorial is SUPER easy! I had a lot of fun, partly because I didn’t even have to rip anything, and I was able to do it completely by myself!

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

The hardest part about this skirt was probably the waistband because of the amount of stretching I had to do while sewing it.  I made a few changes to it as well.  I made the waistband a little wider so I can wear it lower down instead of on my waist, and I made the pockets deeper.  I always go for deeper pockets!  The pocket fabric is Birch Organic’s flight leftover from this dress.   Anyway, I’m really glad I made it and I will be wearing it all the time!

See you next month for the dress challenge…both of us are feeling really challenged even thinking about it!  Also, affiliate links are used in this post for really awesome products you should try…we love them and think you will too, that’s why we’ve included the links.  But legal powers that be want you to know we might make a few pennies if you click one of our affiliate links…

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“Deer” Niece’s Birthday {Project Sew It}

For the final Project Sew it of the year, sort of splurged.  The recipient it my youngest niece, and the only little girl I ever get to sew for! project+sew+it+grey

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 birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed some tiny girl things for her when she was born, but now that it was her birthday and she’s mobile it was time for some bigger things.  Not like that was going to be a hardship…

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I started with the free Girl’s Peplum Top pattern by Sew Much Ado.  This pattern is free only for size 18 months, which was exactly what my niece needed.  This pattern is also available for purchase from Sew Much Ado in larger sizes.  The reason I chose this pattern was for the ease of movement for a crawling, active, mobile child.  A dress or skirt would get in the way, but a peplum is perfectly girly solution.  For the fabric, I used Girl Charlee’s fawn silhouette fabric (currently available in different colors.)  The only change I made to the pattern was to split the peplum part of the top into 2 pieces so the little deer would be right side up on both sides of the top.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

A peplum can’t be worn by itself, so a pair of leggings was in order.  The Lollipop Leggings pattern affiliate link (without the skirt this time!)  using the button tab option turned out to be a perfect match.  I used some fabric I’d found at JoAnn’s because it matched perfectly.  As I was searching for the perfect buttons in my rather small button stash, nothing was grabbing me.  Then I remembered my bead stash which is insanely huge.  Since these buttons are non functional, beads worked here.  I just happened to have some with darling little animals on them.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final piece in my final Project Sew It creation for the year wasn’t necessary, but the star of the show, of course!  I’m referring to the Evergreen bonnet by Twig & Tale.  I had to use the free Reindeer Add On to keep the deer theme going of course.  For the fabrics, I used a brown flannel for the outside, and the softest white fleece I could find (leftover from this canvas jacket project) for the inside.  Then there was the perfect ribbon in my stash, so this whole bonnet was free to make, how could I not?  I could just picture my niece in it!  And then my sister-in-law sent me photos and I was blown away.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

It was even better than I could have imagined!  Plus my sister-in-law says it’s the go to hat for her daughter for the cold weather this winter.  It covers her ears better than any other hat they have, and stays in place.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’m so delighted to have completed my goal of sewing something for each of my nieces and nephews this year through the Project Sew It inspirational challenge.  They’ve just announced their challenge for 2017, and I’ve declared myself in!

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation