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Denim Quilt made from old Jeans #2

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

Remember the last denim quilt we made?  Well, it’s such a loved item around our house that one was just not enough.  So we made another one.  Well okay, Aria made this one all by herself!

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

This time we used much the same process as last time to create the half square triangles.  The finished dimensions are 75” x 100”  There are 192 half square triangle blocks.  Each block was 6.5” by 6.5” before sewing them together.  

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

Aria wanted big contrast between the darker and lighter triangles of denim in each square, so she dug deep into our denim/jeans stash and pulled out the darkest denims she could find.  This included some black and brown denim.  It’s fun to see some of them and remember what their original source was.  The black with white embroidery was originally a jacket I made for Aria, blogged here.

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

The lightest brown is Carhartt denim/canvas leftover from this pair of pants made for Thomas.  Some of the lightest embroidered denim was a skirt Aria wore and wore and wore!  

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

The majority of the denim in this quilt is from jeans the boys wore and wore out.  For most of them, the knees had holes in them, but there was lots and lots of usable denim left. We get asked often how many pairs of jeans it took to make the other quilt. Honestly, we weren’t counting, and because so many of them were different sizes (from little boy to very big man!) it probably wouldn’t be an accurate count anyway!

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

When she was finished, Aria chose to use a luscious deep red herringbone flannel fabric by Robert Kaufman (affiliate link) for the backing.  Instead of binding it with a different piece of fabric, she just left enough overhanging to bring it around to the front and create a contrast border.  Aria finished this binding by hand herself.

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

Once again, our very special aunt did the quilting for us.  Her work is truly amazing, and she worked us into her schedule.  Her work is in hot demand, so it was very generous of her to bump us up in the queue!  Aria chose the same quilting pattern that was used on the other denim quilt we made.  It’s just so nice on a half square triangle quilt!

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

Aria has been sleeping like a baby under this very warm, very heavy quilt.  It’s like those weighted blankets you see which are marketed for better sleeping.  

Denim quilt made from old jeans by Skirt Fixation

Don’t tell the maker, but I snuck a picture of her and the quilt! And yes, there is enough denim and jeans left to make more of these.  Can’t stop, won’t stop!  

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Boy’s Downton Duffle Coat

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

Around here, the Downton Duffle Coat is our go-to winter coat pattern!  We just love how easy they are to sew, how many sizes are included, and what professional results you can achieve.  This time, the recipient of the Downton Duffle Coat was David, age 7.  His younger brother is wearing this one I made for him a couple of winters ago.

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the wool fabric, I used a cut of fabric gifted to me from a friend.  It was grayish blue on one side and a brighter blue on the other side.  I ended up using the muted side, and think it complements his eyes perfectly!

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

The inside is the fluffy side of a sherpa fabric I got from JoAnns.  You can see both sides in the vest I made here.  I asked David which side he wanted against his skin, and he chose this soft and cuddly side!  Can’t blame him there…

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

I did use the reverse suede side for the hood trim.  Because this fabric is so thick, there was no need to interline the body or hood of the Downton Duffle Coat.  It’s toasty warm, and David is so happy with it!

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

The sleeves however, did need to be lined with a slipperier fabric so that his arms can slide in and out with ease while wearing a long sleeve shirt or sweater.  I used some gray lining fabric from the stash, and quilted some batting between the layers.  I’m quite pleased with how they turned out as well!.

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only place I ended up using leather on this Downton Duffle Coat was on the elbow patches.  Since the last time I made this pattern was a relatively short time ago for baby Tina, I hadn’t forgotten yet how much trouble those faux leather toggles were.  So I just decided to forego the toggle closures altogether on this one.  They are purely decorative anyway when there is a zipper.  Cute, but not worth the struggle this time!

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

I made a size 8 for David hoping it will last him 2 winters like it did last time.  You can see the arms are a little bit too long, but that’s usually where my kids outgrow their clothing first.  So perhaps…  He hasn’t mentioned the sleeves bothering him or feeling too long, and when I said he could roll up the sleeves to make cuffs, he declined, saying he liked it just like this!

Downton Duffle Coat sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you’ve never made a coat before, I really suggest this pattern, the Downton Duffle Coat.  It’s delightfully simple, and can be accomplished with ease.  You’ll feel like a professional!  Have you made a coat pattern before?

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Maternity Jacket Refashion

DIY Maternity Jacket Refashion by Skirt Fixation

For several pregnancies now, I’ve had a terrible secret!  Each of these pregnancies were in the winter, but I didn’t have a maternity jacket.  Well, I had one, but it didn’t fit my tall frame and mostly my long arms.  I decided it was just better to be cold than to fight with sleeves that were 6” too short and didn’t keep me warm anyway.  Mostly, I wore the maternity puffer vest my sister gave me, with a sweater or two layered underneath.  So clearly it was time for a maternity jacket refashion.

DIY Maternity Jacket Refashion by Skirt Fixation

I started with the puffer vest, and this maternity jacket.  It was a nice wool jacket, but the arm were woefully inadequate as I mentioned above.  And it was tight across my back and shoulders.  

To begin with, I unpicked the sleeves from the wool maternity jacket, including the lining.  Then I unpicked the sleeves apart from the lining at the hem as well.  There was a cuff type feature at the bottom of the sleeve that afforded me an extra inch when unfolded.  

DIY Maternity Jacket Refashion by Skirt Fixation

Next I ordered knit cuffs from Style Maker Fabric.  The sleeves still were not going to be quite long enough, so I needed the extra length that the cuffs would give.  Plus, the band around the bottom of the puffer vest is ribbed fabric, so the cuffs would cary on that theme.

DIY Maternity Jacket Refashion by Skirt Fixation

To combine these three elements into one well fitting maternity jacket, first I attached the cuffs to the bottom of the sleeves.  This was accomplished by simply folding over the lining to the wrong side, inserting the cuffs next, and then topstitching on the wool jacket outside.  There were already decorative lines of topstitching along the bottom of the sleeve, so my topstitching blended in perfectly.

DIY Maternity Jacket Refashion by Skirt Fixation

Next, I sewed the top of the sleeve to the vest armhole with the right sides together, keeping the lining out of the way.  Fortunately for me, the sleeves had been gathered on the original maternity jacket, so I had plenty of room to play with.  They fit very nicely onto the vest.  Finally, I folded 1/4” of the lining to the wrong side and stitched it to the inside of the vest by hand, covering the seam allowance and raw edges made by attaching the sleeve to the vest.

DIY Maternity Jacket Refashion by Skirt Fixation

And now, I’m not cold anymore!!!!!  This is such a huge victory for me, and so very sensible too!    It seems like such a small thing now (just one evening of work) but the days ahead are finally going to be WARM!

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October 2018 Goals Update #2

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

It’s time for another check in to see where we are on our 2018 sewing resolutions.  Since there are only 3 months left, we should be getting closer to finishing up.  Should be!  

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

For the women’s make 9 challenge, we’ve now sewn 6 of the garments we had planned.  Here are links to the 2 additional items we’ve sewn since April.  

Gabriola Skirt  (I sewed it for me, but Aria stole it.  So it still counts, right?)

Sandbridge Skirt (actually 2 of them!)

And in our April update post, I said I wanted another chance at the Ventian Skirt.  So here’s where I sewed another Ventian Skirt, maxi version this time.

Only 3 garments left to go, and the Charleston dress is already muslined, so that should get finished this month.

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

For the men’s Make 9 challenge, I’ve only sewn 2 more items, so I’m officially behind.  And since the hardest garment is left (pants!) I’m not sure I’m going to accomplish this one.  Neither of these two makes are blogged by themselves, but here is where I mentioned about the Hudson Pants I made for our oldest boy.  Since I also sewed him the Metro Tee, Mr. Skirt Fixation definitely has been getting the short end of the sewing stick.  

2018 RTW Fast update: Still no ready to wear garment purchases of any kind for me!  Yea!

Stash Shrinker:  After my April post, I raised the multiplier back up to 5 from 3.  I did catch up on the amount of fabric sewn, and am still going strong!  It’s a strict fabric diet I have myself on, but I love to see the number of yards sewn keep going up.  Right now it’s up to 310.75 yards sewn!!!  This seems to motivate me as much as not buying all the fabric I love is motivating me to sew from my stash!

Project Run & Play Let’s Sew A Rainbow goal: Done and blogged.  Well, all except the purple.  We’ll see if that ever happens!   There’s just not much love for purple garments around here!

Me Made May: Accomplished, posted to Instagram and blogged.  See the posts here.

Plenum Quilt review by Skirt Fixation

There are 2 more goals I hope to accomplish before the end of the year.  One is to finish up some of the quilts I have in process.  Fall and winter are such nice times to sew and USE quilts!  And the other goal is to work on my fall/winter wardrobe.  My spring/summer wardrobe always gets a lot of attention because of Me Made May, but the same scrutiny doesn’t happen 6 months later when the weather changes.  

That’s all for today!  It’s just sort of a personal tracking post, so thanks for reading and sticking around for all the skirt and sewing fun.

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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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Huge List of Things to Make with Denim Fabric

For the final day of Denim Week, we’ve got a huge list of things to make with Denim Fabric.  If you missed any of the days, here they are:

Day 1: Introduction and Cone Mills Denim Giveaway

Day 2: Giant List of Denim Fabric, Supplies and Resources

Day 3: Giant List of Denim Patterns Classes and Tutorials

Day 4: Denim Details to customize your creation

Huge list of things to make with denim fabric by Skirt Fixation

Since all those days are dedicated to sewing garments with denim fabric, today is everything else you can sew with denim!

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeans

We made this incredible denim quilt!  You can read all about it here.

Senna tote sewn by Skirt Fixation

Another place we love to use denim is for bag making.  Denim makes such sturdy handles for a bag.  This one is the Senna Tote made with Art Gallery Fabrics denim.

 

Denim makes any part of a bag more durable, like these two bags (blogged here.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
That’s it for Denim Week!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
 

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2018 Goals Update – April

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

Instead of waiting until the end of the year to check in on our sewing resolutions, I thought it would help stay on track to check in throughout the year.  So check up #1!

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

For the women’s make 9 challenge, I’ve sewn myself 4 items.  That means I’m ahead of the curve for staying on track.  Here are the links to the posts:

Woven Runway Skirt

Ventian Skirt (technically, I wanted to do a maxi, but after my chambray midi version, I’m not sure I want to do a maxi.  The fit is not great, but I think it’s the inseam pockets that I’m not loving, so I might do a maxi with the patch pockets and see if I like that better.)

Cheyenne Tunic

Lane Raglan

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

For the men’s make 9 challenge, I’ve sewn 3 items.  This means I’m right on schedule, but I’ve still got a couple of hard makes left.  Like pants.  Here is the link to the post:

Finlayson Sweater

Ha, I’m realizing that I haven’t blogged the turtleneck or the flannel Marco shirt.  Here’s a photo of it on the dashing Mr. Skirt Fixation to make up for that oversight.

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

2018 RTW Fast update:  No clothing purchases from me, but this is not a big surprise.  I have not purchased clothing for myself for several years!  I love sewing…

Another goal I added in after the original post was to use the Stash Shrinker spreadsheet from my friend Michelle at Sew Journers to help address the condition of my fabric stash.  Basically, you choose a multiplier, and use the spreadsheet to sew that amount of yards of fabric compared to the amount of yards of fabric you buy.  I decided to chose an extremely high multiplier of 5 and stay on a very strict diet until I sewed 100 yards of fabric at which point I would lower the multiplier.  Well, there’s good news and bad news…I can lower the multiplier now, but I didn’t stick with the not buying goal.  So I’ve lowered the multiplier to 3, and I’ll try to catch up on the amount of yardage bought!  

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiKvGdEhD-B/?taken-by=skirtfixation

A mini goal I’m doing is following along with Project Run & Play’s Let’s Sew A Rainbow event.  I’ve decided to sew something from the stash for one of the kids each week in the color of the week.  It’s green week, and I’ve sewed along every week so far!  I’ll do a post at the end with all the garments, but if you want to see sneak peeks, you should follow us on Instagram.

And now that we’re up to May, it’s time for Me Made May!  I’ll try to do a roundup of my posts here weekly like I did last year.  And the year beforeBut I’m hoping to challenge myself by sewing a garment for myself every week during May.  Last year I used Me Made May as an opportunity to identify the holes and gaps in my handmade wardrobe, but I never did anything about it!  So here’s to achieving that goal!

That’s all for today!  Thanks for sticking around for all the sewing and skirt fun.

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Great Wall of China Inspired Children’s Clothing

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Even though I’m not eligible to win a prize, I’m sewing along with Project Run & Play for the week 1 “7 Wonders of the World” theme!  (If you missed the news, I’m now leading Project Run & Play!)  It’s too inspiring not to!  Here’s a look at our Great Wall of China Inspired children’s clothing.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Around our house, we have studied the Great Wall of China in our history studies many times.  Since it’s one of the ancient Wonders of the World, we chose to be inspired by both the architecture, and the surrounding landscape.  And we decided to have a little fun too!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s dress, we chose to be inspired by the length of the Great Wall of China and sew her another maxi dress.  We started with the Camden Raglan, and got busy designing it into a dress with special little touches.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The first little touch we added was to insert lace on the lines of the raglan sleeves.  It’s a sweet little touch, and represents how the Great Wall of China criss crosses the entire country.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The second little touch we added was to design a bell sleeve for the sleeve hem with more lace inserted at the top of the bell.  Annie chose the length she wanted the sleeves to be, and absolutely adores how they bell out and flow with the dress.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The final touch we added was to leave the sleeve and bottom dress hems raw.  With time and wear and washing, they will curl up slightly.  The intention was for this design feature to mimic and accent the white of the lace and cherry blossoms.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

We used this Art Gallery Pandalicious Jersey Knit Yinghua Cherrylight Fabric.  “Yinghua” means cherry blossom.  It’s perfectly soft, drapes beautifully on the sleeves and skirt, and is stable enough to make the neckband turn out perfectly.  Annie styled it with her Panda Vest we sewed for her earlier.  This is to represent the pandas in the wilds of China around the Great Wall.  You can read all about it in that post, but it uses panda fabric from the same line of fabric as the cherry blossom fabric.  And she also borrowed a fan from Allegra for a photo prop.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Next came some raglan t-shirts for the boys.  Yes, more raglan t-shirts for these boys!  What can I say?  We used the Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan t-shirt pattern.  For David we are sewing a size 7 and for Lowell a size 5.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, we used some Riley Blake Knit Stripe Aqua/Navy Fabric for the sleeves, neckband, and the back of Lowell’s t-shirt.  We chose stripes to mimic the lines of the Great Wall of China.  For the fronts, we used Riley Blake Designs navy blue jersey knit fabric.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Then came the fun part!  We decided to use our new Cricut Maker machine to make fortune cookie gold foil iron on graphics with two fun sayings.  And the little strip of twill tape represents for the paper fortunes inside!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

David’s shirt says “Tough Cookie” with a fortune cookie.  David is quite a sweetie, and like many boys his age, loves to see how tough he can be!   Click here for the free cut file if you want to make a shirt like this too.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Lowell’s shirts says “Fortun*Ate” as a fun play on words about eating fortune cookies and how fortunate we feel to have him as our son!  If you want to make a shirt like this go here for the free cut file.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For the photoshoot, we tried to find a location the was faintly related to the landscape of China.    We found a river, a gazebo, some cement pillars, a lamppost, and a timber frame shelter.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

What do you think of our Great Wall of China inspired children’s clothing?  Be sure to go over to Project Run & Play and check out what all the designers created for the 7 Wonders of the World prompt, you’ll be inspired and amazed!  And you can see what everyone else is sewing along here.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

This isn’t the greatest picture to showcase the clothing, the lighting is too bright, the kids are wiggling, and so on.  But after I got home and was editing the photos, I noticed how the boys are holding hands with their fingers interlaced, and it was a done deal!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Oh, and if you guessed that I rewarded them with fortune cookies for a modeling jog well done you guessed right!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

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Polar Bear Raglan T-shirts

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you guessed that I’m on a stash-busting, raglan t-shirt making, boy sewing streak, you’d be correct! So once again, I pulled out the Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt pattern and got to work. Enter two polar bear raglan t-shirts.

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

This time, there was just enough of the Birch Organics, super soft cotton knit fabric left to use for sleeves and pockets on two shirts for my 2 youngest boys. They would also enjoy these fishing lures:


Birch Organic Camp Sur 3 Interlock Knit Lures White Fabric

And these pencils:


Cloud 9 Organics Sidewalk Interlock Knit Art Class Pencils Green Fabric

Or these dogs:


Cloud 9 Organics Sidewalk Interlock Knit Red Rover Dogs Red Fabric

But I digress! I love using a statement fabric to dress up a plain t-shirt. However because these shirts are cream, and my boys are boys, I’ve asked them to save these for nicer occasions like going to town rather than everyday occasions like wrestling in the grass. We’ll see…

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I don’t remember where my cream fabric came from, but this would be a similar good quality cream knit fabric.  Art Gallery Solid Jersey Knit White Linen Fabric

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since the boys are fairly close to the same size and it’s difficult to tell one shirt from the other at a glance, I made the pockets different. On David’s shirt, there are 2 bears and the pocket is square.

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation
On Lowell’s shirt, the pocket is rounded on the bottom, and there is a bear with two birds on his back. Just enough of a difference to make it easier on laundry days and when they are getting dressed.

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Last time I made these boys raglan t-shirts, I was unhappy with the way the neckbands turned out. At the suggestion of one of our sweet followers, I shortened the neckband slightly and am much happier with the way these lay. Always in search of the perfect neckband around here!

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed up one size for each of these boys so they will hopefully still fit once summer and hot weather arrives.  It also looks like I did the same thing when buying their pants!

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

But boys grow so fast, that it’s a stab at having to do less sewing.  Which doesn’t really matter if I’m trying to sew through my stash!  However I do have more boy than girl fabrics.

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’ve probably mentioned it before, but these two boys are so fun!  They are the only two of our 8 kids that have a sibling next to them of the same sex.  So that makes it extra fun is so many ways.

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

That’s all I have for you today except for about 50 more cute photos of these boys in their new polar bear raglan t-shirts!  Just kidding, leave me a comment about boys.  Or boys in white clothes!

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Lion Hoodie from Narnia

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

You may have noticed the other day when I posted the French Terry fabric comparison that a certain little boy got left out in the animal hoodie theme.  When I saw Raspberry Creek Fabrics spring release CLUB fabrics, I saw the perfect opportunity to rectify a situation which included a very upset little boy.  Enter the lion hoodie.

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

This fabric is the mustard yellow and white gingham check from the Sasquatch line designed by Kimberly Henrie for CLUB.  It has the amazing softness of all other French Terry knit fabric we’ve gotten from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

When I offered Lowell his choice of animals to put on the front, he immediately chose a lion.  Allegra has been reading him and his siblings the Chronicles on Narnia series at night before bed, and he has fallen in love with Aslan.  So a lion it was.  Allegra thinks it’s cool that she’s introduced a 3 year old to the world of Narnia and he loves it!

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

To make the lion, I printed out a silhouette of a lion that Lowell picked from Google images.  I cut out this lion by hand, layering up the paper and the fabric.  Then I sewed the fabric cutout onto the front of the hoodie by stitching with a straight stitch as close to the edge as I could.  The french terry was very stable to work with.  I expect it to fray slightly along the edges, making the lion look furry.  On the other 2 hoodies, the accent fabric was jersey, so they won’t fray or fuzz along the edges.  The gingham french terry fabric is the lining inside the hood too.

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

Because I was curious, I researched the difference between gingham and buffalo plaid.  Apparently, gingham always has white as one of the two colors, and is usually smaller in scale than plaid, but not always.  And often, buffalo plaid has black as one of it’s colors, but again, not always.  Now you know!

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

During the photoshoot, it was hard to get pictures of Lowell not showing me his best lion growls and clawing hands.  I had to think up different things for him to do!  Look up at me, play peekaboo, look out the window, etc.

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

The other fabric is solid black french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and it’s very dreamy.  I’m not planning to do another comparison, but this one is very, very good!  Probably a very good mix of the best things about both of the other fabrics I compared.  Definitely one I would get again!

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

Just like David’s hoodie, I used the Bimaa pattern, and this on is the exact same size I made David!  The boys really are close in size when it comes to bulky sweatshirts, like this one.  But I’m pretty sure they’re not going to share!

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

Once again, all Raspberry Creek Fabrics spring CLUB fabrics are on sale for $1 off during release week which ends tomorrow.  You really should get some!  Head here to check them all out.