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Rosemary and Thyme Shirts

For over 6 months, I’ve been working on a project behind the scenes… so I’m super duper excited about today’s post. It’s with great, great pride that I’ve been able to be a cheerleader and coordinator of the Designer Capsule #1: Project Farmer’s Market for Project Run & Play.

If you’ve been around here any time at all, you know one of my very, very favorite things to sew are button up shirts.  They are so very rewarding when they’re finished, and the classic lines never go out of style.  With that in mind, I designed and (with the help of an amazing tester team) brought the Rosemary & Thyme Shirts into fruition.  They are woven popover-style shirts with a band collar.  Each has a couple of fun sleeve options, and the Rosemary has a few feminine details.

The Rosemary & Thyme Shirts are the 1st exclusive Project Run & Play pattern.  They are classic woven tops worth sewing just as they are.  But the lines are clean and useable as the building block for many great garment creations. The Rosemary & Thyme Shirts are unique in that they are designed on 3 different size blocks with boy & girl shapes and ages in mind.  Sizes 1-6X are a unisex block and a perfect fit for boys and girls both.  The Rosemary Shirt in sizes 7-14 is a tween girl block and a perfect fit for those changing years.  The Thyme Shirt in sizes 8-16 is a tween/teen boy block ideal for the growing male.

Find the Rosemary & Thyme Shirt patterns here in the Project Run & Play shop.

Find the whole Project Farmer’s Market collection here in the shop.  (Save over 30%!!!)

Find the unisex mini collection here in the shop.  (Save over 25%!!!)

Find the girls mini collection here in the shop.  (Save over 25%!!!)

Enjoy viewing the Project Farmer’s Market lookbook here.

I’m so thankful for and proud of the team of pattern testers. Today I get to share with you all their versions of the Rosemary and Thyme Shirts. Without their help, this pattern would not be as amazing. Period.

First up, I’m extremely thankful for the two testers whose gorgeous children are the Rosemary and Thyme cover models.

Liesel is a former Project Run & Play designer, and very talented seamstress. She sewed several versions, but this Rosemary Shirt cover version is from rayon, and gorgeous!

Frieda’s incredibly handsome son is wearing a linen Thyme Shirt on the pattern cover, and she also sewed him one from plaid shirting which is equally handsome!

Ashley sewed Thyme shirts for both her sons from chambray fabric, don’t they look handsome?

Amber sewed a short sleeve Rosemary Shirt and included the optional ruffles around both sides of the placket.

Alyssa sewed a Thyme Shirt for her brother (who was a little bit larger than the largest size, and when it didn’t work out right, she helped me work out some bugs in the pattern, and selvedged that too small version for her sister!

Cordelia sewed a short sleeve Rosemary Shirt for her friend, and swapped out the buttons for green snaps that pop!

Elizabeth is also a former Project Run & Play designer, and sewed Thyme Shirts for two of her little brothers.

Feyza sewed up a short sleeve Thyme Shirt using chambray fabric for her son.

Hafiza sewed several versions of the Thyme Shirt, and this linen version is so darling!

Jennifer sewed a short sleeve Rosemary Shirt from this large scale shirting and it’s so perfect!

Kiran hit the Farmer’s Market theme perfectly with this lemony short sleeve Rosemary Shirt.

Kristen’s son is absolutely dashing in his vivid blue short sleeve Thyme Shirt.

Lisa sewed the Rosemary Shirt for her daughter and the cutest Thyme Shirt for her son!

Lisa M. is also a former Project Run & Play designer, and sewed up this drapey version in rayon for her daughter…did you see it in the lookbook?

Malea sewed up this wardrobe basic Thyme shirt that will go with everything!

Nadine sewed her son this chambray Thyme Shirt and also used snaps for a pop of color.

Sonia used the optional side elastic on this short sleeve Rosemary Shirt for her daughter, and I love the definition it adds.

Suzi sewed matching Thyme Shirts for her sons from this large scale plaid, and I love the contrasting button plackets too!

And last but not least, Zoe sewed up the cutest version of the Rosemary Shirt and added eyelet trim to the bottom of the 3/4 sleeves!

Once again, find the Rosemary & Thyme Shirt patterns here in the Project Run & Play shop. And as I mentioned, this pattern is part of a whole wardrobe collection. Next week I’ll start sharing some of the other patterns I sewed from the collection.

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Postpartum & Nursing Outfit

Tallinn Sweater Postpartum Outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Remember when I said I was planning a stylish yet comfortable postpartum wardrobe? You can see the 1st postpartum and nursing outfit I sewed, in this post. Today I’m sharing the 2nd postpartum and nursing outfit.

Tallinn Sweater Postpartum Outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

There are not any maternity or nursing patterns specifically for tall women, but once you begin to sew, and know your own body and fit adjustments well, you can create your own wardrobe especially for maternity and nursing.  One of my favorite patterns for nursing is the Tallinn Sweater by Hey June Patterns.  While it’s not designed specifically for nursing, the cross front design allows for that perfectly!  In fact, you can see my whole list here of all the Hey June Patterns that work for pregnancy and nursing.

Tallinn Sweater Postpartum Outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation


If you’re interested, I usually add 1” width to the shoulders, 2” to the sleeve length, and 1.5” to the body length.  These are my standard adjustments for knit top patterns from this pattern company.  However, I just made the sleeves elbow length for this version so I can wear it into summer.  These adjustments change a garment from annoying to pure joy for me!  The adjustments I make to bottom patterns are much more comical as my legs just go on and on…

Tallinn Sweater Postpartum Outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation


The beautiful micro rib knit in rust is from D& H Fabrics and is absolute soft-as-a-cloud perfection for this Tallinn top.  It drapes beautifully and with the rayon spandex blend will layer under a sweater for cooler days but stand alone by itself all summer long.  (I got on a roll and made a sweater to go with this Tallinn nursing top for a brand new postpartum outfit…you can see it on my Skirt Fixation blog.)  

Tallinn Sweater Postpartum Outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

To make this beautiful Tallinn Top into a whole outfit, I decided to make a 2nd Julia Cardigan. This cardigan really is the perfect shape for nursing with the perfect balance of coverage and also not too bulky.

Tallinn Sweater Postpartum Outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this 2nd Julia Cardigan, I chose some Watercolor Floral oatmeal french terry fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s absolute perfection, and there is a very good reason it sells out as fast as they can get it in stock!

Tallinn Sweater Postpartum Outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final piece of this postpartum outfit is the Sandbryce Skirt (yes, I made that name up! There’s no pattern by that name, and you can read my tutorial on how to mash the Sandbridge Skirt and Bryce Cargos to get this skirt.) While I made this skirt for maternity wear, I fully anticipate turning to that comfortable and supportive wide knit waistband over and over again for a month or two after giving birth!

Tallinn Sweater Postpartum Outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you’d like to read about WHY I chose to sew a 2nd postpartum and nursing outfit, please head over to the D&H Fabrics blog and read my story.

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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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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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Urban Classic Doll & Her Clothes Pattern Review

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Today we get to show you the results of some very fun sewing!  We had the opportunity to join the Happiness is Handmade tour with the Urban Classic Doll.  This super fun pattern is created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.  It’s the third in her lineup of softie patterns, joining the Nutcracker Doll pattern and the Urban Jungle Doll patterns.  You can use the code HAPPINESS for 20% of the Urban Classic Doll.  And we’re giving away one at the end of this post…

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Making the Urban Classic Doll turned into a family endeavor!  Aria embroidered the face.  This pattern includes options for printing a face template on fabric, instructions for hand painting it on, or templates for basic or complex embroidering.  Aria used the complex pattern, and produced a very beautiful face!  

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Aria also contributed a ball of wool yarn for the gorgeous red hair!  This pattern includes 5+ options for hair, and we chose the long yarn hair.  This doll has very enviable hair!  It’s so thick and can be styled numerous ways.  The instructions show several different ways to attach the hair so it can be styled differently.

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

This was actually my 1st time sewing a doll!  The instructions made it easy, and I think we ended up with a pretty sweet doll.  I did the sewing, and Annie stuffed the limbs and then the body as we went.  

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Annie also helped make this Urban Classic Doll a wardrobe!  She picked out the fabric for the clothes, cut out ALL the pattern pieces, and decided which options to make.  We ended up making 5 pieces of clothing for our Urban Classic Doll!

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

First we made the short sleeve shirt in some Cotton + Steel fabric (leftover from this skirt and this jacket lining!)  Then Annie chose some knit fabric (leftover from this dress) to make a matching skirt.  Annie took into consideration what else had been made for the fabrics used because she wanted to make the doll and Baby Tina match sometimes!

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Next we made the Urban Classic Doll a dress using some chambray fabric with stripes.  (We can’t share what was made from the fabric yet, but trust us, it’s cute!)  Annie didn’t realize she was cutting the stripes in different directions for the skirt part of the dress, but we both decided it ended up cute too!

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

And then Annie wanted a dress that could be both fancy and a nightgown as needed.  So she chose this fabric (used for this dress and this onesie) for a drop waist maxi dress and nightgown!  Baby Tina was absolutely delighted to be dressed in matching clothes to the doll.  Her slightly concerned look in some of these photos is because we kept taking the doll away to change it’s clothes, and all she wanted to do was, “Hold it, please!”

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

And finally, we sewed a pair of basic pants that could be used as leggings under all the outfits.  Annie insisted!  The pattern also includes options for pleated pants, a dress with a bubble skirt, a dress with an empire waistline, lace up shoes and a knitted cardigan.  Annie and I just ran out of time, but we both agree that the doll needs shoes, and we’re trying to convince Aria (the only knitter in our house) that she would enjoy making the doll a cardigan!  And we heard a rumor that there will be more clothes released in the near future…

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

The completed Urban Classic Doll is 30” long.  You can see the scale of the doll in the photos where Baby Tina is holding her!  It doesn’t deter her to drag around a doll that is longer than her though.  

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Although the doll is better sized for Annie, I suspect they’ll be sharing the doll equally.  They both are very enamored with it!

Urban Classic Doll and clothing sewed and review by Skirt Fixation

Celina is very generously allowing us to giveaway an Urban Classic Doll and clothing bundle pattern.  You can enter the giveaway by leaving a comment below.  As you might have noticed, we have been calling her “this doll” and she really needs a name!  Any suggestions?  (For additional entries, follow us on Instagram, and follow the instructions on our post.)  

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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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Janie Dress and Dressage Leggings Outfit

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie’s fall/winter wardrobe gained another piece!  She’s been watching rather enviously the parade of Janie Dresses I’ve been sewing for Baby Tina, and when I told her it was her turn, she requested this pattern!  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Inspired by the week 1 theme at Project Run & Play, Kid Designed – Momma Sewn, I asked Annie to design a fall outfit for herself.  She perused our fabric stash and came up with this liverpool floral knit fabric.  Because we had plenty of it, we both agreed the Janie Dress would be perfect.  The large scale print works well on a full circle skirt where as a tiny print would look busy, in my opinion.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s tall and lanky frame, I blended the size 5 and size 12 patterns together!  At the waist I used the 5, and the size 12 for length and shoulder width.  Also, we used the whole width of the fabric on the circle skirt instead of using the size 12 length to get it as long as possible.  By the end of the winter, it’ll probably be right at the knee if Annie keeps growing like a weed!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because of her fond memories of this dress, Annie wanted the cowl version of the Janie Dress.  We decided a solid black knit fabric would be perfect for the cowl, both to separate the print from her face, and to match the leggings she designed for underneath.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the leggings, we used the quick and easy version included with the Dressage Leggings pattern.  We sewed her a size 10 with size 12 length.  These fit Annie perfectly, and she was in desperate need of a new pair of black leggings for fall and winter.  This was the only picture I got where you can get a good glimpse of the leggings and I love the concentrated look on Annie’s face!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Both of these patterns were quick and easy to sew.  Using our Brother 1034d serger, we completed them both (all except the hems) in short order.  Actually, the circle skirt is unhemmed because liverpool knit does not fray, and it was much less time consuming than hemming aaaaaalllllll the way around that circle!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Liverpool knit fabric is interesting.  It’s thick like a double knit, but has a crepe like texture on the face.  This almost pebbled look and feel is quite unique.  

Hand sewn labels designed by Skirt Fixation

Oh, and I was quite pleased to be able to use the new labels I designed from Dutch Label Shop.  No more questions about what is the front on handmade clothes anymore!  If you’d like to get your own labels, use the code skirtfixation15 for 15% off your purchase until December 3rd.

Annie was quite pleased with her design and it’s so fun to bring her vision to life!  She’s a pretty good little designer, and we’ve planned some more projects in the future…stay tuned!

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Three Ponte Camden Raglan Tees

Camden Raglan tees comparison by Skirt Fixation

Today I’ve got a huge comparison of these three different ponte fabrics over at CaliFabrics.  Please go check it out!

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Over at CaliFabrics, since it’s such an in depth discussion of the fabric, I don’t really get to share more about the pattern!  This is the Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns.

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Since Annie has (once again!!!) outgrown all her long sleeve shirts from last fall and winter, she was the recipient of 3 new Camden Raglan Tees!  The other two I’m perfectly happy with (and so is she!) but this one has a few flaws.  Allow me to be a perfectionist and point them out to you!  First of all, I sewed the neckband on backward and the seam is in the front.  But Annie says she doesn’t care, so I’m not unpicking serger seams to sew it on the right way!  Secondly, I only had 1 yard of fabric, (which is plenty for a Camden Raglan Tee) but I was also squeezing out a pair of leggings for baby Tina from these three fabrics.  So on this one, I tried turning the sleeve on the cross grain, and they ended up being too tight for Annie from just above the elbow to the wrist.  We have since solved this problem by making them short sleeved.  And she has a sweater and several hoodies she can layer with it, so I guess all’s well that ends well, right?

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

If I had to guess, I think this is Annie’s favorite of all 3 Camden Raglan tees because I’ve seen her wearing it with and layering it under everything!  It’s heavyweight ponte fabric, and so warm.

Camden Raglan tees comparison by Skirt Fixation

Here you can see all 3 Camden Raglan tees from the side.  Annie just loves this pattern, and we’ve sewn her so many versions including several dresses!

Camden Raglan tee comparison by Skirt Fixation

And here is the view from the back.  Once again, please head over to CaliFabrics to read all about my review of ponte fabric.  And leave a comment too!

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