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Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern Review

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

When our good friends over at Simple Simon & Company were looking for makers for their Skirt-A-Thon, you can bet we jumped at the opportunity!  Who wouldn’t want a simple knit pencil skirt or two in their wardrobe?

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co. is the perfect pencil skirt pattern for a beginner to sew.  It’s comprised of 2 quick and easy seams, a circle of elastic and the hem.  And the more advanced seamstress will definitely appreciate how fast they can attain new skirts.  Plural.  Because that’s how fast it is to make this simple pencil skirt pattern!  Plus there are instructions for sewing with knits, hemming, and measuring yourself.  And the pattern is available in both PDF and paper form, so everyone will be happy.  Super simple!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Besides how fast it is to sew this skirt, my favorite thing about it is the waistband.  The pattern calls for 2” elastic, which makes it super comfortable.  As an added benefit, it helps with that issue of my stomach muscles not being quite what they were before I had 8 kids.  Ahem!!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I made the size small, and for my fellow tall sewing friends, I added 3.5” to the length.  It hits right below the knee, which is perfect for fall.  The pattern can be made in 6 sizes from XS to XXL.

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric of this Simple Knit Pencil Skirt is sweater knit we got at Hancock Fabrics when they were going out of business.  If you want to recreate this look, you could try this quilted sweater knit.
Telio Cozy Quilt Knit Grey Fabric There’s nothing quite like chunky textured sweater knit to make you want to bring on fall!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For fall, I styled the Simple Knit Pencil Skirt with leggings and boots.  And a 3/4 length sleeve shirt.  Since I’m 6” tall with eternally long arms, I have never bought or worn 3/4 length sleeves before because all RTW (ready to wear, or store bought) shirts have sleeves that length on me anyway.  But recently I realized in fall and spring I usually push my sleeves up to just below the elbow.  So I thought I’d try sewing a t-shirt with sleeves that length just for my fall wardrobe and see how it goes.  For my tall sewing friends, the other adjustments I made were to add 1″ to the width of each shoulder, and 1″ to the length of the body.  Plus my standard adjustment of raising the neckline by 1″ not because I’m tall, but because with 8 kids I bend up and down all. day. long!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This shirt is the Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns.  Here’s a close up of that v-neck, because while it’s not as easy to sew as a scoop neck, when it turns out perfect it’s totally worth it!  And with the instructions in the Union St. Tee pattern, it always turns out perfect!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for my new fall t-shirt is (of course) soft as can be Art Gallery Soulful Jersey Knit Floral Universe Auburn Fabric.  I figured if I was going to give 3/4 length sleeves a fair chance, I needed to use fabric I totally and completely loved!  (And yes, you’ve seen this fabric before in the purple color way for Aria’s shirt.)

Now head over to Simple Simon and Co. to grab your Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern, and see all the other pencil skirts in the Skirt-A-Thon!

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Key Largo Top in 3 Different Substrates!

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m over at Hey June Handmade sharing a tutorial on how to add ruffle sleeves to the Key Largo Top.  I’m totally honored to be there, and ruffle sleeves are so big right now (sorry, bad pun!) that you really will want to add them to all your tops!

In creating the tutorial, and falling in love with the Key Largo Top, I sewed up three of them, all in different fabric substrates!  So I want to share them all with you, including my thoughts on how each works.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

For the first Key Largo Top I sewed, I used Art Gallery Sage Painted Desert Night Fabric.  This is the ONLY brand of quilting cotton I’d use for apparel sewing because it’s so soft and has some drape.  But as you can see, the whole shirt ends up a little stiffer.  If you look around the neckline, you can especially see some stiffness.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

Please note, quilting cotton is not one of the recommended fabrics for making the Key Largo Top.  This was my muslin.  And yes, I felt comfortable enough with Hey June Patterns to sew up my muslin in expensive Art Gallery Fabric quilting cotton!  This is because I have sewn these patterns enough to know how they fit.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

That said, I made NO adjustments to the pattern for this first version, and it’s completely wearable and I love it!  After this one though, I added 1 inch width to each shoulder and 2 inches to the length.  You can see how the shoulder seams ended up too far in.  And even though this top is designed to be cropped, I needed the extra length because I’m 6′ tall, and that’s my standard adjustment for Hey June Patterns.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The next Key Largo Top I sewed from Art Gallery Observer Voile Indigo Window Crystal Fabric.  If I could only keep one of these 3 shirts, this is probably the one I would choose!  As you can see, I added ruffles to the sleeves.  (Remember to check out my tutorial over at Hey June Handmade.)

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The voile is lightweight and drape-y and cool for summertime wear.  The voile is a dream to work with too.  Because all the inside edges are enclosed or finished, the issue of voile fraying is eliminated.  Voile is slightly sheer, so I’m wearing a tank underneath.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The voile does wrinkle slightly by the end of the day.  Even though I sewed the same size as the 1st Key Largo, I think this version is more flatterning/slimming due to the way the fabric drapes with the curves of my body.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The 3rd and final (for now!) Key Largo Top I sewed is from Art Gallery Spices Fusion Rayon Challis Paparounes Spices Fabric.  This was my 1st time working with Art Gallery Fabrics rayon.  I’ve seen the drape of this fabric described as liquid, and that word is truly accurate!  The sleeve ruffles are pure magic on this version.  It’s too bad these photos are stills and not videos!

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

This rayon fabric seems to resist wrinkling, at least it did for me, and I wore it all day!  Rayon fabric is shifty when cutting, so you have to be super careful.  The stripes in this fabric actually helped keep track of where things were supposed to be.  One thing I noticed is that even though I used the exact same method and measurements to create the ruffles on these sleeves as the voile Key Largo Top, these ruffles end lower on my arm.  In my opinion, it’s due to the heavier weight per ounce of the rayon fabric than voile fabric.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

And the rayon fabric does “relax” during the day while wearing it, so it doesn’t look quite as fitted at the end of the day as at the beginning.  Also, this version will extend into fall wear because it has less breathability than rayon.  It is also slightly sheer fabric, and I’m wearing the same tank underneath.

Want to see them all side by side?  Here you go:

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

Overall, I’m pretty excited about my 3 new Key Largo Tops!  They each have slightly different feel and look when being worn.  Now head over to Hey June Handmade so you can add ruffles to all your Key Largo Tops too!  Leave me a comment about which of these versions you like best and why.

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Sandbridge Skirt & Trevi Top Outfit

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Sandbridge Skirt is basically a dream skirt come true!  Several Indie designers have produced patterns for sewing your own jeans, but this is the first one we’ve found for a denim skirt.  And because it’s from one of our favorite pattern companies, Hey June Patterns, we’re totally enthralled.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Sandbridge Skirt has all the details of jeans, in a skirt.  The Sandbridge Skirt pattern can be sewn in 11 sizes from 2 to 22.  There are 2 possible views to sew, View A, which is a mini, and View B which I sewed.  Both views can have a raw hem like I made, or there are instructions to give the hem a more finished look.  To make this one knee length for my 6’ tall frame, I added 3 inches to the hem.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

 

The Sandbridge Skirt is designed to sit on the hips, and I made the size 6, expecting my body shape to still change a little due to being 5 months postpartum.  It currently sits lower than my waist, but not quite on my hips.  In the above photo, you can see the little reason it’s not fitting quite yet peeking out over my arm!  Also, it’s paired with my navy blue Seafarer top, for a more casual look.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the next Sandbridge Skirt I make, I plan to change the shape of the hem to be slightly a-line rather than narrowing at the hem as this one does.  This is simply due to the fact that I have to randomly break into a sprint to catch one child or another.  And this hemline is just a bit constricting for that type of activity.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for this Sandbridge Skirt is some Richloom Ellery Floral Denim Fabric By The Yard purchased from fabric.com several years ago.   It is actually cotton duck fabric, but acts just like denim.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Sandbridge Skirt pattern is very well drafted.  Since I have sewn jeans for my sons, that gives me some experience in this type of sewing.  But I have to say the zip fly instructions are the best I’ve come across!

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of finished look, the inside of the Sandbridge Skirt is a thing of beauty!  I used the opportunity to use some delicious chambray to finish the waistband inside, and a little yellow grosgrain ribbon tag.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As with any jean pattern, topstitching is key to making the finished product not look home made.  Once again, I find it ironic to spend hours making an article of clothing NOT look like I sewed it!  I had fun with the back pockets, and what you see here is actually my 2nd attempt, the first ended up too fancy for my liking with everything else going on with this skirt!  And those back crossed belt loops tickle me too.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The other garment featured in these photos is the Trevi Top.  It is another pattern by Hey June Patterns, and has some really special details.  When this pattern was released, I immediately envisioned it in lace!  My version happens to be a skirt I refashioned, and I’ll have a full tutorial later in the week.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The button up back feature is one of my favorite parts of the Trevi Top.  I kept the original tie from the waist of the skirt, and by weaving it in and out of the holes I can give the waistline a little definition if I want to.  In my opinion, it looks better belted with a long skirt, and unbelted with a shorter skirt like this.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Incidentally, only the top button on this Trevi Top is functional, and I forgot to button it for this photo shoot!  This makes is easier to button up, and made the construction easier because of the lace.  Is the Sandbridge Skirt worth it?  For me it’s a definite yes!

If you’ve made it this far in this very loooong post, leave me a comment!

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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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Rosemary Raglan Pattern Review

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We bought the Rosemary Raglan pattern before our baby girl was born, that’s how much we loved it at first sight!  Since the pattern is for sizes 3 months to 12 years, we could make the pattern for Annie for a few more years anyway.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

There are so many fun possibilities for fabric combinations and colors with this pattern.  For the Rosemary Raglan you see here, we used Bolt by Girl Charlee Homestead Life Jersey Knit Bluebird Garden Rose Fabric.  The brown stripe fabric is leftover from this skirt, and it’s inside the hood too.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

The Rosemary Raglan pattern was easy to sew, and the instructions were complete and thorough, just like all Peekaboo Pattern Shop patterns we’ve sewn.  It’s going to be so fun to sew this pattern for Baby (and Annie!) for years to come.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

These photos were actually taken in May, and Baby has already outgrown this (and the other 2) Rosemary Raglan tops I sewed for her.  This was the only one I included the hood option.  You can see the other 2 in this Instagram post.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

Now that the fall is approaching, I’m ready to do some fall sewing again…and that is going to include some more Rosemary Raglans for Baby!  I love the raglan sleeves in baby size!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This pattern can also be sewn without the peplum, if desired.  There are 2 sleeve lengths, short, 3/4, and long.  So technically I could have made some of these for Baby to wear all summer!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One thing that is going to be very handy about dressing Baby in Rosemary Raglans this fall is ease of crawling.  Since she has ALREADY stared scooching, we can easily see that skirts and dresses hinder her mobility.  That’s okay, it just means I get to to more scrap busting and whip out a whole bunch of Rosemary Raglans for her to wear this fall!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It’s fun to look back at these photos and see how much Baby has changed in just a few short months!  Her hair has lightened to a coppery color for one thing!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

She still is enthralled with any sibling who comes near…in these photos, Annie was just out of the shot, interacting with Baby and getting her to smile!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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Willamette Shirt Review

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Yesterday Adrianna Appl of Hey June Handmade released the Willamette Shirt.  It’s a boxy dolman popover shirt with several different options for sewing.  I made view A with sleeve cuffs.  There are also options for a cropped version or one with a waist seam and color blocking options.

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Willamette Shirt can be made in 11 sizes from 2 to 22.  It has a boxy silhouette, which means it goes straight from the waist to the hem.  In other words, totally kind and complimentary to a body that’s birthed 8 babies…one as recent as 2 months ago!

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This pattern is a great one for an advanced beginner seamstress looking for an entry pattern into sewing woven button up shirts.  I love the Cheyenne Tunic pattern, and will continue to sew it over and over again!  But the new Willamette Shirt is a lot faster to sew…I made this one in one afternoon.  The plackets are actually facing, and the collar is one piece sandwiched between the yoke and the front, so much easier to construct.  You don’t even have to make the button and button hole, you can just sew the placket shut up higher, like I did.

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I love the pleat in the back (which is hard to see in this photo.)  I made the inverted pleat, but there are 2 other types of pleats you could make there too…all completely detailed in the pattern, of course!

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

 

For the fabric, I used some Robert Kaufman lawn designed by Liesl Gibson (of Oliver + S.)  I had hoarded it for a while, and only had 2 yards.  The Willamette Shirt fabric requirements is 3 yards, but I managed to get this one from 2 yards with a tiny little pile of scraps left, as I shared in my Instagram Story!  (For reference, I made a size 8…it probably could not be done in much larger sizes.)  This lawn is very lightweight and drapey and works great to give some movement to this boxy top.  I used the navy blue color way which is mostly sold out, but Kaufman Woodland Clearing Birds in Branches Coral Fabric is still available.

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I sewed the Willamette Shirt without making a muslin with NO alterations to the pattern!  Normally this would be a pretty dumb thing to do, but since I’ve sewn so many Hey June patterns and am familiar with the way they fit, I was comfortable in doing that.  Usually I do add width to the shoulders of my Hey June patterns, but because this pattern has dolman sleeves, that wasn’t necessary either!

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One reason I sew any Hey June pattern I can is because I always learn something new from them.  For this pattern, it was the genius way the facing is constructed together with the yoke and collar.  At one point I was pretty sure I was going to have to unpick the whole thing, but kept going according to the instructions, and never had to undo and redo anything!

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

If you get your copy of the Willamette Shirt right now, it’s on sale!  I can assure you it’s worth it.

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Geneva Cardigan Review

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently we got to help test a new Coffee + Thread pattern, the Geneva Cardigan.  You might know already about how much we love Coffee + Thread patterns, due to the sheer numbers of them we’ve sewn!  And the Geneva Cardigan is no exception.

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Geneva Cardigan is a knit cardigan suitable for boys or girls.  It is the perfect topper to any outfit.  There are 4 collar and 2 sleeve options.  It can be made in sizes 12 months to 14 years.  We made a straight size 8, which is one reason we love Coffee + Thread patterns; they fit Annie’s tall and thin frame with almost no modifications!

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

As with all Coffee + Thread patterns, the Geneva Cardigan is very well drafted, and everything lines up right where it should.  We made the Peter Pan collar, in an organic white cotton fabric and it’s the perfect staple Annie needed in her wardrobe for chilly spring mornings.  The collar is finished with bias tape very beautifully in the inside.

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Geneva Cardigan has a cool pocket detail too.  It’s hard to see on this all white cardigan, but the pocket opening is curved, and if you use a contrast lining, it peeps out that curved opening.  One example of the perfect drafting of Coffee + Thread patterns is that the bottom of the pocked is caught into the hem, thus making the pockets always stay in place.

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next version of the Geneva Cardigan we plan to make for Annie is the frilled collar and sleeve one.  In a stretch lace, it would be so classy!

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

And we’re so delighted this pattern will work for boys too.  We can see the younger boys in the neck band version made from an argyle fabric.  Or a chunky cable knit!

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

In these photos, Annie has layered the Geneva Cardigan over her Quinn top and skirt, blogged here.

We’re giving away one PDF copy of the Geneva Cardigan to one of our readers.  To enter, just leave a comment below about your favorite layering piece.

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Sewing for Tweens – Pattern Choices

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Today we’re going to share some things we’ve learned about sewing for tweens.  We’re going to focus on pattern choices; what’s available, what they’ll wear!  You can also check out our thoughts on fabric choices over at the Cali Fabrics blog, later next week.

We’re joining the Growing Up Handmade blog tour.  It’s all about handmade clothing for tweens.  This is the age when my kids really start to express themselves.  Their unique style begins to shine.  I have 2 kids in this age category, so it was fun for all of us to plan and sew up 7 items for them to add to their wardrobes.  Yes 7!  That’s quite a lot of things to talk about, which is why this post is going to focus on patterns for tweens, and another post will focus on fabrics for tweens.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

First of all, we sewed up black themed outfits.  While kids of this age don’t clamor to be dressed in matching clothes, they still tolerate coordinated ones.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

There are definitely less patterns for boys in the sewing world than for girls.  So patterns for tween boys are even scarcer!  After looking through all my patterns for boys, I decided to buy 2 new patterns for Thomas’ black outfit.  The t-shirt is the Lennon Tee by Shwin & Shwin, a pattern designed specifically for tween boys.  It’s a fast and easy sew, and comes in sizes XS to XXL which is a 26” chest to 33.5” chest.  We made view A, the plain Tee, but there are 3 more versions we’ll be trying out.  We sewed a size L for Thomas.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

His pants are the Adventure Cargo Pants and Shorts by Pattern Emporium.  This pattern is very detailed, but not hard to sew.  There are so many different options for pockets, and pants and waistband and flies, that it’s a good idea to plan out exactly what you want first.  Thomas and I went over each option carefully and he told me exactly what he wanted.  The Adventure Cargo Pants can be made in sizes 2 to 14.  This was my muslin pair, and I made size 14 for Thomas, but the waist was 4 inches too big!  Good thing it has waistband elastic and he always wears a belt.  We added belt loops to these pants, made a zip fly, and allllllll the pocket options!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie is just starting to go into tween sizes.  She also is starting to put in more requests for certain items or details or patterns.  For the black theme, Annie got a mash up of 2 of her favorite girl tween patterns, the Camden Raglan by Hey June Handmade (affiliate link) and the Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight and Gather.  You could also use this tutorial to do the same thing.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie particularly loves the pockets which come from the bottom half of the Uptown Downtown Dress and the shoulder stripes which come from the Camden Raglan on top in this dress.  The fabric is bamboo rayon from CaliFabrics, a perfect lightweight and soft fabric for summer.  The Camden Raglan can be made in sizes 6-16, and the Uptown Downtown Dress can be made in sizes 2-14.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

For the next set of outfits, we actually went closer to matching than coordinating, but when it’s camo, who will notice?

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

For Thomas we used the same patterns, because they worked out so well.  On these I adjusted the waist area and took out 2 inches for this second pair of Adventure Cargos Pants.   This kid is actually very lucky that I sew for him because RTW (ready to wear) clothing does N.O.T. fit his tall and lanky frame!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

The fabric is real, true Carhartt canvas from Cali Fabrics.  He’s pretty pumped about a real pair of Carhartts…that fits!  We promise a post really soon about how amazing it is!  And the desert camo jersey fabric from Cali Fabrics is perfect for t-shirts.

Click on the links below to see our reviews of other patterns we have sewn in tween boy sizing:

Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom

Big Little Wild Things vest by Twig & Tale

Classic Chinos by PeekABoo Pattern Shop

Which Way Out Jacket by Fishsticks Designs

Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle

Newsboy Cap by Waffle Patterns

Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads

Everyday Tie by Made Everyday

And 2 that are next up on our sewing list:

Spring Showers Jacket by E&E Patterns

Parachute Polo and Sweatpants by Oliver+S

 

For Annie’s camo outfit, we planned a look that uniquely expresses who she is!  Girly and tomboy all mixed together in one.  She loves to dress up and look nice with a cute hairdo styled by one of her teenage sisters.  And she also loves to tear around in the woods with her brothers, playing hide and seek.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

 

We made her the Laramie Shirt by Hey June Handmade (affiliate link) using the most amazing Indigo Ranchero Rayon Chambray from Cali Fabrics.  The Laramie Shirt is the little sister pattern of the Cheyenne Tunic, and you KNOW how much we love the Cheyenne Tunic around here!  It is just as wonderful of a pattern, in sizes 6-16.  Plus there is an extra option for a dress, which we’ve already promised to make for Annie.  We made 2 changes to the Laramie Shirt pattern, we added the ruffle down the front by cutting out 2 extra button plackets at 2x the normal length along the selvedges of the fabric.  Then we gathered them and sewed them inside the button placket as we topstitched it in place.  The other change was to make short sleeves, but still add the cuff and placket from the 3/4 sleeve option.  We had to make the cuff a little narrower in width and gather the sleeve a little bit to fit accordingly.  Plus we added 2 buttons instead of one on the cuffs.  For the girly factor!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie loves pencil skirts, and this one is the Jocole Girls Pencil Skirt which can be made in sizes doll and newborn to 14.  The only change we made was to add a pair of shorts underneath so Annie can stay covered during those rambunctious games of hide and seek with her brothers in the woods.

Click on each link below to read our reviews of other patterns we’ve sewn in tween girl sizing:

Polina Peplum by Coffee & Thread

Ila Dress by Coffee & Thread

Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight and Gather

Miss Marlene from the Naeh Connection Shop

Molly Jacket by Violette Field Threads

Girl’s Yoga A-line Skirt by Jocole

Aster Cardigan by LBG Studio

Wild Things Vest by Twig & Tale

Longihood from the Naeh Connection Shop

City Park Tee by Hey June Handmade

Cabana Swim Bottoms by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Just Keep Swimming Rashguard by The Wolf and the Tree

Classic Malliot by Call Ajaire

Slim Trousers by Lil Luxe Collection

#106 by Thread Faction

Rachel by Modkid

Whew!  If you’re still with us, please visit all the other great moms who are sewing for their tweens on this blog tour.  I’ve picked up so many helpful tips!

Monday – April 17th
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Bellah Shirt

Bellah shirt pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We had the privilege of sewing up another German sewing pattern.  This time it was the Bellah by Prulla.  But don’t worry, this pattern is once again available translated to English in the Naeh Connection shop.

Bellah shirt pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Bellah is a loose, casual shirt, made from lightweight fabrics.  The pattern is defined by some pleats at the shoulders.  I didn’t sew the pleats exactly the way the pattern recommends, but ended up with a very nice blouse anyway.

Bellah can be sewn in 7 different sizes from 34 to 46.  Those are European sizes, so if you don’t know your size, you choose one from the finished garment measurement chart included in the pattern.  I made size 36.

Bellah shirt pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I love that this pattern includes the intended height (5’8”) it was designed for.  This is always helpful for someone tall like me.  Then I know exactly what I need to do to make it work for my 6’ tall frame.  This time, I only added an inch to the length, and nothing to the shoulders.  I usually widen a pattern at the shoulders for my broad shoulders, and probably should have this time, but it’s wearable as is.

I made the 3/4 length sleeves.  There is elastic at the end of the sleeves, another nice feature.  This means if you push the sleeves up, they will stay and not keep slipping down!  Always nice for a busy mother who needs every extra hand she can get!.

Bellah shirt pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

About those pleats; I closed the pleats like you do on a skirt.  When I was editing the photos, I realized something was not quite right about them, and went back and read the pattern instructions again.  Sure enough, I had messed up, they are supposed to be open, allowing for a little more detail at the shoulders.  But with the busy-ness of the fabric, I don’t think it’s too noticeable.

That fabric is some very lightweight fabric (crinkle chiffon?) that was in my stash.  It’s very pretty with shades of grey and blue throughout.  Since it is so sheer, I’m layering it over a black tank in these photos.  It is perfect for summer and into fall layered with a cardigan.

Bellah shirt pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Bellah pattern is pretty easy to sew, I did it in one afternoon, even with a nursing newborn baby!  There are only 5 pieces.  I did take time to finish all the edges of this lightweight fabric with a zigzag stitch to preserve it longer.  And ever though I added length, I only sewed a tiny rolled hem instead of the deeper hem the pattern suggested.  You can make it even faster if you choose the option to eliminate the buttons and buttonholes.

This is a nice pattern for a faster, casual woven shirt.  If you’d like to sew a Bellah shirt, you can find it here in the Naeh Connection Shop.

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Polina Peplum and French Terry Ila

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

Coffee + Thread pattern tour

We are so excited to be a part of the Coffee + Thread patterns blog tour.  As you might know, we love Olga’s patterns, and we’ve sewn up both the Antalya dress and the Elena dress before.  For the tour, we would have loved to sew either one of those 2 dresses again, but we chose to try 2 of her other patterns, the Polina Dress and the Ila Dress.  With Olga’s permission, we decided to “hack” both of these patterns.

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Polina Dress is a darling vintage inspired dress with several options.  We chose to make Annie a peplum length dress by using the circle skirt option and shortening it to peplum length.  Annie loved and wore the last peplum we made for her to death, so we knew this would be a hit too.

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only other change we made to Polina Dress pattern to make it a peplum length was to omit the part of the slit that extends onto the skirt…just for ease of sewing.

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other major change we made to the Polina Dress pattern was to move the frill over to the edge of the bodice to become a butterfly sleeve.  We just sandwiched the frill between the bodice and the lining at the sleeve, and presto…butterfly sleeves!

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The inside of this Polina Peplum is fully lined on the bodice part.  It is seriously as gorgeous on the inside as on the outside!

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because we felt it suited the feeling of the peplum length better, we opted to make ribbon ties instead of self fabric ties.  They just skim the bottom of the peplum when tied, and can be tied in either the front of the back.

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric came from my stash…I think I got it at Walmart several years ago, and couldn’t resist it’s vintage vibes for this vintage inspired pattern!  The large brown buttons up the back were harvested off a dress bought for $2 from the thrift store just for it’s buttons!

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

We all think this Polina Peplum ended up perfectly!  As it was being sewn, I wasn’t at all sure it was going to be true to the vision in my head, and at one point was sure it was going to be destined for the trash!  But Annie loves it and we recently made her a pencil skirt that matches perfectly.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other Coffee + Thread pattern we made is an Ila Dress.  We made several changes to the pattern too, to make it what Annie wanted.  First of all, the Ila Dress is recommended for woven fabrics and we used French Terry Fabric-African Violet from JoAnn Fabrics. (affiliate link)  Because of the extra stretchiness of knit fabric, we omitted the back zipper and the seam on the back, just cutting it out on the fold minus the seam allowance.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Due to Annie’s height, we lengthened the dress by 4 inches.  But we do find Coffee + Thread patterns to be a truer fit to Annie’s size than most patterns.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

You might notice we did a little something extra to the center panel.  To add the ruching, we just cut out the center panel at twice the length and gathered the edges before sewing the front bodice together.  And we had to use that same precious Art Gallery Priory Square Jersey Knit Cottagely Posy Emerald Fabric (affiliate link) for the hidden pockets too.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

We used White Sheer-knit Fusible Interfacing (affiliate link) on the yoke, and made sure to attach the interfaced yoke to the front of the dress.  Then we graded the seam allowances before sewing on the other yoke, due to the thickness of the french terry fabric.  To keep the inside yoke where it belongs, we stitched in the ditch, catching the 2nd yoke in place on the inside.  It all worked out very well, and we can see making a lot more knit Ila dresses in the future.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie sure is happy with this summer dress.  She wanted a “play dress” for summer, and says this is perfect!  With the added length, she should be able to throw on a pair of leggings and a cardigan and wear it well in to the fall and winter.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie wants me to note that she fixed her hair special for the Ila Dress photo shoot.  She spent over an hour braiding it into many, many tiny braids and then slept on them overnight.  She thought the waves were the coolest thing ever!  It’s so cute how she’s developing her own sense of taste and style.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now be sure to check out all the other stops on the Coffee + Thread blog tour…you’ll be so inspired.  Also all Coffee + Thread patterns are on sale during the tour.  And there is a HUGE giveaway!

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