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Tip Top Tunic Review

When I was sewing up the capsule wardrobe for Baby before he was born and before we knew if he was a boy or a girl, I decided to sew up a dress or two…just in case he was a girl.  I used the Tip Top Tunic and Dress pattern for one of these.  Well, he was not a boy, so I had this dress.  

Lucky for Tina, even though I had made the smallest size of this pattern (6-12 months) the ease is quite generous, and Tina is petite enough to wear it as a tunic.  She loves the swishy double sleeves, and delights in the feel of the soft voile.

As with all patterns by Petit a Petit & Family, this one is very easy and fun to put together.  The instructions are easy to follow with drawn illustrations.  The sleeves are a fun shape, and that is accentuated by doubling them and making the different colors.

You might recognize the fabric, it’s leftover from making this skirt.  I didn’t quite have enough and had to piece the back.  But it’s not really noticeable unless you’re looking for it, like me!  It’s voile from Art Gallery Fabrics, and really good quality and easy to work with.

For the sleeves, we used a lightweight tencel twill in pink, and a white shirting used in my Key Largo Top.  They are lightweight fabrics and this is imperative to getting good drape on the fluttery sleeves.  The effect would not be the same with a stiff fabric.

Because the neckline is elastic all around, it make this still wearable for Tina even though she just turned two.  She is really fun to dress because she will wear almost anything if you exclaim about how pretty/nice/fun/happy/etc. in it!  She’s very verbal for a new 2 year old and it’s super delightful to interact with her!

The pictures in this post aren’t perfectly posed, the dress is a bit wrinkled, but the expressions on Tina’s face are purely who she is in a nutshell!  Every single one of them!  

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Salida Skirt & Key Largo Top

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Make 9 (outfits) update #2

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

My 2nd outfit from my Make 9 (Outfits) is complete!  I took advantage of the slow days prior to giving birth to work on some garments that would work well for early postpartum wear.  Just like my 1st complete Make 9 outfit, this one ended up with a change as well.  

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Originally I had planned to sew a Willamette Shirt from this fabric as you can see from my planning collage.  But when I pulled out the cut of fabric, there was just over 1 yard, not nearly enough for a Willamette Shirt. 

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

But I have discovered that I can very nicely get a Key Largo Top out of 1 yard.  And it’s pretty well established that I love the Key Largo Top!

Let’s talk about this fabric.  This is ikat fabric, and my first time sewing with it although I’ve admired it for a long time.  It is a little stiffer than the recommended fabrics for a Key Largo Top, just FYI.  But it’s exactly right for the look I was inspired by.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Ikat is actually not a fabric, but a dyeing technique.  It can be done to many different substrates.  This substrate is a thicker cotton.  It’s really soft and nice to wear.  I got this fabric from Blackbird Fabrics, but it’s no longer available.  However, Stylemaker Fabrics currently has a very similar ikat pattern in grey, black and vanilla.  I’ve also got my eye on this navy and cream ikat shirting fabric.  Actually, all their ikat fabrics are very nice…as I said I’ve admired this type of look for a long time!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The way this shirt works well for postpartum is it’s loose, boxy shape.  It’s currently the fashion which is very friendly to a recovering postpartum belly!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Salida Skirt pattern is also very postpartum friendly if you use stretch woven fabric in place of the recommended woven fabrics. 

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I used a khaki stretch twill from JoAnns but here is a similar one in beige.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Salida Skirt was released a few months ago from True Bias.  I love the shape and style lines of this skirt.  I did add length to the skirt.  The finished length is 21”, and to have the skirt hit at my knee (as intended in the pattern) I had to make it 27-28” long.  (Hello long legs!)  I added 3 inches at the lengthen/shorten line and 3” at the hem.  It came out just right!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The first time I wore this skirt, I was 2 weeks postpartum (pictured above,) and it was pretty tight and uncomfortable.  But now at 5 weeks postpartum, it’s pretty comfortable to wear.  I anticipate to be able to wear it much longer having sewed it from stretch twill.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the closure, I dug around in my button stash and pulled out this fun metallic button!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Here’s what I ended up with:

Top Pattern: Key Largo Top by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Diamond Cotton Indian Ikat Blue and Grey fabric from Blackbird Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Next I’ll be sharing another Make 9 outfit I finished in the next post…stay tuned! And the other view of the Salida Skirt pattern is also in my Make 9 plans.

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My Rosemary & Thyme Shirts

Thyme Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s time for me to share some of the Rosemary & Thyme shirts I sewed! In developing these patterns for the Project Farmer’s Market capsule wardrobe collection, I had to sew up quite a few samples to check fit and so on.  Luckily I have kids in many of the sizes I needed checked before turning the pattern over to my tester group.  You can see many of the fantastic tester photos in this post.

 Read about the D’Anjou Dress from this capsule wardrobe collection here. Read about the Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt in this post. Read about the Jonagold Jumper from this collection here. Read about the Up Beet Tee & Dress and Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts in this post.

Rosemary Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This Rosemary Shirt was for baby Tina in the smallest size, size 1.  After this sample, the collar shape was changed, and the button placket was narrowed, so don’t pay too much attention to those things!  Tina loves to wear this Rosemary Shirt, so those things were mostly aesthetic changes anyway.  This version includes one placket ruffle, and the optional side elastic.  The fabric is a striped linen from my fabric stash.

Rosemary Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This is another Rosemary Shirt I sewed for Tina.  It’s actually the one you see layered under her D’Anjou Dress in the greenhouse photos.  I just adore the little tie sleeves, don’t you?  This Rosemary Shirt is sewn using a lightweight shirting fabric from my stash.

Thyme Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

David received a Thyme Shirt early on in the testing process.  This one is made using stretch sateen.  After this fit check, the shape of the collar was changed.  He looks so handsome in black, but it is really hard to photograph!

Thyme Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And of course there’s the Thyme Shirt that David is wearing under his Jonagold Jumper.  There are some awesome photos of it in the greenhouse photoshoot, but my favorite is the one I snapped at home with my iPhone camera.  In it he’s holding a chicken and looking super serious.  What a heart breaker!  The fabric is some I had in my stash, but here is some fun moth fabric.  Or this honey bee fabric.  Or how about this bug fabric?

Thyme Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

At one point, I needed to check the fit of the largest size of the Thyme Shirt, so I sewed one up in lightweight chambray for Thomas.  It’s a good thing I did because the fit across the back, chest and shoulders needed quite a bit of adjustment.  Also, the sleeve head was changed after this fit check.  Technical information, but all part of the process of designing a pattern!

Rosemary Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Nearing the end of the fitting process, I sewed up this Rosemary Shirt for Annie in the same lightweight chambray fabric.  By this time, the fit was getting so good that this version is totally wearable and quite close to the final version of the Rosemary Shirt.  So I went ahead and finished this Rosemary Shirt after grabbing this fit photo, and in fact, Annie wears this Rosemary shirt often!  (I really need to get a picture!)

And I plan to sew up quite a few more of these Rosemary & Thyme Shirts through the summer and fall.  Annie wants a short sleeve version with the cute sleeve ties, and I owe Thomas one that fits properly.  Plus somehow Lowell missed out on getting any at all…and it would be fun to sew matching ones for him and David.  Plus I’ve been pondering lengthening the Rosemary Shirt into a dress for baby Tina.  With the wide variety of fabric options, the possibilities are endless!  

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.

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Up Beet Tee & Turnip Up Trousers

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Today the patterns we’re featuring are the Up Beet Tee & Dress and Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts.  These patterns were designed by Celina of Petit a Petit & Family for the Project Run & Play capsule wardrobe collection called Project Farmer’s Market.    Read about the D’Anjou Dress from this capsule wardrobe collection here. Read about the Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt in this post. Read about the Jonagold Jumper from this collection here.

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

First of all, we sewed up an outfit for Lowell using these patterns.  Let’s start with the Up Beet Tee we sewed for him.  Now before getting started, we really must say the it’s almost impossible to describe the amazing genius of this pattern.  It’s a raglan tee in back but a plain tee in front. 

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

To achieve this look, the sleeve piece looks like a jig saw puzzle piece, but it goes together like a dream!  Seriously, you just have to sew this pattern to truly appreciate it’s genius.  

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric I used striped mustard and white french terry fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This was to be able to show off the fantastic lines of the pattern from the back!  And you can see we snuck in some blueberry fabric for a pocket to keep with the Farmer’s Market theme.

Jonagold Jumper sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation for Project Farmer's Market

The neck, sleeves and hem are all finished with a binding, and the pattern has instructions on how to make this either hidden or exposed.  On Lowell’s shirt we made the neck and sleeves exposed for a pop of navy blue color, but make the hem band hidden.

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

While we’re on the topic of the Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern, of course we had to make the dress version too after we discovered how fun and easy it was to sew!  The dress has a cocoon shape, and gathering at the front shoulders and across the back to make it feminine. 

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For Tina’s 1st Up Beet Dress, I used fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics Line Drawings Bluing (leftover from this skirt) for the main fabric and a pop of yellow triangle fabric for the bindings.  I’m totally in love with this dress, and she is too.  

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Oh and pockets!  I forgot to mention the pockets which Tina L.O.V.E.S.  It was seriously challenging to get her to take her hands out of the pockets for pictures!  I feel that way about pockets too, baby! We made the size 2 for her with 3/4 length sleeves.  The sleeves are a bit longer than than for her right now, but at the rate my kids arms grow, they won’t be for long!  The sleeves can also be made elbow length, or with a cap sleeve.

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And of course we couldn’t stop at just one Up Beet Dress…so we made two!  For the 2nd one, we used some Raspberry Creek Fabric knit leftover from this dress.  On this one, we used some hot pink jersey for the neck binding and made the hem binding hidden.  

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I didn’t get a photo of the back, but the stripes show off the lines of the raglan sleeves on this dress too.  Also, the high-low hem of this dress is adorable!!!

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Suffice it to say Tina loves this dress too, and wears one of the other several times per week!

Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And the final garment we sewed is the Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts for Lowell.  I don’t know if there’s a more perfect pair of pants for this guy.  It’s almost like they were designed for him!  You see, he insists on rolling up the hems of any pair of pants he wear!  And that’s the way the Turnip Up Pants are designed!  (Did you see the banana fabric we snuck in for the Hong Kong seam bindings?

Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Other features that make these pants perfect for this boy are double reinforced patches on the knees, pockets, and the knit waistband (hello comfort!)  

Project Farmer's Market patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the main fabric, we used a light blue denim from our stash.  You can find similar fabric here.  And a similar banana fabric can be found here. I love the way he’s standing in the above photo, don’t you?

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We’d encourage everyone to grab these patterns and sew them up just to increase your sewing prowess!  Seriously, the construction of these patterns will delight you. 

Find the Up Beet Tee & Dresshere in the Project Run & Play shop.

Find the Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts 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.

All greenhouse photos by Carrie of Beri Bee Designs. Affiliate links are used in this post to patterns and fabric we use and love. If you purchse soem of these products by clicking through our links, we might make a few extra pennies at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting our small business!

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Jonagold Jumper from Project Farmer’s Market

Next up is the Jonagold Jumper from Project Farmer’s Market!  Read about the D’Anjou Dress from this capsule wardrobe collection here. Read about the Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt in this post.

Jonagold Jumper sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation for Project Farmer's Market

When I saw this pattern could be sewn for boys and girls, I immediately knew who was getting a new pair of overalls!  David was sorely in need of a new pair, his last pair looking very ragged and (almost!) worn though the double knees.

Jonagold Jumper sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation for Project Farmer's Market

The Jonagold Jumper can be made in sizes newborn to 12 years.  They can be sewn in cropped length, with a skirt, and with a scooped neck or straight.  The straps can be fastened with traditional overall hardware, knotted, clipped, or various other ways.  The pockets can be square or curved.  And it can be sewn with knit fabric!

Jonagold Jumper sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation for Project Farmer's Market

The pattern is very thorough in helping you get a perfect fit on both the top and bottom parts of the Jonagold Jumper.  There we so many versions of this pattern sewn, and they are all so cute and different, that it really shows how versatile this pattern can be.

Jonagold Jumper sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation for Project Farmer's Market

For David’s Jonagold Jumper, we went for a solid farmer look to go along with the Farmer’s Market theme.  Since David is one of the main helpers on chores around our mini farm, a good solid pair of overalls in a necessity.  He helps feed the rabbits and chickens, plus herds the dairy goats whenever necessary.

Jonagold Jumper sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation for Project Farmer's Market

The fabric of his Jonagold Jumper uses some sturdy denim we got from CaliFabrics.  They will hold up well to the rigors a farm kid puts them though for quite a long time…maybe even long enough to be passed down to his younger brother!  

Yes, we did sneak in some vegetable themed fabric into this Jonagold Jumper.  The inside of the bib front and back is lined with carrot fabric!  And the straps are too.  Since the denim is so thick, it wouldn’t have worked to have lined them with denim, so carrot fabric to the rescue!

Jonagold Jumper sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation for Project Farmer's Market

Underneath his Jonagold Jumper, David is wearing a Thyme Shirt.  More on that in a future post… You really should check out the Jonagold Jumper hashtag on Instagram.  There are so many cute versions.  All greenhouse photos by Carrie of Beri Bee Designs.

Find the Jonagold Jumper 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.

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Banana Boat Tee & Soleil Skirt

Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The next patterns I sewed for Project Farmer’s Market are the Banana Boat Tee and the Soleil Skirt patterns.  These are two really fantastic patterns, and I sewed them up for Annie. Read about the D’Anjou Dress from this capsule wardrobe collection here.

The Banana Boat Tee can be sewn in sizes 18m – 10.  Annie is around a size 7 in width in the size range, and a little taller than the pattern’s size 10.  We decided to go with a straight size 10 and added 2 inches to the length.  This will allow her to wear it all summer long.  

Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is wine and ivory colored cactus double brushed poly fabric.   It’s super soft, and Annie loves it!  The ruched sides are very unique and fun addition to this pattern.  The side ties complete the look, and altogether this is a quick and special t-shirt.

Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The sleeves have a cute cuff and faux button detail on the shoulder.  (Note the wood buttons that we used for the D’Anjou Dress?)

Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The neckline is finished with a facing rather than a binding which adds to the boat neck feel and where the pattern probably gets it’s name from!  Annie usually prefers a traditional neckline to a boat neckline, but she didn’t say anything about this one, so I take that a s a sign she really likes it!

Moving on to the Soleil Skirt pattern.  Soleil means sun, and that fits right into the Farmer’s Market theme.  This skirt can also be sewn in sizes 18m – 10.  It has quite a few options.  It can be sewn in 3 different lengths: knee, midi and maxi.  There are pockets, so of course Annie is in love!  There is an option for removable straps and also a bow in the center front.  Such a cute skirt!

Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Probably my favorite thing about this pattern is that the button placket down the center front is a faux button placket!!!  This means that I didn’t have to sew any button holes, a clear win in my opinion!  To celebrate, we had to sew a row of double buttons.  We used some wooden ones we found at Joanns to keep with the wood theme, and because they had the exact crimson color of the fabric painted around the edges.

Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric we used a beautiful rayon challis like this one.  It’s perfectly soft and the drape can be described as liquid!  Annie loves this skirt and has been wearing it on repeat!

Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Finally, we sewed up the free Seed Headband using oranges fabric (similar to this one) for a pop of color in Annie’s outfit.  Of course it matches the Farmer’s Market theme and is from our stash of fruit and vegetable themed fabrics.

Shop the Banana Boat Tee here in the shop.

Shop the Soleil Skirt here in the shop.

Project Farmer's Market capsule wardrobe collection by Project Run & Play

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.

All photos by Carrie of Beri Bee Designs.  Affiliate links are used in this post.  If you click them we might make a few extra pennies at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting our small business!

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D’Anjou Dress from Project Farmer’s Market

D'anjou Dress from Project Farmer's Market sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Last week we showed you the Rosemary & Thyme Shirts pattern we contributed to the Project Farmer’s Market capsule wardrobe collection. Today we’re going to begin sharing some of the other patterns we sewed from the collection, starting with the D’Anjou Dress.

The D’anjou Dress is part of the Project Farmer’s Market capsule wardrobe collection.  I sewed it up for our Diggin’ Our Garden Thyme photoshoot for the lookbook.  All photos in the greenhouse are taken by my friend Carrie of Beri Bee Designs.

D'anjou Dress from Project Farmer's Market sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The D’anjou Dress can be made in sizes 18M – 10.  For Tina I made the size 18M.  It’s generously long on her, so will hopefully last all summer!  For options, I included the underskirt, and made the overskirt with tucks.  

D'anjou Dress from Project Farmer's Market sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The straps are functional (they button and unbutton) and there is an invisible zipper to help get in and out of the dress.  Of course I had to use wooden buttons…I used them throughout the whole collection, so keep your eyes out for them! The installation instructions on this invisible zipper are 100% helpful, and you should get a beautiful zipper every time.

D'anjou Dress from Project Farmer's Market sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As you can see, I had fun playing with the directionality of the fabric and the fold over pocket piece.  It was just too perfect to play with the triangles and the pocket fabric!

D'anjou Dress from Project Farmer's Market sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of fabric, the D’anjou overskirt is made using some Alison Glass fabric we’ve had in our stash for a long time.  It’s no longer available in the larger fabric shops, but you may be able to find it in a smaller shop on Etsy or perhaps your local quilt shop.  It’s called Geese in Ocean from the Handcrafted line by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics.  Here is another gorgeous hand dyed fabric by Alison Glass with a similar color scheme.  

D'anjou Dress from Project Farmer's Market sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the underskirt and pocket contrast, we used some shot cotton similar to this one.  It adds a nice color pop at the bottom of the dress.  Some others who sewed the D’anjou Dress used contrasting colors for the underskirt, and that’s really fun too!

Underneath the D’anjou Dress, Tina is wearing a Rosemary Shirt.  We’ll talk more about all the Rosemary and Thyme Shirts we sewed another day.  

D'anjou Dress from Project Farmer's Market sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For a pop of color and fun and Farmer’s Market Theme, we made a hairbow using lime fabric.  In fact, in all our Project Farmer’s Market creations, we added fruit or vegetable fabric somewhere.  Years ago, Allegra had a farmer’s market business sewing and selling fruit and vegetable themed aprons.  So we have lots of scraps of this kind of fabric left in our stash, and made good use of it all through our makes for this project. Here is a cute lime fabric that is very similar and would make a fun hair bow!

Tina loves this dress, and choose to wear it on her birthday!  She loves clothes and loves to tell people when she’s wearing something, “Momma made it!”  

Find the D’Anjou Dress here in the Project Run & Play shop.
Find the whole Project Farmer’s Market collection here in the shop at a 30% discount!
Find the unisex mini collection here in the shop at a 25% discount!
Find the girls mini collection here in the shop at a 25% discount!
Enjoy viewing the Project Farmer’s Market lookbook here.

All greenhouse photos by Carrie of Beri Bee Designs.  Affiliate links are used in this post.  If you click them we might make a few extra pennies at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting our small business!

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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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