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1 Pattern, 3 Shirts – A Comparison

Union St. Tee sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently, I used the Union St. Tee pattern from Hey June Patterns to sew 3 quite different shirts for my daughters and I.  It’s one thing we love about this pattern, the versatility.  And if you would like to read an in-depth comparison of the 3 fabrics I used, head over to CaliFabrics.

Union St. Tee

The first Union St. Tee I sewed was for Allegra.  She requested the scoop neckline and elbow length sleeves.  I’ve actually never made the scoop neckline before, and think it looks so nice on her!  The elbow length sleeves will help stretch this tee into fall wearing.  Allegra requested a semi-slouchy tee, so I made a size large and graded out to a size XL at the hips.  Also, I used the full bust adjustment front piece and it fits so nicely on her.  Finally, I added 1 extra inch of width at the shoulders, because although she is not as tall as Aria or I, she got that wide shoulder gene.   Her Union St. Tee is made from modal fabric.

Union St. Tee sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next Union St. Tee I sewed for Aria.  She requested the crew neckline and elbow length sleeves.  After she felt the camo linen jersey, she also requested a slouchy tee, so I made her a size L, and added 1” at the shoulders and 2” to the length.  Since this fabric doesn’t have much recovery, I used plain white jersey for the neckband.  I haven’t officially admitted it yet, but I think she’s taller than me.

Union St. Tee sewn by Skirt Fixation

And of course, I had to get in on the Union St. Tee fun!  I sewed the v-neck and raised it 1”, my standard adjustment for this pattern.  I added 1.5” to the length and also used the 1” broad shoulder adjustment.  To make this tee just right for fall wearing, I also chose the elbow length sleeve.  For fun, I added a striped pocket to this tee.  My Union St. Tee is made from double brushed poly fabric.  

Union St. Tee sewn by Skirt Fixation

In a side by side comparison (there are more of these over at CaliFabrics) you can see more of the differences in the 3 shirts.  One pattern, 3 different shirts, 3 happy wearers!

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Sandbryce Skirt

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Meet my new favorite summer outfit.  This is the mash up of 2 patterns, the Sandbridge Skirt and the Bryce Cargos.  I’m calling it the Sandbryce Skirt.  I’ve been on a hunt for a good cargo skirt pattern, and finally decided to take matters into my own hands.  I ended up with a skirt I’m going to be making again ASAP so this one can get some rest.  Or at least not worn 3 times per week!

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Earlier in the year, Emily shared a tutorial over at Hey June Handmade on how to mash these two patterns but she did it the exact opposite of me!  So it’s not copying at all, is it?  She used the Sandbridge Skirt on top and the Bryce Cargo pants on bottom to make herself a pair of jeans.

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

To create my Sandbryce Skirt, I laid out the pattern pieces for the Bryce Cargo pants first.  Then on top of them I overlaid the Sandbridge Skirt pattern pieces.  I lined them up the best I could.  On the front pieces, I matched up the zip fly parts.  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the back pieces, I matched the hip curves for the outseam.  Then I folded in the crotch triangles for the pants pattern on front and back.  As you can see on the front, the Sandbridge Skirt pattern piece is wider than the Bryce Cargo piece (on top of it.)  Because I was using stretch twill, I eventually decided just to go with the side seam of the Bryce Cargos so as not to mess up the pocket, and angled in from the hem to that point.

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

As far as instructions went, I basically followed the Bryce Cargo steps, except where obviously I needed to follow the Sandbridge Skirt steps.  It worked out great!  The only change I might make next time is to take in the center back a little more at the top.  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I made this Sandbryce Skirt knee length, just by measuring how long I needed it, and continuing the lines of the skirt down that far at the same angles.  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

You can see the insides of this skirt are very professionally finished, per the pattern instructions (on both patterns!)  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Adding all the hardware (snaps) was a learning experience for me, but totally worth it!  Like I mentioned in my Denim Week series, the hardware is one of the things that makes a skirt look professional and not “homemade.”

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is stretch twill from JoAnn Fabrics in a color called Clay.  It is amazingly good quality, and very, very comfortable!  In fact, I’ve already picked up some in this khaki to make myself another Sandbryce Skirt.  And I really want to get it in this olive green color except my local store doesn’t have it right now.  (The price of this stretch twill online right now is ridiculously cheap!!!)

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of course I had to make myself a new shirt to go with my new skirt.  I made myself the Santa Fe top using the most beautiful rayon spandex jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s currently sold out, but they have a beautiful selection of other rayon spandex jersey fabric.

This is seriously my favorite outfit to wear, and I think Mr. Skirt Fixation likes it a little bit too!  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Have you ever mashed up two patterns and ended up with an end result that was better (if possible!) than either of the patterns to begin with?  That’s the beauty of sewing your own clothes…you can make EXACTLY what you love every time!

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Janie Dress and Peplum

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today is our stop on the Project Run & Play Shop Grand Opening blog tour!  It’s an exciting day to be able to share not only these Janie dresses with you, but the whole Project Run & Play Shop.  This idea has been over a year in the making, and it’s so delightful to have a place to offer the amazing Project Run & Play design all in one spot!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The whole month of July is the grand opening celebration.  There is a huge giveaway, sales each week, and every single pattern is being featured and sewn by a talented Project Run & Play designer.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

This week, dresses are featured.  They are for sale for 20% off in the shop.  We got to sew up the Janie Dress and Peplum pattern.  This darling knit dress has quite a few options, and we couldn’t help but sew up two different version.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Janie Dress and Peplum can be made in 13 sizes from 6 months to 12 years.  We sewed a size 12 months for Baby.  The pattern is very thorough with photo illustrations and detailed instructions.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

One thing we love about this pattern is that cute collar!  It is perfectly drafted, and is super easy to attach.  Plus it lays right exactly where it’s supposed to at all times, which is very important!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

As you might know, knit neckbands are a particular point of interest to us when we sew patterns, and we are delighted to report that this one is absolutely perfect!  It lays flat with no curling or buckling.  Another sign of a superbly drafted pattern in our opinion!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Janie Dress can have either a circle skirt or a gathered circle skirt.  In the floral dress, we did the circle skirt option.  But we added length simply by using the gathered circle skirt hem length.  Quick, easy, and super effective to make this pattern last a little longer on a growing baby.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for this dress is Indigo and Aster knit jersey La Floraison.  We also used it for Annie’s cardigan here.  The collar fabric is some indigo denim-look knit fabric.  I used it because it really accentuates Baby’s eye color!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other Janie dress we sewed is mostly the same, but we used the gathered circle skirt option.  This was also a very easy dress to sew.  We used some rust bamboo knit leftover from sewing myself a peplum I sewed for myself.  I guess I haven’t shared it here, except in my Me Made May round up post.  You can see it on Instagram here.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is so lightweight and perfectly cool for summer because it’s bamboo and rayon mixed!  I love wearing my peplum, and I just know this dress will help Baby keep cool in the summer heat.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

These 2 Janie Dresses are just the beginning of a summer capsule wardrobe we’re sewing for Baby.  So stay tuned for lots more baby goodness and tons of photos in the near future!  And remember to head over to Project Run & Play for the grand opening tour!  You can enter the giveaway below also.  And get your Project Run & Play patterns here.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

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Llama Queen Outfit

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we’re sharing an outfit Annie has been wearing all spring and summer!  Better late than never when it’s a llama queen outfit, right?  

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Back when we sewed up some of the other fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabric’s spring CLUB line, we fell in love with this llama print too.  They’re so, well, llama-ish and love-able!  

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

We paired the llama jersey knit fabric with some pink and white CLUB stripes fabric, and some gray knit from our stash.  (Still attempting to reduce the size of our fabric stash over here!)  

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The llama queen graphic was a fun addition we decided to add.  Annie is NOT a drama queen, so it was a fun and silly item to make.  We used the Cricut Maker machine to cut out the llama, and the words.  For the little blanket on the llama queen’s back we used a scrap of fabric, and just stitched it on over the vinyl llama after we ironed the llama in place.  The selvedge at the bottom creates a nice fringe effect!

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the llama queen shirt, we used our beloved Camden Raglan pattern.  Annie loves the fit of this shirt, and I love how quick and easy it is to sew.  I haven’t told her, but I can sew one up in less than 20 minutes!

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The skirt pattern is the Skipalong Skort pattern.  It’s also a favorite around here for several reason.  First, pockets.  Need I say more?  Second, there are shorts hidden underneath, which Annie and I both love!  Third, Annie loves how “play friendly” the width of this skirt is.  She loves pencil skirts, but can’t run as fast in them, she tells me!

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

As with all the Raspberry Creek CLUB fabric we’ve used, this fabric is soft and durable for everything my kids throw at it.  Or roll in it.  Plus, no pilling after wearing this llama queen outfit steady for a couple of months already!  The llama fabric also comes in french terry fabric too.

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie had fun trying out some “llama queen” poses!  Really, she’s too sweet for it to be effective!

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Giant List of Denim Patterns, Classes and Tutorials

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Welcome to Day 3 of Denim Week!  Today we cover 55+ patterns, classes and tutorials specifically designed for use with denim fabric.  We’ve grouped them into patterns for women, men, girls, boys, and classes & tutorials.  While there are lots of pattern you can use denim fabric for, we’re only including ones specifically designed for denim.

Be sure to check out Day 1 for the giveaway of Cone Mills denim fabric and patterns that use denim fabric from Closet Case Patterns and Itch to Stitch.  You can find all our tips and resources for denim fabric on Day 2.

Denim Patterns for Women:

Since they are our absolute favorite thing, we’re starting with denim skirt patterns.

Denim Skirt Patterns:

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Danube Jean Skirt by Itch to Stitch

Sally Jean Skirt by Style Arc

Kate Skirt by Style Arc

Staple Skirt by Winter Wear Designs

Romeo Denim Skirt by I AM

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Moss Skirt by Grainline Studio

Short denim skirt with yokes by Kommatia Patterns

Rosari Skirt by Pauline Alice 

Leonora Skirt by Colette

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Madeleine Skirt by Victory Patterns

Women’s Jeans Patterns

There are an impressive number of women’s jeans patterns.  Allie Jackson has a nice comparison of some of these here.

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Liana Stretch Jeans by Itch to Stitch

Mountain Pull-On Jeans by Itch to Stitch

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns

Morgan Jeans by Itch to Stitch

Real Deal Jeans by Winter Wear Designs

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Ames Jeans by Cashmerette

The Dauphine Skinny Jeans by Do It Better Yourself Club

Bravado Bootleg and Flood Jeans by Do It Better Yourself Club

Stretch Jeans by Jalie

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Ash Jeans by Megan Nielsen

Jilly Jeans by Style Arc

Several jeans patterns by Angela Kane

Safran by Deer and Doe

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Jamie Jeans by Named

Blakely Stretch Jeans by Style Arc

Starboard Jeans by Papercut Patterns

Otsu Jeans by Papercut Patterns

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Birkin Flares by Baste and Gather

Stretch Skinny Jeans by Mimi G

Scarlett Moto Skinnies Laela Jeyne

Other Women’s Denim Patterns:

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Hampton Jean Jacket by Aline Sewing + Design Co.

Stevie Jean Jacket by Style Arc

Cindy Jeans Jacket by Style Arc

Bryce Cargos by Hey June Patterns

Jenny Trousers and Overall by Closet Case Patterns

Men’s Denim Patterns:

The selection of men’s pattern for use with denim fabric is decidedly smaller.  There are the few we found:

Men’s 4 pocket Jeans by Dongo Designs 

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Free French Jeans pattern

Men’s Jeans by Angela Kane 

Jedediah Pants by Thread Theory 

Children’s Unisex Denim Patterns:

Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads

Baby & Toddler Jeans by Pattern Emporium

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Dakota Denim Jacket by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Skinny Jeans by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Girl’s Denim Patterns:

Sandy Bay Shorts for girls by Felicity Sewing Patterns

Wren Skinny Jeans by Laela Jeyne

Mini Moto Jeans by Lil Luxe Collection

Phresh Jeggings by Winter Wear Designs

Boys Denim Patterns:

Cpt. Comfort Jeans by Patterns for Pirates

Sk8 Skinnies by Winter Wear Designs

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Super Tough Jeans by Suco by Susana 

Denim Classes and Tutorials:

Sewing Designer Jeans on Craftsy

Jean-ius (designer jeans) on Craftsy

Sew Your Dream Jeans by Closet Case Patterns Workshops

Sew Your Favorite Jeans by Indiesew

Sewing Jeans by Angela Kane

Mens Jeans sloper and pattern tutorial by Taylor Tailor 

Rub Off your Favorite Jeans by Melly Sews

Denim Pattern Sew Alongs:

Many of the patterns listed above have helpful sew alongs on their blogs with step by step photographs.  They include tons of little tips and tricks, and are definitely worth the time you spend checking them out.

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

That’s it for Day 3 of Denim Week!  If you made it this far, reward yourself by entering the giveaway!

See you tomorrow for denim details…probably the day we’ve been the most excited about!

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Plenum Quilt Review

Plenum Quilt review by Skirt Fixation

Recently I got to play with some super fun fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics.  They have put together some fabrics into combinations called Color Master boxes.  They come in super cute little boxes of either fat quarter or half yard cuts of each fabric.  Before Quilt market, Art Gallery Fabrics asked me if I would put together two Plenum quilts for them using the color master boxes for them to display at the market.  Since it was a quick turn around time, and I don’t have a long arm quilter, I just pieced the tops for them, and they quilted the finished quilt.  

Plenum Quilt review by Skirt Fixation

The first color master box I worked with was the fat quarter No. 5 Gold Leaf Edition.  I used the free Plenum quilt pattern from Art Gallery Fabrics.  You can also buy this fabric combination as a quilt kit.   It makes a 55″ x 64″ quilt, about single size.

The other color master box I used is the No. 8 Teal Thoughts Edition.  Again, I used the Plenum quilt pattern to create this quilt top.   This can also be purchased as the whole kit.  The fat quarter box makes a 55″ x 64″ quilt, and the half yard box makes a 64″ x 73″ size quilt.

Plenum Quilt review by Skirt Fixation

The Plenum quilt tops went together quite quickly.  The instructions were perfect, and I can recommend them to you with confidence that you’ll be able to make a perfect top too.  

Here is a picture I grabbed a screen shot from the quilted I pieced hanging up at the Quilt Market Display!

Plenum Quilt review by Skirt Fixation

In return for piecing these tops for Art Gallery, they thanked me with 2 Color Master boxes of my choice!  After a lot of indecision, the girls and I chose Color Master No. 1, Vibrant Violet.  We are making matching quilts for their room.  When we have them quilted, we’ll share them in another post.  

Vibrant Violet can also be purchased as a Plenum quilt kit.  It’s amazing to be able to purchase everything you need to make the quilt (batting excluded, I think!)  

What color master box is your favorite?  Which one would you have chosen?

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The Summer of the Phoenix Blouse

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One of my favorite pattern designers did it again!  Yes, she released a new pattern (the Phoenix Blouse,) yes it’s amazing, yes, it fits great.  But the thing I’m referring to is that she made me try a new style again!  

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns is a cute a causal boho style top.  It can be cropped and has bell sleeves or can be made sleeveless.  And, to make this blouse even more perfect, you can use the flutter sleeves from the Amalfi Dress on it.

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation 

The fabric suggestions are very lightweight, drapey fabric like rayon, gauze, lawn, poly, or silk.  I used rayon chambray, and it’s perfection.  But you’d better believe I’m going to be making the Phoenix Blouse in some of these other substrates.  In fact, prepare yourself to see a lot of Phoenix Blouses around here because I’ve just officially declared this the summer of the Phoenix {Blouse!}

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Phoenix Blouse can be made in 11 sizes from 2 to 22.  I sewed a size 6.  If I make this in a slightly less drapey fabric, I’ll probably size down due to the ease.  But for this fabric, it’s perfect!  This rayon chambray is from CaliFabrics, (sold out now) and we also used it for Annie’s Laramie Top.

The only change I made to the pattern was to add 1.5” to the width of the shoulders, my standard adjustment for Hey June Patterns.  It’s not the patterns, it’s my gigantically wide shoulders.  I did not add any length, and sewed the longer (not cropped) version, which ended up the perfect cropped length for my tall frame.  

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Some special details on the Phoenix Blouse include a front and back yoke.  The front yoke can be embellished like you see here, and the back yoke has the cutest pointed shape.  Lace can be used on the front yoke.  I only had lace trim, and not a large piece of lace in the color I wanted to use.  So I sewed it in strips across the front of the yoke, overlapping slightly each layer.  I think it worked out perfectly!  

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the ties, I just used the top of the gathered lace trim that I’d cut off to make the lace lay flat.     I might shorten them just a little bit because when they are untied, they seem a little long.  And as she was photographing this outfit for me, Aria suggested that I could add another set of ties halfway down the front of the opening for a fun detail.  I’m going to do that right away!

The style lines of this blouse are so unique and flattering.  The rayon chambray is light, flows beautifully, and breathes well, so I plan to wear this all summer long!

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Of course I had to make a skirt to go with the Phoenix Blouse.  I sewed a Jocole Pencil Skirt in knit Art Gallery Fabric from the Arizona After line designed by April Rhodes.  I think the two work perfectly together, and I also want to try the Phoenix Blouse with an a-line skirt.  

That’s all for today!  If you want to try a beautiful new pattern that will make you feel amazing, try the Phoenix Blouse!

 

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Mermaid Maxi Skirt Review

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

When a skirt is named “Mermaid Maxi” what else can you do?  I was helpless to resist!  Diva Patterns by Tie Dye Diva has a new skirt pattern out, and it’s just as delightful as the name implies.  I was ecstatic to join the blog tour for the Mermaid Maxi Skirt, and I can’t wait to see all the creations this week!  

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Mermaid Maxi skirt is a knit skirt with some pretty special details.  First there’s the fit and flare mermaid tail shape.  Then there’s those pockets.  And finally, the pattern is versatile enough that you can make it several times achieving a different look every time.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I sewed a size 4, mermaid tail shaped skirt with ruched pockets.  The only change I made was to add 2 inches to the length, one at the knee, and one in the middle of the flare as instructed in the pattern instructions.  A straight skirt with a slit in the front can also be made.  And there is an option for straight pockets.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This pattern has great thorough instructions, lots of markings, illustrated drawings, and easy to follow directions.  Any possible difficult steps in the pattern are noted and extra instructions given if needed.  The Pink Pin Tips are especially helpful, and I loved the way the elastic waist is constructed.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Mermaid Maxi skirt can be made in 14 sizes from 0 (34-35” hips) to 26 (53-55” hips.)   In the above photo, I’m attempting to show you how full the bottom of the skirt is!  It’s so swishy and fun to twirl, but hard to capture on camera!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As you may have noticed, I pulled out some of the best fabric I’d been saving for just the right occasion.  This is knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics and is super soft and very good quality.  This one is called Line Drawings Bluing designed by the very talented artist Bari J.  In the above photo, you can see the detail of the lovely ruching on the pocket, and of course a closeup of that amazing fabric!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Suddenly I have an urge to sew aaaaalllll the swishy maxi skirts and take a trip to the beach and stroll barefoot through the sand.  Trail my toes in water.  Feel the salt water spray in my hair.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For this special skirt, I had to sew myself a new shirt.  Of course I sewed the Union Street Tee by Hey June Patterns.  And I treated myself to some chocolate brown dana modal knit fabric.  The fabric and the Union Street Tee pattern have the perfect drape and ease to pair with this form fitting maxi skirt.  Believe me when I tell you this simple t-shirt is a treat!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

You will want to be sure to check out the blog tour introduction post here.  There are giveaways for $250 in prizes, and the Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern is on sale!  Plus there’s a discount code for fabric so you can sew your own Mermaid Maxi Skirt!  Also, be sure to check out the rest of the Mermaid Maxi Skirts all week long!  (And if you’re looking for the weekly Me Made May post, I’ll see you here tomorrow…)

 

Monday, May 21
Tie Dye Diva Patterns – Mermaid Maxi Blog Tour and Giveaway!
Skirt Fixation – Mermaid Maxi Skirt Review

Tuesday, May 22
Musings of a Seamstress
Heather Handmade

Wednesday, May 23
Sew Altered Style
sewsewilse
Chook n Duck

Thursday, May 24
Penny Sew Vintage
TipStitched
Sharon Sews

Friday, May 25
Sewing By Ti
Brittany J Jones

Skirt Fixation for Tie Dye Diva Patterns Mermaid Maxi Tour

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Board Shorts Fabric in Action

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Even though I developed a swimsuit pattern for women, I had never sewn with board shorts fabric before.  Board shorts fabric is what men and boy’s swim trunks are made from.  It’s a woven material with no stretch, and slightly sueded on one side.  

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Since my boys needed new trunks, I decided to give it a try with the new board short fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  There are 20 different ones to choose from!  I started with the whales board short fabric and used the solid teal seafoam color board short fabric for contrast.

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

When sewing a boy’s swim trunks, you can use any shorts pattern.  I used the Everyday Shorts pattern from Made Everyday to make the bigger boy (David’s) swim trunks.  Board short (also called microfiber) fabric is very easy to work with, and these swim trunks were a quick sew! 

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

I used the Perfect Diaper Cover pattern to add an underwear insert underneath.  For the underwear, I used power mesh fabric.  (You can get it at Raspberry Creek Fabrics too.)

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

For the other boy, I used the Made Everyday tutorial for racer shorts.  I sewed both these boys a size 5, and they’re a little long for Lowell.  But the way these boys are growing, I’m not concerned!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

The hardest part was making the bias tape to trim the pockets and edges of the racer shorts.  The only reason it was difficult was because this fabric doesn’t hold a crease very well after ironing.

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

I used the whale fabric to make the bias trim along the edge of Lowell’s racer shorts, but it’s really to small to do it justice.  Happily, he didn’t care, and once again, the boys are coordinating without being too match-y!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Because these boys are so fair skinned, tend to burn easily, and spend 95% of their time outside in the summer running through the sprinkler, having squirt gun fights, dunking each other in the water trough, and taking adventures in the nearby stream, I decided to make them each a rash guard.  

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

You probably could have guessed, but I used the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan tee pattern.  It worked perfectly.  For the fabric, I used the swim basics stripe fabric in navy for one and solid navy swim fabric (from my stash) for the other.  The swim fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics have 50+ UPF Protection, so no sunburns happening here!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

The only thing left to do was try out the new swim trunks and rash guards.  As you can see in these photos, a great time was had by all!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Last year, Lowell was too cautious to enjoy the joys of a summer sprinkler with the other kids.  This year, he’s right in there jumping over the streams of water with his older siblings.  

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Of course, when the lawn is freshly mowed, the kids get grass clippings all over their feet while running through the sprinkler.  But it’s no biggie because you can rinse your feet off in the sprinkler!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

I got some spectacular shots of David jumping through the sprinkler, and my iPhone didn’t even get too soaked.  When they started grabbing the sprinkler and aiming it at each other however, I left!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Leave us a comment, did you run through the sprinkler when you were a kid?

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

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Double Gauze Nina Blouse

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we’re happy to share with you about the Coffee + Thread Nina Blouse.

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt FixationIf you’ve been here for longer than a day or two, you’ve probably seen us sew a Coffee+Thread pattern before!  We love these pattern, and Olga (the owner/designer) is absolutely brilliant when it comes to making a professional pattern.

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Nina Blouse is completely finished inside, and looks so professional.  My favorite detail is the shoulder pleats.  And the Peter Pan collar is right up there too!

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

There is a scalloped version of a collar that you can use, and it’s quite cute too.  There are 3 different sleeve options, scalloped, cap, and 3/4.  As you can see, we went with a sort of elbow length.  I love how they are elastic at the end, and Annie things it great that they stay where she puts them!

One element of the pattern we didn’t include is the removable bow or ties.  Since they’re removable, we could go back and add them in later.  They’re both vintage and in style right now, so we might!  Those large black buttons are harvested off a jacket we bought at the thrift store just for the gorgeous buttons.  We also used some of them on this jacket for Annie.

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Nina Blouse can be made in 13 sizes from 12 months to 12 years.  I made Annie a straight size 8 with a tiny bit of added length in the bodice.  That and shortening the sleeves were the only changes I made.  The pattern illustrations are drawn and no step was confusing.  There is a complete index at the beginning of sewing terms to help out the sewer.

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern is consistent with the other Coffee + Thread patterns as far as sizing goes, so we felt confident sewing it up without making a muslin first.  Plus there is plenty of ease in the pattern due to the loose fitting design, so we felt safe!

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

That lovely (and also hard to photograph) black fabric is double gauze we got at Imagine Gnats.  It’s dreamy like all double gauze, and Annie mentioned how nice it’s going to be to wear this double gauze Nina blouse in the hot summer months!  I have a blouse in double gauze, and love it in summer.

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

Just a note about the skirt, I don’t remember where I got the fabric, but I do remember that I washed it with some cheap brown fabric and it bled onto the horses!  So it’s just sat in the stash until last week when Annie mentioned she would like some play skirts for summer.  Stained fabric=perfect for getting stains on!  Done deal!  Since the horse fabric is so lightweight, I added a lining and also shorts because, play skirt!  I sort of drafted the pattern myself, and used the shorts from the Skip Along Skort for underneath.

Head over to the Coffee+Thread blog to follow along on the Nina Blouse tour and see all the beautiful garments that are sewn.

Double Gauze Nina Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

And do yourself a favor and grab the Nina Blouse pattern by Coffee+Thread today!  For 20% off use the NINAPATTERNTOUR code, good through 03/19, 11:59 pm Central (Chicago) time zone.