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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

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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.

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Polar Bear Raglan T-shirts

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

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


Birch Organic Camp Sur 3 Interlock Knit Lures White Fabric

And these pencils:


Cloud 9 Organics Sidewalk Interlock Knit Art Class Pencils Green Fabric

Or these dogs:


Cloud 9 Organics Sidewalk Interlock Knit Red Rover Dogs Red Fabric

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

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

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

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

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Sloth Peplum Top

Sloth Peplum sewn for a baby by Skirt Fixation

Does it get any cuter than today’s post?  Once in a while, you just have to let it all hang out, and make your baby a sloth peplum top.  I mean, come on!

Raspberry Creek Fabrics, on of my favorite places to shop for fun, unique fabric has just released their spring collection of 19 new CLUB fabrics, and they are so cute!  Each of these fabrics are available in cotton jersey and french terry. They are printed in house at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Sloth Peplum sewn for a baby by Skirt Fixation

This sloth fabric is one of 6 animal designs created by Ella Randall of Wolf and Rabbit Fabric Co. for Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The others are panda, unicorns, bears, dinosaurs and llamas.  Go check them out…I’m definitely going to be making myself some llama pajamas!

Sloth Peplum sewn for a baby by Skirt Fixation

For this peplum top, I paired the sloths with pink and white striped fabric, also by Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s a perfect girly pop of pink on the neckband, pocket, sleeve flutters and elbow patches.

Sloth Peplum sewn for a baby by Skirt Fixation

As with all Raspberry Creek Fabric jersey fabric we’ve sewn, this is very, very soft, and amazing quality.  None of our fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics has pilled and there is very little fading, even though the are some of our most worn garments that get washed over and over again!

Sloth Peplum sewn for a baby by Skirt Fixation

This adorable pattern is the Pistachio Tee by Sew Like My Mom.  It has so many options all bundled up into one pattern, and can be made for boys and girls alike!  For this top, we did the peplum hem, sleeve ruffles and of course those adorable heart elbow patches.

I love how the shape of the peplum hem makes the sloths sleep and hang in all sorts of directions!  It’s so cute and of course my favorite ones are the momma and baby sloth hanging out together.

Sloth Peplum sewn for a baby by Skirt Fixation

One of my acid tests for a new top pattern I sew is the neckband.  As you can see, this one is perfect.  It lays flat against the neck, doesn’t curl under, and is shaped perfectly.  The Pistachio Tee pattern passed the test with flying colors!  I can’t wait to make it for the boys.

The Pistachio Tee can be made in 9 sizes from 12 months to 8.  I made the size 24 months for Baby, and the sleeves were a bit long, so I gave them a wide hem.  It looks almost like a cuff, but my kids always seem to outgrow their tops in the arm length 1st thing, so these can be let out if needed.  I also shortened the waist up to Baby’s waist level rather than where the pattern showed the peplum to be attached so the top would fit her body perfectly.

Sloth Peplum sewn for a baby by Skirt Fixation

This pattern is layered, so that means you can print out just the size or sizes you need.  There are photo illustrations to guide you through each step.  It’s a quick and easy top to sew, and I love the durability of the double thickness pocket and shoulder flutters.

Earlier I mentioned 19 new fabrics.  Besides the 6 animal ones, there are 3 drop dead gorgeous florals, 5 vintage Sasquatch prints, and 5 April Rain prints.  There are also a couple of new stripe and dot colors.  You really must go check them out, they are on sale for $1 off per yard during release week.  Which is an even better value than usual!  Run don’t walk!

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Boy Raglans and Boy Antics

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I love these two boys and I love sewing for these two boys!  This project was born out of the need to do some scrap busting.  You see, my friend and fellow tall seamstress over at Sew Journers put out a free spreadsheet called Stash Shrinker.  The idea is to choose a multiplier and only buy fabric when you use up a certain amount of fabric so you can shrink instead of grow your stash.  Well I set my multiplier rather high.  My goal is to sew 5 times the amount of fabric I buy until I sew 100 yards, and then change my multiplier to 2.  Yes, my stash is large, and I’m serious about shrinking it!  And then something else happened.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

One day I decided to refold and sort my knit fabric, and Aria kindly stuck by my side through the whole project.  She was very insistent I get rid of scraps smaller than 1 yard and fabric we’d never use.  It was all very encouraging and inspiring to end up with only useable cuts of fabric, just ready and waiting to be chosen and sewn!

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I did talk Aria into letting me keep a few scraps that were smaller than 1 yard, but only as many as could fill a small box and only if I had a purpose for them!  That’s when these 2 Oliver + S Field Trip raglan tees were planned.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

The green fabric is organic bamboo cotton jersey fabric left from an unblogged Skyline Skort.  It’s super soft and very lovely to sew.  I wanted to sew similar shirts for the boys without being identical.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

David’s shirt is sewn from the green bamboo knit and gray double knit fabric leftover from making this Jade skirt for Allegra.  David is a great older brother, he’s so kind and patient most fo the time with his younger brother.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Little brother Lowell’s shirt is sewn from the green bamboo knit and the gray knit fabric leftover from this skirt of Allegra’s, I think!

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Photoshoots with these two are always a blast.  From showing me their muscles, to putting their hands in the wrong pockets, to laughing uproariously at the bunny ears on the photographer, there’s never a lack of photos to choose from.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

We use this raglan pattern to make the boys tees often, and it’s really good.  My only complaint is the neckband.  We’ve added 1/2” to the width and that has kept it from rolling to the inside.  But now it seems to stick up away from their necks.  It’s only a tiny thing, but I’m going to keep working toward getting a perfect neckband for this pattern.  The boys are not complaining…they both welcome the new shirts!

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Menswear Sewing Plans – 2018

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

The other day I mentioned I plan to do more sewing for Mr. Skirt Fixation in 2018.  So today is all about my menswear sewing plans for 2018.  I’d like to branch out a little bit from the approximately 12-15 t-shirts I sewed for him in 2017.  With that in mind, and for encouragement from the sewing community, I’m joining up with the menswear sewing make 9 movement on Instagram.  The idea is to plan and sew 9 things for your man!

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

Mr. Skirt Fixation really likes when I sew t-shirts for him.  He likes this Riley Blake Cotton Jersey Knit Solid White Fabric because it’s soft and a good 95% cotton, 5% spandex blend.  We’ve made a couple of modifications to the Oliver + S Men’s Metro Tee pattern so it fits him like a glove!  So yes, I actually do sew him plain white undershirts to wear under his button up shirts for work.  He loves the fit, and the quality he can’t find in RTW (ready to wear) t-shirts.  And the other thing I’ve sewn for him is t-shirts for everyday wear by keeping the modifications but going up one size.  So I put that pattern twice in the grid because it’s basically 2 different things, right?

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

The only other thing I’ve sewn from these 9 in the past is a button up shirt in flannel.  I used the Sis Boom Marco Shirt pattern, and made modifications so it’s a perfect fit for Mr. Skirt Fixation.  For example, he needs a large bicep adjustment.  (Yes ladies, the man is ripped!)  And he prefers the button placket to be 3/4” wider.  Those are 2 changes that pop to mind…and I’ve already got the flannel to make him another one, at his request!

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

The 1st thing I’ve sewn for him from the make 9 grid this year is the Finlayson Sweater.  This was a surprise, done without his input, so it was a stab in the dark!  I sewed him the shawl collar view in some brushed ribbed sweater knit from CaliFabrics.  It is the softest fabric ever, and I reeeeeeeealy wanted to save it for myself!  It’s sold out over at CaliFabrics, but this Telio Melange Rib Knit Grey Fabric looks like the same thing from Fabric.com

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

I have to say I love sewing men’s clothes.  The little details and professional tailoring make me feel so accomplished!  For example, the inside back collar detail is amazing, and never seen from the outside.  I used a scrap of flannel leftover from my puffer jacket for this one.  His measurements put him in a size XL, but I sewed a size L due to the extra stretchiness of the ribbed fabric.

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

What was the verdict from Mr. Skirt Fixation?  Well, as far as the fit goes, the only thing that needed adjusting was the cuffs on the sleeves, they were too loose.  He loves the soft and comfortable fabric.  For wearing however, he has requested I sew him a turtleneck to layer underneath.  At least that gives me another item to add to my list of 9 things to sew for him this year!  I can’t find a men’s turtleneck sewing pattern, but I think I can take his beloved Metro Tee pattern and add a turtleneck piece.  That’s the plan anyway…wish me luck!

To fill out the 9, I added the Rebel Joggers and Shorts by Wardrobe By Me.  The shorts I sewed for him to sleep in a couple of years ago are getting worn out.  And I added a the Rocky Mountain Raglan from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  Because I love wearing raglans, so maybe he will too?  Last of all, I added the Jutland Pants from Thread Theory.  He wants pants, and these are the closest I can find to his RTW ones.  They’re not right (according to him) but maybe they’ll give us a starting place.

I know, that’s not 9 items!  But I’m leaving myself some wiggle room if something comes up later in the year.  And because I know I’ll be sewing him multiples of the t-shirts.  Perhaps I’ll sew him a Reversible Beanie from Savvy Patterns!

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

Perhaps I’ll be able to sew some of these 9 items for our oldest son too.  With that in mind, I sewed him the hooded version of the Finlayson Sweater, but in camo french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Since I had only 2 yards, and the pattern requirements for size XXL are 2.6 yards.  By lining the hood with plain oatmeal french terry and using it for the pocket too, I just barely had enough.  For the inside collar detail on his, I used some Cotton & Steel double gauze fabric leftover from making this shirt for myself.

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

The fit is pretty good for him too, even though this was a surprise too.  I used his measurements and lengthened the arms by a couple of inches.  Even though he has massive wrists, the cuffs were too large for him as well, but I have fixed the cuffs for both of them.

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

Though he hasn’t gushed about it (he’s 17!) I think he likes it, because as you can see from the photos, it’s wrinkled from wear.  I had to sneak it away from him for the photos, so I think he likes it!

Alright, enough from me!  Leave me a comment, have you ever sewn anything for a man?  Do you have menswear sewing plans?   Will I make it through this year?  Send pants help, I’m a skirt person!!!

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French Terry Pajamas

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

And we’re back!  In the next few weeks we get to reveal some really big projects we’ve been working on, and we’re so excited.  So stay tuned…

Today we’re sharing some french terry pajamas!  Because there was quite a lot of pj time over the past few weeks with holidays, non-school days, and even some sick-ish, lounging around days.  So we were very glad to have brand new, comfortable pajamas for these days!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Back in the fall, I bought some of the VERY popular oatmeal french terry fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  And to go with it, I got some limited printing autumn floral rose fabric.  I knew exactly what I wanted to sew with these fabrics (for once!) and just needed an opening in my sewing queue.  (This floral is gone now, but check out everything else printed on the luscious oatmeal french terry base!)

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the autumn floral rose french terry (which is printed on the oatmeal french terry base) I sewed myself a Halifax Hoodie, view D.  I used the oatmeal for the pocket and the cowl.  Let me assure you, this hoodie is as comfortable as it looks.  And then some!  For the pull tie in the cowl, I used some 3/16” “magic rope” I have in my sewing room, and it’s the perfect match.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the main part of the oatmeal fabric, I sewed myself a pair of Hudson Pants.  This pattern is by True Bias, and I’m probably the last person in the sewing community to make myself a pair.  But hey, I’ve been focused on skirts!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Before cutting into the good oatmeal french terry fabric, I made  muslin from some cotton jersey from Girl Charlee.  For giggles, above is the before and after photo of my pre-muslin adjustments to the pattern piece.  Because the pattern designer helpfully included the finished inseam as 28” and mine is 36”, I knew I had to add 8” to start with!  It’s not a good idea to add all the length at the bottom hem, so I added 3” in the thigh, 3” at the calf, and 2” at the hem.  After sewing the muslin, I decided I also needed to add 1.5” to the rise at the top of the pants.  The oatmeal Hudson Pants are just a little too long, but I figure with wash and wear they might shrink, and I’m NOT going to complain about extra length!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

The waistband of the Hudson Pants are so comfortable, and I used the same “magic rope” for the drawstring here as well.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s been established that as the Fabric Scrooge, I like to use up the leftover scraps!  With the leftover floral french terry fabric, I sewed some Oliver + S Parachute Pants for Annie.  She really needed new pajama pants, and she says they are the most comfortable pair she’s ever had!  I made her a size 10 width, and a size 12 for length.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

It turns out that a size 8 for width would have been better, but I fixed it by adding a drawstring to the waist, just like mine.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

And since there were tiny little scraps of the floral french terry left, Baby got a tiny pair of size 12-18 month Parachute Polo Pants too!  The floral fabric is on the side contrast stripes, and the main fabric is leftover from Annie’s Ila Dress.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby is wildly adorable in them, and she happened to be wearing them the other night when the below video happened!  Not even 10 months, and already racing to keep up with all her older siblings.

Leave us a comment below, what do you wear on lounging around days?  How early did your baby walk?

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Winter PJ’s for Kids

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The quality of the photos in this post are not great, but they are absolutely too cute not to share!  

My 3 youngest children needed pajamas suitable for winter, and I had a new machine I wanted to test out.  (More on that machine soon…)  Enter the Alex and Anna Winter PJs pattern from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop.  This pattern can be made in 13 sizes from 3 months to 12 years.  Which basically means EVERYONE gets pajamas!

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The pattern is easy to understand, and has photo illustrations, like most Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop patterns I’ve used.  I love the simplicity of the pattern, and the quick assembly process.

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the boys, I cut out a size 5 for them both.  But for David’s pajamas, I added 3 inches to the arms and legs before adding bands.  It worked out perfectly!  For ease of laundry sorting, I used black bands on David’s pajamas, and blue bands on Lowell’s pajamas.

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For Baby I sewed a straight 12 months size.  It fits great and should last her all winter long.  I was able to cut hers from the leftovers of the boy’s pajama pieces.

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The boys didn’t know I was making a pair of pajamas for Baby, and they were absolutely thrilled to have all 3 of them matching!  The two of them can disagree and argue about many things, but they are united in their fierce love for their baby sister.   She can do no wrong in their eyes, and they hug and kiss on her from the time she wakes up until the time she goes to bed.

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

When I laid her down next to them for this photo shoot, they were so concerned about her crying, and couldn’t lavish enough kisses and attention on her!  It only took about 30 seconds before she responded to their love and antics, and started laughing and playing along with them.  These three are such precious treasures!

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is from Girl Charlee.  It came in one of their bargain lots because it has some smudging of the print along the edges of the fabric.  There was lots and lots of useable fabric left, especially when making kid pajamas!

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Thomas helped me with this photoshoot, because 3 small children on a bed feeling frisky in their new pajamas is quite an ordeal!  He chose to use the flannel back side of the denim quilt, and I’m so glad he did because their pajamas stand out against the buffalo plaid so well.  We just plopped them down on the bed, no posing required, and started snapping away.  There were quite a lot of unusable photos due to movement, and these are blurry, but I think I’ll cherish them forever because it is a true reflection of these three special kids!

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Updated Union St. Tee Pattern Review

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

I’m sure you’ve seen by now, but Hey June Patterns recently released their updated Union St. Tee pattern.  The Union St. Tee is one of our FAVORITE t-shirt patterns, and we’ve made lots and lots of them.  Here is the first one we blogged, and here is the most recent one we blogged.

So for the newly released pattern, we were hopeful about a couple of things.  1- the new Union has a more relaxed fit through the waist due to an updated finished garment measurements chart.  2-the new Union has a full bust adjustment piece included.

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Just in case the newly updated Union St. Tee was a complete wash out, I decided to refashioned a skirt instead of starting in with the good fabric.  Oh – I forgot to mention, the updated Union also has updated fabric recommendations.  The old version just recommended stretch knit fabrics.  The new one challenges you to improve the quality of your fabric a notch!  You can still use any stretch knit fabric, but the recommended ones are cotton/poly, triblend, rayon blends, bamboo, and modal.  Or you can use cotton spandex and size down for a fitted tee.  And while we’re down this rabbit hole, I discovered that sizing down is EXACTLY what I’d been doing!  Yep, I’d been sewing my favorite tee pattern a size smaller this whole time!!!  No wonder I was dissatisfied with the mommy tummy that sometimes made it’s presence known.

But back to the fabric recommendations.  Before I’d only used cotton spandex and sized down (accidentally!) for a fitted tee.  For this pink shirt I used double brushed poly, and it worked nicely too.

But because of the updated fabric recommendations, and because I’ve been hearing so many nice things about bamboo, modal and rayon blends, I really wanted to try one of these fabrics.  And it just happened that this skirt was a cotton/modal blend!  Plus it was too small, so worked perfectly for this updated Union St. Tee “muslin” test fitting.

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Let me just say that I should have totally trusted Adrianna, the genius behind Hey June Patterns!  Just like when she updated the Lane Raglan pattern and we tried it out, the updated Union St. Tee is perfection!  The fit (and correct sizing) is so utterly amazing.  I seriously wear this shirt every single time it’s clean.  And mum’s the word on wearing it sometimes when it’s dirty too! But in all honesty, this shirt is boosting my confidence level about the lack of muscles in the waist region…  It skims the chest and loosely floats around the mommy belly.

And for the record, modal is absolutely heavenly to sew with…I can’t wait to get into the good fabric now!

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

For my fellow tall sewing friends, I added 1 inch to the body of the tee at the lengthen/shorten line.  I also added 1 inch to the shoulders.  And finally, I raised the neckline (and shortened the neckband accordingly) by 1” out of personal preference.  I just laid the new pattern pieces over my old ones and traced off these fit changes from them.

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Stay tuned for many, many more updated Union St. Tee makes around here!

Also, I promise you a quick and easy tutorial on how to refashion a skirt into a t-shirt very soon.

While you wait, do yourself a favor and go grab the new Union St. Tee pattern.

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