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Game Day Dress And Jersey Pattern Review

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

Recently we got to have a lot of fun!  This is because sewing the Game Day Dress and Jersey were lots of fun to sew and wear!  The Game Day Dress and Jersey is a Wee Muses pattern, the brainchild of Annaliese of Aesthetic Nest.

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

We made both a Game Day dress for Annie, and a Game Day Jersey for Thomas.

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

Even though we were testing the pattern for Annaliese, both garments turned out really nice and totally wearable!  But one at a time…

The Game Day Dress Review:

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

We sewed up a Game Day Dress for Annie, sewing it exactly as instructed.  We used part of the last of the four pieces of Birch Organic Flight Knit fabric from Fabricworm.  And we used creamy white knit from JoAnn Fabrics to complete the rest of the dress.  (Scary, I know, to use white for a 6 year old, but so far it’s still white!!)

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

I added the optional sport strip down the side of the dress, and I finally found the perfect color match in the reverse side of the fabric (from JoAnn’s) that I used to make my Jocole yoga skirt!

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

We made her a size 4 with size 6 length.  Next time we make it, we’ll lengthen it even more.  This isn’t necessarily a problem with the pattern, this girl is just growing fast and tall!  But with a pair of tights (which is good for winter too!) this dress is great fun for Annie.

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

The dress is really comfortable for Annie, and she even asked me if she could sleep in it!

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

I did find myself switching back and forth to my double needle often while sewing these two garments, but I think most of the topstitching could be saved until the end.

The Game Day Jersey Review:

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

Annaliese wanted some of her testers to try out the Game Day Dress and Jersey for boys, and we were happy to do that for Thomas.  For his jersey, we used a grey dress (shhh! don’t tell Thomas) and a dreamy soft navy jersey knit from Imagine Gnats.

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

We also used seam binding for the contrast strips on the sleeves instead of making our own from the navy jersey.  (Those edges tend to curl anyway on jersey, and this simplified matters entirely!)  The instructions were easy to follow and just about the same as the dress, just shorter!

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

Next time, I will make the sleeves longer for Thomas, but again, that’s genetics, not pattern issues.

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

Thomas loves his new jersey, and I think he feels very sporty when he wears it.

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

We gave Annaliese the thumbs up for making her pattern work for boys and girls both!

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt FixationAllegra took these two out for a photoshoot and, as usual, produced great photographs!  Of course she had great models in great clothing, if I do say so myself!

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

If you want to add the Game Day Dress and Jersey to your pattern library, (and we totally encourage you to do that!) you can find the pattern here in the Wee Muses pattern shop.

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

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Chickadee Pattern {All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel Madison}

Chickadee Pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

Chickadee Pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Chickadee pattern from Clever Charlotte is simply adorable!  We sewed up both the top and the skirt patterns.  They make an awesome pair!

Mabel Madison fabric

We used corduroy fabric from Mabel Madison for the skirt, and let us reassure you, this is some amazing material to work with.  Soft and buttery, brightly colored, and warm.

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

We found just the right coordinating blue in our stash to make the Chickadee top, and at our style advisor’s suggestion (Hi, Mr. Skirt Fixation!!) we added some of the blue in the form of a ruffle to the edging of the Chickadee skirt.  This really accentuates the faux wrap feature of the skirt which is one thing we really, really love about it!

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Chickadee skirt is fully lined, and here you can see a glimpse of the lining (also available at Mabel Madison.)  The top portion of the Chickadee top is also lined, making it very comfortable for the wearer.

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

We made only a few changes to the pattern…we lengthened it so Annie will be able to wear it for a longer time, we added the ruffle, and we made a waistband across the top.

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

To the Chickadee top, we only made one small change, we made a buttonhole instead of a loop of elastic for the button.  Because our machine does that automatically and prettily!

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

This Clever Charlotte pattern was a joy to work with!  The directions were clear, easy and helpful.  One word of warning, be sure to keep your left and right fronts straight on both the skirt and the top so the offset pleat lines up with the wrap lines.

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pleat in the back is just too cute too!

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

We think Clever Charlotte patterns are a very, very good bargain because with many of the patterns, you are actually getting two patterns for the asking price.  A good example is the Chickadee, it comes with the top and skirt patterns both.

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

Be sure to enter the giveaway for the chance to win some Clever Charlotte patterns of your own.  And use the discount code to pick up even more patterns and some Mabel Madison fabric too!  Have you seen their delicious selection of corduroys?  We may just be making the Chickadee pattern again with some different corduroy!

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

You can enter to giveaway to win 2 patterns of your choice from Clever Charlotte and a $30 gift certificate to Mabel Madison.  Also, these two amazing, generous sponsors are offering discount codes just for Skirt Fixation readers during All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel Madison.

Over at Mabel Madison, use the coupon code SKIRTFIX at checkout for 10% off your purchase!  (Good from 12/12 – 1/2)

Over at Clever Charlotte, use the coupon code FIXATION14 at checkout for 20% off your purchase!  (Good until January 8!)

The first Friday in January, we’ll reveal the (random) winners of the Clever Charlotte patterns and the Mabel Madison gift certificate and showcase some of our favorite creations from the link up.

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here are two you can to play along.

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Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.

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Reversible Fleece Jacket

Reversible Fleece Jacket

Reversible fleece jacket

The time arrived to sew something for the horse loving boy again!  This time we found the perfect fleece at Hancock fabrics and paired with a black twill from the stash, it was time for another reversible jacket.  You can read our review of the Which Way Out Jacket here.  This time we sewed up the pattern almost exactly as directed with only one change.  We added elastic around the bottom of the sleeves because the boy wanted to be able to layer this jacket underneath another jacket if needed.

Reversible Fleece Jacket

It was much easier to sew this jacket with woven fabrics rather than knits like we did last time.

Reversible Fleece Jacket

We had the opportunity to take photos at the perfect location for a horse jacket…Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby!  Of course on race day in May, one wouldn’t need a jacket, horses on it or otherwise, but on a sunny December day, this reversible fleece jacket was just right.

Reversible Fleece Jacket

Through the back entrance to the stadium, Thomas, the horse lover, got very close to the action.  He could look out on the track and see where the famous race takes place.

Reversible Fleece Jacket

And he got to visit the resident horse and pony.  It was quite a day, and he was prepared with quite a jacket!

Reversible Fleece Jacket

We did put pockets on the inside and outside, so Thomas had a place to store his Churchill Downs souvenir.  He did wonder aloud if he would grow to be too tall to be a jockey someday.  (Sorry, buddy, wrong genetics for that line of work!!!)

Reversible Fleece Jacket

All in all, the reversible fleece jacket, and the visit to the Kentucky Derby were a success.

Reversible Fleece Jacket

If you bought some fleece fabric recently (aren’t there some yummy fleece fabrics this year?) you should consider making a reversible fleece jacket.  We recommend the Which Way Out Jacket from Fishstick Designs!

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Julia Sweater Review with Sheer Fabric Tutorial

Julia Sweater review

Julia Sweater reviewWe had the privilege of testing another pattern for Compagnie M.  This time she was adapting her Julia sweater for girls into a pattern for teens and women, and we are sure glad she did!  The Julia Sweater is a dolman sleeve knit sweater/shirt with lots of different options for the collar and neckline.

Julia Sweater review by Skirt Fixation

There is also a tunnel pocket option.  The sleeves are cuffed and the bottom has a waistband, so no hemming!  I’ve already made 3 of these (2 of which are for me!)  As with most pattern tests, there were a few things that needed worked out; the size of the waistband and how to use fabric with less stretch for the sleeves were two things that got worked out with this pattern test.  But Marta encouraged everyone to play around with the pattern a little, and so we did!

Julia Sweater Review by Skirt Fixation

We figured out how to add a sheer layer to the front and back panel and construct the tunnel pocket in a different way to reduce bulk with the added layers.  This works with both stretch sheer fabrics (the green and white sweater above) and woven sheer fabrics (the blue and grey sweater.)  Which opens up a lot of fabric possibilities!

Julia Sweater, teen size

The first Julia sweater we made ended up being for Aria as I had to shorten the sleeves to 1/2 length due to the lack of stretchiness of my fabric.  This issue has been solved now!

Julia sweaters by Skirt FixationBoth Aria and I love the dolman sleeves!

Julia Sweater review

I love the slimming style of the separate front and back panel.

julia sweater tunnel pocket

And pockets of course are not only comfortable, but necessary when you have 7 children and their…stuff!

Here is our tutorial, so you can use sheer fabrics in your Julia sweater too, if you want to!

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Picture 1: Cut 1 tunnel pocket piece.  Cut 2 front and back pieces, one each of lining and sheer fabric.

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Picture 2: Sew pocket to sheer front piece, RST.

Sew all 4 shoulder pieces together.

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Picture 3: Pin front sleeves to front lining piece.  Sew down both sides from where top of pocket will be to bottom of shirt.

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Picture 4: Sew along tops of sleeves.

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Your shirt should look like this now.

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Pull up sheer layer to reveal top of pocket.  Carefully stitch across top of pocket, keeping sheer layer out of way, from side to side.  You are stitching the top of the tunnel pocket to the front lining layer.  You’ll line up the bottom of the tunnel pocket with the bottom of the front lining layer to keep your pocket straight.

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Here is what the back of your front piece will look like after this step.

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Picture 5: Snip the seam allowance of the sheer layer only to the seam at the top of the pocket.  If you can’t figure out where to snip, try to do the next step without doing this, you will see exactly where to snip!

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Picture 6: Line up right sleeve and shirt fronts and back, RST.  Sew together, starting at top of pocket in front, up to shoulder, and down to bottom of back.  Be sure to have all 3 layers caught in your seam.  Repeat with left sleeve.

Continue with directions for the Julia Sweater.  You will close the tunnel pocket when you attach the waistband.  Be sure to catch all layers across front and back sheer panels.

Julia Sweater Review by Skirt Fixation

I did make a few other changes to the second Julia Sweater I made, just for personal preference.  I added 1.5 inches to the neckband.  I top stitched the neckband with my double needle because I can’t stand a neckband that rolls!

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

There is one change I will make for the next (yes, next!) Julia Sweater I make.  Due to my 6 feet tall height, my arms are rather long, and I added 3 inches to the sleeves.  But I made a rookie mistake and added it to the end of each sleeve instead of cutting and spreading the sleeve, which makes the sleeves a little tight.  (Dairy goats cause large forearms!)  Next time I’ll do it right!

The Julia Sweater is so slimming!

Here you can see the side panels and the tunnel pocket from the side.  This sweater is an absolute joy to wear!

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Aria is wearing her Julia layered over a white t-shirt.  It looks lovely over a navy blue shirt too!  That really makes the lace pop out!

Julia Sweater review by Skirt Fixation

You should sew up some Julia Sweaters, too.  For yourself and your teen too.  You’ll be glad you did!  You can get the Julia Sweater from Compagnie M. here.

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Two Marco Shirts for my “Baby Boy”

Marco Shirt

In the interest of clothing some of the males who live in our house, I made my son 2 Marco shirts.

Marco Shirt

The Marco shirt is just a large version of the Ethan Shirt, and both are made by Sis Boom patterns.  (You can see the Ethan Shirt I made for my younger son, here.  And the way I made the Ethan Shirt into a jacket, here.)  But back to the Marco shirt.

Flannel Marco Shirt

As if sewing a man’s shirt complete with collar stand and collar, button placket, and cuffs is not difficult enough, I had to pick two hard to work with materials to make them from; flannel and some double sided shirting material.  The flannel has a slight give to it, and the other material wanted to separate!

Marco Pocket

The slight give of the flannel made pattern matching verrrrry difficult, but I fought with this pocket until I had it right!  I bought both fabrics at JoAnn’s and they are very pretty, er make that handsome, for men’s shirts.

Marco Shirt back yoke

Making these Marco shirts was exactly the same as constructing the Ethan shirt, except bigger.  A lot bigger!  What used to be my little baby boy 14 years ago is now a 6 foot 6.5 inch man!  With an 80 inch wingspan.  Okay, okay, 10 lbs 4 oz is not exactly a little baby, but it’s a lot smaller than 6’ 6.5”  Where was I?  Oh yes, the Marco shirt!  I did add length to the sleeves.  (80 inches?????!!!!)

Inside Marco Shirt

One thing I love about the Sis Boom shirt patterns, is how finished the inside is when you are through.  I do not have a serger, but the inside of these shirts are almost as nice as the outside!

marco Shirt collar

The only change I made was to add buttons to the collar of the plaid Marco Shirt.

Flannel Marco shirt cuff

The next time I will probably mark out my own buttons and button holes and space them a little closer.  When you make a shirt this long, they seem distorted and a little too far apart.

Flannel Marco Collar

My sweet little baby boy big son refused to model these shirts for me, and who was I to make him?  (See above size measurements!)  Maybe I could surreptitiously take some pictures of him wearing these Marco Shirts, becasue he’s wearing one or the other constantly.  He says they are his only shirts with long enough sleeves!  Awwww, poor widdle baby thing!

Cuff of Marco Shirt

Now he’s onto me to make him some everyday shirts from knit fabric.  It’s a good thing knit fabric comes in 60” widths!  I’ll keep you updated.

Audrey

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Ina Skirt Gift

Ina Skirt for a gift

Ina Skirt gift sewn by Skirt Fixation

We just love it when we find a pattern that is so awesome, we have no qualms about sewing it up and giving it as a gift!  The Ina Skirt pattern is a pattern perfect for a skirt gift.  This pattern would be an excellent gift for a seamstress, or the skirt itself is a very loving gift in itself!

Ina Skirt for a gift

Recently, we made the Ina Skirt as a gift.  We ordered some fabric in colors we thought would suit the recipient, and sewed up the Ina Skirt.  Our Ina Skirt pattern review can be found here, but we sewed this version without adding any length (can you believe not everyone is 6 feet tall?) and made one small change to the waistband.

skirt gift

For the inner waistband, we turned the piece to the direction of the knit fabric which has the least stretch because this waistband can be a little loose, I’ve found from repeatedly wearing my own Ina Skirt.  Not a show stopper, by any means, but I wanted the recipient to love this skirt gift as much as I loved making it for her!

knit fabric skirt gift

The fabric I ordered from Fabric.com, and love the little metallic strip of silver running along the stripes.

skirt gift

The recipient of this gift loved it and had recently found the perfect top to go with it in a thrift store!  I just love when that happens…

skirt gift

I’m sure there will be many more Ina Skirts in the future…both for ourselves and as skirt gifts.  If you are looking for a special gift to give someone, and you have a skirt gift in mind, look no further than the Ina Skirt!  Give it to a seamstress to make herself, or sew one up for a non seamstress or someone you want to cherish!  Since we’ve sewn this Ina Skirt before, this one took less than an hour to make!

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Alyson Skirt {All The Skirts: Spit Up & Stilettos}

Alyson Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Alyson Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final skirt in the trio of Spit Up & Stilettos skirts is the Alyson Skirt.  (Check out the Karina Skirt and the Emilie Skirt we made too!)  If you are looking for a professional skirt with the capacity for fun too, this is the skirt you need!

Alyson Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

An easy sew, this skirt will add some class to your wardrobe.  We made the Alyson Skirt with fabric from our stash.  Now this fabric has been in the stash for so long, the origin is  unclear, but I remember buying it when we lived on the West Coast, so it was probably Mill’s End or Fabric Depot.  (Which two fabric stores I sorely miss…but this is all beside the point!!)

Alyson Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I made the Alyson Skirt mostly as instructed with the following changes:

Adding length because of my 6 foot height

Omitting the belt loops as I will probably wear this without a belt more often than not.

Since there were no belt loops, I just added a ribbon for a pop of color!  This turned out to be a really neat way to do it because you could change the ribbon to coordinate with whatever else you were wearing!

Alyson Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

And, thanks to a reader who suggested getting an invisible zipper foot, that invisible zipper went in really nicely!  If I were to sew this again, I might add a little length to the waistband to overlap with a hook and eye or button.

Alyson Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since this is the third and final Spit Up & Stilettos skirt, that means you have until next Friday (December 5th) to link up anything you’ve sewn with a Spit Up & Stilettos pattern or up to three things you’ve sewn with fabric from your stash in 2014.  You really want to do this so you can be entered into the drawing for a copy of our ebook, Not A Skirt! and a $25 gift certificate to Fabricworm.

Alyson Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Until then be sure to visit Spit Up & Stilettos to grab one of their free patterns (and you could make a donation to those awesome ladies over there, too!)

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Alyson Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic Review

Girl Charlee's first sewing pattern, sewn by Skirt Fixation

Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern

One of our sewing goals in 2014 was to learn to sew with knit fabric.  Girl Charlee gave us the opportunity to sew with knit fabric again when they asked us to be pattern testers for their very first pattern, the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern.

Girl Charlee Tunic Pattern

We’ve done pattern testing for several companies now but this is probably our favorite pattern test to date because not only did Girl Charlee provide us with the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern but also with the fabric to sew it!  This pattern was a delightful & quick sew.

Girl Charlee Tunic Pattern

Besides sewing with knit we conquered another skill while doing the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern; sewing with elastic thread.  Years ago we tried a fun DIY tutorial that used elastic thread.  The end result was a total flop because the elastic thread didn’t work.

Girl Charlee pattern

But do you see that ruching around the collar and sleeves?  That is the result of elastic thread, thanks to Girl Charlee’s super easy to follow instructions.  The Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern comes in both tunic and dress lengths, and we will definitely be sewing some more in the near future.

Vintage tunic pattern

Girl Charlee’s pattern says this is a vintage look and we love the way it turned out. To mimic the vintage look Allegra styled Annie’s hair in little rolled waves like those of bygone bombshells.

Vintage Tunic Pattern by Girl Charlee

Because of the little birds on the fabric, we gave Annie a birdcage and found birdnest to play with.

Vintage knit sewing pattern

Although we loved sewing this pattern with knit fabric, our next version of this pattern could very well be from woven fabric, because 90% of the fabric in our stash is wovens.

Girl Charlee's first sewing pattern, sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you want to try the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern, click here!  And while you’re at Girl Charlee, pick up some of that fabulous knit fabric to make your tunic or dress!  We think Girl Charlee’s first foray into pattern making is a resounding success, and we are excited to see what they create next.

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Emilie Skirt {All The Skirts: Spit Up & Stilettos}

Emilie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Emilie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next skirt in the series All The Skirt: Spit Up & Stilettos is the Emilie Skirt. During the planning phase of this edition of All The Skirts, Allegra asked for this skirt to be made into a cello skirt for her. What is a cello skirt? Well if you are a cellist, you know that certain skirts are able to be worn while playing a cello, and some are not! Circle skirts are in, pencil skirts are out! You get the idea. So the Emilie Skirt and a cello perform a lovely duet.

The Emilie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
The Emilie Skirt pattern states the level is easy and the time required is 2-3 hours. I sewed it up in less than two from start to finish, partly because I didn’t add a lining to this thick fabric, and partly because my sewing speed tends toward allegro, not adagio! Except when sewing knits…then I’m more around a largo speed!

The Emilie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern is very simple, but has so many nice elements that make it sophisticated enough to wear to a concert where Yo-Yo Ma plays “The Swan.” There is a waistband, a lining (if you choose!) and an invisible zipper.

The Emilie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We were informed that an invisible zipper is easy to sew with the right zipper foot, so we ordered one, but it didn’t arrive in time to make this skirt, so we made a lapped zipper application, and it looks very nice too, thank you very much! I love the big white button Allegra chose for the skirt, it goes perfect with that fabric. You really should try sewing up this or any other Spit Up & Stilettos pattern, they are free and awesome!

The Emilie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
More about that fabric…it’s from the stash, so no guarantees that anything I write about it is correct! It seems to be a stretchy twill sort of fabric with a sheen to it. I wish you could pet your computer screen to feel this fabric, it’s so awesome. We were gifted over 5 yards of this beauty, so you’ll probably see it again sometime! Just to be completely honest, the zipper we had to buy because we didn’t have a red zipper in the stash…

The Emilie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
Allegra loves her new cello skirt, and we love hearing her play the cello in it! (Well in any skirt…she’s been playing since she was 5 years old!)  If you are intrigued about cello skirts now, go check out our Cello Skirts board on Pinterest!

The Emilie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
Now we want you to enjoy All The Skirts: Spit Up & Stilettos, so we’ve made a way for you to play along.  Enter the giveaway and grab one of those free Spit Up & Stilettos patterns and get sewing!

The Emilie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The giveaway this time will include a copy of Not A Skirt! and a $25 gift certificate to Fabricworm.  You can earn entries to win that great stuff in two ways:
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2: Link up any Spit Up And Stilettos pattern you’ve sewn, or up to three things you’ve sewn using fabric from your stash in 2014.

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Uptown Downtown Dress Blog Tour

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

Dresses sewn by Skirt Fixation

We are delighted to be part of Sew Straight & Gather’s Uptown/Downtown Dress blog tour.  Terri was one of our Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition contestants.  The Uptown/Downtown Dress with the free Expansion pack can be described in one word: perfection!  When we saw Terri unfolding the free expansion pack day by day, we commented on how her daughter must be the most well dressed kid on the block!  In the country!

 

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

We loved the expansion pack options so much that we didn’t know where to start when we bought our Uptown Downtown Dress, and finally narrowed it down to two dresses.  We just had to make an Uptown and a Downtown dress!

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

After I bought the pattern, I went shopping for knit and had a flowered Monet’s garden look in mind with black sleeves and waistband.  But I couldn’t find the right floral, and called Allegra over for help.  She immediately zoomed in on this sparkly slate blue knit and suggested the shiny grey accents.  I wasn’t sure, but she reassured me several times that this is what we needed!  I trusted her and, once again, I’m glad I did!

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Once we were back home, I showed Allegra a stretchy polyester fabric I’d picked up at JoAnns on a previous trip, and it matched the slate blue knit perfectly!  I told her I was thinking about sewing up and Uptown and Downtown version of the dress, and did she think I was crazy?  She insisted that was the right thing to do, so the second dress was born!  But taking them one at a time…

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The slate blue Uptown/Downtown Dress is Annie’s favorite!  She says she feels like a princess, and she looks like a medieval lady!  The extensions we chose for this one are: cutting it up, long sleeves, pockets, and maxi length.  We’re calling this one our Uptown Dress!  Fancy enough for any uptown event.

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

I followed Terri’s directions almost exactly except for two things; I widened the waistband to incorporate the full width of the shiny chevron on the grey fabric, and I used fold over elastic for the neckline, and it worked perfectly!  (Much better than the first time I used FOE!)  I happened to have the perfect shiny grey FOE in my stash!

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’d bought the fold over elastic to go with this fabric, but then ended up making that into a skirt!  Now I’m really glad I’d saved it for this dress…it’s the little details that make it so perfectly Uptown!

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt FixationI also chose to add some double needle topstitching to the waistband to accent that silver even more.

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra insisted on taking Annie to somewhere special for photographing this dress, and found a place with castle-like vibes to complement the medieval flair of the dress.

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

There was even a spiral staircase to explore.

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

It led to a turret!

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Like we said earlier, this dress is just perfect!  And twirl…oh my!

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The second dress has a more modern feel to it, with the shorter length and the cowl.  We’re calling this one our Downtown Dress.  Modern, hip, get the job done, in style!

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Even with the shorter length, the cowl makes this one perfect for winter.

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The extensions we chose for this dress are: the cowl, long sleeves and pockets.

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The slate blue knit combined with those fall feather colors make this one special dress.

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Although Annie was not with us on the fabric buying trip, Allegra assured me this blue would make her eyes pop, and she was right…it’s the exact same color!

Uptown Downtown Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Let us just say, these are the first 2 dresses we’ve sewn using the Uptown Downtown Dress pattern by Sew Straight & Gather.  There will be many more!  And this dress pattern is perfect for gift giving too, so you’ll need one in order to complete your holiday!  Right now is the time to grab this or the Etage dress pattern (you can see the one we sewed up here…another twirl party!)  because during the Uptown Downtown Dress tour, you can use the coupon UPTOWNEXPANSION25 to buy the dress at a discount of 25% off!  And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway because there’s a winner every day!  Visit the Sew Straight & Gather shop right now…  If you want to see some more really, really cute dresses, go over to Sew Straight & Gather and follow the tour!

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