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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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Buffalo Plaid Reversible Jacket

Reversible jacket

Reversible Jacket

We accepted the Girl Charlee Buffalo Plaid challenge!  The requirements were to use one of 4 buffalo plaid fabrics and sew up anything.  So we went for the blue and coral buffalo plaid, added some navy sweatshirt fleece, a Which Way Out Jacket pattern and poof!  A new reversible jacket for Aria!  Just in time for the trip to the North Pole! (That’s what happened when I woke up and looked out the window, right?)   The Which Way Out Jacket pattern make sewing a reversible jacket easy!  The instructions are very complete with helpful picture for every step.  Aria helped cut out the pieces for this reversible sweatshirt jacket.  The pattern is not specifically intended for knits, but because the sweatshirt fleece is not very stretchable, it worked.  This was my first time sewing a reversible garment and using a reversible zipper, but the Fishstick Designs pattern made it all simple.

elastic back on reversibly jacket

One change I made to the jacket ( other than the material used!) was to add a little femininity to the back by elastic at the waist level.  We felt this jacket had a silhouette that was a little boxy for a tween girl, so we added that & love it!  A third change was just using one layer of fabric for the pockets because the sweatshirt fleece is so nice on the backside, it didn’t need to be lined.

Close up of double stitching

I used a double needle to do a lot of topstitching on this sweatshirt jacket, and I think the end result is really worth it.  When using the double needle, I always sewed with the plaid side up, since my thread was navy, the zigzag bobbin thread wouldn’t be so apparent on the navy sweatshirt fleece side.  In fact, I think it looks quite professional.

Inside of Reversible Jacket

Two of the other kids are already asking me to make one for them…and if I could figure out how to make one for me I would!  Especially out of those soft and cozy fabrics!  If you choose to make a Which Way Out Jacket from knit, be aware that you will not have to buy as much fabric because knit fabric is so much wider than woven.

Reversible jacket

On the plaid side of the jacket, Aria decided the blue fabric would make a nice contrast for the pockets, and I think she’s right!

Reversible jacket

I love the peek of the lining you see inside the hood on the solid side.

cuffs on reversible jacket

The cuffs can be rolled back on both sides to see the contrasting color on the other side.  I did topstitch around the bottom edge of the cuff, just for consistency!  Wish us luck on that Girl Charlee Buffalo Plaid challenge…the winner gets $75 to spend at Girl Charlee, and we have our eye on some more knit fabric over there!

Reversible Sweatshirt Jacket

Which side out of this reversible jacket is your favorite?  (Aria needs help deciding!) #girlcharlee #gcsewandwin

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Lotta Skirt by Compagnie M.

The Lotta Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Lotta Skirt

When we made the Bimaa Sweater we gave a sneak peek of a matching skirt and promised more info later.  If you’ve been following along on the Lotta Skirt tour, you already know about this skirt!  But if you haven’t, we would like to introduce you to one special skirt!  The Lotta Skirt was designed by Marta of Compagnie M.  And like all her patterns, it is very professional and unique.

The Lotta Skirt

One thing we love about Compagnie M. Patterns is how Marta tells you which edges to finish on each piece before you begin sewing.  Surely the same amount of time is spent sewing the pattern, but to us it seems like finishing the edges first makes the actual sewing go so fast!

Embroidered Twill Lotta Skirt

A little more about the Lotta Skirt we made.  We made this for Aria for her birthday, so let her pick out the fabric from our stash.  She chose an embroidered twill fabric that I’d bought several years ago, and saved for some special purpose.  A birthday skirt seemed to fit the bill!  There are also sequins sewed in sparsely throughout the embroidery, and the whole thing makes such a special look.

The Lotta Skirt

We sewed up the largest size in the Lotta girl skirt pattern, but added 5 inches to the length since Aria was 5 inches taller than the average height on the pattern.  I probably also could have made her the smallest women’s size.  Because this skirt has buttonhole elastic, that would have made the skirt last a lot longer!  Oh well, the beauty of a PDF pattern is you just print out the new size and make it all over again…and again.

Contrast Pocket

This is a beautiful skirt and I’d love to try making a maxi version for myself.  The contrast pocket detail makes this skirt really stand out.  If you are wanting to make one of these amazing Lotta Skirts for yourself, here’s the information you’ll need to know:  The girls pattern includes as usual sizes 1 – 10 years old. The women and teens pattern is from size 12yo to size 46.You can find my new patterns for 7 euro IN THE SHOP. You receive a 10% discount with these codes: GIRLS: lotta-girls-10 and WOMEN: lotta-women-teens-10. Both codes are valid till the end of the tour.

The Lotta Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationWith the Lotta Skirt, it won’t be hard to…

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Audrey

 

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

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

Today we present you the first skirt in the All The Skirts: Spit Up & Stilettos edition, the Karina Skirts.  This is one skirt you are going to want to have in your closet!  The Karina Skirt is a knit skirt, and it is lined.  This makes it slimming and comfortable.  Like secret pajamas!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

We chose to make a sporty version of the Karina Skirt by adding a striped racing stripe.

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

Ever since we saw Liz’s version of this, we wanted to make one.  Aria tried this skirt on and was instantly happy!  Making this skirt made me really happy because it was so easy to make.  The directions were very easy to follow, complete with picture instructions for each step.  The pattern says it’s not just easy, it’s super easy, and we found that to be so TOTALLY true!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

A little about the fabric.  We’ve vowed to sew all the Spit Up & Stilettos skirts from our stash since all their patterns are free.  Since we are just beginning to sew more with knits, we didn’t have too much in our stash, so we started with a knit maternity skirt (we used the waistband here) and refashioned it into the Karina Skirt.  If you’ve never sewn with knits before, this skirt would be the perfect place to start.  Really!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

One word of warning about this skirt…it is tight fitting!  So if you want a va-voom date night skirt, this is the one that will draw his eye!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

Of course Aria is too young to even think about dates, but the pattern goes down to XS, so it was perfect to make a sporty skirt for her.  I did lengthen the Karina Skirt by about 4 inches, per her request and to make it more suitable for fall and winter wearing.

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

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!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

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:
1: Fill out the Rafflecopter entries
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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A Betty Skirt for Fall

The Betty Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We are delighted to be the next stop on The Betty Skirt tour.  The Shaffer Sisters created this sweet little skirt pattern, and have are hosting the blog tour to show it off.

The Betty Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

There have been some fantastic versions of The Betty Skirt, and if you haven’t already, go visit the other Betty Skirts.  If you’ve been around Skirt Fixation very long, you know we L.O.V.E. the Betty Skirt.  We made two for Annie already, the seashell skirt, and the honeybee skirt.  But she’s had a mega growth spurt and outgrown them both!

The Betty Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

So it was time for a new Betty Skirt, and we wanted to make one that was going to last her through the fall and winter.  We decided to refashion a sweater to make her new Betty Skirt.

A sweater skirt refashion

We found this 2XL argyle cardigan at Goodwill, and our new Betty Skirt began to take shape.  The other two Betty Skirts we made were the gathered version, and this time we wanted to make the version with the placket, so the cardigan fit the ticket perfectly.  Although this sweater was very big to start with, it wasn’t quite big enough to make the full width of the panels, so this Betty Skirt is not as full as intended, but we’re pretty happy with the way it turned out anyway.

The Betty Skirt

The Betty Skirt is so fast and easy to sew up that we decided to make Annie a matching top, and we turned to our new favorite top pattern, The Bimaa Sweater.  At Goodwill, we grabbed another large and matching sweater for The Bimaa.

sweater refashion

Talk about another fast sew, this one was even faster because we used the existing hem and some of the existing sleeves.  (We made the sleeves extra long so she can cuff them and so she can wear the Bimaa Sweater more than just a few weeks!)  Growth spurts be gone!

sweater skirt refashion

We used the sleeves from the first sweater to make the shawl collar.

The Betty Skirt

So now Annie has a new outfit, a Betty (Sweater) Skirt and matching Bimaa Sweater.  The only thing left to do is figure out how to make one in my size!

The Betty skirt by Shaffer Sisters

The Shaffer Sisters have graciously allowed us to giveaway one copy of The Betty Skirt, so use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win.  This giveaway ends Saturday night, so if you’re not the winner, you still have one more day to use the coupon code “BETTYTOUR” for 30% off The Betty Skirt.  Believe me, this is one pattern you will make over and over and over again!

The Betty Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

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How to Add a Woven Lining to the Hood of the Bimaa Sweater

How to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater.

How to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater.

We snagged a Bimaa Sweater pattern during the Friday Fiver over at Crafterhours, and immediately got to sewing!  Aria had a birthday recently, and so I made her a whole outfit.  That skirt will be coming soon, but for today, I want to show you the Bimaa Sweater, and explain how I added a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater.  You see, LouBeeDoo Clothing, who makes the Bimaa, recommends avoiding the temptation of making the hood from woven material because it won’t stretch and fit over their head.  So if you want to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater, you have to do it like this tutorial.

How to Add a Woven Lining to the Hood of the Bimaa Sweater

How to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater.

 

Step 1: Mark a line across your hood pattern piece, about 1/4 inch above the jutting out part, as shown.

How to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater.

Step 2: Cut out the section below the line from knit fabric, adding 1/4 inch to the top.  Cut out the section above the line from woven fabric, adding a 1/4 inch to the bottom for seam allowance.

How to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater.

Step 3:  Sew the two pieces together.

How to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater.

Proceed with the pattern directions.  You can cut the middle piece from woven fabric without following the steps above because there will be enough stretch from the knit on the hood pieces.

How to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater.

I really admire all the versions of the Bimaa Sweater that I’ve seen, and can’t wait to make the cowl neck version and the shawl collar version too.  I just wish the Bimaa Sweater came in adult sizes!

How to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater.

The only other change I made to the Bimaa Sweater pattern was to lengthen the cuffs.  I’m sure Aria gets her long arms from me!  When she tried on the Bimaa Sweater she loved it except the sleeves were too short, so the easiest thing was to lengthen the cuffs.  And she thinks long cuffs look better on her than short cuffs.  I tend to agree with her for larger sizes.

How to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater.

So now you know how to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater!  Have fun!

How to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater.

 

The Bimaa Sweater is very fast and easy to sew…as long as you don’t have to go back and add sleeve length!  But even then, I made the Bimaa Sweater in just one afternoon.

How to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater.The soft chocolaty brown knit is from JoAnn’s.  The Cotton + Steel hood lining is from Pink Chalk Fabrics.  The skirt…coming soon!

How to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater.

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Scallopini Skirt {All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats}

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

We have the final skirt for All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats skirt for you today! Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of this post to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to with Sis Boom patterns and Imagine Gnats fabric for yourself.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

The Scallopini Skirt by Sis Boom patterns is really special!  When we saw the Scallopini Skirt, we loved the shape and flounce of it so very much, that we knew when we made it, we had to keep those elements at the forefront.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

We think we accomplished this by using all one fabric, the Lennox Garden cotton lawn and of course sparkly blue tulle.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

We think the Scallopini Skirt and the Imagine Gnats fabric are the perfect pair!  (Note: Imagine Gnats is out of the Lennox Garden cotton lawn, but this one would work nicely with some pink or even red tulle!)

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

The Scallopini Skirt’s scallops were very easy to make following the explicit step by step instructions.  No trouble at all!  (This was our first time making scallops.)  We made this skirt very long for Annie…in the hopes that she will be able to wear it for more than one season!  Annie reports that the Scallopini Skirt makes her feel like a fairy.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

And that fabric!  Besides perfectly accentuating the Scallopini Skirt, it is so soft and easy to work with.  I think Annie would sleep in this skirt if I let her!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

During the photo shoot, there were so many ladybugs flying around that Annie, portraying a fairy, pretended to catch one, use her wand to turn it into a fellow fairy, and blow it free again!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

We want you to enjoy All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats as much as we are, so be sure to take advantage of the Imagine Gnats discount during the month of October.

Did you notice that Sis Boom is having a sale?  Until Sunday night (10/26) you can get any PDF pattern for $6 by using the code “Patternlove”  You’re welcome!

Simply use the code “alltheskirts” when you check out over at Imagine Gnats for a 10% discount.  On everything.  Soon you could be receiving “happy mail” too!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

You get extra entries by linking up anything you have sewn with Imagine Gnats fabric or Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress patterns.  Have you checked out the link up?  It’s really neat to see everything that been made with Imagine Gnats fabric and Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress patterns.  You have one more week to link up your projects.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

There is one week left for you  to play along in these two ways:

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

2.  InLinkz Link-Up: Link up your Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress and Imagine Gnats projects, each one earns you an entry!

Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.  And be sure to come back next Friday for the Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats wrap up, and the winner of the PDF patterns and fabric gift certificate!
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You can also earn as many entries as you want by linking up any Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress pattern you have sewn, or anything you’ve sewn in 2014 using fabric from Imagine Gnats!



Scallopini Skirt for All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Perfectly Preppy Skirt {All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats}

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

It’s Friday!  So we have an All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats skirt for you! Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of this post to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win Sis Boom patterns and Imagine Gnats fabric for yourself.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

This skirt is another combination to delight any girl!  The Perfectly Preppy skirt pattern is actually 3 distinct skirts all in one pattern.  It takes a few minutes to realize this when you receive your pattern, but just like the Patchwork Twirl Skirt, the instructions make it very understandable.  We chose to sew up the pleated version Perfectly Preppy Skirt.  There are also circle skirt and gathered skirt versions included.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

When we received our package from Rachel of Imagine Gnats, we were so thrilled with the interweave chambray fabric she chose for us.  We’d agreed on chambray, but she has so many gorgeous chambrays in her shop, we just couldn’t choose and let her surprise us with the color.  I don’t think she knew we were going to sew up this skirt for Aria and that purple (crocus) is Aria’s favorite color!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

I did not make any changes to the pattern, and it was very easy to sew with the pleating template.  I had never made one of these before, but wow!  I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing it again, it was so rewarding!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

We just love pleated skirts, and this one looks every bit as professional as the RTW (ready to wear) one Annie paired with her Apple-Picking Peplum.  Except nicer, we think because we made it!  Out of fantastic purple chambray.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

This time we did not make the matching dolly (or bear!) skirt for a few reasons; Aria has outgrown the matching dolly stage, and we simply did not have any extra fabric!  You see, when we told Rachel our needed fabric requirements, we didn’t factor in the yoke!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

While Rachel is so generous, she probably would have sent us more, we were able to piece the outer yoke from the remaining fabric, and use a Cotton + Steel remnant for the yoke lining.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

As with the Patchwork Twirl Skirt, the inside of the Perfectly Preppy Skirt is very cleanly finished, but next time we will probably make just one change when sewing it: sandwich the skirt part in between the yoke and lining for an even cleaner finish.  We did not sew up the shorts or bloomers for underneath, so we’re not sure if the whole fabric sandwich idea would work with those options!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra took all the wonderful photos for this photo shoot.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

We wanted the focus to be on the skirt once again, so we styled everything else in pure white.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

The gorgeous purple chambray fabric really shows of the Perfectly Preppy Skirt, don’t you think?

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

Everything was white except the books.  Which the girls got a little crazy with toward the end!  But no books were harmed in the duration of this photo shoot!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

Even though one came close!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

We want you to enjoy All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats as much as we are, so be sure to take advantage of the Imagine Gnats discount during the month of October.

Simply use the code “alltheskirts” when you check out over at Imagine Gnats for a 10% discount.  On everything.  Soon you could be receiving “happy mail” too!  But hurry, this discount ends with this edition of All The Skirts, October 31st.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

You get extra entries by linking up anything you have sewn with Imagine Gnats fabric or Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress patterns.  Have you checked out the link up?  It’s really neat to see everything that been made with Imagine Gnats fabric and Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress patterns.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

Be sure to play along in these two ways:

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

2.  InLinkz Link-Up: Link up your Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress and Imagine Gnats projects, each one earns you an entry!

Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.

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You can also earn as many entries as you want by linking up any Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress pattern you have sewn, or anything you’ve sewn in 2014 using fabric from Imagine Gnats!

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Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress to Peplum

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

In the fall, we pick apples.  Lots and lots and lots of apples!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Of course I couldn’t miss the opportunity to sew up the Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress pattern.  I picked up the Apple-Picking Dress for half price when I bought the Croquet Dress.  I didn’t know when I would sew it up, but an Oliver + S pattern for 1/2 price?  Come on!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

There were elements of the Apple-Picking Dress that weren’t my favorite, and I had read some reviews that lined out some other potential issues, like the length.  So when I knew we would be picking apples, I revisited the pattern and decided to make all those potentially unfavorable marks against the dress into positives.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Problem #1:  Drop waist:  Annie is not a toddler anymore, and has lost her cute toddler belly, so the drop waist isn’t really a favorite anymore.

Solution: bring the bottom of the top up to her waist.

How to:  I did this by measuring her back-waist length, and then folding the pattern to that measurement plus seam allowances.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Problem #2: Short length:  Annie is getting really tall, and all the reviews I read mentioned the length as being a little short.

Solution: make it a peplum top!

How To: I did this by using only the short ruffle and leaving off the second, long ruffle.  We’ve been seeing quite a few peplum tops lately, they really seem to be making a comeback.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Problem #3: Bow: I felt the bow made it so old-fashioned and even out of date looking when used with modern fabrics.

Solution:  Use vintage fabrics and vintage color combination.

How To: I dug into the stash and found this very vintage brown fabric.  Then I searched for the perfect red to go with it, and found the sweet embroidered red fabric, again in my stash.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Problem #4:  Shy button placket:  The button placket seems to be sort of hidden behind the bow.

Solution: Outline the button placket with piping, Frances Suzanne style.

How To:  The perfect piping remnant was waiting in the stash, too short for any other project!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

If you’re paying attention, you just realized I sewed up the entire Apple-Picking Peplum Top from stuff in my stash!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Now I can envision sewing up one of these for Annie each year!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

As usual, this Oliver + S pattern was a dream to sew up, and the results are so professional looking, don’t you think?  The hardest part for me to sew on this pattern was the top stitching on the collar because it is cut on the bias.  This makes it hang nicely on the bow part, but tricky to edge stitch on the collar!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

So what do we do with all those apples that we pick?

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt FixationApple cider, of course!  We have an old fashioned apple cider press, and there is nothing better in the fall than freshly pressed apple cider!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

When it got chilly, Annie threw on a sweater over her new peplum top, and she was ready to press some more apples into cider.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

The skirt you see Annie wearing in these photos is a Land’s End hand-me-down from Allegra and Aria.  Land’s End school uniform clothing lasts and lasts and lasts!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

It was a busy day, so Allegra and I both contributed to this photo shoot.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

I love the small contrast at the sleeve hem that matches the collar.  The red in both places really makes it pop.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Many hands make light work, and when making apple cider, every hand is appreciated!  Of course everyone loves the taste of the finished product and is buoyed on occasionally by a glass of fresh apple cider!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Mr. Skirt Fixation, restored this apple cider press for us.  He gave his stamp of approval on Annie’s Apple-Picking Peplum top, too!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

I couldn’t help playing around with a few of the photos to give them a vintage look.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Since the modified Apple-Picking Dress has transported Annie to a bygone era.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Have you ever modernized something by making it old fashioned?

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Patchwork Twirl Skirt {All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats}

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine GnatsToday we delightedly present you the first skirt in the All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats Edition.  We just could not help ourselves when we received our package of fabric from Rachel of Imagine Gnats.  The Cotton + Steel fabric was so fun that we had to sew it up first.  And we knew it was going to make the most perfect Patchwork Twirl Skirt from Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine GnatsThe combination of these two creates such a fresh, exciting work of art!  The Patchwork Twirl Skirt is very easy to sew, but not a quick sew.  Definitely worth the time, though.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

The reason The Patchwork Twirl Skirt takes a while to sew is the sheer volume of the skirt.  The bottom ruffle ends up being over 25 feet long!  And it is gathered a significant amount.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

This is required to achieve the fantastic twirl factor of the skirt.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Here you can see the back of the skirt.  Just as fun as the front, right?

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine GnatsThe only change I made to The Patchwork Twirl Skirt was to cut out one of the fabrics at a different angle than suggested.  This was the pink arrow fabric because I wanted the arrows to run vertically rather than horizontally.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

And then there’s the fabric.  We’ve been hearing about Cotton + Steel all spring and summer, and when we finally got ours, we understood why.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

But what sets Imagine Gnats apart is Rachel!  She not only picked out this fabulous selection of fabrics for us, but shipped it super fast.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

And also there was the not so little fact that she sent us 1/2 yard pieces when we only requested 1/4 yard pieces.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

That’s right, you can make The Patchwork Twirl Skirt with 7 fat quarters.  Which makes fabrics like Cotton + Steel or Liberty of London within affordability range for every seamstress.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

So when you see a new fabric set released and you can’t decide which ones to choose, don’t!  Just grab your Patchwork Twirl Skirt pattern and 7 fat quarters.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

And best of all (in Annie’s opinion) those 7 fat quarters include enough fabric to be able to make a skirt for a doll, or a bear!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Allegra made the skirt for Annie’s bear, which makes it easy for a beginning seamstress.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Although the inside is not visible, The Patchwork Twirl Skirt is very clean with all the exposed raw edges finished.  This is especially great because all the gathering sometimes frays the edges.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

We are so pleased with this combination of Imagine Gnats fabric and the Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress Patchwork Twirl Skirt.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

We want you to enjoy All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats as much as we are, so be sure to take advantage of their discounts during the month of October.

Simply use the code “alltheskirts” when you check out over at Imagine Gnats for a 10% discount.  On everything.  Soon you could be receiving “happy mail” too!

And use the code “skirtfix” over at the Scientific Seamstress/Sis Boom Etsy shop for a 30% discount!  Now’s the time to snap up those patterns you’ve been wanting!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of this post to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to with Sis Boom patterns and Imagine Gnats fabric for yourself.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

And remember, you get extra entries by linking up anything you have sewn with Imagine Gnats fabric or Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress patterns.  Have you checked out the link up?  It’s really neat to see everything that been made with Imagine Gnats fabric and Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress patterns.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

And now, more about the photo shoot and more photos!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

For the photo shoot, we wanted to highlight the fun Imagine Gnats fabrics and Sis Boom skirt.  Everything else we wanted to be secondary.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

So we draped everything else in white, including Annie’s shirt.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

 

It wasn’t hard to get Annie animated about this skirt, but Allegra put on some music and Annie just couldn’t hold still!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

She twirled and she danced and she pirouetted and she boogied!  The Patchwork Twirl Skirt really got her excited!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

As usual, Allegra shot some great photos!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Okay, so many great photos that this post is beginning to be hugely picture heavy!  We should have issued a warning at the beginning!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

The rest of us decided we want The Patchwork Twirl Skirt in our size!  So we can dance and play with Annie!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

When cooler hits, we plan to layer this skirt with a turtleneck, some leggings and boots.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

 

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Annie, you should really take a bow for all the fantastic modeling and dancing!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Ah, what a ladylike little curtsy!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Be sure to play along in these two ways:

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

2.  InLinkz Link-Up: Link up your Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress and Imagine Gnats projects, each one earns you an entry!

Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.

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You can also earn as many entries as you want by linking up any Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress pattern you have sewn, or anything you’ve sewn in 2014 using fabric from Imagine Gnats!


All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats