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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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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

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Ina Skirt Review

Ina Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Have you seen the Ina Skirt?

Ina Skirt review

This skirt really fits the description we love to use when describing skirts as a blank canvas.  The Ina Skirt has so many desirable characteristics; comfortable, flattering, easy to sew, and fun!  We’ll address each of those separately.

Comfortable Ina skirt

The Ina Skirt is comfortable:

The skirt is made from knit fabric, so that just about sums it up in a word!  We chose some striped knit fabric from JoAnns.  The stripes on the fabric we bought run from selvedge to selvedge, and the picture on the cutting layout indicates the stripes would run the other way.  (We purchased the fabric before the pattern…)  But lacking any other striped fabric, I just turned all the pattern pieces so the stripes would run the right way, and it all turned out in the end.  This even took into the account that I added 3.5 inches to the length.  Another thing that makes the Ina Skirt so comfortable is the negative ease in the waistband that allows it to just rest on your waist/hips with no pinching elastic, scratchy zipper, buttons or snaps digging into your skin.  Comfy!

Ina Skirt by Skirt FixationThe Ina Skirt is flattering:

Okay, so when I tried the finished Ina Skirt on and modeled it for my husband, he really liked it!  But he also commented, “That skirt makes you look really tall!”  Well, in case I haven’t made it explicit before, I AM really tall.  Six feet of really tall!  So if you’ve got it, flaunt it, right?  But the vertical stripes are very slimming.  You can’t see the waistband the way I’m wearing the Ina Skirt, but the stripes run horizontally to match the godets at the bottom, and look very flattering too!

Back of Ina Skirt

The Ina Skirt is easy to sew:

This was my first time to sew the Ina Skirt, and it took me less than 2 hours from printing to finish!  I even added a lining as my knit was a little see through.  I got the lining from this skirt that I’d refashioned when I was pregnant.  Next time (yes, another keeper!) it’ll take me even less time because I already have the pattern printed, tiled and cut out, and I’ve sewn one up before.  I’m going to suggest to Allegra that she make one of these for herself, it’d be a great pattern for her to try.  She did so great on her first time sewing a PDF pattern here.

The Ina Skirt Review

The Ina Skirt is fun:

This is where the blank canvas part comes it.  Taking the pattern pieces and turning them so the stripes go every which way is awesome!  And the bottom part has a sort of fishtail or mermaid effect in shape too.  So the two combined are just perfection!

We really enjoyed sewing up this Ina Skirt.  We were sewing along with the other ladies over at Pattern Review for the Ina Skirt Sew Along, and we can’t wait to see every other Ina Skirt.

Ina Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Don’t you just want to sew up an Ina Skirt now too?

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Julia Cardigan for Selfish Sewing Week

Julia Cardigan

 

Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations

The last piece of my outfit made for Selfish Sewing Week is the Julia Cardigan.  We won 2 patterns from Mouse House Creations during Sewabration of Womanhood, and the Julia Cardigan was our automatic first choice!  Then I held onto it until I saw this fabric at Walmart, and knew they were going to be a perfect pair.  I bought 3 yards of the super lightweight knit fabric, and sent one to Karly during Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition’s Knit Week.  When I went to cut out the Julia, I realized, as Angela commented yesterday, that I was going to need another yard to be able to make myself the long sleeve version.  Because I didn’t have enough time to go to get more fabric just then, I decided to try and make a vest version of the Julia and add sleeves later.  But then I laid out the pieces as shown on the recommended layout, and realized if I disobeyed the recommendation, flipped over the front pattern piece face down, flipped the collar piece end for end, turned the cuff pieces 90 degrees, and slid the rest of the pieces around, I could get the whole thing out of 2 yards!  This included adding 3 inches to the sleeves (you know, because I am 6 feet tall and have a 6 foot wingspan also!)  I could have lengthened the front and back 1 or 2 inches also, which I will do next time.  (Yes, next time…this one is a winner!)

back of Julia Cardigan

But the Julia Cardigan covers my shirt in the back, so it all works out for this outfit.  I took a gamble, not knowing if I would ruin the whole Julia Cardigan cutting it out that way, but it turned out just fine!

Julia CardiganOne thing I was careful to do was match the stripes everywhere and I’m so happy with the results.

Julia Cardigan striped cuff

I like the look of the stripes on the cuffs running the other way, it gives them sort of a modern flair.  So there you have it!  An entire outfit, sewn just for ME!!!

Julia Cardigan stripe matching

Here’s a recap:

Skirt(s): Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt

Shirt: Self-drafted

Cardigan: Julia Cardigan

What did you make yourself during Selfish Sewing Week?  What are you going to make yourself next?

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt Review

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt

If you’ve just arrived here on the Jocole Blog Tour, Hi and Welcome!

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt

We are so delighted to have the opportunity to make the Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt.  I think this is my favorite skirt I’ve ever made in all the skirts I’ve made in my lifetime!

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt

And to think I came so close to not making one for myself!  You see, it was like this: late one night I decided to make the Jocole Yoga A-Line skirt for the Jocole pattern tour.  (Yes we were given this pattern, but we would gladly pay twice the price for a skirt so wonderful!)

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt

So anyway, it was a dark and stormy night, and I was tired but everyone was asleep and I knew this was going to be a quick sew.  So as usual, I printed out my first pattern piece, checked the test square, and when all looked good, I set off cutting and sewing.  Now I’ll let you in on a little fact that I didn’t learn for another hour or so.  My printer settings were off, but I measured from the edge of the 3 inch block to the edge of the 10 cm block so it looked like it was 3 inches.  I was making a skirt that was 24% too small since my printer was set at 86%.

Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

About an hour later my new skirt was finished and ready to be tried on.  The skirt was so tight it looked like I’d painted it on with a paintbrush.  On my post baby body… Let’s change the subject, shall we?

Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I returned to JoAnn fabrics the next day and found a sparkly knit orange fabric.  This knit is almost sweatshirt weight.  Think about your favorite old college sweatshirt that you wore and wore and wore out.  This is that kind of knit.  Plus is has little sparkles all over it!

Back of Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt

Armed with new fabric and new enlightened measuring method, I started over again.  One quick hour later, viola, my new favorite skirt was born.  The only change I made to the  Jocole Yoga Aline Skirt pattern was to lengthen it by three inches.  The pattern goes up to forty inches long for tall ladies, but I’m what they refer to as ultra tall.  I may have made this skirt a teeny bit too long, but that’s a heavenly change!!!

Jocole Yoga A-Line skirt tween size

Aria was delighted to inherit the first, tiny skirt.  Come back to the blog tomorrow to find out how I added a lining to her Jocole yoga a line skirt, and also how you could make one for a tween.  Not accidentally.  On purpose.  Because you meant to.  Ahem.

2 Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirts

I just love it when mistakes turn into treasures!  Looking on the bright side, Aria got a new skirt and I got the creamiest, most buttery knit yoga skirt ever!  I forgot to tell you one of my favorite things about the finished skirt.  I made the tall 16″ fold over waistband, and I love the privacy it gives me when I use the option of having it  unfolded for added coverage while nursing the baby!

Julia CardiganThen, the rest of the week, I’ll be sharing blog posts about the top and cardigan I’m wearing since it’s Selfish Sewing Week.  Also be sure to enter the Rafflecopter give away below for a chance to win 2 free patterns of your choice from Jocole.  To help you decide which Jocole Patterns you want,  check out the other stops on the Jocole pattern blog tour.

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Jocole A-line yoga skirtsSee you tomorrow!

Audrey

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Etage Dress Review from Hand-Me-Downs!

Etage dress review

Etage Dress Review

We had the honor of testing the Etage Top and Dress for Terri of Sew Straight and Gather.  And entirely by accident, we had to use hand-me-downs for the fabric, thus qualifying for the week 2 theme over at Project Run & Play: “The Hand-Me-Down Makeover.”  Here’s the totally by accident part…the Etage top and dress uses knit fabric, and in our closest, very small town, there is one source of knit fabric; Walmart.  Now combine a short time table to test the Etage, a WIDE selection of 3 (THREE??!!!!) knit fabrics at aforementioned fabric mecca (dripping with sarcasm here!) and only 5/8 yard remaining of the only one that was close to being suitable.  Those components meant I walked over to the women’s section and bought another dress from the clearance section, just like the one I’d bought a week earlier for myself.

red dress before

Then I went home and dug through my closet and came up with three more knit fabric items:

Blue Skirt before

The dress I’d bought earlier (I was wearing it as a skirt…a byproduct of being 6′ tall!)

Grey Skirt before

A grey skirt.

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And a blue dress I’d already refashioned once.   I had enough knit fabric from these items to make a top for Aria, a dress for Annie, and a scrap of fabric leftover for David’s turtleneck.  Not the failure it first appeared to be!

Etage Dress seated

Terri is going to release the Etage pattern for purchase very soon, and this is one I think you are going to want to add to your collection.

Etage dress review

Anne is so in love with her dress.  She wasn’t too enthused with the picture on the pattern, or the fabric, but once she slipped the dress on, she was sold!

Etage Dress review

She loves to twirl, and this dress is perfect for that floaty, twirly, perfection.  The asymmetrical layers create not only a fun look, but twirling pleasure.

Etage dress review

This dress is entirely lined, which makes it not only comfortable and warm, but modest too.  You could also use some of those dreamy, lightweight, semi-transparent knits on the market too.

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Aria didn’t really love the shape of the overall finished Etage top I made her, but because it is soooo comfortable, she plans to wear it to sleep in!

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And David is so very happy that he got included in another sewing project and photo shoot.

Elephant+Stripes

This time we went to a park again.  This particular park is so very large and fun that what inevitably happens is the kids split and getting a photo of them together is impossible.  But the separate photos Allegra got are awesome as usual.

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I noticed a trend when sewing this time; boys ask for nouns and girls make their requests in the form of adjectives (pink dress, twirly skirt, long skirt!).

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That’s why David has gotten a boat shirt, a zebra shirt, a fox shirt and this elephant shirt.

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This elephant shirt fulfills the challenge we got from Elsie Marley.  #creativeassignmenttwofer  Our two words were Stripes + Elephant.

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We’re pretty happy with our creative result.  We used an old stained turtle neck of Annie’s from last winter with hot cocoa stains on the front!  Perfect for a reverse appliqué elephant!

Etage dress contrast layer

The only thing not upcycled from this project is the second contrasting layer of Annie’s dress.  That’s the gorgeous knit fabric I got from FabricWorm.  Remember, I bought 1/2 yard of each of the 4 colors.  I used the first one here.  If you come back tomorrow, you’ll see another one!  Three down, one to go, and loving every inch of them!

Etage dress review

If you’re wondering, like I was, what Etage means, Terri enlightened me: it’s French for tiers.  Appropriate, eh?

Etage dress swing

 

The back of the Etage dress is just as fun as the front:

back of Etage Dress

So what could have been a colossal fail turned out into 3 garments that will be worn and worn and worn!

Etage Dress Review

Now we have 2 assignment for you:

Go buy an Etage top and dress pattern for your little twirler!

Go check out all the fun things made from hand-me-downs over at Project Run & Play.

Have a twirly, happy, fun day!

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Richie Rich 80s Cartoon Inspired Ethan Shirt

Ethan shirt

Ethan shirtI made another Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom patterns.  It was wonderful!  Actually, I made this shirt side by side with the black denim jacket Ethan Shirt flip I made, but it was still wonderful!

Ethan Shirt buttondownIf you make the Ethan Shirt, people will never believe you actually made the awesome shirt your child is wearing!  It’s really that tailored.  A while back, the males in our family challenged us to learn how to sew men’s clothing.  The really good, tailored stuff they like to wear.  Well…we’ve sort of been hesitant about doing that because men’s clothing is hard, and not as interesting or fun as women’s.

Ethan shirt sewn by Skirt FixationBut now that I’ve sewn up an Ethan Shirt, I’ve started noticing the way mens’ shirts are constructed and actually thinking, “Hey, I could do that!  I did that when I sewed the Ethan Shirt!”

tailored Ethan ShirtI decided to sew up the first tailored shirt for a male for my son, Thomas.  He has the enviable trait of managing to look really sophisticated in anything he wears.  Even those hole-y jeans and ripped up t-shirts he’s so fond of!  So I knew that when I made him an Ethan Shirt it would look great by default!  (Believe me, the Ethan shirt would look good on anyone, even if they aren’t amazingly suave and debonair like Thomas!!)

back of vestIn sewing them side by side, I would first sew the instructed step on Thomas’ shirt, then sew it on Aria’s denim jacket.  That way I could sort of test out the instructions.  I used a seersucker fabric from our stash for Thomas’ shirt.

Ethan Shirt back yokeI made all the hard options on his shirt, just so I could experience them!  Button placket, collar and collar stand, cuffs, cuff placket, back yoke, and pleats.  And they all turned out beautifully!

tailored Ethan shirt for boysThe only thing I did differently from the instructions was add buttons and button holes to the collar for a button down collar.  (Well, and there was the accidental way I sewed the button placket and pocket on the wrong side and didn’t realize it until Thomas put the shirt on to test the fit and he couldn’t figure out how to button it!  Ooops!  But that wasn’t on purpose, or the pattern’s fault!)

Vest from Ethan shirtYou can probably tell by all the exclamations in this post that I’m very happy with the Ethan Shirt!  So happy that I decided to use the Ethan Shirt pattern pieces to flip one more time, into a vest.  I’ll be showing you later exactly how I did that in a tutorial.  Why a vest if the Ethan shirt is already dressy?  To meet the current Project Run & Play challenge: 80s cartoon inspired.  Our cartoon inspiration was Richie Rich.

Richie Rich bow tie Growing up without a television, I just had Richie Rich comic books for entertainment, so when I made the outfit for Thomas, I made him a red bow tie since that was what Richie Rich always wore.  Then I googled the Richie Rich cartoon and he had on a blue bow tie.  Oh well, the challenge was specifically not supposed to be a costume, just inspiration!

Ethan shirt for boysRichie Rich was always very well dressed, but the shorts (in the comics anyway) still gave him a little boy appeal!  Thomas is in the tween stage between little boy and teenage boy, and seeing him this well dressed gives me a glimpse into what he’ll look like as a man. (Very handsome~ says the modest mother!)

Ethan shirt for boys by Skirt FixationI am simply on pins and needles waiting to see all the 80s cartoon inspired clothing over at Project Run & Play.  What was your favorite 80s cartoon?  How would you interpret that into fashion?  We’re also linking up to Sew Many Books.  A comic book is a book, right?

Project Run and Play 80s cartoon inspired Richie Rich by Skirt Fixation