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Fiesta Fun, Fun, Fun!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we get to show you all the fun we’ve had with Fiesta Fun fabrics.  Put on some sunglasses and prepare yourselves for the party!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently we got the exciting privilege of using some Fiesta Fun fabric designed by Dana Willard of Made Everyday for Art Gallery Fabrics.  Today is our stop on the Fiesta Fun fabric blog tour and we get to show you how much fun we had with this fabric, and how we tried to keep true to Dana’s sense of fashion and fun!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

We started off by making a statement dress for Annie in Art Gallery Fiesta Fun Mexican Dress Midnight Fabric.  We used her very favorite maxi dress pattern to make her an Uptown Downtown Dress.

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

But we just HAD to add a sash of embroidery, hand sewn by Allegra, because it’s awesome and also Dana’s been embroidering on this fabric too!  She chose some of the flowers from in the design of the fabric and copied them onto the linen sash.  (Since the sash is from woven material, it only spans across the front of the dress to allow the dress to still stretch over her head.  Also, it is a lined so that the back of  the embroidery is protected from wear and tear.

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

This (as with all Art Gallery Fabric knits) was an absolute dream to work with and Annie is deeply in love with this dress.

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next fabric I got to work with is Art Galllery Fiesta Fun Florita Azul Fabric and I had in mind to make Dana’s Everyday Tie pattern with it for 2 of the boys.  But that was before I realized the tie is cut out on the bias, and the flowers would end up at a 45 degree angle all down the tie.  Still wanting a tie of some sort, I decided to make a bowtie.  I used the free pattern from Sew Like My Mom and shortened it enough to fit a boy.

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

The original plan was for the youngest of the boys, Lowell, to wear the bowtie with the white shirt.  But when the time came to put on the ties, he cried that he wanted a “hang down tie!”  So David sweetly agreed to swap shirts and ties for the photoshoot.  He also smiled and laughed and posed like a trooper the whole time!  Incidentally, since then Lowell has been begging to wear the bowtie every single day!  It figures.

http://sewlikemymom.com/mens-bow-tie-tutorial/

When I realized the Art Galllery Fiesta Fun Florita Azul Fabric wouldn’t work for the Everyday Tie pattern I turned to the expert for advice.  (That would be Dana herself!)  She said that one of the Papel Picado prints would look awesome for the tie, and so I ordered some more fabric!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed both a boy size and a tween size, and they are both so cute!  Thomas is just the right size for the tween Everyday Tie in Art Gallery Fiesta Fun Papel Picado Mesquite Fabric and the boy one fits either David or Lowell, depending on how it’s tied.  And the boys love to be matching too.  I never would have guessed that a quilting cotton would work for a tie, but as silky soft as Art Gallery Fabrics cotton’s are, they make lovely ties!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since baby clothes don’t require very much fabric, and I just HAD to, I sewed up a Virginia Beach dress in some leftovers of the Art Gallery Fiesta Fun Mexican Dress Midnight Fabric.  I used some of the Art Gallery Fiesta Fun Florita Azul Fabric leftover from the bowtie to create an accent yoke in the front, and added a strip of white piping for good measure.

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

Then I had just enough Florita Azul fabric left to use Dana’s free Perfect Diaper Cover pattern to make a matching diaper cover with orange bias tape trim along the edges.  And David was super happy that he got to match the baby for the photoshoot!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final ingredient for a Dana-esque event was to find a brightly colored wall for the kids to stand in front of in their Fiesta Fun Fabric clothing, designed by Dana, using patterns created by Dana!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

So after driving around town I found one very, very brightly colored yellow/orange wall which we decided was the one!  (In fact, it was the ONLY brightly colored wall in town, so we lucked out!)  If you’ve spent much time over at Made Everyday, you know how much Dana loves color and brightly colored walls to pose in front of!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics sewn by Skirt Fixation

Check out all the other stops on the Fiesta Fun blog tour:

 

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Free Patterns for March {Project Sew It}

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

For March’s Project Sew It challenge, both Aria and Audrey sewed up FREE patterns for meeting the “bottoms” project.  (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.)

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

Audrey’s Free Pattern Make:

Today’s post makes me really, really happy!  You see, about 6 years ago I had to throw away my favorite pair of yoga pants.  They were the only pair I’d ever had, I slept in them every single night, and they’d developed holes in some very conspicuous places.  But I’m sure you’ve had a favorite garment and know how hard this was for me, right?  Well, these specific yoga pants had lasted me about 10 years which probably justified the $80 I paid for them from a specialty tall company.  But since then I’ve been too cheap to put out another $100 bucks (price has gone up!!!) and have missed them ever since.

That all changed when Hey June Handmade published the Mountain Pose Pants pattern.  Did I mention it is a free pattern?  Yes.  I’m a huge fan of Hey June patterns as anyone who has been around her any time knows!  It’s the quality and professional results that you can achieve by sewing these patterns.

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

For other tall ladies who want to know, the inseam of the Mountain Post Pants is 32”, and at the recommendation of Adrianna (the designer behind Hey June Handmade) I split up the additional 4” I needed to reach my 36” inseam by adding 2” at the knee on the shorten/lengthen line and 2” at the hem by continuing the flair at the bottom.  You may notice I didn’t hem these pants…I’m waiting to see if the double brushed poly fabric shrinks any more before hemming…or maybe I’m just reveling in a pair of yoga pants that are too long!!!

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

And then there is the fabric I used.  If you have your ear tuned to the sewing world, you’ve heard lots and lots of chatter about double brushed poly knit fabric.  I wanted to know what all the fuss was about and ordered some wine colored double brushed poly knit from CaliFabrics.  In all the reviews I’ve read about double brushed poly, the author comments that they’d like to wrap themselves up in the fabric it’s so soft.  So I figured this fabric might make me a good pair of yoga pants to sleep in.  Let me tell you in a word: YES!

So now you know why this post makes me so happy…I’ve regained my favorite pair of yoga pants, possibly even better than the original pair due to the double brushed poly fabric.

Aria’s Free Pattern Make:

This month I was wanting to go with an easy pattern, partly because we have been pretty busy so I didn’t get around to starting my skirt until pretty late, and partly because next month is will probably be doing a bit more complicated pattern.

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

I decided on Melly Sew’s Easy T-Shirt Skirt Tutorial because I wear the skirt Mom made me all the time! I started with a t-shirt my older brother no longer wanted.  This tutorial is SUPER easy! I had a lot of fun, partly because I didn’t even have to rip anything, and I was able to do it completely by myself!

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

The hardest part about this skirt was probably the waistband because of the amount of stretching I had to do while sewing it.  I made a few changes to it as well.  I made the waistband a little wider so I can wear it lower down instead of on my waist, and I made the pockets deeper.  I always go for deeper pockets!  The pocket fabric is Birch Organic’s flight leftover from this dress.   Anyway, I’m really glad I made it and I will be wearing it all the time!

See you next month for the dress challenge…both of us are feeling really challenged even thinking about it!  Also, affiliate links are used in this post for really awesome products you should try…we love them and think you will too, that’s why we’ve included the links.  But legal powers that be want you to know we might make a few pennies if you click one of our affiliate links…

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Blouses for February {Project Sew It}

Project Sew It February challenges sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today Aria and Audrey are sharing our makes for the Project Sew It February prompt – blouse.  (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.)  Audrey took the opportunity to treat herself to something she’s never had before, and Aria added a much needed item to her wardrobe.  Here they are with their makes.

Audrey’s Flannel Cheyenne Tunic:

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well once again I am not modeling my own clothing, but hopefully next month I will be!  For February’s blouse prompt, I turned to my favorite button up pattern and made myself a flannel Cheyenne tunic.  I can’t remember ever having a flannel shirt in my life, and I am absolutely in love with how this one turned out!  I CANNOT wait to be able to try it on myself!

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed the Cheyenne Tunic in the popover view B.  I adore the fit of the first Cheyenne tunic I made, and knew no fit adjustments would be needed for this flannel version.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, I fell in love with this Robert Kaufman mustard and gray flannel fabric that I found at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It sewed up like a dream because it’s a very stable flannel.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

I turned the button placket, pocket and back yoke pieces on the bias like a true flannel check shirt.  It think it adds so much awesomeness to this Cheyenne!  Last time I used voile for the sewing this version of the Cheyenne tunic, my maternity version is from a chambray, and this one is flannel which I think speaks very well to the versatility of this pattern.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Aria told me that this flannel Cheyenne Tunic is very warm.  The wind was blowing and it was a cold day when we took these photos, but she said she couldn’t feel the wind through the shirt!  Now by the time I can probably wear it, summer will be upon us and I will have to wait for fall weather, but at least I’m prepared!

Aria’s Drapey Rayon Seafarer:

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I really enjoyed making this month’s challenge! It was a SUPER quick sew, and I was able to do it in one day! I have made the Seafarer once before, but it was with a heavy weight knit.  I still wear it too, but recently Allegra gave me one of the Seafarers Mom made for her (not blogged!)  I love it!  One of my favorite parts about it is it is a light weight knit and a larger size, thus making pretty drapey and super comfortable!

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I was looking for light weight fabrics when I came across this super pretty purple Sew Classic Spandex Knit Fabric from JoAnn Fabrics!  It turns out we have nearly four yards of it! (Hopefully I can make something else out of it!)

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

The most difficult part of this was the neckband. I tried to sew it on the first time, but i didn’t stretch it anywhere near enough, so I had to unpick it, *sigh*, and mom helped me pin it.  After that everything went really smoothly!

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

This Seafarer Top is definitely my best attempt at sewing with light weight knits!  I’m hoping to do  more with lighter weight knits and looking forward to the next challenge!

Project Sew It February challenges sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Marlene and Miss Marlene Patterns

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

There’s a new kid in town…pattern town that is!  The distinctive shoulder accent pieces set this top apart from all other patterns out there.  And don’t worry, if you’ve been jealous of your daughter’s wardrobe, this pattern can be made in women’s sizes too! Schnittreif is the company that created both the Marlene and Miss Marlene patterns.  If that name sounds foreign, it’s because the company and the pattern are German.  But don’t worry, both are translated to English and available for purchase in the Nah Connection shop.  Get the girl’s Marlene here, and Miss Marlene for yourself here!

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Marlene is a simple, basic boatneck shirt with shoulder inserts for a little something extra.  The shirt can be made in 3 different sleeve lengths; short, elbow length, and long sleeves.  Photo illustrations accompany each step of the very easy pattern.  The shoulder insets make it look like a sophisticated, difficult pattern, but it’s not hard at all!

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For Annie (who has grown too tall for most of last year’s summer shirts) we whipped out a Marlene for her in some special fabrics.  This fabric is Art Gallery Recollection Jersey Knit Pirot Evoked Silver Fabric By The Yard leftover from making her cousin this dress.  Annie is thrilled to think of “matching” her cousin even though they live hundreds of miles apart!

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It just so happens Annie needed some skirts for spring/summer also.  She hasn’t changed size around from last time I made her the Jocole Knit Pencil Skirt, so we just added some length and whipped out another one for her.  She chose to this fabric (from JoAnn’s) for both the shoulder accents and the skirt from our fabric stash.

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Jocole Knit Pencil Skirt pattern has a doll pattern included, so since one of Annie’s sewing goals this year is to sew some things for her dolls, she cut out the fabric and pattern and sewed along side of me.  It turned out that her doll is much smaller around than an 18” doll the pattern was designed for, so her doll’s skirt ended up quite a bit more gathered around the waist than Annie’s skirt.  Then I quickly whipped out a matching shirt from some leftover scraps, and Annie and her doll were so pleased to be matching!

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Then it was my turn.  However you might have noticed I have a large bump on my middle at the current time, so you’ll have to put up with flat lay photos.  Since I made Annie’s shirt just exactly as instructed in the pattern, I decided to play around with this one a little bit and try to make it suitable for nursing after the baby arrives.  I wouldn’t say my modifications were 100% successful, but close enough that this will work as a nursing shirt.  When I have the process perfected, I’ll share a tutorial, but for now, you’ll have to make a mental picture and view the inside of the shirt.

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I cut out a second front piece but only from the bust down.  To the top of this I added elastic, so it will stay in place while the outer shirt is lifted up to nurse baby.  Since I was going for a layered look, I made the undershirt longer in the front and added a strip across the hem in the back.  The one issue with the nursing part of the shirt is that I sewed the 2 layers of side seams together, so I think the undershirt will lift slightly at the sides when the over shirt is lifted to nurse.  But I won’t know that for sure until I can actually wear it!  To be continued…

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the over shirt fabric I used Riley Blake Knit Stripe Aqua/Navy Fabric By The Yard from Urban Sew.  It’s heavenly and I can’t wait to wear this soft Marlene shirt. The other change I made to the Miss Marlene pattern was my standard wide shoulder adjustment.  Because the shoulder inserts made this tricky to add width at the shoulder seams, at the suggestion of Annika (owner of Nah Connection) I added it right to the center fold in front and back at the shoulders only, tapering down to the normal width down the front.

Are you convinced?  Do you need a Marlene or Miss Marlene shirt now too?  Head over to Nah Connection to pick up your copy today!

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Blithe Fabrics Blog Tour

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

Thanks for stopping by today on the Blithe Fabrics Blog Tour.  If you‘ve been around here before, you know how much we love Art Gallery Fabrics for their superior quality and amazing designs.  Blithe Fabrics are designed by Katarina Rocella, and like her other lines, we are absolutely in love with this newest line.  (Be sure to stick around to the end of the post where I am giving away 1 yard of Blithe canvas!!!)

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

For this tour we chose some special patterns to go with these special fabrics.  Naturally, we’re going to start with the skirt!

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

This is the midi length of our Runway Skirt, available from Savvy Patterns.  We’ve made many versions of the Runway Skirt, but never one using both patterned fabric for the godets and the skirt itself.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

But we just knew it would work out beautifully because the Art Gallery Blithe Jersey Knit Bird Songs Sun Fabric used for the skirt and the Art Gallery Blithe Voile Bird Songs Moon Fabric used for the godets are both the same print in different colorways.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

Aria has decided this is the perfect skirt for upcoming spring months.  As usual, the Art Gallery Blithe Jersey Knit Bird Songs Sun Fabric is a dream to work with and the perfect weight for this skirt.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

And the Art Gallery Blithe Voile Bird Songs Moon Fabric is lightweight, semi-transparent and perfectly suited for the godets in the back.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

Next, we chose to work with Art Gallery Blithe Canvas Evergreens Frozen Fabric from the Blithe Fabrics line.  We’ve made 2 jackets from Art Gallery Fabrics canvas, and really looked forward to working with it again to make this Lonetree Vest.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

This canvas is very soft and supple to work with.  The only downside of the canvas is that the edges can fray if left raw.  But with a pattern like the Lonetree Vest and Jacket, this is not a problem as all the raw edges are enclosed.  I don’t know if I’ve ever worked with a pattern as professional as the Lonetree.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

In this photo you can see part of the inside, but each seam is finished with a Hong Kong finish and the edges of the facing are enclosed, making the inside of the vest just a s beautiful as the outside.  the lining and Hong Kong seams use shot cotton.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

I lined up the pattern around the front and back of the vest as best I could, and because of the painterly effect of the trees and forest on the canvas, it want too hard of a task.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

We chose to add both the collar and the hood to this Lonetree Vest.  Aria said that beside being soft, this vest is really very warm too.  I am so excited to use the Lonetree Vest and Jacket pattern again to make more gaments.

This is the 1st garment made from the Lonetree Vest or Jacket I’ve seen that used printed fabric.  I think Art Gallery Blithe Canvas Evergreens Frozen Fabric works rather nicely, especially with the Runway Skirt from the same in of fabric.  Aria and I are still deciding whether to use silver buttons on the pockets or use velcro under the flaps for a more subtle finish.  What do you think?

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

If you haven’t already, please check out what others are making with Blithe Fabrics…and then be inspired to sew something beautiful yourself!

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

Now I’d like to share some Blithe Fabric goodness with one of you, so be sure to enter the giveaway for 1 yard of Blithe canvas below.

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Sweaters for January {Project Sew It}

Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Both Aria and Audrey decided to participate in Project sew It this year.  Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.  January’s challenge is to sew a sweater.  Here are both of us to tell you about January’s project.

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Audrey:  When I saw January’s sweater challenge I decided it was time to execute!  I’ve had the plans for this particular sweater for over almost a year.  I’ve had the Jasper Sweater pattern for quite a while, and you can read about the 1st one I made here.  I absolutely love that one, even though it’s too tight across the shoulders because I didn’t make any wide shoulder adjustment and the sweatshirt fleece I was using didn’t have any stretch.  So I picked up some French Terry Fabric-Aruba Blue fabric last winter.  Then the season turned to spring, in summer I found out I was expecting, and so the idea just sat and sat.

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Finally the Project Sew It January sweater challenge spurred me to action.  You probably noticed that it’s not me modeling these photos, but Allegra.  But when I’m not wearing maternity clothing anymore, I now have something very nice and new waiting for me!

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

This time when I sewed the Jasper Sweater I took a little extra time and, according to the instructions, I bound the exposed hood seams with some contrasting Riley Blake knit fabric leftover from this skirt.  I also used this fabric for the pocket.  It’s a subtle and stunning accent and I am totally in love with this tiny detail!

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I found these buttons at JoAnns also, and just love them!  They are the perfect accent for this Jasper Sweater.  Aria (who has the same width of shoulders as me) tried on the Jasper Sweater and declared it a perfect fit across the shoulders and back.  I can’t wait to try it on!

Aria’s January Project Sew It Sweater:

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I really had fun sewing the Lane Raglan Hoodie! It went really fast and easy!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

The most difficult part about it was the thumb cuffs, but it was definitely worth it! I had to scrap the first attempt because I discovered I had cut out that pattern piece with the stretch the wrong way…I cut it out again and sewing them went quite a bit faster that time!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I also wanted to add a pocket, so I used the kangaroo pocket piece from the Halifax Hoodie pattern!  This was pretty easy too!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I REALLY love my new hoodie and I wear it all the time!  I used Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric – Dark Gray Heathered for this Lane Raglan Hoodie.  Looking forward to the next challenge!

Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

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3 Knight (Hoodies) To The Rescue

Knight Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Having boys is so fun!  Our youngest boy, Lowell, has started to notice what his big brothers and Dad wear.  And so naturally, he noticed that both David and Thomas have Knight Hoodies and he didn’t.  This was easy to resolve…I just sewed him up one.

Knight Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’ve reviewed the Knight Hoodie pattern when I made one for Thomas.  It’s a great pattern.  Then I made one for David and included some tips for a wavy zipper fix.  Next I made one for my nephew for his birthday, and included tips on lining up the pockets and hood across the zipper.  And finally this one for Lowell.  Each time I make one, I feel like it gets a little easier.  I lined up the pockets more carefully, than I did the 1st time.  Also, that curve around the face of the hood/helmet is probably the hardest part, but it too is getting easier!

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

Although it ended up a little oversized, I made Lowell the same size as I had for David for 2 reasons; 1: the pattern was already printed out and tiled, and 2: I wanted it to last all winter!  Lazy, but effective…

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, I used some Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Black (affiliate link) from JoAnn Fabrics.  It was actually left over from the Knight Hoodie I made for my nephew.  On this one, I used a plastic zipper instead of a metal one like on the other boys’ and it works out great.

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

The buttons are probably the most expensive part of making a Knight Hoodie, but I used my new-found button source, the thrift store!  These buttons came off of a stinky denim shirt with suspicious stains under the arms.  But for $2 it was a steal because of all the buttons on it!  (23!!!)

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this photo shoot, all the boys wanted to be together in their Knight Hoodies.  The best lighting is outside, but the day was frigid so Allegra, our chief photographer, decided to head for the greenhouse.  It turned out to have the perfect temperature and great lighting for our purpose.

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now there are 3 knights in shining armor er hoodies to rescue fair maidens!  Be warned, o ye fair maidens, these boys have a good dose of mischievous up their sleeves!

Want to make your own Knight Hoodie?  Find the pattern here.

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Aria’s 4H Sewing Project

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

This year 2 of us chose sewing for a 4H project.  You can read about Annie’s project here.  Today Aria is sharing her 4H sewing project.

This year for 4-H I did a three-part sewing project that included a shirt, a skirt, and a jacket. All three were made from varying weights of knit.

4H sewing project

The Veronika Skirt

This was made from a heavy knit from JoAnn Fabrics that I have used before and is super awesome! I made it for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats.  You can read our full review here.

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The Halifax Hoodie

For the jacket I used a lighter French Terry for the first time.  I am happy to say that even though it was a lighter knit it was really easy to use!  The Halifax Hoodie from Hey June Handmade is a really nice sew up as well!  I used the third option with a zipper, pockets, and a hood.  The instructions were easy to follow but I was still really glad to have Mom’s help, especially when I did the pockets, zipper, and hood because it was my first time doing any of those!  I followed the instructions and it made my firsts easy ones!  The first thing I sewed was the pockets.  These were pretty easy except for the trying to keep them straight and sew through a lot of layers at one time, so I still think they are a bit crooked yet…  The next thing I did was the zipper.  This was completely different from anything I had ever done before.  I put a lot of pins in to hold it straight, went slow, and had Mom to help me!  I was pretty impressed by how well it turned out and how easy it was!  The last ‘difficult’ thing I did was the hood.  I had pretty much no trouble assembling it, but attaching it to the rest of the jacket was the difficult part.  There were a lot of layers, but when I attached the binding to enclose the seam allowances it looked pretty good!  The rest, compared to this was really easy!  The French Terry was super fun to work with and I really like the finished result!

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The Lane Raglan Shirt

This was not my first Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade that I sewed, but it was the first with a lightweight fabric that I made.  This fabric was pretty difficult to cut and sew, and I’m not really impressed with the result.  At this point, we were also having difficulty with the machine sewing using a double needle, so that didn’t help much either.  I really liked the simplicity of the pattern last time I made a Lane Raglan, but this time with the lightweight knit, it really hindered progress a lot.  I sewed the neckband on wrong and had to pick it out, which left a lot of holes.  Something happened on the sleeves, and there I had to sew some tucks in the shoulder, but the rest of the shirt turned out ok.

I really enjoyed sewing the skirt and the hoodie, but I did learn that I probably shouldn’t be sewing too much on lighter knits yet!

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The lady who judged my sewing project at the county fair said she didn’t have any experience sewing with knits, but when my project went to state fair, the judge had some very helpful comments. One of them was on the hoodie, to try and line up the seam under the arm a bit better. I’d really like to sew another Halifax Hoodie sometime.

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Wool Tweed Molly Jacket

Molly Jacket sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

If you’ve been around Skirt Fixation for a while, you know that I love sewing coats.  Well, much to my delight, Annie outgrew her coat from last winter.  You see, I had the perfect pattern and the perfect fabric just waiting for that very thing.

Molly jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

A while back I found the Molly jacket pattern by Violette Field Threads.  It’s a great pattern with quite a few options for customization.  This pattern comes in 9 sizes from 12 months to 9/10.  I sewed the size 9/10 for Annie.  The Molly jacket can be sewn in 2 lengths, hip or above the knee.  I chose to lengthen the jacket several inches to hit Annie just below the knee.  Instructions are included for including a layer of batting between the lining and main fabric, and we did that for Annie’s new winter jacket.

Molly Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern can be made into a reversible jacket if you desire.  While Annie’s could probably be reversible, since I used faux fur for just one side of the collar, she will probably wear it only on the one side.  This is a very easy pattern to sew.  While I was making it, I kept thinking I should make bound buttonholes or add in welt pockets or do something to make it more difficult!  But in the end, it was the plain and simple version that won out.

Molly Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other change we made to the Molly jacket pattern was to narrow the sleeves.  If you look at the pattern, you can see they bell out quite a bit at the bottom.  There are instructions for making a gathered sleeve hem, but since we wanted to add a cuff, we decided to just narrow the sleeve.  We will have a tutorial later for adding fur cuffs to this (or any!) jacket pattern.

Molly Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

More about that fabric!  Several years ago, we were gifted this fabric.  I think it’s a wool tweed, and very stable and warm.  For the lining we used black stretch sateen.  The collar and cuffs are from faux fur.

Molly Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

We harvested the buttons from off a different jacket we got at the thrift store.  That’s my new go-to place for buttons.  If you don’t mind hunting a little, you can usually find a garment with pretty unique and numerous buttons for the price of the entire garment!  If you’ve purchased buttons at retail prices lately, you’ll know why I’ve started this new method of sourcing buttons!

Molly Jacket sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It’s pretty safe to say Annie loves her new jacket!  She wears it every time we go out of this winter.  She says it’s warm, pretty and makes her feel great !

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Where the Wild Things Play {Twig & Tale Blog Tour}

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Wild Thing vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sometimes you get to be part of something that is just plain fun!  That’s what today’s sewing is about…Where The Wild Things Play.  Warning: it’s a picture heavy post, but I think you’ll see why.  And if you make it to the end, reward yourself by entering the giveaway!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently an Indie sewing company decided to change it’s name.  The former Big Little pattern company changed their name to Twig + Tale.  It perfectly describes what this company is about.  Fun, nature, wild things, upcycling, and did I mention fun?  You simply must go over and check them out.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

To celebrate the name change, Twig + Tale decided to host a blog tour.  We chose to use the Pathfinder Vest pattern and use the Wild Things upgrade to embellish the vest.  You can buy these two pattens bundled here.  We ended up sewing 4 Wild Thing vests.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

There are 14 different animals you can make using the Wild Things pattern.  Of the 3 different wild thing vests the kids chose, only 1 of them has specific instructions, so that gives you an idea of how good this pattern is!  Only the panda is included, so we used the fox to create 2 wolves and the dinosaur to create a dragon.  Let’s go over the dragon first.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

There is a free dragon upgrade, but it wasn’t released yet when we made the dragon as part of our Sewing For Kindergarten mini wardrobe.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you look at this photo, you can see the horns were originally made from heavier weight leather.  But they flopped over, and so I changed them out for faux leather that matched the dragon’s spikes.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Then I added the wings, of course, as soon as they were released.  Since I was adding them after the vest was already sewn, I added some pipe cleaners in the “bones” of the wings to give them structure.  Then I turned under the part of the wings by the spikes and stitched them down there and at the shoulders.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

When I showed David all the animal choices he wanted to be a dragon, so a dragon it was.  The outside of this dragon vest is some green fuzzy fleece from our stash, and the lining is Luminaries Gold by Maureen Cracknell’s Nightfall line for Art Gallery Fabrics.  This was a nod to the “Reach for the Stars” theme of the mini wardrobe.  I added a zipper to this vest instead of using the button and loops at the top.  There is a tutorial for how to do this here.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

David had so much fun during the photo shoot playing the part of a dragon wild thing.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The original plan was to sew a wolf vest for Baby to go with David’s dragon vest.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

These boys love the book “Where The Wild Things Are” and Max (the main character) puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief.  So Baby had to be a wolf.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The outside of this wolf vest is Golden Husky Faux Fur from Cali Fabrics.  In a nod to the line from the book, “That night in Max’s room a forest grew, and grew, and grew!”  We used Mystical Woods fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics designed by Maureen Cracknell.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Every time Baby put on this vest for a fitting and then for the photo shoot, he would begin to howl like a wolf.  A very cute, baby wolf.  Serious cuteness to see Baby trying to act tough and scary like a wolf.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used the fox ears and tail to create the wolf vest.  I inserted pipe cleaners into the ears to try to make them stiffer and stand up better.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Also, the pockets were omitted from this vest, simply because the sewing with faux fur was complex enough without trying to figure out pockets!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because I ordered a yard of the wolf fur, Thomas asked, and I acquiesced to making him wolf vest.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Simply because wolves travel in packs, I had enough to make them both, and making two was about as easy as making one.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

This was not the original plan, so I didn’t have any fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics for the lining.  But Thomas just wanted black anyway, so a black lining fabric from the stash (leftover from a skirt refasion!) it was.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Even though I put pipe cleaners inside the ears, they are larger than the small wolf ears and ended up a little floppy, probably due to the heavy weight of the faux fur.  Thomas is cool with it, deciding at times to be a bear, a wolf, or various other creatures!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

He’s just pleased to have gotten a vest out of the deal.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

At his request, Thomas’s wolf tail is detachable.  It attaches to the lining with a snap.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Also, he is much more realistic at playing the part of a scary wolf!  I used a toggle button and some hair elastic to make closures for both the wolf wild thing vests.  Buttons or zippers just weren’t an option with fur that has this long of a pile.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sewing with faux fur was a learning experience for me, and I’m sharing 30+ tips (so you don’t have to make the mistakes I did!) over on the Cali Fabrics blog.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Probably because there were so many cute options, and I had the outer fabric in my stash, I decided to sew a 4th wild thing vest for Annie.  She was overjoyed when she discovered she was getting a Wild Things vest too.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

After looking for the options, she decided to be a panda.  I knew there was only one possible fabric to use for the lining, so at the last minute, and relying on her notorious super fast shipping, I ordered some Pandalings Pod Shadow knit fabric (designed by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics) from Imagine Gnats.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Wild Things add on (which by the way is meant to be added onto a coat, but it’s very easy to add onto a vest, obviously!) included instructions and all the pattern pieces for a panda.  It was pretty easy to make.   Annie made the pom pom tail herself by following the directions included in the pattern.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pockets have a fun paw print detail on them.  Using knit for the lining is not one of the recommended fabrics, but it worked out fine.  I just made sure to keep the knit fabric against the feed dogs when sewing the lining to the vest, to help pull along the knit fabric.  The knit fabric also makes this a very, very soft vest inside and out!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Instead of the button loops and buttons recommended in the pattern, I made actual buttonholes since the fur I was using has a low pile and isn’t too thick.  For the photo shoot, Annie wore her Uptown Downtown maxi dress made from Art Gallery Fabrics.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

She didn’t think panda bears are very vicious, so had fun playing the part of a more gentle wild thing.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here is a closer look at each of the fun linings.  It was really fun and rewarding to sew these Wild Things vests.  The dragon and smaller wolf vests are the same size, and so the boys will be able to interchange them.  Then when they outgrow them, they will have the opportunity to play panda, and wolf all over again!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

As for me, I think it’s time to retire from the Wild Thing sewing business.  For a while, anyway, at least until I get all the fur cleaned up out of my sewing room!  Although there are still quite a few animal variations I haven’t sewn yet.  Which one would you make?

 

What would a Blog Tour be without a giveaway!

Art Gallery Fabrics is kindly sponsoring 2 yards of Art Gallery fabric of your choice. To make the prize extra sweet, we are also adding a collection of 5 Twig + Tale patterns of your choice.
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