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My Rosemary & Thyme Shirts

Thyme Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s time for me to share some of the Rosemary & Thyme shirts I sewed! In developing these patterns for the Project Farmer’s Market capsule wardrobe collection, I had to sew up quite a few samples to check fit and so on.  Luckily I have kids in many of the sizes I needed checked before turning the pattern over to my tester group.  You can see many of the fantastic tester photos in this post.

 Read about the D’Anjou Dress from this capsule wardrobe collection here. Read about the Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt in this post. Read about the Jonagold Jumper from this collection here. Read about the Up Beet Tee & Dress and Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts in this post.

Rosemary Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This Rosemary Shirt was for baby Tina in the smallest size, size 1.  After this sample, the collar shape was changed, and the button placket was narrowed, so don’t pay too much attention to those things!  Tina loves to wear this Rosemary Shirt, so those things were mostly aesthetic changes anyway.  This version includes one placket ruffle, and the optional side elastic.  The fabric is a striped linen from my fabric stash.

Rosemary Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This is another Rosemary Shirt I sewed for Tina.  It’s actually the one you see layered under her D’Anjou Dress in the greenhouse photos.  I just adore the little tie sleeves, don’t you?  This Rosemary Shirt is sewn using a lightweight shirting fabric from my stash.

Thyme Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

David received a Thyme Shirt early on in the testing process.  This one is made using stretch sateen.  After this fit check, the shape of the collar was changed.  He looks so handsome in black, but it is really hard to photograph!

Thyme Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And of course there’s the Thyme Shirt that David is wearing under his Jonagold Jumper.  There are some awesome photos of it in the greenhouse photoshoot, but my favorite is the one I snapped at home with my iPhone camera.  In it he’s holding a chicken and looking super serious.  What a heart breaker!  The fabric is some I had in my stash, but here is some fun moth fabric.  Or this honey bee fabric.  Or how about this bug fabric?

Thyme Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

At one point, I needed to check the fit of the largest size of the Thyme Shirt, so I sewed one up in lightweight chambray for Thomas.  It’s a good thing I did because the fit across the back, chest and shoulders needed quite a bit of adjustment.  Also, the sleeve head was changed after this fit check.  Technical information, but all part of the process of designing a pattern!

Rosemary Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Nearing the end of the fitting process, I sewed up this Rosemary Shirt for Annie in the same lightweight chambray fabric.  By this time, the fit was getting so good that this version is totally wearable and quite close to the final version of the Rosemary Shirt.  So I went ahead and finished this Rosemary Shirt after grabbing this fit photo, and in fact, Annie wears this Rosemary shirt often!  (I really need to get a picture!)

And I plan to sew up quite a few more of these Rosemary & Thyme Shirts through the summer and fall.  Annie wants a short sleeve version with the cute sleeve ties, and I owe Thomas one that fits properly.  Plus somehow Lowell missed out on getting any at all…and it would be fun to sew matching ones for him and David.  Plus I’ve been pondering lengthening the Rosemary Shirt into a dress for baby Tina.  With the wide variety of fabric options, the possibilities are endless!  

Find the Rosemary & Thyme Shirt patterns here in the Project Run & Play shop.

Find the whole Project Farmer’s Market collection here in the shop.  (Save over 30%!!!)

Find the unisex mini collection here in the shop.  (Save over 25%!!!)

Find the girls mini collection here in the shop.  (Save over 25%!!!)

Enjoy viewing the Project Farmer’s Market lookbook here.

Affiliate links are used in this post to patterns and fabric we use and love. If you purchse soem of these products by clicking through our links, we might make a few extra pennies at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting our small business!


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Up Beet Tee & Turnip Up Trousers

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Today the patterns we’re featuring are the Up Beet Tee & Dress and Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts.  These patterns were designed by Celina of Petit a Petit & Family for the Project Run & Play capsule wardrobe collection called Project Farmer’s Market.    Read about the D’Anjou Dress from this capsule wardrobe collection here. Read about the Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt in this post. Read about the Jonagold Jumper from this collection here.

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

First of all, we sewed up an outfit for Lowell using these patterns.  Let’s start with the Up Beet Tee we sewed for him.  Now before getting started, we really must say the it’s almost impossible to describe the amazing genius of this pattern.  It’s a raglan tee in back but a plain tee in front. 

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

To achieve this look, the sleeve piece looks like a jig saw puzzle piece, but it goes together like a dream!  Seriously, you just have to sew this pattern to truly appreciate it’s genius.  

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric I used striped mustard and white french terry fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This was to be able to show off the fantastic lines of the pattern from the back!  And you can see we snuck in some blueberry fabric for a pocket to keep with the Farmer’s Market theme.

Jonagold Jumper sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation for Project Farmer's Market

The neck, sleeves and hem are all finished with a binding, and the pattern has instructions on how to make this either hidden or exposed.  On Lowell’s shirt we made the neck and sleeves exposed for a pop of navy blue color, but make the hem band hidden.

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

While we’re on the topic of the Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern, of course we had to make the dress version too after we discovered how fun and easy it was to sew!  The dress has a cocoon shape, and gathering at the front shoulders and across the back to make it feminine. 

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For Tina’s 1st Up Beet Dress, I used fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics Line Drawings Bluing (leftover from this skirt) for the main fabric and a pop of yellow triangle fabric for the bindings.  I’m totally in love with this dress, and she is too.  

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Oh and pockets!  I forgot to mention the pockets which Tina L.O.V.E.S.  It was seriously challenging to get her to take her hands out of the pockets for pictures!  I feel that way about pockets too, baby! We made the size 2 for her with 3/4 length sleeves.  The sleeves are a bit longer than than for her right now, but at the rate my kids arms grow, they won’t be for long!  The sleeves can also be made elbow length, or with a cap sleeve.

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And of course we couldn’t stop at just one Up Beet Dress…so we made two!  For the 2nd one, we used some Raspberry Creek Fabric knit leftover from this dress.  On this one, we used some hot pink jersey for the neck binding and made the hem binding hidden.  

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I didn’t get a photo of the back, but the stripes show off the lines of the raglan sleeves on this dress too.  Also, the high-low hem of this dress is adorable!!!

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Suffice it to say Tina loves this dress too, and wears one of the other several times per week!

Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And the final garment we sewed is the Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts for Lowell.  I don’t know if there’s a more perfect pair of pants for this guy.  It’s almost like they were designed for him!  You see, he insists on rolling up the hems of any pair of pants he wear!  And that’s the way the Turnip Up Pants are designed!  (Did you see the banana fabric we snuck in for the Hong Kong seam bindings?

Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Other features that make these pants perfect for this boy are double reinforced patches on the knees, pockets, and the knit waistband (hello comfort!)  

Project Farmer's Market patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the main fabric, we used a light blue denim from our stash.  You can find similar fabric here.  And a similar banana fabric can be found here. I love the way he’s standing in the above photo, don’t you?

Up Beet Tee & Dress pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We’d encourage everyone to grab these patterns and sew them up just to increase your sewing prowess!  Seriously, the construction of these patterns will delight you. 

Find the Up Beet Tee & Dresshere in the Project Run & Play shop.

Find the Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts here in the Project Run & Play shop.

Find the whole Project Farmer’s Market collection here in the shop.  (Save over 30%!!!)

Find the unisex mini collection here in the shop.  (Save over 25%!!!)

Find the girls mini collection here in the shop.  (Save over 25%!!!)

Enjoy viewing the Project Farmer’s Market lookbook here.

All greenhouse photos by Carrie of Beri Bee Designs. Affiliate links are used in this post to patterns and fabric we use and love. If you purchse soem of these products by clicking through our links, we might make a few extra pennies at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting our small business!

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Jonagold Jumper from Project Farmer’s Market

Next up is the Jonagold Jumper from Project Farmer’s Market!  Read about the D’Anjou Dress from this capsule wardrobe collection here. Read about the Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt in this post.

Jonagold Jumper sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation for Project Farmer's Market

When I saw this pattern could be sewn for boys and girls, I immediately knew who was getting a new pair of overalls!  David was sorely in need of a new pair, his last pair looking very ragged and (almost!) worn though the double knees.

Jonagold Jumper sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation for Project Farmer's Market

The Jonagold Jumper can be made in sizes newborn to 12 years.  They can be sewn in cropped length, with a skirt, and with a scooped neck or straight.  The straps can be fastened with traditional overall hardware, knotted, clipped, or various other ways.  The pockets can be square or curved.  And it can be sewn with knit fabric!

Jonagold Jumper sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation for Project Farmer's Market

The pattern is very thorough in helping you get a perfect fit on both the top and bottom parts of the Jonagold Jumper.  There we so many versions of this pattern sewn, and they are all so cute and different, that it really shows how versatile this pattern can be.

Jonagold Jumper sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation for Project Farmer's Market

For David’s Jonagold Jumper, we went for a solid farmer look to go along with the Farmer’s Market theme.  Since David is one of the main helpers on chores around our mini farm, a good solid pair of overalls in a necessity.  He helps feed the rabbits and chickens, plus herds the dairy goats whenever necessary.

Jonagold Jumper sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation for Project Farmer's Market

The fabric of his Jonagold Jumper uses some sturdy denim we got from CaliFabrics.  They will hold up well to the rigors a farm kid puts them though for quite a long time…maybe even long enough to be passed down to his younger brother!  

Yes, we did sneak in some vegetable themed fabric into this Jonagold Jumper.  The inside of the bib front and back is lined with carrot fabric!  And the straps are too.  Since the denim is so thick, it wouldn’t have worked to have lined them with denim, so carrot fabric to the rescue!

Jonagold Jumper sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation for Project Farmer's Market

Underneath his Jonagold Jumper, David is wearing a Thyme Shirt.  More on that in a future post… You really should check out the Jonagold Jumper hashtag on Instagram.  There are so many cute versions.  All greenhouse photos by Carrie of Beri Bee Designs.

Find the Jonagold Jumper here in the Project Run & Play Shop.

Find the whole Project Farmer’s Market collection here in the shop.  (Save over 30%!!!)
Find the unisex mini collection here in the shop.  (Save over 25%!!!)
Find the girls mini collection here in the shop.  (Save over 25%!!!)
Enjoy viewing the Project Farmer’s Market lookbook here.

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Banana Boat Tee & Soleil Skirt

Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The next patterns I sewed for Project Farmer’s Market are the Banana Boat Tee and the Soleil Skirt patterns.  These are two really fantastic patterns, and I sewed them up for Annie. Read about the D’Anjou Dress from this capsule wardrobe collection here.

The Banana Boat Tee can be sewn in sizes 18m – 10.  Annie is around a size 7 in width in the size range, and a little taller than the pattern’s size 10.  We decided to go with a straight size 10 and added 2 inches to the length.  This will allow her to wear it all summer long.  

Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is wine and ivory colored cactus double brushed poly fabric.   It’s super soft, and Annie loves it!  The ruched sides are very unique and fun addition to this pattern.  The side ties complete the look, and altogether this is a quick and special t-shirt.

Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The sleeves have a cute cuff and faux button detail on the shoulder.  (Note the wood buttons that we used for the D’Anjou Dress?)

Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The neckline is finished with a facing rather than a binding which adds to the boat neck feel and where the pattern probably gets it’s name from!  Annie usually prefers a traditional neckline to a boat neckline, but she didn’t say anything about this one, so I take that a s a sign she really likes it!

Moving on to the Soleil Skirt pattern.  Soleil means sun, and that fits right into the Farmer’s Market theme.  This skirt can also be sewn in sizes 18m – 10.  It has quite a few options.  It can be sewn in 3 different lengths: knee, midi and maxi.  There are pockets, so of course Annie is in love!  There is an option for removable straps and also a bow in the center front.  Such a cute skirt!

Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Probably my favorite thing about this pattern is that the button placket down the center front is a faux button placket!!!  This means that I didn’t have to sew any button holes, a clear win in my opinion!  To celebrate, we had to sew a row of double buttons.  We used some wooden ones we found at Joanns to keep with the wood theme, and because they had the exact crimson color of the fabric painted around the edges.

Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric we used a beautiful rayon challis like this one.  It’s perfectly soft and the drape can be described as liquid!  Annie loves this skirt and has been wearing it on repeat!

Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Finally, we sewed up the free Seed Headband using oranges fabric (similar to this one) for a pop of color in Annie’s outfit.  Of course it matches the Farmer’s Market theme and is from our stash of fruit and vegetable themed fabrics.

Shop the Banana Boat Tee here in the shop.

Shop the Soleil Skirt here in the shop.

Project Farmer's Market capsule wardrobe collection by Project Run & Play

Find the whole Project Farmer’s Market collection here in the shop.  (Save over 30%!!!)
Find the unisex mini collection here in the shop.  (Save over 25%!!!)
Find the girls mini collection here in the shop.  (Save over 25%!!!)
Enjoy viewing the Project Farmer’s Market lookbook here.

All photos by Carrie of Beri Bee Designs.  Affiliate links are used in this post.  If you click them we might make a few extra pennies at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting our small business!

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D’Anjou Dress from Project Farmer’s Market

D'anjou Dress from Project Farmer's Market sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Last week we showed you the Rosemary & Thyme Shirts pattern we contributed to the Project Farmer’s Market capsule wardrobe collection. Today we’re going to begin sharing some of the other patterns we sewed from the collection, starting with the D’Anjou Dress.

The D’anjou Dress is part of the Project Farmer’s Market capsule wardrobe collection.  I sewed it up for our Diggin’ Our Garden Thyme photoshoot for the lookbook.  All photos in the greenhouse are taken by my friend Carrie of Beri Bee Designs.

D'anjou Dress from Project Farmer's Market sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The D’anjou Dress can be made in sizes 18M – 10.  For Tina I made the size 18M.  It’s generously long on her, so will hopefully last all summer!  For options, I included the underskirt, and made the overskirt with tucks.  

D'anjou Dress from Project Farmer's Market sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The straps are functional (they button and unbutton) and there is an invisible zipper to help get in and out of the dress.  Of course I had to use wooden buttons…I used them throughout the whole collection, so keep your eyes out for them! The installation instructions on this invisible zipper are 100% helpful, and you should get a beautiful zipper every time.

D'anjou Dress from Project Farmer's Market sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As you can see, I had fun playing with the directionality of the fabric and the fold over pocket piece.  It was just too perfect to play with the triangles and the pocket fabric!

D'anjou Dress from Project Farmer's Market sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of fabric, the D’anjou overskirt is made using some Alison Glass fabric we’ve had in our stash for a long time.  It’s no longer available in the larger fabric shops, but you may be able to find it in a smaller shop on Etsy or perhaps your local quilt shop.  It’s called Geese in Ocean from the Handcrafted line by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics.  Here is another gorgeous hand dyed fabric by Alison Glass with a similar color scheme.  

D'anjou Dress from Project Farmer's Market sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the underskirt and pocket contrast, we used some shot cotton similar to this one.  It adds a nice color pop at the bottom of the dress.  Some others who sewed the D’anjou Dress used contrasting colors for the underskirt, and that’s really fun too!

Underneath the D’anjou Dress, Tina is wearing a Rosemary Shirt.  We’ll talk more about all the Rosemary and Thyme Shirts we sewed another day.  

D'anjou Dress from Project Farmer's Market sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For a pop of color and fun and Farmer’s Market Theme, we made a hairbow using lime fabric.  In fact, in all our Project Farmer’s Market creations, we added fruit or vegetable fabric somewhere.  Years ago, Allegra had a farmer’s market business sewing and selling fruit and vegetable themed aprons.  So we have lots of scraps of this kind of fabric left in our stash, and made good use of it all through our makes for this project. Here is a cute lime fabric that is very similar and would make a fun hair bow!

Tina loves this dress, and choose to wear it on her birthday!  She loves clothes and loves to tell people when she’s wearing something, “Momma made it!”  

Find the D’Anjou Dress here in the Project Run & Play shop.
Find the whole Project Farmer’s Market collection here in the shop at a 30% discount!
Find the unisex mini collection here in the shop at a 25% discount!
Find the girls mini collection here in the shop at a 25% discount!
Enjoy viewing the Project Farmer’s Market lookbook here.

All greenhouse photos by Carrie of Beri Bee Designs.  Affiliate links are used in this post.  If you click them we might make a few extra pennies at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for supporting our small business!

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Rosemary and Thyme Shirts

For over 6 months, I’ve been working on a project behind the scenes… so I’m super duper excited about today’s post. It’s with great, great pride that I’ve been able to be a cheerleader and coordinator of the Designer Capsule #1: Project Farmer’s Market for Project Run & Play.

If you’ve been around here any time at all, you know one of my very, very favorite things to sew are button up shirts.  They are so very rewarding when they’re finished, and the classic lines never go out of style.  With that in mind, I designed and (with the help of an amazing tester team) brought the Rosemary & Thyme Shirts into fruition.  They are woven popover-style shirts with a band collar.  Each has a couple of fun sleeve options, and the Rosemary has a few feminine details.

The Rosemary & Thyme Shirts are the 1st exclusive Project Run & Play pattern.  They are classic woven tops worth sewing just as they are.  But the lines are clean and useable as the building block for many great garment creations. The Rosemary & Thyme Shirts are unique in that they are designed on 3 different size blocks with boy & girl shapes and ages in mind.  Sizes 1-6X are a unisex block and a perfect fit for boys and girls both.  The Rosemary Shirt in sizes 7-14 is a tween girl block and a perfect fit for those changing years.  The Thyme Shirt in sizes 8-16 is a tween/teen boy block ideal for the growing male.

Find the Rosemary & Thyme Shirt patterns here in the Project Run & Play shop.

Find the whole Project Farmer’s Market collection here in the shop.  (Save over 30%!!!)

Find the unisex mini collection here in the shop.  (Save over 25%!!!)

Find the girls mini collection here in the shop.  (Save over 25%!!!)

Enjoy viewing the Project Farmer’s Market lookbook here.

I’m so thankful for and proud of the team of pattern testers. Today I get to share with you all their versions of the Rosemary and Thyme Shirts. Without their help, this pattern would not be as amazing. Period.

First up, I’m extremely thankful for the two testers whose gorgeous children are the Rosemary and Thyme cover models.

Liesel is a former Project Run & Play designer, and very talented seamstress. She sewed several versions, but this Rosemary Shirt cover version is from rayon, and gorgeous!

Frieda’s incredibly handsome son is wearing a linen Thyme Shirt on the pattern cover, and she also sewed him one from plaid shirting which is equally handsome!

Ashley sewed Thyme shirts for both her sons from chambray fabric, don’t they look handsome?

Amber sewed a short sleeve Rosemary Shirt and included the optional ruffles around both sides of the placket.

Alyssa sewed a Thyme Shirt for her brother (who was a little bit larger than the largest size, and when it didn’t work out right, she helped me work out some bugs in the pattern, and selvedged that too small version for her sister!

Cordelia sewed a short sleeve Rosemary Shirt for her friend, and swapped out the buttons for green snaps that pop!

Elizabeth is also a former Project Run & Play designer, and sewed Thyme Shirts for two of her little brothers.

Feyza sewed up a short sleeve Thyme Shirt using chambray fabric for her son.

Hafiza sewed several versions of the Thyme Shirt, and this linen version is so darling!

Jennifer sewed a short sleeve Rosemary Shirt from this large scale shirting and it’s so perfect!

Kiran hit the Farmer’s Market theme perfectly with this lemony short sleeve Rosemary Shirt.

Kristen’s son is absolutely dashing in his vivid blue short sleeve Thyme Shirt.

Lisa sewed the Rosemary Shirt for her daughter and the cutest Thyme Shirt for her son!

Lisa M. is also a former Project Run & Play designer, and sewed up this drapey version in rayon for her daughter…did you see it in the lookbook?

Malea sewed up this wardrobe basic Thyme shirt that will go with everything!

Nadine sewed her son this chambray Thyme Shirt and also used snaps for a pop of color.

Sonia used the optional side elastic on this short sleeve Rosemary Shirt for her daughter, and I love the definition it adds.

Suzi sewed matching Thyme Shirts for her sons from this large scale plaid, and I love the contrasting button plackets too!

And last but not least, Zoe sewed up the cutest version of the Rosemary Shirt and added eyelet trim to the bottom of the 3/4 sleeves!

Once again, find the Rosemary & Thyme Shirt patterns here in the Project Run & Play shop. And as I mentioned, this pattern is part of a whole wardrobe collection. Next week I’ll start sharing some of the other patterns I sewed from the collection.

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Janie “Mountain Dress”

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we get to share another Janie Dress with you.  Yes, we’re obsessed with this pattern!  This time we sewed it using French Terry fabric for a fall version.  We made just a few modifications, so stay tuned and we’ll give you all the details.

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pattern we used is of course the Janie Dress and Peplum from the Project Run & Play shop.  Okay we admit it, we’ve lost track of how many we’ve sewn now.

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation  

For Tina, we like to cut out the circle skirt with the regular width marking at the top of the pattern piece, and then use the gathered length marking at the bottom of the pattern piece to make it a little longer for growing.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this dress, we used some geometric mountains French Terry CLUB fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  We’ve had super good experiences with their french terry.  It’s high quality, easy to sew with, and doesn’t pill after many, many washings.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because french terry fabric doesn’t have as much stretch as jersey fabric, we decided to make the neckband from an *almost* matching grey jersey fabric.  This is so that the dress would go easily on and off over her head.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

This little girl loves textures as we’ve mentioned before.  She immediately notice the softer texture of this fabric and adores it!  Whenever it’s clean and hanging in her closet, she chooses her “mountain dress” as she calls it.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tina has this very adorable expression she makes when you say “show me your pretty smile!”  Such a cheesy baby!   So of course she’s asked to show her smile many times a day and each time gets a big laugh…

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Originally, I had planned to sew something for one of the boys with this fabric.  It would have been super cute too, but I think both Tina and I are glad she was the recipient of this fabric for this dress!

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because this is a CLUB fabric, it is a limited edition, so if you like it, don’t wait too long to grab some.  And you can find the Janie Dress pattern here.  We guarantee that some little girl in your life will thank you!

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October 2018 Goals Update #2

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

It’s time for another check in to see where we are on our 2018 sewing resolutions.  Since there are only 3 months left, we should be getting closer to finishing up.  Should be!  

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

For the women’s make 9 challenge, we’ve now sewn 6 of the garments we had planned.  Here are links to the 2 additional items we’ve sewn since April.  

Gabriola Skirt  (I sewed it for me, but Aria stole it.  So it still counts, right?)

Sandbridge Skirt (actually 2 of them!)

And in our April update post, I said I wanted another chance at the Ventian Skirt.  So here’s where I sewed another Ventian Skirt, maxi version this time.

Only 3 garments left to go, and the Charleston dress is already muslined, so that should get finished this month.

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

For the men’s Make 9 challenge, I’ve only sewn 2 more items, so I’m officially behind.  And since the hardest garment is left (pants!) I’m not sure I’m going to accomplish this one.  Neither of these two makes are blogged by themselves, but here is where I mentioned about the Hudson Pants I made for our oldest boy.  Since I also sewed him the Metro Tee, Mr. Skirt Fixation definitely has been getting the short end of the sewing stick.  

2018 RTW Fast update: Still no ready to wear garment purchases of any kind for me!  Yea!

Stash Shrinker:  After my April post, I raised the multiplier back up to 5 from 3.  I did catch up on the amount of fabric sewn, and am still going strong!  It’s a strict fabric diet I have myself on, but I love to see the number of yards sewn keep going up.  Right now it’s up to 310.75 yards sewn!!!  This seems to motivate me as much as not buying all the fabric I love is motivating me to sew from my stash!

Project Run & Play Let’s Sew A Rainbow goal: Done and blogged.  Well, all except the purple.  We’ll see if that ever happens!   There’s just not much love for purple garments around here!

Me Made May: Accomplished, posted to Instagram and blogged.  See the posts here.

Plenum Quilt review by Skirt Fixation

There are 2 more goals I hope to accomplish before the end of the year.  One is to finish up some of the quilts I have in process.  Fall and winter are such nice times to sew and USE quilts!  And the other goal is to work on my fall/winter wardrobe.  My spring/summer wardrobe always gets a lot of attention because of Me Made May, but the same scrutiny doesn’t happen 6 months later when the weather changes.  

That’s all for today!  It’s just sort of a personal tracking post, so thanks for reading and sticking around for all the skirt and sewing fun.

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Sew the Rainbow

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

Earlier this summer, I did a bunch of kid sewing that I never shared here!  The inspiration was from the Project Run & Play Sew The Rainbow themed weeks.  (Please go check out Project Run & Play, it’s an online children’s sewing event that I am privileged to lead, and there are some fantastic things happening over there!  It’s why this blog is a little quieter than usual right now.)  Here’s how we decided to sew the rainbow…

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

For red/pink week, both Annie and Thomas got t-shirts.  In fact, Annie sewed her own shirt!  She used the Camden Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns, and was so delighted to whip up this little raglan tee for herself.  

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

The fabric is Art Gallery Fabric knit leftover from this dress.  I couldn’t find it in stock, but this one is pretty similar and also an Art Gallery Fabric knit.

Sew the Rainbow with Skirt Fixation

Thomas also got a t-shirt.  For his we used buffalo plaid knit fabric (like this one) and he’s in heaven!  He’s been wearing it all summer.  We used the Shwin & Shwin Lennon Tee pattern.

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For orange week, Annie requested a nightgown.   We again used the Camden Raglan pattern as our base, but lengthened it into a nightgown length.   This fabric came from the Hancock Fabrics going out of business sale, but this gorgeous orange feather fabric would make a delightful nightgown!

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Then came yellow week!  Again, Annie got a new garment!  This time I sewed her a knit pencil skirt with shorts underneath.  We used the Jocole Pencil skirt pattern, and added the shorts from the Skipalong Skort underneath.  This fabric is also sold out (we were using up fabric from our stash for this exercise!) but here is a super soft, bright yellow, similar knit fabric.  

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Then came green week!  We’ve blogged both our makes for this week earlier.  You can see David and Lowell’s green camo rain jackets here.

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Also, I sewed a little sloth outfit for a friend’s new baby that totally falls into the green category and also things I haven’t blogged category!  I used the Seattle Skater Skirt pattern for the brown skirt, the Lollipop Leggings pattern for the leggings, and the Rosemary Raglan for the little tee.  Then I designed and added the darling sloth graphic using my Cricut Maker.

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And sort of bridging between green and blue weeks, Annie’s swimsuit is a turquoise/aqua color.  You can read all about it here.

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Then for blue week, we went sort of crazy.  In fact, we got stuck on blue week and still haven’t made it to indigo/violet week.  David and Lowell got swim trunks and rashguards which you can read about here.

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My biggest son got a pair of navy blue sweat pants.  We used some navy sweatshirt fleece, and the men’s Hudson Pants pattern.  As a little aside, he’s totally over the moon about a pair of sweatpants that fit his long, long, long legs!

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And then there was the whole blue patriotic parade of fabric that we sewed.  You can read all about those garments in this blog post.

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One reason this post took so long to get up is because we just never sewed any purple garment!  In fact, we’re still sewing with blue (as will be shown next week!)  But we did manage to sew some dresses that fit into the rainbow week theme, and you can read all about them in this blog post.

Thanks for taking time to read about our Sew the Rainbow garments!  It’s been quite a colorful summer around here.

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Janie Dress and Peplum

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today is our stop on the Project Run & Play Shop Grand Opening blog tour!  It’s an exciting day to be able to share not only these Janie dresses with you, but the whole Project Run & Play Shop.  This idea has been over a year in the making, and it’s so delightful to have a place to offer the amazing Project Run & Play design all in one spot!

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The whole month of July is the grand opening celebration.  There is a huge giveaway, sales each week, and every single pattern is being featured and sewn by a talented Project Run & Play designer.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

This week, dresses are featured.  They are for sale for 20% off in the shop.  We got to sew up the Janie Dress and Peplum pattern.  This darling knit dress has quite a few options, and we couldn’t help but sew up two different version.  

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The Janie Dress and Peplum can be made in 13 sizes from 6 months to 12 years.  We sewed a size 12 months for Baby.  The pattern is very thorough with photo illustrations and detailed instructions.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

One thing we love about this pattern is that cute collar!  It is perfectly drafted, and is super easy to attach.  Plus it lays right exactly where it’s supposed to at all times, which is very important!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

As you might know, knit neckbands are a particular point of interest to us when we sew patterns, and we are delighted to report that this one is absolutely perfect!  It lays flat with no curling or buckling.  Another sign of a superbly drafted pattern in our opinion!

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The Janie Dress can have either a circle skirt or a gathered circle skirt.  In the floral dress, we did the circle skirt option.  But we added length simply by using the gathered circle skirt hem length.  Quick, easy, and super effective to make this pattern last a little longer on a growing baby.  

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The fabric for this dress is Indigo and Aster knit jersey La Floraison.  We also used it for Annie’s cardigan here.  The collar fabric is some indigo denim-look knit fabric.  I used it because it really accentuates Baby’s eye color!

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The other Janie dress we sewed is mostly the same, but we used the gathered circle skirt option.  This was also a very easy dress to sew.  We used some rust bamboo knit leftover from sewing myself a peplum I sewed for myself.  I guess I haven’t shared it here, except in my Me Made May round up post.  You can see it on Instagram here.

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The fabric is so lightweight and perfectly cool for summer because it’s bamboo and rayon mixed!  I love wearing my peplum, and I just know this dress will help Baby keep cool in the summer heat.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

These 2 Janie Dresses are just the beginning of a summer capsule wardrobe we’re sewing for Baby.  So stay tuned for lots more baby goodness and tons of photos in the near future!  And remember to head over to Project Run & Play for the grand opening tour!  You can enter the giveaway below also.  And get your Project Run & Play patterns here.

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