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Shibori Dye Skirt

Easy cheater method of making a shibori dye skirt by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m going to show you a shibori dye skirt I made a few months ago.  Every year for my birthday, I make myself a new skirt, and this year was no exception!  It’s a way to treat myself with exactly the present I want.

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This year I pulled out one of my favorite skirt patterns, the Syrah Skirt.  You can see our review here, and if you search “Syrah” on this blog you can see all the other versions we’ve made.

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Shibori dying is the method of taking white fabric and indigo dye plus some objects and special folding to make patterns.  Now shibori dyeing is really awesome, and yields amazing results, but if you’re busy, or don’t want to be in danger of a kid reaching into the dye bucket and ending up with blue smeared everywhere, or you just don’t have time, you can use the easy cheater method like we did.  Click this link to buy Indigo Tie Dye fabric from JoAnns.  That’s right.  Pre-dyed fabric.  And done!  Shibori dyeing is really in right now, and I intend to try it myself sometime.  But until then, this fabric will hold me over!

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As you can probably see, this shibori dye skirt ended up a little too long!  I made the same length as the other Syrah Skirts I’ve sewn, but the rayon spandex fabric is quite heavy and pulls this one to a longer length.  In the end I’ll either hem this one shorter, or continue wearing heels with it!

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Speaking of hemming this skirt, I managed to get a beautiful hem by using a stretch twin needle, and this fusible tape.

Easy cheater method of making a shibori dye skirt by Skirt Fixation

To wear with my new skirt, I needed a plain shirt.  I tend to love colors and patterns, and end up with quite a few garments I can’t wear together.  So I made a plain old navy blue Seafarer Top that I wear All. The. Time.  Lesson learned; I need to sew myself more basics.  This lovely navy blue knit fabric is Riley Blake Cotton Jersey Knit Solid Navy Fabric.

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As I say every year about my birthday skirt, I’ve got a new favorite skirt!  Leave me a comment…what do you do to treat yourself on your birthday?

Affiliate links are used in this post because I hope to be able to earn enough money to sew myself a skirt for my birthday next year too!  Help a gal out by clicking on her links…it won’t cost you anything extra, and I might earn a few pennies!

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Me Made May Week 4

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Wrapping up Me Made May today!  Some thoughts on the event and my wardrobe at the end of the pictures!

Me Made May Day 22:

This striped Jocole knit pencil skirt is super comfortable and it matches my gray Sante Fe top perfectly!  I wear both these a lot.

Day 22 Verdict:

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Perfect outfit for summer months!  Everyone needs a Sante Fe top!  And this pattern is on SALE for 15% off right now with the code SANTEFE15

Me Made May Day 23:

This was the very first v-neck Union Street Tee I made.  Well, the very 1st any v-neck tee I made!  And I love it!

Day 23 Verdict:

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Love this shirt, here’s my review of the pattern.

Me Made May Day 24:

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I sewed up the Wildflower Top from Blank Slate Patterns and even modified it to become nursing friendly.

Day 24 Verdict:

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Unfortunately, this version didn’t work!  Bur I think with some changes I could get this to work out.  It would be such a good shirt for nursing!

Me Made May Day 25:

I wore my Jocole Peplum Top.  This version was originally my wearable muslin.

Day 25 Verdict:

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As with the other peplum top I wore this week, my waistline is not quite back to normal right now, and I’m going to keep blaming it on having a baby for several more months!

Me Made May Day 26:

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This is my favorite skirt refashion ever!  And my black Lane Raglan  that I still wear ALL THE TIME!

Day 26 Verdict:

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These two are in constant rotation!

Me Made May Day 27:

This navy blue Seafarer Top I made (unblogged) goes with just about everything in my skirt wardrobe!  And this skirt is reviewed here.

Day 27 Verdict:

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Mr. Skirt Fixation just purged his closet again…I think it’s time to make another one of these skirts!

Me Made May Day 28:

I love this Cheyenne Tunic in Art Gallery Fabrics voile so much!  And this Syrah skirt is dreamy too!

Day 28 Verdict:

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I’m pretty sure that if these two garments ever wear out I’ll just make exact replicas so I can always wear them!

Me Made May Day 29:

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This Sante Fe top  was the 2nd one I made.  And I wore it with my Jocole yoga A-line skirt.

Day 29 Verdict:

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The fabric I used for this shirt was closeout from Hancock Fabrics, and it doesn’t have good recovery.  This shirt gets pretty stretched out.

Me Made May Day 30:

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My new Seafarer top (again!!!) and a refashioned skirt from several years ago.

Day 30 Verdict:

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When it’s good, it’s good!

Me Made May Day 31:

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A brand new Syrah Skirt (blog post coming soon!) made from this fantastic shibori dyed knit fabric from JoAnn (affiliate link) and (surprise, surprise) that same navy Seafarer!

Day 31 Verdict:

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What I learned from Me Made May 2017:

I need to replace quite a few of the garments I made when I was learning to sew knits.

I need to sew with more solid colors more so I can pair things better.

I’m actually running short on Me Made skirts!

I need to find(or draft?) a good denim skirt pattern.

Do you have any suggestions for my “Me Made” wardrobe?

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Me Made May Week 3

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I forgot to post the “Me Mades” I’ve been wearing here on the blog!  So you get week 3 today and week 4 a little later.

Me Made May Day 14:

I love the Runway Skirt from the cover of the pattern, and since the godets are cream rather than white, I made myself a new Union St. Tee to match!  (affiliate link)

Day 14 Verdict:

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I love both of these garments lots and lots!  I tried to wear a store bought sweater vest with it, but it did’t fit!  Just be time to make one!

Me Made May Day 15:

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Wearing the 1st Syrah Skirt I made, and my Jocole peplum in super soft Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric!

Day 15 Verdict:

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I will probably wait a few more months before putting this top back in my regular wardrobe.

Me Made May Day 16:

My Lane Raglan (affiliate link) in black that I wear ALL. THE. TIME. and a refashioned skirt.

Day 16 Verdict:

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This skirt is going to have to go!  And the Lane Raglan is getting worn from so much wear…time to make another one!

Me Made May Day 17:

Guess what, another Syrah Skirt from my very 1st Cali Fabrics blog post, and my wearable muslin (unblogged, I think!) of the Granville Shirt.

Day 17 Verdict:

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Time to sew a button back on!  And wait a few months to wear it again…

Me Made May Day 18:

One of my very favorite striped Lane Raglans, (affiliate link) and my black Jocole Yoga Skirt.

Day 18 Verdict:

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It’s soooo hard to get rid of a favorite shirt…but this one needs some repair before I wear it again in public…if ever!

Me Made May Day 19:

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I chose my very comfortable Seafarer Top in the very lovely Art Gallery Fabric floral. (affiliate link)

Day 19 Verdict:

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This pattern and this fabric is one of my favorite combinations!

Me Made May Day 20:

I just had to wear this Runway Skirt again when I got to go to Quilt Market for a few hours because I knew April Rhodes, who designed this Observer knit fabric (affiliate link) would be there showing her newest lines of fabric!

Day 20 Verdict:

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I also wore a new Seafarer Top I made myself just for the occasion!

Me Made May Day 21:

Day 21: a maxi skirt in gorgeous @alisonglass fabric and a #viviennetop . . #mmmay17 #memademay #flirtingtheissue

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This very lovely Flirting The Issue skirt and a Vivienne Top I made for Allegra.

Day 21 Verdict:

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The Vivienne Top didn’t work out for me…but I really do need a dressy black shirt, so stay tuned!!

My kids have also been wearing Momma Made clothing too! Here’s what I got:

Kids Momma Mades Day 14:

My sweet girl in her #mommade outfit today. #mommmay #mommmay17 #minimemademay #polinadress #pencilskirt #vintagefabric

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Kids Momma Mades Day 19:

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Me Made May 2017 Week 2

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Continuing on with Me Made May, we’ve been posting our skirt outfits over on Instagram.  (If you want to see them in real time, follow us here.)

Me Made May Day 6:

Day 6 verdict:

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To reward myself for getting rid of several garments last week I sewed up a new Union St. Tee for myself.  (affiliate link) in double brushed poly from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s dreamy!

Me Made May Day 7:

Day 7 verdict:

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This is my Cheyenne Tunic (reviewed here) and a Runway Skirt.  Both are keepers, I just need to repair the hem!

Me Made May Day 8

Day 8 verdict:

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I put on this Julia Sweater in hopes of loving it again.  But it’s definitely seen it’s best days and going to have to go.  The Jocole yoga skirt is a keeper.

Me Made May Day 9:

Day 9 verdict:

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I’m not sure what happened to my Julia Cardigan, but it’s completely unwearable and stretched out of shape beyond repair.  I guess that’s what I get for using cheaper fabric.  The scuba tank in great, and the Nani Iro skirt is divine…so they are both staying in my wardrobe.

Me Made May Day 10:

Day 10 verdict:

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Still in love with my Sailor Top in Mille Fleur fabrics!  It took me quite a few times to get this shirt to fit my tall, wide-shouldered self, but we’re there now!

Me Made May Day 11:

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Day 11 verdict:

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This Seafarer shirt is proof that when you have a good pattern and you use top quality fabric, you’ll get a garment you can wear and wear and wear!

Me Made May Day 12:

Day 12 verdict:

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And since I threw away some more garments, I made myself the new Willamette Shirt!  (Read my review here.)

Me Made May Day 13:

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Day 13 verdict:

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This Hampton Hoodie fits great and still gets lots of wears even though I accidentally threw it in the wash with something red that stained some of the feathers pinkish!

The kid have been wearing Momma Made clothes too!  Check it out:

Kids Day 6:

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Geneva Cardigan Review

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Recently we got to help test a new Coffee + Thread pattern, the Geneva Cardigan.  You might know already about how much we love Coffee + Thread patterns, due to the sheer numbers of them we’ve sewn!  And the Geneva Cardigan is no exception.

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The Geneva Cardigan is a knit cardigan suitable for boys or girls.  It is the perfect topper to any outfit.  There are 4 collar and 2 sleeve options.  It can be made in sizes 12 months to 14 years.  We made a straight size 8, which is one reason we love Coffee + Thread patterns; they fit Annie’s tall and thin frame with almost no modifications!

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As with all Coffee + Thread patterns, the Geneva Cardigan is very well drafted, and everything lines up right where it should.  We made the Peter Pan collar, in an organic white cotton fabric and it’s the perfect staple Annie needed in her wardrobe for chilly spring mornings.  The collar is finished with bias tape very beautifully in the inside.

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The Geneva Cardigan has a cool pocket detail too.  It’s hard to see on this all white cardigan, but the pocket opening is curved, and if you use a contrast lining, it peeps out that curved opening.  One example of the perfect drafting of Coffee + Thread patterns is that the bottom of the pocked is caught into the hem, thus making the pockets always stay in place.

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The next version of the Geneva Cardigan we plan to make for Annie is the frilled collar and sleeve one.  In a stretch lace, it would be so classy!

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

And we’re so delighted this pattern will work for boys too.  We can see the younger boys in the neck band version made from an argyle fabric.  Or a chunky cable knit!

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In these photos, Annie has layered the Geneva Cardigan over her Quinn top and skirt, blogged here.

We’re giving away one PDF copy of the Geneva Cardigan to one of our readers.  To enter, just leave a comment below about your favorite layering piece.

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Me Made May Week 1

Just like last year, I’m participating in Me Made May.  As a refresher, Me Made May is an event where people who sew their clothes wear them for the month of May.  Everyone personalizes it to what works for them, and I’m doing the same.  This year I’m using the Me Made May event to assess my wardrobe, looking for handmade gaps and to determine what I wear and don’t wear and why.  Then I’ll summon up the courage to get rid of the things that don’t work…even though I made them!  For some reason I have a really hard time getting rid of garments I made.  I’ll summarize each week here, and let you know how it goes.

Me Made May Day 1:

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Day 1 verdict:

This is the Marlene Shirt and the nursing modification works really good!  But I’ll probably use it on a different shirt in the future, or lower the armscyle on this shirt if I make another one.

Me Made May Day 2:

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Day 2 verdict:  This Santa Fe top is a keeper!  And the Jocole a line yoga skirt works great too.

Me Made May Day 3:

Day 3 verdict:

This Lonetree Vest is absolutely amazing!  I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it, since I used top quality Art Gallery Fabrics canvas and made 3 muslins before sewing it up so the fit is perfect.  This ombre Syrah Skirt is one of my absolute favorites too.  I just need to repair the hem.  My double needle and I are not good friends right now!

Me Made May Day 4:

Day 4 verdict:

The Mountain Pose Yoga Pants need repairs, for some reason my machine has a little trouble sewing the knit stitch in long continuous lines…and starts to skip after a while.  The Jocole pencil skirt and Halifax Hoodie are always in constant rotation and good shape!

Me Made May Day 5:

Day 5 verdict:

I really do like the collar of this Parisian top and it’s shape, but it’s old, pilling and the collar is off center.  So I might make this pattern again, and pay special attention to collar placement, use better fabric, and lower the arm cycle and widen the shoulders a bit.  I’ve got a couple other cardigans, and only a few things to wear this Julia Cardigan with, so it’s going to have to go.

I’m also posting pictures of my kids wearing handmades every day over on Instagram, so if you want to see it as it happens, follow us on Instagram!  Here’s what my kids wore this week:

Day 1:

I spy 2 barefoot knights in #mommadeclothes for #mommmay and #minimemademay !!! . . #knighthoodie #parachutesweatpants

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Day 2:

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Day 5:

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There you have it!  See you next week…

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Blithe Fabrics Blog Tour

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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!!!)

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

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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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Aria’s 4H Sewing Project

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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Cali & Co fabric outfit

My new favorite fall outfit!

Today I’m over at the Cali & Co blog!  You may have noticed the button over on the sidebar announcing that I’m now part of the Cali & Co blog squad.  If you’ve never checked out Cali & Co fabric you really should.  They have an amazing selection of fabrics.  Today I’m sharing all about my new fall outfit, sewed entirely from 3 beautiful Cali & Co. fabrics.  I found these three amazing fabrics, and I’ve got tips for sewing with each of them over on the Cali & Co blog today.

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Bringing home our Crafting Con Post

This week is Kids Clothes Week where lots of people sew clothes for their kids!  Since ALL the sewing I’m doing this week for kids is secret sewing that I can’t share on the blog yet, I thought I’d bring home some posts we’ve published elsewhere.  That way I can sew to my heart’s content!  Please enjoy this post first published on Crafting Con for the Games theme.

Hello Crafting Con fans!  We’re the gals from Skirt Fixation, and we’re delighted to be here today with our Board Games look.  When we saw who our fellow competitors were going to be, we got really scared and knew we were going to have to up our game.  So we opted for the oldest, most thought provoking board game to ever challenge mankind, CHESS!  We knew this was going to be intense, and we had to make every move count or we would find ourselves checkmated.  Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConChess is always played by 2 people, so we needed 2 outfits for our 2 players.  A black one vs a white one.  Check.  A boy vs a girl.  Check.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConSince white always goes first, and our girl is representing white, we’ll start with her outfit.  Plus it includes a skirt, and skirts is what we do!  Since we are currently sewing up ALL the Oliver + S skirts, we were looking for an excuse to sew the free Lazy Days skirt.  This skirt is the perfect palette for a game of chess.  Check.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAfter sewing on a strip of checkered fabric, we stenciled on two complete white chess sets, one on each the front and the back, in the proper setup order.  After all, this is Crafting Con, which is for nerds, and nerds would immediately notice if the chess pieces weren’t in the right set up.  So proper chess order it was.  Check. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting Con

For her top, we sewed up a simple staple piece, the Oliver + S Metro shirt.  Chess is all about strategy, and our girl was very strategic in trying to create an outfit she could wear everyday after the photo shoot.  Check.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConOur boy is representing the black chess pieces.  It was pretty obvious he needed a Knight Hoodie, and so to settle the chess theme once and for all, we used our tutorial to reverse appliqué the knight chess piece onto the back of his Knight Hoodie.  Check. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConA boy can’t go around pant-less, so we sewed him a pair of Oliver+S Field Trip Cargo Pants.  These pants are very labor intensive, and require the seamstress to slow down and think; just like chess.  Check. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAll the topstitching is doubled to echo the chess dual happening.  Check.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConNext came the photo shoot.  Chess has been around for so long that it’s a reoccurring theme in many books, movies, and events.  Think of the chess scenes in 2 Harry Potter movies, R2D2 vs Chewbacca, the mysterious opponent in The Westing Game, Alice In Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.

Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConWe threw around location ideas; a castle to represent the rook, a church to represent the bishop, a concrete parking garage to represent modern day chess.  But we finally narrowed it down to an Alice In Wonderland feel.  Check. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConSince the outfits were all in black and white, of course, we felt a red clover field would add some color and texture and interest to the photos.  A caricature of the seriousness of chess and the players black and white outfits.     Fiction vs. Reality.  Check.

Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting Con

All that was left was to determine which chess board to use.  (We have three!)  In the end, the players felt the American Revolution chess set would play off the Ancient vs. Modern theme we had going on.  Check.

These two got very competitive (after all, the stage had been set!) and they didn’t even notice the way I moved them around as if they were my pawns; turn this way, stand there, sit here, move to the left, step forward, put your leg back.  In the end, and it was very, very close, this time white triumphed over black.  Checkmate.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConPlease visit us over at Skirt Fixation where we have the free chess pieces templates so you can make  your own chess themed clothing.  And more photos, and a detailed review of each of these patterns.

In Summary:

Black Chess Look:

Top Pattern: Knight Hoodie from Charming Doodle

Top Fabric: Gray sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee

Pants Pattern: Oliver+S Field Trip Cargo Pants

Pants Fabric: Lightweight black twill from our stash

White Chess Look:

Top Pattern: Oliver+S women’s Metro T-shirt

Top Fabric: Black jersey knit from Girl Charlee

Skirt Pattern: Oliver+S Lazy Days skirt

Skirt Fabric: Black cotton from the stash