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Pajama Pants (Sorry, no skirts today!)

Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation. All fabric and pattern sources listed.

Tis the season to make pajamas!  Last year I made pajama pants for (almost) all of my kids, and this year I decided to treat myself to some new pajamas.

Pajama set sewn by Skirt Fixation

When you are a 6 foot tall woman, pajama pants that fit just don’t exist unless you’re willing to put forth some large amounts of money or make them yourself.  The last (and only) pair I bought for myself more years ago than I can remember were so worn out that it finally came down to Mr. Skirt Fixation throwing them away.  Yeah, they were really that bad!  So this time I decided to sew some for myself.

I turned to one of my favorite pattern companies, Jocole.  You may remember when we sewed up all their skirt patterns for All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew.  They don’t have a pajama pattern, but I was pretty sure their Ladies Basic Leggings pattern could be modified into exactly what I wanted.  I added a cuff to the bottom of the leggings and BAM!  instant pajama pants.   (It was super SUPER easy to do, and I’ve got a tutorial for how to add cuffs to the Basic Leggings pattern on the Jocole blog today.)

I did make one other modification to the Ladies Basic Leggings pattern.  The finished inseam (without the cuff) is 30 inches.  My inseam is 36 inches.  So I added 5 inches and the cuff, and these are actually long enough!  I’m so delighted I’m ready to whip up another 5000 pairs for myself!  This pattern comes in sizes XS to XXXL, so it’s pretty much going to work for anyone.  And with just one pattern piece, the prep work goes like lightening. I love the way the elastic waist is inserted, and as with all Jocole patterns we’ve sewn, the instructions are thorough and well illustrated.

Pajama Pants tutorial by Skirt Fixation

For a pajama shirt, I turned to one of my most comfortable shirt patterns, the Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade.  I’ve made this pattern so many times it was fast and easy to whip out another shirt.  Here are 5 reasons why the Lane Raglan makes a perfect pajama shirt: 1-no itchy shoulder seams.  2-long sleeves for cold winter nights. 3-cuffs to keep the sleeves in place while you’re sleeping. 4-waistband keeps the shirt down while you’re sleeping. 5-perfect neckband, not too tight, not too loose, juuuuust right!  (I used the updated neckband this time, and the neckband came out perfectly!!)

Pajama set sewn by Skirt Fixation

For my pajama fabric, I turned to Craftsy.  Did you know that as well as offering classes and patterns (like our FREE Pegasus Skirt pattern) they also have crafting supplies?  When I saw this rayon knit ombre knit fabric, I just had to have it! Here’s the (affiliate) link, it’s called Midnight Ombre Floral Knit Fabric.  And it turned out perfectly for my new pajamas.

Pajama set sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since both these patterns were so easy and fast to construct and Aria has had a huge growth spurt, I decided to whip out another pajama set for her. Using the same patterns I made her some Ladies Basic Leggings (no cuff, and only 3 extra inches added to the inseam) and a Lane Raglan.  Her fabric was leftover from this skirt I made myself.  The black fabric on both our pajama sets came from Girl Charlee.

All PJs

These pajama sets were so quick and easy to make I think I will be making myself a few more pairs.  After all, why limit yourself to just one pair of pajamas when sewing them is this rewarding?  Sometimes you just need to pamper yourself.

Do you make (or buy) pajamas this time of year?  Please share your sources in the comments.

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Reversible Gemma Blouse Tutorial

Reversible Gemma Blouse tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Reversible Gemma Blouse tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Today I have a reversible Gemma Blouse tutorial.  Yesterday I showed you the first Gemma Blouse and Skirt pattern I made, and promised you a tutorial on how to make it reversible.  First the tutorial, then more about this particular Gemma Blouse and Skirt.

The Gemma Blouse and Skirt is a Violette Field Threads pattern.  Since it is fully lined it is easy to make the Gemma Blouse completely reversible.  Just follow these steps:

Cut out 2 sleeves of each fabric.

Omit steps to sew on cuff.

Reversible Gemma Blouse tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Pull apart lining and main fabric bodice pieces and pin each sleeve to it’s matching bodice.

Gather the top of each sleeve as instructed.

Sew each sleeve to it’s matching bodice piece.

Reversible Gemma Blouse tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Gather bottom of each sleeve to 1/2 it’s original width.  Baste gathers in place.

Reversible Gemma Blouse tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Fold over bottom of each sleeve 1/4 inch and iron in place.

Repeat for the hem of each bodice.

Reversible Gemma Blouse tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Pull apart the lining and bodice and unfold ironed over hems.  Pin together underarm and side seams RST.  Sew.

Reversible Gemma Blouse tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Turn the shirt with one right side out.  Tuck the arms together.  Refold and line up hem at bottom of sleeves.  Carefully pin them together WRONG sides together.  Sew.

Repeat for bottom of hem.

We used snaps instead of buttons, but if you choose buttons and buttonholes, simply sew on 2 sets of buttons one on the right side and one on the wrong side of the fabric.

Ta-Da!  Your Gemma blouse is now completely reversible.  Two shirts for the price for one!

Reversible Gemma Blouse tutorial by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for the Gemma skirt and the wine color were both purchased at Walmart several years ago.  They were just sitting in the stash, so, it was time to see the light of day.

Reversible Gemma Blouse tutorial by Skirt Fixation

The blue chambray was leftover from making a shirt for my son.  The pink collar and pockets is a soft baby linen also used as the lining for the Gemma Blouse yesterday.

Reversible Gemma Blouse tutorial by Skirt Fixation I think it would be fairly easy to make the Gemma Skirt reversible also.  Just cut out two skirts and sew them wrong sides together when attaching at the waistband.  Similar to the way we made the reversible Swingset Skirt.

Reversible Gemma Blouse tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Be sure to visit yesterday’s post to enter the giveaway for 10 PDF patterns from Violette Field Threads and $100 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Reversible Gemma Blouse tutorial by Skirt Fixation

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Millie Fleur Canvas Jacket

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Recently I had the privilege of being a Quilt Market maker!  For anyone who doesn’t know, Quilt Market is a trade show that occurs in Texas annually.  Everything you can imagine that is related to fabric is there.  Many of the displays at Quilt Market are new lines of fabric soon to be released for fabric stores to peruse and purchase.  So fabric supplies and fabric designers sew up (and ask others to sew up) items using their new fabrics.  So I had the honor of sewing up some canvas from Bari J’s new Millie Fleur fabric line into a jacket to be displayed at Quilt Market.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

I wanted to make something very splashy for this special occasion, so I chose the Chloe Ruffle Jacket and Cap pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  I knew from experience, that a Peekaboo Pattern Shop pattern would make my job easier, there would be no mistakes in the pattern or difficult to understand instructions.  And I was right!  I made a size four since that was the largest size I could manage to get out of the Millie Fleur canvas piece I receive from Bari J.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Bari J. probably sent me all the fabric she had, but this was the “strike-offs” which is printed funny as a test before the real fabric is printed.  And then I insisted on making the cap because, just look at that cap!  But it uses a large circle of fabric.  This is an adorable little pattern, and I made a few more changes to make it even more eye catching.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Instead of spreading out the gathering across the sleeve cap, I gathered it tightly only at the top.

I shortened the “skirt” of the jacket by 1.5 inches.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Instead of gathering the “skirt” of the jacket, I pleated it for a more dramatic look.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

The sleeve opening is narrowed at the bottom.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

I lengthened the ruffle pattern piece along the front so as to make a tighter (and more eye catching) ruffle along the front.

The inside lining of the skirt is not gathered at all so as to not add bulk.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Instead of making buttons and buttonholes, the buttons are merely decorative and there are snaps inside the jacket.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.
Images captured from Quilt Market.

These changes were all very easy to make, and produced a finished product that captured many an eye at quilt market, so I’m told!  It probably also helped that people spent more time in front of Bari J’s booth as she was creating (and giving away!) live paintings.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

You can see the inside of the fully lined Chloe jacket and cap are lined with white fleece Ultra Cuddle Fabric.  The source is JoAnn Fabrics, and it makes the jacket able to be worn all winter long.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Also, cuddle is definitely the right name for this fabric!  It pairs with the Millie Fleur canvas perfectly.Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.I was careful to fussy cut the fabric for the covered buttons so as to accentuate Bari J’s Millie Fleur canvas fabric in all the right places.  I found little flowers and a butterfly to center on the buttons.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

The collar is genuine leather.  It is so extremely soft and supple and adds to the artistic feel of this little jacket.  Plus, the smell of leather!

Jacket made by Skirt Fixation and displayed at Quilt Market

I just love Art Gallery Fabrics, and this is the second time I’ve gotten to work with their amazing canvas fabric.  The other jacket I made was also at Quilt Market in the Art Gallery Fabrics canvas booth!  Talk about some famous jackets.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Seriously, I was so excited to be a quilt market maker.  The only thing better would be to have been there in person.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Since I didn’t have a 4 year old daughter to model the jacket, I had my 4 year old son put it on for a few photos before I sent it off to Bari J.  But I promised his brothers I would block out his face!  I just wanted to show how cute it was modeled.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

I can’t wait for this Millie Fleur canvas to be available in stores.  Since the Chloe Ruffle Jacket pattern goes up to size 8, I just might make one for Annie in her size.  Or find a new pattern and make something for myself!

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

This blog post uses affiliate links which means if you click through them, I might make a few pennies.  You know, so I can support this fabric habit I have!

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Mini Senna Tote

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The second to last piece in the Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection is the mini Senna Tote. I wasn’t sure if I was going to have time to complete it with all the other pieces I had planned. But Annie insisted. And part of the idea behind the mini wardrobe collection was child input, so…

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The rose pink pleather really reflects Annie’ choice. She would have all pink all the time!  The rose pleather, or vegan leather if you prefer, came from Girl Charlee.  They have just about every color you could need!

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The main fabric used to make the mini Senna Tote is called Kladi Underlight. Recognize it?  That’s because we chose the other color way for the maxi skirt from the Aquatic Countryside look.  It’s from Katarina Rocella’s Skopelos line of fabric, as are all the fabric in this mini wardrobe collection and was generously given to us by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The contrast pocket and inside fabric is from our fabric stash, it might be shot cotton, and we used it to line the dress from this mini collection also.

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

Annie carried her mini Senna Tote for the Flower Market look, but it does go with everything in the mini wardrobe collection.  Really it might be both of our favorite piece from the whole Modern Chloris collection!  It’s so delicate and miniature looking.

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

Okay, here are the top secret details on how you can make a mini Senna Tote for yourself, I mean your little one!  You need Senna Tote pattern.  Print out the pattern pieces at 50% instead of 100%.  Be sure to add back seam allowances because they will have been shrunk by 50% too.  Sewing a 1/8 inch seam allowance could get pretty tricky on parts of the mini Senna Tote.  Ask me how I know!

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The cool part of making a mini Senna Tote is that it takes less materials and less time too!  I think I will make one at 75% next!   In that case, you would add 1/8 back to the seam allowances I think.  The easiest way to figure out the length of zipper you will need is to measure your shrunken pattern piece.  In our case, we were using a zipper we harvested off of a thrifted purse.  We couldn’t find the right shade of zipper, but the purse was as cheap as a zipper plus the shipping it would have cost us to get exactly the right shade of pink!

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

To figure the length of the straps, the easiest thing is to just measure with a measuring tape on the intended recipient.   The 50% measure doesn’t work too well here either.  We made the straps at 50% width, but you would widen these if you wanted.  These work perfectly for Annie’s little hands.

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

Annie absolutely adores her mini Senna Tote.  She stores all her most special treasures in it and has (so far) managed to keep it away from her little brothers!

Mini Senna Tote from Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection sewed by Skirt Fixation

Here is the link to the Senna Tote I made myself, for comparison.  The other Mini Senna Tote versions I’ve seen are Groovy Baby and Mama’s for Stylo Magazine and Alexis of Whimsy Tailes on Instagram.

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DIY Nursing Friendly Ballard {Remix the Stitch}

DIY nursing friendly reversible Ballard top sewn by Skirt Fixation.

DIY nursing friendly reversible Ballard top sewn by Skirt Fixation.

I was thrilled when Kimberly of Straight Stitch Designs asked me to be part of her Remix the Stitch blog tour celebrating the one year anniversary of Straight Stitch Designs.  After perusing her patterns, I settled on the Ballard because I had an idea on how to remix it into a nursing friendly top.  I actually figured out two ways to make the Ballard nursing friendly and reversible and convertible to a non nursing top!  How’s that for versatility?

DIY nursing friendly reversible Ballard top sewn by Skirt Fixation.

 

To make a nursing friendly top out of the Ballard pattern, you have to begin by cutting it out differently.

Cut out two back pattern pieces, one for the open back pattern, and one for the closed back pattern.

You will need to change the neckline to make it reversible.  Raise the neckline on the front pattern piece by 1.25 inches and lower the neckline on the back pattern pieces by 1.25 inches.

When it’s time to sew the shoulders together, layer the two backs and one front piece like this:

DIY nursing friendly reversible Ballard top sewn by Skirt Fixation.

Closed back (right side up)

Open backs (right side up)

Front (right side down)

When you sew up the side seams, sew up the sleeves, then do NOT catch the closed back piece in the side seams when you sew the front and (open) back pieces together.  This is how you will get access for nursing your baby. Like this:

DIY nursing friendly reversible Ballard top sewn by Skirt Fixation.

When you sew the hem band, be sure to catch both layers of the back pattern pieces.

When you pin the neckband to the shirt, place the neckband seam on one of the shoulder seams so your shirt will be reversible.

When you sew the neckband, be sure to catch both layers of the back pattern pieces.

DIY nursing friendly reversible Ballard top sewn by Skirt Fixation.

To make the button up (or snap) version of the reversible, nursing friendly Ballard, most of your steps will be the same.

Cut out two back pattern pieces, one for the open back pattern, but cut a straight instead of curved line.  Use the farthest parts of the curve and draw a straight line from the top to the bottom.  Like this:

diagram

When you fold over the edges of your open back pieces, you will fold over enough width to create a button placket (or if you do snaps, use the 1/2” recommended)  Also, I would suggest ironing in some lightweight interfacing to help your buttonholes maintain their shape.

After you have assembled the shirt, make buttonholes and sew on buttons.  Or use snaps as I did.

DIY nursing friendly reversible Ballard top sewn by Skirt Fixation.

I did not cut my Ballard as I suggest you do above, so you can see some gapping across the front.  If I would have had enough fabric to cut the pattern piece underneath of the same fabric this would not be as noticeable.  So you can learn from my mistake and cut yours wider!  The next nursing friendly Ballard I make will definitely have a button placket up the front/back.

DIY nursing friendly reversible Ballard top sewn by Skirt Fixation.

Yes, I’m having some front/back confusion because I made these Ballard tops reversible!  That’s because the back is so fun and the front is so cute, I wanted to be able to wear them either way after my baby is finished nursing.

DIY nursing friendly reversible Ballard top sewn by Skirt Fixation.

This photo is my tribute to Kimberly because she’s always laughing and so beautiful on the pictures on her pattern covers!

If you’re confused about the convertible reversible aspect of this Ballard, here’s a little collage I made for you:DIY nursing friendly reversible Ballard top sewn by Skirt Fixation.

I actually had some shoes to go with this outfit, for once!  My sister would be proud!

DIY nursing friendly reversible Ballard top sewn by Skirt Fixation.

Be sure to visit all the other stops on the Remix the Stitch blog tour.  Oh, and there’s a giveaway too!

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DIY nursing friendly reversible Ballard top sewn by Skirt Fixation.

Tuesday, September 8th: Meg Cookin’ and Craftin’ | Jennifer Ginger Peach Studio
Wednesday, September 9th: Ajaire Call Ajaire | Heidi Handmade Frenzy | Stacey Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
Thursday, September 10th: Melissa Rebel & Malice | Annika Näh-Connection | Abby Sew Much Ado
Friday, September 11th: Katie It’s Hard to Hear Up Here | Jane Buzzmills | Lisa Mabey She Made It
Saturday, September 12th: Elena Randomly Happy | Allie Indiesew | Jess If Only They Would Nap
Monday, September 14th: Jaime Made By Jaime | Lauren BASTE + GATHER | Sara Made by Sara
Tuesday, September 15th: Audrey Skirt Fixation | Teri Fa Sew La | Hayley Welcome to the Mouse House
Wednesday, September 16th: Emi Just Add Fabric | Rachael Imagine Gnats | Teresa Dandelion Drift
Thursday, September 17th: Kaysie | KZJO’STUDIO Rita Conversas de Hermanas | Stephanie Swoodson Says
Friday, September 18th: Andreia In a Manner of Sewing | Nienke Pienkel | Abbey Sew Charleston

DIY nursing friendly reversible Ballard top sewn by Skirt Fixation.

All links to Straight Stitch Designs are affiliate links because as you can see we LOVE this pattern, and have our eye on several more, so if you click through on our link, we may eventually make enough money to support our pattern habit!

 

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Ruffled Canvas Jacket

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Instead of making you wait for all the details about everyone’s favorite piece from our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection, I decided to blog about the ruffled canvas jacket today for you.  You’re welcome!  Really, there will just be a pretty short tutorial, but the photos do most of the talking.  ruffled canvas jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

I started with two things; the Modern Belle pattern by Lil Luxe Collection, and an inspiration photo from Pinterest.   Add to these 2 things the most wonderful, softest, most pliable canvas fabric EVER provided by Art Gallery Fabrics!

ruffled canvas jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

I really really can’t say enough good things about Art Gallery Fabrics canvas.  I’ve never felt another canvas soft and pliable enough to make ruffles!  And that’s exactly what I did for the ruffled canvas jacket.

ruffled canvas jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here’s the quick tutorial.  Cut out the arched side panels for the Modern Belle pattern.  Make a loooooong strip of ruffled fabric by cutting a strip of canvas 5 inches wide, folding it in half (wrong sides together) and ruffling it using your favorite method.

ruffled canvas jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next, pin the ruffle to the bottom of the arched pattern piece with the ruffle’s bottom overhanging by about 1/2 inch.  Zig zag the top of the ruffle in place.  If you wish, you can add a 2nd line of straight stitching below the zig zig for security.  Cut off the edge of the ruffled strip even with the edge of the arched pattern piece.

Jacket Step2

Place the ruffled strip above the 1st ruffle, overlapping the bottom of the 2nd strip over the top of the 1st strip by about 1/2”  Repeat these steps until you get to the top of the arched pattern piece.  Making a size 6, I ended up with 7 layers of ruffles.  Continue sewing the Modern Belle pattern as instructed.  The side edges will be caught in the side seams.

JacketRuffles

At the top, I made a tiny rectangular placket and topstitched it over the top edge of the top ruffle so no raw edges would show.  Another change I made to the Modern Belle pattern were to cut the front piece not on the fold so I would be able to add a zipper.

ruffled canvas jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Also, I added a collar.  And the jacket is fully lined with navy sateen (leftover from Allegra’s Bistro dress.)  I used the instructions from the Downton Duffle Coat (*affiliate link) to assemble the lined jacket.

ruffled canvas jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Basically, this jacket is a piece of artwork which is fitting for the Modern Chloris theme which drew heavily on classical Greece.  I mean, what other era and location did so many timeless classic pieces of artwork emerge from?ruffled canvas jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

As promised, I made a collage of flat lays to show you just how wonderfully this ruffled canvas jacket works with all the other pieces in our Modern Chloris mini collection.  Now all that’s left to do is figure out how to make one of these in my size!!!   And order some more of that luscious Art Gallery Fabrics canvas…as soon as I decide which one to choose!

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Half Apron Tutorial

Half Apron Tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Half apron tutorial by Skirt FixationHi! Allegra here! I have an easy half apron tutorial for you today! The back story is that we have always had this nice old checkered half apron that we wear when we are cooking or playing dress up, or pioneers or suchlike. I have always worn this apron, and lately I decided to make a semi-matching one for Aria. So, using some simple measurements, I created this easy half apron tutorial (WITH PICTURES, YAY) for you.

Half apron tutorial by Skirt Fixation What you will need:

A piece of fabric 36 inches wide by 29 inches long for the apron.

A piece of fabric 67 inches long by 2 inches wide. (If you want a wider waistband, then make the width be 4 inches)

ha13Note: The small square piece of fabric was for a pocket which I decided not to add.

Note: I used pretty quilting cotton from our stash.  I’m sure cotton works best here.

Half apron tutorial by Skirt FixationStep 1: Cut out your fabric.

Half apron tutorial by Skirt FixationStep 2: Around the bottom and two of the sides of the apron piece, iron over ¼ or ½ inch, depending on what size hem you want. Note: Usually, I iron down ¼ inch, and then fold it over the second time as I’m sewing. If you want to iron it over twice, though, by all means go for it!

Half apron tutorial by Skirt FixationStep 3: Sew down what you ironed.  Across the unfinished top, sew a basting or gather stitch, and gather until its 18 inches across.

Half apron tutorial by Skirt FixationStep 4: Take the 67 by 2 piece and iron over ¼ inch or smaller all the way around.

Half apron tutorial by Skirt FixationStep 5: Pin the apron front piece into the waistband piece so that the gathering is encapsulated in the waistband, and then sew it down.

Half apron tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Half apron tutorial by Skirt FixationStep 6: If you would like, sew trimming onto the bottom. I sewed some simple eyelet lace onto the back of the bottom hem.

Step 6: If you would like, sew trimming onto the bottom. I sewed some simple eyelet lace onto the back of the bottom hem.

Aria modeled her new apron, I think she likes it!

Step 6: If you would like, sew trimming onto the bottom. I sewed some simple eyelet lace onto the back of the bottom hem.Well, hope you like this half apron tutorial! Let us know what you make!

Allegra

Step 6: If you would like, sew trimming onto the bottom. I sewed some simple eyelet lace onto the back of the bottom hem.

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Circle Skirt Tutorial using Narrow Fabric

Skirt Fixation circle skirt tutorial

If you find a circle skirt tutorial on the internet, it will probably require you to use 60” wide fabric.  This makes sense because when you actually make a circle skirt, you cut a circle in the center for the waistband, and a wider circle using the whole width of the fabric for the length of the skirt.  And unless you are making a circle skirt for a girl, or you want a really short one, you have to use 60” wide fabric.  And then it ends about midi length.  So what do you do if you want a longer circle skirt or you want to use narrow fabric?  Well, there a couple of options.

First option: Cut two 1/2 circles on the edges of your fabric and sew them together at the sides.  This uses an extraordinary amount of fabric, wastes a lot, and sometimes the seams can hang longer or unevenly.  But it does accomplish the purpose.  So we found another way.

Circle Skirt Tutorial Using Narrow Fabric

Skirt Fixation circle skirt tutorial

2.  Make extensions on the sides of your fabric where the widest part of the circle will cross.  This eliminates the issue with the seams hanging uneven because the extension is not heavy.  And very little fabric is wasted.

Skirt Fixation circle skirt tutorial

This photo shows the cut lines.  You can see that without the extensions, the length of the skirt would have been much shorter!

Skirt Fixation circle skirt tutorial

And after it’s cut out.  Can you spot the extensions?  With fabric this busy, they are really hard to find!

Skirt Fixation circle skirt tutorial

Here you can see a close up of where the extension is, but it’s almost invisible on the finished skirt.  Of course if you match your patterns, this seam line will disappear entirely.  And when she spins, who would ever know?

Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

There are so many delightful 44/45” fabrics available, and now you can make a circle skirt from them too, using our circle skirt tutorial and narrow fabric.  We chose to use this fabric from Urban Sew.  It’s called Oopsy Daisy, from Westminster fabrics, and is part of their La Dee Da line by Erin McMorris.  Right now, it’s only $6 per yard which is a screaming good deal!

Our favorite circle skirt pattern is the Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt from Jocole Patterns.  If you make it, or any Jocole pattern, be sure to link up to the Jocole and Urban Sew link party!  And enter our giveaway to win 3 patterns of your choice from Jocole and a $40 gift certificate to Urban Sew.

Combine these two things with our circle skirt tutorial for narrow fabric, and start spinning!

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DIY Ironing Board Cover

DIY ironing board cover

Last year about this time we were working on finishing our ebook.  And if we could do it over again, there is only one thing we would do differently, and that is do today’s post before photographing our step by step pictures.  That is because our old ironing board cover looked like this:

DIY ironing board cover
Pretty sad, huh?  We had read lots of DIY ironing board cover tutorials, but when we went to replace ours, we used none of them!  Deepika, from Pattern Review, replaced hers and put a photo on Instagram. Upon asking what tutorial she used, she gave this simple answer; “I just placed my old cover on top of the fabric, cut around it (you don’t need to be precise) and then used bias tape to finish the edges which also created a casing for the elastic.  Easy-peasy!
So that’s what I did.  But in keeping with the “no compromise” resolution for 2015, instead of using bias tape (because I didn’t have enough of any one kind, and I wasn’t going to compromise by tacking a bunch of different colors together!) I took the extra time to unpick off the casing from the old cover and reused it and the elastic too!  That was an easy $40 to $100 saved!

DIY ironing board cover

This fabric was in the stash, and it’s been treated with Scotchguard which makes it very nice for ironing as the water just beads up rather than soaks in.  I had the batting in my stash too, leftover from the cowboy quilt.
So this project is 100% from the stash and existing materials.  Did you notice the new button on the sidebar?  The one that says Sew My Stash 2015?  We’ve made a commitment to try to use 50% materials from our stash this year on every project we sew.  (No moratorium on fabric buying, you’ll notice!!!)  But it will help us sew through the very large and very beautiful stash of fabric we have purchased and been gifted.
How about you, does your ironing board cover need replaced?  Are you going to do it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Step 3:  Sew the two pieces together.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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