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Kendrick Overalls Review

Today I’m sharing a 3rd outfit from my Make 9 (outfits) goal for 2019.  Again, this is a postpartum friendly outfit!  For this outfit, I took the opportunity to try a new-to-me style, overalls!

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Originally, this olive green stretch twill was going to be sewn into a Sandbridge Skirt.  But plans change, and this one actually changed due to a change on one of my other Make 9 outfits.  More on that in the future.  So I took the opportunity to try overalls, but I played it safe by making the overall straps removable.  If you stick around to the end, I’ll reveal what I think of this style for me…and if the straps stay or go!

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Overalls are all the rage right now, and I wasn’t sure what I thought of the trend or if it would work for me.  But you never know until you try, so try I did!  I used the Kendrick Overalls pattern from Hey June Patterns, and used this tutorial to make the straps removable. This pattern can be made into both traditional overalls (with pants) or as a skirt as I chose to do, of course!

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is stretch twill I got from my local fabric store, but here is a very nice olive stretch twill. The stretch twill makes it very comfortable for postpartum wear.  In case you’ve got a good eye, yes this is the same exact fabric I used for this jacket which I’m enjoying very much!

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Kendrick Overalls pattern is very nice pattern.  The instructions are though, not confusing, and I especially like the instructions for the zip fly.  Perfect every time!  I added enough length to this pattern to have it hit right below my knee (3” I think!)  

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I like the deep hem, and the split in the front in very nice for walking and a pleasure to construct too.  Plus, this skirt has 4 very roomy pockets, so WIN!  (I used the option for patch pockets in the front, but you can also make traditional hip pockets in the front.

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Now you can’t wear overalls alone, so I made myself a new black Lane Raglan to go underneath when wearing the straps.  There’s nothing quite as ubiquitous as a plain black tshirt, right?  To make this one just perfect, I used bamboo jersey, and it’s heavenly!

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As I mentioned earlier, the straps are removable, so I planned a Phoenix Blouse as part of this Make 9 outfit. 

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It’s no secret I love the Phoenix Blouse, having declared last summer as the Summer of the Phoenix Blouse!  

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This lawn fabric is from my stash (as are all the fabrics in my Make 9 outfits plans, that was the whole point!) and is called Woodland Clearing, designed by Liesl Gibson for Robert Kaufman fabrics.  Yes, I loved it so much that I bought it in both color ways and made the other one into a Willamette Shirt.

 

Now a fabric this gorgeous, and an outfit this fun calls for some bright tassels, don’t you think?  I made them in about 10 minutes using this tutorial, but if you click on the photo above, I’ve linked to some available for purchase.  (They are super easy to make though…) 

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I chose the color orange to not only make them pop, but to draw out the color of the bright birds in the fabric.

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Now to answer the questions, do I like the Kendrick Overalls better with or without straps?  Well, for me personally, the straps are too fussy to deal with when I already have a bunch of little kids to handle during the day.  I can’t be bothered to chase straps all over the place too! 

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Also, I personally don’t think they work well for my proportions…do you think they make me look short?  Or shorter than my long lanky 6’ tall?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Here’s what I ended up with:

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Kendrick Overalls Outfit #1

Skirt pattern: Kendrick Overalls by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: olive stretch twill

T-shirt pattern: Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns

T-shirt fabric: black bamboo jersey

Black boots

Floral hat (similar)

Kendrick Overalls skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Kendrick Overalls Outfit #2

Skirt pattern: Kendrick Overalls by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: olive stretch twill

Blouse pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Blouse fabric: Woodland Clearing lawn from Robert Kaufman

Dansko shoes

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Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m exploring the difference between rayon and viscose, and between challis and poplin.  In all the pictures, the rayon challis fabric is on the left and the viscose poplin fabric is on the right.

So what exactly is the difference between rayon challis and viscose poplin?  That was a question in my mind, for quite some time.  But since sewing with and wearing both fabrics, and doing some extra research, I think I have some answers.

First of all, we have to split each of these fabrics into two parts.  Rayon and challis, viscose and poplin.  You see, the first word refers to the material the fabric is made from, and the second word basically refers to the weave of each of them.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

So what is the difference between rayon and viscose?  For the home sewist, practically nothing.  They are basically the same thing, and since we’re not scientists, the tiny differences don’t really matter.  The only difference I could find is that viscose is usually made from bamboo while rayon can be from a wider variety of “plant matter and wood pulp, usually bamboo” and the two are processed the same way.  For cutting, sewing and wearing, rayon and viscose are essentially the same thing.  In fact I’ve even seen some fabric suppliers use the words interchangeably.  So the answer to the first part of the question is…there is not really any difference.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Now what is the difference between challis and poplin?  Here the simple home sewist can differentiate a little bit.  Challis and poplin both refer to the weave of the fabric. Interestingly, challis can be made from wool, rayon, cotton, silk or manufactured blends.  Challis usually has a plain weave (each weft yarn passes alternately over and under each warp thread) but can occasionally be found with a twill (diagonal) weave.  Poplin has a very tight plain weave and originally had silk warm and wool weft threads.  Both challis and poplin should be sewn with a new or fine needle.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Technical specifics for rayon challis vs viscose poplin:

Rayon Challis:

weight: 0-3.5 oz per yard

opacity: translucent

care: machine wash, tumble dry

width: 44” – 58”

drape: soft liquid

Viscose Poplin:  

weight: 120 gsm (3.5 oz per yard)

opacity: opaque

care: wash warm, dry flat, or dry clean

width: 58”

drape: very fluid

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Here you can see challis and poplin held up to the light.

Really you have to wear both of them to be able to feel the difference yourself.  It’s very, very subtle, and both are super nice fabrics!  For me, the rayon challis feels a little lighter with a little more drape.  The viscose poplin feels slightly softer, and doesn’t conform to the body quite as much.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Here is a comparison of the plain fabric so you can see the drape side by side.

But there are a few differences, so I thought you might appreciate knowing everything I know!  Leave a comment, did I miss anything in this comparison of rayon challis vs. viscose poplin?

Pattern Used: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Fabrics Used:

Rayon Challis from CaliFabrics (review and thoughts on wearing rayon challis in the fall here)

Viscose Poplin fabric from Blackbird Fabrics.  Sold out, but can be found here.  

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

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Rain Jackets…sort of!

Rain jackets sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently I sewed up a couple of rain jackets for my 2 youngest boys.  I used the Puddle Jumper Rain Coat pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop (affiliate link) and it’s a really great pattern.  In fact, I used it before for Annie.

Rain jackets sewn by Skirt Fixation

But this time, it didn’t work out exactly like I’d planned.  In fact, it was quite discouraging!  Please read the whole story over on the CaliFabrics blog, and leave me a comment to cheer me up.  Not every sewing creation of mine is a win, and I need help getting my sew-jo back!

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A very big (little!) announcement!

Today I have the honor of stepping into some very large shoes of two ladies who have inspired me for a long, long time!  It’s quite a privilege to be taking the reins at Project Run & Play, where I’ve been assisting for the past 2 years.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!

Please head over to Project Run & Play to read liZ & Elizabeth’s farewell message.  I’m so excited to take over, and have so many ideas for the days and Seasons to come!  I hope you’ll follow along on the journey.

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10 Super Easy Last Minute Skirt Costume Ideas

10 skirt costumes you can make in 1 hour or less!

Today we’ve got a round up of 10 super duper easy, last minute skirt costume ideas you can pull together in an hour or less!

#1:  Check out our fast refashioned German Gretl skirt costume from the Sound Of Music.

#2  This Cleopatra costume is a refresher of a previous year’s costume with a skirt, tips in this post.

#3  Take full advantage of lesser used items like leotards and petticoats like in this ballerina costume.

#4:  Just one special clothing items and the right accessories can turn plain clothes (like a black skirt and white shirt) into a super fun costume like this Scandinavian girl skirt costume.

$5:  Grab a denim skirt and some items from someone else’s closet for this quick and easy cowgirl costume.

#6:  Start with a skirt, add layers of scarves and a ribbon around the head makes an instant gypsy skirt costume like this one.

#7:  A black skirt and some white paint and our free stencils, and the wearer is an instant game of chess!  Favorite skirt costume ever!

#8:  No sewing, just the right accessories for this little huntress skirt costume.

#9:  Every little girl will want a Disney princess costume at least once in her life, right?  Here’s a fast tutorial to make her into a princess, and leaves you with a skirt for everyday wear when it’s all over.

#10:  And there’s always the ever famous 50s poodle skirt costume!  Add saddle shoes, and the costume is complete!  This one was actually sewn by my Mom, and all the girls have worn it, for dress up, costumes, and just fun.

10 skirt costumes you can make in 1 hour or less!

All right, leave us a comment (we love them!)  What was your favorite costume ever that involved a skirt?

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Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern Review

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Yesterday when I showed you my new Simple Knit Pencil Skirt and Union St. Tee, I forgot to tell you the back story.  Originally I had planned a much different outfit for the Skirt-A-Thon!  So today I’m sharing what really happened.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

My first plan was to sew the pencil skirt and pair it with a hoodie for fall.  Because I had the perfect french terry fabric in my stash that I’d ordered a few months ago.  And so I ordered the coordinating skirt fabric and got started sewing the hoodie while I was waiting for it to arrive.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Of course it’s the Halifax Hoodie pattern from Hey June Patterns.  Last year I made myself one from athletic fabric, Aria made one for her 4H project, and I made and gifted one to my sister (not blogged.)  It’s probably our favorite layering hoodie pattern.  I used a white metal zipper, and white parachute cording, and they are the small details that make the difference on this hoodie.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The french terry fabric is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It is one of their in house designs from summer.  While it’s not currently being printed, this one and this one are other floral french terry designs that would be dreamy in a hoodie!  I absolutely adore everything about this hoodie, and am at a loss for words to explain how much I love it!

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For my fellow tall seamstresses, I lengthened the body and sleeves by 1” at the hem.  That’s it!  And this time I lined the hood.  It’s an option in the pattern, and I’m really excited with the peak of smoky mint inside.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

So what’s the story on the skirt?  Well, when my fabric arrived, it turned out I hit the jackpot (which means it was close enough to the end of the bolt that I got everything that was left.) and received 2.25 yards instead of the 1 yard that I ordered for the pencil skirt.  It’s Fabric.com Designer Fabric  by Art Gallery Fabrics in their new Aloe Mist solid knit.  It’s just as soft as the rest of their knit fabrics, and the perfect shade of mint for fall!

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

So my plans changed because now I had enough to make a maxi skirt instead of a pencil skirt!  That’s okay though because Simple Simon and Co. just happen to have a Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern.  And it’s just as easy and fast to whip up as their pencil skirt.  It also has a super comfortable 2” exposed elastic waistband.  For my tall sewing friends, I only had to lengthen the pattern by 3” to attain this perfect just-brushing-the-floor-but-not-dragging-on-it length.  I made the size small, and was able to get the whole skirt (and the lining for the hood) out of the 2.25 yards because it doesn’t have a directional print.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It was a good change of plans, don’t you think?  Alright, enough sewing for me.  For now.  Because fall sewing really is my favorite season to sew!  Leave me a comment below, have your plans ever changed when your fabric arrived?

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Purple Seafarer Tops

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This summer Aria needed some new shirts, but she had no time to spare from her summer job to sew herself some.  That’s okay, with the right fabric and pattern, I whipped up some for her in no time!

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We love dolman t-shirts, and so we turned to the Seafarer by Sew Much Ado.  It’s so comfortable, and Ari’s current favorite version is the version with hemmed sleeves and hem, so we can sew them up super fast.

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the fabrics, Ari fell in love with Maureen Cracknell’s Art Gallery Soulful Jersey Knit Floral Universe Plum Fabric  and since I was sewing 1 purple shirt, I grabbed this Knit Stitched Arrow fabric from the Bolt by Girl Charlee collection in the purple colorway.  No thread changes, you see!  It’s not currently available in the purple color anymore, but you can find it in these two colors.  Bolt By Girl Charlee Desert Sky Jersey Knit Stitched Arrow Gray Fabric and Bolt By Girl Charlee Pure Vintage Jersey Knit Stitched Arrow Navy/Turq Fabric

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Aria is in love with her 2 new shirts, and has even paired them with her Runway Skirt for fancier occasions.

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As our experience on sewing with knit fabrics matures, we’ve made one slight change to the way we construct t-shirts.  We hem the sleeves and bottom before we sew the side seams.  This is because we have yet to find an effective method to keep a double needle hem from unraveling!  We’ve tried backstitching, tying the threads on the wrong side, and doing nothing extra.  But all these methods have failed to some degree or another.  So far, burying the thread ends in the side seams by hemming first seems to work the best.

We’re certainly open to tips and hints from anyone who has had success…leave us a comment!

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Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Recently I’ve had fun working with a new kind of fabric.  Double brushed poly fabric is a knit polyester fabric that has been brushed on both sides, making it super soft to wear, but a little tricky to work with.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Before I started sewing with double brushed poly fabric, I researched it a little bit.  I concluded that if you have a serger you will have almost no trouble sewing with double brushed poly fabric.  Since I didn’t sew either of the shirts in this post with a serger (because I don’t HAVE one!) I’ll give you some tips I’ve picked up along the way about sewing double brushed poly fabric with a regular sewing machine.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Double brushed poly fabric has a 4 way stretch that is greater than 100% and it has good recovery, which means it’s very forgiving to sew with.  It also has beautiful drape so there are many garments that look quite lovely sewn up with double brushed poly.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Quite a few seamstresses used double brushed poly fabric to make leggings, which is what I used it for my 1st time working with it.  This fabric is 96% polyester, which the name indicates, and can be a little too hot to wear as a fitted garment in the summer.  The other 4% is spandex.  Some have found that looser, breezier garments from double brushed poly fabric work great in the heat.  Personally, I’ve worn these 2 tops all summer with no trouble.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

My biggest tip for sewing with double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine is to use the right needle.  A new stretch or ballpoint needle will help your machine NOT skip stitches.

My 2nd tip is to use the right thread.  I had much better luck with 100% polyester thread than cotton or even a cotton/polyester blend.

My 3rd tip is to use the right stitch.  My machine has a stretch stitch which worked great for straight seams.  (You can also use a narrow zigzag stitch.)

The next tip is that if your machine starts skipping stitches (which seems to be the biggest problem when sewing with double brushed poly fabric) stop!  Rethread both the bobbin and the main thread, and try again.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

And finally, a tip few tips for hemming double brushed poly fabric:

use a double needle (or zigzag stitch,)

a longer stitch length (I used about 3.5)

some Lite EZ-Steam II fusible tape inside the hems

I also buried the ends of the thread inside my seams so they didn’t come unraveled.  This means I had to hem the sleeves and bottom before I sewed the side seams.  But it works great, and in almost 3 months of wearing, no popped hems!

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Pink shirt details:

Pattern source: Hey June Handmade Union St Tee

Fabric source:  Raspberry Creek Fabrics (no longer available, but a nice selection of double brushed poly fabric)

Blue shirt details:

Pattern source: Hey June Handmade Lane Raglan

Fabric source:  CaliFabrics (no longer available, but a nice selection of double brushed poly fabric)

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

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Swimsuit sewing for kids!

Today we’re bringing home a post that originally posted over at Project Run & Play because we thought you might be thinking about this type of sewing soon!

Today I’ve got a whole bunch of information for you to help you be able to sew a swim suit for your child this summer.  I was totally intimidated by this until I tried, and now I’m confident that with the right supplies and technique, you can do it too!  Let’s get started with some inspiration to help you WANT to make your child’s swimwear.

Sewing swimwear for your child is in reach! Just read this post.

Check out these handmade swimwear posts.  Some of these were moms sewing swimsuits for their very first time!

Flamingo Halter Suit by Chelise Patternson

Trio Swim style by Orange Who 

Swim Tankini & Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Fruit inspired Swims Suits by Paisley Roots

Reversible Swimsuit by Petite a Petite & Family

One Piece with boy shorts by Falafel and the Bee

And don’t forget those swimming accessories!

Easy swimming suit cover-up tutorials by Simple Simon & Co

Hamerhead Swim Team Bag by Sew Much To Give

Best swimwear patterns for children

1st you’ll need a good pattern.  Try one of these:

Sew Pony Cosi Suit 

Malibu one piece by PeekABoo Patterns (PeekABoo Patterns actually has over a dozen swimsuit patterns!)

Swashbuckler Swim Trunks by Patterns For Pirates

Salt Water Swim Trunks by Blank Slate Patterns

Kid Pants/Shorts by Made Everyday

Jalie Boardshorts

Next you’ll need some fabric.

Swimsuit fabric

If you’re sewing for a girl, check out some of these swimwear sources:

The Fabric Fairy Swimwear section

Girl Charlee spandex

Pink Stripe from Fabric.Com

Peekaboo Pattern Shop Ice Cream Fabric

Yellow Polka Dot

And for a boy you’ll need board shorts fabric which is also known as microfiber.

Boardshorts fabrics

Try these sources for board shorts fabric:

Sharks from Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Black from fabric.com

Aqua fabric from Peekaboo Pattern Shop 

Chinese dragon from The Fabric Fairy

Woody cars from The Fabric Fairy 

Finally, you might need a few special notions:

Swimsuit special elastic

Power mesh for under boys shorts

Swimsuit lining

So there you have it!  Challenge yourself to make some swimwear…you won’t regret it!  And then let us know so we can be inspired too!