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A BB8 Clutch or Maybe More…

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt Fixation

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because of a miscommunication, I ended up with quite a lot of the BB8 fabric leftover when I made the Peekaboo Pepper Ruffle Skirt.

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now an excess of fabric that cute is not a bad thing!

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt Fixation

So I pondered what should be done about the situation.  I decided to sew up a cute BB8 clutch or two.  Or five.

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used the Curvy Clutch (free pattern from Pink Door Fabrics) to stock up our Etsy shop.

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since the skirt was such a hit, I decided to use the same combination of fabrics from the BB8 bundle which includes Star Wars BB8 print by Camelot Fabric, Tangerine Plus Sign print by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman, Red Houndstooth by Maywood Studio, White Triangles on Black print by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman.

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’ve seen some pretty cute Star Wars themed weddings on the internet, and with that in mind, I sewed 5 of these pouches.  One for each of the bridal party!  They’d be cute party favors at any Star Wars themed event.

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt Fixation

I had some exposed zippers that added the perfect girly touch to the top of each BB8 clutch.  I have not seen the Force Awakens (new Star Wars movie) but I was assured that BB8 would love this clutch!

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt Fixation

Each BB8 clutch is similar, but has unique features.  The inside fabric varies.  So does accent fabric and the trim beneath the accent fabric.

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt Fixation

I had fun making each clutch and choosing the fabrics and trims.

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’ve listed these clutches individually in our Esty shop, but stated in the listing I’d do a discount if someone wants them all.  If you’re interested or know someone who is, click through to our Etsy shop.

BB8 Clutch sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Love of Mermaids

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

Once I sat upon a promontory,

And heard a mermaid on a dolphin’s back

Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath

That the rude sea grew civil at her song,

And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,

To hear the sea-maid’s music?

-Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream excerpt)

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

You might not think a mother and a mermaid have much in common.  A mermaid is a mythical creature and a mother is a creature so common everyone has one.  However, I think there is a little mermaid in each mother.  A mother is not floating along in a boat on the seas of life, she is swimming in the water.  She is tossed by the waves but does not sink.  Her children are in the boat and she is guiding it.  Her song can coax the seas into gently rocking the boat, lulling her children to sleep.  She stays afloat for her family.

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

Today is my stop on the Love Of Legends blog tour.  All the previous stops have showcased children’s clothing, but a mermaid can do what she wants, right?  Even a mermaid mother needs clothing while on land, so I sewed myself some summer clothes.  Of course they had to be mermaid worthy.

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

I refashioned 2 skirts (using my tutorial found here) into a mermaid shape skirt.  A mermaid mother needs comfort and flexibility, and a mermaid skirt does that while keeping her stylish too.

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

While on land, a mermaid mother needs to be covered in more than seashells on top, so I sewed up a Seafarer Top and a Sailor Top.  The Seafarer Top is a pattern by Sew Much Ado.  I used Art Gallery Fleet & Flourish Jersey Knit Swifting Flora Fond Fabric (affiliate link) designed by Maureen Craknell.  This shirt is so very comfortable a mermaid might even wear it after she had returned to the sea!

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

The Sailor Top pattern is by Fancy Tiger.  I used fabric designed by Liesl Gibson for Moda called Ladies Stitching Club.  I purchased it from Urban Sew a while back, and now it’s sold out.  She does have quite a bit of Liesl’s new line of fabric, but I digress.

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

Since I didn’t make a muslin (sorry Becca!) I had quite a bit of trouble with this top.  It turned out way too tight across the shoulders.  I know I have very broad shoulders, but thought it would be okay with the raglan sleeves.  Lesson learned.  I made this one work by taking apart all the seams and resewing them at 1/4” instead of 5/8”.  Next time I will use a bigger sleeve size, and of course, muslin it first!

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

I must give full credit to Mr. Skirt Fixation for the lovely photography.  I begged him to photograph these garments for me because I’m so tired of feeling awkward in front of the camera and he makes me feel gorgeous; like a mermaid!  He told me just to forget I was being photographed and turned off the sound on the iPhone so I didn’t know when he was taking pictures.

Mermaid musings by Skirt Fixation

Alright, enough!  Please visit the other stops on the Love of Legends blog tour and enter the giveaways too.  Thanks to Phat Quarters and Crafting Con for hosting this tour.

 

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Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt {All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters}

Pepper's Peekaboo Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

The first skirt in our All The Skirts series with Simple Life Pattern Company (or SLPco) is Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt.  This skirt is as fun as it’s name, and of course we had to choose a very fun fabric to sew it up!

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt is a fun skirt with 3 layers of ruffles, ties, pick ups and sheer girlyness.  Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt for girls comes in 9 sizes from 2t to 12.  We made size 8 width and size 12 length, according to our usual measurements for our model, Annie.  The pattern states this is a beginner level sewing project.  Making Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt for girls takes a little time due to the ruffles, gathering and layers, but of course you can see why it’s worth it!

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

There are no paper pattern pieces to assemble and cut out, measurements are given for the 8 needed pieces.  The tips include instructions to finish all the inside seams of this girl’s skirt professionally.  Although we did not include a photo of the inside, this skirt is very clean on the inside also.

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

The sewing instructions for Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt is illustrated with photographs.  They are very simple to follow and easy to understand.  We did find a small error in the instructions which Katie, the owner of SLPco will probably fix in future versions.  If you have Version 1, just note that in step 8 the ruffle is attached to the underskirt, not the to skirt.

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

One really neat feature of Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt is the tie casing with a little tie to make a little pickup on the front of the skirt.  It’s such an adorable feature and allows you to show off several different fabrics in this skirt.  Or you can un-scrunch the tie and even take it out for a second look.

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

Speaking of fabrics, we can’t really take credit for putting this group of perfectly complementing fabrics together.  This combination was put together by Phat Quarters and is available in their shop.

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

With Star Wars fabric being such a hot commodity right now, you’ll be excited to know Phat Quarters has a whole section of their shop devoted to Star Wars fabricsThis combination is the BB8 bundle which includes Star Wars BB8 print by Camelot Fabric, Tangerine Plus Sign print by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman, Red Houndstooth by Maywood Studio, and White Triangles on Black print by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman.

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

Of course Annie had to give Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt the twirl test.  And it passed!  So a little Star Wars loving girl can be girly and geeky at the same time.

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

Alright, now do you know what it’s time for?  It’s time for you to get involved!  There are going to be 2 winners, one random winner from the Rafflecopter giveaway, and one (crowd favorite) from the Inlinkz link up.  Each winner will receive $30 to spend in the Simple Life Pattern Company store, AND $20 to spend in the Phat Quarters Etsy shop.

So the first thing you need to do is get shopping at Phat Quarters with the exclusive discount code PHATSKIRTS at checkout for a 10% discount.  Then add your creation (or anything you’ve made in 2016 with a SLPco pattern or fabric from Phat Quarters) in the link up below.

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Sweater Refashion to Coat

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’ve got one other garment from our Signature Style look that I want to tell you about in detail.  There were so many items I made for that look, maybe you can put up with another blog post.

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

The coat I made for Baby is actually a sweater refashion.  I was on the fence for a long time about what material to use for the outer layer of his jacket.  I’d already settled on the suede backed sherpa vest for the inner layer.  Since I was going for solid colors I wanted to make the jacket interesting by incorporating textures.  Finally inspiration hit, and I went to the thrift store on the hunt for the perfect garment with chunky cables.  I found this sweater that was close enough, and bought it.

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

The main problem I could not figure out was how to get my front, back and sleeve pieces from the sweater.  I wanted the front and back of the coat to be cable knit fabric, but the front and sleeves of the sweater were cable knit.  The back was a ribbed fabric.  With Allegra’s help I finally solved the sweater refashion jigsaw puzzle.  The front of the sweater became the back of the coat.  (I sewed the vent shut above the button.  The button hides under the hood, only visible when the hood is up; it’s really cute!)  The back of the sweater became the sleeves of the coat.  And the sleeves of the sweater became the front pieces of the jacket.  The hood is from the same twill fabric as the coat lining, and the hood lining is fleece leftover from Annie’s quilt.  Half of the sweater’s collar became the trim on the coat hood.

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

You might notice in several of the photos that Baby is grabbing the jacket near the top of the zipper.  Well after he wore it several times, complaining each time we discovered a sharp piece of plastic protruding out of the edge of the zipper!  Poor Baby, one snip took care of the problem, and now he wears the coat joyfully.

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

Be sure to catch the tutorial in this blog post for the reversible sherpa vest that snaps in and out of this coat.  I think I want to go buy rescue aaaaallll the chunky cable knit sweaters from the thrift store now!

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

 Sweater Refashion details:

Coat Pattern: Downton Duffle Coat

Coat Fabric (outer): Upcycled Sweater with large cables
Coat Fabric (inner): Sew Classic Bottomweight Classic Twill Solid Fabric – Black
Vest Fabric: Luxury Faux Fur-Sherpa Suede Gray
Hat Pattern: Free newsboy cap pattern
Hat Fabric: Wool plaid remnant from the stash

Oh, and if you’ve got your eye on that stunning dress fabric, right now My Fabric Designs is having an unheard of 35% off sale!  Here’s the direct link to that dress fabric I designed.  Use the promo code QUILT35 until March 31st.  Hurry!

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Antalya Dress Review

Antalya dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Antalya dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Now it’s time to tell you more about my girl look for my All That Glitters sew along entry.  To be honest, a glittery, sparkly girl look is much easier than a boy look!  Here’s the outfit details again:

Dress Pattern:  Antalya Dress by Coffee & Thread

Dress Fabric: Wild & Free Knit Midnight Roof  designed by Maureen Cracknel for Art Gallery Fabrics (affiliate link)

Leggings Pattern:  Slim Trousers by Lil Luxe Collection

Leggings & Fingerless Gloves Fabric: Stretch Panne Velvet Velour Soft Gold Fabric from fabric.com (affiliate link)

Antalya dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

A while back I won the Antalya dress designed by my sewing friend Olga of Coffee & Thread.  Olga is an amazing lady, from her patterns to her photography, I feel like a student whenever I interact with her.  That’s what it’s like sewing the Antalya dress, I learned a few new things even though I’ve been sewing for more years that I can remember!

Antalya dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The Antalya dress can be made in 12 sizes from 12-18 months all the way to 12 years.  It has dolman sleeves, gathering, an exposed zipper, and piping on the curved side panels.  Swoon!

Antalya dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

On the advice of Rachel who blogs over at Stitched Together, I lengthened the Antalya dress like she did when she sewed hers.  Our kids seem to have the same body shape, and I wanted the dress to last through the summer.  This is a very easy modification of the pattern as the skirt pieces are rectangular and length can be added to those rectangles.  For reference, I cut I size 7 width, size 12 length and added 4 inches!

Antalya dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

This pattern has drawn illustrations, and they are very thorough.  At no time during the construction of the dress was I confused and didn’t make any mistakes, which speaks to it’s competence.  I also used the linked tutorial for making my own piping, because this dress needed gold glittery piping!

Antalya dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

I used this exposed zipper (just like on this skirt) from Amazon:

Let me tell you, Olga’s instructions for installing this zipper result in a beautiful, finished zipper every time.  The  pattern also includes instructions for a button placket instead of a zipper.  I will definitely be making another Antalya dress in the future, and more Coffee + Thread patterns too.

Antalya dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

I used Wild & Free Knit Midnight Roof fabric designed by Maureen Cracknel for Art Gallery Fabrics.  Like all Art Gallery Fabrics I’ve used it’s soft, supple, and a dream to sew with.  I chose it because of the metallic accents.  This fabric was sitting in my stash for a little while, and when I saw the Project Run & Play themes, I just knew it was time to use it!  I seem to turn to Art Gallery Fabrics for the material for all special dresses I make for this girl!

Antalya dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The leggings are Lil Luxe Collection’s Slim Trousers.  You can read my review and see the other pair I made in this blog post.

Antalya dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The fingerless gloves I made by modifying the Scarlett Legwarmers pattern.  They didn’t turn out as great as I had hoped.  In my mind I had pictured them more fitted like the ones Courtney made last week for her Cosplay outfit.  But I did take photos for a tutorial as I went, so let me know if you’re interested and I’ll write it up.  The buttons on the fingerless gloves are glitter covered.  The glitter got everywhere when I was sewing them on, with gold thread, of course!

Okay, that’s it for my All That Glitter looks.  Head on over to Project Run & Play to see all the rest of the sew along.  And did you see what the contestants sewed?

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Starry Knights

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who had a faithful knight as her companion.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Sometimes they did argue about things like who would get the last gummy bear or who got to ride the royal steed, but mostly they got along swimmingly.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The knight protected the princess through many adventures.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They braved nights full of stars and robber bandits.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They staved off attacks by dragons with inferiority complexes.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They conducted pirate raids and snowball fights.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They won battles with zombie pirate dragon snowball bandits.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The princess rewarded the knight by letting him kiss her hand sometimes, and by not letting his head get chopped off.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

After all, she was a very beautiful princess and it would’ve been a shame if she didn’t have her knight there to save her from bad things.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The princess put up with a lot from the knight; stuck-out tongues, sassing, and minor conflicts, but there was one thing that she always insisted on.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

No matter how terrible the adventure or how heavy the battle there must be one thing straight; her and her knight had to have coordinating outfits.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

In the end they lived happily ever after. I mean, who wouldn’t live happily ever after when they’re so fabulously dressed?

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Today’s photo essay is inspired by the sewing prompt “All That Glitters.”  This is the third week’s theme for Project Run & Play’s Season 11.  Outfit details only today, pattern reviews, details and oh so many more photos coming tomorrow and Wednesday!

Starry Knights Princess Outfit:

Dress Pattern:  Antalya Dress by Coffee & Thread

Dress Fabric: Wild & Free Knit Midnight Roof  designed by Maureen Cracknel for Art Gallery Fabrics

Leggings Pattern:  Slim Trousers by Lil Luxe Collection

Leggings & Fingerless Gloves Fabric: Stretch Panne Velvet Velour Soft Gold Fabric from Fabric.com

Starry Knights Knight Outfit:

Hoodie Pattern:  Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle

Hoodie Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy from JoAnn Fabrics

Shirt Pattern:  Field Trip Raglan T-shirt by Oliver+S

Shirt Fabric: Art Gallery solid Sahara Sun knit from Imagine Gnats

Pants Pattern:  Classic Chinos pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop 

Pants Fabric: Cotton Twill Khaki Fabric

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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Last day…

Just popping in really quick to remind everyone it’s the last day to enter the Violette Field Threads and Raspberry Creek Fabrics link up.   Then tomorrow, voting begins for the Inlinkz link up, so please pop back in this weekend and pick your favorite entry from the link up!  The Rafflecopter has about 5 days left.  Enter both below.  We’ll be back Monday to show you the final skirt we made for All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Simply link up anything you’ve made this year with a Violette Field Threads pattern or fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway too.  Two winners will each receive 5 PDF pattern from Violette Field Threads and $50 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

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65 Oliver + S Patterns

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

65 ya’ll!  That’s how many garments we made using an Oliver + S pattern in 2015!   You can see them all over in our Flickr account, or by perusing the tag Oliver+S here on our blog.

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

And we’re not stopping our infatuation with Oliver+S patterns anytime soon!  We’ve already sewn 3 garments using an Oliver+S pattern in 2016.  So prepare yourself to see more Oliver+S goodness, all year long.  Today we’re being featured on the Oliver+S blog with all the versions of the Parachute Polo we’ve sewn, don’t miss it!

That’s all for now, it’s off to sew some more Oliver + S patterns for us, how about you?

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2016 Goals for Skirt Fixation

Last week we summarized our 2015 blogging year, and today we’re talking about our goals for 2016.  We’ve got some pretty exciting things planned and the continuation of your favorite series as well.  There are several events and sewing things under wraps for now, but we’ll let you know as soon as we can about those.

New Series

Friday we got to announce our new gig with Project Run & Play.  That’s one thing we can tell you about.  We’re so honored to be a part of that sewing event with so many talented people.

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Another new event is called My Sister’s Quilts.  You see, I have a sister who sews and quilts.  She appeared on the blog once way back in the early days.  But she has seriously amazing sewing talents.  She’s sewn baby quilts for all her nieces and nephews, and we’re going to catalog those this year.  Prepare to be stunned and inspired!

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In the all new Skirt vs Skirt series we will be comparing two skirt patterns.  Sometimes patterns are similar, and you don’t really know which one to choose.  This is where we come in!  We’ll be comparing and contrasting two skirts each post to help you make a decision.

Continuing Series

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All The Skirts will continue.  Bring on the giveaways!  There are so many skirt patterns out there we don’t anticipate ending this series any time soon.  And we’re really happy about that!

Living Skirt Art

One of our most popular series Living Skirt Art is returning.  You’re welcome!  We’re sorry we let that slip, and we promise it’s going to be bigger and better than before.  But that’s all we can say right now.

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Together with Becca, we’ll be bringing you the next season of Top Stitchers over at Sewing Stadium.  And that’s definitely all we can say about that right now.  But we’ll keep you updated.

Buy or DIY Skirt comparison by Skirt Fixation

The Buy or DIY Skirts series will continue as well.  This one we love because we get to show you how affordable and worthwhile sewing your own clothes can be over and over again.

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Another crowd pleaser we will bring back with your help is the Ugly Skirt Challenge.  Here’s how you can help us with this one; if you want us to send you an ugly skirt to refashion, drop us an email at skirtfixation@gmail.com

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Skirt Awards will go on.  As long as there are skirts, we will give them awards.  End of story.

Personal Goals

We’ve got lots of things we want to sew, and since we know this list will be a constantly evolving thing instead of listing them here, we’ve started a Pinterest board called 2016 Sewing Plans where we will curate this list.

Audrey:

I have two stretch goals this year.  1-I want to meet other sewing bloggers.  At least 3.  2-I want to sew something for Mr. Skirt Fixation.  Both of these things terrify me, so to keep it simple (and because there are several goals that involve the aforementioned unmentionable things) I’m going to keep it to those two.

Allegra: I got a sewing softies book recently, so like Aria, I’d like to get into dolls or stuffed animals; plenty of palette for my embroidery! I’d also like to make more homemade gifts for (at least) my family, I’ll have to do lots of planning ahead for this one!

Aria: I want to continue working on my quilt, and try making a softie.

Annie:  I want to keep learning about embroidery.  I would also like to learn how to make a whole outfit all by myself.

Yikes!  That’s a lot of skirts happening.  What are you most excited to see on Skirt Fixation?

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State of the Blog 2015

This post is a few days overdue, but since we love seeing the end of year round ups on everyone else’s blogs, we decided to do it again this year.

Skirting the Issue by Skirt Fixation First of all, we gave away 23 skirts this year!  Over 1/2 of those were from the awesome skirt sewing event we held in July.  That was definitely a highlight of this year.

fabricismylovelanguageWe also gave away over $1200 worth of sewing swag both here and over at Sewing Stadium.  We love giveaways and are always hosting giveaways, so be sure to come back often.  And if you don’t want to miss a single post, be sure to subscribe over in the sidebar.

The Pegasus Skirt, a free pattern from Skirt FixationThe last thing we gave away was 317 FREE patterns for The Pegasus Skirt.  We created this free pattern in July, and we’re so delighted so many of you love it too.

Project Linus Quilt

We also gave away one quilt and participated in 5 swaps on Instagram this year.

Speaking of Instagram, you can see our top 9 most liked posts here.  Oh, and we’re nearing 1000 followers on Instagram, so you know we’ll have a huge giveaway when we hit that milestone.

Rainbow Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

Another highlight of this year was the surprise birthday party we threw for Katy of No Big Dill.  You can see all the rainbows she received on the special pinterest board we made.

Etsy Shop

We reopened our Etsy shop!  We’ve actually sold a few things too!

Skirt Fixation outtake

We joined up with Becca to run Sewing Stadium.  We made it through Season 3, the sew along, the sponsor posts, the inspiration post, all of it!  And we’re looking forward to Season 4.

Now each of us will have a little summary.

Audrey:

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed a lot more things for myself this year.  I probably wore the Lane Raglans the most.  I successfully cleansed my closet with Becca’s Summer wardrobe challenge.  I carry my Senna Tote every day.  I sewed for my boys, a lot, which makes me happy!

Allegra:

Embroidered United States Map

One of the biggest highlights of this year was contributing to Sew Mama Sew as part of their softies series. I also embroidered five or six of these U.S. maps in many different colors, and successfully sold them! I discovered that I gravitate toward black as the base color in my wardrobe and added several handmade black pieces to my closet.

Aria:

Swingset Skirt for Tween sewn by Skirt Fixation

Last year I successfully sewed up several patterns, which was one of my goals for 2015, and I have been working on a quilt. Probably my most worn thing has been my double sided Oliver + S Swing-Set Skirt. I have been able to wear this skirt twice as often as any of my other skirts! I was able to add a few things that haven’t been blogged, and now am ready (and able) to move on to more advanced things!

Annie:

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

My favorite thing Mommy made for me is my Quinn outfit.  I feel so fancy when I wear it.  I also loved making my first quilt.  And I learned to embroider this year too!

All right!  That sums it up for 2015.  We’ll be back soon with our goals, events and news for 2016 soon.