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Sock Monkey Baby Quilt {My Sister’s Quilts #7 & #8}

Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!

My Sister's Quilts series

If this is the first time you’re seeing this series, My Sister’s Quilts is the mini quilting memoirs of my sister who is a fantastic quilter and has made baby quilts for each of her 15 nieces and nephews.

Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!

This was a fun and simple quilt to make.  I was living in England at the time, but bought the fabric when I was home in Montana on a visit.
Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!
The pattern was a simple 4-square block but the sock monkeys were so cute that I decided they could be the focus instead of a complex piecing pattern.  Since I had two nieces arriving during a similar time, I made these quilts in assembly line fashion.
Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!
The quilts ended up a bit smaller than I had imagined, but my sisters told me later that it was nice having a smaller quilt to use for things like tucking into a car seat!
Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!
As chance would have it I also visited a thrift store around that time and found an original authentic sock monkey pattern kit!  It was so fun making these adorable little stuffed monkeys and pretending I was a lady from the 1950’s.
Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!
These little quilts have a fun vintage feel to them and were perfect for my cute little nieces!  They match their sweet little personalities that have just the right mixture of sugar and spice.
My sister-in-law and I both agree this sock monkey baby quilt is probably the most used of all the baby quilts we’ve recieved.  It’s small size is perfect to lay an infant on, use as a diaper changing pad in a pinch, or the perfect size cover for the car seat.  Plus it’s gender neutral, so we’ve used it with both/all our babies!  And the darling sock monkeys she made, they add such charm and are so very well loved!
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Blouses for February {Project Sew It}

Project Sew It February challenges sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today Aria and Audrey are sharing our makes for the Project Sew It February prompt – blouse.  (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.)  Audrey took the opportunity to treat herself to something she’s never had before, and Aria added a much needed item to her wardrobe.  Here they are with their makes.

Audrey’s Flannel Cheyenne Tunic:

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well once again I am not modeling my own clothing, but hopefully next month I will be!  For February’s blouse prompt, I turned to my favorite button up pattern and made myself a flannel Cheyenne tunic.  I can’t remember ever having a flannel shirt in my life, and I am absolutely in love with how this one turned out!  I CANNOT wait to be able to try it on myself!

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed the Cheyenne Tunic in the popover view B.  I adore the fit of the first Cheyenne tunic I made, and knew no fit adjustments would be needed for this flannel version.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, I fell in love with this Robert Kaufman mustard and gray flannel fabric that I found at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It sewed up like a dream because it’s a very stable flannel.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

I turned the button placket, pocket and back yoke pieces on the bias like a true flannel check shirt.  It think it adds so much awesomeness to this Cheyenne!  Last time I used voile for the sewing this version of the Cheyenne tunic, my maternity version is from a chambray, and this one is flannel which I think speaks very well to the versatility of this pattern.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Aria told me that this flannel Cheyenne Tunic is very warm.  The wind was blowing and it was a cold day when we took these photos, but she said she couldn’t feel the wind through the shirt!  Now by the time I can probably wear it, summer will be upon us and I will have to wait for fall weather, but at least I’m prepared!

Aria’s Drapey Rayon Seafarer:

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I really enjoyed making this month’s challenge! It was a SUPER quick sew, and I was able to do it in one day! I have made the Seafarer once before, but it was with a heavy weight knit.  I still wear it too, but recently Allegra gave me one of the Seafarers Mom made for her (not blogged!)  I love it!  One of my favorite parts about it is it is a light weight knit and a larger size, thus making pretty drapey and super comfortable!

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I was looking for light weight fabrics when I came across this super pretty purple Sew Classic Spandex Knit Fabric from JoAnn Fabrics!  It turns out we have nearly four yards of it! (Hopefully I can make something else out of it!)

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

The most difficult part of this was the neckband. I tried to sew it on the first time, but i didn’t stretch it anywhere near enough, so I had to unpick it, *sigh*, and mom helped me pin it.  After that everything went really smoothly!

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

This Seafarer Top is definitely my best attempt at sewing with light weight knits!  I’m hoping to do  more with lighter weight knits and looking forward to the next challenge!

Project Sew It February challenges sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Sweet Valentine Exchange 2017

For posterity, I thought I’d add a little post here sharing another Instagram swap I participated in.  (You can follow us on Instagram here.)

The Sweet Valentine Exchange or SVE is a swap happening in February on Instagram.  Like all swaps, you are assigned a secret partner and someone is assigned to you.  You know a little of their likes and dislikes from a general form everyone fills out, but much you learn by “stalking” them on Instagram.

SVE17 swap

We were assigned to make something Valentine-y for @favouritepeopleapparel  and from studying her Instagram feed and her form, we decided this Sew Together Bag would be the perfect thing…stuffed with sewing goodies and some chocolate too!

From @runkarrycreate we received this darling denim pouch, stuffed with candy.  The kids gobbled the candy, and I’m still deciding what treasures to keep in the personalized denim pouch.

If you’d like to see more of what was given and received in the Sweet Valentine 2017 swap, check out this hashtag on Instagram, #sve17.

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DIY Felt Breakfast Food

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew

Today we’re “bringing home” this felt breakfast food post Allegra posted 2 years ago over at Sew Mama Sew.  Her siblings still love to play with this darling, handmade felt breakfast food!

Hi!  I’m Allegra, and I blog over at Skirt Fixation with my mom and sisters. I love embroidery, and combining that with another passion of mine; food, I have fun creating felt food! Felt food is a fun and educational toy that younger children love to touch. My little siblings’ personal favorite out of all of the items that I have made is the felt teabags. I stuff them with real aromatic herbs, and little kids adore smelling them over and over!

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew

Today I have a tutorial for an easy felt breakfast food set including an egg, bacon, pancake and teabag!

FELT EGGS:

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewYou will need:

White felt (I use scraps because the eggs aren’t very large)

Yellow felt (I use very small scraps)

White and Yellow embroidery floss.

Very small amount of stuffing.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew Pin oval egg pattern onto white felt. Cut out two ovals.  Pin egg yolk pattern onto yellow felt. Cut out one.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew

Place egg yolk on one of the white ovals.  Pin if needed.  With two strands of yellow embroidery floss, begin to stitch the yolk onto one of the ovals. Bring the thread up through the bottom, and then put it through a small distance away.  When the yolk is ¾ of the way sewn down, pause and stuff it with a small amount of stuffing.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewFinish stitching the yolk down.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewBegin to stitch the two white ovals together. To do Blanket Stitch, bring your needle down through the two layers. Pull thread through until just a small loop remains. Put your needle through the loop and pull tight. There are quite a few good tutorials if you type in ‘blanket stitch’ in your preferred search engine.

Stuff the egg with a tiny amount of stuffing if desired.  Finish stitching the egg together.  Repeat to make as many cute little eggs as needed!

 FELT BACON:

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewYou will need:

Dark red felt (If you have good-sized scraps, you can use them)

Pink felt (you can use very small scraps)

Pink embroidery floss.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew

Pin bacon pattern piece pattern to red felt. Cut out one piece.  Out of the pink felt, cut two strips the approximate length of the bacon. These can be rather raggedy as they represent the bacon fat!

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew

Using a regular up-and-down stitch, sew the pink pieces of felt onto the red piece, positioning them so that there is a small space between them. Note: the red felt that I used is wool felt, and so thick that I only poked the needle partway into it, so that the pink stitching doesn’t show on the back.

Repeat these steps to make as much bacon as desired!

FELT PANCAKES:

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewNote: If you want to make a plain pancake, simply leave off the syrup and butter pieces, and just stitch the two round pieces of felt together.

You will need:

1 sheet of pancake-brown felt

Dark brown felt (You can use large scraps)

Yellow felt (You can use small scraps)

Dark brown, medium brown, and yellow embroidery floss.

Small amount of stuffing.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewUsing the pancake pattern, cut out two light brown felt circles. Using the dark brown felt, cut out one syrup pattern. Using the yellow felt, cut out two small yellow butter patterns.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew Put the two small yellow squares together, and stitch them in place on top of the syrup piece. Poke your needle up through the yellow pieces, and back down through the dark brown piece to secure it.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewStitch the dark brown syrup to one of the light brown circles. Use the same stitch as in previous step.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew Stitch the two light brown circles together ¾ of the way using blanket stitch.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew

Stuff lightly with stuffing and finish stitching up.

FELT TEABAGS:

Note: These smell really good!

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewYou will need:

Scraps of white felt

White and colored embroidery thread

Colored ribbon

Aromatic dried herbs

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewUsing the teabag pattern, cut out two pieces. Using the teabag tag pattern, cut out one tag.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewSandwich one end of the ribbon between the tops of the two teabag pieces. Stitch the pieces together using blanket stitch, leaving the bottom open.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew Stuff the teabag with the dried herb leaves, then sew the bottom shut using blanket stitch. I chose to use spearmint in this teabag.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama SewOn the other end of the ribbon, fold the tag piece in half and sandwich the ribbon inside of the folded tag piece. Stitch around the tag with colored embroidery floss to close it. I also embroidered a small leaf on the tag for fun.

Free felt breakfast food tutorial by Skirt Fixation for Sew Mama Sew

If you want to see more felt food I’ve made, including a sweet little donut that would go fabulously with this breakfast, go on over to Skirt Fixation and check it out!

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Capsule Wardrobe for a Newborn Baby

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Have you heard of a capsule wardrobe?  The basic idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to minimize the amount of clothing in a wardrobe, but make each piece intensely wearable by coordinating it with everything else in the wardrobe.  The “what do I wear” question is solved because everything is wearable.

A perfect application of the capsule wardrobe is for someone who is expected to outgrow all their clothes in a few months time.  (Like a baby…)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe Color Choices

Since I’ve had 7 babies, I’ve pretty much nailed down exactly what is and isn’t needed in the first 6 weeks.  I know this next baby will be dressed by many eager siblings, so I want it to always look coordinated.  Even on days when the oldest sister called dibs on dressing the baby but the youngest sister had a fit until her favorite pair of pants were used and the middle brothers slipped on a cardigan later when the sisters weren’t looking!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

The perfect solution is a white onesie wardrobe.  This means all the onesies can be paired with any other piece in the newborn capsule wardrobe and match perfectly!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Next I chose solid grays as the layering pieces because once again they will coordinate with everything.  Also because we don’t know if we’re having a boy or a girl, and gray is a neutral that works for both.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Finally, since it would be a shame to dress a baby in all white and gray, I used wild explosions of patterns that couldn’t possibly be worn together (like pants and one piece outfits) in shades of mint and gray.  Result?  Baby looks boutique and not clownish!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe Suggested Clothing List

Now that I’ve gone over my thoughts on color choices for a newborn capsule wardrobe, I’ll share what I’ve discovered to be the perfect clothing components.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

4 baby gowns:  These are all I put my newborn in for the first few weeks, and definitely until the umbilical cord stump comes off.  They make for easy diaper changes…in fact sometimes the baby can sleep right through when they’re wearing a baby gown.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

3 indoor hats:  The baby has been used to being in a 98.6 degree environment, and your home is probably cooler than that.  So a little knit hat helps it maintain it’s heat.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

4 footed pants: The other place the baby can loose body heat is through the soles of it’s feet.  Footed pants work great to keep baby warm and also have the added benefit of helping keep their socks on!  (I have yet to have a baby whose socks stay on all by themselves…)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

6 onesies: After the baby is out of it’s exclusive baby gown days, you will need onesies.  Because a baby can go through several in a day, I’ve found 6 to be a good number.  And because they’re white, those pesky poo stains can be bleached right out!  (Give them an extra rinse though for baby’s delicate skin.)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

2 sweaters: Sometimes you will need to give the baby an extra layer of warmth, perhaps when you’re going out, and a baby sweater fills the need perfectly.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

1 coat and 1 outdoor hat: If your baby is born in colder months, you will definitely need a warm coat and an outdoor hat.  Even over the sweater.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

8 receiving/swaddle blankets: From the very 1st baby, we discovered the many benefits of swaddling.  I consider swaddling blankets to be a part of their wardrobe, and have found 8 to be a good number.  I made 4 gauze swaddle blankets, 2 knit swaddle blankets, and 2 flannel swaddle blankets.  You will may find you prefer one type over another in different situations.  This newborn capsule wardrobe is in neutral colors, but the next capsules in larger sizes will lean toward boy or girl in theme, and the white gauze swaddle blankets will continue to coordinate either way.

6 pairs of socks: Although your baby will rarely get these dirty, somehow one will disappear several times a day!

1 special occasion dress/romper/outfit:  Since you’ve kept so rigidly tight on the colors and amounts of clothing in this newborn capsule wardrobe, you’ve got extra resources to get something for a special occasion for your new baby.  Go ahead and splurge…you’ve deserved it with your discretion and control so far.

So here’s that list for you all together:

4 gowns

3 indoor hats

1 outdoor hat

4 footed pants

6 onesies

8 receiving/swaddle blankets

2 sweaters

1 coat

6 pairs of socks

1 special occasion dress/romper/one piece

Now get busy creating a newborn capsule wardrobe for you’re expected bundle of joy!  If there’s anything else you consider essential to a newborn’s wardrobe, please let me know in the comments below.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

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How to Add Faux Fur Cuffs to Any Garment

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

When I showed you Annie’s winter jacket, I promised a tutorial on how to add faux fur cuffs to any jacket (or garment!)  So that’s what I’ve got for you today.  Be sure to check out my tips for working with faux fur here before you begin.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Step 1:

Measure your sleeve opening and add 1/2 inch.  This will be the width of your cuff.  Decided how tall you want your cuff to be, double it and add 1/2 inch.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Step 2:

Fold your faux fur piece in 1/2 across the width, and sew with 1/2 inch seam allowance.  You will now have a circle of faux fur.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Step 3:

Fold your cuff in 1/2 with the WRONG sides together, matching up the raw edges.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Step 4:

If your jacket has a lining, you will want to separate it from the rest of the sleeve and slide it up the sleeve out of the way before this step.  Slide the cuff over the sleeve, matching the raw edges.  Pin really well, lining up the seams.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Above is the view of what you just did laid out flat.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Step 5:

Sew the cuff to the sleeve, catching both layers of cuff, the outer layer of the jacket and any batting.  But remember, any lining will be pulled up out of the way right now.  I found it easiest to sew this step with the needle INSIDE the sleeve.

If your jacket doesn’t have a lining, you need to finish these edges with a zigzag stitch or serger.  And then you’re done!

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

If you have a lining, keep going…it’s about to get really pretty on the inside!  Above is what your sleeve looks like right now.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Step 6:

If you have a lining, pull it back down over the raw edges of the cuff and sleeve.  Fold over the raw edges of the lining toward the wrong side by 1/2 inch.  Pin this in place over the raw edges of the cuff and sleeve.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Step 7:

Hand stitch the lining over the cuff.  You will have a beautifully finished inside of your jacket, and an invisible, perfect finish on the outside.

Skirt Fixation's guide to add faux fur cuffs to any garment.

Great job!  Now you can add faux fur cuffs to any jacket!

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Marlene and Miss Marlene Patterns

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

There’s a new kid in town…pattern town that is!  The distinctive shoulder accent pieces set this top apart from all other patterns out there.  And don’t worry, if you’ve been jealous of your daughter’s wardrobe, this pattern can be made in women’s sizes too! Schnittreif is the company that created both the Marlene and Miss Marlene patterns.  If that name sounds foreign, it’s because the company and the pattern are German.  But don’t worry, both are translated to English and available for purchase in the Nah Connection shop.  Get the girl’s Marlene here, and Miss Marlene for yourself here!

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Marlene is a simple, basic boatneck shirt with shoulder inserts for a little something extra.  The shirt can be made in 3 different sleeve lengths; short, elbow length, and long sleeves.  Photo illustrations accompany each step of the very easy pattern.  The shoulder insets make it look like a sophisticated, difficult pattern, but it’s not hard at all!

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For Annie (who has grown too tall for most of last year’s summer shirts) we whipped out a Marlene for her in some special fabrics.  This fabric is Art Gallery Recollection Jersey Knit Pirot Evoked Silver Fabric By The Yard leftover from making her cousin this dress.  Annie is thrilled to think of “matching” her cousin even though they live hundreds of miles apart!

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It just so happens Annie needed some skirts for spring/summer also.  She hasn’t changed size around from last time I made her the Jocole Knit Pencil Skirt, so we just added some length and whipped out another one for her.  She chose to this fabric (from JoAnn’s) for both the shoulder accents and the skirt from our fabric stash.

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Jocole Knit Pencil Skirt pattern has a doll pattern included, so since one of Annie’s sewing goals this year is to sew some things for her dolls, she cut out the fabric and pattern and sewed along side of me.  It turned out that her doll is much smaller around than an 18” doll the pattern was designed for, so her doll’s skirt ended up quite a bit more gathered around the waist than Annie’s skirt.  Then I quickly whipped out a matching shirt from some leftover scraps, and Annie and her doll were so pleased to be matching!

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Then it was my turn.  However you might have noticed I have a large bump on my middle at the current time, so you’ll have to put up with flat lay photos.  Since I made Annie’s shirt just exactly as instructed in the pattern, I decided to play around with this one a little bit and try to make it suitable for nursing after the baby arrives.  I wouldn’t say my modifications were 100% successful, but close enough that this will work as a nursing shirt.  When I have the process perfected, I’ll share a tutorial, but for now, you’ll have to make a mental picture and view the inside of the shirt.

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I cut out a second front piece but only from the bust down.  To the top of this I added elastic, so it will stay in place while the outer shirt is lifted up to nurse baby.  Since I was going for a layered look, I made the undershirt longer in the front and added a strip across the hem in the back.  The one issue with the nursing part of the shirt is that I sewed the 2 layers of side seams together, so I think the undershirt will lift slightly at the sides when the over shirt is lifted to nurse.  But I won’t know that for sure until I can actually wear it!  To be continued…

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the over shirt fabric I used Riley Blake Knit Stripe Aqua/Navy Fabric By The Yard from Urban Sew.  It’s heavenly and I can’t wait to wear this soft Marlene shirt. The other change I made to the Miss Marlene pattern was my standard wide shoulder adjustment.  Because the shoulder inserts made this tricky to add width at the shoulder seams, at the suggestion of Annika (owner of Nah Connection) I added it right to the center fold in front and back at the shoulders only, tapering down to the normal width down the front.

Are you convinced?  Do you need a Marlene or Miss Marlene shirt now too?  Head over to Nah Connection to pick up your copy today!

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Blithe Fabrics Blog Tour

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

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!!!)

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

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

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

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.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

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.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

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.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

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

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

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.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

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.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

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.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

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.

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

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?

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

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

Skirt Fixation for the Blithe Blog Tour

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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Sweaters for January {Project Sew It}

Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Both Aria and Audrey decided to participate in Project sew It this year.  Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.  January’s challenge is to sew a sweater.  Here are both of us to tell you about January’s project.

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Audrey:  When I saw January’s sweater challenge I decided it was time to execute!  I’ve had the plans for this particular sweater for over almost a year.  I’ve had the Jasper Sweater pattern for quite a while, and you can read about the 1st one I made here.  I absolutely love that one, even though it’s too tight across the shoulders because I didn’t make any wide shoulder adjustment and the sweatshirt fleece I was using didn’t have any stretch.  So I picked up some French Terry Fabric-Aruba Blue fabric last winter.  Then the season turned to spring, in summer I found out I was expecting, and so the idea just sat and sat.

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Finally the Project Sew It January sweater challenge spurred me to action.  You probably noticed that it’s not me modeling these photos, but Allegra.  But when I’m not wearing maternity clothing anymore, I now have something very nice and new waiting for me!

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

This time when I sewed the Jasper Sweater I took a little extra time and, according to the instructions, I bound the exposed hood seams with some contrasting Riley Blake knit fabric leftover from this skirt.  I also used this fabric for the pocket.  It’s a subtle and stunning accent and I am totally in love with this tiny detail!

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I found these buttons at JoAnns also, and just love them!  They are the perfect accent for this Jasper Sweater.  Aria (who has the same width of shoulders as me) tried on the Jasper Sweater and declared it a perfect fit across the shoulders and back.  I can’t wait to try it on!

Aria’s January Project Sew It Sweater:

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I really had fun sewing the Lane Raglan Hoodie! It went really fast and easy!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

The most difficult part about it was the thumb cuffs, but it was definitely worth it! I had to scrap the first attempt because I discovered I had cut out that pattern piece with the stretch the wrong way…I cut it out again and sewing them went quite a bit faster that time!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I also wanted to add a pocket, so I used the kangaroo pocket piece from the Halifax Hoodie pattern!  This was pretty easy too!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I REALLY love my new hoodie and I wear it all the time!  I used Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric – Dark Gray Heathered for this Lane Raglan Hoodie.  Looking forward to the next challenge!

Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

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20 Reasons to Sew for Baby

20+ reasons to sew for baby from Skirt Fixation

 

We’re starting off our handmade baby series with a list of 20 reasons to sew for baby!  Maybe one of these will convince you to try sewing for your (or some one else’s) baby.

1-Tiny things are cute to make

Let’s start with the obvious…tiny baby clothes are about the cutest thing you could possibly sew!

2-Less fabric to waste while learning to sew

Maybe you’re considering sewing for a baby as your very first sewing project?  Here’s the great news; baby clothes take up a tiny bit of fabirc!  For examples, fom 1 yard of fabric, you could make approximately 5 baby onesies…or try several time before you achieved the results you are looking for!

20+ reasons to sew for baby from Skirt Fixation

3-Knit clothing is fast to sew

Most baby clothing/accessories is made from knit fabrics, and knits are very fast to sew.  Partly because there it isn’t necessary to finish the edges, and you can even skip hemming if you wish!

4-Scrap buster

Have leftover fabric from another project that’s too small to make yourself another garment?  Use it for baby sewing!

5-Unique baby shower gifts

Have you ever been at a baby shower where the mother to be received several items that were similar or even the same?  If you made your baby gift you are guaranteed it will be unique, and perhaps even more highly valued than other gifts because of the time and effort you put forth.

Moon glow baby quilt pattern seen on Skirt Fixation

6-Modern fabric designs

Once you decide to sew something for a baby, you get to start shopping for fabric.  That’s the really fun part, and you’ll be amazed at the availability of fabric types, colors, and prints that are a huge departure from the standard Disney characters available in most ready to wear clothing.  Although if you prefer Disney characters, there’s a huge selection of those types of fabrics too.

7-Organic fabric

While we’re on the subject of fabrics to use, you might want to consider using organic fabric for your baby, at least for the garments that will be touching their delicate and sensitive skin.  There is a larger and larger selection of organic fabrics available in ever increasing substrates (knit, guaze, quilting cottons, rayons, etc.) colors and prints too.

8-Better quality fabric

These days, sometimes store bought baby things don’t even make it through one baby.  But if you are sewing for a baby, you have control over the quality of fabric.  Handmade baby items not only make it through one baby, but can be passed down to other lucky babies!

birth day gift by Skirt Fixation

9-Perfect for Upcycling

Have a favorite item you’ve outgrown, but you’re too environmentally conscientious to throw it away?  Upcycling is easy, fast and baby items are the perfect new use for that old favorite.  Reuse existing hems and your work is done even faster!

10-Dresses for little girl

Dresses for a baby girl are quite hard to find, and there isn’t much variety once you find one.  Not so if you’re making a dress for a baby girl.  There is a huge selection of dress patterns for baby girls, and it’s growing all the time!

11-Boyish prints are hard to find

Have you ever tried to find cute baby clothing for boys?  It’s pretty difficult and slim pickings once you weed out all the sports paraphernalia and Mommy’s Little Prince items.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

12-Baby patterns are often free

Many times, pattern designers will release the baby version of one of their popular patterns for free!

13-Matching outfits

Not only can you create matching outfits for siblings to wear, you can also create coordinating combinations you wouldn’t be able to find in stores.

14-Clothing that fits

Many people sew for themselves so they can have a perfect fit, and the same holds true for baby sewing.  You can create clothing to the baby’s exact need.  For example, my babies always had longer arms and legs than came in ready to wear clothing.  So I had to choose between too big around, or too short in the limbs.

15-Clothes that accommodate cloth diapers

Along similar lines, store bought baby clothing is not designed to fit cloth diapers.  Some moms have found out they need to size up 2 sizes to get the clothing to work with cloth diapers!  Not so with handmade baby clothing.

20+ reasons to sew for baby from Skirt Fixation

16-Boutique looks for less

Some of the cutest baby items come from boutiques…if you can afford it!  But when you’re making the baby items by hand, you can create that boutique look for much, much less.

17-Traditions of sewing

When I was a baby, I had quite a few handmade items, and I’ll bet you did too.  When we sew for our baby, we are following in the footsteps of our mothers and grandmothers and their mothers and grandmothers…it’s a tradition of caring for baby by hand that has been passed along from generation to generation for ages.

18-Pride in the making

One of the greatest pleasures of sewing for a baby is to see the handmade item you made being put to good use.  And then when the compliments start rolling it, you’ll see how awesome you feel!

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

19-Better fit for preemies

Maybe this one should be titled, “fit for preemies” because preemie baby things are very, very rare.  Some parents end up dressing preemies in doll clothes!  Handmade baby items are so appropriate here, and last quite a long time because of the slower rate at which preemies grow at first.

20-They can’t/don’t care about your fashion choices

Let’s face it, as the baby grows, they won’t always agree with your style/fabric/fashion choices.  So while they are too young to care or know the difference, you get to dress them however you wish!  Have fun!

Bonus! 21-No one else’s baby is wearing the same thing

Your baby is unique from every other baby out there, and it’s clothing can be too…when you make it!

20+ reasons to sew for baby from Skirt Fixation

Hopefully we’ve convinced you with these very, very excellent reasons to sew for baby!  Have fun!

Please share in the comments below your reasons for sewing for baby…we’d love to hear them.