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Runway Skirt Trends from Fall 2017

Fall 2017 Runway Skirt Trends

We love to see skirts walking down the runway at fashion shows!  In fact, we have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to the subject.  So today we thought we’d share some runway SKIRT trends we noticed in the fall 2017 fashion shows we had our eyes on.

Runway Skirt Trend #1:   Large floral prints

Large floral prints are back!  We were so excited to see this because we love both florals and large scale prints.  Sometimes we don’t buy a fabric we otherwise love everything else about because the scale is too small.  Here’s a similar skirt you could purchase to wear this trend:


Vintage Elastic Waist Floral Print Pleated Skirt

Vintage Elastic Waist Floral Print Pleated Skirt

Runway Skirt Trend #2 & #3:   Black & White prints & Midi length

Does black and white ever go out of style?  We don’t think so, and many of the designers agree!  We’ve picked a skirt below that not only fulfills the black & white checkbox, but it also hits another runway skirt style trend we were happy to see: MIDI SKIRTS!

Black White Piano Key Flared Midi Skirt Black White Piano Key Flared Midi Skirt

Runway Skirt Trend #4:   Buffalo Plaid

You guys.  Buffalo plaid is everywhere.  (We even sell a buffalo plaid bonnet, and it’s currently our best selling boy’s bonnet!)   And if you want to wear buffalo plaid without looking like a lumberjack, try this skirt:

Buffalo Plaid Pencil Skirt 

Runway Skirt Trend #5:   Vertical Stripes

Now as very, very tall ladies, we don’t always wear vertical stripes on our lower half.  I mean accentuating our loooooong legs sometimes is eye-catching, but if you don’t have a 36″ inseam like some of us do, try this skirt to add the visual effect of 3-6″ to your legs.

Vertical stripe maxi skirt in several different colors 

Runway Skirt Trend #6 & #7:   Chocolate brown & Leather:

One color we saw over and over again (and no, we weren’t hungry!) was chocolate brown.  We saw in in leather like this skirt, in shoes, in jackets, tops, hats, and everything!

Chocolate brown leather midi skirt

Runway Skirt Trend #8 & #9:   Velvet and Buttons

Velvet is back and we couldn’t be happier!  We love it in every shade imaginable.  Another thing we saw in lots of different garments was buttons.  For a while, zippers were having their day, but it’s back to buttons!  This skirt combines them both:

Rose velvet button front skirt

Runway Skirt Trend #10:   Eastern European Inspired Embroidery

We love embroidered skirts.  It’s been a long and luscious crush of ours!  And we couldn’t love the Eastern European inspired embroidery trend any more than we already do!  This lovely skirt is a great example of the embroidered skirts we saw waltzing down the runway.

Embroidered red maxi skirt

 

Fall 2017 Runway Skirt Trends

 

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Corduroy Sandbridge Skirt and Baby Dress

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

Today we’ve got a fun post for you about some of our fabric fabrics and patterns.  Corduroy was one of the first fabrics I fell in love with when I first started sewing, and all these years later, I’m still in love and sewing with it often!  We’re going to share pattern details here, so please check out our post over at CaliFabrics to discover more about the fabrics we used to make these clothes!

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

The first thing I sewed from this corduroy fabric was a skirt, of course!  From the first time I made the Sandbridge Skirt, I changed just 2 things to make this great skirt pattern work better for me.  The first thing I did was to add 2 more inches to the hem, bringing it to a total of 24” in length.  It hits just at the knee, and is perfect for fall layered with leggings and boots.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

The other modification I made to the Sandbridge Skirt pattern was to made a slightly more aline shape by adding 1.5” to the width of the each skirt pattern piece at the hem, starting below the bottom of the pocket bag and angling out to the hem.  It was very simple to do, and this shape allows me to break into a dead run whenever I need to catch a child from falling out of a tree or rescue the cat’s tail from the toy dump truck races.  Or any other imaginable events occurring on a daily basis among my tribe of 8 kids.

https://blog.califabrics.com/2017/12/03/baby-wale-corduroy-3-ways/

And if you don’t mind taking a look at my *ahem* backside, you really must check out the fantastic embroidery Allegra sewed on the back pocket for me.  She used floss colors in shades from the shirt fabric.  After she was done, I ironed on a piece of interfacing to protect the inside of the embroidery.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

The t-shirt is the new updated Union St. Tee made in double brushed poly.  This is the 2nd time I’ve made the updated version, and there will be many more.  In fact, I’ve got a whole pile of fabric waiting to be sewn into Union St. Tees, so be prepared!  You can read our thoughts on the update here.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

And now, the part you’ve been waiting for, Baby’s dress!  This photo above looks like she is excited for your attention too!  As I had enough corduroy fabric left over to make her a dress, I absolutely couldn’t refuse.  I used the Family Reunion Dress pattern by Oliver + S.  We’ve sewn up this pattern in the larger size to make a top for Annie here.  We love the classic lines and delicate features of this pattern.  The pin tuck pleats and button up back are two feature that we’re smitten over!  I used these wood buttons.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

I sewed a size 12 months for Baby, hoping for a little added length.  When I held up the dress to her before hemming, I could see she was going to grow out of it in no time flat, so instead of putting the hem facing inside the dress, I added it to the length at the bottom.  Hopefully this will make the dress last a couple more months!

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

And with the very, very, very last bits of scraps we sewed a reversible bonnet for Baby!  The fabric on the reverse is left over from another one of Annie’s shirts.  I don’t have photographic evidence, but I also used it as the trim inside my skirt too.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

But this bonnet is utterly adorable, and Baby looks equally cute in either side!  (Psst, if you want a bonnet, but don’t want to make one, check out our bonnet shop, Savvy Noggins!)

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

If you love Baby’s moccasin boots, you can grab similar ones here.  And my boots can be found here.

That ‘s it for us today.  We appreciate you reading and following along with our sewing adventures.  If you have time, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Savvy Noggins Shop Launch & Sale Code

Remember when we promised we’d tell you what’s been keeping us busy?  Well today we’re spilling the beans.  We’ve launched Savvy Noggins!  It’s “Millinery for the Fashion-Conscious Baby” or just plain fun baby bonnets!

Every one of our darling bonnets are reversible and have ears that reverse to the other side too!  There are 6 bonnets in the fall release, 3 for boys and 3 for girls.  One side is flannel and the other side is top quality cotton.  All the bonnets come in ready made sizes 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years.  If you need a different size, or the size you need is sold out you can place a custom order for girls here or a custom order for boys here.  Custom orders start at newborn size (13.5″ head circumference) and go up to XXL which fits 5+ year old children with a 22+” head circumference.

Here’s each one in detail.  Click on the photo to be taken directly to that bonnet in our Savvy Noggins shop.

This first bonnet is the quintessential baby girl bonnet.  In soft pink rosebud flannel and painterly floral Art Gallery Fabrics cotton on the other side, it’s sure to please!  Pink grosgrain ribbons secure the bonnet to baby’s head.

Baby is modeling the 6-12 months size in this photo at 8 months old.  Every bonnet listing includes head sizes, which is a better way to choose a bonnet than strictly by age.

The next bonnet is made from soft chocolate flannel on one side and deep blue ink drawn flowers on cotton fabric on the other side.  Matching chocolate brown ribbons secure the bonnet under baby’s cute chin.

Again, Baby is modeling size 6-12 months and having fun chewing on the ribbons she successfully untied!  It took Baby about 1 day to get used to wearing a bonnet, and now she doesn’t even notice it!

The 3rd bonnet boasts sweet birds in flannel on one side, and sprinkled yellow dots on soft cotton fabric on the other side.  Yellow ribbons tie the bonnet onto baby’s head.

Here Baby is watching her brothers try to make her look at the camera as she models a 6-12 month size bonnet.

It’s much rarer to find handmade items for boys, and very difficult to find items as cute as these boy bonnets (or caps) we’re about to show you!

The first boy cap is made from sturdy brown plaid flannel on one side and glittering metallic stars on blue cotton on the other side.  Here Lowell is modeling a 6-12 month size, which just barely still fits him!  See the next 2 for photos of the hats fitting more properly in a larger size!

Next up is our very popular mustard plaid flannel with spotty blue cotton on the other side.  Lowell, who is 3, is modeling a 1-2 year size, and you can see it’s a better fit.  Plus, eyelash envy!

The final cap is our hottest selling, on trend buffalo plaid flannel cap with cloudy skies cotton on the other side.  Lowell is again modeling a 1-2 year size cap.

We’re using several venues to sell these reversible baby bonnets.  Locally, Savvy Noggins bonnets can be found in several children’s boutiques and at select craft fairs.  If you aren’t local to us, please visit our Savvy Noggins Etsy Shop!

And WE’RE HAVING A GRAND OPENING AND BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY SALE!  All in stock, ready to ship hats are marked down until December 2nd!

Even if you don’t have a baby yourself, you might want to stock up for the next time you’re invited to a baby shower, or a friend tells you they’re expecting.  Leave us a comment below letting us know what you think of our newest arrivals!

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Knit Skirt to T-Shirt Refashion

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Today’s quick and easy tutorial walks you through the steps of turning that skirt you no longer wear into a t-shirt you’ll never stop wearing!  The best part?  No hemming!  Let’s make that skirt to t-shirt happen:

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Here is the knit maxi skirt I started with.  It’s a cotton/modal/spandex knit blend with some fun stripes at the bottom.  It has a huge elasticated waistband, I think intended to be one of those convertible dress/skirt things.  If you’re like me, those garments always end up being WAAAAAY too narrow in the hips, and I don’t even have that wide of hips!

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 1:

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

First thing I recommend is laying out your pattern pieces over the skirt before making any cuts.  This is so you don’t have any nasty surprises later when you end up with only enough fabric left for 1 sleeve or something!  Ask me how I know…  I’m using the Union St. Tee pattern by Hey June Handmade.  It’s my favorite, read my full review here.

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 2:

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Alright, now that you have a plan, grab those scissors and get busy!  I cut the skirt up one side seam and cut off that waistband so things would lay flat.

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 3:

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Next, fold the skirt into the middle, and try to line up the fabric.  This was easy for me due to the stripes!  Line up the bottom of the pattern piece below the hem of the skirt by whatever amount is the seam allowance on the pattern.  For me the pattern piece was 1″ below the skirt in the center.

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 4:

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Okay, grab those scissors and get busy!  I cut out the front and back.  Next I folded the skirt all the way in 1/2 so I didn’t have a seam down the top of my sleeves, and cut the sleeves.  The neckband did end up with a seam at the center back (which a v-neck usually doesn’t have) but not a big deal!

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 5:

Sew that t-shirt together and put it on!  Once again, I used the Union St. Tee pattern and instructions from Hey June Patterns.  Happy sewing and t-shirt wearing!

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

By now you probably know that the link to Hey June Patterns is an affiliate link.  That’s because it’s a really awesome pattern and we want you to succeed in your sewing ventures, not get frustrated or fail!  Because it’s an affiliate link, if you click on it, we might make a few pennies at no extra cost to you.  So thanks!

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Updated Union St. Tee Pattern Review

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

I’m sure you’ve seen by now, but Hey June Patterns recently released their updated Union St. Tee pattern.  The Union St. Tee is one of our FAVORITE t-shirt patterns, and we’ve made lots and lots of them.  Here is the first one we blogged, and here is the most recent one we blogged.

So for the newly released pattern, we were hopeful about a couple of things.  1- the new Union has a more relaxed fit through the waist due to an updated finished garment measurements chart.  2-the new Union has a full bust adjustment piece included.

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Just in case the newly updated Union St. Tee was a complete wash out, I decided to refashioned a skirt instead of starting in with the good fabric.  Oh – I forgot to mention, the updated Union also has updated fabric recommendations.  The old version just recommended stretch knit fabrics.  The new one challenges you to improve the quality of your fabric a notch!  You can still use any stretch knit fabric, but the recommended ones are cotton/poly, triblend, rayon blends, bamboo, and modal.  Or you can use cotton spandex and size down for a fitted tee.  And while we’re down this rabbit hole, I discovered that sizing down is EXACTLY what I’d been doing!  Yep, I’d been sewing my favorite tee pattern a size smaller this whole time!!!  No wonder I was dissatisfied with the mommy tummy that sometimes made it’s presence known.

But back to the fabric recommendations.  Before I’d only used cotton spandex and sized down (accidentally!) for a fitted tee.  For this pink shirt I used double brushed poly, and it worked nicely too.

But because of the updated fabric recommendations, and because I’ve been hearing so many nice things about bamboo, modal and rayon blends, I really wanted to try one of these fabrics.  And it just happened that this skirt was a cotton/modal blend!  Plus it was too small, so worked perfectly for this updated Union St. Tee “muslin” test fitting.

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Let me just say that I should have totally trusted Adrianna, the genius behind Hey June Patterns!  Just like when she updated the Lane Raglan pattern and we tried it out, the updated Union St. Tee is perfection!  The fit (and correct sizing) is so utterly amazing.  I seriously wear this shirt every single time it’s clean.  And mum’s the word on wearing it sometimes when it’s dirty too! But in all honesty, this shirt is boosting my confidence level about the lack of muscles in the waist region…  It skims the chest and loosely floats around the mommy belly.

And for the record, modal is absolutely heavenly to sew with…I can’t wait to get into the good fabric now!

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

For my fellow tall sewing friends, I added 1 inch to the body of the tee at the lengthen/shorten line.  I also added 1 inch to the shoulders.  And finally, I raised the neckline (and shortened the neckband accordingly) by 1” out of personal preference.  I just laid the new pattern pieces over my old ones and traced off these fit changes from them.

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Stay tuned for many, many more updated Union St. Tee makes around here!

Also, I promise you a quick and easy tutorial on how to refashion a skirt into a t-shirt very soon.

While you wait, do yourself a favor and go grab the new Union St. Tee pattern.

That link to the Union St. Tee is an affiliate link because we think that it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread and you really, really should try it out!  If you click on our link, we might make a few pennies which we will immediately turn around and spend on more modal fabric.  It won’t cost you any extra of course.  You’ve been warned!

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Chevron Baby Quilt {My Sister’s Quilts #14}

Chevron baby quilt by Skirt Fixation

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 17 nieces and nephews.  Today she’s showing you a chevron baby quilt.

Chevron baby quilt by Skirt Fixation

I unfortunately do not have much memory at all of making this quilt, which is odd, being that it is the most recent one that I have made!  I recognize the fabrics from many other quilts I have made.

Chevron baby quilt by Skirt Fixation

It is a glorious thing when a quilter has a large enough stash that there is no need set foot inside a fabric store!  When we moved about a month ago I was reminding myself and my husband  that a sizable fabric stash is a GOOD thing, as we moved tub-upon-tub-upon-tub from our old basement to the trailer, then from the trailer to the new house, and finally to the new basement.  🙂

Chevron baby quilt by Skirt Fixation
I do remember wanting to make a chevron quilt, and I loved how this turned out looking like the mountains reaching from the sea to the sky!
Chevron baby quilt by Skirt Fixation
If I were to name this quilt, I think I would call it “Sunrise in the Mountains.”   As naturalist and environmental philosopher John Muir stated, “How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains.”  In my opinion there is not much that is more amazing than on this earth than experiencing the crisp morning air in the mountains.
Chevron baby quilt by Skirt Fixation
My family holds in our hearts a special love for the mountains.  Mountains remind us of beauty, adventure, and love for one we have lost, but will never forget…
Chevron baby quilt by Skirt Fixation
My nephew L. will soon be climbing mountains in great strides and it is my wish that every one of his sunrises may hold promises, and that every one of his sunsets may hold peace.
Chevron baby quilt by Skirt Fixation
Love Aunt Fessy
When my sister gave us this quilt, I remember she called it a time capsule of sorts.  It both represented the chevron trend, and showed the process of time and sewing with all the fabrics from different quilts she’s made.  We are so thankful for an amazing seamstress in our family with the love for quilting and the heart to gift quilts to each of her nieces and nephews!   This is the end of this series, for now…but as soon as Aunt Fessy has another baby quilt sewn, we’ll be back! 
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Contrast Hood Binding Tutorial

Today we’ve got a quick and easy tutorial for you on how to make a contrast hood binding.  This is a fun way to make the inside of the hood pop!  You can use plain fabric for the outside and a pop of print for the inside, or print for the outside and a coordinating pop of solid color for the contrast hood binding and inside.  Or print for both.  Or plain for both!  Let’s get started.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

First you need to cut 2 of each hood piece.  (If your hood pattern is lined like the one I used, the Rosemary Raglan affiliate link, just cut and sew as instructed.)  When both your outer and inner hoods are assembled, here’s the fast and easy way to create that contrast hood binding.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Contrast Hood Binding Step 1:

Cut 1 inch off the outer hood along the front edge.  (Most hoods are generously sized, and they will still cover the head adequately after doing this.  But if you are concerned about the size of the hood, you can ADD 1 inch to the front edge of the inner hood as you are cutting it out.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Contrast Hood Binding Step 2:

Place the inner hood over the outer hood, right sides together.  Line up the front edges, even though the hoods are now different sizes.

 

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt FixationContrast Hood Binding Step 3:

Sew the front edges together.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Contrast Hood Binding Step 4:

Turn the hood right sides out, and roll the inner hood out along the front edge.  See, instant contrast hood binding.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Contrast Hood Binding Step 5:

To keep the inner fabric from rolling back to the inside, topstitch along the outer hood fabric, just inside the seam line.

Now you can create a contrast hood binding on all your hoodies!  We’d love to see your completed garment if you use our tutorial…leave us a comment below, or send us an email: skirtfixation@gmail.com

To see the fabric sources and the matching hoodie I sewed for myself, head over to CaliFabrics!

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

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Copycat Velvet Alexander McQueen Skirt {Buy or DIY}

Copycat velvet Alexander McQueen skirt by Skirt Fixation

Today we have another Buy or DIY skirt for you!   Since velvet is all the rage, but the price of a velvet skirt will make you rage, we’re going to show you how to make a copycat velvet Alexander McQueen skirt for way, way less.  Let’s just say your rage will turn to smug glee!

Copycat velvet Alexander McQueen skirt by Skirt Fixation

Copycat velvet Alexander McQueen skirt Details:

Velvet Midi skirt: Alexander McQueen for Nordstrom

Fabric Recommendation: Stretch Velvet Wine Fabric

Pattern Recommendation: Tilly and the Buttons Dominique Skirt

Copycat velvet Alexander McQueen skirt Math:

Alexander McQueen for Nordstrom velvet skirt: $575

Fabric needed: 1.5 yards

Pattern: $11.03

Fabric: $9.98 per yard

Notions: $3.59 Knit Non-Roll Elastic

Total Cost: $29.59 for DIY

Total Savings: $545.41

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  We love showing you how easy it is to look fashionable and follow the latest skirt trends without breaking the bank.  We hope we’ve convinced you with this copycat velvet Alexander McQueen Buy or DIY skirt edition.  Check out all our Buy or DIY skirt posts, they’re so fun and save you so much money!

Speaking of saving money, some affiliate links are used in this post.  All that means is that if you use one of our links, we might make a few pennies at no extra cost to you.  And of course we’ll save our money to buy more fabric and patterns and blogging about it!

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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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Lanes and Lapses

Lane Raglan with FBA sewn by Skirt Fixation

It’s been a while since we posted, probably our biggest lapse so far!  But we’ve been so super busy we haven’t had time to blog.  Never fear, we’ve been sewing and skirting and so on…

Lane Raglan with FBA sewn by Skirt Fixation

Another lapse you may or may not have noticed was the amount of sewing that has been happening for Allegra.  Well, today we’re over at CaliFabrics, taking care of that little problem, and explaining why it happened.  So that’s something, right?

And just as soon as we can, we’ll share more sewing and what the lapse is all about!  If you want to see behind the scenes sewing and sneak peeks, follow us on Instagram.