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A very big (little!) announcement!

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

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

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

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Anthropologie Tweed Skirt Knock Off

Anthropologie Tweed Skirt Knock Off by Skirt Fixation

Today we have another Buy or DIY skirt for you! This time we’re showing you how you can make a perfect skirt for cold weather and look like you paid big bucks.  Except you didn’t!  Our skirt pick of the day is an on trend tweed skirt from Anthropologie.  Here’s our recommendations for an Anthropologie Tweed Skirt Knock Off job.

Anthropologie Tweed Skirt Knock Off by Skirt Fixation

Anthropologie Tweed Skirt Knock Off Details:

Here’s the inspiration skirt: Anthropologie Tweed Buttoned Skirt

Fabric Recommendation: Telio Tweed Red Fabric & Soft Suede Wine Fabric

Pattern Recommendation:  Pauline Alice Rosari Skirt

Anthropologie Tweed Skirt Knock Off Math:

Anthropology Tweed Buttoned Skirt: $128 retail price.

Tweed Fabric needed: 1.25 yards at $12.98 per yard

Suede Fabric needed: .25 yards at $7.65 per yard

Pattern: $9.94 (at today’s conversion rate from euros)

Notions:   12 at 50 for $8.99

Anthropologie Tweed Skirt Knock Off Summary:

Total Cost: $30.24 for DIY

Total Savings: $97.76

If you look closely at the skirt, you will notice the pattern we recommend doesn’t have separate plackets for the button front of the skirt.  There are a couple ways to modify the pattern.  You could cut apart the front pattern pieces (remember to add seam allowance, and sew the suede to the tweed before you begin.  Or you could also cut the suede to the placket width and top stitch it in place before making the buttonholes.

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  (See how amazing we are at puns?!?)  On trend, warm, and totally worth the time and price you paid if you DIY!  We’re going to keep showing you these great Buy or DIY Skirt deals because skirts are a great way to get into sewing, and what more to inspire you than to see how you can sew it for waaaaaaaay less?

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Menswear Sewing Plans – 2018

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

The other day I mentioned I plan to do more sewing for Mr. Skirt Fixation in 2018.  So today is all about my menswear sewing plans for 2018.  I’d like to branch out a little bit from the approximately 12-15 t-shirts I sewed for him in 2017.  With that in mind, and for encouragement from the sewing community, I’m joining up with the menswear sewing make 9 movement on Instagram.  The idea is to plan and sew 9 things for your man!

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

Mr. Skirt Fixation really likes when I sew t-shirts for him.  He likes this Riley Blake Cotton Jersey Knit Solid White Fabric because it’s soft and a good 95% cotton, 5% spandex blend.  We’ve made a couple of modifications to the Oliver + S Men’s Metro Tee pattern so it fits him like a glove!  So yes, I actually do sew him plain white undershirts to wear under his button up shirts for work.  He loves the fit, and the quality he can’t find in RTW (ready to wear) t-shirts.  And the other thing I’ve sewn for him is t-shirts for everyday wear by keeping the modifications but going up one size.  So I put that pattern twice in the grid because it’s basically 2 different things, right?

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

The only other thing I’ve sewn from these 9 in the past is a button up shirt in flannel.  I used the Sis Boom Marco Shirt pattern, and made modifications so it’s a perfect fit for Mr. Skirt Fixation.  For example, he needs a large bicep adjustment.  (Yes ladies, the man is ripped!)  And he prefers the button placket to be 3/4” wider.  Those are 2 changes that pop to mind…and I’ve already got the flannel to make him another one, at his request!

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

The 1st thing I’ve sewn for him from the make 9 grid this year is the Finlayson Sweater.  This was a surprise, done without his input, so it was a stab in the dark!  I sewed him the shawl collar view in some brushed ribbed sweater knit from CaliFabrics.  It is the softest fabric ever, and I reeeeeeeealy wanted to save it for myself!  It’s sold out over at CaliFabrics, but this Telio Melange Rib Knit Grey Fabric looks like the same thing from Fabric.com

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

I have to say I love sewing men’s clothes.  The little details and professional tailoring make me feel so accomplished!  For example, the inside back collar detail is amazing, and never seen from the outside.  I used a scrap of flannel leftover from my puffer jacket for this one.  His measurements put him in a size XL, but I sewed a size L due to the extra stretchiness of the ribbed fabric.

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

What was the verdict from Mr. Skirt Fixation?  Well, as far as the fit goes, the only thing that needed adjusting was the cuffs on the sleeves, they were too loose.  He loves the soft and comfortable fabric.  For wearing however, he has requested I sew him a turtleneck to layer underneath.  At least that gives me another item to add to my list of 9 things to sew for him this year!  I can’t find a men’s turtleneck sewing pattern, but I think I can take his beloved Metro Tee pattern and add a turtleneck piece.  That’s the plan anyway…wish me luck!

To fill out the 9, I added the Rebel Joggers and Shorts by Wardrobe By Me.  The shorts I sewed for him to sleep in a couple of years ago are getting worn out.  And I added a the Rocky Mountain Raglan from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  Because I love wearing raglans, so maybe he will too?  Last of all, I added the Jutland Pants from Thread Theory.  He wants pants, and these are the closest I can find to his RTW ones.  They’re not right (according to him) but maybe they’ll give us a starting place.

I know, that’s not 9 items!  But I’m leaving myself some wiggle room if something comes up later in the year.  And because I know I’ll be sewing him multiples of the t-shirts.  Perhaps I’ll sew him a Reversible Beanie from Savvy Patterns!

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

Perhaps I’ll be able to sew some of these 9 items for our oldest son too.  With that in mind, I sewed him the hooded version of the Finlayson Sweater, but in camo french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Since I had only 2 yards, and the pattern requirements for size XXL are 2.6 yards.  By lining the hood with plain oatmeal french terry and using it for the pocket too, I just barely had enough.  For the inside collar detail on his, I used some Cotton & Steel double gauze fabric leftover from making this shirt for myself.

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

The fit is pretty good for him too, even though this was a surprise too.  I used his measurements and lengthened the arms by a couple of inches.  Even though he has massive wrists, the cuffs were too large for him as well, but I have fixed the cuffs for both of them.

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

Though he hasn’t gushed about it (he’s 17!) I think he likes it, because as you can see from the photos, it’s wrinkled from wear.  I had to sneak it away from him for the photos, so I think he likes it!

Alright, enough from me!  Leave me a comment, have you ever sewn anything for a man?  Do you have menswear sewing plans?   Will I make it through this year?  Send pants help, I’m a skirt person!!!

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Girl’s Ombre Maxi Skirt

Girl's ombre maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

It’s been a while since I sewed Annie a maxi skirt.  As fast as she’s growing, the last maxi skirt I made her wasn’t maxi for very long either!  So it was time to keep the maxi skirt love alive and growing.  She fell in love with my ombre maxi skirt last year, and we recently found the perfect fabric.

Girl's ombre maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the pattern we used the girl’s version of the Jocole A-line maxi skirt.  This time we sewed a size 6 in width, and size 10 in length.  (She’s so lucky to have a mom who sews for her!)

The beautiful fabric is blue ombre double brushed poly from Simply By Ti.  This is Annie’s 1st garment made from double brushed poly.  Just like everyone else with their 1st double brushed poly garment, she is in total adoration over the softness and comfort.  This fabric is also available in a pink ombre color.  Which Annie would have adored as well!

Girl's ombre maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Interestingly enough, recently Annie went shopping in our attic where her older sisters store the clothes they’ve outgrown until they fit Annie.  It was very fun for all of us to see how some of the first skirts we sewed and refashioned for Aria now are fitting Annie!

Girl's ombre maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

It was intriguing to see how much our sewing skills have improved since then too.  Refashioning is a good way to put old clothes to use again, to stir the creative mind, and to get back into the sewing groove.

Girl's ombre maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We sometimes still refashion around here, but more often we have been choosing to sew a garment from start to finish.

Girl's ombre maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation We’re excited to see where our sewing journey takes us next!  And we absolutely love working with small fabric shops like Simply by Ti.  Please go check out their excellent selection of garment fabrics.  Simply by Ti is a small fabric shop run by a mom who had a difficult time finding good garment fabrics online, so she started her own shop with really great garment fabrics.  She’s super friendly and willing to help her customers with fabric selection.

Girl's ombre maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for this post was provided by Simply By Ti.  Honest review is by us!  Annie styled this ombre maxi skirt with her Geneva Cardigan, blogged here.

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I Made A Puffer Jacket!!!

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

In celebration of today’s EPIC coat making success, I’m giving away a $50 gift card to Mood Fabrics!  For a chance to win, visit me on Instagram.

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

For a very, very long time I have wanted a puffer jacket!  But because I’m 6’ tall, until very recently, one that fit was out of the question even though puffer jackets are everywhere!  Then my (also very tall) sister sent me a photo of her wearing a puffer jacket she had purchased from a specialty tall shop.  I fell in love with it, and almost hit the buy it now button on their online shop.  Then I got to thinking…and decided to sew one for myself.  But as I looked for online tutorials or tips or anything, I couldn’t find ANY!  Am I the only person who has tried this?  There are a few places you can buy pre-quilted fabric, but now I was on a mission to sew my own.

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

After searching for nylon fabric (what puffer jackets are made from) I got several swatches from Mood Fabrics, and finally settled on Burgundy Nylon Ripstop fabric for the outside, and Maroon/Gray Tartan Plaid flannel fabric for the inside.

You can read all about how to make your own puffer jacket over on the Mood Fabrics blog today!  I’m guest posting there all about everything I learned while making this jacket for myself.

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

It may not surprise you to learn the pattern I used as the starting point for my puffer jacket was the Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns. (affiliate link)  To read about the modifications I made to the pattern, and see some (pre snow storm) photos, head over to the Hey June Handmade blog today!

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

I think the only details I didn’t include in those two posts is my zipper source, and the leather tassel I created at the last minute!  The zipper is a 36” thin nylon-coil separating formal wear zipper in color #527 – Bordeaux.  It was the only zipper I could find that was long enough.   It came from Zipperstop.  And since it wasn’t really intended for outerwear, I decided to add the leather tassel to try to spare the zipper and okay, just for looks!  It was so simple to make, I just cut long strips of gray leather, looped them around the bottom ring of the clip on hardware, and tied another strip of leather at the top to keep them all secure.  It turned out to be too wide to clip through the actual zipper pull itself, so I used a metal ring to go connect them.

Here’s a picture of my inspiration puffer jacket…the one my sister owns!  How did I do?

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Sewing Resolutions 2018

Union St. Tees sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the new year always comes new sewing resolutions!  We’ve got quite a few, today we’re sharing 3 of our personal sewing goals for ourselves.

Skirt Fixation participates in Project Sew It 2018

Project Sew It is a group sewing event where everyone sews up a garment to the same theme.  It’s intended to be motivation to sew more for yourself.  We’ve participated in one way or another for a couple of years.  You can see all our posts here.  Last year Aria and I made it to about September.  It’s not that we quit sewing, but that we sewed different things (in my case) or life got too busy to sew to a theme (in Aria’s case.)  So this year we’re going to follow along loosely, as follows: if we need inspiration, or the motivation to sew something on the list, we’ll follow along.  For January, the theme is tee.

Union St. Tees sewn by Skirt Fixation

On a roll and energized by the sewing resolutions, I sewed up 3 Union St. Tees in modal fabric from Cali Fabrics.  You can catch our post over at Cali Fabrics for more info about the pattern, fabrics, and end results.

9 of Skirt Fixation's 2018 sewing goals

Another community sewing event on Instagram is #2018MakeNine  It’s pretty certain I’m going to sew more than 9 things in 2018, so I decided to use the occasion to sew up 9 things I really want to, but might not find a reason otherwise.   In the photo above are my 9 choices.

Top row, left to right: Charleston Dress by Hey June Patterns, Runway Skirt (woven) by Savvy Patterns, Paro Cardigan by Itch To Stitch

Middle row, left to right: Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic, Vientiane Skirt (maxi) by Itch To Stitch, Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns (this is a free pattern!)

Bottom row, left to right: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns, Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns, Sandbrige Skirt (maxi) by Hey June Patterns.

And, I’ve committed to the 2018 RTW Fast.  This means I won’t be buying any clothes this year.  It’s been several years since I’ve bought any clothes, due to the poor fit, cost of specialty/tall clothes, and my ability to sew just about anything I want!  But it’s fun to join a group of (over 1000!) sewists committing to the same thing.

And finally (for now!) there’s another community sewing trend where we ladies sew 9 things for our men.  Mr. Skirt Fixation and I are still negotiating the items that will be included…he wants pants, and I’m (still) scared!  So stay tuned for more on that later!

Thanks for following along, catch us on Instagram for up to the minute sewing escapades!  Affiliate links are used in this post to some really great patterns, so what are you waiting for?  We’re obligated to let you know in case we make a few pennies at no additional cost to you.

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French Terry Pajamas

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

And we’re back!  In the next few weeks we get to reveal some really big projects we’ve been working on, and we’re so excited.  So stay tuned…

Today we’re sharing some french terry pajamas!  Because there was quite a lot of pj time over the past few weeks with holidays, non-school days, and even some sick-ish, lounging around days.  So we were very glad to have brand new, comfortable pajamas for these days!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Back in the fall, I bought some of the VERY popular oatmeal french terry fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  And to go with it, I got some limited printing autumn floral rose fabric.  I knew exactly what I wanted to sew with these fabrics (for once!) and just needed an opening in my sewing queue.  (This floral is gone now, but check out everything else printed on the luscious oatmeal french terry base!)

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the autumn floral rose french terry (which is printed on the oatmeal french terry base) I sewed myself a Halifax Hoodie, view D.  I used the oatmeal for the pocket and the cowl.  Let me assure you, this hoodie is as comfortable as it looks.  And then some!  For the pull tie in the cowl, I used some 3/16” “magic rope” I have in my sewing room, and it’s the perfect match.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the main part of the oatmeal fabric, I sewed myself a pair of Hudson Pants.  This pattern is by True Bias, and I’m probably the last person in the sewing community to make myself a pair.  But hey, I’ve been focused on skirts!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Before cutting into the good oatmeal french terry fabric, I made  muslin from some cotton jersey from Girl Charlee.  For giggles, above is the before and after photo of my pre-muslin adjustments to the pattern piece.  Because the pattern designer helpfully included the finished inseam as 28” and mine is 36”, I knew I had to add 8” to start with!  It’s not a good idea to add all the length at the bottom hem, so I added 3” in the thigh, 3” at the calf, and 2” at the hem.  After sewing the muslin, I decided I also needed to add 1.5” to the rise at the top of the pants.  The oatmeal Hudson Pants are just a little too long, but I figure with wash and wear they might shrink, and I’m NOT going to complain about extra length!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

The waistband of the Hudson Pants are so comfortable, and I used the same “magic rope” for the drawstring here as well.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s been established that as the Fabric Scrooge, I like to use up the leftover scraps!  With the leftover floral french terry fabric, I sewed some Oliver + S Parachute Pants for Annie.  She really needed new pajama pants, and she says they are the most comfortable pair she’s ever had!  I made her a size 10 width, and a size 12 for length.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

It turns out that a size 8 for width would have been better, but I fixed it by adding a drawstring to the waist, just like mine.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

And since there were tiny little scraps of the floral french terry left, Baby got a tiny pair of size 12-18 month Parachute Polo Pants too!  The floral fabric is on the side contrast stripes, and the main fabric is leftover from Annie’s Ila Dress.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby is wildly adorable in them, and she happened to be wearing them the other night when the below video happened!  Not even 10 months, and already racing to keep up with all her older siblings.

Leave us a comment below, what do you wear on lounging around days?  How early did your baby walk?

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Chocolate & Free Beanie Reminder

Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie pattern.

Did you catch our post over at Cali Fabrics where we’re talking about the softest chocolate colored french terry fabric?

I sewed myself a Tallinn Sweater (affiliate link of course, it’s a Hey June Pattern, and awesome as usual!!!) from this amazing fabric, and it’s perfect for feeding the baby too!  Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie

Also, I share a little bit about the evolution of the design of the Reversible Beanie pattern.  And this is your last reminder here on the blog that it’s FREE until 1/1/2018.  After that, we’ll gladly accept your $3 for it!

And now we’re taking a small break until 2018 to spend some time with our family!  See you next year…we can’t wait to share some of the fun stuff we have planned!!!

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Winter PJ’s for Kids

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The quality of the photos in this post are not great, but they are absolutely too cute not to share!  

My 3 youngest children needed pajamas suitable for winter, and I had a new machine I wanted to test out.  (More on that machine soon…)  Enter the Alex and Anna Winter PJs pattern from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop.  This pattern can be made in 13 sizes from 3 months to 12 years.  Which basically means EVERYONE gets pajamas!

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The pattern is easy to understand, and has photo illustrations, like most Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop patterns I’ve used.  I love the simplicity of the pattern, and the quick assembly process.

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the boys, I cut out a size 5 for them both.  But for David’s pajamas, I added 3 inches to the arms and legs before adding bands.  It worked out perfectly!  For ease of laundry sorting, I used black bands on David’s pajamas, and blue bands on Lowell’s pajamas.

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For Baby I sewed a straight 12 months size.  It fits great and should last her all winter long.  I was able to cut hers from the leftovers of the boy’s pajama pieces.

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The boys didn’t know I was making a pair of pajamas for Baby, and they were absolutely thrilled to have all 3 of them matching!  The two of them can disagree and argue about many things, but they are united in their fierce love for their baby sister.   She can do no wrong in their eyes, and they hug and kiss on her from the time she wakes up until the time she goes to bed.

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

When I laid her down next to them for this photo shoot, they were so concerned about her crying, and couldn’t lavish enough kisses and attention on her!  It only took about 30 seconds before she responded to their love and antics, and started laughing and playing along with them.  These three are such precious treasures!

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is from Girl Charlee.  It came in one of their bargain lots because it has some smudging of the print along the edges of the fabric.  There was lots and lots of useable fabric left, especially when making kid pajamas!

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Thomas helped me with this photoshoot, because 3 small children on a bed feeling frisky in their new pajamas is quite an ordeal!  He chose to use the flannel back side of the denim quilt, and I’m so glad he did because their pajamas stand out against the buffalo plaid so well.  We just plopped them down on the bed, no posing required, and started snapping away.  There were quite a lot of unusable photos due to movement, and these are blurry, but I think I’ll cherish them forever because it is a true reflection of these three special kids!

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Reversible Beanie Pattern Release ~ Free until 2018!

Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie

I’m so excited to share with you my newest pattern for Savvy Patterns!  It’s the Reversible Beanie, and just perfect as a scrap buster plus it sews up in no time at all!  It can be made in 7 sizes from newborn to adult.  The pattern has layers (which means you can print only the sizes you want) and has been fully tested by my wonderful pattern testers.  And here’s the best part…you can grab it for FREE from now until January 1, 2018!

Here are some pictures:

Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie

Annie is wearing the junior size small.  We gave you a sneak peek of this hat in yesterday’s post.  If you want a very slouchy beanie, be sure to use fabrics with good drape.


Reversible beanie pattern by Savvy Patterns

Baby is modeling the child’s size small.  You can see the 4 ways it can be worn; tight as a skullcap style on either side with a contrast band, or as a slouchy beanie on either side.  1 hat 4 looks!

Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie pattern.

I am wearing the adult small.  Please note that the funny bump in the back is my bun, not faulty hat construction!

Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie

Thomas is modeling the junior size large.  He refuses to wear it beanie style, but it could also be worn that way! 😉

So what are you waiting for, grab your Reversible Beanie from Savvy Patterns today!  {Price changes from $3 to $0 when you add it to your cart!}