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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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The Runway Skirt {pattern release}

The Runway Skirt pattern

Today I get to announce a new arrival!  The Runway Skirt is my first sewing pattern, and I’m so excited to share it with you today.  If you’re looking for that special skirt to sew for your holiday events, The Runway Skirt is waiting for you!  You can buy the Runway Skirt at Savvy Patterns.

The Runway Skirt pattern

The Runway Skirt is a vintage inspired skirt in three lengths designed to draw the eyes of all you glide past.  The pattern testers are sure you will be amazed by the number of compliments you receive while wearing the Runway Skirt!  Let’s talk about the three lengths.

Runway Skirt Pattern by Savvy Patterns

Being that the Runway Skirt is designed by me, a 6 foot tall woman, the maxi skirt WILL sweep the floor.  Don’t worry, if you’re not 6 feet tall, there are 5 different lengths to choose from, from 40” – 45” plus directions on how to adjust the length if you need.  This length skirt will be perfect for the upcoming holiday parties where you want to make a smashing impression!  (Because it’s made from knit (or stretch woven) fabrics, no one will guess how comfortable you are!)  The abundance of godets in the back (7 in all!) make sure you swish and sweep everywhere you go.

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The midi length (4 lengths to chose from 30”-33”) is perfect for both formal and casual events.  With 5 godets in the back, this length is comfortable, stylish and feminine all wrapped up in one.

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The Runway Skirt also can be made in 4 knee lengths from 23” – 26”.  Flirty and fun, this length holds true to it’s vintage roots with 5 godets also.  As with all lengths, prepare for compliments!

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The Runway Skirt is graceful yet comfortable because it is made from knit/stretchable fabrics.  A medium weight knit is recommended and easiest to work with although stretch woven fabrics can also be used.  When constructing the skirt from knit fabrics, the invisible zipper is optional, though required with stretch woven.   The star of the show on all lengths are the lightweight godets in the back swishing in your wake.  There is a multitude of fabrics to choose from to make the godets; chiffon, viole, rayon challis, crepe de chine, organza, and so on!  Oh, and if you’ve had a difficult time sewing with these lightweight fabrics in the past, don’t worry, the pattern is packed with tips and instructions to make your experience easier!

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The Runway Skirt can be made in 14 different sizes from 00 (23” waist 33” hip) to 24 (44’ waist 54” hip.)  The fit is the same across all sizes, perfect in the waist with looser, more vintage ease through the hips.  Instructions for adjusting to a more modern (va-va-voom!) fit are included in the instructions.

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The Runway Skirt is designed to be the ultimate feminine skirt.  Buy the Runway Skirt at Savvy Patterns, our new shop.  The Runway Skirt can also be purchased at UpCraft Club.  What are you waiting for?  It’s time to get sewing!

Finally, a VERY special thanks to all my fabulous, helpful, thorough pattern testers.  Without them the Runway Skirt would not be what it is!  Next week I will share many more of the testers photos.  And also, I am deeply indebted to Teronia and The Bee and Allegra for their gorgeous modeling on the cover of The Runway Skirt.

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Uptown Downtown Maxi Dress {Project Sew It}

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation. Love the coordinating binding!

If you thought I was late for the last Project Sew It post I did, just wait until you read about today’s project!

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There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

This sweet niece of mine had a birthday in June.  Yes, June!  But I finally got around to sewing her project in September.  Since I was so late, I give her quite a bit of freedom in choosing the dress and the fabric!  Last winter I made her an Uptown Downtown maxi dress that she loved but outgrew pretty fast.  So naturally she requested another one.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sent her a link to all the Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric on the Hawthorne Threads website and told her to choose.  (Actually, that was pretty mean as I don’t think  I would have been able to narrow it down to just one!)  She chose Pirot Evoked Knit in Silver which makes an absolutely adorable Uptown Downton maxi dress.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since I was so late in making her gift, and since cooler temperatures have arrived, I made her an Aster Cardigan to go with the dress.  I even used matching fabric from the dress as the neck binding inside the cardigan.  I used sweatshirt fleece for this Aster Cardigan which makes a lovely cropped sweater.  Unfortunately, even though I went up a size from the Uptown Downtown dress, the cardigan was too small for my niece!  I’m pretty sure it’s because the sweatshirt fleece doesn’t have much stretch.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

She’s such a sweetie, she sent both the dress I made her last year and this Aster Cardigan back to us so Annie can wear them!  So I owe her a new cardigan, that fits to go with her dress.  I think if I use French Terry, it will work out perfectly.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

My sister sent me some modeled shots of my niece wearing her dress.  I love how she styled it with a scarf and vest.  She definitely gets her good taste from her mom.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now I think I’ve only got a couple more things to sew for Project Sew It.  Hopefully I will be a little more prompt…although I know I’m already late for my newest nieces’s birthday!

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Where the Wild Things Play {Twig & Tale Blog Tour}

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Wild Thing vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sometimes you get to be part of something that is just plain fun!  That’s what today’s sewing is about…Where The Wild Things Play.  Warning: it’s a picture heavy post, but I think you’ll see why.  And if you make it to the end, reward yourself by entering the giveaway!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently an Indie sewing company decided to change it’s name.  The former Big Little pattern company changed their name to Twig + Tale.  It perfectly describes what this company is about.  Fun, nature, wild things, upcycling, and did I mention fun?  You simply must go over and check them out.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

To celebrate the name change, Twig + Tale decided to host a blog tour.  We chose to use the Pathfinder Vest pattern and use the Wild Things upgrade to embellish the vest.  You can buy these two pattens bundled here.  We ended up sewing 4 Wild Thing vests.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

There are 14 different animals you can make using the Wild Things pattern.  Of the 3 different wild thing vests the kids chose, only 1 of them has specific instructions, so that gives you an idea of how good this pattern is!  Only the panda is included, so we used the fox to create 2 wolves and the dinosaur to create a dragon.  Let’s go over the dragon first.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

There is a free dragon upgrade, but it wasn’t released yet when we made the dragon as part of our Sewing For Kindergarten mini wardrobe.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you look at this photo, you can see the horns were originally made from heavier weight leather.  But they flopped over, and so I changed them out for faux leather that matched the dragon’s spikes.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Then I added the wings, of course, as soon as they were released.  Since I was adding them after the vest was already sewn, I added some pipe cleaners in the “bones” of the wings to give them structure.  Then I turned under the part of the wings by the spikes and stitched them down there and at the shoulders.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

When I showed David all the animal choices he wanted to be a dragon, so a dragon it was.  The outside of this dragon vest is some green fuzzy fleece from our stash, and the lining is Luminaries Gold by Maureen Cracknell’s Nightfall line for Art Gallery Fabrics.  This was a nod to the “Reach for the Stars” theme of the mini wardrobe.  I added a zipper to this vest instead of using the button and loops at the top.  There is a tutorial for how to do this here.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

David had so much fun during the photo shoot playing the part of a dragon wild thing.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The original plan was to sew a wolf vest for Baby to go with David’s dragon vest.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

These boys love the book “Where The Wild Things Are” and Max (the main character) puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief.  So Baby had to be a wolf.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The outside of this wolf vest is Golden Husky Faux Fur from Cali Fabrics.  In a nod to the line from the book, “That night in Max’s room a forest grew, and grew, and grew!”  We used Mystical Woods fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics designed by Maureen Cracknell.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Every time Baby put on this vest for a fitting and then for the photo shoot, he would begin to howl like a wolf.  A very cute, baby wolf.  Serious cuteness to see Baby trying to act tough and scary like a wolf.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used the fox ears and tail to create the wolf vest.  I inserted pipe cleaners into the ears to try to make them stiffer and stand up better.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Also, the pockets were omitted from this vest, simply because the sewing with faux fur was complex enough without trying to figure out pockets!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because I ordered a yard of the wolf fur, Thomas asked, and I acquiesced to making him wolf vest.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Simply because wolves travel in packs, I had enough to make them both, and making two was about as easy as making one.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

This was not the original plan, so I didn’t have any fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics for the lining.  But Thomas just wanted black anyway, so a black lining fabric from the stash (leftover from a skirt refasion!) it was.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Even though I put pipe cleaners inside the ears, they are larger than the small wolf ears and ended up a little floppy, probably due to the heavy weight of the faux fur.  Thomas is cool with it, deciding at times to be a bear, a wolf, or various other creatures!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

He’s just pleased to have gotten a vest out of the deal.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

At his request, Thomas’s wolf tail is detachable.  It attaches to the lining with a snap.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Also, he is much more realistic at playing the part of a scary wolf!  I used a toggle button and some hair elastic to make closures for both the wolf wild thing vests.  Buttons or zippers just weren’t an option with fur that has this long of a pile.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sewing with faux fur was a learning experience for me, and I’m sharing 30+ tips (so you don’t have to make the mistakes I did!) over on the Cali Fabrics blog.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Probably because there were so many cute options, and I had the outer fabric in my stash, I decided to sew a 4th wild thing vest for Annie.  She was overjoyed when she discovered she was getting a Wild Things vest too.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

After looking for the options, she decided to be a panda.  I knew there was only one possible fabric to use for the lining, so at the last minute, and relying on her notorious super fast shipping, I ordered some Pandalings Pod Shadow knit fabric (designed by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics) from Imagine Gnats.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Wild Things add on (which by the way is meant to be added onto a coat, but it’s very easy to add onto a vest, obviously!) included instructions and all the pattern pieces for a panda.  It was pretty easy to make.   Annie made the pom pom tail herself by following the directions included in the pattern.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pockets have a fun paw print detail on them.  Using knit for the lining is not one of the recommended fabrics, but it worked out fine.  I just made sure to keep the knit fabric against the feed dogs when sewing the lining to the vest, to help pull along the knit fabric.  The knit fabric also makes this a very, very soft vest inside and out!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Instead of the button loops and buttons recommended in the pattern, I made actual buttonholes since the fur I was using has a low pile and isn’t too thick.  For the photo shoot, Annie wore her Uptown Downtown maxi dress made from Art Gallery Fabrics.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

She didn’t think panda bears are very vicious, so had fun playing the part of a more gentle wild thing.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here is a closer look at each of the fun linings.  It was really fun and rewarding to sew these Wild Things vests.  The dragon and smaller wolf vests are the same size, and so the boys will be able to interchange them.  Then when they outgrow them, they will have the opportunity to play panda, and wolf all over again!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

As for me, I think it’s time to retire from the Wild Thing sewing business.  For a while, anyway, at least until I get all the fur cleaned up out of my sewing room!  Although there are still quite a few animal variations I haven’t sewn yet.  Which one would you make?

 

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Laminated Forest Backpacks

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final installment in my Forest Floor Fabric sewing is the little backpacks I made.  My original plan for the Forest Floor Fabrics Blog tour was to make the clothing and the Forest Friends pouches.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

With that in mind I asked Bonnie Christine (the designer of the Forest Floor Fabrics) to send me small scraps from quite a few of the different prints.  I believe my exact words were, “so small you’d normally throw them in the trash!”  But she was so generous with the size of the pieces she sent me, that I knew I had to make something larger.  And I knew exactly which item I would cross off my 2016 Sewing Plans Pinterest board; the heart backpack.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

But when I looked through the pattern, I realized Abby, of Sew Much Ado, had also created a Bunny backpack pattern, and I had enough fabric to make that too!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

Before I began constructing the backpacks, I laminated the outside pieces with Pellon Vinyl-Fuse Gloss to make the backpack more durable.  It was so easy and created such a fun result I think I’m on a mission to vinyl all the things now!  Because this is also a stabilizer, I eliminated the interfacing from these pieces.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

One change I made to the Heart backpack pattern was to use some webbing I had instead of constructing my own straps.  The other change was to use an exposed zipper for added girly-ness!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s backpack I used Wild Posy Flora fabric and the FREE pattern from Sew Much Ado.  She is completely in love with this new backpack.  She says she loves the heart shape, the flowers and it’s size.  She says it’s just big enough to carry her water bottle and a few other treasures!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the baby boy’s backpack I used Sew Much Ado’s FREE bunny backpack pattern.   The main part of the backpack uses Capped Dim fabric and the straps are from Maple Mill Fog fabric.  I wasn’t sure if Baby would like the backpack or even keep it on, but once he saw his sister wearing hers, he couldn’t be parted from it!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

Both backpacks are lined with Timber Nightfall fabric.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

The entire time I was sewing these backpacks I couldn’t believe these are free patterns!  They are so amazingly awesome that I know I’ll be making them over and over again.

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m sharing a round up of 12 boy’s backpack patterns over at Our Chez Nous for Boys Sewing Week!  Psst!  There’s a great giveaway over there too!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Forest Friends Pouch Tutorial

Free tutorial to make Forest Animal Pouches from Skirt Fixation

Free tutorial to make Forest Animal Pouches from Skirt Fixation

Did you fall in love with those sweet little forest friends pouches like we did yesterday?  With the leftover scraps from the Forest Floor Fabrics blog tour, we created these cute animal pouches, and today we’re going to teach you how!

Forest Friends Pouch Tutorial

Supplies:

Forest Friends Pocket pattern from Violette Field Threads.

Fabric Scraps (our specific fabric information at end of post)

Interfacing  (I used Pellon SF-101)

4 inch zippers – I used these:  

Buttons, ribbon, fake flowers, embellishments

Instructions:

Before you begin sewing, cut out interfacing for the head pieces and iron them onto the wrong side of the fabric.  This will enable your pouches to be structured rather than floppy.

Make the pockets as instructed, not including sewing on the buttons and embellishments.

Free tutorial to make Forest Animal Pouches from Skirt Fixation

Then, sew a 3 inch zipper to one side of the face. Gently curve the zipper to match the curve of the face.

Free tutorial to make Forest Animal Pouches from Skirt Fixation

Sew the other side of the zipper to the other side of the face, carefully lining up the ends and curving the zipper along the face as before.

Now, sew on the button eyes and any other embellishments you desire.

Cut a short length of ribbon and pin it in a loop just behind the animal’s ears.  This will be the handle.

Free tutorial to make Forest Animal Pouches from Skirt Fixation

Next, fold the two halves wrong sides together, sandwiching the zipper in between, and topstitch around the whole pouch, beginning at one end of the zipper and ending at the other end.

Finally, sew on the nose buttons.

One additional note: we embedded pipe cleaners in the rabbit’s ears because they are long and could be floppy without the pipe cleaners.  Unless you want floppy ears, of course!

Here is a list of fabrics we used to make these Forest Friends pouches:

Art Gallery Forest Floor Wild Posy Flora: Deer Head, Raccoon Ear

Art Gallery Forest Floor Luna Rising Shadow: Fox Head, Bunny Ears

Art Gallery Forest Floor Timber Nightfall: Raccoon Head, Fox Face

Art Gallery Forest Floor Capped Dim: Raccoon Eye, Deer Ears

Art Gallery Forest Floor Maple Mill Fog: Fox Ears

Art Gallery Forest Floor Jersey Knit Laced Moss: Deer Face

Art Gallery Forest Floor Jersey Knit Flourish: Rabbit Head

Free tutorial to make Forest Animal Pouches from Skirt Fixation

Let us know if you use this tutorial, we’d love to see your Forest Friends pouch creations!

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Forest Floor Adventure

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Stepping into the forest, on and off the path, in the dappled lighting we discovered quite an adventure.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

A deer bounded across the path and paused to stare at us with it’s great doe eyes.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Four squirrels nibbled corn a forbidden arms length away.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Something mysterious swam just beneath the water,  surfaced with a splash and dove down again before we came to a decision as to it’s nature.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Creatures rustled through the branches overhead as bird song lightened our steps.

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The Forest Floor line of fabrics inspired my sewing creations like no other fabric has done for a while!  There are 20 fabrics in Bonnie Christine’s new Forest Floor line of fabric, and I used 7 of them in my creations.  I probably would have used even more if I could have gotten my hands on them!

Inspired by her experience of living in the forest, Bonnie creates a whimsical world where dreams of a magical place come to life.  Forest Floor hopes to ignite the exploration of forest curiosities, and take you on an adventure filled with green and oak flora and delicate berry tinted fauna that inhabits the wondrous depths of the mountains.

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Today is our stop on the Forest Floor Fabrics blog tour.   The previous stop was at My Crowded Nest with a darling hexi quilt.  (Hello quilting goals!)  Tomorrow the ladies from Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe will share their creations made with Forest Floor Fabrics.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

We started with Flourish Aglow fabric in knit and made an Uptown Downtown maxi dress for Annie.  The combination of fabric and pattern caused Annie to positively float through our forest adventure.  This is the 4th Uptown Downtown dress I’ve made for Annie.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

It’s not only that they are simply darling on her, it’s that they must be amazingly comfortable because she wears them constantly.  This pattern has been updated, but since I had Annie’s size already cut out (she just needed extra length from the last time) I used the pattern I already had prepared.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

When Baby is finished nursing, I totally plan to make myself an Uptown Downtown dress from Art Gallery Fabrics.  It is the softest, most floaty knit ever!

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

I also made Annie a backpack from Wild Posy Flora fabric and the FREE pattern from Sew Much Ado.   Later this week we’ll have a detailed post about the backpacks we made so this post doesn’t become epic in length.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

After Annie’s dress was completed, I sewed some button up shirts for my two youngest boys.  When I first saw (and fell in love with) the Forest Floor Fabrics, it struck me that there are several fabrics in this line suitable for boys wear.  Which always excites me.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

David’s shirt is made from Timber Nightfall fabric.  The pattern is the Sis Boom Ethan Shirt, my favorite button up shirt for boys.  He is wearing his Classic Chinos with this shirt.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Baby’s shirt is also from the Ethan Shirt pattern, and it’s made from Luna Rising Shadow fabric.  This is probably my favorite piece of everything I made!  It could be the way the fabric makes his eyes pop!

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Baby also got a new backpack.  I used Sew Much Ado’s FREE bunny backpack pattern.  On a cuteness scale of 1 to 10, this little backpack is definitely off the charts!  The main part of the backpack uses Capped Dim fabric and the straps are from Maple Mill Fog fabric.  More details later this week.

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Since David has a tractor backpack and also a Star Wars backpack he didn’t receive a new one this time.  But he did get to use 2 of the animal pouches I made by hacking the Forest Friends Pocket pattern from Violette Field Threads.  Tutorial tomorrow.  This is where I used all the remaining scraps not used in the clothing.  The deer face is from Laced Moss fabric,  the only fabric not seen elsewhere so far.

http://violettefieldthreads.com/products/preorder-forest-friends-pocket-set

All photography credits go to my oldest daughter, Allegra.  Stunning as usual and captures the mood perfectly!

Many thanks to Bonnie Christine for creating another fabulous line of fabric.  To see the rest of the creations on the Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour, visit this page on Going Home To Roost daily.

Affiliate links are used in this post.  We might make a few pennies, but not if past performance is any indicator!  Oh well, we remain ever optimistic…

 

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Thread Faction’s Skirt #106 {Pattern Review}

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we have the privilege of reviewing , a pattern by Thread Faction.  And not only that, we’re part of an super awesome blog tour where a bunch of Thread Faction patterns from their new SS2016 collection are being reviewed.  At the end of this post is a giveaway for 1 Thread Faction pattern, and a link to another Thread Faction giveaway you won’t want to miss, plus links to all the other bloggers on the tour.

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Alright, back to Skirt #106.  This pattern will surely be sewn again, which is saying a lot, considering how many skirt pattern we are amassing!  The shape is awesome, which allows for super movement and flexibility.  Just check out this collage we made of Skirt #106 in action.

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

As if the movement in this skirt pattern wasn’t enough, there are shorts underneath, which is a must for any little girl.  Cartwheels, here we come!

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Skirt #106 is a knit skirt pattern.  We used some of our hoarded Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric from the limited edition Priory Square line.  Skirt #106 can be made in 9 sizes from 2-10.  The waistband is elastic, Annie’s preferred method.  Also, the waistband instructions teach you how to make it in a very professional, finished manner.  It’s really worth it, even though it’s a little more difficult and took us several tries and sessions with the seam ripper to get it exactly right.  We sewed a size 6 with added length beyond the size 10 lines.  This is because if this summer is anything like last summer, it will be about 6 inches shorter at the end of summer!  So, planning ahead.

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s time for you to take a tour and see what everyone else has created using Thread Faction patterns.
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30/5 Ma Me Mi Mo Paisley Roots Skirt Fixation

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2/6 Lamb and ewe crafts All Things Beautiful Pen, Seb & Rox

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2 Blue Cheyenne Tunics {Selfish Sewing Week: Day 2}

Voile Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Chambray Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

It’s been pretty well established that I love to sew button up shirts.  So when Adrianna from Hey June Handmade, one of my favorite Indie pattern companies, published the Cheyenne Tunic, I had to sew it as soon as possible!  Because I knew it was going to be awesome, I chose some pretty special fabrics to sew it up.

Chambray Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

The first fabric I chose is a chambray fabric by Alison Glass as part of her beautiful Ex Libris line.  It’s called Botany Chambray in Navy, and it’s available over at Hawthorne Threads.  Although many of the fabrics in this line are quilting cotton, this is an actual chambray and a perfect choice for sewing up the Chambray Tunic.

Chambray Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this one I chose to sew View A, the full button up shirt with a collar and full length sleeves.  Because I am so tall, I made my standard adjustments of length to the body and sleeves and width to the shoulders.  Of course I included the button tabs inside the sleeves for when the sleeves are rolled.

Chambray Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only change I made to the pattern was to add darts to the back of the Cheyenne Tunic after I sewed it.  I discovered they would be needed when I sewed up my ugly muslin.

Chambray Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

This shirt is going to be worn and worn and worn for years to come!

Voile Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since I was sewing one Cheyenne Tunic, the thread color would be the same, and I’m just sort of crazy about sewing more than one button up shirt at a time, I made View B also.  It has no collar, 3/4 length sleeves and a shaped half placket.  And of course the sleeve tabs.  I also added the back darts to this one.

Voile Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this one I chose Maureen Cracknell’s Art Gallery Fleet & Flourish Voile Swifting Flora Swell Fabric.  (affiliate link)  This fabric couldn’t be any more perfect for this Cheyenne Tunic.

Voile Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Just as the chambray shirt is structured, substantial, and classy, this one is flowy, feminine, and lightweight.  Seriously don’t ask me which one is my favorite because they both are!  Oh, and if this fabric looks familiar, it’s because I’ve made myself a knit top from the lighter colorway.

Voile Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

I also needed a tank to wear under this Cheyenne Tunic, so I drafted one by mashing two of my favorite patterns.  I used the Lane Raglan for the body because I love the fit, and the Jocole Peplum Top for the shoulders and neckline.  The fabric is Art Gallery Solid Jersey Knit Icy Mint Fabric, (affiliate link) and it’s perfect for layering under this Cheyenne Tunic.

Voile Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

The instructions are so perfect for sewing the Cheyenne Tunic.  If at any point I became confused, I checked out the sew along over at Hey June Handmade and it was perfect.  I had never made a half placket like this before, but the sew along got me through it perfectly!  And of course I reread both my tips for sewing a button up shirt and the tips at Hey June Handmade too.

Voile Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well, that’s it for me for Selfish Sewing Week.  The girls will have their makes up later in the week.  But with four new blue tops, I think I truly spoiled myself, don’t you?

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Daphne Skirt {All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters}

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Daphne skirt is the next skirt to walk down the runway for our All The Skirts: Simple Life Pattern Company & Phat Quarters series.

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Like last week’s Tilly Skirt, the Daphne skirt is a super fun layered skirt.  The Daphne skirt can be made in 9 sizes from 2T to 12.  In other words, your little girl will be able to wear a skirt like this for many years to come!

The Daphne skirt can be made as a single layer skirt with pockets, or a double layer skirt like we made with no pockets.  There are no pattern pieces with the Daphne skirt pattern, but a cutting chart instead.  I love that as it saves paper, time and cutting.

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Daphne skirt is quick and easy to put together.  There are additional instructions for adding a lace underskirt if you wish.  The Daphne skirt has a wide waistband which is flat in the front and elastic in the back.  Annie tells me this makes it really comfortable.

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pattern recommends woven fabrics, but we decided to try and see if knit could be used for the overskirt.  And yep, we’d call it a success!

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

These fabrics are from Phat Quarters.  The striped fabric is called Row by Row Deep, an Art Gallery Knit fabric designed by Bonnie Christine for her Cultivate line.  (Remember when we used Cultivate fabric on this blouse?)  Of course it’s soft and flowy and I want some more to make something for myself!

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The waistband and underskirt are made from peppered cotton.  Phat Quarters has a whole bunch of peppered cottons, each one lovely.  This color brown is called Coffee Bean Peppered Cotton, and made me crave a mocha latte the whole time I was sewing with it!  And I haven’t had a mocha latte in years if that tells you how good this fabric is!

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

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