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Indigo and Aster fabric tour for my girls

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

Hello and welcome!  I’m delighted to share some Indigo and Aster fabric goodness with you today.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

This photo shoot was inspired by the floral crowns on the border print fabric of the Indigo and Aster fabrics.  Each animal is wearing a floral crown in that border print fabric!

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

I’ll start with my older daughter, Annie, and then go on to Baby’s two outfits.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

For the skirt, we used the border print panel. Each of the animals has a darling floral crown!  Since we have dairy goats, we just had to include one of the yearlings in our photoshoot.    The pattern we used is the Lottie Skirt by Violette Field Threads.  We just left off the suspenders this time around.  

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

We added a piece of lace trim at the bottom of the waistband panel.  Annie liked this touch.  Girly, but not too babyish she said.  Next came an Aster Cardigan to pair with the skirt.  This fabric is the bright, cheerful, colorful, floral knit print from the Indigo and Aster line.  Underneath the cardigan, Annie is wearing a brand new Camden Raglan I sewed just for the occasion.  It’s a great layering piece.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

Somehow, Baby ended up with 4 pieces of clothing out of the deal!  I already shared a little about the green Rosemary pinafore (pattern by Violette Field Threads) in this post.  I used the lush bouquet green fabric for the main part of the pinafore.  It is lined with this tiny, floral print called Bonheur Fresh, and also the ties are the same print.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The dress underneath is the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe dress pattern.  I used my tutorial to make it gathered and also added lace to the ends of the sleeves.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

And you can see Baby is wearing a bonnet.  As with all the bonnets I make (and sell!) this one is reversible.  On the floral side is one of my favorite prints from the Indigo and Aster line.  It’s called Foliage Escape Lapis. 

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

The other side of the bonnet is blue velvet.  I also used some blue velvet ribbon for the ties.  

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

As you can see, I loved this foliage escape lapis print so much, I used the knit version of it to make Baby another Eeny Meny Miny Moe dress.  Once again, I modified it using my tutorial.  I also added lace to the front bodice and above the ruffle I added to the end of the sleeves using this tutorial.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

That’s all for today!  Thanks for visiting and head over to Bari J.’s Curated Maximalist blog to see what others are making with Indigo and Aster fabric this week!

The beautiful photography in this post is the work of Delaney Aby.

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Me Made May 2018 Week 5

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I know, I know.  We’re into June and I’m still sharing things from May.  But, I’ve been busy, and I wanted to complete my round up of Me Made May skirt outfits.

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This skirt is the Sandbridge Skirt pattern from Hey June Patterns.  It’s truly lovely, and I’m so excited to share the details of this (and the other Sandbridge Skirt I sewed!) that I’ve planned a whole entire week dedicated to denim coming at you the last week of June.  There’s going to be a giveaway, stunning details, inspiration, resources and more.  So stay tuned!!!  This skirt is sewn with stretch denim.  The place I bought it is sold out, but here’s a very similar stretch denim.

The shirt is a Union St. Tee from Hey June Patterns.  It’s made from cream knit fabric (I can highly recommend this fabric!) and I wear it with everything!  This shirt pattern is reviewed here.

It may appear as if I’m wearing the same skirt as yesterday, and while that skirt is awesome enough to wear 2 days in a row, this is a different skirt. When I have a pattern that I love, I often sew more than 1 at a time. Do you batch sew? Anyway I’m wearing it today so I can get it blogged and share the amazing goodness of them both. And the huge differences. . . Shirt pattern: #seafarertop by @sewmuchado Shirt fabric: #fleetandflourishfabrics by @maureencracknell for @artgalleryfabrics Skirt pattern: #sandbridgeskirt by @heyjunehandmade Skirt fabric: stretch denim from @raspberrycreekfabrics . . #mmmay18 #memademay #denimmaxi #handmadewardrobe #memademay18 #sewmodest #sewingtall #sewingforme #sewsewsew #skirtsewing #sewingskirts #isewmyownclothes #sewinglyfe #dreamskirt #waituntilyouseetherest #rcfmonthlymakes #wearefabrics #feelthedifference

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This is the other Sandbridge Skirt I sewed.  And I can’t wait to show you the differences between the two skirts!

The top is the Seafarer dolman sleeve top pattern by Sew Much Ado.  It’s sewn using Fleet and Flourish knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics.  You can read our review of this top here.

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And you probably recognize this outfit from the other day…it’s the Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns sewn in rayon chambray fabric.  The blue I used is sold out, but here’s black rayon chambray.

And the skirt is the Jocole Pencil Skirt sewn in Arizona After knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics.  Full review of both these garments here.

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This skirt is the Simple Pencil Skirt (reviewed here) in textured knit fabric.  (similar fabric here)

The top is a Lane Raglan made with a black micro rib knit modal fabric.   (similar fabric here)

Happy Hey June June! We’re all decked out in @heyjunehandmade to celebrate the occasion, are you? . . Top pattern: #unionsttee by @heyjunehandmade hacked to a peplum just for this occasion! Top fabric: buttery soft bamboo jersey from @blackbirdfabrics Skirt pattern: #sandbridgeskirt by @heyjunehandmade Skirt fabric: stretch denim from @raspberrycreekfabrics Dress pattern: #camdenraglan by @heyjunehandmade lengthened to a dress. Dress fabric: #pandaliciousfabrics by @katarinaroccella for @artgalleryfabrics . . #heyjunejune #heyjunepatterns #youcanhackit #isewmyownclothes #memadeeveryday #handmadewardrobe #wearefabrics #sewingforgirls #sewingtall #sewingforme #makersgonnamake #sewersgonnasew #sewistsofinstagram #seamstressonduty✂️ #bamboojersey #blackbirdfabrics #feelthedifference #sewingisselfcare #sewingblogger #skirtfixationsews2018 #skirtsewing #sewingskirts

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Technically, this was June 1st, but it was another outfit I shared on Instagram!  I’m wearing a Union St. Tee that I added a peplum to.  This peplum top is one of my favorite shirts, so I added another one to my wardrobe.  I used bamboo knit fabric from Blackbird Fabrics, but they’re sold out.  Good thing I found a similar fabric here for you!

Annie is wearing her Camden Raglan dress from this post.  It is made using Art Gallery Fabric Pandalicious knit fabric.

That wraps up Me Made May 2018 for us!  Since it’s not the 1st year we’ve participated, we didn’t get any huge new revelations, but used the opportunity to add to and subtract from our wardrobe.  How about you?  Did you participate in Me Made May?

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The Summer of the Phoenix Blouse

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One of my favorite pattern designers did it again!  Yes, she released a new pattern (the Phoenix Blouse,) yes it’s amazing, yes, it fits great.  But the thing I’m referring to is that she made me try a new style again!  

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns is a cute a causal boho style top.  It can be cropped and has bell sleeves or can be made sleeveless.  And, to make this blouse even more perfect, you can use the flutter sleeves from the Amalfi Dress on it.

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation 

The fabric suggestions are very lightweight, drapey fabric like rayon, gauze, lawn, poly, or silk.  I used rayon chambray, and it’s perfection.  But you’d better believe I’m going to be making the Phoenix Blouse in some of these other substrates.  In fact, prepare yourself to see a lot of Phoenix Blouses around here because I’ve just officially declared this the summer of the Phoenix {Blouse!}

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Phoenix Blouse can be made in 11 sizes from 2 to 22.  I sewed a size 6.  If I make this in a slightly less drapey fabric, I’ll probably size down due to the ease.  But for this fabric, it’s perfect!  This rayon chambray is from CaliFabrics, (sold out now) and we also used it for Annie’s Laramie Top.

The only change I made to the pattern was to add 1.5” to the width of the shoulders, my standard adjustment for Hey June Patterns.  It’s not the patterns, it’s my gigantically wide shoulders.  I did not add any length, and sewed the longer (not cropped) version, which ended up the perfect cropped length for my tall frame.  

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Some special details on the Phoenix Blouse include a front and back yoke.  The front yoke can be embellished like you see here, and the back yoke has the cutest pointed shape.  Lace can be used on the front yoke.  I only had lace trim, and not a large piece of lace in the color I wanted to use.  So I sewed it in strips across the front of the yoke, overlapping slightly each layer.  I think it worked out perfectly!  

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the ties, I just used the top of the gathered lace trim that I’d cut off to make the lace lay flat.     I might shorten them just a little bit because when they are untied, they seem a little long.  And as she was photographing this outfit for me, Aria suggested that I could add another set of ties halfway down the front of the opening for a fun detail.  I’m going to do that right away!

The style lines of this blouse are so unique and flattering.  The rayon chambray is light, flows beautifully, and breathes well, so I plan to wear this all summer long!

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Of course I had to make a skirt to go with the Phoenix Blouse.  I sewed a Jocole Pencil Skirt in knit Art Gallery Fabric from the Arizona After line designed by April Rhodes.  I think the two work perfectly together, and I also want to try the Phoenix Blouse with an a-line skirt.  

That’s all for today!  If you want to try a beautiful new pattern that will make you feel amazing, try the Phoenix Blouse!

 

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Mermaid Maxi Skirt Review

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

When a skirt is named “Mermaid Maxi” what else can you do?  I was helpless to resist!  Diva Patterns by Tie Dye Diva has a new skirt pattern out, and it’s just as delightful as the name implies.  I was ecstatic to join the blog tour for the Mermaid Maxi Skirt, and I can’t wait to see all the creations this week!  

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Mermaid Maxi skirt is a knit skirt with some pretty special details.  First there’s the fit and flare mermaid tail shape.  Then there’s those pockets.  And finally, the pattern is versatile enough that you can make it several times achieving a different look every time.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I sewed a size 4, mermaid tail shaped skirt with ruched pockets.  The only change I made was to add 2 inches to the length, one at the knee, and one in the middle of the flare as instructed in the pattern instructions.  A straight skirt with a slit in the front can also be made.  And there is an option for straight pockets.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This pattern has great thorough instructions, lots of markings, illustrated drawings, and easy to follow directions.  Any possible difficult steps in the pattern are noted and extra instructions given if needed.  The Pink Pin Tips are especially helpful, and I loved the way the elastic waist is constructed.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Mermaid Maxi skirt can be made in 14 sizes from 0 (34-35” hips) to 26 (53-55” hips.)   In the above photo, I’m attempting to show you how full the bottom of the skirt is!  It’s so swishy and fun to twirl, but hard to capture on camera!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As you may have noticed, I pulled out some of the best fabric I’d been saving for just the right occasion.  This is knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics and is super soft and very good quality.  This one is called Line Drawings Bluing designed by the very talented artist Bari J.  In the above photo, you can see the detail of the lovely ruching on the pocket, and of course a closeup of that amazing fabric!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Suddenly I have an urge to sew aaaaalllll the swishy maxi skirts and take a trip to the beach and stroll barefoot through the sand.  Trail my toes in water.  Feel the salt water spray in my hair.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For this special skirt, I had to sew myself a new shirt.  Of course I sewed the Union Street Tee by Hey June Patterns.  And I treated myself to some chocolate brown dana modal knit fabric.  The fabric and the Union Street Tee pattern have the perfect drape and ease to pair with this form fitting maxi skirt.  Believe me when I tell you this simple t-shirt is a treat!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

You will want to be sure to check out the blog tour introduction post here.  There are giveaways for $250 in prizes, and the Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern is on sale!  Plus there’s a discount code for fabric so you can sew your own Mermaid Maxi Skirt!  Also, be sure to check out the rest of the Mermaid Maxi Skirts all week long!  (And if you’re looking for the weekly Me Made May post, I’ll see you here tomorrow…)

 

Monday, May 21
Tie Dye Diva Patterns – Mermaid Maxi Blog Tour and Giveaway!
Skirt Fixation – Mermaid Maxi Skirt Review

Tuesday, May 22
Musings of a Seamstress
Heather Handmade

Wednesday, May 23
Sew Altered Style
sewsewilse
Chook n Duck

Thursday, May 24
Penny Sew Vintage
TipStitched
Sharon Sews

Friday, May 25
Sewing By Ti
Brittany J Jones

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DIY Pendant Banner (With a No Sew option!)

DIY pendant banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation with a NO SEW option!

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Today I’ve got a fun easy to make (with even a NO SEW option!) DIY pendant banner.  Pendant banners are great for adding spice to any space.  For this DIY pendant banner made from fabric, I used all Indigo & Aster fabric by Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics.

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

First of all you need to choose your fabrics.  Using coordinating prints from a line of fabric is always a great idea because you are assured of keeping a cohesive look across the pendant banner.

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Have fun picking out trims and embellishments to add flair to your pendant banner.  Using a variety of trims, but on the same fabrics helps tie the banner all together.  Or you could mix it up and use different trims on different pendants across the banner.

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Next you need to cut out your pendants.  To use our exact same size pendant, you can use this FREE cut file which works for fabric, cardstock, vinyl, leather, and more.  If you have a cutting machine like the Cricut Maker, you can use our cut file and have the pendants cut out by machine!

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

We chose to fray stop the edges of each pendant with Dritz Fray Check.  In time, the edges of the fabric pendants could fray if they move around a lot.  Since we wanted to keep a clean edge look, we chose to fray stop the edges.

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Now it’s time for the fun part!  Grab the trims and embellishments you chose, and start playing!  We used beads, rick rack trim, lace, pom poms, feather trim, and seam tape.  Have fun and embellish away!  Cut each trim to fit the width of the pendant, and use original tacky glue to adhere the trims to each pendant.

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

The final step is to attach all your embellished pendants together.  We chose to use crocheted trim for one pendant banner, and lace for the other.  Sew or glue (for the NO SEW option) each pendant evenly spaced across the length of lace, ribbon or trim you’re using.  We found 1 inch to be the perfect spacing for our pendant banner.  If you sew the pendants to the banner, use a zig zag stitch across both the top and bottom of the lace/ribbon, or trim to keep it from rolling up when the pendant banner is hung.

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

That’s it!  Hang up your pendant banner and enjoy!  Now we’ll show you some detail shots with examples of embellishments and trims we used with links to where you can get them for your pendant banner.

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Left to right:

Indigo & Aster panel, feather trim, 3/4” Pom Fringe Trim Lime, Indigo & Aster panel, strung together with 1 1/2” Crochet Ribbon Red

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Left to right:

Indigo & Aster panel, beaded trim, Indigo & Aster panel, Treasure Splendor Tang with Riley Blake 3/4” Regular Ric Rac Hot Pink trim, Indigo & Aster panel, strung together with 3 1/2” Janice Cotton Lace Trim Natural

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Left to right:

Gran Opulence Citrus with 1 1/2” Crochet Trim Pink, Indigo & Aster panel

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Foliage Escape Vert with 3/4” Pom Fringe Trim Fuchsia, Indigo & Aster panel, strung together with 1 1/2” Crochet Ribbon Red

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Left to right:

Indigo & Aster panel, Gran Opulence Citrus with 1 1/2” Crochet Trim Pink, Indigo & Aster panel strung together with 3 1/2” Janice Cotton Lace Trim Natural

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Left to right:

Indigo & Aster panel, feather trim, strung together with 1 1/2” Crochet Ribbon Red

DIY Pendant Banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Left to right:

Indigo & Aster panel, Gran Opulence Citrus with 1 1/2” Crochet Trim Pink, beaded trim, Indigo & Aster panel, Foliage Escape Vert with 3/4” Pom Fringe Trim Fuchsia, Indigo & Aster panel embellished with vintage floral lace ribbon, strung together with 1 1/2” Crochet Ribbon Red

Or how about this fun rosebud trim?

Or this fun burlap/lace trim to string the pendant banner together:

2'' Becky Jute Lace Trim Natural
2” Becky Jute Lace Trim Natural

Have fun, and let us know if you use our tutorial to make a DIY pendant banner!

DIY pendant banner tutorial from Skirt Fixation with a NO SEW option!

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Velveteen Rabbit Inspired Baby Outfit

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

This week the sewing theme over at Project Run & Play is Crafting A Story where everyone sews based on their favorite children’s storybook.  This is my Velveteen Rabbit inspired baby outfit.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently I had the privilege of sewing up some fabric designed by the artist, Bari J.  She is one of my favorite designers for Art Gallery Fabrics, and she asked me to sew some items with her newest collection of fabric for the Lookbook.  This collection is called Indigo & Aster, and the Lookbook is an inspirational magazine showing ideas of what to do with the fabric.  Today I’m sharing one outfit I made.  There are several more things to share, and I’ll also be sure to link the Lookbook when it’s published.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The first item I sewed is the Rosemary pattern by Violette Field Threads.  It’s a vintage inspired pin tucked pinafore, and simply perfect for this fabric.  It ties on the sides and has sweet little shoulder panels.  Because I only had 1/2 yard to work with, I made the skirt in the vintage (short) length.  I sewed the size 12-24 months for Baby, and it’s just the sweetest thing ever.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The main green fabric I used is called Lush Bouquet, and the side ties and bodice lining are Bonheur Fresh.  Both are quilting cotton, perfectly suited for this pattern, and super soft as are all Art Gallery Fabrics.  See the whole soon to be released collection here.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The dress underneath started as the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Dress pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  I used my own tutorial here to create a gathered dress.  Then I added lace over the waist gathers, and at the end of the sleeves.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric used for this is a double knit similar to this one.  Ponte Double Knit Ivory Fabric  And above is a shot of the dress without the pinafore.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

It works very well for this purpose.  It’s stable and holds up to baby wear and tear pretty well.  Besides the fact that it’s white!  But the Rosemary Pinafore over the top helps protect it.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

And you probably knew I was going to add a bonnet to the outfit right?  What else would someone with a bonnet shop do?  So I used what just might be my favorite fabric from the Indigo & Aster collection, Foliage Escape Lapis for one side, and some blue velvet for the other side.  And the bonnet ribbons are blue velvet ribbon too.  It’s reversible, of course, and both sides look similarly cute.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The bonnet pattern we use is the Evergreen Bonnet by Twig + Tale.  This time we used the bunny ears for dramatic effect.  I mean, come on, just look at her in the bonnet and try not to smile!  Use this link to get $3 off any Twig + Tale purchase of $10 or more.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of course, the bonnet is the main part of the Velveteen Rabbit inspired look.  The pinafore is so old fashioned, and reflects the time the book was written (1922) when all little girls wore pinafores.  When I was a child I discovered The Velveteen Rabbit book by Margery Williams, and it has always been one of my favorite books.  The story of becoming “REAL” has so much imagery and so many applications in today’s world.  I think it’s a classic that should be read to all children!  Even as an adult, I feel like time is making me more REAL, and quite a bit of it is because I’ve been loved.  My hope is to help others become REAL too.

The beautiful photography in this post is the work of Delaney Aby.

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Great Wall of China Inspired Children’s Clothing

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Even though I’m not eligible to win a prize, I’m sewing along with Project Run & Play for the week 1 “7 Wonders of the World” theme!  (If you missed the news, I’m now leading Project Run & Play!)  It’s too inspiring not to!  Here’s a look at our Great Wall of China Inspired children’s clothing.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Around our house, we have studied the Great Wall of China in our history studies many times.  Since it’s one of the ancient Wonders of the World, we chose to be inspired by both the architecture, and the surrounding landscape.  And we decided to have a little fun too!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s dress, we chose to be inspired by the length of the Great Wall of China and sew her another maxi dress.  We started with the Camden Raglan, and got busy designing it into a dress with special little touches.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The first little touch we added was to insert lace on the lines of the raglan sleeves.  It’s a sweet little touch, and represents how the Great Wall of China criss crosses the entire country.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The second little touch we added was to design a bell sleeve for the sleeve hem with more lace inserted at the top of the bell.  Annie chose the length she wanted the sleeves to be, and absolutely adores how they bell out and flow with the dress.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The final touch we added was to leave the sleeve and bottom dress hems raw.  With time and wear and washing, they will curl up slightly.  The intention was for this design feature to mimic and accent the white of the lace and cherry blossoms.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

We used this Art Gallery Pandalicious Jersey Knit Yinghua Cherrylight Fabric.  “Yinghua” means cherry blossom.  It’s perfectly soft, drapes beautifully on the sleeves and skirt, and is stable enough to make the neckband turn out perfectly.  Annie styled it with her Panda Vest we sewed for her earlier.  This is to represent the pandas in the wilds of China around the Great Wall.  You can read all about it in that post, but it uses panda fabric from the same line of fabric as the cherry blossom fabric.  And she also borrowed a fan from Allegra for a photo prop.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Next came some raglan t-shirts for the boys.  Yes, more raglan t-shirts for these boys!  What can I say?  We used the Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan t-shirt pattern.  For David we are sewing a size 7 and for Lowell a size 5.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, we used some Riley Blake Knit Stripe Aqua/Navy Fabric for the sleeves, neckband, and the back of Lowell’s t-shirt.  We chose stripes to mimic the lines of the Great Wall of China.  For the fronts, we used Riley Blake Designs navy blue jersey knit fabric.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Then came the fun part!  We decided to use our new Cricut Maker machine to make fortune cookie gold foil iron on graphics with two fun sayings.  And the little strip of twill tape represents for the paper fortunes inside!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

David’s shirt says “Tough Cookie” with a fortune cookie.  David is quite a sweetie, and like many boys his age, loves to see how tough he can be!   Click here for the free cut file if you want to make a shirt like this too.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Lowell’s shirts says “Fortun*Ate” as a fun play on words about eating fortune cookies and how fortunate we feel to have him as our son!  If you want to make a shirt like this go here for the free cut file.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For the photoshoot, we tried to find a location the was faintly related to the landscape of China.    We found a river, a gazebo, some cement pillars, a lamppost, and a timber frame shelter.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

What do you think of our Great Wall of China inspired children’s clothing?  Be sure to go over to Project Run & Play and check out what all the designers created for the 7 Wonders of the World prompt, you’ll be inspired and amazed!  And you can see what everyone else is sewing along here.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

This isn’t the greatest picture to showcase the clothing, the lighting is too bright, the kids are wiggling, and so on.  But after I got home and was editing the photos, I noticed how the boys are holding hands with their fingers interlaced, and it was a done deal!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Oh, and if you guessed that I rewarded them with fortune cookies for a modeling jog well done you guessed right!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

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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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Key Largo Top in 3 Different Substrates!

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m over at Hey June Handmade sharing a tutorial on how to add ruffle sleeves to the Key Largo Top.  I’m totally honored to be there, and ruffle sleeves are so big right now (sorry, bad pun!) that you really will want to add them to all your tops!

In creating the tutorial, and falling in love with the Key Largo Top, I sewed up three of them, all in different fabric substrates!  So I want to share them all with you, including my thoughts on how each works.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

For the first Key Largo Top I sewed, I used Art Gallery Sage Painted Desert Night Fabric.  This is the ONLY brand of quilting cotton I’d use for apparel sewing because it’s so soft and has some drape.  But as you can see, the whole shirt ends up a little stiffer.  If you look around the neckline, you can especially see some stiffness.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

Please note, quilting cotton is not one of the recommended fabrics for making the Key Largo Top.  This was my muslin.  And yes, I felt comfortable enough with Hey June Patterns to sew up my muslin in expensive Art Gallery Fabric quilting cotton!  This is because I have sewn these patterns enough to know how they fit.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

That said, I made NO adjustments to the pattern for this first version, and it’s completely wearable and I love it!  After this one though, I added 1 inch width to each shoulder and 2 inches to the length.  You can see how the shoulder seams ended up too far in.  And even though this top is designed to be cropped, I needed the extra length because I’m 6′ tall, and that’s my standard adjustment for Hey June Patterns.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The next Key Largo Top I sewed from Art Gallery Observer Voile Indigo Window Crystal Fabric.  If I could only keep one of these 3 shirts, this is probably the one I would choose!  As you can see, I added ruffles to the sleeves.  (Remember to check out my tutorial over at Hey June Handmade.)

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The voile is lightweight and drape-y and cool for summertime wear.  The voile is a dream to work with too.  Because all the inside edges are enclosed or finished, the issue of voile fraying is eliminated.  Voile is slightly sheer, so I’m wearing a tank underneath.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The voile does wrinkle slightly by the end of the day.  Even though I sewed the same size as the 1st Key Largo, I think this version is more flatterning/slimming due to the way the fabric drapes with the curves of my body.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

The 3rd and final (for now!) Key Largo Top I sewed is from Art Gallery Spices Fusion Rayon Challis Paparounes Spices Fabric.  This was my 1st time working with Art Gallery Fabrics rayon.  I’ve seen the drape of this fabric described as liquid, and that word is truly accurate!  The sleeve ruffles are pure magic on this version.  It’s too bad these photos are stills and not videos!

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

This rayon fabric seems to resist wrinkling, at least it did for me, and I wore it all day!  Rayon fabric is shifty when cutting, so you have to be super careful.  The stripes in this fabric actually helped keep track of where things were supposed to be.  One thing I noticed is that even though I used the exact same method and measurements to create the ruffles on these sleeves as the voile Key Largo Top, these ruffles end lower on my arm.  In my opinion, it’s due to the heavier weight per ounce of the rayon fabric than voile fabric.

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

And the rayon fabric does “relax” during the day while wearing it, so it doesn’t look quite as fitted at the end of the day as at the beginning.  Also, this version will extend into fall wear because it has less breathability than rayon.  It is also slightly sheer fabric, and I’m wearing the same tank underneath.

Want to see them all side by side?  Here you go:

Key Largo Top fabric comparison by Skirt Fixation

Overall, I’m pretty excited about my 3 new Key Largo Tops!  They each have slightly different feel and look when being worn.  Now head over to Hey June Handmade so you can add ruffles to all your Key Largo Tops too!  Leave me a comment about which of these versions you like best and why.

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Red Buy or DIY Denim Skirt

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt by Skirt Fixation

It’s time for another Buy or DIY skirt!  When Hey June Patterns released a denim skirt pattern, we were so excited!  We’ve already sewn our first Sandbridge Skirt, and we’ll be sharing and reviewing it soon, but today we’re going to show you how much you can save with a DIY denim skirt for less!

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt Details:

Frame Le Color Pencil Denim Skirt from Orchard Mile

Fabric Recommendation: Art Gallery Textured Denim Solid Scarlet Brick Fabric

Pattern Recommendation: Hey June Sandbridge Skirt

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt Math:

Frame Le Color Pencil Denim Skirt: $225 retail price.

Fabric needed: 1.5 yards

Pattern: $10

Fabric: $13.98 per yard

Notions: $6.11 denim zipper

$3.07 dungaree button

Total Cost: $40.15 for DIY

Total Savings: $184.85

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt Conclusion

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  (See what we did there?!)  We are going to grant you that it takes more time to DIY a denim skirt than to buy one.  But you definitely won’t end up with the same satisfaction level!  So now we are totally in the mood to replicate this exact skirt!  Let us know about your great DIY denim skirt, or any DIY skirt savings!

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