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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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Quilt Market 2017

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

In May I had the awesome opportunity to explore Quilt Market for a few hours thanks to the generous ladies at Simple Simon and Co.  I had been wanting to meet liZ and Elizabeth for years, and finally got the opportunity.  Quilt Market is a trade-only show for the quilting/fabric industry.  So you can see how I was like a child in a candy store as I walked around with liZ.

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

liZ and Elizabeth had a booth showcasing their new Just Add Sugar fabric line.  They won the top prize at Quilt Market for best single booth award, and you can see why!  Their booth was  LOADED with fruit (which they brought in their suitcases all the way from Utah to St. Louis!!!)  The booth just exploded with color and sweetness.  The table was set for 6 and piled high with fruit, flowers, and of course their new fabric!  I even got to record on video their reaction when they were presented the best single booth award.

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

Because there were hundreds of booths at Quilt Market and I only had a few hours, I had to be selective in what I saw.  With careful planning and the ever generous Simple Simon and Co. ladies, I made it to my top 5 destinations!

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

Since I had chosen to wear my Runway Skirt made from Art Gallery Fabrics designed by April Rhodes, I had to see the Art Gallery Fabrics booths and meet April.  She was there displaying her new Arizona After and Heritage fabric lines, and they are both amazing.  Her booth was fantastic, and had a quiet peaceful atmosphere in the middle of the very bustling Quilt Market.

You might notice I also dressed Baby in an Art Gallery Fabrics dress (blogged here!)  As I walked up to their booth, Walter Bravo (who assists his wife Pat in running Art Gallery Fabrics) held out his arms to me and Baby with delight in his eyes!  We felt like we’d come home!

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017There were two displays that stopped me in my hasty exploration of Quilt Market and I had to photograph them.  This flower wall made entirely of starched fabric by RJR Fabrics was fantastic.

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

Another was this butterfly quilt display.  I don’t even know what to call it.  Let’s call it art!  It was made from the In Bloom fabric collection by Sandra Clemons.

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

There are 500 butterflies.  Five. Zero. Zero.  Incidentally, you can buy the pattern to make your own butterflies here.

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

Also, I HAD to meet Tula Pink.  Tula is basically a celebrity in the sewing world.  And her fabrics are amazing.  She even has a line of scissors and sewing notions that everyone is gaga over.  But the real reason I wanted to meet Tula was to see which one of us was taller!  I’d only seen photos before, and noticed her height, and was curious.  I’m not spilling the beans, but let’s just say we saw eye to eye about some things!

I also got to meet Alison Glass (who designed the fabric on this skirt) and her assistant Chen.  In a totally unexpected turn of events, I got a signed copy of Blair Stocker’s book Wise Craft Quilts.  And Rebecca Bryan gave me a precut mini charm pack from her new fabric line Panache.   There were so many other people I got to meet and fabrics I got to see and feel, it was incredible!

Skirt Fixation at Quilt Market 2017

Spring Quilt Market 2017 was and amazing experience for me.  I’m so thankful to have experienced it and for liZ and Elizabeth.  Since everyone was so generous to me, I’m holding a giveaway for some of the amazing items I picked up at Quilt Market.  To enter, all you have to do is follow us on Instagram and comment on our giveaway post there.

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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

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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!