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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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Quinn Skirt & Top {All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics}

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

Friday we gave you a preview of the next skirt in our series All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The Quinn Skirt and Top pattern by Violette Field Threads was the perfect pattern to help us meet the Project Run & Play fabric manipulation challenge.

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

You can read all about the fabric manipulation tricks and tecniques we used in our last post.  Today we’re reviewing the Quinn Skirt and Top pattern and giving you a chance to play along.

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

The Quinn skirt can be made 2 ways; with decorative elastic or with a heavyweight fabric.  We chose to use some fabric from JoAnn Fabrics that we’ve been eyeing for a long time.  All That Glitters Fabric- Satin Rosette Embroidered Lavender is a lovely satin fabric with rosettes embroidered all over on it! (affiliate link)

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

This fabric is absolutely gorgeous, but a little tricky to work with because where you cut it leaves raw edges of the rosettes that need to be carefully trimmed or tucked into the seam.  Totally doable, but just be aware of this ahead of time.

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

The Quinn Skirt and Top pattern can be made in 8 sizes, from 2T to 9/10.  This skirt has deep pleats, an elastic waist, and an exposed zipper.  The Quinn skirt pattern also includes rectangular measurements for the skirt pattern piece, reducing the amount of paper, printing, tiling and taping required.  Complete photo illustrations accompany the Quinn pattern.

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

Don’t fear the exposed zipper if you’ve never installed one before; the Quinn pattern actually makes it easier than a regular zipper!

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

The Quinn pattern also includes a knit top.  There are two options for the front panel; pleated or flat.  We chose pleated in keeping with the fabric manipulation challenge.  We also used ribbon instead of fabric.  The other change we made was to add ribbon trim to the rouched straps.  And we dyed the rosette ribbon trim first.  We got this trim at Hancock Fabrics, but can’t find it online.  Your local store might have it.

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

The Quinn top is completely lined.  We refashioned a shirt for the lining.  The sparkly ribbon trim to gather the shoulders was some from our stash.

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

Because it’s a little chilly this time of year, we added an Aster Cardigan to the outfit.  This pattern is by LBG Studio, and is the third one we’ve made.  The fabric is sweater knit from Girl Charlee.  We used the faux piped collar option.

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

We made 3 changes to the Aster Cardigan; added length to the sleeves, added rose ribbon trim to the front plackets (again from Hancock Fabrics) and a ribbon tie instead of buttons (because that trim was in the way!)  I think this is my favorite Aster Cardigan yet.  (Although I said that about the blue one and the yellow one too.)

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

Are you ready to play along with this edition of All The Skirts?  Just join those who have already linked up.  Simply link up anything you’ve made this year with a Violette Field Threads pattern or fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway too.  You’d be as happy to win as Annie is about her new outfit!

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts
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Fabric Manipulation Challenge {Project Run & Play}

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

The theme for the final challenge for the Project Run and Play 2015 sew alongs is Fabric Manipulation.  Here’s the specific challenge: Create a garment that incorporates at least one element of textile manipulation, that enhances your design in a meaningful way.

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

So we decided to finish strong and incorporate all the fabric manipulation elements we could into this design.  Today is all about fabric manipulation, and next week we’ll have a post for you with pattern and fabric details.  And modeled photos of this outfit since Annie has been too sick to model this week.

Aster Cardigan as sewn by Skirt Fixation

Let’s start from the top.  We started with the Aster Cardigan by LBG Studio.  There are two collar options, but the one that requires fabric manipulation is the faux piped collar, so that’s the one we chose.

Aster Cardigan as sewn by Skirt Fixation

Then we chose to further add some ribbon to the front plackets, but not just any ribbon, it had to be some ribbon that had been manipulated in some way.  These roses are sewn onto the tulle ribbon underneath.  The final change to this piece was to use a ribbon for a closure instead of buttons.

Quinn Top as sewn by Skirt Fixation

On to the top.  We used the Quinn Top by Violette Field Threads.  There are two options for the panel across the front, flat or pleated.  So of course we chose the one that required fabric manipulation, pleated.  And we used the same ribbon from the Aster Cardigan instead of fabric.

Quinn Top as sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next example of fabric manipulation on the Quinn Top is the addition of trim to the straps.    We chose some rosette trim echoing the rose ribbon from the Aster Cardigan.  Even though it was already manipulated by the tiny rosettes being sewn onto the tulle ribbon underneath, we had to take it a step farther and dye them purple.

Fabric dyeing trim by Skirt Fixation

Here’s a process photo we posted to Instagram.  We’d like to note that the straps can be manipulated to be ruched or plain with the ribbons in the shoulders.

Quinn Skirt as sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally the skirt.  We used the Quinn Skirt pattern by Violette Field Threads.    The Quinn Skirt pattern has huge voluminous pleats for the first element of fabric manipulation.  And of course we had to choose fabric that had been manipulated in some way!

Quinn Skirt as sewn by Skirt Fixation

This chiffon fabric, while amazingly beautiful, was a little bit of a pain to work with and expensive.  But I’d say worth it.

Quinn Skirt as sewn by Skirt Fixation

Another element of fabric manipulation is the exposed zipper on the back of the Quinn Skirt.  It was the first exposed zipper we’d ever installed.

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

We’re linking up to Project Run & Play even though the voting was accidentally opened a week ago, and we’re not eligible to win anything!  But we made a personal commitment to participate in every Project Run & Play challenge this year, and we couldn’t miss out on the final challenge.

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

We’ll see you next week for modeled shots and more info on the patterns, fabric and notions sources.  Edited to add: Yay!  My little girl is feeling better…see the modeled photographs in this blog post.

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Art Gallery Fabric Voile Gabriola Skirt & more!

Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt Fixation

Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationThis post has so many great things in it, I hardly know where to start!  Art Gallery Fabric contestFirst of all, I made myself another Jocole Peplum Top.  Not new news!  You can read my review of the other two I made here. Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationThe thing that’s unique about this Jocole Peplum Top is that I used Art Gallery Fabric Solid Knit fabric.  And that is what makes the difference!  Soft, no pilling, wearable.  I love Art Gallery Knit fabrics!  Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationTo be completely accurate, all the fabric in these photos is manufactured by Art Gallery Fabrics.  And all the prints are from Bari J’s Petal and Plume line of fabric.  (Yeah, I use it a lot…it’s my favorite!)Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationYou can read more about Annie’s skirt, the Oliver+S Sunday Brunch jacket and skirt, here in this blog postMother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationAnnie’s top is reviewed in this blog post about the Oliver+S Swing Set Top and Skirt. Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationAnnie’s Aster cardigan is made from Art Gallery Fabrics solid knit fabric from Imagine Gnats.  You can see our full review of it in this blog post.  Gabriola SkirtThen there is my Gabriola Skirt.  Oh, the Gabriola Skirt, how I love it!  This is my second Gabriola, you can see my review of the pattern here. Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThis one is made from Art Gallery Fabric’s cotton voile from Fabric Depot.  If you’ve never experienced cotton voile, you need to!  It’s light and airy, perfect for summer. Gabriola SkirtThe only difference between this Gabriola Skirt and the last one I made is that this one is lined (to the knee only) to take into account the semi-sheer factor of the voile.  A perfect skirt for summer.  And indeed, this is part of my self care sewing for the Summer Capsule Wardrobe event.  http://imaginegnats.com/shop/art-gallery-fabrics-knit-solids-sahara-sun/So why the photos with Annie and I together? Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationThere are two reasons behind this.  1: I dislike standing in front of the camera.  Intensely.  So of course the results look strained. Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationSo in my attempt to feel and look more natural, I decided to add a child to the mix.  As a mother of 7 children, this is normal! Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationAnd I think I look a little more relaxed, what do you think? Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationReason #2:  The second reason is probably the more accurate reason; Art Gallery Fabrics is giving away 50 yards of fabric to TWO winners. Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationThe requirement is simply a photo showing what you do with Art Gallery Fabrics. Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationBecause when 50 yards of free fabric are up for grabs, I will most likely go to any lengths for a chance to win!! Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt Fixation6 different Art Gallery Fabrics are represented here, and we seriously love Art Gallery Fabrics.  And Oliver+S patterns.  And Jocole Peplum Tops. Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationBut I still would prefer to be behind the camera…Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt Fixation

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2+2 Pleated Skirt and Blouse {All The Skirts: Oliver+S and Fat Quarter Shop}

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter Shop

We’ve been absent this week because we’ve been busy sewing for Kids Clothes Week!  You’ll see by the last 2 photos in this post, we’ve cranked out 6 items of clothing!  (Actually 7 counting Monday’s Monet Dress!)  But let’s start with the Oliver+S 2+2 skirt and blouse.

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThe fourth skirt we made in the All The Skirts: Oliver+S and Fat Quarter Shop series is the 2+2 Pleated Skirt and Blouse.  This versatile little skirt perfectly swishes through it’s territory.  A simple, yet professional skirt, the fit and look of the 2+2 skirt will be worn over and over and over again!

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopOne thing we didn’t notice until we made the skirt is that the pleats are directionally pointed toward the center of the skirt instead of facing the same way around the whole skirt.  A subtle, but oh so cute detail.

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopWe gave a sneak peek on Instagram of the perfect button we found in our stash to complete the 2+2 skirt.  We sewed the size 5 width with the size 8 length. This seems to be pretty standard so far for Annie on the Oliver + S skirts.

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopWe used the Cotton and Steel Playful Aqua Jacks fabric from Fat Quarter Shop to make this skirt.  It’s soft, yet holds the pleats very well. Seriously the most fun fabric ever, and another winner from Cotton and Steel!

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThe 2+2 blouse really, really steals the show on this little outfit!  The darling little patch and neck binding that ends in the ties opens up so many possibilities for this blouse!

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopWe used Cotton + Steel Basics in Plummy XOXO for the main fabric, and more of the Playful Aqua Jacks for the contrast fabric.  We may or may not already have another fabric combination picked out for the 2+2 blouse!

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThis blouse buttons up the back.  We decided to use the buttons as an opportunity to add another fun pop of color to the 2+2 blouse.  The gold buttons match one of the jack colors perfectly.

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopWe used the same gold/yellow/mustard color of the buttons and jacks to make another Aster Cardigan.  This is the same combination we used for the Music Class Blouse and Skirt, an Oliver + S pattern and an Aster Cardigan!  But this time we changed it up a little by having a collar on the Aster and none on the Oliver + S blouse.

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThis beautiful fabric came from Imagine Gnats and is the new lovely Art Gallery Fabrics knit solids.  It is just as soft and pill-free and nice to work with as the Art Gallery knit prints.  The large yellow button is left over from the vest refashion of another All The Skirts outfit.

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopWe’ve been seeing sneak peeks of the STYLO 4 magazine that is due out in May, and they are really, really fun and bright and playful!  So when we saw the contest Upcraft Club is holding, with the winning prize a chance to be in the next STYLO magazine, we just HAD to enter!  So we chose to enter this outfit and a sewed up a matching boy outfit, too.

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopWe’ll have a complete review of the fabric and patterns in his outfit next week, but here are the details of his outfit:

Dress Shirt:

Pattern: Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom patterns
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Chambray Union  and Playful Aqua Jacks

T-shirt:

Pattern: Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan
Fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics Sahara Sun &  White Knit 

Pants:

Pattern: Oliver + S Field Trip Cargos
Fabric: 2 pairs of Daddy’s khakis, refashioned

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopAnd the summary of her outfit:

Sweater:

Pattern: Willow & Co. Aster Cardigan
Fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics Sahara Sun

Blouse:

Pattern: Oliver + S 2+2 Blouse and Skirt
Fabric: Cotton + Steel Basics Plummy XOXO & Playful Aqua Jacks

Skirt:

Pattern: Oliver+S 2+2 Blouse and Skirts
Fabric: Playful Aqua Jacks

If you haven’t already done so, take a minute to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win Oliver + S skirt patterns and a gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop.

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We are ready to see what Oliver + S patterns you’ve been sewing.  Just add any Oliver + S pattern you’ve sewn in 2015 to the link up.  You can also link up anything you’ve sewn in 2015 using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop.  We’re changing it up a little this time; since our sponsors have been so generous, there will be one winner from the link up and 2 winners from the Rafflecopter!  All 3 winners will receive 2 Oliver + S pdf skirt patterns and a $40 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!   

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter Shop

Here’s one more photo to hold you over until next week!

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter Shop

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Bonnie Christine Ribbon Blog Tour

Bonnie Christine ribbon and fabric

 

Bonnie Christine ribbon and fabric

We are honored to be a part of the Bonnie Christine ribbon blog tour.  Bonnie Christine is a surface pattern designer, and has designed some of our favorite fabric and ribbons.  She is the author of Going Home to Roost – a blog dedicated to living an extraordinarily creative life.  She is inspired by the great outdoors and is passionate about sharing what she knows and creating community around creativity.  Ideals we here at Skirt Fixation can really get behind!  A coordinating line of ribbons was created, inspired by a love for nature and sunshine.  They are so adorable, perfectly coordinating, and inspiring.

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Yesterday, Edith from Renaissance Ribbons (one of two places where you can purchase these ribbons!) kicked off the #ribbontour with a lovely pillow using fabric and ribbons from Bonnie Christine’s Winged collection.  So today it’s our turn.

Bonnie Christine Ribbon Blog Tour

After a long time looking at the Bonnie Christine line of ribbons, we finally chose the Pink & Yellow Sweet Floral ribbon and the Orchard Blossom Spring fabric for this project.  We knew we wanted to create something special with the Bonnie Christine’s Sweet As Honey fabric and ribbon so we turned to Oliver + S Patterns.  The Music Class Blouse and Skirt Pattern is the perfect match for this fabric and ribbon.  Vintage-y, sweet, flattering.

Music Class Blouse & Skirt from Oliver + S sewn by Skirt FixationThe Music Class Blouse takes some thought, but is doable.  We sewed on the ribbon after we were finished, by topstitching it around all edges.

Bonnie Christine ribbon and fabric sewn by Skirt Fixation using Oliver + S Music Class Blouse and Skirt PatternThis jacquard ribbon is soft and flexible and we anticipate it lasting through many wearings and washings.  When we were finished, we had just enough ribbon left to make a tiny hair bow!

Bonnie Christine ribbon and fabricThe Music Class Skirt was delightful to put together!  The Sweet As Honey fabric is super soft, yet it holds up the pleats on the sides of the skirt ever so smartly.  As with every other Oliver + S pattern we’ve sewn, the instructions allow for a professionally finished piece of art, inside and out!  The only change we made was to add 2 inches to the length so Annie can wear it for a longer time.  We really can’t say enough about how wonderful this skirt, made with this fabric turned out!

Bonnie Christine Ribbon Blog TourTo top off the outfit and make it comfortable through the rest of the spring, we finished off the entire ensemble with an Aster Cardigan by Willow & Co.

Aster Cardigan by Willow & CoThis little 3/4 length sleeve cardigan with 3 buttons up the front really adds the icing on the cake.  It was fast and easy to sew up.  The only change we made was to leave off the collar as the Music Class Blouse already had a collar.

Bonnie Christine ribbon and fabricThis ribbon tour will last 3 weeks, and you are not going to want to miss a single day.  Tomorrow, Ashley from Mommy By Day Crafter By Night will be exhibiting her creation using The Bonnie Christine line of ribbons.  And you can also follow along with the whole lineup by visiting the Going Home To Roost Blog.

Oliver + S Music Class Blouse and SkirtWe are so excited to see what everyone else will create because we had such a hard time choosing which fabric and ribbon to use (each and every one is so beautiful,) and so we comforted ourselves with the fact that we could feast our eyes on what others were making!

Bonnie Christine ribbon and fabricBonnie Christine generously sent us the fabric and ribbon to make this project, and we feel so honored to have had the chance to work with this amazing ribbon and fabric.  What would you make with the Bonnie Christine ribbon and coordinating fabric?

Bonnie Christine ribbon and fabric sewn by Skirt Fixation