Posted on

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

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The next skirt for All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics is the Lavinia skirt and blouse pattern.  This pattern is about the sweetest thing ever!  Really.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

I know we’re supposed to get technical and review the pattern and fabric, but it’s hard to do anything other than gush when it all turns out as wonderfully as this one!  So you’ll have to excuse us if we’re extra gushy today.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Lavinia is a vintage inspired reversible paperbag skirt pattern.  The blouse has a huge bow, buttons up the front, and has elasticized sleeves.  There are so many details in each of these that make for a wonderful combination of sweetness.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Lavinia comes in 8 sizes from 2T to 9/10.  The blouse has 3 possible sleeve finishes, the long sleeves we made, a flutter sleeve, or sleeveless.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Measurements are given for the skirt and several of the blouse pattern pieces, reducing the amount of paper to be printed and tiled.  (We always cheer when that happens!)  The instructions are very thorough with photographic illustrations included for each step.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Even though the Lavinia pattern looks complicated, the skirt is very easy to construct, and the blouse could be completed by a confident beginner as well.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

We only made one change to the Lavinia pattern other than lengthening the skirt, our standard alteration for our very tall 7 year old.  We inserted lace between the two layers of the reversible skirt for extra length and vintage appeal.  Plus, just look how sweet it is!

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

 

Now allow us to gush about the fabrics we used for a minute.  Two of the fabrics came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and the mint and gold bird fabric (Michael Miller Brambleberry Ridge Flight Metallic Mint Fabric affiliate link) was in our stash.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The blouse fabric is from Bari J’s Anna Elise line and it’s voile.  Voile is a lightweight cotton material with beautiful drape and flow.  It made this blouse turn out even more fabulous than it already was, if that’s possible!

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The other side of the reversible skirt is Bespoke double gauze by Cotton and Steel, and if you’ve been around Skirt Fixation for very long you’ve heard us gush about double gauze before.  A softer fabric can’t be found, and for this skirt it’s perfection adding to the vintage appeal.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Annie has declared this her new favorite outfit, from the sleeves (like a princess, Mommy!) to the softness, and of course the glittery birds.  Fairy tale bliss for a 7 year old!

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Speaking of fairy tales, Allegra gets the credit for the stunning photos.  The lighting in the woods was just magical, and she captured the vintage feeling of the outfit perfectly.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

 

We hope you’ve been sewing up some Violette Field Threads patterns too!  Or maybe you’ve found some luscious fabric at Raspberry Creek Fabrics?  Well, now you can enter to win, too.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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.  Two winners will each receive 5 PDF pattern from Violette Field Threads and $50 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Posted on

Millie Fleur Canvas Jacket

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Recently I had the privilege of being a Quilt Market maker!  For anyone who doesn’t know, Quilt Market is a trade show that occurs in Texas annually.  Everything you can imagine that is related to fabric is there.  Many of the displays at Quilt Market are new lines of fabric soon to be released for fabric stores to peruse and purchase.  So fabric supplies and fabric designers sew up (and ask others to sew up) items using their new fabrics.  So I had the honor of sewing up some canvas from Bari J’s new Millie Fleur fabric line into a jacket to be displayed at Quilt Market.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

I wanted to make something very splashy for this special occasion, so I chose the Chloe Ruffle Jacket and Cap pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  I knew from experience, that a Peekaboo Pattern Shop pattern would make my job easier, there would be no mistakes in the pattern or difficult to understand instructions.  And I was right!  I made a size four since that was the largest size I could manage to get out of the Millie Fleur canvas piece I receive from Bari J.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Bari J. probably sent me all the fabric she had, but this was the “strike-offs” which is printed funny as a test before the real fabric is printed.  And then I insisted on making the cap because, just look at that cap!  But it uses a large circle of fabric.  This is an adorable little pattern, and I made a few more changes to make it even more eye catching.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Instead of spreading out the gathering across the sleeve cap, I gathered it tightly only at the top.

I shortened the “skirt” of the jacket by 1.5 inches.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Instead of gathering the “skirt” of the jacket, I pleated it for a more dramatic look.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

The sleeve opening is narrowed at the bottom.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

I lengthened the ruffle pattern piece along the front so as to make a tighter (and more eye catching) ruffle along the front.

The inside lining of the skirt is not gathered at all so as to not add bulk.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Instead of making buttons and buttonholes, the buttons are merely decorative and there are snaps inside the jacket.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.
Images captured from Quilt Market.

These changes were all very easy to make, and produced a finished product that captured many an eye at quilt market, so I’m told!  It probably also helped that people spent more time in front of Bari J’s booth as she was creating (and giving away!) live paintings.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

You can see the inside of the fully lined Chloe jacket and cap are lined with white fleece Ultra Cuddle Fabric.  The source is JoAnn Fabrics, and it makes the jacket able to be worn all winter long.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Also, cuddle is definitely the right name for this fabric!  It pairs with the Millie Fleur canvas perfectly.Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.I was careful to fussy cut the fabric for the covered buttons so as to accentuate Bari J’s Millie Fleur canvas fabric in all the right places.  I found little flowers and a butterfly to center on the buttons.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

The collar is genuine leather.  It is so extremely soft and supple and adds to the artistic feel of this little jacket.  Plus, the smell of leather!

Jacket made by Skirt Fixation and displayed at Quilt Market

I just love Art Gallery Fabrics, and this is the second time I’ve gotten to work with their amazing canvas fabric.  The other jacket I made was also at Quilt Market in the Art Gallery Fabrics canvas booth!  Talk about some famous jackets.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Seriously, I was so excited to be a quilt market maker.  The only thing better would be to have been there in person.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

Since I didn’t have a 4 year old daughter to model the jacket, I had my 4 year old son put it on for a few photos before I sent it off to Bari J.  But I promised his brothers I would block out his face!  I just wanted to show how cute it was modeled.

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

I can’t wait for this Millie Fleur canvas to be available in stores.  Since the Chloe Ruffle Jacket pattern goes up to size 8, I just might make one for Annie in her size.  Or find a new pattern and make something for myself!

Chloe Ruffle Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas by Bari J.

This blog post uses affiliate links which means if you click through them, I might make a few pennies.  You know, so I can support this fabric habit I have!