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My 4H Skirt Outfit

Marigold skirt sewn by 12 year old!

Today’s post is written and sewn by Aria, our 12 year old contributing member!Marigold skirt sewn by 12 year old!For the past several summers we have participated in our local 4-H club.  I have made several different projects before, but have only done sewing once, so this year I decided to do sewing again. I wanted to sew something new this time to challenge myself so I decided to create 2 new things; sew a shirt and use knit fabric.Marigold skirt sewn by 12 year old!First I looked at patterns and picked out the Marigold skirt, by Blank Slate Patterns, and the Metro T-shirt, by Leisl + Co. I chose the Marigold skirt because I wanted pockets and I liked the shape of it.  Mom had already made me a Metro T-shirt and it was super comfortable, and so wanted another one. I’ll start with the skirt, because I sewed it first.Marigold skirt sewn by 12 year old!This was the first time I made the Marigold Skirt. I originally wanted to use a fabric that was exactly like the one I used except it was brown. But I couldn’t use the brown piece I found in our stash because it was less than ½ of a yard. This skirt was quite easy to make and I had no trouble doing it. I did have to make the pocket lining out of a different material though because I messed up in cutting out the lining. Mom helped me get it all straightened out. The only thing we purchased for the project was thread.Marigold skirt sewn by 12 year old!The Metro T-shirt was also very easy and the instructions were very clear. I did not have to tile this pattern because of the shirt Mom had already made for me. The only adjustment I made was to widen the shoulders. This fabric was also in our stash, Mom had bought it at JoAnn’s a while back and used it on this Lane Raglan. Since this was my first time making a shirt, I had never sewn on a neckband, but it turned out really nice.   The way the sleeves were attached surprised me (never having made a shirt before) but I really like how they turned out.

Marigold skirt sewn by 12 year old!This fabric is an extremely nice thick knit and I now have several more knit projects planned. One of my favorite parts about making the shirt was hemming it with stitch witchery. This stuff is amazing. All you have to do is fold your raw edge over the width of the stitch witchery. Then you iron it and fold it over again, ironing again so it is easier to sew. This made the nicest hem EVER. And it was SUPER easy.Marigold skirt sewn by 12 year old!I had a lot of fun making this outfit. Now I wear it a LOT, especially the shirt. Now that I’ve sewn this outfit, I feel like I could sew myself just about anything! Or at least I want to try tackling a harder project. Oh, and I won top honors in 4H for this outfit!

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Wrap up & Giveaway Winner {All The Skirts: Blank Slate Patterns & Hawthorne Threads}

Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne Threads

Today marks the final post for All The Skirts: Blank Slate Patterns & Hawthorne Threads.  We are so delighted with the skirts we sewed up, and before we reveal the giveaway winners, we want you to remember them with us.Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsMarigold Skirt sewn with Fawn fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsBlank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsSchoolday Skirt sewn with Hawthorne Threads Calliope fabric.Easy T-shirt Skirt Tutorial by Melly Sews sewed by Skirt FixationFree t-shirt skirts tutorial from Melly Sews.Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsWe are donating the Schoolday Skirt to Skirting The Issue.

There were just 3 link ups this time, and while we KNOW more people have sewn with Blank Slate Patterns and Hawthorne Threads, we realize summer is a very busy time for everyone…  So we’ll feature all three link ups.Allegra’s favorite was the A-line A La Mode sewn by Falafel and the Bee because of it’s sweet feminine appeal.

Annie’s favorite was the W Pants review from copycat & kids because PURPLE!

Audrey liked Teri Dodd’s Juniper Jersey and wants to try one for herself.

And now for the giveaway winners…Random.org has chosen #90 and #119 .  Which means that April McLeod and ElizabethMadeThis have each won 2 Blank Slate Patterns and a $50 gift certificate to Hawthorne Threads!  Congrats to you both!  Watch your email!

Will everyone else do us a favor and take a few minutes to thank Blank Slate Patterns and Hawthorne Threads for sponsoring this awesome edition of All The Skirts?

As we mentioned earlier, summer is a super busy time for everyone, and it is for us too!  Also, we have been setting one skirt aside from every edition of All The Skirts to donate to Skirting The Issue.  We think that this is such a great cause that we are going to spend every spare moment in July sewing up more skirts for this event.  And we will give you updates every Friday in July.  Don’t worry, the next edition of All The Skirts will resume the 1st Friday in August, the 7th.  We already have great sponsors lined up, and we can’t wait to tell you all about the next edition!

Between now and then there’s lots more skirt goodness coming your way.  See you soon, and happy skirt sewing!

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Easy T-shirt Skirt {All The Skirts: Blank Slate Patterns & Hawthorne Threads}

Easy T-shirt Skirt Tutorial by Melly Sews sewed by Skirt Fixation

Easy T-shirt Skirt Tutorial by Melly Sews sewed by Skirt FixationAs we promised at the beginning of All The Skirts: Blank Slate Patterns & Hawthorne Threads, we used one of the 10 free skirt tutorials from Melly Sews to bring you today’s skirt.  Make that skirts.  Because this free skirt tutorial was so fast and easy and the end result so fun and comfortable we just had to make two!

Easy T-shirt Skirt Tutorial by Melly Sews sewed by Skirt Fixation

The Easy T-shirt Skirt Tutorial is a cute and most of all COMFORTABLE way to refashion old t-shirts.  If you’ve been around Skirt Fixation very long at all, you know how much we love refashioning clothes.  So the Easy T-shirt Skirt Tutorial was a must make.Easy T-shirt Skirt Tutorial by Melly Sews sewed by Skirt FixationWe started with 2 XL t-shirts passed on from the tallest male in our household.  One was a plain green t-shirt, the other an Old Navy t-shirt.  This would be a great refashion for those old team t-shirts…a new way to support your favorite team!Easy T-shirt Skirt Tutorial by Melly Sews sewed by Skirt FixationWe simply followed the Melly Sews tutorial almost to the letter, and about 45 minutes later, we had 2 new skirts.  The almost part was that our sleeves weren’t big enough to make the pockets, so we used leftover brown fabric from this skirt.Easy T-shirt Skirt Tutorial by Melly Sews sewed by Skirt FixationOh, and the exposed elastic waistbands on these skirts are also upcycled from old skirts!  We didn’t have the right size of elastic in our stash, so we “borrowed” the elastic from 2 skirts in the “to-be-refashioned” pile.  Except that we’re not giving it back because these skirts are too comfortable to part with!Easy T-shirt Skirt Tutorial by Melly Sews sewed by Skirt FixationThese skirts wrap up the All The Skirts: Blank Slate Patterns & Hawthorne Threads edition.  But you still have time to enter the giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter and linking up to the InLinkz widgets.Easy T-shirt Skirt Tutorial by Melly Sews sewed by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s your turn to win some Blank Slate Patterns and fabric from Hawthorne Threads!  We want you to join in the fun with Blank Slate Patterns and Hawthorne Threads, so we invite you to add any thing you made using a Blank Slate Pattern or fabric from one of Hawthorne Threads in house fabrics to our link up.

Also be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win 2 Blank Slate Patterns AND a $50 to Hawthorne Threads. Remember, TWO random winners will receive that awesome package!

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We can’t wait to see what you’ve been making!  


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Schoolday Skirt {All The Skirts: Blank Slate Pattern & Hawthorne Threads}

Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne Threads

Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsIt’s summer and school’s out, so naturally we sewed up the Schoolday Skirt from Blank Slate Patterns!  But since we educate at home, we can wear school skirts anytime, right? Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsAnd when the fabric is as summery as the Calliope line from Hawthorne Threads, it’s awesome!  Also, it’s the first day of Kids Clothes Week, so we just HAD to post this today.Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsIf you read our favorite skirt pattern post on the Oliver+S blog, you already know we have a thing for pleated skirts. Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsThe Schoolday Skirt has a sweet little button up front bib and an elastic back.  (We used buttonhole elastic, our new favorite way to make a girl skirt!) Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsBelow the yoke are the most business like pleats you can imagine.  And the most amazing thing ever is the way the measurements on the pleats line up perfectly with the rest of the skirt. Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsWe knew Melissa, Blank Slate Pattern’s designer, was a pattern technician, but this was incredible!  There was absolutely no adjusting of the pleats required at the end to make them line up…they just did!  Talk about smart; maybe that’s why it’s called the Schoolday Skirt.Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsThe buttons on the Schoolday Skirt yoke are a place to add a little pop of color, if you choose.  So we chose to use pink buttons, Annie’s favorite color.  (Although when her princess outfit was in the making, she declared over and over that blue was her favorite color!)  Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsAria helped me choose the fabric for the Schoolday Skirt, and we discussed the scale of the hearts on this Calliope fabric, (called Feathered Hearts in Bluebell) and decided to take a chance! Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsWe were worried the hearts would not work in the pleats, but I think we choose the right thing.  We just love how those hearts peek in and out of the pleats. Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsAnd then they are accentuated on the yoke.   Did you notice how the hearts are made from little groups of feathers?  Love, love, love!Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsJust like last time, we were really pleased with Hawthorne Fabric’s fabric.  It’s high quality just makes us want to turn to it again and again for every project we sew. Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsPlus there’s all those fantastic prints to try!  We actually have a couple of quilts pieced that are awaiting the perfect backing, and Hawthorne Threads has some really amazing ones we’d like to use.Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsNow it’s your turn to win some Blank Slate Patterns and fabric from Hawthorne Threads!  We want you to join in the fun with Blank Slate Patterns and Hawthorne Threads, so we invite you to add any thing you made using a Blank Slate Pattern or fabric from one of Hawthorne Threads in house fabrics to our link up.

Also be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win 2 Blank Slate Patterns AND a $50 to Hawthorne Threads. Remember, TWO random winners will receive that awesome package!

Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne Threads

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Marigold Skirt {All The Skirts: Blank Slate Patterns & Hawthorne Threads}

Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne Threads

Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsHave you seen the Marigold pattern by Blank Slate Patterns?  It’s a beautiful dress pattern, but did you know there is a skirt included in the pattern?  We’re here today to show you just how wonderful the Marigold Skirt is.Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsThe Marigold Skirt has two features that will have you reaching for this skirt over and over again.  First of all, comfort.  The wide elastic waist provides the ultimate comfort skirt experience!  For those days when it’s going to be a loooooong day; pull out the Marigold skirt.  The second starring feature of this skirt is the pockets.  Because POCKETS!  What Mom couldn’t use an extra hand or two, and pockets provide a little help when needed.Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsWe only made one change to the Marigold Skirt pattern, and that was adding length (surprise, surprise!)  The pattern pieces give the finished lengths for the above the knee and below the knee skirts.  For most women, they are probably accurate, but when you are 6 feet tall, the below the knee length falls above the knee and the above the knee length is ooh la la!  So I simply added 5 inches and ended up with a below the knee length.  This length is great for summer, but now that I saw how easy it was to add length, I’m itching to make a maxi version for fall!Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsLet’s talk about that fabulous fabric on the Marigold Skirt for a minute, shall we?  The fabric is from Hawthorne Threads and is from their new Fawn line of fabrics.  This fabric is called Forget Me Not in Aspen.  It’s feminine, delicate, and oh so summery!Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsOne thing we didn’t realize about Hawthorne Threads in house fabrics is that they are printed fabrics.  Never having received fabric from them before, we were pleasantly pleased to see the care instructions included.  Their tip about using a fine needle on Hawthorne Threads fabric was so helpful and necessary for a professional finished product.Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsSince I’m working on my summer wardrobe, I made a top to go with my new Marigold Skirt.  I used the Renfrew pattern from Sewaholic, without the cowl neck for summer.   I made a couple of adjustments from the last time I made it.   First I widened the shoulders, cuz, you know, tall girls have wide shoulders!  And I also raised the scoop neckline about 1 inch for modesty.  Let’s face it, I’m a Mom with 7 kids and I bend over to pick up kids or their toys approximately 7 million times in a day!Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsI used my favorite fabric from JoAnn Fabrics.  It’s the same as Annie’s Uptown Downtown dress, and now I know why she wore that dress almost every day this winter.  Comfortable!!!Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsThe last thing I did on the Renfrew shirt pattern was to stitch down the neckband, cuffs and waistband using a zig zag stitch.   This was only called for on the neckline, but adds some structure, interest and stability to the shirt.  And I dislike adjusting hems, so now these will stay put! Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsWe want you to join in the fun with Blank Slate Patterns and Hawthorne Threads, so we invite you to add any thing you made using a Blank Slate Pattern or fabric from one of Hawthorne Threads in house fabrics to our link up.

Also be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win 2 Blank Slate Patterns AND a $50 to Hawthorne Threads. Remember, TWO random winners will receive that awesome package!

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We can’t wait to see what you’ve been making!

 


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All The Skirts: Blank Slate Patterns & Hawthorne Threads

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Today is the start of another great edition of All The Skirts. We are so delighted to announce All The Skirts: Blank Slate Patterns & Hawthorne Threads! Let us tell you a little more about each of these great companies.
Blank Slate Patterns is the brainchild of Melissa of Melly Sews. You surely recognize her name because she judged Challenge Create: Adult Edition last year, right here on Skirt Fixation! The first Blank Slate Pattern we made was the Beachy Boatneck. We just adore all the options offered for boys at Blank Slate Patterns, but today we’re going to focus on the skirts. There are 2 skirts in the Blank Slate Patterns line up, the Schoolday Skirt, and the Marigold.The Schoolday Skirt is a the perfect mix of vintage flair and modern style. Though it looks complicated, this skirt is actually an advanced beginner project – as long as you’re comfortable with buttonholes, you’re good to go!The Marigold is actually a dress pattern with the option to make only the skirt part of the dress. You can be sure we are going to be sewing up the dress, and the peplum top version, sometime soon!
But that’s not all, over on Melly Sews, which is where Melissa blogs for Blank Slate Patterns, there are 10 free skirt patterns and tutorials! That’s right, 10! We’re going to sew up one of those, any guesses?
The other sponsor of this edition of All The Skirts is Hawthorne Threads.
Hawthorne Threads is a wonderful online fabric shop operated by Charlie and Lindsay. Hawthorne Threads carries all your favorite fabrics, and at very comparable pricing to other fabric shops. But it gets better; Hawthorne Threads has a tiered pricing schedule where you get a discounts for order yardages, order history and size of cuts. You can check it out here. Basically, plan on doing ALL your fabric shopping with Hawthorne Threads.
As if all that wasn’t enough, Hawthorne Threads has their own fabric lines, and they are amazingly beautiful! We can’t wait to show you the fabric from their collections we’ve chose to sew up the Blank Slate Patterns skirts. Their lines are:

Fawn

Coyote

Zambezi

Isometry (pictured is 1 of 12 color ways)

Marsala

Norwegian Wood

Etched

Bengal (picture is 1 of 9 color ways)

Calliope

Fair Isle

Plus 24 solid Hawthorne Hues to coordinate with everything.  And all the sizes of dots you could ever imagine!

Oh, and just so your quilt backs will never be boring again, try entering the words “quilt back” in their search bar!!!

Next Friday, we’ll show you the first skirt we made, and open up the Inlinkz for you to link up any Blank Slate Pattern you’ve made or anything sewn with Hawthorne Threads designed fabric. (That’s those collections exclusive to Hawthorne Threads, listed above and seen here.)  Be sure to visit Blank Slate Patterns and Hawthorne Threads and pick up some patterns and fabric for a chance to win great prizes!  For this edition of All The Skirts, 2 random winners will receive a $50 gift certificate and 2 Blank Slate Patterns!
Good luck and happy sewing!

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Sewing with PDF Patterns, A Beginner’s Guide

PDF pattern organization

Lately I’ve been using a lot of PDF patterns.

Beach bag for shellsOne big reason is the convenience, but as I’ve used them I’ve discovered more advantages than just being able to print them out from my home!

  • Convenience = This was the first reason I started using PDF patterns.  I live over an hour away from the closest store that carries patterns.  And then I also don’t have to chase small children around the store while trying to pick out patterns.
  • Affordable = PDF patterns run around the same price (or cheaper) than traditional patterns.
  • Tested = I’m not sure who tests traditional patterns, but it’s not mom’s with little kids, which is who is producing PDF patterns.  Then those mom’s pass it on to all their sewing cohorts who test it again, give them feedback and perfect it.
  • Durable = I LOVE working with paper over tissue.  Maybe it’s just me, but the traditional tissue patterns always end up with more than one tear in them.  Which brings me to my next point…
  • Reusable = Usually the PDF patterns are in good enough shape to reuse again, if I’m making a smaller size or (because kids grow) if I’m making a larger size, I can just print out the pattern again and cut out a larger size.  Try that with the flimsy tissue ones!
  • Smart = The makers of PDF patterns don’t treat me like I’m a liability with warnings like “always use caution when using pins” or “be sure to keep the hot part of the iron away from small children!”
  • Clean = I’ve always hated all the dots, triangles, and extra marking on traditional patterns and skip right over them and the marking part.  Maybe I haven’t started sewing complex enough PDF patterns yet, but please, I can match the top and bottom of matching pattern pieces without three triangles in between to help me!
  • Clear Directions = Usually I have to read the directions on a traditional pattern more than once (okay more than twice!) to get the gist of what they want me to do!  Not so with PDF patterns!  Maybe it’s because of the…
  • Real pictures = Yes, if I can see it, I can do it!  I’ve wondered if the illustrators of traditional patterns are the same as the writers, and if they both speak the same language!
  • Cuteness = I have never found a traditional pattern that has the basic cuteness of a PDF pattern unless it’s one so complicated I know I’ll never make it because it would make my eyes roll back into my head!
  • Customizable = It could be me, but when I make a traditional pattern, I have to follow the directions to a T, not deviating in the least.  But with a PDF pattern, I am easily able to make changes as I go.

I’ve worked with 5 different PDF pattern companies making 7 different PDF patterns.

Josephine Blouse and Dress PatternI started with Violet Field Threads and made the Josephine blouse

wrap pocketsThen I made the Puddle Jumper Rain Coat by peek-a-boo pattern shop

Beach Outfits for Spring BreakNext it was the Beachy Boatneck Tees from Blank Slate Patterns

The Betty SkirtAnd I made The Betty Skirt by The Shaffer Sisters to complete the outfit. 

PDF patternsEarlier in the week I was working with another Blank Slate Pattern, this one from the free selection on Melly Sews.  And today I’m working with one from Heidi & Finn!

 I just have a few tips for sewing on PDF patterns because of all the advantages listed above!

  • Read the instructions all the way through before you start.  Then go back and read the page of tips the PDF pattern maker wrote at the beginning, they really are life saving!
  • If you run into trouble, contact the PDF pattern maker.  They almost always include their contact information at the beginning of the pattern, and really do respond when you ask for help!
  • Look at the versions other people made!  It’s fun, inspiring and helps you if you get stuck.

PDF pattern organization

  • If/when you start accumulating several of these PDF patterns because of their awesomeness, you can organize them like I did.  I 3 hole punched the instruction papers and put them in a 3 ring binder.  Then I slid all the pattern pieces into clear plastic page protectors and put them in the 3 ring binder also.  If/when I get a whole bunch, I’ll add divider tabs and sort them by type.

PDF pattern organization

Well, that’s all my PDF pattern tips for beginning PDF pattern sew-ers!  Now get out there and get sewing!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey