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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

Now I’d like to share some Blithe Fabric goodness with one of you, so be sure to enter the giveaway for 1 yard of Blithe canvas below.

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Affiliate links are used in this post…but only for really amazing fabrics!  If you click on one of our links, we just might make a few more pennies to buy more fabric!!!

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Runway Skirt Blog Tour Day 2

Runway Skirt by Sew Mariefleur

Are you ready for some more fabulous Runway Skirts?  Prepare yourself to be amazed!

First up we have Ajaire from Call Ajaire.  Ajaire is a fellow pattern designer, and I’m honored she agreed to be a part of this tour.  I can’t wait to see more details of the back of that Runway Skirt!  Click on her photo to go see more.

Runway Skirt by Call Ajaire

Next up we have Fleurine from Sew Mariefleur.  Not only is Fleurine’s sewing impeccable, her photography and the scenery she chooses are jaw dropping.  So it’s no surprise her Runway Skirt is stunning!  I won’t waste your time writing anything more…just click on her photo to go see more!

Runway Skirt by Sew Mariefleur

Be sure to enter the giveaway below.  You can win a copy of the Runway Skirt and also a $25 gift certificate to Urban Sew, which should buy you enough fabric to make your Runway Skirt.

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And finally, you can grab the Runway Skirt on sale especially for this tour.  Buy it here at Savvy Patterns.

Come back the rest of the week for some more amazing skirts from these talented ladies:

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12-5  Friends Stitched Together & Very Blissful Blog

12-6 Call Ajaire & Sew Mariefleur

12-7 Rebel And Malice & Inspinration & Shaffer Sisters

12-8 Paisley Roots & Feather Flights & Skirt Fixation

12-9 Enantiomerproject & My Sweet Sunshine & Sew Haute Blog

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Runway Skirt Blog Tour Day 1

Very Blissful Blog's Runway Skirt

Something very special is happening this week.  A whole bunch of incredible seamstresses are sewing up my new pattern, the Runway Skirt, and showing them off!  Also, there’s a great giveaway, of course!  And a sale.  So prepare yourself for an amazing show.

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Alright, let’s get started:  Today we have Victoria from Very Blissful Blog.  Victoria was one of the testers for the Runway Skirt.  Pretty much everyone fell in love with her beautiful holidays and beyond version.

Very Blissful Blog's Runway Skirt

 

Be sure to enter the giveaway below.  You can win a copy of the Runway Skirt and also a $25 gift certificate to Urban Sew, which should buy you enough fabric to make your Runway Skirt.

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And finally, you can grab the Runway Skirt on sale especially for this tour.  Buy it here at Savvy Patterns.

Come back the rest of the week for some more amazing skirts from these talented ladies:

12-5  Friends Stitched Together & Very Blissful Blog

12-6 Call Ajaire & Sew Mariefleur

12-7 Rebel And Malice & Inspinration & Shaffer Sisters

12-8 Paisley Roots & Feather Flights & Skirt Fixation

12-9 Enantiomerproject & My Sweet Sunshine & Sew Haute Blog

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Mix ‘n Match Swimwear

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today is my stop on the Summer Swimwear blog tour.  Recently, Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, and The Wolf and the Tree all released swimwear patterns.  Follow along on the blog tour to see what everyone made, and also enter below to win some prizes.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

I signed up for the Summer Swimwear blog tour because I am a beginner at sewing swimwear and wanted to be challenged to improve.  One time I had sewn swimwear before was last summer when I made Annie a swimsuit for our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe.  Since that suit is still fitting her pretty well, I wanted to create mix n’ match swimwear, so she can choose which ones to wear and still match.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here’s what Annie had to start with:

Tankini Top Pattern: Modified Charming Tee by Lil Luxe Collection (Detailed pattern review & photos here.)

Tankini Top Fabric: Navy performancewear fabric from JoAnn Fabrics

Tankini Skirt Pattern: Cabana Swim Bottoms by PeekABoo Pattern Shop affiliate link  (Detailed pattern review & photos here.)

Tankini Skirt Fabric: White Fans on Navy Lycra Swimsuit Fabric from The Fabric Fairy

Swimsuit lining from The Fabric Fairy

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

I started adding pieces by sewing a Just Keep Swimming rash guard from ultra thin white swimwear fabric from my stash.  Annie is very fair and burns easily, so the idea is to cover up as much skin as possible while still allowing her to enjoy the water.  I used this fabric intending that whatever top is underneath could still show through.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

It would also be fun to make a rash guard from this mesh fabric from Imagine Gnats.  The Just Keep Swimming rash guard was very easy to make.  The patterns are complete, easy to follow and illustrated with both photographs and illustrations.  Making this rash guard was just like making a t-shirt but with swimwear fabric.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next I sewed a pair of medium shorts with a yoga waistband from the Just Keep Swimming pattern.  Once again, this was a very easy sew.  I used fabric from Hancock Fabric’s going out of business sale.  I wish I’d gotten a whole bunch more because it’s very thick and not transparent.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Feeling confident with my beginner swimwear sewing abilities, I decided to tackle a tankini top from the Classic Malliot pattern by Call Ajaire.  I ended up with something Annie can wear, (and likes) but had tough go of it!

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

I think before I tackle another swimsuit from this pattern, I’m going to up my swimwear sewing abilities.  I wouldn’t recommend this pattern for other beginners to sewing swimwear…it’s probably not the pattern, just my lack of sophistication at sewing with swimwear fabrics.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used more fabric from the Hancock Fabrics sale with fabric for the back ties leftover from sewing the skirt last year.  I sewed view G in a size 7 width with size 12 length as I did for all the swimwear mix ’n match pieces I sewed.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

In the end, I guess that it doesn’t matter that I missed catching the lining in a few spots, (maybe, probably) attached the straps wrong, and didn’t stretch the fabric evenly while topstitching.  All that really matters is that Annie has a new swimsuit that actually fits her which she loves.

Join in on the Summer Swimwear Tour fun by using the hashtag #sewswimtour to share your favorite swimwear makes.  And don’t forget to enter to win these fabulous prizes from our other sponsors!
Prizes include:
– 1 pattern The Classic Maillot pattern by Designs by Call Ajaire
– 1 pattern The Swim and Surf Shorts by Gracious Threads
– 1 pattern Just Keep Swimming by The Wolf and the Tree
– 1 pattern of choice (excludes bundles) by Pienkel
– 1 pattern of choice by AimerLae & Finn
– 1 pattern of choice by Rachel Rossi Design
– Free Jellyfish Swim Cap pattern via Sew by Pattern Pieces Group
– 1 pattern of choice by Dandelions n Dungarees
– 1 pattern of choice by E + M patterns
– 5 patterns of choice by George & Ginger
– $30 gift certificate by The Fabric Fairy
– 1 pattern of choice by Sunday Girl Designs
– 1 pattern of choice by 5 out of 4 Patterns
That’s 17 patterns + $30 in fabric!!
Enter the giveaway below:
During the tour Designs by Call Ajaire is offering 20% off all patterns in the Etsy shop using the code SWIMTOUR, Gracious Threads is offering 15% off the purchase of 3 or more patterns in her shop (no coupon needed), and The Wolf and the Tree is offering 15% off patterns in her shop using the code SWIMTOUR as well.  So take a few minutes to visit Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, and The Wolf and the Tree and of course the rest of the lovely blogs we have on the tour:
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Cyber Monday sales & Fairport Pouch Review

Fairport Pouch sewn by Skirt Fixation

Before I review the beautiful Fairport Pouch I made for the Radiant Home blog tour, I want to let you know about 2 Cyber Monday sales you don’t want to miss.  The sponsors of our latest edition of All The Skirts are each having fantastic sales.  Over at Raspberry Creek Fabrics, take 15% off your total purchase with the code GIVETHANKS15  And Violette Field Threads is offering an ADDITIONAL 15% off (for a total of 55%off!!!) all patterns with the code cybermonday so those of you (like me) who procrastinated, lucked out!!

Fairport Pouch sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now onto that cute clutch!  We were given the Fairport Purse & Pouch pattern by Radiant Home Studio.  We first saw and fell in love with Sara’s version of the Fairport Purse pattern when we were on the Bonnie Christine Ribbon blog tour with her.

Fairport Pouch sewn by Skirt Fixation

Normally when I sign up for a blog tour, I try to be prompt with my sewing, but due to the Thanksgiving weekend (and #thereallybigshirtevent) I waited until last night to get started on this project.  Really.  I just let you know that so I could tell you how simple it is to create this darling pouch!

Fairport Pouch sewn by Skirt Fixation

I chose to use grey shot cotton from Imagine Gnats for the main fabric and an orange suede for the yoke.  The lining fabric is from Simple Simon & Company’s Four Corners fabric line leftover from this skirt.  I just adore the way this pouch turned out and can’t wait to make more of them!

Fairport Pouch sewn by Skirt Fixation

The instructions were thorough and accurate for the Fairport Pouch.  I think even a beginning seamstress could make this pattern!  The instructions have both drawn and photo illustrations making it very easy to understand how to construct the Fairport Purse and Pouch.

Fairport Pouch sewn by Skirt Fixation

I only made one small change to this pattern.  It called for a magnetic snap, but I only had regular snaps in my stash, so regular it was.   Next time I will use magnetic!

Fairport Pouch sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Fairport Pouch is just the right size purse for me.  I do carry my Senna Tote most places, but keep everything inside of it organized in pouches and bags.  Then I just grab the pouch I need and go.

Fairport Pouch sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Fairport Purse and Pouch has several closure options, a zipper, a magnetic snap, and the one I made, a snap tab.  It also has several handle options, a shoulder strap, no strap, and the one I chose, a wrist strap.  All those options mean you can make this pattern several times and have a slightly different looking purse each time!

Fairport Pouch sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern (and ALL Radiant Home Studio patterns) are on sale during this blog tour, so you’re in luck.

As I mentioned, Skirt Fixation is a stop on the Radiant Home blog tour, and here’s the schedule, so be sure to follow along.

 

Radiant Home Studio 2nd Birthday Celebration:

Monday, Nov. 30th
Radiant Home Studio || Skirt Fixation || Felt With Love Designs

Tuesday, Dec. 1st
A Happy Stitch || Sew Happily Ever After || Call Ajaire

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd
Sew Very || Swoodson Says || Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday, Dec. 3rd
Happy Okapi || House of Estrela || Molly and Mama

Friday, Dec. 4th
Hugs Are Fun || Sew DIY || Made By Sara

Saturday, Dec. 5th
Rebel and Malice || The Wholesome Mama