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Lumberjack Shirt

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeans

When my oldest son chose the backing for his denim quilt, his younger brother got a case of jealousy.  He informed me that he’d ALWAYS wanted a plaid lumberjack shirt in just exactly those colors.  Well, he lucked out because there was enough fabric leftover from the edges of the denim quilt backing to make him his long coveted lumberjack shirt.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

By his good fortune, the fabric had been cut crookedly across the plaid checkss instead of along them, and I even ended up having to order more to make up for this.  I’ll never, ever understand why the cutting people don’t use the lines that go across the fabric as cutting lines.  But I digress, and Thomas was delighted at the amount of fabric left over.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

I used my old standby button up shirt pattern, the Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom patterns.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

Buffalo plaid is all the rage right now.  In fact, the buffalo plaid flannel fabric I got is sold out and so are most other places!  But your lumberjack might like this Kaufman Mammoth Flannel Plaid Red Fabric By The Yard. (affiliate link) I’ve heard it is a really nice flannel to work with.  Mine was thick and didn’t shift around or stretch out of shape like some flannels I’ve worked with.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

With big plaid, pattern matching was easy.  It is even lined up across the placket!  And of course the pocket had to be “invisible” so pattern matching horizontally and vertically was a must.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

Before I began, I ran through my tips for sewing a button up shirt.  Because this shirt is flannel, Thomas plans to wear it all winter.  And so far he has worn it every single day.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

This post should probably have some sort of disclaimer about axe safety or no trees being hurt in the process, but Thomas has been the chief lumberjack around here for several years, and never hurt himself or anyone else.  In fact last year I even quit trying to chop kindling myself and just ask Thomas when I need some.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

The only problem with Thomas’s lumberjack shirt is that now I’ve got a case of jealousy and want one for myself.  And Mr. Skirt Fixation keeps asking me when I’m going to sew a button up for him..

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Future Professional {Boy’s Mini Wardrobe}

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Last week I shared the “Reach for the Stars” mini wardrobe I sewed for my son who is starting his kindergarten studies.  I promised to share more about each look, and today I’m expanding on the Future Professional look.

Boy's Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

This was such a fun look to create, and also useful because David needed these clothes!  He wears them for our worship services and for nicer occasions.  This outfit was definitely the most labor intensive of all 5 looks.

Boy's Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

First more about the Reach for the Stars shirt.  The Constellations fabric by Hawthorne Threads was the inspiration for the theme of the mini wardrobe.  I used in on two of the pieces and David really loves it too.  Hawthorne Threads offers this constellation fabric in 42 different prints and 10 color palettes.  Each zodiac sign can be ordered as a panel also.  That’s an incredible amount of choices for a really cute fabric!  We used the midnight color way.

Boy's Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

The shirt pattern is our favorite Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom patterns.  Lately quite a few companies have come out with button up shirt patterns, but for now we’re sticking with what works for us, this pattern for boys and men and a quick review of our tips and Hey June Handmade’s tips for sewing button up shirt posts before starting.  The only change we made was to make the shirt short sleeves for summer days.

Boy's Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

And then there’s those adorable pants!  They are the Classic Chinos pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  Yes, we’ve sewn this pattern quite a few times, but when it works, it works!  The fit is just perfect for David, with no adjustments needed.

Boy's Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

You can see the constellations fabric that we used for lining inside the pockets.  We hadn’t planned on this as a design feature, but rather ran out of the blue stretch sateen fabric so had to improvise!  But now we’ve got a tutorial written for how to use contrast fabric for lining a welt pocket, so we can use this as a design feature in the future!

Boy's Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

David decided to top off the Future Professional look with his Newsboy Cap we made him earlier.  He looks like such a little man in this outfit!

Boy's Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the sweaters and vest we made for this mini wardrobe, he should be able to wear this outfit well in to the fall and perhaps even winter months.

Boy's Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Future Professional Shirt Details:

Pattern: Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom Patterns 

Fabric: Constellations in Midnight by Hawthorne Threads 

Future Professional Pants Details:

Pattern: Classic Chinos by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Fabric: Sew Classic Bottomweight Stretch Sateen Fabric – Medieval Blue  from JoAnn Fabrics

Future Professional Cap Details:

Pattern: Newsboy Cap details here

Fabric: Sew Classic Bottomweight Cotton Twill Solid Fabric – Black  from JoAnn Fabrics

Now to make a little confession, I sewed each of these items in assemble line fashion, so and I’ll show you what else I made at the same time!  Now linked here.

Boy's Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Affiliate links are used in this post so that our bank account has a fighting chance at keeping up with our fabric spending habit!  So far, one has vastly outpaced the other, but we’ll leave you to guess which one!

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Reach For The Stars {Sewing for Kindergarten}

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today I have the absolute honor of being a part of Mie from Sewing Like Mad’s Sewing For Kindergarten series.  I may or may not have begged Mie to let me be a part of this series!  It’s a phenomenal series, and you can spend a lot of time looking through the past years posts.

Two of my very favorite participants in past years have been Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House and Celina from Petit a Petit and Family.  They each created mini wardrobes for their children starting kindergarten, and so my purpose from the beginning was to do the same.  Not just so I could be one of the coolest of the cool kids, but because David, who is starting his kindergarten studies this year, really needed the clothes!

As I was planning both David’s wardrobe and his school year, the theme Reach For The Stars kept coming up over and over again.  This kid has such a huge personality that I (the doting mother) really believe he could do and be anything he wanted to in the future!  But I’m not the only one who has noticed his larger than life personality, and maybe you’ll see it come through in the photos too.

Sewing For Kindergarten, a mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

I created 5 looks which can be (mostly) mixed and matched to his heart’s content.  Or so that when he puts on the first thing he grabs from his drawers, it will match!  Beside the Reach For The Stars theme, I went with a blue and gray color scheme.  We had fun planning a future profession for each look, and today I’m going to give you a general overview of each outfit and go into greater detail in the upcoming weeks.  So without further ado, here’s David, reaching for the stars!

Future Professional

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Mr. Skirt Fixation is a professional, and I wouldn’t be surprised if David follows in his Dad’s steps.  David’s favorite subjects in school are math and poetry memorization.  These two would combine very nicely for a future professional, don’t you think?  This constellation fabric was so amazing, we had to weave it throughout the mini wardrobe.

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Future Professional Shirt Details:

Pattern: Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom Patterns 

Fabric: Constellations in Midnight by Hawthorne Threads 

Future Professional Pants Details:

Pattern: Classic Chinos by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Fabric: Sew Classic Bottomweight Stretch Sateen Fabric – Medieval Blue from JoAnn Fabrics

Future Professional Cap Details:

Pattern: Newsboy Cap details here

Fabric: Sew Classic Bottomweight Cotton Twill Solid Fabric – Black from JoAnn Fabrics

Future Athlete

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Every little boy probably wants to be an athlete at some point, don’t they?  David is active and loves to play catch, so this potential profession was a natural choice, with athletes being stars and all.  This outfit might just be David’s favorite of all the ones I made him.  He loves these sweatpants and has already worn a hole through the knee of the pair I made him this spring!  Then there’s the french terry hoodie.  It is so soft he goes around giving everyone (strangers, friends and family) hugs and saying, “I bet you never want to stop hugging me because my shirt is so soft!”  Plus that kangaroo pocket just clinches the deal.  Boys and pockets are one of the happiest pairings ever invented!

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Future Athlete Top Details:

Pattern: Longihood coming soon to the Naeh Connection Shop

Fabric: French Terry from Hancock Fabric store closing, similar here and Grey Knit Rib similar here.

Future Athlete Sweatpants Details:

Pattern: Parachute Sweatpants by Oliver + S

Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy from JoAnns

Future Dreamer

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well now, you’ve probably heard rumors that sometimes homeschoolers do school in their pajamas.  So this outfit is here to confirm that suspicion.  And as I mentioned above, David could probably do anything he could possibly dream up!  I did make the shirt to go with these pajamas, but David has been wearing it with all the other pants too since the weather is currently still a bit too warm for sweaters and hoodies.  He spent about 45 minutes pouring over the fabric to decide which constellation/animal he wanted to feature on the pocket.  (He ended up choosing the bobcat!)  David is laying on his big brother’s quilt made from jeans, blogged here.

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Future Dreamer Shirt Details:

Pattern: Field Trip Raglan T-shirt by Oliver+S 

Fabric: Grey double knit and Sew Classic Knits Ponte Roma Solid Fabric – Navy from JoAnns

Pocket:  Constellations in Midnight by Hawthorne Threads 

Future Dreamer Pants Details:

Pattern: Made Everyday Kid Shorts lengthened to pants

Fabric:  Constellations in Midnight by Hawthorne Threads 

Future Explorer

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Last year David & Baby and I took a trip on an airplane to the West Coast.  That experience really shaped David, so much that he wants to travel by airplane all the time, go new places and see new things!  I’m sure he’ll really be reaching for the stars in this outfit!  I had planned a different pair of pants that would be a little more explorer-ish, but just had to face reality about what David loves to wear the most!  It’s these pants, and the stars in his eyes were more than enough reward for me when he found out I was making him another pair of his beloved sweatpants!  I did modify them slightly by adding about 1″ to the width of the legs for a looser look.

Future Explorer Shirt Details:

Pattern: Kids Bethioua Pattern coming soon to the Naeh Connection Shop

Fabric:  Nautica Beckery Cable Knit from Cali Fabrics  and Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy from JoAnns

Future Explorer Sweatpants:

Pattern:  Parachute Sweatpants by Oliver + S

Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric – Light Gray Heathered from JoAnns

Future Wild Thing

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’m not sure if the wild thing part is going to continue into the future, but 5 year old boys have a pretty good dose of wild thing going on!  This vest was pure icing on the cake, and David chose the creature he wanted me to make it into, a dragon.  I’ve just gotten word that there will be an addition of wings to this pattern in the next week or so!  Keep your eyes peeled for more information on this fun pattern.  I lined this vest with some of Maureen Cracknell’s newest line of fabric, in keeping with the stars theme!

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Future Wild Thing Vest Details:

Vest:

Pattern: Pathfinder Vest with Wild Thing add on from Big Little Patterns

Main Fabric:  Green flecked fleece from the stash, similar here.

Lining Fabric:  Nightfall Luminaries Gold by Art Gallery Fabrics

Pleather accents: Metallic Copper Vegan Leather from Girl Charlee

Wow!  You made it through the whole post!  (Now you know why I’m saving all the rest of the details and photos for different posts!)  You really should reward yourself by going over to Sewing Like Mad and checking out all the fabulous Sewing For Kindergarten posts!

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12 DIY Backpacks for BOYS!

12 Boy Backpacks to sew.

This week is Kids Clothes Week where lots of people sew clothes for their kids!  Since ALL the sewing I’m doing this week for kids is secret sewing that I can’t share on the blog yet, I thought I’d bring home some posts we’ve published elsewhere.  That way I can sew to my heart’s content!  Please enjoy this post first published on Our Chez Nous for the boys sewing week.

12 Boy Backpacks to sew.

Hi everyone!  This is Audrey from Skirt Fixation and I’m delighted to be here today sharing some boy sewing!  I have 4 boys (spanning the ages of 2-15) as well as 3 girls.  I love to sew for my boys.  Today I’ve got a round up of DIY backpacks just for boys!  If you also have boys, you already have figured out that if you give them a backpack it saves their pockets and your time in the laundry room.  So here are 12 backpacks your boys will love!  (Click on each photo to be taken to that project.)

Vroom Vroom backpack from Ada Spragg

Hound Dog backpack from Melly Sews

Mini Backpack by Petit a Petit & family for The Sewing Rabbit

Penguin backpack from Oliver+S

Tractor backpack by Skirt Fixation

Monster backpack by What Rachel Made Today

Cargo Pants Refashioned into a backpack from Noodle Head

Flaphappy Backpack-y from Sew Can Do

Crazy Little Projects

Airplane Backpack from Crazy Little Projects

Friendly Tote by Jojo and Eloise

Toddler Backpack pattern from Made By Rae

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

Bunny Backpack by Skirt Fixation

I’m especially excited about that last one there because it’s what I sewed for my little boy!  For this backpack I used Sew Much Ado’s FREE bunny backpack pattern.  I wasn’t sure if my 2 year old would like the backpack or even keep it on, but once he saw his sister wearing hers, he couldn’t be parted from it!

Forest Floor laminated backpacks sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today over on my blog, Skirt Fixation, I’m sharing all about how I laminated the fabric to make this backpack more durable.  As well as lots more info, photos and the backpack I made for his sister too.  And you can also find information about the shirt I sewed him here.  Thanks for having me, Julie.  Happy boy sewing, everyone!

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Boy PJs for (almost) FREE!

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other day I was at JoAnn Fabrics because I had a little time to spare.  (What, don’t you spend your spare time there?)  I needed a couple of zippers and some elastic, so had a good reason/excuse to be there.

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

On my way to the zippers I spotted a sign that read 70% off.  So I made a detour.  It turned out that flannel was on sale for 70% off, and since my boys had outgrown the boy pjs I made them in February, it was perfectly reasonable for me to grab a bolt.

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

After all, $6.99 a yard at 70% off brought the price way down to $2.10 per yard.  When I got up to the cutting counter, there were only 2 yard left on the bolt which meant the 2nd yard was considered a remnant and was available for an additional 50% off, did I want it?  $1.04 per yard, yes please!  That brought my total up to $3.15 for two yards of flannel.

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation
Pretend like you’re sleeping!

At the checkout I pulled up my weekly coupons and found one for 25% off my total purchase.  So I ended up paying $2.36 for 2 yards of flannel.  Totally doable.

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

After that, it only took me about an hour to whip up each of these boys a pair of pajama pants.  It would have taken even less time if I’d have used a pattern instead of trying to draft my own and messing up.

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

I originally intended these boy pjs for my middle two boys, but mistakes happen, so the two youngest boys are the delighted recipients.

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sometimes we’re asked if it’s cheaper to sew, and while it’s not always true, we sure do love it when we find good deals like this.  Other examples of cheap sewing can be found in our Buy or DIY Skirt series.

Boy PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation
Okay boys, thanks for letting Mommy take your picture. Who wants another cookie?

How about you, got any good fabric sale stories?  Share them with us below!

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A boy and his bible case

Bible case

Bible Case

This is the story of a boy and his bible case.  Once upon a time, there was boy.  He was three and he had lots of older brothers and sisters.  All of his older brothers and sisters had their own bible cases.  The boy had a very little bible.  Many of his older brothers and sisters would take turns carrying his little bible in their bible case.  It was such a little bible that it fit just about anywhere.  Even in the boy’s little pocket, if he tried.

Bible Case

But the boy was observant, and he noticed everyone else had their own bible case.  So one night he talked to his Daddy.

“Daddy, I want a bible case.  I don’t want to share with the big kids anymore.  I want my own bible case.”

Bible Case 4

Now his Daddy had noticed that the boy tried very hard to sit still in worship services and seemed to be listening, and he wanted to help the boy love the worship services as much as he did.  So he said, “I will help you get your own bible case.  I will ask Mommy make your own very special bible case for your little bible.”

Bible Case

So the request was passed on to Mommy.  And Mommy bought some special bible case material and took measurements from a big bible case and sized them down to fit a little bible.  She found some special tractor fabric to line the inside, and little metal zipper just right for little hands.  And after several hours of work, she finished the little bible case.

Bible Case

The next Sunday, Daddy called the boy to him, set him on his knee and said, “Do you remember when I promised to help you get your own, special bible case?  Well, today, you will be able to carry your little bible in your own special bible case.”

Bible Case

So he gave the boy the little bible case and the boy put his little bible in the little case, and he was happy.  Now he could carry a bible case just like his big brothers and sisters.  He could unzip the little bible case and get his bible out all by himself.  He didn’t even notice that Mommy had sewn the outside pocket on upside down.  He was just so happy with his own special little bible case.

Bible Case

 

The End.  Or maybe, The Beginning!

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Cowboy Quilt

cowboy quilt

A while ago I was re-bitten by the quilting bug.  And then there’s the boy I don’t sew for very much.  This boy l.o.v.e.s. horses, cowboys, and The West.  Combine all that and you get a cowboy quilt.

Cowboy Quilt

A very masculine cowboy quilt.

Cowboy Quilt

Since I am a female, I frequently brought my husband in on the decision making process.  He was my vision man.  He nixed certain fabrics from my stash.  He went with me into the fabric section and picked out the black faux leather for the sashing.  He suggested the final layout. Did I mention that he was my vision man?

cowboy quilt

I sewed so many little cowboy details into this quilt, from the western themed and horse fabrics to the cattle brands stitched into the large denim-look and “cattle hide” squares.

Cowboy Quilt

Do you recognize any of the brands?  Some were very personal like the brand my dad used on his horses when I was a kid; the E lazy S.

Branded cowboy Quilt

Some I made up, like one using my son’s initials.

louis l'amour brand

Some were from Louis L’Amour books like the EmT and Tumblin’ K brands.

Charles Goodnight quilt

Some were very real like Charles Goodnight’s brand (rumor has it he’s in the family tree!)  And then there is Charlie Russell, the cowboy artist’s, initials “branded into one square!”  (Can you make it out below the EmT in the photo above this one?)  Some were just western brands like the Rocking H and the Box T.  The Bar BQ and the 7 UP (to the left of Goodnight’s JA above) brands were for laughs!  So yeah, I stitched a lot of love into this quilt for my birthday boy’s cowboy quilt.

log cabin quilt

Some of the squares were definitely western squares like the log cabin and the nine patch.

quilt for a cowboy

The diamond squares were my first time working with diagonals, so don’t look to close!  But situated in the middle of the quilt, I think  they look like pools, kind of like a desert oasis.

cowboy quilt

I quilted the top by machine with brown thread, except for the “brands” which I did in a yellow/gold thread to make them stand out.  Everything was done an offset stitch in the ditch (I’m sure there’s a proper name for this!) except the big branded squares and the faux leather sashing.

back stitching

The quilting on the back stands out pretty nicely.

back of cowboy quilt

Speaking of the back, I had been gifted this awesome cowboy fabric.  In fact, with the exception of the faux leather black sashing, every fabric in this quilt came from my stash!  Yeah, it’s really that big of a stash!

western quilt

A cowboy quilt with faux leather, denim and cattle brands in blues and browns.  He tells me there is only one problem with this cowboy quilt…his older brother steals it at night!  Well, I checked the stash, and there’s enough western themed fabric in greens and browns to make another one for the biggest brother.  (This all helps shrink the stash, right?!)  A friend from Wyoming gifted me all the western and horse theme fabric!!

Cowboy Quilt

I finally convinced The Boy to show his face on the SKIRT blog.  I didn’t complain that he was wearing his ripped up jeans and his favorite t-shirt; that’s him!

Cowboy Quilt

Now if only I could get him to pose in the Ethan Shirt I tested before making Aria’s denim jacket flip!  Soon, soon…

Cowboy QuiltMy cowboy lovin’ boy is happy and that makes me happy!  Maybe it’ll keep him from moving to Texas for a few more years yet!  How about you, have you ever sewn a quilt for a boy?  How did you make it masculine for him?

Asleep on a cowboy quilt