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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.

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Birthday Patchwork Twirl Skirt

Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch Top

Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopRecently Annie had a birthday!  And I had made her a promise I needed to fulfill.  The very first skirt we made for our All The Skirts series was the Patchwork Twirl Skirt from Scientific Seamstress.  At the end of that edition of All The Skirts, we decided to donate the Patchwork Twirl Skirt to Skirting The Issue.  But as was very plain in the photos, Annie LOVED that skirt!  So I promised to make her another one.Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch Top I picked up a set of 11 Brambleberry Ridge fat quarters from Fat Quarter Shop during one of their 24 hour flash sales, and was all set to go!  Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopThe first time I made the Patchwork Twirl Skirt, I thought this pattern would work with 7 fat quarters, but it actually requires 7 quarter yard cuts.  No problem, with a little bit of math, I still made it happen!  And a matching shirt too! Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationAnd Aria made a matching skirt for Annie’s bear too.  There was only a very tiny bit of scraps left when we were through!Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopWe all love the Brambleberry Ridge fabrics.  The cute nature scenes, and the metallics scattered throughout make for very fun fabric!  The deer print has the largest scale, so I didn’t want to cut it up for the patchwork skirt. Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopI also wanted to make Annie a comfortable, everyday shirt to go with her new skirt, so I knew it would have to be knit.  Or partial knit!  I turned to the Oliver+S Hopscotch shirt and dress pattern.  We’ve made this once before, during All The Skirts: Oliver+S and Fat Quarter Shop, and loved it! Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopI guessed that the front panel could be made from a woven fabric with no other changes to the shirt for two reasons.  1. The gathering across the front panel would allow for give.  2.  The crossover neck would still be knit and fit over her head easily.  And it worked beautifully!Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopNow Annie has a new old favorite twirl skirt again!  Allegra took Annie out for her annual birthday photo session.  (She does this for each of her siblings on their birthday.)  I just love how she captured Annie’s personality, spunk, and cuteness. Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopOh, and this little bunny was also a birthday gift from Allegra to Annie! Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopAll of the outdoor photos of Annie in this blog post are taken by Allegra.  I took the indoor, twirling ones.Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationAnd then Aria took Annie’s bear out for a photo shoot in the skirt she made for her!  You can really see the metallics nicely in some of these photos. Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopWe made a longer size for Annie from the last one we made her.  That was October, and Annie has grown several inches since then!  The bear got the same size, however…Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch TopThe bottom of the Patchwork Twirl Skirt is over 25 yards long!  That’s a lot of zig zagging and gathering.  But in the end, seeing Annie’s face while she twirls and twirls and twirls is totally worth it! Patchwork Twirl Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Oliver+S Hopscotch Top