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Camo Boys and Sweatpants

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

My two little boys are currently in their camo phase.  Do all boys go through a camo phase?  All my boys have!  If their camo clothes are clean, they refuse to wear anything else.  Scratch that, they wear their camo clothes when they’re dirty, wet, stained, ripped, dusty, ragged, holey and in any possible condition!

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

Rather than fight this phase, I’m just surrendering to it.  In fact, I’m afraid I’ve crossed the border into complicit because of their delight whenever I sew them something with camo fabric!  

A while back I sewed them these two jersey tees, and the above photo was taken shortly after I sewed them.  You can see that David already has one hole in his shirt.  Probably from commando crawling across the rocks on the hillside or something.  

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pants they are wearing were NOT made by me, but they have been worn through the knees already.  I’d like to think that if I had made them I would have used tougher fabric and double reinforced the knees.  It’s almost like the company that made them never had little boys.  Or never was little boys.  Or never was the kind of boy who prefers climbing over a fence to using a gate.

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt FixationI did however sew these boys some camo pajama pants recently however using the Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants pattern.  That is, they were intended to be pajama pants, but I caught a boy coming in from outside the other day wearing them.  And they were covered with hay.  He was just rescuing his kitty from the top of the hay stack, he explained!

 

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you look in this photo, you can see that after several months of self imposed “navy seal training” (which involves crab walking across hot pavement, belly dragging under wires, crossing precariously balanced logs, and jumping from the highest heights they can find, plus I don’t even want to know what else!) David’s shirt has acquired several more holes.  In fact it looks like a cheese grater.  If asked, he’d probably have some story about being clawed by a bear.  

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

So whether they’re cuddling chicks, chasing dogs or wrestling with each other, these two boys can be found in camo clothes.  And I say let boys be boys; it’s healthy that way!

Camo pajama pants sewn by Skirt Fixation

For more information about the sweatpants I sewed for them, please check out my post over at CaliFabrics.  There you can also see the larger pair of camo sweatpants I sewed for Thomas and the two pairs of non camo sweatpants for the girls.  Plus the backstory on her shirt!

Leave me a comment…do you sew for boys?  With camo fabric?

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Three Ponte Camden Raglan Tees

Camden Raglan tees comparison by Skirt Fixation

Today I’ve got a huge comparison of these three different ponte fabrics over at CaliFabrics.  Please go check it out!

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Over at CaliFabrics, since it’s such an in depth discussion of the fabric, I don’t really get to share more about the pattern!  This is the Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns.

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Since Annie has (once again!!!) outgrown all her long sleeve shirts from last fall and winter, she was the recipient of 3 new Camden Raglan Tees!  The other two I’m perfectly happy with (and so is she!) but this one has a few flaws.  Allow me to be a perfectionist and point them out to you!  First of all, I sewed the neckband on backward and the seam is in the front.  But Annie says she doesn’t care, so I’m not unpicking serger seams to sew it on the right way!  Secondly, I only had 1 yard of fabric, (which is plenty for a Camden Raglan Tee) but I was also squeezing out a pair of leggings for baby Tina from these three fabrics.  So on this one, I tried turning the sleeve on the cross grain, and they ended up being too tight for Annie from just above the elbow to the wrist.  We have since solved this problem by making them short sleeved.  And she has a sweater and several hoodies she can layer with it, so I guess all’s well that ends well, right?

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

If I had to guess, I think this is Annie’s favorite of all 3 Camden Raglan tees because I’ve seen her wearing it with and layering it under everything!  It’s heavyweight ponte fabric, and so warm.

Camden Raglan tees comparison by Skirt Fixation

Here you can see all 3 Camden Raglan tees from the side.  Annie just loves this pattern, and we’ve sewn her so many versions including several dresses!

Camden Raglan tee comparison by Skirt Fixation

And here is the view from the back.  Once again, please head over to CaliFabrics to read all about my review of ponte fabric.  And leave a comment too!

Affiliate links are used in this post to really amazing patterns!  If you click on our links, we might make a few pennies at no additional cost to you, so thanks in advance, and congrats on buying yourself something awesome!

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Flutter Sleeve Tutorial

Slash and spread flutter sleeve tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Today I’ve got a quick and easy flutter sleeve tutorial for you.  And the beauty of this is that you can do this to any pattern that has a sleeve!  I used the Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns, but you can use any pattern with sleeves.

This method is a slash and spread method, but the beauty of it is that you keep the original length of the armscye, so you don’t have to adjust your shirt pattern piece, only the sleeve.

Flutter Sleeve Tutorial:

Slash and spread flutter sleeve tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Start by cutting into your sleeve pattern piece from the bottom, up to 1/2″ away from the top.  Spread each of these pieces apart the same distance.  I used a 1″ space between my pieces, buy you could certainly do more.  Then I cut around my new pattern piece and also extended the length of the sleeve piece by 2″ for more flair.

Slash and spread flutter sleeve tutorial from Skirt Fixation

That’s it!  Super easy and fast, and of course, fluttery!!!

Slash and spread flutter sleeve tutorial from Skirt FixationSlash and spread flutter sleeve tutorial from Skirt Fixation

If you’d like to read more about the fabric we used, and also the skirt we made to go with our flutter sleeve top, head over to CaliFabrics.  There’s a little story about why this skirt pattern ended up working perfectly after basically failing the first time around.

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Rain Jackets…sort of!

Rain jackets sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently I sewed up a couple of rain jackets for my 2 youngest boys.  I used the Puddle Jumper Rain Coat pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop (affiliate link) and it’s a really great pattern.  In fact, I used it before for Annie.

Rain jackets sewn by Skirt Fixation

But this time, it didn’t work out exactly like I’d planned.  In fact, it was quite discouraging!  Please read the whole story over on the CaliFabrics blog, and leave me a comment to cheer me up.  Not every sewing creation of mine is a win, and I need help getting my sew-jo back!

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Modifying a dress to a peplum top

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

Today we’re over at CaliFabrics sharing all about our surprising love for this Earth Floral London Calling cotton lawn fabric.  Go check it out!

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

But we wanted to share a little bit about how we modified the Apple Picking Dress pattern by Oliver+S into a peplum, just like we did last time we made this pattern for Annie.  That one turned out to be such a favorite of hers that when she finally outgrew it, I promised to make her another one.

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

Here’s the short and easy tutorial that will actually work for any drop waist dress, or you could easily do this with any dress with a waistband seam.

Measure from neck to waist, and shorten the bodice front and back pieces accordingly.  You will also need to shorten any placket pieces by the same amount.

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

Then for the Apple Picking pattern, we just used the 1st ruffle only instead of both ruffles.  Ta-da!  Fast, easy, on trend, and suuuuuper cute!

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

Of course, since there was leftover fabric scraps, I had to sew up a matching bubble skirt for the baby!    And the scraps of the scraps, I sewed a bonnet and the heart on Baby’s shirt.

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

In fact, this cute floral fabric inspired a whole capsule wardrobe for baby, which I’ll be telling you more about very soon!

That’s it for today…short and sweet, just like the peplum!  Go check out our full post with lots more photos of these two over at CaliFabrics.

 

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Chocolate & Free Beanie Reminder

Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie pattern.

Did you catch our post over at Cali Fabrics where we’re talking about the softest chocolate colored french terry fabric?

I sewed myself a Tallinn Sweater (affiliate link of course, it’s a Hey June Pattern, and awesome as usual!!!) from this amazing fabric, and it’s perfect for feeding the baby too!  Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie

Also, I share a little bit about the evolution of the design of the Reversible Beanie pattern.  And this is your last reminder here on the blog that it’s FREE until 1/1/2018.  After that, we’ll gladly accept your $3 for it!

And now we’re taking a small break until 2018 to spend some time with our family!  See you next year…we can’t wait to share some of the fun stuff we have planned!!!

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Contrast Hood Binding Tutorial

Today we’ve got a quick and easy tutorial for you on how to make a contrast hood binding.  This is a fun way to make the inside of the hood pop!  You can use plain fabric for the outside and a pop of print for the inside, or print for the outside and a coordinating pop of solid color for the contrast hood binding and inside.  Or print for both.  Or plain for both!  Let’s get started.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

First you need to cut 2 of each hood piece.  (If your hood pattern is lined like the one I used, the Rosemary Raglan affiliate link, just cut and sew as instructed.)  When both your outer and inner hoods are assembled, here’s the fast and easy way to create that contrast hood binding.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Contrast Hood Binding Step 1:

Cut 1 inch off the outer hood along the front edge.  (Most hoods are generously sized, and they will still cover the head adequately after doing this.  But if you are concerned about the size of the hood, you can ADD 1 inch to the front edge of the inner hood as you are cutting it out.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Contrast Hood Binding Step 2:

Place the inner hood over the outer hood, right sides together.  Line up the front edges, even though the hoods are now different sizes.

 

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt FixationContrast Hood Binding Step 3:

Sew the front edges together.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Contrast Hood Binding Step 4:

Turn the hood right sides out, and roll the inner hood out along the front edge.  See, instant contrast hood binding.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Contrast Hood Binding Step 5:

To keep the inner fabric from rolling back to the inside, topstitch along the outer hood fabric, just inside the seam line.

Now you can create a contrast hood binding on all your hoodies!  We’d love to see your completed garment if you use our tutorial…leave us a comment below, or send us an email: skirtfixation@gmail.com

To see the fabric sources and the matching hoodie I sewed for myself, head over to CaliFabrics!

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

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The Fabric Scrooge & A Skirt Sale!

Fabric Scrooge tips from Skirt Fixation

We’ve just couldn’t miss telling you about a fantastic skirt sale!

Skipalong Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

This fantastic little skirt, The Skipalong Skort is on sale for 50% off today only at Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  But that’s not all:

The Skyline Skort pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop, sewn by Skirtfixation using fabric from The Fabric Fairy

The Skyline Skort by Peekaboo Pattern Shop is also on sale for 50% off today only too!  AND:

If you buy them bundled together, you can save an additional $2 with the code SKORT ~ Which means you get 2 amazing skirt patterns, both with shorts underneath and pockets, for only $7 which is a crazy good deal!  We’ve made both these skirt patterns over and over and over again!

Fabric Scrooge tips from Skirt Fixation

Also, we’re over at the CaliFabrics blog today sharing how you can save money on fabric with all of our Fabric Scrooge tips for using less!  See you there…

 

Affiliate links are used in this post to really great patterns!  If you use our links, we might make a couple of pennies at no extra cost to you.