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Fashion Illustration by Kelly Smith {Living Skirt Art}

Fashion Illustration brought to life by Skirt Fixation

Today is the next installment in our Living Skirt Art Series!  It’s a crowd favorite, and we don’t like to disappoint you all, so…  Be sure to stick around to the end of the post for a sneak peak from Ajaire from Call Ajaire who is playing along with us this month.

Only once before in our Living Skirt Art series have we chosen to bring an illustration with a skirt in it to life.  All the other times we’ve chosen to bring paintings to life.  But illustrations, and specifically fashion illustrations are so prevalent, and in many cases, very, very good, that we just had to bring one to life today.

Fashion Illustration brought to life by Skirt Fixation

Fashion illustrations usually aren’t titled like paintings are.  When you start digging, the focus is as much on the artist as on the illustration.  Kelly Smith is an Australian Illustrator, working predominantly in fashion and beauty.  She has an impressive client list from Armani to Valentino!  For her approach she uses graphite pencil for 90 per cent of the work.  After scanning the drawing in, she adds colour and tweaks the image using Photoshop. Since she uses Photoshop, we had to stay true to the artist and use Photoshop to play around with our image as well.

Fashion Illustration brought to life by Skirt Fixation

This fashion illustration has two skirts, as you’ve probably noticed.  Aria’s skirt is a hand me down from a good friend.  It’s very good quality, from a company called Meadow Rue.  It has tons of hand embroidered details, inside and out.

Allegra’s skirt is a recent “thrift store score” and she absolutely loves it!  If she’d found it in a retail store she’d probably have bought one in every color.  As it is, she’s asked me to make her a few more, but I’m having trouble sourcing a pre-pleated fabric.  If you know of one, we’d be extremely grateful if you’d leave the source in the comments.

Fashion Illustration brought to life by Skirt Fixation

In Summary:

Fashion Illustration

Artist: Kelly Smith (check out her website here: http://www.birdyandme.com.au/)

Models: Allegra & Aria

Photography: Audrey

Skirts: Meadow Rue & thrifted pleated maxi.

To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

Fashion Illustration brought to life by Skirt Fixation

Also, go visit Call Ajaire for your next art viewing experience in our Living Skirt Art series.  Do you recognize which piece of art her adorable Bean is portraying?

Call Ajaire Living Skirt Art Bean as Girl On Beach

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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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Girl’s Voile Maxi Skirt

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Moving along to the next piece in our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection, we come to the voile maxi skirt.  This skirt is from our 2nd look, Aquatic Countryside.  Annie, our Modern Chloris, wore this boat neck top and voile maxi skirt layered over the tankini we made for this look.

Voile maxi skirt by Skirt Fixation

We used the Paneled Sunsuit pattern from Call Ajaire.  If this skirt looks familiar it’s because we made a denim version.  We  reviewed the pattern in depth in our previous blog post about this pattern.  We turned to this pattern again because it’s one of Annie’s favorite.  Her favorite features are the pockets and the elastic waist for comfort.  She also loves the maxi length.

Girl's voile maxi skirt by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is Kladi UnderShadow in voile.  This, like all the patterned pieces we made for our Modern Chloris collection except the jacket, come from the Skopelos fabric line designed by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics.  This probably our favorite print from the whole line, evidenced by the fact that we used it twice.  (Did you spot the it in the other colorway in the mini Senna Tote?)  Katarina Roccella was inspired by flowers on the island of Skopelos, and judging from her photos of them on Instagram, her fabric is a perfect imitation!

Girl's voile maxi skirt by Skirt Fixation

We’ve used voile from Art Gallery Fabrics once before for another maxi skirt, and it’s the most lovely fabric!  It’s light and flowy, and seems to float along when you walk.  Because it’s slightly translucent, wearing a slip under this skirt is necessary.  Unless of course it’s being worn as a swimsuit coverup like Annie did for the Modern Chloris Aquatic Countryside look!

Girl's voile maxi skirt by Skirt Fixation

Here is a flat lay photo to illustrate how well the maxi skirt goes with everything else in the mini collection.  This skirt is just about perfect for fall.  Though we didn’t add them to the collage, the leggings match this skirt and would transition it into fall and winter.  Especially with that jacket…sigh!Voile maxi skirt mini wardrobe collection by Skirt Fixation

We hope you’re not getting tired of these posts from the Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection.  There are only 2 pieces left in the collection, and then we’ll move on!

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Modern Chloris {Sew ‘n Style Lil Luxe Mini Collection}

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Modern ChlorisModern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Once upon a time there was a young girl who loved flowers, lace, pretty hairstyles, and everything dainty. She had never heard of the ancient Greek nymph Chloris, who was associated with spring, flowers, and new growth, but if she had, she would have had an instant bond with her. Ovid wrote of Chloris that: “As she talks, her lips breathe spring roses…” How utterly poetic! Today we bring you a modern Chloris, who shops at the flower market for blooms to make into a crown for the evening theater, and who enjoys relaxing by a pond in the countryside.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

This theme was inspired by the classic look of the styles used in this collection, and the Greek-inspired Skopelos fabric that is woven throughout each style. The theme also takes from the floral fabric that is a major part of each piece, and the accessories used to complete the looks.

Look 1: Flower Market

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Our little modern Chloris begins the day by dressing for shopping at the flower market in the morning.  She dons her Charming Tee for it’s comfort and peekaboo style in the back.  Next comes her Slim Trousers, with hand sewn lace accents, for full coverage in any situation.  She tops it all off with a Skipalong Skort for it’s modern lines and comfortable yet stylish fit.  In her hand she carries her mini Senna Tote.  It’s just the right size to hold all her pint sized needs.  And of course it’s very cohesive with her modern floral look.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Top Pattern: Charming Tee by Lil Luxe Collection  (See our detailed review and more photos here.)

Top Fabric: Deep Dark Ocean solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Fish Scholeio Intense from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Skip Along Skort by PeekABoo Pattern Shop  (See our detailed review and more photos here.)

Skirt Fabric: Paparounes Crimson knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics

Deep Dark Ocean solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Strawberry Kiss solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Leggings Pattern: Slim Trouser by Lil Luxe Collection  (See our detailed review and more photos here.)

Leggings Fabric: Peachy Custard solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Thrifted lace accents

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Bag Pattern: The Senna Tote by LBG Studio  (See our full review, tutorial and more photos here.)

Bag Fabric: Kladi Underlight from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Rose Pink Vegan Leather from Girl Charlee

Shot Cotton from fabric stash

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Look 2: Aquatic Countryside

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Having returned home, our Modern Chloris quickly constructs her floral crown for the evening.  With hours to spare, she settles on a jaunt into the countryside.  Slipping into her tankini, she layers up in her Rouche Division Top and Paneled Sunsuit maxi skirt.  They make the perfect flowy combination for her afternoon journey, echoing the swim she will indulge in at her destination.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Top Pattern: Rouche Division Top by Lil Luxe Collection  (See our full review and more photos here.)

Top Fabric: Strawberry Kiss solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Melograno Pomeberry from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Thrifted lace accents

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Skirt Pattern: Maxi Skirt from the Paneled Sunsuit pattern by Call Ajaire  (See our full review and more photos here.)

Skirt Fabric: Kladi Under Shadow Voile from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tankini Top Pattern: Modified Charming Tee by Lil Luxe Collection

Tankini Top Fabric: Navy performancewear fabric from JoAnn Fabrics

Tankini Skirt Pattern: Cabana Swim Bottoms by PeekABoo Pattern Shop  (See our 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

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Look 3: Evening Theater

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Refreshed from her afternoon activities, our Modern Chloris dresses for her evening engagement.  The Fairy Tale Dress is the proper garment for a reenactment of some Greek Mythology tales.  The flower crown she constructed earlier assures her role as the Modern Chloris!  She grabs her canvas jacket (a modified Modern Belle Dress) for when the sun goes down.  But the sun will never set on our Modern Chloris, for she will always be clothed in flowers!

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Dress Pattern: Fairy Tale Dress by Oliver+S  (See our full review and more photos here.)

Dress Fabric: Nisi Flora Oceanon from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Dress Lining/accents fabric: shot cotton from fabric stash

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Jacket Pattern: Modified Modern Belle Dress by Lil Luxe Collection  (Find our tutorial to make your own here.)

Jacket Fabric: Panache Canvas by Art Gallery Fabrics

Jacket Lining Fabric: Navy sateen from JoAnn Fabrics

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Over the course of the next few weeks we will review each of these items in today’s post individually.  We will also be showing you how the whole collection can be interchangeable.  We hope you enjoyed this walk through a day in the life of Modern Chloris.  All Art Gallery Fabrics in this post were generously sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics.  Read more about the Lil Luxe Collection Sew ’n Style Series and visit the contest page with Link up where there are contest prizes totaling over $350 from gracious sponsors.

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Girl’s Denim Maxi Skirt {Not Just A Sunsuit Blog Tour}

Skirt Fixation for Paneled Sunsuit blog tour

Paneled Sunsuit blog tourHello to those of you stopping by on the “Not Just A Sunsuit” tour.  Ajaire, of Call Ajaire, created the Paneled Sunsuit patterns.  Now sunsuits are great for summer, but Ajaire wanted to show everyone the many, many options that come with the Paneled Sunsuit pattern.  We chose to make the maxi skirt, of course, because we love skirts!Paneled Sunsuit Maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe Paneled Sunsuit pattern comes in 15 sizes from newborn to 12.  There are 10 different views to choose from when making this pattern.  If your child spans several different sizes (like Annie; she’s tall and slender) there are helpful instructions for choosing which sizes to use, and how to blend between sizes.  Because there are so many different options, Ajaire included a print guide so you only have to print the pages you need.  (Thanks, Ajaire!)  Paneled Sunsuit Maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe maxi skirt from Paneled Sunsuit was easy to make, and the instructions were very thorough and easy to follow.  This maxi skirt takes around a yard of fabric, depending on the size you are making. Paneled Sunsuit Maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThere are a plethora of fabrics that could be used to make the Paneled Sunsuit, but we chose an embroidered denim we had in our stash.  The only other thing we needed was elastic.  (Well there was thread and the sewing machine, of course!)Paneled Sunsuit Maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe reason we chose denim for the maxi skirt from the Paneled Sunsuit pattern is because we’re always on the lookout for denim skirt patterns.  And this pattern worked perfectly for it!  Paneled Sunsuit Maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationAnnie’s favorite part of this skirt is the pockets.  I know exactly how she feels because I love a skirt with pockets too.  Paneled Sunsuit Maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Paneled Sunsuit has so many great options and different looks, so be sure to follow along on the “Not Just A Sunsuit” blog tour to see all the magnificent version.  Just yesterday there was another denim skirt on the tour, and you KNOW how excited we were to see that! Paneled Sunsuit Maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here’s the tour line up:

Monday August 24th:  Max California | Filles à Maman | Hey June | House of EstrelaTuesday August 25th: Skirt Fixation | Gracious Threads | Kimmie Sew Crazy | Shaffer Sisters

Wednesday August 26th: Kid Approved | Pinkel | Falafel and the Bee | Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Thursday August 27th: Buzzmills | Pattern Revolution | Sprouting JubeJube | Handmade Martini

Friday August 28th: That’s Sew Kari | Lulu & Celeste | Paisley Roots | Modern Handmade

Monday August 31st: Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations

Tuesday September 1st: My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That’s What She Crafted

Wednesday September 2nd: Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many

Thursday September 3rd: The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates

Friday September 4th: A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast

The Paneled Sunsuit pattern at a 15% discount during the tour – from August 24th through September 4th – so feel free to promote that.  Anyone that joins the Designs by Call Ajaire Facebook group will have access to a coupon code for an extra 5% off.

You can also enter to win this pattern by using the Rafflecopter below.
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We have actually already sewn up another maxi skirt from this pattern, so stay tuned!

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Call Ajaire’s Knit Fabric Swap Challenge

This is the last day of the Knit fabric sewing creations made from fabric the 4 contestants swapped. They each sent and received 2 yard of fabric and then sewed it up! Their only stipulation was that the fabric be knit fabric. Today, Ajaire from Call Ajaire is here to show you what she created:

Hi guys!  I’m Ajaire from Call Ajaire and I can’t wait to show you what I made with this knit swap fabric!

Charity from Say Grr Sewing was charged with sending me the fabric for the swap and in her note she said that she had purchased the floral and the yellow and was a bit disappointed in the quality of the yellow when it arrived so she threw in the white at the last minute.  I really like the color of the yellow and wanted to use it even if it was a little thin.  However, the three fabrics sat in a pile in my sewing room for ages as I couldn’t figure out what to make with them.  Then I got the idea to add another color to the mix.

I tried a few different solids like green, brown, and blue, but gasped when I put this variegated orchid knit next to the others.  The orchid did something to the floral that pleased my eye.  I knew immediately that I would make another Paneled Sunsuit for Bean with a cardi to complete the look.

For the Paneled Sunsuit I used two layers of the orchid on the bottom since it was also a little thin, and just like the first one I made, the bodice is fully lined.  The white fabric was used for the lining.  I added a strip of the yellow as a faux piping at the top of the bodice to tie the fabrics together.

The cardigan I chose to make is the Aster Cardigan from LBG Studio through Willow & Co.  I have been eyeing that pattern since Vanessa designed it for her season of Project Run & Play.  It’s a really sweet shape and perfect for layering.  The pattern does not disappoint.  It’s even better than I expected and so easy to follow.  The inside finishes are nice and clean which I really like for the insides of a top layering piece that might be unbuttoned or removed.

It turns out the yellow fabric is perfect for a cardi.  It is a great light layer and I love how it looks with the pop of white faux piping.

I am so pleased with how this outfit came together.  Bean seemed really comfortable in it and the sunsuit is super cute.  The cardi will be worn a lot this fall and I was really happy to use that yellow fabric after all!  I definitely declare this knit challenge a success!  Stop by my blog to see more fun pics!

That little romper is so cute, and the color combinations are fabulous.  That adorable little cardi is simply icing on the cake!  Fantastic ensemble for sure!  Now let’s review the four creations submitted by our knit contestants:

Vote for your favorite creation made from knit fabric for #ChallengeCreate Fabric Swap Edition

 

1.  Scary from Shaffer Sisters

2. Karly from Paisley Roots

3.  Charity from SayGrrSewing

4.  Ajaire from Call Ajaire

Be sure to vote for your favorite Knit fabric contestant with their fantastic knit fabric creation by clicking the little circle next to their name.

Now go over to the Knit Fabric Sew Along and vote for your favorite Knit Fabric creation over there too!