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Patriotic Fabric Parade

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

This year I found the perfect patriotic fabric for a special occasion.  Raspberry Creek Fabrics has a new patriotic line of fabric, and I’m in love!  I got 2 of the 8 fabrics, both cotton jersey knits.  They are soft and durable, and last through all the antics my kids put them through.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

These patriotic fabrics inspired a patriotic parade!  They marched excitedly around the yard, playing their parade game.  Which is exactly how new clothes make me feel too!  Beware there are a ton of photos, but they all capture the mood perfectly.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Every summer around her birthday, I sew Annie a patriotic shirt.  That tradition and this fabric combined to keep the occasion going another year!  This shirt pattern is the Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns, Annie’s favorite.  For the sleeves, I used navy blue and white paisley bandana print fabric and added red stripes.  The center fabric is solid navy and oh-so-soft.  It was perfect for a patriotic vinyl iron on using my Cricut Maker machine.  And if you want to make this one too, here’s the cut file for free!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s skirt, I sewed her a knit pencil skirt with shorts attached.  This has her become her go to summer skirt!  The fabric is the red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The fact that there are 2 different blues make it a solid winner for us!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used striped navy and white jersey fabric for the shorts underneath, but have no photos.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next up I sewed raglan tees for the boys.  I know it seems like I’m on a mission to sew them all the coordinating raglans, but when it works, it works!  The main fabric is the same as Annie’s skirt, red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

David got saffron colored Art Gallery Fabrics knit for his sleeves and neckband.  Just like the rest of his shirts recently, I sewed him a size 7.  He is always very game for any garment I sew for him in any color and fabric.  It’s so easy and fun to sew for a non-picky child because I get to make all the decisions which is half the fun!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Lowell got the Oliver+S Fieldtrip raglan tee also.  His is a size 5 with the same navy as Annie’s shirt for the sleeves.  He has this thing for the color blue.  In fact, when he wears blue, he declares that he’s one of the “good guys” and always wears blue when possible!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

In the above group photo, you need to be sure to notice the special care I took to match the stripes on the sides of the boy’s shirts.  Thank you for noticing!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

And Baby got a complete outfit too, naturally!  I used the navy blue and white paisley bandana jersey knit print to sew a Pistachio Tee for her.  The only change I made was to crop it in length.  Honestly, it was so that as she grows her little toddler belly will stick out!  It’s the cutest thing, and you’d think she was a cat for all the belly rubs she gets around here.  The little navy shoulder ruffles are like tiny angel wings which is perfectly fitting too!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

The scale on the bandana print is quite large, which makes it great for apparel making.  But on a tiny baby shirt, you don’t get that size and scale all represented.  So I was very choosy on what part to put in the center of the shirt.  Did I get it right?

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby’s skirt is the Daphne pattern from Simple Life Patterns.  It uses the navy and white stripes over the solid navy fabric.  And honestly, I just might copy both my girls’ skirt for my own wardrobe!  

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, we grabbed a few props and flags from the dollar store for a parade.  The flowers I’d potted earlier in the year were perfect for on the wagon.  And the dog had to join the parade too!  The kids insisted on it because he matched the color theme!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

What you can’t see in the photos is some of the older kids standing behind me helping with kids and props and the dog, and making them all laugh by balancing the extra hats on my head while I snapped photos!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

For sure, I couldn’t sew as much as I do and photograph and blog it without that behind-the-scenes help!  But I reward them with handmade clothes too. 😉

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Do us a favor and head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics to check out all their fabric.  You won’t be sorry!  I love shopping from small fabric shops because they can’t afford to carry poor quality fabric and get a bad reputation.  So it’s like shopping someone’s curated collection of fabric.  My idea of a good time right there!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Camden Raglan Gathered Dress

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently I’ve begun sewing for summer.  I know, I’m ahead of schedule, and it’s a pretty daring thing to do when kids grow as fast as mine do!  But I’m trying to allow for growth.  Annie requested some dresses for summer to play in, and I just happened to have the fabric to make it happen.  I’ve found that I can use a busier print for sewing a dress and Annie doesn’t have to worry about trying to match it to something she already has in her closet.  And I had the Camden Raglan pattern and a useful tutorial from Hey June Handmade.

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since Annie L.O.V.E.S. this dress from the time we made the Camden Raglan into a dress, we decided use that pattern again.  This time, instead of using the swing dress tutorial, we used the gathered dress tutorial.  Last time, the floral fabric was the accent, this time the solid fabric is the accent.  We sewed the size 8 for Annie this time.

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

We used some floral fabric from Girl Charlee (no longer available) and some denim colored knit fabric left over from making Mr. Skirt Fixation a t-shirt.  You can still get it at Girl Charlee, and it’s really nice quality fabric.

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

As you can see, we also added a ruffle to the bottom, which was the most time consuming part of sewing this dress!  I just cut all the fabric I had left into 2” strips, gathered them and sewed them to the bottom.  It took forever, but it’s a little girly touch that Annie loves.

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie wore this Camden Raglan dress the day we took those pictures and has begged to wear it every day since.  I’m still holding out, telling her to wait until the weather warms up.  “Won’t it be nice to have a new dress to wear then?”  I keep asking her.  She just gives me a pouty face and goes to put on one of her (many, many) other handmade items!

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

I know exactly how she feels though, my favorite handmade item is usually the most recent one!  Lucky for her, this isn’t the only new garment she’s gotten recently, as evidenced by this skirt.  And stay tuned for more…

Leave a comment, do you sew ahead for your kids?  What do you do if they ask to wear it?

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2 Lane Raglans for Fall (and a surprise…)

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Recently Mountain Maker Fabrics had a Lane Raglan sew along.  And if you’ve been here any time at all, you know our love for the Lane Raglan and all Hey June Patterns.  If you haven’t, it’s huge.  Glacial.  Of course we couldn’t miss the chance to make another Lane Raglan.  Or two.  Plus a Camden Raglan which is the Lane’s little sister pattern.

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

First of all we have a French Terry Lane Raglan hoodie with thumbholes and hood.  This fabric is Purple Tie Dye French Terry from Girl Charlee, and super duper soft and drapey.  I sewed this up for Aria last weekend when she was out of town as a surprise.

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

After all my hard work, I rewarded myself by trying it on…and decided it that Aria probably wasn’t going to get a new Lane Raglan hoodie for fall after all!  (If you stick around to the end of the post, you can find out if I relented to her begging once she returned or not!)  The only modification I made was to cut on the long sleeve line even though I was adding cuffs.

Bamboo knit Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Next I sewed myself a plain as can be boring old black long sleeved Lane Raglan that I’ll probably wear at least 2x per week this winter!  That’s what’s known as a staple garment.

Bamboo knit Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is a super soft, lightweight and drape-y rayon bamboo blend.  It’s sold out over at CaliFabrics where I got it, but you can find it here: Telio Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey Knit Black Fabric

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And last, but the one you’ve been waiting to see is the Camden Raglan I sewed for Annie.  As I wrote in my Instagram post (you can follow us for sneak peeks and more!) I made the mistake of letting her choose any fabric she wanted from the stash.

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

She zoomed right in on this Art Gallery Inblue Jersey Knit Bloesem Dark Fabric.  I only had 1 yard, and this time I’m making her the size 8 instead of 6 like last year, but even with the hood and thumbhole options I managed to eek it out!  At such a young, tender age, she sure has learned which fabrics are the best quality, don’t pill, and are super comfortable to wear!

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The lace pocket idea was stolen from Sew Sophie Lynn.  She added a lace pocket to one of her shirts, and everything else she does is pretty cool too!  Annie said to me, after she tried it on for the 1st time, “I don’t remember discussing the lace pocket, but it’s pretty so thanks for adding it!!!”

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The thumbhole cuff instructions are not included with the Camden Raglan, but you can use the ones from the Lane Raglan, and it works great!

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

These Lane Raglans could pretty much be sewn in an assembly line process, with a few thread changes for the black one.  It wasn’t too hard, and now we’ve each got a new shirt for fall and winter.  And yes, that’s Aria behind that hood.  I relented!

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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Sewing for Tweens – Pattern Choices

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Today we’re going to share some things we’ve learned about sewing for tweens.  We’re going to focus on pattern choices; what’s available, what they’ll wear!  You can also check out our thoughts on fabric choices over at the Cali Fabrics blog, later next week.

We’re joining the Growing Up Handmade blog tour.  It’s all about handmade clothing for tweens.  This is the age when my kids really start to express themselves.  Their unique style begins to shine.  I have 2 kids in this age category, so it was fun for all of us to plan and sew up 7 items for them to add to their wardrobes.  Yes 7!  That’s quite a lot of things to talk about, which is why this post is going to focus on patterns for tweens, and another post will focus on fabrics for tweens.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

First of all, we sewed up black themed outfits.  While kids of this age don’t clamor to be dressed in matching clothes, they still tolerate coordinated ones.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

There are definitely less patterns for boys in the sewing world than for girls.  So patterns for tween boys are even scarcer!  After looking through all my patterns for boys, I decided to buy 2 new patterns for Thomas’ black outfit.  The t-shirt is the Lennon Tee by Shwin & Shwin, a pattern designed specifically for tween boys.  It’s a fast and easy sew, and comes in sizes XS to XXL which is a 26” chest to 33.5” chest.  We made view A, the plain Tee, but there are 3 more versions we’ll be trying out.  We sewed a size L for Thomas.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

His pants are the Adventure Cargo Pants and Shorts by Pattern Emporium.  This pattern is very detailed, but not hard to sew.  There are so many different options for pockets, and pants and waistband and flies, that it’s a good idea to plan out exactly what you want first.  Thomas and I went over each option carefully and he told me exactly what he wanted.  The Adventure Cargo Pants can be made in sizes 2 to 14.  This was my muslin pair, and I made size 14 for Thomas, but the waist was 4 inches too big!  Good thing it has waistband elastic and he always wears a belt.  We added belt loops to these pants, made a zip fly, and allllllll the pocket options!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie is just starting to go into tween sizes.  She also is starting to put in more requests for certain items or details or patterns.  For the black theme, Annie got a mash up of 2 of her favorite girl tween patterns, the Camden Raglan by Hey June Handmade (affiliate link) and the Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight and Gather.  You could also use this tutorial to do the same thing.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie particularly loves the pockets which come from the bottom half of the Uptown Downtown Dress and the shoulder stripes which come from the Camden Raglan on top in this dress.  The fabric is bamboo rayon from CaliFabrics, a perfect lightweight and soft fabric for summer.  The Camden Raglan can be made in sizes 6-16, and the Uptown Downtown Dress can be made in sizes 2-14.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

For the next set of outfits, we actually went closer to matching than coordinating, but when it’s camo, who will notice?

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

For Thomas we used the same patterns, because they worked out so well.  On these I adjusted the waist area and took out 2 inches for this second pair of Adventure Cargos Pants.   This kid is actually very lucky that I sew for him because RTW (ready to wear) clothing does N.O.T. fit his tall and lanky frame!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

The fabric is real, true Carhartt canvas from Cali Fabrics.  He’s pretty pumped about a real pair of Carhartts…that fits!  We promise a post really soon about how amazing it is!  And the desert camo jersey fabric from Cali Fabrics is perfect for t-shirts.

Click on the links below to see our reviews of other patterns we have sewn in tween boy sizing:

Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom

Big Little Wild Things vest by Twig & Tale

Classic Chinos by PeekABoo Pattern Shop

Which Way Out Jacket by Fishsticks Designs

Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle

Newsboy Cap by Waffle Patterns

Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads

Everyday Tie by Made Everyday

And 2 that are next up on our sewing list:

Spring Showers Jacket by E&E Patterns

Parachute Polo and Sweatpants by Oliver+S

 

For Annie’s camo outfit, we planned a look that uniquely expresses who she is!  Girly and tomboy all mixed together in one.  She loves to dress up and look nice with a cute hairdo styled by one of her teenage sisters.  And she also loves to tear around in the woods with her brothers, playing hide and seek.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

 

We made her the Laramie Shirt by Hey June Handmade (affiliate link) using the most amazing Indigo Ranchero Rayon Chambray from Cali Fabrics.  The Laramie Shirt is the little sister pattern of the Cheyenne Tunic, and you KNOW how much we love the Cheyenne Tunic around here!  It is just as wonderful of a pattern, in sizes 6-16.  Plus there is an extra option for a dress, which we’ve already promised to make for Annie.  We made 2 changes to the Laramie Shirt pattern, we added the ruffle down the front by cutting out 2 extra button plackets at 2x the normal length along the selvedges of the fabric.  Then we gathered them and sewed them inside the button placket as we topstitched it in place.  The other change was to make short sleeves, but still add the cuff and placket from the 3/4 sleeve option.  We had to make the cuff a little narrower in width and gather the sleeve a little bit to fit accordingly.  Plus we added 2 buttons instead of one on the cuffs.  For the girly factor!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie loves pencil skirts, and this one is the Jocole Girls Pencil Skirt which can be made in sizes doll and newborn to 14.  The only change we made was to add a pair of shorts underneath so Annie can stay covered during those rambunctious games of hide and seek with her brothers in the woods.

Click on each link below to read our reviews of other patterns we’ve sewn in tween girl sizing:

Polina Peplum by Coffee & Thread

Ila Dress by Coffee & Thread

Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight and Gather

Miss Marlene from the Naeh Connection Shop

Molly Jacket by Violette Field Threads

Girl’s Yoga A-line Skirt by Jocole

Aster Cardigan by LBG Studio

Wild Things Vest by Twig & Tale

Longihood from the Naeh Connection Shop

City Park Tee by Hey June Handmade

Cabana Swim Bottoms by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Just Keep Swimming Rashguard by The Wolf and the Tree

Classic Malliot by Call Ajaire

Slim Trousers by Lil Luxe Collection

#106 by Thread Faction

Rachel by Modkid

Whew!  If you’re still with us, please visit all the other great moms who are sewing for their tweens on this blog tour.  I’ve picked up so many helpful tips!

Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy  |  Paisley Roots   |  Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Tuesday – April 18th
Beri Bee Designs   |   Phat Quarters   |  Sewing By Ti   |   Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday – April 19th
Courtney Zadik   |   Rebel & Malice   |   Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday – April 20th
Pattern Revolution   |  

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Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

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Summer Pajamas

Summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Summer pajamas

This week I decided to make summer pajamas for some of my kids.  Two of my older boys decided they didn’t need Mom to sew them a new pair of “fun” summer pajamas, but the other 5 were interested.  I had ordered some fun fabric panels from Peekaboo Pattern Shop with summer pajamas in mind.  I just love the fabric she designs, and used it as inspiration for 4 of the 5 pairs of summer pajamas.

Summer pajamas for teen girl by Skirt Fixation

Allegra received a really fun pair of pajamas.  I used the Lane Raglan to make her a fun graphic tee from the Crazy Hair Don’t Care panel from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  From the coordinating knit fabric, I sewed her a pair of summer pajama shorts using the Skyline Skort pattern and omitting the skirt.  (Irony from Skirt Fixation!)  The shorts fabric is currently sold out, but look at all these other fun fabrics designed by Peekaboo Pattern Shop!

Summer pajamas for teen girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Aria chose some french terry fabric for her summer pajamas.  French terry is perfect for summer pajamas due to the breathability of the fabric.  The shorts pattern is again the Skyline Skort with the skirt omitted.  The french terry fabric is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The top is also a Lane Raglan from french terry which was a dress in it’s former life!  This set is the softest ever…and I think she’ll be wearing the shirt outside of bedtime as well.  I know I would!

Summer pajamas for girl

When I saw this fabric panel at Peekaboo Pattern Shop, I knew it would be perfect for Annie.  For her top, I lengthened the Camden Raglan to tunic length and used some more of a skirt I had in the refashion pile for the red striped fabric.

summer pajamas for girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the bottoms, I used Lil Luxe Collection’s Slim Trousers pattern and the remnants of another blue striped skirt.  Annie sewed on the buttons on the back faux star pockets on the back, and there you have the perfect summer pajamas for Annie!

Matching summer pajamas for boys sewn by Skirt Fixation

The little boys had to have something semi matching.  When I ordered the I Want S’More fabric panel (sold out, but check out these other cute ones!) from Peekaboo Pattern Shop and the coordinating s’mores fabric I hadn’t planned on making each boy a set of pajamas.

Boys summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

But then when everyone was getting some summer pajamas, and I had enough fabric to make two pairs of shorts, I had to try to make another shirt.  Allegra wrote the words with a white fabric marker and eyeballed the stick.

Boys summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

I appliquéd on some marshmallows and stitched around Allegra’s art work.  For the shirt pattern, I used the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan Tee.  The shorts pattern are Kid Shorts from Made.

Summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With some marathon sewing, in two days 5 of my kids had new summer pajamas.  Plus I snuck in a new pair of summer pajama shorts for me, also using the Skyline Skort pattern and some black sweatshirt fleece.  It’s a good thing because now I think I need to go take a nap!

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