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Kelly Skirt {All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats}

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

The Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen is everything Aria has ever asked for in a skirt!  Today we get to show you the first skirt we’ve made for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats.

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

The Kelly Skirt is a button front pleated skirt with pockets.  It sits on the natural waist, and has a delicious wide waistband.  The pleats are situated both in the front and the back.  The Kelly Skirt can be made in 5 sizes from XS to XL.  For Aria, we sewed a size M with 5 inches added to end up midi length, like the illustrated pattern.  (I wonder where she gets her height from…)

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

The instructions for the Kelly Skirt are concise and thorough.  At no time were we confused, and we think a beginning sewist looking for a challenge could produce very spiffy results with this pattern!

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

Aria loves those huge scooping pockets!  She’s always been a fan of pockets, the bigger the better.  They have topstitching on the edges, in fact, this skirt has a lot of topstitching everywhere, and that’s one of the things that gives is such a professional looking finish.

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

The fabric we used is La Brea Denim in Indigo from Imagine Gnats and it’s simply divine!  It’s light and airy for summer, but substantial enough not to be too thin.  It washes well and a quick touch of the iron smoothes out any wrinkles.  As I was working with it, I was imagining all the other garments I wanted to sew with it.  So expect to see more of it here in the future!

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

After much debate, we decided to go with the buttons you see pictured on the Kelly Skirt.  Part of our indecision was too many of us in the button row of the fabric store together, and the other part was that there were so many different buttons the looked fantastic with this fabric!

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

Now it’s your turn to get involved with All The Skirts.  Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats and a PDF pattern from Megan Nielsen.

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

Also today we’re opening up the Inlinkz for you to link up anything you’ve made in 2016 using fabric from Imagine Gnats, or any Megan Nielsen pattern!  We can’t wait to see what you’ve created using supplies from these fantastic sponsors.  And remember to use the discount code SKIRTS16 for 15% off at Megan Nielsen.

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Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim
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2 Blue Cheyenne Tunics {Selfish Sewing Week: Day 2}

Voile Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Chambray Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

It’s been pretty well established that I love to sew button up shirts.  So when Adrianna from Hey June Handmade, one of my favorite Indie pattern companies, published the Cheyenne Tunic, I had to sew it as soon as possible!  Because I knew it was going to be awesome, I chose some pretty special fabrics to sew it up.

Chambray Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

The first fabric I chose is a chambray fabric by Alison Glass as part of her beautiful Ex Libris line.  It’s called Botany Chambray in Navy, and it’s available over at Hawthorne Threads.  Although many of the fabrics in this line are quilting cotton, this is an actual chambray and a perfect choice for sewing up the Chambray Tunic.

Chambray Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this one I chose to sew View A, the full button up shirt with a collar and full length sleeves.  Because I am so tall, I made my standard adjustments of length to the body and sleeves and width to the shoulders.  Of course I included the button tabs inside the sleeves for when the sleeves are rolled.

Chambray Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only change I made to the pattern was to add darts to the back of the Cheyenne Tunic after I sewed it.  I discovered they would be needed when I sewed up my ugly muslin.

Chambray Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

This shirt is going to be worn and worn and worn for years to come!

Voile Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since I was sewing one Cheyenne Tunic, the thread color would be the same, and I’m just sort of crazy about sewing more than one button up shirt at a time, I made View B also.  It has no collar, 3/4 length sleeves and a shaped half placket.  And of course the sleeve tabs.  I also added the back darts to this one.

Voile Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this one I chose Maureen Cracknell’s Art Gallery Fleet & Flourish Voile Swifting Flora Swell Fabric.  (affiliate link)  This fabric couldn’t be any more perfect for this Cheyenne Tunic.

Voile Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Just as the chambray shirt is structured, substantial, and classy, this one is flowy, feminine, and lightweight.  Seriously don’t ask me which one is my favorite because they both are!  Oh, and if this fabric looks familiar, it’s because I’ve made myself a knit top from the lighter colorway.

Voile Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

I also needed a tank to wear under this Cheyenne Tunic, so I drafted one by mashing two of my favorite patterns.  I used the Lane Raglan for the body because I love the fit, and the Jocole Peplum Top for the shoulders and neckline.  The fabric is Art Gallery Solid Jersey Knit Icy Mint Fabric, (affiliate link) and it’s perfect for layering under this Cheyenne Tunic.

Voile Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

The instructions are so perfect for sewing the Cheyenne Tunic.  If at any point I became confused, I checked out the sew along over at Hey June Handmade and it was perfect.  I had never made a half placket like this before, but the sew along got me through it perfectly!  And of course I reread both my tips for sewing a button up shirt and the tips at Hey June Handmade too.

Voile Cheyenne Tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well, that’s it for me for Selfish Sewing Week.  The girls will have their makes up later in the week.  But with four new blue tops, I think I truly spoiled myself, don’t you?

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Reversible Hazel and Tiny Whitney skirts

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

Whitney skirt size 3T for sale by Skirt Fixation

Today I’ve got a couple more skirt for sale to show you.  First up is a tiny Whitney skirt.  When I sewed up the original girl’s Whitney skirt, I had enough fabric left to make a smaller version, a 3T.  That’s the only difference between the two skirts, size.  And somehow it’s even cuter in the smaller size!  Buy it in the Etsy shop here.

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

The other skirt is the Hazel.  When we originally reviewed the Hazel skirt, we said it was a great way to showcase different fabrics from the same line, and that’s what we’ve done here.  Both these fabrics are designed by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.  We’ve used them once before for the Butterfly Blouse and Skirt.

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

We paired these two fabrics with some Cotton + Steel double gauze leftover from making my Granville shirt.  This skirt is lovely in person.  If only you could reach through your screen and touch it!

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

With the Hazel skirt, you can have 3 looks in one skirt.  There’s the skirt with no apron, the skirt with the double gauze apron side up, and the skirt with the mint side up.  If she spills on herself, no problem, just switch the apron around and she’s good to go!

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

The buttons were also in my stash.  Recently I was given lots of vintage buttons, and love how they match with modern fabrics too.

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

We made this skirt in a size 7 so Annie could model it.

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

She tried it out and declared it twirl-worthy and comfortable and fun!  Hopefully some little girl will be able to get some wear from it and love it as much as Annie did when she tried it on.

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

Both these skirts are made from Violette Field Threads patterns.  You can find them, and quite a few other skirts too, over in our Etsy shop.

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

Annie loves this skirt, and the other Hazel skirt too, but her closet is getting quite stuffed with skirts, and we have a goal we are working toward, so this Hazel skirt is available in our Etsy shop.  See you there!

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

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Girl’s Whitney Skirt {All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics}

Whitney skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with chambray fabric

Whitney skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with chambray fabric

Today we have what may be our favorite skirt so far in All The Skirts: Violet Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  You see, we have this thing for pleated skirts.  They’re so smart, classy and timeless.  Combine those things with this stunning chambray fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and we’re totally swooning over this skirt.

Whitney skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with chambray fabric

Let’s begin with the Whitney Skirt pattern.  There are several things that set the Whitney Skirt apart from other skirt patterns.  First of all, the Whitney pattern includes both a skirt and pants pattern.  We always value patterns that you can make over and over in several variations, and the Whitney skirt offers this option.  This pattern can be made in 7 sizes from 2T to 9/10.

Whitney skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with chambray fabric

Probably the best thing about the Whitney pattern are the no fail pleat instructions.  Perfect pleats, every time!  And the pleats are box pleats which are so amazingly adorable, probably our favorite kind.

Whitney skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with chambray fabric

Another awesome thing about the Whitney pattern is no pattern piece for the skirt part, only the waistband, saving paper and time.  Violette Field Threads for another winning pattern.

Whitney skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with chambray fabric

The wide waistband has elastic across the back, ensuring a perfect fit for your little girl.

Whitney skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with chambray fabric

Now about that fabric, because we know you’ve been wondering.  This fabric is Kaufman Chambray Union Dots Indigo Fabric. affiliate link We got ours from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, but it’s no longer available.  You can either get it here, or try this other gorgeous chambray from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Whitney skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with chambray fabric

This fabric is very lightweight and flowy, but holds those pleats very sharply.  Seriously about the perfect fabric for the Whitney Skirt pattern.  The width is 60 inches, so be forewarned you will not need as much as the pattern recommends.  A very lovely fabric to work with and to wear, Annie informs me!

Whitney skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with chambray fabric

Annie styled the Whitney skirt with another Violette Field Threads pattern the Josephine shirt we made her last year using Sew Classics Specialty Cotton Fabric Hibiscus White (affiliate link) fabric from JoAnns.  She also chose her shoes and head scarf, a winning combination, I think!  It’s so darling to see kids develop their own style and preferences.

Whitney skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with chambray fabric

Are you ready to play along with this edition of All The Skirts?  There are two different sides/ways to join the fun!  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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2 Swingset Skirts for the Sew Along

Swingset Skirt for Tween sewn by Skirt Fixation

Oliver + S is having a Swingset Skirt sew along, and we simply couldn’t miss out!  We sewed a Swingset Skirt pattern during All The Skirts: Oliver+S & Fat Quarter Shop in a size 5 because that was the largest size the pattern went up to.  But now, Oliver+S has expanded the sizes of the Swingset Skirt pattern, and it goes all the way up to size 14!

Swingset Skirt for Tween sewn by Skirt Fixation

As Aria needed some fall/winter skirts, she was first in line for a new skirt.  We decided to make it reversible and that way she could get in effect get two new skirts for her wardrobe.

Swingset Skirt for Tween sewn by Skirt Fixation

She chose some black chambray fabric for one side and a sueded blue polyester for the other side.  We made a few modifications to the swingset pattern.

Swingset Skirt for Tween sewn by Skirt Fixation

First of all, we lengthened it to allow for growth and Aria’s height.  Although she fits into a size 14 around, she is getting to be very tall indeed.  So we added 9 inches to the bottom of the Swingset Skirt Pattern.

Swingset Skirt for Tween sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other change we made was to use 1” elastic at the waist and eliminate the drawstring.  Partly to make it reversible and partly to better hold up the weight of these two fabrics.

Swingset Skirt for Tween sewn by Skirt Fixation

As hard as I tried to make these two skirts even around the bottom to be completely reversible, you can see a bit of the black chambray peeking out on the bottom when the skirt is on the blue side.  But Aria said she doesn’t mind and it’s better than if the blue showed on the black side.  She says it’s her new favorite skirt!

Swingset Skirt for Tween sewn by Skirt Fixation

One benefit of lengthening this Swingset Skirt was it turned out super swirly and twirly!

Swingset Skirt for Tween sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now since I already had a size 5 Swingset Skirt pattern all ready to go, it seemed to make sense to make another Swingset Skirt.

Swingset Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric choices for this one are Michael Miller Color Me Tippy Toes Fabric (affiliate link) and a pink shot cotton.  Then because it was ballerinas and the color pink, it seemed incomplete without some tulle, so we added a layer of tulle between the skirt and the lining.

Swingset Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

On this Swingset Skirt, we made the lining longer so as to have a pop of pink stick out the bottom of the skirt.  And it makes the drawstring pop too!

Swingset Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only mistake I made was that I forgot that I added length to the first Swingset Skirt I made for Annie, and so this one turned out a little short!  It’s okay though, some little girl will be delighted when her mom/grandma buys it from our shop.  You can buy it here!  We’ll probably even include a package of fabric markers so she can color it herself.

Swingset Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We’re going to link up these skirts to the Swingset Skirt sew along over at Oliver+S, and you should really go check out that sew along because there are some seriously CUTE skirts there.