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Amnesty April {Project Sew It}

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

Hello there, we’re back again with Project Sew It’s April Challenge: Dress.  (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.)  Aria and Audrey both sewed up a garment for this month’s challenge.  But not a dress.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

We’ve given ourselves amnesty on the given garment theme for the month of April because both of us needed a different garment than a dress in our wardrobes.  And frankly, we’re both a little scared of sewing up dresses.  But later in the year there is another dress challenge, so we’ll see how we do then!

Audrey’s Amnesty April Santa Fe Top

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Santa Fe top by Hey June Handmade is one of my current favorite patterns.  I made 2 of these tops and wore them the first 4 months of my pregnancy almost exclusively!  And now in my postpartum body, I’m in my super comfortable, almost flattering, lovable Santa Fe tops again.  So I decided to give the 2 I made last fall a little help by sewing up another.  This time I sewed up view F with the adorable contrast sleeve inserts.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

I made just a few changes due to personal preference.  First of all, I went down 1 size.  I do feel my other Sante Fe Tops are a little on the big side even thought the pattern is intended to get a loose fit.  And secondly, the fabric I was using has a huge stretch, and sizing down is a good idea.  I raised the neckline in the front by 1 inch.  And I also made a neck band rather than a neck binding, just for fun.  I also lengthened the sleeves out to the length of the largest size.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

The chocolate swirl fabric is a brushed poly, which is all the current rage in the sewing community for good reason!  This is a little different than the double brushed poly I used for my Mountain Pose Pants, and my machine really struggled to sew the side seams where it was 2 layers of the brushed poly together.  Where the sleeve fabric and the brushed poly fabric are sewn together, my machine did fine.  If I had a serger, I’m sure it could handle brushed poly fabric just fine, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself because I don’t have one!

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

You can find the chocolate swirl fabric at Girl Charlee.  The solid brown is from JoAnn Fabrics, I was leery of matching the shade of brown on a computer screen, so took the fabric in hand to the store to match.  Which led to several other fabric purchases…oops!  Anyway I absolutely LOVE this Santa Fe top, and no one can see the inside where it looks like the bobbin threw up on my fabric because apparently my machine was sick of sewing this brushed poly!  I also left it unhemmed so as not to give my sewing machine a worse case of the flu, or whatever was it’s problem!

Aria’s Amnesty April Seattle Skater Skirt

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

After Allegra no longer wanted or needed the Seattle Skater Skirt Mom made for her she passed it down to me, and I left it in the closet and forgot about it because it was too big in the hips!  I recently discovered that it fit me though, and have been wearing it a lot (because POCKETS!), so when this month’s challenge came, because I really don’t wear dresses, or like to wear them that much, I decided a skirt was what I needed most, and I picked the Seattle Skater Skirt.  First because it was easy, second because it was a circle, and third because it has pockets!

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

As I was looking at the sizes, fabric choices, etc. I discovered that the Seattle skirt can be made with a woven fabric! (Funny the things you can learn when you read stuff properly…)  Of course you still have to use knit fabric for the waistband.  I went with this nice fabric that has purple embroidered flowers on it from our stash!  It happens to match the top I made for the February challenge perfectly!

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

This skirt was super fun to make, and the only change I had to make was to adjust the circle to a little less than a circle because I wanted to add length to the skirt (I’m almost as tall as Mom now!) and the fabric wasn’t wide enough to make a full circle.  So it’s about 2 inches short of a full circle, still very full, and longer too.  It still has a nice spin to it though.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

Anyway, I had a lot of fun making this Seattle Skater Skirt, it went really fast, and I didn’t have to unpick anything!  I plan on wearing this a lot, and I’m happy to have a new addition to my wardrobe.

We’ll see you later for next month’s Project Sew It.  We’ll just say we are excited about the theme and won’t be taking another amnesty month!

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

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

Before we start today I want to point out that the Inlinkz is pretty lonely which makes your chances of winning pretty high!  Stick around until the end of the post to find the link up.  Also, the 15% off discount at the end of the post ends July 15…hurry and grab all your Megan Nielsen patterns!

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Veronika Skirt is next up for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats.  The Veronika Skirt is a FREE pattern!  It is a full circle skirt that can be made from woven or stretch fabrics.  There are 3 versions, 2 waistband options, and some scalloped pockets.  The Veronika skirt can be made in 5 sizes from XS to XL.

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

We changed up the Veronika Skirt pattern in two ways.  This was because Aria decided to use the Veronika Skirt pattern as part of her sewing 4H project this year and she wanted to customize it for herself.  The first change we made was to make it a 1/2 circle skirt instead of a full circle skirt.  This is a very easy change, all we had to do was cut the pattern NOT on the fold, on a single layer of fabric.  Another thing we had to change by doing this was to cut the top of the pattern piece larger.  For Aria, this meant measuring down 4″ from the top of the pattern.  And the final change we did in making a 1/2 circle skirt was to double the height of the waistband due to Aria’s preference.

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other change you’ve probably noticed is the length.  Aria wanted to maximize the effect, so we measured her desired finished length and made the Veronika skirt that long.  This change would not have been possible with a full circle skirt unless we added more seams into the skirt due to the width constraints of the fabric.

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

Like all Megan Nielsen patterns we’ve sewn, the Veronika skirt is a great pattern.  This skill level is rated as a 1 out of 5, and Aria truly made this skirt by herself after I helped figure the changes to the cutting layout.  The illustrations in the pattern are drawn, and the instructions are clear and simple.

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric we used for the Veronika skirt was in our stash, it’s some of our favorite knit fabric from JoAnn Fabrics.  But Imagine Gnats has many really great fabrics that would work for a Veronika skirt like this one, or this one!

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s your turn to play.  The Inlinkz is open 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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Tilly VS Gemma {Skirt VS Skirt}

 

Tilly VS Gemma

A complete comparison of the Tilly Skirt and the Gemma Skirt.

This is the tale of two skirts, the Gemma Skirt pattern (by Violette Field Threads) on the left and the Tilly Skirt pattern by (Simple Life Pattern Company) on the right.  Most cousins are different, and Tilly and Gemma are too! They both love the park, doing each other’s hair, and TWIRLING!!!  After all, they are both circle skirts!  They also have differences and sometimes argue, but it always fixes itself.  More on that later!

Round 1: Pattern

Let’s talk about what these two patterns have in common first.  First and most obviously, they both are circle skirts. The illustrations are photographs in both patterns.  They both love to pick flowers and have a picnic lunch!

Now the differences:

Sizes: Gemma can be made in 7 sizes from 2T to 10.  Tilly can be made in 9 sizes from 2T to 12.

Number of Pattern Pieces:  This is really dependent on which size and variation you make, so for purposes of this comparison, we’re going to use the size 5.   Gemma has 4 pattern pieces (13 pages to print.)  Tilly has 2 pattern pieces (7 pages to print.) Gemma would rather go to a fancy dress ball, while Tilly prefers square dances and the like!

Price:  As of this date, the Gemma Pattern costs $8.95 while the Tilly Skirt is $8.   Also, Gemma fixes up hurts for ‘the little kids’ and Tilly buys them ice cream after!

Round 2: Variations

The Gemma pattern includes a blouse with the pattern.  It has a curved waistband in the front that is elastic in the back.  Also, the Gemma skirt has pockets.  Tilly can have 2 styles of waistband, yoga or elastic backed.  Tilly can be made with one or two layers.  (Or even 3 like we made!) Tilly can never make up her mind and Gemma has to help her sometimes!

Round 3: Sewing

Time:  Both of these skirt will take less than 2 hours to sew.

Fabric: Gemma skirt requires 1 3/4 yards of fabric.  Tilly can be made in woven or knit fabric and requires 7/8 yard per layer.

Notions: Both skirts require elastic and LOVE trampolines!  They always do a spin jumps!

Round 4: Fit/Style

Both the Gemma Skirt and the Tilly Skirt have a similar fit and style.  A twirly, twirly silhouette!  They both love dressing up!!!  We’ve made the Gemma Pattern 2 times (one with a reversible blouse, and the other with silk pockets!)  We’ve sewn the Tilly Skirt once, so far.

And the winner is:

You!  If you choose to sew either one of these skirts, you are sure to have a very happy customer, who’s outfitted in a really cute skirt.  Our Skirt VS Skirt series is designed to help you decide which of the two wonderful skirt patterns we’re comparing is the right one for you.  We own both these patterns and have sewed them both, so we know what we’re talking about.

P.S.  Sometimes Tilly gets mad because she wants pockets too, but then Gemma points out that Tilly has a soft waistband, and then they bake cookies, and everything is OK again!

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Tilly Circle Skirt {All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters}

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I know you’re not supposed to have favorites, but oh Tilly!  This little twirly circle skirt is next in our All The Skirts series and is what brought me to Simple Life Pattern Company in the first place.  My thinking went like this, “What’s better than a circle skirt? A layered circle skirt!”

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Tilly Circle Skirt can be made in 9 sizes from 2T to 12.  It has 3 waistband options, woven, yoga or fold over yoga waistband.  The circle skirt itself can be made from knit or woven fabrics.  Or lace, like we did.  The skirt can be made with a single or a double layer.  Or triple, like we did!

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

There is a pattern piece for the circle part of the skirt.  This makes it super easy to lengthen or shorten.  We made a size 5 at the top, but cut the longest lengths for the top and bottom layers.  For the lace layer we added, we just cut it to a length in-between the two.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Tilly Circle Skirt pattern is illustrated with photographs.  If you’ve never made a circle skirt before, start with this pattern.  You won’t be sorry, and neither will the recipient.  She might be a little dizzy, though because apparently it’s impossible to stop swishing and twirling when you’re wearing the Tilly Circle Skirt.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The top fabric in the Tilly Circle Skirt is from Phat Quarters.  It is organic Cloud 9 fabric called Leafscape.  Currently Phat Quarters is sold out of this colorway, but they have it in brown.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next layer is a lace curtain.  I think it would be amazing to find a round lace tablecloth and use that!  The bottom layer is an Andover Chambray in bluegrass.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I failed to read the pattern instructions correctly, so my Tilly Skirt has side seams on the top and bottom layers.  This is the way you would cut it out if you had a directional print however.  Because if you were having, say kitties, on your skirt, you wouldn’t want 1/2 of them to end up upside down.  So you’d cut two 1/2 circles and sew them together.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie needed a new white top to model skirts, so of course you know what pattern I turned to.  The Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns.  We’re going to pretend the pretty ribbon flower accent on the neckband was an intended design feature and not a late-night-sewing-the-neckband-on-wrong mistake.  Annie slipped it on and sighed in pleasure.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Alright, now it’s your time to play along.  Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below, or link up to the Inlinkz!  There are going to be 2 winners, one random winner from the Rafflecopter giveaway, and one (crowd favorite) from the Inlinkz link up.  Each winner will receive $30 to spend in the Simple Life Pattern Company store, AND $20 to spend in the Phat Quarters Etsy shop.

So the first thing you need to do is get shopping at Phat Quarters with the exclusive discount code PHATSKIRTS at checkout for a 10% discount.  Then add your creation (or anything you’ve made in 2016 with a SLPco pattern or fabric from Phat Quarters) in the link up below.

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Gemma Skirt & Blouse {All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics}

Gemma Skirt and Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation in Cotton + Steel fabrics

Gemma Skirt and Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation in Cotton + Steel fabrics

The Gemma Skirt and Blouse pattern is the next skirt pattern in our series All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The pattern is described as a sweet collared blouse and circle skirt set, and that just about sums it up!

Gemma Skirt and Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation in Cotton + Steel fabrics

The Gemma Skirt and Blouse pattern comes in 7 sizes from 2T to 9/10.  The skirt is great for a beginning seamstress, and the blouse for an adventurous beginner.  Even though there are buttons and button holes, there isn’t a button placket, so that simplifies things.

Gemma Skirt and Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation in Cotton + Steel fabrics

The bubble pockets on the skirt create such a cute added accent to the skirt.

Gemma Skirt and Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation in Cotton + Steel fabrics

The wide waistband is curved in the front and fitted with elastic across the back making it not only an easy sew, but easier for the child to slip off and on!

Gemma Skirt and Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation in Cotton + Steel fabrics

Woven fabrics are recommended for the Gemma Skirt and Blouse pattern.  We chose to use Cotton + Steel fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the skirt and matching collar and cuffs.  The darling little gold dots are metallic and shine and sparkle when Annie twirls in this skirt!

Gemma Skirt and Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation in Cotton + Steel fabrics

The blouse fabric is a silk blend from our stash.  It is fully lined with a baby pink linen.  The red buttons down the front echo the red dots on the skirt, cuffs and collar and make a POP statement just right for this outfit.   The contrast red fabric on the skirt waistband and pockets is also a silk blend, again from the stash.

Gemma Skirt and Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation in Cotton + Steel fabrics

The blouse has darling cuffs and a collar.  It also comes with the option of flutter sleeves.  It is fully lined, so we took the opportunity to add a few steps and make it fully reversible!  Tutorial coming tomorrow.

Gemma Skirt and Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation in Cotton + Steel fabrics

We really can’t say enough about Raspberry Creek Fabric’s fast shipping and friendly customer service!  Confession: the first skirt we had planned to sew was the Ellie tulle skirt, but we ended up having color matching issues (with the local fabric source) so in the midst of it all, the package from Raspberry Creek Fabrics arrived with the fabric for the Penelope Skirt pattern, so we whipped that skirt out first!

Gemma Skirt and Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation in Cotton + Steel fabrics

We are completely smitten with the little details on the Gemma Skirt and Blouse pattern, like the ones we mentioned above and the gathers at the top and bottom of the sleeves.

Gemma Skirt and Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation in Cotton + Steel fabrics

Annie just adores this circle skirt due to the twirl factor!  This skirt is seriously a whole circle, so it really twirls BIG twirls!  And pockets.

Gemma Skirt and Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation in Cotton + Steel fabrics

We’re so delighted to see so many people getting involved with this edition of All The Skirts. Have you linked up your entry yet? How about the Rafflecopter giveaway?  Do so below…

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Baby Circle Skirts

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

I apologize in advance if today’s post makes you want a baby!  Recently my brother and his wife gifted me with a niece had a baby girl!  So I did the only logical thing an aunt could do and sewed up some tiny baby girl clothes. I started with the Spunky Girl Skater skirt pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop because it probably doesn’t get any cuter than a baby circle skirt.  One cool thing about sewing a baby circle skirt is the tiny amount of fabric required.   I was able to get these skirts from leftover fabric and have enough remaining to make matching bloomers and hats. Because, hello cuteness!!  Another reason I chose the Spunky Girl Skater skirt pattern is because if goes down to 3 month size whereas many of my patterns start at size 2T.

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

The matching diaper cover you’ve seen here before, it’s the Perfect Diaper + Nappy Cover free tutorial from Dana Made It.  This time I made it from knit fabrics, and it worked out just fine!  Okay, so it’s super cute.

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

The matching hat is also a Skirt Fixation favorite baby gift, and also a  free tutorial by Make It Love It.

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

The floral fabric is leftover from the Skipalong Skort from our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection, and is Art Gallery Skopelos Knit Paparounes Crimson Fabric.

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

The ruffle fabric is leftover from Annie’s boatneck top.  You can get your own here.  Bisou Stretch Mini Ruffle Knit Black Fabric

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pink fabric is leftover from an Uptown Downtown dress.  This is my favorite knit fabric from JoAnn Fabrics, (Sew Classic Knits Solid Interlock MANY COLORS)  and I think I’ve gotten it in every color available.  It’s stable and washes and wears well.

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

With leftover leftovers I appliqued the flowers onto the onesies to complete the ensembles.  Just a little fancy refashioning of a plain white onesie!

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

As you can see, there are two baby circle skirt sets here, and I only have one niece!  So the other set is available in our shop, coming soon right here.

And most of all, Happy Birth-day little niece!  I foresee many skirts in your future!

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Seattle Skater Skirt {All The Skirts: PeekABoo Pattern Shop & The Fabric Fairy}

Seattle Skater Skirt pattern reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Seattle Skater Skirt pattern reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Last week we gave you a sneak peek of the Seattle Skater Skirt we made when we were reviewing the Spunky Girl Skater Skirt.  The two skirts are basically the same skirt, one in girl sizes and one in women sizes.  We even used fabric from the same line, the Riley Blake Designs knit fabric from The Fabric Fairy.Seattle Skater Skirt pattern reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Seattle Skater Skirt comes in 8 sizes XXS to XXXL.  Just for reference, a female of almost any size can make herself a skirt like this because where the girl measurements start, the women’s measurements begin.  The only difference we found is that the women’s skirt sits on the hips while the girl skirt sits at the waist.

Seattle Skater Skirt pattern reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Seattle Skater Skirt can be made with either knit fabric or lightweight woven fabric.  It is a circle skirt with a knit waistband.  No notions are required beyond fabric and thread.

Seattle Skater Skirt pattern reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Just like the Spunky Girls Skater Skirt, the Seattle Skater Skirt has pockets!!   Seriously, can we rave any more about a knit circle skirt with pockets?!?!?

Seattle Skater Skirt pattern reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Again, there are the thoughtful extra details like bartacked pockets and waistband notches which are so helpful in construction.

Seattle Skater Skirt pattern reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This Riley Blake Designs knit fabric, purchased at The Fabric Fairy, is delightfully soft and supple.  These flowers are flowy and geometric at the same time.  This print actually comes in 3 different colorways.

Seattle Skater Skirt pattern reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I really don’t have too much more to say about the Seattle Skater Skirt pattern because it’s so similar to the girls pattern.  But that’s a good thing because it means for once I can make myself clothes that are as cute as my daughters!

Seattle Skater Skirt pattern reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s time for you to get involved!  We’d love for you to sew along with us.  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win $25 from PeekABoo Pattern Shop and $30 from The Fabric Fairy.

Seattle Skater Skirt pattern reviewed by Skirt Fixation

 
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Spunky Girl Skater Skirt {All The Skirts: Peekaboo Pattern Shop & The Fabric Fairy}

Spunky Girl Skater Skirt review by Skirt Fixation

Spunky Girl Skater Skirt review by Skirt FixationWhen we chose to sew all the skirts from Peekaboo Pattern Shop we didn’t know they were going to be releasing 2 new skirts very shortly.  But when we saw the new skirts we were so excited to add them to the list of skirts to sew!  The two new skirts are skater skirts, also sometimes called circle skirts, one for women and one for girls.   Let’s start with the one in girl sizes, the Spunky Girl Skater Skirt.Spunky Girl Skater Skirt review by Skirt FixationThe Spunky Girl Skater Skirt comes in 13 sizes from 3 months to 12 years.  There is one pattern piece, an optional pocket piece and a measurements for the waistband.  This is the third circle skirt we’ve made since we started All The Skirts, but there were some differences that make this one our favorite yet!  (Here is Allegra’s circle skirt and here is Aria’s circle skirt.) Spunky Girl Skater Skirt review by Skirt FixationFirst of all, the Spunky Girl Skater Skirt can be made from knit  or woven fabric while the waistband is always from knit fabric.  Hello comfort! Spunky Girl Skater Skirt review by Skirt FixationSecondly, this circle skirt pattern has pockets!!  Yes that’s definitely worth three exclamation marks!  As you can see, Annie loves pockets in her skirts and I had to keep telling her to take her hands out for at least one photo!  Spunky Girl Skater Skirt review by Skirt FixationAnd last of all, it’s very easy to grade between sizes or change length as needed, which I’ve never seen on any other circle skirt pattern, free or purchased!Spunky Girl Skater Skirt review by Skirt FixationThe directions are very easy to follow for the Spunky Girl Skater Skirt.  I love how all the instructions are actual photographs.  And there are some really thoughtful additions to this pattern.  The pockets are bartacked in place, something usually reserved for expensive, high end clothing.  And the notches on the waistline are just perfect.  I’m not usually so geeky about notches, but the placement of these really saved me some headache!  Spunky Girl Skater Skirt review by Skirt FixationSpeaking of geeking out, let me go crazy over this fabric for a minute.  This is Cottage Triangles in gray by Riley Blake Designs knit fabric from The Fabric Fairy.  The first time I touched Riley Blake Designs knit fabric it stopped me in my tracks.  I was at a fabric store that had a HUGE selection of knit fabric and I was running my had along each one (okay, okay, I was petting the fabric!)  Riley Blake Designs knit fabric was the softest one there.  And of all the different knit fabrics I worked with from The Fabric Fairy, the Riley Blake Designs knit held up the best to laundering.  Spunky Girl Skater Skirt review by Skirt FixationAnd here’s one last photo for a sneak peek at next week’s skirt.  Now it’s time for you to get involved!  We’d love for you to sew along with us.  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win $25 from PeekABoo Pattern Shop and $30 from The Fabric Fairy.

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Circle Skirt Tutorial using Narrow Fabric

Skirt Fixation circle skirt tutorial

If you find a circle skirt tutorial on the internet, it will probably require you to use 60” wide fabric.  This makes sense because when you actually make a circle skirt, you cut a circle in the center for the waistband, and a wider circle using the whole width of the fabric for the length of the skirt.  And unless you are making a circle skirt for a girl, or you want a really short one, you have to use 60” wide fabric.  And then it ends about midi length.  So what do you do if you want a longer circle skirt or you want to use narrow fabric?  Well, there a couple of options.

First option: Cut two 1/2 circles on the edges of your fabric and sew them together at the sides.  This uses an extraordinary amount of fabric, wastes a lot, and sometimes the seams can hang longer or unevenly.  But it does accomplish the purpose.  So we found another way.

Circle Skirt Tutorial Using Narrow Fabric

Skirt Fixation circle skirt tutorial

2.  Make extensions on the sides of your fabric where the widest part of the circle will cross.  This eliminates the issue with the seams hanging uneven because the extension is not heavy.  And very little fabric is wasted.

Skirt Fixation circle skirt tutorial

This photo shows the cut lines.  You can see that without the extensions, the length of the skirt would have been much shorter!

Skirt Fixation circle skirt tutorial

And after it’s cut out.  Can you spot the extensions?  With fabric this busy, they are really hard to find!

Skirt Fixation circle skirt tutorial

Here you can see a close up of where the extension is, but it’s almost invisible on the finished skirt.  Of course if you match your patterns, this seam line will disappear entirely.  And when she spins, who would ever know?

Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

There are so many delightful 44/45” fabrics available, and now you can make a circle skirt from them too, using our circle skirt tutorial and narrow fabric.  We chose to use this fabric from Urban Sew.  It’s called Oopsy Daisy, from Westminster fabrics, and is part of their La Dee Da line by Erin McMorris.  Right now, it’s only $6 per yard which is a screaming good deal!

Our favorite circle skirt pattern is the Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt from Jocole Patterns.  If you make it, or any Jocole pattern, be sure to link up to the Jocole and Urban Sew link party!  And enter our giveaway to win 3 patterns of your choice from Jocole and a $40 gift certificate to Urban Sew.

Combine these two things with our circle skirt tutorial for narrow fabric, and start spinning!

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Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt {All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew}

Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

There isn’t a more fun skirt to wear than a circle skirt!  Seriously.  This week we present you the Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt from Jocole Patterns.

Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you search on the internet, you will find literally hundreds of free tutorials for circle skirts, so why should you buy this pattern?  Well, Jocole has taken the math out of making a circle skirt by having a pattern piece!  No math needed.  And also, this circle skirt has a drop waist, eliminating the sort of bulky waistline and hips many circle skirts end up with.  And it comes in all sized from Doll through size 14, which we made.

Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only alteration we made to the pattern was changing the waist to an exposed elastic waistband.  This was because the only elastic we had on hand was 1.5 inch and we didn’t want to loose length on the drop waist by making a casing that wide.  When you have a growing child, every inch of length counts!  Next week we’ll have a short little tutorial on how to make a circle skirt with fabric narrower than 58-60 inches, which is what most circle skirts require.

Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe Jocole Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt pattern made making a circle skirt fun and easy.  We made this one in about an hour.  Just think about it, an hours worth of work for months or even years of wear!

Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Aria picked out this fabric from Urban Sew.  It’s called Oopsy Daisy, from Westminster fabrics, and is part of their La Dee Da line by Erin McMorris.  Right now, it’s only $6 per yard which is a screaming good deal!

Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationWe wanted to show how the look of this fabric and skirt can change with different colored shirts.  It was kind of fun to see the changes and the versatility of this fabric.

Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of course the best thing about a circle skirt is the twirl-ability.  They make you want to dance, and twirl, and take a ballet class.  When you wear a circle skirt, you feel like you could do anything!

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Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation