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Refashioned Chickadee Blouse

Chickadee Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

For my second Kids Clothes Week garment, I made the Chickadee Blouse to go with yesterday’s Chickadee Skirt.  And in keeping with the Upcycle theme, I started with an old knit shirt of mine.

knit brown shirt

I used the sleeves almost straight off the shirt, and the lining of the Chickadee Blouse is made from this same knit shirt.

Chickadee Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

The main fabric came from Imagine Gnats, and is a lovely lawn.  Occasionally there is a yellow bird in amongst the blue ones, and I love the way the yellow skirt draws them out.  Do you think it’s ironic I used bird fabric to make the Chickadee Blouse?!?

Chickadee Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

I added a faux leather collar because, why not?  It only took a scrap leftover from the cowboy quilt.  Actually, both sides of the collar are this same faux leather which makes a  rather thick finished collar.  If anyone has any suggestions for next time I try a faux collar, please leave them in the comments.  Should I have made the under collar from a regular woven?  Is an under collar even necessary?  But I love the look of the leather collar!

Faux leather collar on Chickadee Blouse

And as I mentioned on Instagram, I channelled my inner Frances Suzanne by making my own piping and putting it between the two bodice pieces!  Confession: I forgot to put the piping in, and had to rip it out and add it back in; that’s how bad I wanted the pop of piping in there!  It was my first time making my own piping, and hopefully I’ll improve next time…

Chickadee Blouse made by Skirt Fixation

It was really windy when we were photographing this little outfit, so it was hard to get a good shot of the outfit on Annie.  She had all these cute poses she wanted to try out!  She was more game than I was for an outdoor photoshoot!

Back of Chickadee Blouse

I just love the little box pleats on both the front and the back of the Chickadee Blouse.  Another confession: when I was cutting all my pieces out for the Chickadee skirt, I accidentally reversed them so the overlap ended up on the right rather than the left.  So in order for the pleat on the Chickadee Blouse to line up, I had to reverse the top pieces too.  And the happy accident was I’d cut out two of each front instead of one and already had the pieces I needed!!  Love it when a mistake turns out to be an awesome thing!

Chickadee Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation

And speaking of Frances Suzanne, have you seen the spring season of Flip This Pattern?  You can go here to read all the details, but here’s a spoiler…WE’RE IN IT!!!

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Huge Mustard Shirt Refashioned to Skirt {Kid Clothes Week Day 1}

shirt refashioned to skirt

Yesterday we mentioned that this is Kids Clothes Week.  In the fall, we participated in Kids Clothes Week, when the theme was Storybook and ended up making something for each of the seven children.  This time the theme is Upcycle, and I decided to keep in simple (well, sort of, I always seem to overcomplicate things!) and sew a complete outfit for one child.  I started with a huge mustard shirt refashioned into skirt!

shirt refashioned to skirt

I found this gigantic 2XL mustard yellow wide wale corduroy shirt at the thrift store, and had to have it!  The girls weren’t sure, but I have been seeing so much mustard lately, I was sure I could pull it off.

shirt refashioned to skirt

I decided to go back to a familiar pattern, the Chickadee skirt by Clever Charlotte.  During All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte and Mabel Madison, we made the Chickadee with a very fine wale corduroy, so knew the Chickadee skirt was a good candidate for corduroy.

shirt refashioned to skirt

For the lining, I used a fabric from Hancock Fabrics that Annie herself picked out last fall.

shirt up cycled into reversible skirt

When I made the first Chickadee skirt, it seemed like with a very few modifications it could be a totally reversible skirt, so this time I experimented and it worked!  Here’s what I did:

Attached the waistband on at the top instead of nested within the skirt.  (I went with a skinny waistband to match the bias tape trim, but if I did it over again, I’d cut out two waistbands and make it twice as wide.)  As it turns out, it doesn’t really matter as far as looks go because Annie always wears her shirts untucked!

Made the elastic go all the way around the waistband instead of buttonhole elastic in the back only.

shirt refashioned to skirt

And if I use bias tape and make it reversible again, I will skip the sewing the two pieces together first, it was a waste of time and added extra bulk!

back of refashioned shirt

In these photos, Annie is modeling her skirt with another upcycled item, her Bimaa shirt from her Bubble Skirt ensemble!  This photo is of the back of the skirts, but you can see the cute back of the Bimaa shirt too.

refashioned garments

See you soon for some more upcycled goodness!  And hop over to Kids Clothes Week for lots and lots of inspiring upcycled garments.

A shirt refashioned into a reversible skirt by Skirt Fixation

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Bouncing Bubble Skirt {All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew}

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

Serendipity.  When 2 things combine and make one perfect combination, that’s serendipity.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

Jocole Bouncing Bubble skirt pattern and Urban Sew’s Wee Wander fabric.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

Project Run & Play’s bubble tutorial sew along and the Jocole Bouncing Bubble skirt pattern.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

Floating bubbles and flitting fireflies.  Serendipity!  We ended up making 5 pieces for our final look.  The Jocole Bouncing Bubble skirt, a Bimaa shirt, a Raven Hoodie, the matching doll bubble skirt, and the ribbon belt.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

A few sewing thoughts.  The Jocole Bouncing Bubble skirt pattern delights the seamstress and wearer alike.  Easy to sew, fun to wear.  (Serendipity!)

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

The matching doll skirt, sewn from the same fabrics, allows the seamstress to test out the pattern before sewing the real thing.  And results in miniature cuteness!

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

The Jocole Bouncing Bubble skirt pattern has no pattern pieces, and is a tutorial style pattern.  Basically you start with rectangles and end with bubbles!  Delightful!

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

The Bimaa shirt.  We’ve sewn the hooded version of the Bimaa and the shawl collar version, but never our favorite look, the cowl neck!  It was time.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

The white fabric is refashioned from 2 white t-shirts, one from Mommy, one from Daddy (serendipity!) and the ruffle knit was leftover from making this Beachy Boatneck.  (Mr. Skirt Fixation said this piece of the ensemble, his favorite, was a home run!)

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

The Raven Hoodie.  During All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte and Mabel Madison, we stocked up on some Clever Charlotte patterns, and the Raven Hoodie stood first in line to be sewn.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

We made the top half pretty much as written in the pattern, but on the bottom half, we started making bubble hems.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

More and more and more layers of bubble hems using Alida Makes tutorial for Project Run & Play.  The end result is an edgy hi-low silhouette from luscious crushed velvet.  With a faux fur hood!

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

We topped it off with a vintage ribbon belt we made instead of the tie front on the Raven Hoodie pattern.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

In a nod to Alida’s Style That Kid ebook, we gave the photo shoot our very best effort.  Bubble props to echo the bubble hems.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

A glowing vintage jar to accentuate Sarah Jane’s Wee Wander fabric in Summer Night Lights and Glow Friends.  (Although you can find this fabric many places on the internet, we recommend purchasing from Urban Sew.  Not only are they sponsoring this edition of All The Skirts, but $1 from every purchase goes to help foster kids in need.  Plus right now, you can get a 15% discount using the code “urbsew15” at checkout.)

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

We would be honored if you would link up anything you’ve made using a Jocole pattern or fabric from Urban Sew here.  And the giveaway for $40 to Urban Sew and 3 Jocole patterns is here.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

If we make it to the top 10 in Project Run & Play’s Bubble Sew along, we’ll be back next week with behind the scenes photos, thoughts, and inspiration!

We made it!!! You can vote for us by clicking on this link, scrolling down to the end of the post and filling in the little circle next to our name!

Edited to add: You can read about all the behind the scenes adventures and failures here!

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Giveaway Winner & All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel Madison wrap up

Clever Charlotte's Orchid Pattern sewn with Mabel Madison fabric by Skirt Fixation

We’d like to wrap up the 3rd edition of All The Skirts with Clever Charlotte and Mabel Madison by showing you once again the two Clever Charlotte skirts we sewed up with fabric from Mabel Madison.

Chickadee Pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Chickadee skirt and top with Butterfly Kisses corduroy.

Clever Charlotte's Orchid Pattern sewn with Mabel Madison fabric by Skirt Fixation

Orchid skirt and top with Mabel Madison corduroy and a vintage lace tablecloth.

We will be donating the Chickadee skirt and blouse to Simple Simon & Co’s Skirting The Issue event.  Some little girl is going to be so happy!

Did you see the awesome link up?  We were so glad to see you had sewn up some Clever Charlotte patterns and used Mabel Madison fabric too!  Once again, the Skirt Fixation team picked out their favorites:

Annie:  I love this coat.  It is really fancy and I love the color too!  (It was the Shaffer sister’s flip of the Chickadee pattern that introduced us to Clever Charlotte, so Annie just may be getting one of these someday!)

Aria:  I love this Olivine dress sewn by Deux Soriceaux.  The pattern of the fabric and the pattern of the dress are wonderful!

Allegra:  I love this outfit by Siestas and Sewing.  It looks like it was planned so carefully and the pleating detail under the skirt is fantastic.

Audrey:  This outfit is fantastic!  I love the little appliquéd fox so much!  So-Cal Sewing Mom totally rocked this Chickadee.

We are delighted to finish up All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel Madison with the giveaway winner.

Natasha Tung, you are the proud owner of 2 new Clever Charlotte patterns and a $30 gift certificate to Mabel Madison!!  Everyone else, hurry over to Mabel Madison, where it is your last day to use the 10% discount with the coupon code SKIRTFIX.  (And their year end clearance event!)  And you just have until January 8th over at Clever Charlotte to use the code FIXATION14 for a 20% discount.  (We already did!)

We’d like you to know that while the Clever Charlotte and Mabel Madison edition of All The Skirts is finished, next Friday we will announce another pattern company and fabric company pairing for an all new edition of All The Skirts!  These skirts are going to be amazing!  See you next week!

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Orchid Pattern {All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel Madison}

Clever Charlotte's Orchid Pattern sewn with Mabel Madison fabric by Skirt Fixation

Clever Charlotte's Orchid Pattern sewn with Mabel Madison fabric by Skirt Fixation

The second of the Clever Charlotte skirt patterns is the Orchid Pattern.  This skirt (and blouse) pattern delight, as usual!  The Mabel Madison corduroy we received for this pattern has such a vintage vibe to it, echoing the vintage feel of the Orchid pattern.  Let’s start our Orchid pattern review with the skirt!

Clever Charlotte's Orchid pattern sewn with Mabel Madison fabric by Skirt Fixation

We received this fabulous Stenzo corduroy from Mabel Madison and instantly fell in love!  It holds up marvelously to the dramatic pleats of the Clever Charlotte Orchid skirt.  This little skirt if very easy to whip up, and has a very professional finished look.

Clever Charlotte's Orchid pattern sewn with Mabel Madison fabric by Skirt Fixation

The Orchid pattern skirt has a zipper (the pattern cleverly allows for either an invisible zipper or regular) that creates a fitted look.  It would be easy to add buttonhole elastic to this skirt like the Clever Charlotte Chickadee skirt, but we didn’t do that.  This time!  This is one sweet little skirt we will definitely be turning to often.

Clever Charlotte's Orchid pattern sewn with Mabel Madison fabric by Skirt Fixation

After we made the Orchid skirt, we were searching through our stash for the perfect vintage material to make the Orchid top, and were coming up short until we remembered a vintage lace tablecloth we were given by an aunt.  If you follow us on Instagram, you saw us deliberating about whether or not to use such a treasure, but as you can see, the results are well worth it!

Clever Charlotte's Orchid pattern sewn with Mabel Madison fabric by Skirt Fixation

We lined it with a soft, deep green peachskin fabric and left the arms unlined to dramatize the lace effect.  Due to the nature of the lace tablecloth, we made a few other changes.

Clever Charlotte's Orchid pattern sewn with Mabel Madison fabric by Skirt Fixation

We changed the back of the Orchid blouse pattern to have two buttons (found these two beauties in the stash!) at the top, then hand stitched it closed the rest of the way down so the pattern across the back would match.

Clever Charlotte's Orchid pattern sewn with Mabel Madison fabric by Skirt Fixation

Since there were already two layers, we changed the neckline by omitting the facing and finishing it with wide seam binding.  It adds to the vintage feel of the pattern.

Clever Charlotte's Orchid pattern sewn with Mabel Madison fabric by Skirt Fixation

We love the vintage-ness of the pattern, fabric and tried to replicate them with the photo shoot.  A doll and tea party seemed to fit the ticket, as did the large hair bow.

Clever Charlotte's Orchid pattern sewn with Mabel Madison fabric by Skirt Fixation

Annie did an excellent job at looking somber in some of the photos, like the girls did in the vintage photographs we showed her.

You can enter the giveaway to win 2 patterns of your choice from Clever Charlotte and a $30 gift certificate to Mabel Madison.  Also, these two amazing, generous sponsors are offering discount codes just for Skirt Fixation readers during All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel Madison.

Over at Mabel Madison, use the coupon code SKIRTFIX at checkout for 10% off your purchase!  (Good from 12/12 – 1/2)

Over at Clever Charlotte, use the coupon code FIXATION14 at checkout for 20% off your purchase!  (Good until January 8!)

The first Friday in January, we’ll reveal the (random) winners of the Clever Charlotte patterns and theMabel Madison gift certificate and showcase some of our favorite creations from the link up.

Clever Charlotte's Orchid pattern sewn with Mabel Madison fabric by Skirt Fixation

We love the Clever Charlotte Orchid pattern!  And the Mabel Madison corduroy was very inspirational for us to work with.  We were honored to have the privilege of combining the two into a piece of art!

Remember, you have just one more week to enter the drawing for your chance to win Mabel Madison fabric and 2 Clever Charlotte patterns of your choosing.  Here are your ways to win:

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

2.  InLinkz Link-Up: Link up your Clever Charlotte creations and Mabel Madison fabric projects, each one earns you an entry!

Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.

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Chickadee Pattern {All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel Madison}

Chickadee Pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

Chickadee Pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Chickadee pattern from Clever Charlotte is simply adorable!  We sewed up both the top and the skirt patterns.  They make an awesome pair!

Mabel Madison fabric

We used corduroy fabric from Mabel Madison for the skirt, and let us reassure you, this is some amazing material to work with.  Soft and buttery, brightly colored, and warm.

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

We found just the right coordinating blue in our stash to make the Chickadee top, and at our style advisor’s suggestion (Hi, Mr. Skirt Fixation!!) we added some of the blue in the form of a ruffle to the edging of the Chickadee skirt.  This really accentuates the faux wrap feature of the skirt which is one thing we really, really love about it!

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Chickadee skirt is fully lined, and here you can see a glimpse of the lining (also available at Mabel Madison.)  The top portion of the Chickadee top is also lined, making it very comfortable for the wearer.

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

We made only a few changes to the pattern…we lengthened it so Annie will be able to wear it for a longer time, we added the ruffle, and we made a waistband across the top.

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

To the Chickadee top, we only made one small change, we made a buttonhole instead of a loop of elastic for the button.  Because our machine does that automatically and prettily!

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

This Clever Charlotte pattern was a joy to work with!  The directions were clear, easy and helpful.  One word of warning, be sure to keep your left and right fronts straight on both the skirt and the top so the offset pleat lines up with the wrap lines.

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pleat in the back is just too cute too!

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

We think Clever Charlotte patterns are a very, very good bargain because with many of the patterns, you are actually getting two patterns for the asking price.  A good example is the Chickadee, it comes with the top and skirt patterns both.

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

Be sure to enter the giveaway for the chance to win some Clever Charlotte patterns of your own.  And use the discount code to pick up even more patterns and some Mabel Madison fabric too!  Have you seen their delicious selection of corduroys?  We may just be making the Chickadee pattern again with some different corduroy!

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

You can enter to giveaway to win 2 patterns of your choice from Clever Charlotte and a $30 gift certificate to Mabel Madison.  Also, these two amazing, generous sponsors are offering discount codes just for Skirt Fixation readers during All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel Madison.

Over at Mabel Madison, use the coupon code SKIRTFIX at checkout for 10% off your purchase!  (Good from 12/12 – 1/2)

Over at Clever Charlotte, use the coupon code FIXATION14 at checkout for 20% off your purchase!  (Good until January 8!)

The first Friday in January, we’ll reveal the (random) winners of the Clever Charlotte patterns and the Mabel Madison gift certificate and showcase some of our favorite creations from the link up.

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Pattern Sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here are two you can to play along.

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

2.  InLinkz Link-Up: Link up your Clever Charlotte creations and Mabel Madison fabric projects, each one earns you an entry!

Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.

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All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel Madison

Clever Charlotte & Mabel Madison

Clever Charlotte & Mabel Madison

It’s so exciting to be able to finally tell you about the next edition of All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel Madison!  We are so excited to have these two companies sponsor the next edition of All The Skirts!  Let us tell you a little about these companies.  Clever Charlotte brand patterns are so unique and unlike any other patterns out there!  We just love all the special little touches in each set of patterns.  And over at Mabel Madison, they have the most amazing quality and selection of fabrics.  European corduroys, knits and Stenzo fabrics too!  Simply delicious, and if you find yourself wiping drool off your mouth while you are perusing their site (especially their line of fabrics just for boys!) we won’t tell!  For the rest of the year we get to show you the amazing Clever Charlotte skirts sewn up with some of the best fabrics from Mabel Madison.  You are in for a treat!  And of course you get to play along too.  You can enter to giveaway to win 2 patterns of your choice from Clever Charlotte and a $30 gift certificate to Mabel Madison.  Also, these two amazing, generous sponsors are offering discount codes just for Skirt Fixation readers during All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel Madison.

Over at Mabel Madison, use the coupon code SKIRTFIX at checkout for 10% off your purchase!  (Good from 12/12 – 1/2)

Over at Clever Charlotte, use the coupon code FIXATION14 at checkout for 20% off your purchase!  (Good until January 8!)

Here are the amazing skirts we will be sewing up from Clever Charlotte:

The Orchid

The Chickadee

Corduroy&Stars

And check out this beautiful fabric from Mabel Madison!

PinkCorduroy

We can’t wait to show you what gorgeous skirts we’re turning these fabrics into!  For the next two Fridays, we’ll show you the Clever Charlotte skirts we’ve sewn up from some amazing Mabel Madison fabric.  And no, we’re not going to leave out those beautiful tops!  The first Friday in January, we’ll reveal the (random) winners of the Clever Charlotte patterns and the Mabel Madison gift certificate and showcase some of our favorite creations from the link up.

There are two you can to play along.

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

2.  InLinkz Link-Up: Link up your Clever Charlotte creations and Mabel Madison fabric projects, each one earns you an entry!

Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.

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