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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.

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Color Me Princess Skirt

Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt FixationI’m calling this Color Me Princess Skirt the skirt that almost wasn’t!  You see, the challenge this month for Project Run and Play is an Elsa costume.  Annie loves Elsa, but she already has an Elsa skirt Allegra made her last year.  So I was going to sit out this month’s sew along, but then inspiration struck!  The day before the challenge ended, of course…Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt FixationYou see, for a while now, Annie has been asking me to make her a blue dress with big puffy sleeves.  Add to that Color Me fabric designed by Hayley from Mouse House Creations, and you have all the ingredients for a great princess outfit.  The Color Me Princess Skirt is the star, of course!! Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt FixationI used Kiki’s tutorial to make the bodice part of Annie’s princess top.  (This blue ribbon fabric I found years and years ago at JoAnn Fabrics.) Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt FixationBut since we had to work aforementioned “big puffy sleeves” into the outfit, we used the Boardwalk Henley pattern to make the top and sleeves. Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt FixationNo, the Boardwalk Henley and Hoodie pattern doesn’t have “big puffy sleeves” that was another change we made.  We cut out the regular sleeves pattern from white knit, and then cut out a second set of sleeves using the blue ribboned fabric, but placing the fold of the pattern piece several inches away from the fold of the fabric to create a VERY wide sleeve. Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt FixationThen after gathering the blue sleeve at both top and bottom, we sewed the 2 together.  Next we sewed bias tape around the bottom of the sleeve, leaving open 2 inches.  We simply stuffed the sleeves with polyfil stuffing before closing up those last two inches.  Viola!  Puffy sleeves!Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt FixationThe skirt is made from Color Me fabric.  I snapped it up during the exclusive Fat Quarter Shop sale for All The Skirts: Oliver+S 7 Fat Quarter Shop.Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt FixationAll of us had a hand in coloring it!  We decided to stick with all blues for the color palette and just love the results.  Plus a little metallic silver and gold.  Because that’s princess-y! Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt FixationWe cut one yard of the Color Me fabric panel in 1/2 and used the bottom for the front of the skirt, and the top for the back.  We also used Kiki’s tutorial for the skirt, except used the entire width of the fabric and made an exposed elastic waist.  Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt FixationKiki’s original Elsa dress included a cape.  We decided to go all out and move the cape up and make a princess hat!  It was very easily constructed using cardstock and construction paper, we pulled the tulle through, and then the decorating began.  A ribbon swirled around to match the bodice fabric.  Blue beads because BLUE BEADS!!!!Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt FixationAnnie is simply over the moon about her new princess outfit!  While the top is pretty much dress up only (those sleeves…) the skirt can be worn more frequently!  Like all the time if you’re Annie. Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt FixationIn the photos, she is wearing a crinoline underneath to puff out the Color Me Princess Skirt (more princess-y she claimed) for more casual wear we’ll try to convince her to ditch the crinoline!!  Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt FixationThe entire time this outfit was being created, Annie stood by and gasped, ooohed and ahhhed over every tiny detail and said “thank you” over and over and over again!  You’re welcome, little princess.  Lo Merece!Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt Fixation