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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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Come back tomorrow to see the other complete Gemma Skirt and Blouse we made with a reversible aspect to it!

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Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap (Part 2)

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

Let’s talk about the Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap.  Again, you say?  Yes, we already posted about the mini quilt we made for our secret partner for this swap on Instagram.  But then the call came for swap angels.  A swap angel is someone who steps in and makes a mini quilt for someone whose original partner was unable to complete the swap for whatever reason.  Swap angels receive nothing in return for creating this second gift.  It’s just a goodness of the heart kind of thing!  So we answered the call to be a swap angel.

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

The mini quilt we made this time used a block called snail’s trail.  We started with a four patch square and then started adding triangles on each side.  There is probably a better, more scientific, more correct way to do this than the way we did, but in the end, we ended up with a snails trail mini quilt.

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

We didn’t have very much time to figure out the likes and dislikes and quilt personality of our new recipient, but we did find a photo of several mini quilts she had made in her Instagram profile page, and saw that she used a black border in several of her mini quilts.  They are all beauties!

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

So we adopted that idea and used a black border to separate the snail’s trail blocks from the border.  We also used black for the back and brought it around to the front for a binding.

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

Aria suggested the parallel lines following the original snail’s trail path, and it looks so amazing quilted!

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

The back is even more fun; the little kids called it a maze and kept trying to trace the path along the snail’s trail with their fingers.

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

Now any good swap has extras, so we decided to send along the 2 handmade goodies for the Selfish Swap.  (Guess that didn’t end so selfishly after all!)

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

This is the other Curvy Clutch we made using orange suede fabric for the accent trim.  It’s a free pattern, so we’ll be able to make ourselves another one.

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

Also the other little turtle pincushion went in this package.  We also sent our partner (@thesistyuglers on Instagram or Marthe in real life!) a fat quarter of Cotton and Steel cat fabric, and a tiny wooden box filled with vintage thread spools.

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

Even though this Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt was made in a very short time frame, we tried to make it very special for Marthe.  After all, it wasn’t her fault her original partner backed out.  And you know what?  This mini quilt was even harder to send off than the first one we made!  But when Marthe received it, she was very grateful and loved everything, so we are glad we sent it to her.

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt by Skirt Fixation

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Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap

We participated in another Instagram swap called the Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap.  For this swap, everyone was required to make a mini quilt, defined as a quilt with the sides measuring between 18 and 24 inches.  We’ve made quilts before, and have several in progress, but this was a first on making a mini quilt.  (You can see the cowboy quilt, Allegra’s 1st quilt, and the Project Linus quilt, & Allegra’s embroidered quilt to name a few.)  Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapFrom our assigned partner’s Pinterest board, we picked out a quilt block pattern.  It’s called interlocking squares.  It really looks more complicated than it is, because we made it with mostly half square triangles or HST as they are known in the quilting world.  Also, the star in the middle is made from HST.   For the quilting outside the interlocking squares, we followed the lines of the squares so the quilting is interlocking squares too!  Inside the squares, we just did stitch in the ditch to allow that butterfly to fly freely!Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapBut the butterfly in the middle is special because Allegra worked her embroidery magic on it!  She embroidered most of the little sections on the butterfly in shades of pink, but also around the tiny edge pieces in gold thread. Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapHer hand embroidery is so amazing!  Just search the blog for embroidery to see more of her amazing work!Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapOn the back of the mini quilt, we made a specialized label just for the occasion.  This labeling is another difference between a mini quilt and a full size quilt.  Curvy Clutch made by Skirt FixationUsually there are extras included in an Instagram swap.  So we made a curvy clutch.  The pattern can be found for free from Pink Door FabricsThe Curvy Clutch made by Skirt FixationActually we made two of these curvy clutches.  That’s because we were actually participating in another swap called The Selfish Swap. Selfish SwapNow maybe you’ve figured out that we like to keep it light and have some fun every once in a while, and that’s exactly what The Selfish Swap was.  This swap was the brainchild of Abby from Things for Boys and everyone on Instagram had such fun making things for their “partner” and complaining about their partner and so on! The Curvy ClutchSo the eyelet Curvy Clutch is for our selfish swap partner. The Curvy Clutch made by Skirt FixationWe used little metal zippers for the top, orange suede for the contrast top, and of course, Cotton and Steel fabric! The Curvy Clutch made by Skirt FixationFor the inside of the Curvy Clutch, we used some more bee/bug fabric, first seen here on a top for Annie.  Turtle Pincushion made by Skirt FixationThe last hand made extra item is a little turtle pin cushion.  We started with a free template, but made the turtle shell bigger so it would be more like a pincushion. Turtle pin cushion made by Skirt FixationAnd instead of just a circle, we first sewed together 4 scraps of Cotton and Steel fabric and put the center of the circle at the middle of the 4 fabric pieces. Turtle pin cushion made by Skirt FixationAnd once again, we made two of them, the other being for our “selfish swap” partner!  Allegra did the hand sewing on the turtles and gave them little french knot eyes!  Cuties.Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapWe added some store bought extras for our partner, Chai tea, dark chocolate, Cotton & Steel fabric, and some new quilting pins.  Then we tied up the mini quilt with a piece of selvedge and packaged it up and sent it off!  Our partner posted on Instagram when she received it, and loves it!Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapNow for what we received for the Cotton and Steel mini quilt swap.  The Fiber Chick had us for her secret partner, and we really loved everything she sent us. Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapWhen we opened the package, the first thing we saw was this little cat pouch.  It is simply darling and has a scissors charm for a zipper pull.  We opened the cat pouch to find some treasures inside! Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapThere was this beautiful mini quilt.  We know she used English Paper Piecing, a method we want to try, to fussy cut those beautiful lions. Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapShe also made us a pincushion using the Fancy Fox quilting pattern, another thing we really want to try! Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapAnd then there were two adorable fabric boxes. Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapWe’re already using them to store extra sewing supplies just laying around.  And the last thing The Fiber Chick sent us was more quilting pins.  Always a necessary item around the Skirt Fixation sewing room! Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapAll in all, we’re really happy with this swap.  We felt quite a bit more relaxed than our first swap, the Liberty of London swap, and actually were more pleased with the end result overall.

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