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Me Made May 2018 Week 5

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I know, I know.  We’re into June and I’m still sharing things from May.  But, I’ve been busy, and I wanted to complete my round up of Me Made May skirt outfits.

This skirt is the Sandbridge Skirt pattern from Hey June Patterns.  It’s truly lovely, and I’m so excited to share the details of this (and the other Sandbridge Skirt I sewed!) that I’ve planned a whole entire week dedicated to denim coming at you the last week of June.  There’s going to be a giveaway, stunning details, inspiration, resources and more.  So stay tuned!!!  This skirt is sewn with stretch denim.  The place I bought it is sold out, but here’s a very similar stretch denim.

The shirt is a Union St. Tee from Hey June Patterns.  It’s made from cream knit fabric (I can highly recommend this fabric!) and I wear it with everything!  This shirt pattern is reviewed here.

It may appear as if I’m wearing the same skirt as yesterday, and while that skirt is awesome enough to wear 2 days in a row, this is a different skirt. When I have a pattern that I love, I often sew more than 1 at a time. Do you batch sew? Anyway I’m wearing it today so I can get it blogged and share the amazing goodness of them both. And the huge differences. . . Shirt pattern: #seafarertop by @sewmuchado Shirt fabric: #fleetandflourishfabrics by @maureencracknell for @artgalleryfabrics Skirt pattern: #sandbridgeskirt by @heyjunehandmade Skirt fabric: stretch denim from @raspberrycreekfabrics . . #mmmay18 #memademay #denimmaxi #handmadewardrobe #memademay18 #sewmodest #sewingtall #sewingforme #sewsewsew #skirtsewing #sewingskirts #isewmyownclothes #sewinglyfe #dreamskirt #waituntilyouseetherest #rcfmonthlymakes #wearefabrics #feelthedifference

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This is the other Sandbridge Skirt I sewed.  And I can’t wait to show you the differences between the two skirts!

The top is the Seafarer dolman sleeve top pattern by Sew Much Ado.  It’s sewn using Fleet and Flourish knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics.  You can read our review of this top here.

And you probably recognize this outfit from the other day…it’s the Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns sewn in rayon chambray fabric.  The blue I used is sold out, but here’s black rayon chambray.

And the skirt is the Jocole Pencil Skirt sewn in Arizona After knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics.  Full review of both these garments here.

This skirt is the Simple Pencil Skirt (reviewed here) in textured knit fabric.  (similar fabric here)

The top is a Lane Raglan made with a black micro rib knit modal fabric.   (similar fabric here)

Happy Hey June June! We’re all decked out in @heyjunehandmade to celebrate the occasion, are you? . . Top pattern: #unionsttee by @heyjunehandmade hacked to a peplum just for this occasion! Top fabric: buttery soft bamboo jersey from @blackbirdfabrics Skirt pattern: #sandbridgeskirt by @heyjunehandmade Skirt fabric: stretch denim from @raspberrycreekfabrics Dress pattern: #camdenraglan by @heyjunehandmade lengthened to a dress. Dress fabric: #pandaliciousfabrics by @katarinaroccella for @artgalleryfabrics . . #heyjunejune #heyjunepatterns #youcanhackit #isewmyownclothes #memadeeveryday #handmadewardrobe #wearefabrics #sewingforgirls #sewingtall #sewingforme #makersgonnamake #sewersgonnasew #sewistsofinstagram #seamstressonduty✂️ #bamboojersey #blackbirdfabrics #feelthedifference #sewingisselfcare #sewingblogger #skirtfixationsews2018 #skirtsewing #sewingskirts

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Technically, this was June 1st, but it was another outfit I shared on Instagram!  I’m wearing a Union St. Tee that I added a peplum to.  This peplum top is one of my favorite shirts, so I added another one to my wardrobe.  I used bamboo knit fabric from Blackbird Fabrics, but they’re sold out.  Good thing I found a similar fabric here for you!

Annie is wearing her Camden Raglan dress from this post.  It is made using Art Gallery Fabric Pandalicious knit fabric.

That wraps up Me Made May 2018 for us!  Since it’s not the 1st year we’ve participated, we didn’t get any huge new revelations, but used the opportunity to add to and subtract from our wardrobe.  How about you?  Did you participate in Me Made May?

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Red Buy or DIY Denim Skirt

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt by Skirt Fixation

It’s time for another Buy or DIY skirt!  When Hey June Patterns released a denim skirt pattern, we were so excited!  We’ve already sewn our first Sandbridge Skirt, and we’ll be sharing and reviewing it soon, but today we’re going to show you how much you can save with a DIY denim skirt for less!

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt Details:

Frame Le Color Pencil Denim Skirt from Orchard Mile

Fabric Recommendation: Art Gallery Textured Denim Solid Scarlet Brick Fabric

Pattern Recommendation: Hey June Sandbridge Skirt

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt Math:

Frame Le Color Pencil Denim Skirt: $225 retail price.

Fabric needed: 1.5 yards

Pattern: $10

Fabric: $13.98 per yard

Notions: $6.11 denim zipper

$3.07 dungaree button

Total Cost: $40.15 for DIY

Total Savings: $184.85

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt Conclusion

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  (See what we did there?!)  We are going to grant you that it takes more time to DIY a denim skirt than to buy one.  But you definitely won’t end up with the same satisfaction level!  So now we are totally in the mood to replicate this exact skirt!  Let us know about your great DIY denim skirt, or any DIY skirt savings!

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Embroidered Denim Skirt Knockoff {Buy or DIY ~ Skirt}

Embroidered Denim Skirt Knockoff by Skirt Fixation

It’s time for another Buy or DIY skirt! When we saw this beautiful embroidered denim skirt, we just had to check it out. But then we saw the price tag, and you might say we had a little sticker shock. But you know us, we just had to figure out a way to DIY this skirt!

Embroidered Denim Skirt Knockoff by Skirt Fixation

Embroidered Denim Skirt Knockoff Details:

Needle & Thread Wild Flower Embroidered Denim Skirt

Fabric Recommendation: Telio Denim Embroidered Single Border Floral Red/Turquoise/Pink Fabric

Pattern Recommendation: Alina Sewing Design Co. Chi-Town Chinos

Embroidered Denim Skirt Knockoff Math:

Needle & Thread Wild Flower Embroidered Denim Skirt: $400 retail price.
Fabric needed: 1.5 yards
Pattern: $15
Fabric: $10.98 per yard
Notions: $2.20 denim zipper
Total Cost: $33.67 for DIY
Total Savings: $366.33

Embroidered Denim Skirt Knockoff Summary:

Wow, the DIY wins again!! Are you seeing a pattern here? (See what we did there?!) So now we are totally in the mood to whip up an embroidered denim skirt…how about you?

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Girl’s Denim Maxi Skirt {Not Just A Sunsuit Blog Tour}

Skirt Fixation for Paneled Sunsuit blog tour

Paneled Sunsuit blog tourHello to those of you stopping by on the “Not Just A Sunsuit” tour.  Ajaire, of Call Ajaire, created the Paneled Sunsuit patterns.  Now sunsuits are great for summer, but Ajaire wanted to show everyone the many, many options that come with the Paneled Sunsuit pattern.  We chose to make the maxi skirt, of course, because we love skirts!Paneled Sunsuit Maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe Paneled Sunsuit pattern comes in 15 sizes from newborn to 12.  There are 10 different views to choose from when making this pattern.  If your child spans several different sizes (like Annie; she’s tall and slender) there are helpful instructions for choosing which sizes to use, and how to blend between sizes.  Because there are so many different options, Ajaire included a print guide so you only have to print the pages you need.  (Thanks, Ajaire!)  Paneled Sunsuit Maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe maxi skirt from Paneled Sunsuit was easy to make, and the instructions were very thorough and easy to follow.  This maxi skirt takes around a yard of fabric, depending on the size you are making. Paneled Sunsuit Maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThere are a plethora of fabrics that could be used to make the Paneled Sunsuit, but we chose an embroidered denim we had in our stash.  The only other thing we needed was elastic.  (Well there was thread and the sewing machine, of course!)Paneled Sunsuit Maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe reason we chose denim for the maxi skirt from the Paneled Sunsuit pattern is because we’re always on the lookout for denim skirt patterns.  And this pattern worked perfectly for it!  Paneled Sunsuit Maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationAnnie’s favorite part of this skirt is the pockets.  I know exactly how she feels because I love a skirt with pockets too.  Paneled Sunsuit Maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Paneled Sunsuit has so many great options and different looks, so be sure to follow along on the “Not Just A Sunsuit” blog tour to see all the magnificent version.  Just yesterday there was another denim skirt on the tour, and you KNOW how excited we were to see that! Paneled Sunsuit Maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here’s the tour line up:

Monday August 24th:  Max California | Filles à Maman | Hey June | House of EstrelaTuesday August 25th: Skirt Fixation | Gracious Threads | Kimmie Sew Crazy | Shaffer Sisters

Wednesday August 26th: Kid Approved | Pinkel | Falafel and the Bee | Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Thursday August 27th: Buzzmills | Pattern Revolution | Sprouting JubeJube | Handmade Martini

Friday August 28th: That’s Sew Kari | Lulu & Celeste | Paisley Roots | Modern Handmade

Monday August 31st: Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations

Tuesday September 1st: My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That’s What She Crafted

Wednesday September 2nd: Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many

Thursday September 3rd: The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates

Friday September 4th: A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast

The Paneled Sunsuit pattern at a 15% discount during the tour – from August 24th through September 4th – so feel free to promote that.  Anyone that joins the Designs by Call Ajaire Facebook group will have access to a coupon code for an extra 5% off.

You can also enter to win this pattern by using the Rafflecopter below.
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We have actually already sewn up another maxi skirt from this pattern, so stay tuned!

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Tractor Backpack {Kids Clothes Week Day 7}

Tractor Backpack

Tractor Backpack

Tractor Backpack for Kids Clothes Week Day 7

I made it to Day 7!  In case you missed it, for Kids Clothes Week, I sewed something everyday for each of my children, making seven things sewn in one week!  (That’s a lot of sewing, that’s why I’m just finishing up the blogging now!)  I made David a tractor backpack.  He requested tractor pants when he saw the fabric, but I really just couldn’t make him a garment I’d never let him wear outside of the house!  (Now that I’ve seen the pajama pants tutorial from Melly Sews, he just may get his tractor pants…there’s gobs of this fabric left!)

Tractor Backpack

This project had to wait until the end because I was waiting for the blue tractor ribbon you can see as the carrying strap on the top.  I had ordered it from Pink Chalk Fabrics, and they are a little busy right now as they are clearing out all their fabric!  But that’s okay, I had a lot of other sewing to do.  So I cut out the pieces and it sat until the very last day.

Tractor Backpack

I used this tutorial from Crazy Little Projects.  It’s a great tutorial, and I only made two little changes.  I used wide elastic for the straps rather than fiddle with making straps, and I added an exterior pocket on the side.

Tractor Backpack

The pocket is the only place you can see the denim skirt I used to line the inside of the tractor backpack.  Because Allegra, our photographer, didn’t know I needed photos of the inside.

Tractor Backpack

And David was being quite rambunctious, she had her hands full getting these!  But anyway, the inside of this little tractor backpack is fully lined with a former denim skirt.

Tractor Backpack

And of course David had to ride on a tractor for a picture…

Tractor backpack

I think this little tractor backpack will get lots and lots of use!

For a recap, here are all the projects I made for Kids Clothes Week October 2014:

Kimono for KCW Day 1:

Mask for KCW Day 2:

Knit Skirt for KCW Day 3:

Scallopini Skirt for KCW Day 4:

Baby Shirt for KCW Day 5:

Reversible Hat Tutorial for KCW Day 6:

And last but not least…this tractor backpack for KCW Day 7!  I think I’ll go put my feet up now!

Tractor backpack lined with a skirt!

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Last Minute Costume Ideas – Skirt Costume Theme Week

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Do you need some last minute costume ideas for girls?  Never fear, Skirt Fixation is here!  We have two great ideas for you that are fast, easy, FREE, and fun!  No one will know you threw them together at the last minute, and will spend hours and hours trying to copy your look next time they need a great costume.

Last Minute Costume Idea #1: Reuse an old costume, just add a skirt!

At our Egyptian Feast last year, Aria represented Cleopatra.  It was a great evening, and she was verrrrrry regal!  Unfortunately, she got a little to enthusiastic with her Masoor Dal (Egyptian Lentil Soup) but to be fair, she was sitting at a throne, not a table!

Last minute costume idea for girls! See the stain?

There were several like this stain.  But here at Skirt Fixation, we gals think a skirt can fix just about anything!  So we found a matching skirt, tossed it on over the top, and she was good to go!  It actually fixed another problem beside the stain…Aria had grown several inches since she wore this last, and adding a skirt over the top made it long enough for an Egyptian Pharaoh-ess!

Last minute costume idea for girls!

Her costume included a black wig, jewled collar and wristbands, cape, sandals and dress.  She just added the skirt.

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Pretty leaf-encrusted sandals!

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Doesn’t this look like something you’d find on the wall of a pyramid?  Ahhhhhh, yes!

 Last Minute Costume Idea #2: Rob someone else’s closet!

Since it might be hard for you to see any items in your closet that are costume worthy, you should try someone else’s closet!  You probably see your own clothes in the light of how you usually wear them, but with someone else’s item before you, no preconceived notions exist!  For Annie’s costume, she robbed her brother’s closet!  Her 8 year old brother happens to be in the cowboy phase of his childhood, and putting together a cowgirl outfit was a cinch!  (No pun intended!!)

Last minute costume idea

She started with her own long denim skirt (of course!) and added a checkered shirt, chaps, boots, a handkerchief, holster and pop gun, and cowgirl hat!  We braided her hair in two braids, and she was ready to ride.

Last minute cowgirl costume idea!Ride ’em cowgirl!

Last minute costume idea Too adorable to be dangerous!

So there you have it!  Two last minute costume ideas that are fast, easy, free, no-sew and adorable!

Make it beautiful,


This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, and include skirts!