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

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Pockets!  The Brumby Skirt catches your eye with those deep scoop pockets!  But don’t worry, that’s not all this skirt has to offer.  There is an exposed zipper option, 3 different lengths to choose from, and a contoured waistband.  You can even make a Brumby without pockets if you prefer.  Today we get to show you our Brumby Skirt made with fabric from Imagine Gnats for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats.

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Brumby skirt pattern is a one afternoon sew.  The illustrations are simple and easy to follow.   Basically, Megan Nielsen has created another wonderful skirt pattern.  One thing we really love about all Megan Nielsen patterns are how clean and professionally the skirts are finished on the inside.  On a scale of 1 to 5, this pattern is rated a 2 for difficulty.

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra chose Version 2 for her Brumby skirt.  It has more fullness and a midi length.  Plus the pockets, of course!  The front seam with topstitching is another nice detail form this version.  Allegra also chose some Champagne double gauze from Imagine Gnats for this skirt.  It makes such a soft, dreamy skirt.  She chose this color because it’s a good neutral and pairs with everything!

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only change we made to the Brumby skirt was the zipper.  Allegra wanted a regular zipper rather than the exposed option.  She’s already made me promise to sew her another one, so maybe we’ll try the exposed zipper next time!

Brumby Skirt 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.

Also, be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.  There will be 2 winners who each receive $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats and 1 PDF pattern from Megan Nielsen.

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

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The next skirt for All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics is the Lavinia skirt and blouse pattern.  This pattern is about the sweetest thing ever!  Really.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

I know we’re supposed to get technical and review the pattern and fabric, but it’s hard to do anything other than gush when it all turns out as wonderfully as this one!  So you’ll have to excuse us if we’re extra gushy today.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Lavinia is a vintage inspired reversible paperbag skirt pattern.  The blouse has a huge bow, buttons up the front, and has elasticized sleeves.  There are so many details in each of these that make for a wonderful combination of sweetness.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Lavinia comes in 8 sizes from 2T to 9/10.  The blouse has 3 possible sleeve finishes, the long sleeves we made, a flutter sleeve, or sleeveless.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Measurements are given for the skirt and several of the blouse pattern pieces, reducing the amount of paper to be printed and tiled.  (We always cheer when that happens!)  The instructions are very thorough with photographic illustrations included for each step.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Even though the Lavinia pattern looks complicated, the skirt is very easy to construct, and the blouse could be completed by a confident beginner as well.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

We only made one change to the Lavinia pattern other than lengthening the skirt, our standard alteration for our very tall 7 year old.  We inserted lace between the two layers of the reversible skirt for extra length and vintage appeal.  Plus, just look how sweet it is!

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

 

Now allow us to gush about the fabrics we used for a minute.  Two of the fabrics came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and the mint and gold bird fabric (Michael Miller Brambleberry Ridge Flight Metallic Mint Fabric affiliate link) was in our stash.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The blouse fabric is from Bari J’s Anna Elise line and it’s voile.  Voile is a lightweight cotton material with beautiful drape and flow.  It made this blouse turn out even more fabulous than it already was, if that’s possible!

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The other side of the reversible skirt is Bespoke double gauze by Cotton and Steel, and if you’ve been around Skirt Fixation for very long you’ve heard us gush about double gauze before.  A softer fabric can’t be found, and for this skirt it’s perfection adding to the vintage appeal.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Annie has declared this her new favorite outfit, from the sleeves (like a princess, Mommy!) to the softness, and of course the glittery birds.  Fairy tale bliss for a 7 year old!

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Speaking of fairy tales, Allegra gets the credit for the stunning photos.  The lighting in the woods was just magical, and she captured the vintage feeling of the outfit perfectly.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

 

We hope you’ve been sewing up some Violette Field Threads patterns too!  Or maybe you’ve found some luscious fabric at Raspberry Creek Fabrics?  Well, now you can enter to win, too.

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Simply link up anything you’ve made this year with a Violette Field Threads pattern or fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway too.  Two winners will each receive 5 PDF pattern from Violette Field Threads and $50 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

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Double Gauze Sew Off

Skirt Fixation outtake

Many of you know that I’ve joined up with Becca (of the Free Notion blog) on the Sewing Stadium website.  There we host sewing competitions, Top Stitchers being our main gig.  (But if you have an idea for a sewing contest, approach us, we’ll help you develop and execute!)

Season 3 of Top Stitchers has just concluded, and today, Becca and I are holding the Grand Finale via a double gauze sew off!  I’ll be showing you some outtakes here and sharing some behind the scenes secrets, but be sure to click through to the Sewing Stadium website to see Becca’s double gauze creation and rate our sewing and vote for your favorite.  It’s all in good fun.

Skirt Fixation outtake

The photos you see on the Top Stitchers post today are actually the second photo shoot  we did for this outfit.  The first photoshoot ended up totally unusable.  The photos were hazy, blurry, and the humidiy had wreaked havoc with my hair.  But the above photo is the only one that shows the waistband of the skirt I made.  I used the Flirting the Issue free pattern from Anna Maria Horner and if it looks familiar, it’s because it’s the second time I’ve used this pattern.  The first time was with Nani Iro fabric.  This time I used Alison Glass Hand Dye Batiks Bouquet Jade Fabric for my skirt fabric.  It’s gorgeous fabric.

Skirt Fixation outtake

A little behind the scenes factoid: the older one of these two boys was sick and had fallen asleep when it was time to take these photos.  All he wanted to do was sleep, and then the younger boy decided he should be asleep too, so most of the photos show one or both boys with their eyes closed!  (I did manage to get two good ones, and they are over at Top Stitchers.)  In this photo you can see where I used my double gauze for our double gauze sew off.  My shirt is made of Cotton & Steel BeSpoke Cotton Double Gauze Solid Indigo Fabric.   The pattern is the Granville by Sewaholic Patterns.  (You can see the version Aria made here.)  I made a muslin first, so the fit is spot on.  The only change to the pattern I made (other than fit adjustments) was to make all the interior seams french seams.

Skirt Fixation outtake

You’ll have to visit Top Stitchers to find out why I was posing with animals, but in this outtake, the animals were doing a better job of posing that I was!  But in all fairness, a ladybug had just landed on my face…  Here’s another behind the scenes secret; my Halifax Hoodie isn’t finished!  Back story: the local big box store that has some sewing supplies stuffed in a back corner didn’t have any twill tape, much less 1” black twill tape I needed behind the zipper to support it.  So I used my Amazon Prime super fast shipping to get some fast.  My package arrived yesterday, but they sent 1/4” twill tape, the wrong size.  (Insert all the crying emoji’s here!)  So the zipper is just basted in place until I can make a trip to the Big City and get the right size twill tape.  The fabric though was perfect; it’s black french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It has a subtle sheen to it, and I don’t think I’ll be taking this hoodie off until spring arrives.  That is after I finish the zipper!

Skirt Fixation outtake

The final piece of my outfit is this clutch, the Fairport Purse and Pouch which I reviewed last week.  The camera was having a hard time focusing on the clutch, not my face!  Speaking of camera, you may have heard us say before that all our photos are taken with my iPhone6.  That’s significant because Becca is a professional photographer and all her photos are gorgeous.  (So we could probably use your help in the voting area on “Presentation.”  Just saying!)

Skirt Fixation outtake

Becca and I decided for the grand finale we would recap all of the contestants’ entries in some way.  Long story short, that involved me posing in a very s*xy manner. But I couldn’t stop laughing long enough to get a decent photo!  Click on through to Top Stitchers to find out if I was successful.

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Nani Iro Maxi Skirt For Summer

Nani Iro maxi skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

When I made Annie a skirt from Nani Iro fabric I was very jealous!  It was just so soft and dreamy.  And the woodblock print just spoke to me.  I just couldn’t get over it, so I ordered some more for myself.  Before it arrived, I thought maybe I’d make myself a shirt with it, but once it arrived, once again I couldn’t cut it!  It had to be a Nani Iro maxi skirt.Nani Iro maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationI’ve been working on my Summer Capsule Wardrobe along with Becca from Free Notion.  (Yes, it’s the same Becca from Challenge Create: Adult Edition!)  Through her guidance I (and about 300 other people sewing along!) purged my closet, dialed in on my fashion, color and style, made a muslin or two and started sewing!  This Nani Iro maxi skirt is one of the first things I’ve completed.Nani Iro maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationI got the Nani Iro woodblock fabric from Urban Sew during a crazy 40% off sale!  (Remember when they sponsored an edition of All The Skirts?)  If you’re not signed up for their emails, you should do it as soon as possible so you can be notified of sales like this in the future.  This fabric is a double gauze, Nani Iro by Naomi Ito called Woodblock Pocho.  Or pure, soft, floaty goodness, whichever you prefer!  If you’re hesitating on your first double gauze fabric purchase because you’re concerned about wrinkling, you can rest assured.  It does wrinkle some, not much.  For reference, this photo shoot was taken in the late afternoon after wearing the skirt all day long!  So not many wrinkles.Nani Iro maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationI used the Anna Marie Horner free skirt tutorial called Flirting the Issue.  I love the way this skirt is constructed, and the waistband is probably my favorite ever for comfort!  I only made 2 changes to the pattern.  Instead of having 2 side seams, I just took my 2 yard piece of Nani Iro and folded it in 1/2, right sides together, to make 1 seam in the back.  (Remember I said I simply couldn’t cut it?  I did not make one single cut!) Nani Iro maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe other change is that only the waistband is lined.  A full lining made the skirt bunch out like a tutu around the waist, so I cut it off right below the waistband.  The full lining would work for a heavier fabric, but the Nani Iro is too lightweight for a full lining.  Because I am 6 feet tall, the full width of the fabric (41/42 inches) was a perfect width.  For the hem, I just turned the selvedge under 1/4 inch and stitched it down.Nani Iro maxi skirt sewn by Skirt FixationNow I’m ready to face the heat of summer (which makes my hair curl!!) in my new, lightweight Nani Iro maxi skirt.  Have you ever sewn with double gauze?  Please share how you got over the fear of cutting it!