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Savvy Noggins Shop Launch & Sale Code

Remember when we promised we’d tell you what’s been keeping us busy?  Well today we’re spilling the beans.  We’ve launched Savvy Noggins!  It’s “Millinery for the Fashion-Conscious Baby” or just plain fun baby bonnets!

Every one of our darling bonnets are reversible and have ears that reverse to the other side too!  There are 6 bonnets in the fall release, 3 for boys and 3 for girls.  One side is flannel and the other side is top quality cotton.  All the bonnets come in ready made sizes 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years.  If you need a different size, or the size you need is sold out you can place a custom order for girls here or a custom order for boys here.  Custom orders start at newborn size (13.5″ head circumference) and go up to XXL which fits 5+ year old children with a 22+” head circumference.

Here’s each one in detail.  Click on the photo to be taken directly to that bonnet in our Savvy Noggins shop.

This first bonnet is the quintessential baby girl bonnet.  In soft pink rosebud flannel and painterly floral Art Gallery Fabrics cotton on the other side, it’s sure to please!  Pink grosgrain ribbons secure the bonnet to baby’s head.

Baby is modeling the 6-12 months size in this photo at 8 months old.  Every bonnet listing includes head sizes, which is a better way to choose a bonnet than strictly by age.

The next bonnet is made from soft chocolate flannel on one side and deep blue ink drawn flowers on cotton fabric on the other side.  Matching chocolate brown ribbons secure the bonnet under baby’s cute chin.

Again, Baby is modeling size 6-12 months and having fun chewing on the ribbons she successfully untied!  It took Baby about 1 day to get used to wearing a bonnet, and now she doesn’t even notice it!

The 3rd bonnet boasts sweet birds in flannel on one side, and sprinkled yellow dots on soft cotton fabric on the other side.  Yellow ribbons tie the bonnet onto baby’s head.

Here Baby is watching her brothers try to make her look at the camera as she models a 6-12 month size bonnet.

It’s much rarer to find handmade items for boys, and very difficult to find items as cute as these boy bonnets (or caps) we’re about to show you!

The first boy cap is made from sturdy brown plaid flannel on one side and glittering metallic stars on blue cotton on the other side.  Here Lowell is modeling a 6-12 month size, which just barely still fits him!  See the next 2 for photos of the hats fitting more properly in a larger size!

Next up is our very popular mustard plaid flannel with spotty blue cotton on the other side.  Lowell, who is 3, is modeling a 1-2 year size, and you can see it’s a better fit.  Plus, eyelash envy!

The final cap is our hottest selling, on trend buffalo plaid flannel cap with cloudy skies cotton on the other side.  Lowell is again modeling a 1-2 year size cap.

We’re using several venues to sell these reversible baby bonnets.  Locally, Savvy Noggins bonnets can be found in several children’s boutiques and at select craft fairs.  If you aren’t local to us, please visit our Savvy Noggins Etsy Shop!

And WE’RE HAVING A GRAND OPENING AND BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY SALE!  All in stock, ready to ship hats are marked down until December 2nd!

Even if you don’t have a baby yourself, you might want to stock up for the next time you’re invited to a baby shower, or a friend tells you they’re expecting.  Leave us a comment below letting us know what you think of our newest arrivals!

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3 Swaddle Blanket Tutorials

3 swaddle blanket tutorials by Skirt Fixation

Today as part of our Handmade Baby series we’ve got 3 tutorials for you on how to make your own swaddle blankets.  Each way is simple, fast, uses a different fabric, and ends up with a perfect sized blanket.  Let’s get started.

Flannel swaddle blanket tutorial:

Flannel swaddle blanket tutorial

Most flannel fabric comes in widths of 42-45 inches.  This makes your job really easy.  You need 2 yards of flannel, and you will get 3 swaddling blankets from this yardage.

flannel swaddle blanket tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Cut your 2 yard section into 3 equal pieces.  Depending on shrinkage, your pieces and finished flannel blanket will be 42-45” wide by 22-24” long.

flannel swaddle blanket tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Use your scissors to curve the top and bottom edges of each piece.  Zigzag or serge across the top and bottom edges of your flannel blankets.  (The side edges are selvedge edges, so you don’t need to finish them unless you want to!)

flannel swaddle blanket tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Tada!  You have created 3 soft and cuddly flannel swaddle blankets in no time at all!  We found this flannel at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Gauze swaddle blanket tutorial:

Gauze swaddle blanket tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Gauze comes in a wide variety of widths.  If your gauze is 54” wide like ours from Cali Fabrics, use this tutorial.  If it is narrower or has a print that would end up sideways, use the flannel swaddle blanket tutorial above.  From each yard of gauze, you will get 2 gauze swaddle blankets.Gauze swaddle blanket tutorial from Skirt FixationFor each yard of fabric, cut your fabric in 1/2 width wise.  Your pieces and finished gauze blanket will be 36 x 27 inches.  Zigzag or serge the edges of the gauze.

Gauze swaddle blanket tutorial from Skirt Fixation

There you have it, beautifully soft and drapey gauze swaddle blankets.  This substrate is perfect for summer months when you want to swaddle without extra warmth.

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial:

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Sometimes knit fabric has a tendency to curl on the edges, so this knit swaddle blanket tutorial helps stop that issue.

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Most knit fabric comes in widths of 58-60 inches.  Cut out 37 x 31 inch rectangles from your fabric.  Your finished knit swaddle blanket will be 36 x 30 inches.

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Fold over 1/2 inch along one edge and zigzag it down in place.

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

As you near the corner, fold in 1/2 inch before you reach it.

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Then fold over 1/2 inch along the side you are sewing, enclosing the other fold inside.

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

When you get to the corner, put your needle down, pick up the presser foot and pivot your fabric.  Continue sewing a zigzag stitch along the next side.

Knit swaddle blanket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Knit swaddle blankets are perfect for swaddling a baby tightly and they stay swaddled too!

3 swaddle blanket tutorials by Skirt Fixation

I love each of these different kinds of swaddle blankets and use them all!  Which is your favorite type of swaddle blanket?

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Blouses for February {Project Sew It}

Project Sew It February challenges sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today Aria and Audrey are sharing our makes for the Project Sew It February prompt – blouse.  (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.)  Audrey took the opportunity to treat herself to something she’s never had before, and Aria added a much needed item to her wardrobe.  Here they are with their makes.

Audrey’s Flannel Cheyenne Tunic:

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well once again I am not modeling my own clothing, but hopefully next month I will be!  For February’s blouse prompt, I turned to my favorite button up pattern and made myself a flannel Cheyenne tunic.  I can’t remember ever having a flannel shirt in my life, and I am absolutely in love with how this one turned out!  I CANNOT wait to be able to try it on myself!

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed the Cheyenne Tunic in the popover view B.  I adore the fit of the first Cheyenne tunic I made, and knew no fit adjustments would be needed for this flannel version.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, I fell in love with this Robert Kaufman mustard and gray flannel fabric that I found at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It sewed up like a dream because it’s a very stable flannel.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

I turned the button placket, pocket and back yoke pieces on the bias like a true flannel check shirt.  It think it adds so much awesomeness to this Cheyenne!  Last time I used voile for the sewing this version of the Cheyenne tunic, my maternity version is from a chambray, and this one is flannel which I think speaks very well to the versatility of this pattern.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Aria told me that this flannel Cheyenne Tunic is very warm.  The wind was blowing and it was a cold day when we took these photos, but she said she couldn’t feel the wind through the shirt!  Now by the time I can probably wear it, summer will be upon us and I will have to wait for fall weather, but at least I’m prepared!

Aria’s Drapey Rayon Seafarer:

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I really enjoyed making this month’s challenge! It was a SUPER quick sew, and I was able to do it in one day! I have made the Seafarer once before, but it was with a heavy weight knit.  I still wear it too, but recently Allegra gave me one of the Seafarers Mom made for her (not blogged!)  I love it!  One of my favorite parts about it is it is a light weight knit and a larger size, thus making pretty drapey and super comfortable!

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I was looking for light weight fabrics when I came across this super pretty purple Sew Classic Spandex Knit Fabric from JoAnn Fabrics!  It turns out we have nearly four yards of it! (Hopefully I can make something else out of it!)

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

The most difficult part of this was the neckband. I tried to sew it on the first time, but i didn’t stretch it anywhere near enough, so I had to unpick it, *sigh*, and mom helped me pin it.  After that everything went really smoothly!

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

This Seafarer Top is definitely my best attempt at sewing with light weight knits!  I’m hoping to do  more with lighter weight knits and looking forward to the next challenge!

Project Sew It February challenges sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Lumberjack Shirt

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeans

When my oldest son chose the backing for his denim quilt, his younger brother got a case of jealousy.  He informed me that he’d ALWAYS wanted a plaid lumberjack shirt in just exactly those colors.  Well, he lucked out because there was enough fabric leftover from the edges of the denim quilt backing to make him his long coveted lumberjack shirt.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

By his good fortune, the fabric had been cut crookedly across the plaid checkss instead of along them, and I even ended up having to order more to make up for this.  I’ll never, ever understand why the cutting people don’t use the lines that go across the fabric as cutting lines.  But I digress, and Thomas was delighted at the amount of fabric left over.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

I used my old standby button up shirt pattern, the Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom patterns.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

Buffalo plaid is all the rage right now.  In fact, the buffalo plaid flannel fabric I got is sold out and so are most other places!  But your lumberjack might like this Kaufman Mammoth Flannel Plaid Red Fabric By The Yard. (affiliate link) I’ve heard it is a really nice flannel to work with.  Mine was thick and didn’t shift around or stretch out of shape like some flannels I’ve worked with.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

With big plaid, pattern matching was easy.  It is even lined up across the placket!  And of course the pocket had to be “invisible” so pattern matching horizontally and vertically was a must.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

Before I began, I ran through my tips for sewing a button up shirt.  Because this shirt is flannel, Thomas plans to wear it all winter.  And so far he has worn it every single day.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

This post should probably have some sort of disclaimer about axe safety or no trees being hurt in the process, but Thomas has been the chief lumberjack around here for several years, and never hurt himself or anyone else.  In fact last year I even quit trying to chop kindling myself and just ask Thomas when I need some.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

The only problem with Thomas’s lumberjack shirt is that now I’ve got a case of jealousy and want one for myself.  And Mr. Skirt Fixation keeps asking me when I’m going to sew a button up for him..

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New Year’s Resolution #1 Update

New Years Resolution #1 update

If you remember waaaay back to January when we posted our New Year’s Resolutions, I only had 2 goals.  I’ve added a 3rd with Project Sew It, but I figured if I keep it simple, I’m more likely to succeed, right?

New Years Resolution #1 update

So this rather short blog post is to show the progress I’ve made on one of those goal: sew something for Mr. Skirt Fixation.  He requested a pair of shorts for pjs.  So I traced his favorite pair of ready to wear shorts, and made him a new pair.  He likes the fit.  I haven’t seen him wearing them too often, but he says he’s waiting for warmer weather, so we’ll see.

New Years Resolution #1 update

Oh, and I’ve also hemmed 2 pairs of jeans for him, but that hardly counts and wasn’t what I meant with my New Year’s Resolution.  If you’re a fellow seamstress, you’ll appreciate how much I must care for Mr. Skirt Fixation by fulfilling his hemming request!  Also, I still want to make something for Mr. Skirt Fixation that’s a little more complicated than this, but I decided to test the waters with this easy one!

New Years Resolution #1 update

The other handmade item in today’s post is a pair for pj pants I made for Thomas.  Remember when I intended to make him a horse pair but messed up the fabric and his younger brothers profited?  Well, since I still owed him pj pants, I made him these for Valentines Day.  He loves them, as evidenced by the severe amount of pilling already on these!  I seriously had to sneak them away to get a photograph.  So much for my policy of not giving the item to the recipient until I’ve photographed it for the blog!  Also, these pj pants and the above shorts for Mr. Skirt Fixation attest to the fact that my ability to trace RTW clothing is improving.  I really would love to use a pattern for PJs, so leave me your favorite, both kid and adult, in the comments below.

Newborn Toggenburg goat from the Skirt Fixation farm

And finally, this is not a handmade item, but pretty high on the awwwww factor scale, so you’re welcome!  Spring on the farm has arrived!

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Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket {All The Skirts: Oliver+S & Fat Quarter Shop

Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop

Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopWe delayed our next All The Skirts post until today because we have some exciting news!  Fat Quarter Shop is having an exclusive sale for this event.  From now, May 4th until May 11th, use the sale code: SKIRTFIX for 10% off your entire purchase excluding Flash Sale items, pre-orders, pre-sales, and club items.  Now that’s not a sale you see everyday!  So please be sure to place an order with Fat Quarter Shop and use the sale code between now and May 11th.  This is one way you can help us thank them for sponsoring this edition of All The Skirts.Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThe next skirt in our journey to sew all the Oliver + S skirts is the Sunday Brunch Jacket and A-Line Skirt Pattern.  We wanted to get this one made while the weather is still conducive to wearing jackets.  This is the fanciest of the Oliver + S skirt patterns we’ve sewn so far.  Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopFirst the Sunday Brunch skirt.  This little A-Line skirt looks simple, but has all the right details to make it perfection!  In fact, I’d like one of these in my size. Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThe details that make the Sunday Brunch skirt so perfect are the little kick pleat in back, and the generous pockets.  The back of the waistband has elastic, making for a perfect fit every time.  Like the Sailboat Skirt, this is another skirt where you could use buttonhole elastic if you wanted. Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopWe sewed up this pattern in a size 5 width, but decided to lengthen the skirt by 6 inches as we hope the Sunday Brunch outfit will still fit Annie in the fall. PatternWe split the 6 inches up into two places, as shown in this photo to keep the general shape and look of the skirt the same. Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThe fabric we used to make the Sunday Brunch A-line skirt is Petal and Plume Tui Illusionist Vine from Fat Quarter Shop.  We are completely smitten by the Petal and Plume line of fabrics by artist Bari J.  Expect to see some more of the Petal and Plume fabric.  (Here’s a hint: we’re giving away some of it THIS WEEK!)  And of course, you can get any of it at Fat Quarter Shop.  Also, be sure to use the discount code this week.  Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopHere you can see the Sunday Brunch skirt paired with the Music Class Blouse we made Annie during the Bonnie Christine ribbon blog tour.Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopNext we made the Sunday Brunch Jacket pattern.  Flannel is not one of the suggested fabrics for the Sunday Brunch Jacket, but we asked the ladies on the forum, and they and Liesl herself, thought flannel would work just fine! So we chose this Wollies Flannel Blue Stitched Herringbone from Fat Quarter Shop. Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopIt made the loveliest Sunday Brunch Jacket imaginable, although we would like to try this pattern again with velvet, or denim, or quilting cotton. Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopOne of our favorite features of the Sunday Brunch Jacket is hidden on the inside!  The seams are finished with bias tape, and of course we had to use Petal and Plume Tui Illusionist Vine from Fat Quarter Shop to match the skirt!Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThere are so many sweet little details we love about the Sunday Brunch Jacket; the gathers in the front and back, that band collar, the double breasted top with huge buttons, the cuffed sleeves!

Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop If you haven’t already done so, take a minute to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win Oliver + S skirt patterns and a gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop.

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Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop We are loving the Oliver + S patterns you’ve been sewing.  Keep adding any Oliver + S pattern you’ve sewn in 2015 to the link up.  You can also link up anything you’ve sewn in 2015 using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop.  We’re changing it up a little this time; since our sponsors have been so generous, there will be 1 winner from the link up and 2 winners from the Rafflecopter!  All 3 winners will receive 2 Oliver + S pdf skirt patterns and a $40 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!  

 

Sunday Brunch Skirt and Jacket by Oliver+S sewn up by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopPlease remember to go to Fat Quarter Shop this week and use the sale code: SKIRTFIX for 10% off your entire purchase (excluding Flash Sale items, pre-orders, pre-sales, and club items) before May 11th.  Ready, set, go!

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Skirt to Pants Refashion

skirt to pants refashion

There are gobs of tutorials on the internet about how to turn a pair of pants into a skirt, but not very many skirt to pants refashions.  So recently, when I decided to make any of my kids who wanted them flannel pajama pants, I decided to try a skirt to pants refashion.  5 of my 7 children took me up on the pajama pants offer.  To be fair, the baby didn’t have a clue what we were talking about, and he has enough pajamas.

skirt to pants refashion

I used the tutorial from Melly Sews.  I love how very fast and easy these sew up.  The most difficult part was drafting my own pattern.  But once I had a large and a small one made, I used them to make all the rest just by adjusting the length, rise, and so on.  I took measurements and sewed up some of these after the kids were asleep for the night.  After seeing how very large the legs turned out to be on some of them, I stopped and waited until morning for them to try the kids to try them on before continuing.  I figured too big was easy enough to fix, but you know what?  They L.O.V.E. the large legs!  According to Allegra, it’s like wearing a maxi skirt to sleep in.  (I wouldn’t know, I got too tired of sewing to make myself a pair!)  You’ll have to excuse the rumpled look of the pajamas in these pictures…they’ve slept in them every night since I made them!

Here are the details:

vintage flannel pajamas

Allegra: vintage pink rosebud flannel with pink fleece trim, both from the stash.

flannel pajama pants

Aria: bird flannel from JoAnn’s with black trim from the stash

skirt to pants refashion

Thomas: Refashioned skirt from my cowgirl days (deja vu, anyone?  This is the second cowgirl skirt I’ve refashioned for this boy!)  (I just laid my pattern piece out on the existing skirt and cut out around it, keeping the original waistband and pockets…bonus!  Then I sewed up the crotch seam and the inseam, hemmed it and I was done!)

flannel pajama pants

Annie: Leaf flannel with black trim, both from the stash.

pajama pants flannel from Hobby Lobby

David: Construction flannel from Hobby Lobby.

Sew My Stash 2015 reality check:  6 out of 8 fabrics from the stash!  Exceeded the goal of 50% yes!  I think I’ll go make myself a pair now…there’s more flannel in the stash!