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French Terry Pajamas

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

And we’re back!  In the next few weeks we get to reveal some really big projects we’ve been working on, and we’re so excited.  So stay tuned…

Today we’re sharing some french terry pajamas!  Because there was quite a lot of pj time over the past few weeks with holidays, non-school days, and even some sick-ish, lounging around days.  So we were very glad to have brand new, comfortable pajamas for these days!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Back in the fall, I bought some of the VERY popular oatmeal french terry fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  And to go with it, I got some limited printing autumn floral rose fabric.  I knew exactly what I wanted to sew with these fabrics (for once!) and just needed an opening in my sewing queue.  (This floral is gone now, but check out everything else printed on the luscious oatmeal french terry base!)

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the autumn floral rose french terry (which is printed on the oatmeal french terry base) I sewed myself a Halifax Hoodie, view D.  I used the oatmeal for the pocket and the cowl.  Let me assure you, this hoodie is as comfortable as it looks.  And then some!  For the pull tie in the cowl, I used some 3/16” “magic rope” I have in my sewing room, and it’s the perfect match.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the main part of the oatmeal fabric, I sewed myself a pair of Hudson Pants.  This pattern is by True Bias, and I’m probably the last person in the sewing community to make myself a pair.  But hey, I’ve been focused on skirts!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Before cutting into the good oatmeal french terry fabric, I made  muslin from some cotton jersey from Girl Charlee.  For giggles, above is the before and after photo of my pre-muslin adjustments to the pattern piece.  Because the pattern designer helpfully included the finished inseam as 28” and mine is 36”, I knew I had to add 8” to start with!  It’s not a good idea to add all the length at the bottom hem, so I added 3” in the thigh, 3” at the calf, and 2” at the hem.  After sewing the muslin, I decided I also needed to add 1.5” to the rise at the top of the pants.  The oatmeal Hudson Pants are just a little too long, but I figure with wash and wear they might shrink, and I’m NOT going to complain about extra length!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

The waistband of the Hudson Pants are so comfortable, and I used the same “magic rope” for the drawstring here as well.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s been established that as the Fabric Scrooge, I like to use up the leftover scraps!  With the leftover floral french terry fabric, I sewed some Oliver + S Parachute Pants for Annie.  She really needed new pajama pants, and she says they are the most comfortable pair she’s ever had!  I made her a size 10 width, and a size 12 for length.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

It turns out that a size 8 for width would have been better, but I fixed it by adding a drawstring to the waist, just like mine.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

And since there were tiny little scraps of the floral french terry left, Baby got a tiny pair of size 12-18 month Parachute Polo Pants too!  The floral fabric is on the side contrast stripes, and the main fabric is leftover from Annie’s Ila Dress.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby is wildly adorable in them, and she happened to be wearing them the other night when the below video happened!  Not even 10 months, and already racing to keep up with all her older siblings.

Leave us a comment below, what do you wear on lounging around days?  How early did your baby walk?

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Chocolate & Free Beanie Reminder

Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie pattern.

Did you catch our post over at Cali Fabrics where we’re talking about the softest chocolate colored french terry fabric?

I sewed myself a Tallinn Sweater (affiliate link of course, it’s a Hey June Pattern, and awesome as usual!!!) from this amazing fabric, and it’s perfect for feeding the baby too!  Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie

Also, I share a little bit about the evolution of the design of the Reversible Beanie pattern.  And this is your last reminder here on the blog that it’s FREE until 1/1/2018.  After that, we’ll gladly accept your $3 for it!

And now we’re taking a small break until 2018 to spend some time with our family!  See you next year…we can’t wait to share some of the fun stuff we have planned!!!

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Halifax Holiday Party

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

It’s Halifax Holiday Party time!  Some sewing friends (Heather, Sara, Lara & Sara) and I joined up for a fun little party where we each ended up with a Halifax Hoodie when it was all said and done!  I’ll link to each of their posts at the end, so please go visit them to see their party Halifax Hoodie’s too.

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

This impromptu party started when we were talking about doing a sew along, and Sara of Radiant Home Studio mentioned she had a Halifax Hoodie in her sewing queue.  Well, the rest of us immediately saw a very good excuse to get another Halifax Hoodie in our wardrobes and we were off.

I ran into a slight problem when I stared going through my fabric stash to choose fabric for my newest Halifax Hoodie.  So I chose 4 different options and posted a picture on Instagram for my followers to help me decide.  (Follow us on Instagram too so we can get your input on these import kind of decision making things!)

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

As I was collecting votes from my followers, I made the mistake of asking Allegra which fabric I should use, and she immediately claimed some of the fabric and requested a Halifax Hoodie of her own!!!  Well now, I guess the bright side is that she narrowed down my choices for me…

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

For Allegra’s Halifax Hoodie, I used floral french terry fabric from Peekaboo Pattern Shop and this black french terry from CaliFabrics.  They are both such soft and comfortable fabrics!  I will definitely be ordering more of this black french terry.  It’s midweight, so stable enough to work with easily, and yet has amazing drape.  Just look a the drape of the cowl!  I would probably order more of the floral french terry fabric too, but it’s sold out in the black color way.  However, it can be found in blue and olive, which are very lovely too!

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

Allegra requested view E from the Halifax Hoodie pattern, which is the version with the cowl, twisted side seams and a high-low hem.  I graded from a size L to an XL at the hem, and Allegra says the fit is divine…as if it was custom made for her!

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

I had ordered chocolate brown French Terry fabric with view C of the Halifax Hoodie in mind.  Since I wear my black Halifax Hoodie ALL THE TIME, I knew a brown one would also work very well in my closet, and I could give my black one a rest a couple days of the week!

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

Here’s a tip I posted on Instagram that I discovered when I couldn’t find chocolate brown twill tape for the insides of the zipper; use grosgrain ribbon instead!  And after I discovered this little hack and how good it looked, I used the ribbon on the inside of the hood and to finish the neckband inside too.  It’s so delightful to have this professional and pretty finish on the inside!

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

When Annie saw I had used the floral French Terry fabric on Allegra’s Halifax Hoodie, she got sort of quiet and teary eyed.  That was when I remembered she had originally helped me choose the fabric with a hoodie for HER in mind!  So how could I resist?  I had enough fabric left, and Hey June Patterns has the kid’s version of the Halifax in the Hatteras Hoodie.

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

Annie also had a very specific look she wanted; pullover, not zip up, with a hood and a pocket.  Luckily, that’s exactly what View A is!  It was my 1st time making view A (which is also view A on the Halifax Hoodie) but with the great detailed instructions, that split neck came out perfectly.  I made Annie a size 9 and added 1 inch to the length of the sleeves.

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

Alright now, go check out Heather of Heather Handmade whose view B Halifax Hoodie I WILL be copying!

And you don’t want to miss view D by Handmade By Lara Liz which I have the exact fabric, so I’ll be copying her too!

Sara of Radiant Home Studio ended up with a perfect View D in Aria’s favorite color, so I guess I’ll be making one of those too!

And Sara of Made By Sara has made a gorgeous Halifax which, let’s be honest, I’ll probably be copying her’s too!  SO stay tuned for quite a few more Halifax Hoodies in the future!

Halifax Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Halifax Holiday Party

And now we’re all inviting you to sew a Halifax Hoodie for yourself in time for the holidays too!  Just sew one up and share it with us using the hashtag #halifaxholidayparty on Instagram or contact us and show us your new, cozy Halifax Hoodie!

P.S.  Have you been eyeing Annie’s hat?  Stay tuned for a surprise about that Friday!

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Contrast Hood Binding Tutorial

Today we’ve got a quick and easy tutorial for you on how to make a contrast hood binding.  This is a fun way to make the inside of the hood pop!  You can use plain fabric for the outside and a pop of print for the inside, or print for the outside and a coordinating pop of solid color for the contrast hood binding and inside.  Or print for both.  Or plain for both!  Let’s get started.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

First you need to cut 2 of each hood piece.  (If your hood pattern is lined like the one I used, the Rosemary Raglan affiliate link, just cut and sew as instructed.)  When both your outer and inner hoods are assembled, here’s the fast and easy way to create that contrast hood binding.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Contrast Hood Binding Step 1:

Cut 1 inch off the outer hood along the front edge.  (Most hoods are generously sized, and they will still cover the head adequately after doing this.  But if you are concerned about the size of the hood, you can ADD 1 inch to the front edge of the inner hood as you are cutting it out.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Contrast Hood Binding Step 2:

Place the inner hood over the outer hood, right sides together.  Line up the front edges, even though the hoods are now different sizes.

 

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt FixationContrast Hood Binding Step 3:

Sew the front edges together.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Contrast Hood Binding Step 4:

Turn the hood right sides out, and roll the inner hood out along the front edge.  See, instant contrast hood binding.

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Contrast Hood Binding Step 5:

To keep the inner fabric from rolling back to the inside, topstitch along the outer hood fabric, just inside the seam line.

Now you can create a contrast hood binding on all your hoodies!  We’d love to see your completed garment if you use our tutorial…leave us a comment below, or send us an email: skirtfixation@gmail.com

To see the fabric sources and the matching hoodie I sewed for myself, head over to CaliFabrics!

Contrast Hood Binding tutorial from Skirt Fixation

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2 Lane Raglans for Fall (and a surprise…)

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Recently Mountain Maker Fabrics had a Lane Raglan sew along.  And if you’ve been here any time at all, you know our love for the Lane Raglan and all Hey June Patterns.  If you haven’t, it’s huge.  Glacial.  Of course we couldn’t miss the chance to make another Lane Raglan.  Or two.  Plus a Camden Raglan which is the Lane’s little sister pattern.

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

First of all we have a French Terry Lane Raglan hoodie with thumbholes and hood.  This fabric is Purple Tie Dye French Terry from Girl Charlee, and super duper soft and drapey.  I sewed this up for Aria last weekend when she was out of town as a surprise.

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

After all my hard work, I rewarded myself by trying it on…and decided it that Aria probably wasn’t going to get a new Lane Raglan hoodie for fall after all!  (If you stick around to the end of the post, you can find out if I relented to her begging once she returned or not!)  The only modification I made was to cut on the long sleeve line even though I was adding cuffs.

Bamboo knit Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Next I sewed myself a plain as can be boring old black long sleeved Lane Raglan that I’ll probably wear at least 2x per week this winter!  That’s what’s known as a staple garment.

Bamboo knit Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is a super soft, lightweight and drape-y rayon bamboo blend.  It’s sold out over at CaliFabrics where I got it, but you can find it here: Telio Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey Knit Black Fabric

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And last, but the one you’ve been waiting to see is the Camden Raglan I sewed for Annie.  As I wrote in my Instagram post (you can follow us for sneak peeks and more!) I made the mistake of letting her choose any fabric she wanted from the stash.

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

She zoomed right in on this Art Gallery Inblue Jersey Knit Bloesem Dark Fabric.  I only had 1 yard, and this time I’m making her the size 8 instead of 6 like last year, but even with the hood and thumbhole options I managed to eek it out!  At such a young, tender age, she sure has learned which fabrics are the best quality, don’t pill, and are super comfortable to wear!

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The lace pocket idea was stolen from Sew Sophie Lynn.  She added a lace pocket to one of her shirts, and everything else she does is pretty cool too!  Annie said to me, after she tried it on for the 1st time, “I don’t remember discussing the lace pocket, but it’s pretty so thanks for adding it!!!”

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The thumbhole cuff instructions are not included with the Camden Raglan, but you can use the ones from the Lane Raglan, and it works great!

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

These Lane Raglans could pretty much be sewn in an assembly line process, with a few thread changes for the black one.  It wasn’t too hard, and now we’ve each got a new shirt for fall and winter.  And yes, that’s Aria behind that hood.  I relented!

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern Review

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Yesterday when I showed you my new Simple Knit Pencil Skirt and Union St. Tee, I forgot to tell you the back story.  Originally I had planned a much different outfit for the Skirt-A-Thon!  So today I’m sharing what really happened.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

My first plan was to sew the pencil skirt and pair it with a hoodie for fall.  Because I had the perfect french terry fabric in my stash that I’d ordered a few months ago.  And so I ordered the coordinating skirt fabric and got started sewing the hoodie while I was waiting for it to arrive.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Of course it’s the Halifax Hoodie pattern from Hey June Patterns.  Last year I made myself one from athletic fabric, Aria made one for her 4H project, and I made and gifted one to my sister (not blogged.)  It’s probably our favorite layering hoodie pattern.  I used a white metal zipper, and white parachute cording, and they are the small details that make the difference on this hoodie.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The french terry fabric is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It is one of their in house designs from summer.  While it’s not currently being printed, this one and this one are other floral french terry designs that would be dreamy in a hoodie!  I absolutely adore everything about this hoodie, and am at a loss for words to explain how much I love it!

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For my fellow tall seamstresses, I lengthened the body and sleeves by 1” at the hem.  That’s it!  And this time I lined the hood.  It’s an option in the pattern, and I’m really excited with the peak of smoky mint inside.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

So what’s the story on the skirt?  Well, when my fabric arrived, it turned out I hit the jackpot (which means it was close enough to the end of the bolt that I got everything that was left.) and received 2.25 yards instead of the 1 yard that I ordered for the pencil skirt.  It’s Fabric.com Designer Fabric  by Art Gallery Fabrics in their new Aloe Mist solid knit.  It’s just as soft as the rest of their knit fabrics, and the perfect shade of mint for fall!

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

So my plans changed because now I had enough to make a maxi skirt instead of a pencil skirt!  That’s okay though because Simple Simon and Co. just happen to have a Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern.  And it’s just as easy and fast to whip up as their pencil skirt.  It also has a super comfortable 2” exposed elastic waistband.  For my tall sewing friends, I only had to lengthen the pattern by 3” to attain this perfect just-brushing-the-floor-but-not-dragging-on-it length.  I made the size small, and was able to get the whole skirt (and the lining for the hood) out of the 2.25 yards because it doesn’t have a directional print.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It was a good change of plans, don’t you think?  Alright, enough sewing for me.  For now.  Because fall sewing really is my favorite season to sew!  Leave me a comment below, have your plans ever changed when your fabric arrived?

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Polina Peplum and French Terry Ila

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

Coffee + Thread pattern tour

We are so excited to be a part of the Coffee + Thread patterns blog tour.  As you might know, we love Olga’s patterns, and we’ve sewn up both the Antalya dress and the Elena dress before.  For the tour, we would have loved to sew either one of those 2 dresses again, but we chose to try 2 of her other patterns, the Polina Dress and the Ila Dress.  With Olga’s permission, we decided to “hack” both of these patterns.

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Polina Dress is a darling vintage inspired dress with several options.  We chose to make Annie a peplum length dress by using the circle skirt option and shortening it to peplum length.  Annie loved and wore the last peplum we made for her to death, so we knew this would be a hit too.

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only other change we made to Polina Dress pattern to make it a peplum length was to omit the part of the slit that extends onto the skirt…just for ease of sewing.

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other major change we made to the Polina Dress pattern was to move the frill over to the edge of the bodice to become a butterfly sleeve.  We just sandwiched the frill between the bodice and the lining at the sleeve, and presto…butterfly sleeves!

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The inside of this Polina Peplum is fully lined on the bodice part.  It is seriously as gorgeous on the inside as on the outside!

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because we felt it suited the feeling of the peplum length better, we opted to make ribbon ties instead of self fabric ties.  They just skim the bottom of the peplum when tied, and can be tied in either the front of the back.

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric came from my stash…I think I got it at Walmart several years ago, and couldn’t resist it’s vintage vibes for this vintage inspired pattern!  The large brown buttons up the back were harvested off a dress bought for $2 from the thrift store just for it’s buttons!

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

We all think this Polina Peplum ended up perfectly!  As it was being sewn, I wasn’t at all sure it was going to be true to the vision in my head, and at one point was sure it was going to be destined for the trash!  But Annie loves it and we recently made her a pencil skirt that matches perfectly.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other Coffee + Thread pattern we made is an Ila Dress.  We made several changes to the pattern too, to make it what Annie wanted.  First of all, the Ila Dress is recommended for woven fabrics and we used French Terry Fabric-African Violet from JoAnn Fabrics. (affiliate link)  Because of the extra stretchiness of knit fabric, we omitted the back zipper and the seam on the back, just cutting it out on the fold minus the seam allowance.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Due to Annie’s height, we lengthened the dress by 4 inches.  But we do find Coffee + Thread patterns to be a truer fit to Annie’s size than most patterns.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

You might notice we did a little something extra to the center panel.  To add the ruching, we just cut out the center panel at twice the length and gathered the edges before sewing the front bodice together.  And we had to use that same precious Art Gallery Priory Square Jersey Knit Cottagely Posy Emerald Fabric (affiliate link) for the hidden pockets too.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

We used White Sheer-knit Fusible Interfacing (affiliate link) on the yoke, and made sure to attach the interfaced yoke to the front of the dress.  Then we graded the seam allowances before sewing on the other yoke, due to the thickness of the french terry fabric.  To keep the inside yoke where it belongs, we stitched in the ditch, catching the 2nd yoke in place on the inside.  It all worked out very well, and we can see making a lot more knit Ila dresses in the future.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie sure is happy with this summer dress.  She wanted a “play dress” for summer, and says this is perfect!  With the added length, she should be able to throw on a pair of leggings and a cardigan and wear it well in to the fall and winter.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie wants me to note that she fixed her hair special for the Ila Dress photo shoot.  She spent over an hour braiding it into many, many tiny braids and then slept on them overnight.  She thought the waves were the coolest thing ever!  It’s so cute how she’s developing her own sense of taste and style.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now be sure to check out all the other stops on the Coffee + Thread blog tour…you’ll be so inspired.  Also all Coffee + Thread patterns are on sale during the tour.  And there is a HUGE giveaway!

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Sweaters for January {Project Sew It}

Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Both Aria and Audrey decided to participate in Project sew It this year.  Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.  January’s challenge is to sew a sweater.  Here are both of us to tell you about January’s project.

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Audrey:  When I saw January’s sweater challenge I decided it was time to execute!  I’ve had the plans for this particular sweater for over almost a year.  I’ve had the Jasper Sweater pattern for quite a while, and you can read about the 1st one I made here.  I absolutely love that one, even though it’s too tight across the shoulders because I didn’t make any wide shoulder adjustment and the sweatshirt fleece I was using didn’t have any stretch.  So I picked up some French Terry Fabric-Aruba Blue fabric last winter.  Then the season turned to spring, in summer I found out I was expecting, and so the idea just sat and sat.

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Finally the Project Sew It January sweater challenge spurred me to action.  You probably noticed that it’s not me modeling these photos, but Allegra.  But when I’m not wearing maternity clothing anymore, I now have something very nice and new waiting for me!

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

This time when I sewed the Jasper Sweater I took a little extra time and, according to the instructions, I bound the exposed hood seams with some contrasting Riley Blake knit fabric leftover from this skirt.  I also used this fabric for the pocket.  It’s a subtle and stunning accent and I am totally in love with this tiny detail!

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I found these buttons at JoAnns also, and just love them!  They are the perfect accent for this Jasper Sweater.  Aria (who has the same width of shoulders as me) tried on the Jasper Sweater and declared it a perfect fit across the shoulders and back.  I can’t wait to try it on!

Aria’s January Project Sew It Sweater:

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I really had fun sewing the Lane Raglan Hoodie! It went really fast and easy!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

The most difficult part about it was the thumb cuffs, but it was definitely worth it! I had to scrap the first attempt because I discovered I had cut out that pattern piece with the stretch the wrong way…I cut it out again and sewing them went quite a bit faster that time!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I also wanted to add a pocket, so I used the kangaroo pocket piece from the Halifax Hoodie pattern!  This was pretty easy too!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I REALLY love my new hoodie and I wear it all the time!  I used Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric – Dark Gray Heathered for this Lane Raglan Hoodie.  Looking forward to the next challenge!

Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

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Bethiouas for Everyone!

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

I’ve been on a mission to sew everyone sweaters for fall.  And I’m getting pretty close!  First I sewed one for myself, then I made David one as part of his Future Explorer look for Sewing For Kindergarten.  I used leftover Beckery Cable Knit Fabric from my cardigan to make his, but a different pattern.   As I was sewing it, I just fell in love with the clever details of this simple raglan that I knew I had to sew another, and another, and then another!

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

The Bethioua is another German pattern made possible by Annika from Naeh Connection.  If you were here Tuesday, you remember me raving about how she’s pretty much singlehandedly making sewing a universal language by translating English patterns for German seamstresses and German patterns for English seamstresses.  She currently has 17 patterns available in her Naeh Connection English shop, and rumor has it there are many more to come!

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

We took note of the Bethioua when it was first published, but didn’t purchase it because I already had a raglan pattern that I loved and didn’t need another pattern.  Or so I told myself.  But now that I’ve sewn the Bethioua, I’ve realized how silly my delay was…I will continue to sew BOTH of my raglan patterns…often!

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

 

The Bethioua pattern comes is women AND children’s sizes.  It is created by Elle Puls.  One of our favorite things about the Bethioua pattern is the back.  That curved seam is just too pretty!  And the seam on the back of the sleeves offers a really unique opportunity for stripe pattern matching (photo tutorial included in the kid’s pattern.)

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

Allegra loves the batwing sleeves due, which make the Bethioua pattern perfect for layering.  This pattern can be made in sizes 34-54 for women, and sizes 104-134 for kids.  (Don’t worry about not knowing your European size, the pattern has handy measurement charts to figure out your size in both centimeters and inches.)  The largest sizes in the women’s pattern have optional bust darts.  Another unique feature of the Bethioua pattern is the darts at the top of the sleeve.  This makes the shoulders lay sooooo perfectly, even in thicker fabrics like I was using.  The instructions are short and sweet with drawn illustrations.  Both patterns have options for a straight hem, a curved hem, and a hem band.  The sleeves can be finished with a cuff or simply hemmed.

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

I tried to include different elements of the Bethioua patterns in each of the Bethioua sweaters I sewed.  David’s was sewn first, as part of his Future Explorer look.  His has a straight hem and hemmed sleeves.  Here’s the nitty gritty on that Future Explorer look:

Shirt:

Pattern: Kids Bethioua Pattern from the Naeh Connection Shop

Fabric: Nautica Beckery Cable Knit from Cali Fabrics  and Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy from JoAnn Fabrics.  Jersey is used for the neckband due to sweatshirt fleece not having enough stretch for a neckband.
Sweatpants:
Pattern: Parachute Sweatpants from Oliver + S
Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric – Light Gray Heathered from JoAnn Fabrics

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

Next I made the Women’s Bethioua Aria is modeling.  But a  disclaimer here, the Bethioua is not hers, it is a gift for someone a few sizes larger than her, just so you know about the way it fits accurately.  The women’s Bethioua pattern can be found here in the Naeh Connection shop.  The top part of the sweater is athletic french terry, and the bottom is argyle sweater fleece, bought at the Hancock Fabrics going out of business sale.  There are 2 similar at JoAnn Fabrics, one green and navy and one pink and navy.

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

This Bethioua has a curved back hem and cuffed sleeves.  The argyle was a bit tricky to make the pattern match across the side seams, but I came close enough to be happy with the end result!

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

Next I cut out the other Women’s Bethioua pattern that Allegra is wearing.  The top part of her sweater is fabric leftover from making this skirt, and the bottom is sweater fleece, also from Hancock Fabrics.  These stripes were much easy to pattern match across the side seams than the argyle!  This Bethioua has a curved hem in back and cuffed sleeves.

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

After I cut out Allegra’s Bethioua pattern I saw that I would have just enough fabric left to make a kids Bethioua for Baby!  I made both the boys the smallest size of the kid’s pattern…which means I’ll be able to sew this pattern for them for years to come!  The top of his sweater is Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Black from JoAnn Fabrics also.  I made his with a curved back hem, and hemmed sleeves.  I used black jersey fabric for the neckband since sweatshirt fleece doesn’t have good stretch.

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

And then we had one of the cutest, most crowded photo shoots ever!  I just snapped away as quickly as I could trying to capture that laughter, playfulness and delight of my children in their new sweaters!

Now don’t be silly like I was and delay buying this fantastic pattern… naeh-connection-opening

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Reach For The Stars {Sewing for Kindergarten}

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today I have the absolute honor of being a part of Mie from Sewing Like Mad’s Sewing For Kindergarten series.  I may or may not have begged Mie to let me be a part of this series!  It’s a phenomenal series, and you can spend a lot of time looking through the past years posts.

Two of my very favorite participants in past years have been Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House and Celina from Petit a Petit and Family.  They each created mini wardrobes for their children starting kindergarten, and so my purpose from the beginning was to do the same.  Not just so I could be one of the coolest of the cool kids, but because David, who is starting his kindergarten studies this year, really needed the clothes!

As I was planning both David’s wardrobe and his school year, the theme Reach For The Stars kept coming up over and over again.  This kid has such a huge personality that I (the doting mother) really believe he could do and be anything he wanted to in the future!  But I’m not the only one who has noticed his larger than life personality, and maybe you’ll see it come through in the photos too.

Sewing For Kindergarten, a mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

I created 5 looks which can be (mostly) mixed and matched to his heart’s content.  Or so that when he puts on the first thing he grabs from his drawers, it will match!  Beside the Reach For The Stars theme, I went with a blue and gray color scheme.  We had fun planning a future profession for each look, and today I’m going to give you a general overview of each outfit and go into greater detail in the upcoming weeks.  So without further ado, here’s David, reaching for the stars!

Future Professional

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Mr. Skirt Fixation is a professional, and I wouldn’t be surprised if David follows in his Dad’s steps.  David’s favorite subjects in school are math and poetry memorization.  These two would combine very nicely for a future professional, don’t you think?  This constellation fabric was so amazing, we had to weave it throughout the mini wardrobe.

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Future Professional Shirt Details:

Pattern: Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom Patterns 

Fabric: Constellations in Midnight by Hawthorne Threads 

Future Professional Pants Details:

Pattern: Classic Chinos by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Fabric: Sew Classic Bottomweight Stretch Sateen Fabric – Medieval Blue from JoAnn Fabrics

Future Professional Cap Details:

Pattern: Newsboy Cap details here

Fabric: Sew Classic Bottomweight Cotton Twill Solid Fabric – Black from JoAnn Fabrics

Future Athlete

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Every little boy probably wants to be an athlete at some point, don’t they?  David is active and loves to play catch, so this potential profession was a natural choice, with athletes being stars and all.  This outfit might just be David’s favorite of all the ones I made him.  He loves these sweatpants and has already worn a hole through the knee of the pair I made him this spring!  Then there’s the french terry hoodie.  It is so soft he goes around giving everyone (strangers, friends and family) hugs and saying, “I bet you never want to stop hugging me because my shirt is so soft!”  Plus that kangaroo pocket just clinches the deal.  Boys and pockets are one of the happiest pairings ever invented!

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Future Athlete Top Details:

Pattern: Longihood coming soon to the Naeh Connection Shop

Fabric: French Terry from Hancock Fabric store closing, similar here and Grey Knit Rib similar here.

Future Athlete Sweatpants Details:

Pattern: Parachute Sweatpants by Oliver + S

Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy from JoAnns

Future Dreamer

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well now, you’ve probably heard rumors that sometimes homeschoolers do school in their pajamas.  So this outfit is here to confirm that suspicion.  And as I mentioned above, David could probably do anything he could possibly dream up!  I did make the shirt to go with these pajamas, but David has been wearing it with all the other pants too since the weather is currently still a bit too warm for sweaters and hoodies.  He spent about 45 minutes pouring over the fabric to decide which constellation/animal he wanted to feature on the pocket.  (He ended up choosing the bobcat!)  David is laying on his big brother’s quilt made from jeans, blogged here.

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Future Dreamer Shirt Details:

Pattern: Field Trip Raglan T-shirt by Oliver+S 

Fabric: Grey double knit and Sew Classic Knits Ponte Roma Solid Fabric – Navy from JoAnns

Pocket:  Constellations in Midnight by Hawthorne Threads 

Future Dreamer Pants Details:

Pattern: Made Everyday Kid Shorts lengthened to pants

Fabric:  Constellations in Midnight by Hawthorne Threads 

Future Explorer

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Last year David & Baby and I took a trip on an airplane to the West Coast.  That experience really shaped David, so much that he wants to travel by airplane all the time, go new places and see new things!  I’m sure he’ll really be reaching for the stars in this outfit!  I had planned a different pair of pants that would be a little more explorer-ish, but just had to face reality about what David loves to wear the most!  It’s these pants, and the stars in his eyes were more than enough reward for me when he found out I was making him another pair of his beloved sweatpants!  I did modify them slightly by adding about 1″ to the width of the legs for a looser look.

Future Explorer Shirt Details:

Pattern: Kids Bethioua Pattern coming soon to the Naeh Connection Shop

Fabric:  Nautica Beckery Cable Knit from Cali Fabrics  and Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy from JoAnns

Future Explorer Sweatpants:

Pattern:  Parachute Sweatpants by Oliver + S

Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric – Light Gray Heathered from JoAnns

Future Wild Thing

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’m not sure if the wild thing part is going to continue into the future, but 5 year old boys have a pretty good dose of wild thing going on!  This vest was pure icing on the cake, and David chose the creature he wanted me to make it into, a dragon.  I’ve just gotten word that there will be an addition of wings to this pattern in the next week or so!  Keep your eyes peeled for more information on this fun pattern.  I lined this vest with some of Maureen Cracknell’s newest line of fabric, in keeping with the stars theme!

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Future Wild Thing Vest Details:

Vest:

Pattern: Pathfinder Vest with Wild Thing add on from Big Little Patterns

Main Fabric:  Green flecked fleece from the stash, similar here.

Lining Fabric:  Nightfall Luminaries Gold by Art Gallery Fabrics

Pleather accents: Metallic Copper Vegan Leather from Girl Charlee

Wow!  You made it through the whole post!  (Now you know why I’m saving all the rest of the details and photos for different posts!)  You really should reward yourself by going over to Sewing Like Mad and checking out all the fabulous Sewing For Kindergarten posts!

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