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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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Carousel Dress {Project Sew It – June}

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

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There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

I know it’s July, but I have some of June’s Project Sew It up for you today.  My version of Project Sew It is that I”m sewing something for each of my nieces and nephews this year.  Today I have a Carousel Dress for a special niece.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

Earlier in the year, I purchased some french terry fabric from Mabel Madison during a super good sale.  I knew it was just the sort of thing one of my nieces would love.  Then the object was to find the perfect pattern to go with the large scale print.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

After looking through my patterns, I had an aha moment when I came across the Playhouse Dress by Fishsticks Designs.  You might remember the fox dress I made for Annie a few years ago using this pattern.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

I think this fabric was made for this pattern!  It stands out a little better than the lightweight fox fabric.  Plus French Terry is a nice breathable fabric for summer.  I paired this with grey sweatshirt fleece leftover from making Thomas’s knight hoodie, I think.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

I just had enough of the large scale print for the front of the dress, and the smaller carousel print for the back and sleeves.  I think this dress is one of the cutest things I’ve ever sewn, and Annie thought so too!  She kept asking me if I could order more of this fabric.  (It’s still in stock at Mabel Madison, so if you want some, you might need to hurry before Annie makes me buy it all!)

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

Even cuter than the dress is my little niece J. wearing the dress!  Just as I had hoped, it looks like it was custom made for her!  And it’s just too perfect to be able to twirl and twirl in a carousel dress, amiright?

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

You might have noticed at the beginning of this post I said SOME of June’s Project Sew It.  That’s because I have another niece with a June birthday, but ever the slacker, I don’t have her handmade item sewn yet.  Stay tuned…

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

Special thanks to my sister in law for taking all the adorable photos of J. in her dress!

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

Cascade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Due to technical difficulties (also known as a waiting line for the sewing machine because of 4H project deadlines) Friday’s All The Skirts post is being published today.  (More on those awesome 4H projects coming soon!)

Cascade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final skirt for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats is the Cascade Skirt.  The Cascade skirt has a lot of things going on in one amazing skirt.  It’s a wrap skirt, a circle skirt, has options to tie in the front,  the back or button up, and has a high low hem!  And beside all that, we decided to make it into a swim suit coverup.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Imagine you’ve been swimming for a couple of hours and it’s time to settle down on the grassy shore and watch everyone else for a while.  You wade up to the shore, grab your Cascade Skirt made from jade french terry backed wick away lycra fabric., and wrap it around you like a towel, except waaaaay classier because it’s the Cascade Skirt!

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Cascade Skirt can be made in 5 sizes from XS to XL.  There are 3 versions to choose from, and the variations all depend on how you want to close the skirt.  Tie in front, tie in back, or a simple double button closure in the front.  This pattern is rated a 1 out of 5 skill level needed.  All the illustrations are drawn and very easy to follow.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since the side seams can show due to the high low hem,  instructions are included for french seams.  We just love thoughtful touches like that.  There are only 3 pattern pieces needed for making any of the views of the Cascade Skirt.  The pattern suggests hand tacking the waistband down, and even though I usually avoid hand sewing like the plague, I found this to be the best solution for getting the waistband not to twist.  I may or may not have paid Allegra in chocolate to rip it out for me.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Let’s move on the that delicious jade french terry backed wick away lycra fabric.  There are so many fabrics at Imagine Gnats that could be used to make a lovely Cascade Skirt.  I almost went with this eyelet because the Cascade Skirt instructions include directions for lining it.  And then there’s this drapey knit.  Finally, I did the only sensible thing to do and asked Rachel, the owner of Imagine Gnats for her help.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

When I finally settled on the idea of a swim suit coverup, she helped me choose this gorgeous french terry fabric.  While this color matches Aria’s swim suit and she immediately claimed this Cascade Skirt, I’m pretty sure I’ll be sewing at least one more.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of sewing Megan Nielsen patterns and Imagine Gnats fabric, it’s time to vote on those entries in the Inlinkz sew along.  The crowd favorite will win 1 Megan Nielsen PDF pattern and $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats.  Also, the Rafflecopter is still open for a few more days, so enter away for your chance to win 1 Megan Nielsen PDF pattern and $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats!

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Lane Raglan Cardigan

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt FixationI promised you a tutorial on how to turn the Lane Raglan pattern by Hey June Handmade into a cropped, 3/4 length sleeve, cardigan. It’s really quite easy, so let’s get started.

First of all, you need to cut out your front pattern piece one size larger than you usually wear. The other thing you need to do before sewing is make your length adjustments. The length adjustments are really quite easy and don’t need photos to explain. Simply shorten the sleeves and the front and back pieces to the length you want them to be. Then add the cuffs and waistband as instructed in the Lane Raglan pattern instructions.

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt Fixation
The button up front can be done two different ways, either before or after the garment is constructed. We changed it to a cardigan after sewing the Lane Raglan as instructed because we thought it made the neckband easier to deal with.

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt Fixation
Step 1:
Cut the finished Lane Raglan up the front. The easiest way to do this is to lay your front pattern piece on top of the garment.

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt Fixation
Step 2:
Add a piece of interfacing inside both fronts about 1” wide by the length of the front.

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt Fixation
Step 3:
Fold over the interfaced part, along the edge of the interfacing, press, and edge stitch it in place.
Step 4:
Sew buttonholes and buttons. We chose to sew double buttonholes because we just love the sweet, vintage look of it.
If you were going to change it to a cardigan before sewing the Lane together, you would cut the front in 1/2 and apply interfacing as pictured above. The you would attach the neckband and waistband starting and ending at the fronts of the cardigan. Then, fold over and sew as instructed above.

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt Fixation
So there you have it! Pretty easy way to make yourself a cropped, 3/4 length sleeve cardigan from your Lane Raglan pattern. And if you didn’t hear, the Lane Raglan has gotten (another) update! The first update included a hood and thumbholes. You can see our versions of that update in this blog post. As if it wasn’t pretty much the most awesome pattern ever, the new update includes options for a curved hemline, elbow length sleeves, 3/4 length sleeves, and a long hemmed sleeves with no band. The upper chest area and sleeves were slimmed down and the shape of the raglan sleeves were changed slightly for a more flattening shape. Also, there is the ability to make a full bust adjustment.

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt Fixation
To see the original Skirt Art post we made this version of the Lane Raglan for, go to this post.  We used heavenly French Terry Fabric (Aruba Blue) from JoAnn Fabrics. (affiliate link)   To purchase your own Lane Raglan pattern from Hey June Handmade, go here.  It’s on sale for until 11:59 pm MST for only $7.50 which we think is a screaming good deal!

 

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Lane Raglan Contest Round 2

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

It seems Allegra and I have a Lane Raglan contest every year!  Last year I sewed each of us Lane Raglans and we had an ongoing dual about who had the better one and who could wear which one on what day.  And in the end, she ended up wearing the blue one the most and I ended up wearing the gray one the most often!

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

So when Adrianna, the genius behind Hey June Patterns, released an expansion pack for the Lane Raglan pattern it was time for another Lane Raglan contest.  The newly updated Lane Raglan pattern includes a hoodie and thumbholes, so of course we each had to have those.  As a 6 foot tall woman with knuckles that drag on the ground very long arms, I’ve never had thumbholes, much less sleeves long enough!  So needless to say I was pretty excited.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Allegra and I each chose our own fabric and style.  I fell in love with some quilted knit from JoAnns, she wanted eggplant french terry from Imagine Gnats.  I wanted form fitting, she chose slouchy and comfortable.  She got it, that’s for sure.  That french terry from Imagine Gnats is heavenly!

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

I tried to convince her to sew her own, but she dragged her feet long enough and I wanted mine desperately enough that I ended up whipping up both of them.  She didn’t complain.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Let me just give a little review of the expanded part of the Lane Raglan pattern.  If you follow us on Instagram, you saw the first thumbhole cuff I made and my pure delight!  Usually when I’m sewing a pattern, I can visualize where the instructions are taking me.  But when making this thumbhole cuff, I was completely blind, just following the instructions, and they came out perfectly!!!  The hood also is fantastic, I love how it overlaps in the front.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

And also a word about Adrianna herself.  She is so friendly and has fantastic custom service.  For example, I emailed her several times about installing the eyelets on the hoodie, and she replied so fast and helpfully.  In the end, it turned out that I was holding my eyelet tool upside down!  Sigh…

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Now for those of you sewing along with Top Stitchers, this would be a perfect entry for the prompt “Thick As Thieves.”  Did you see this week’s dynamic Star Wars duo?  Not only are Allegra and I as thick as thieves in our craziness on this photoshoot, but we could be representing the famous Disney duo Elsa and Anna.  Elsa wears blue, and Anna wears a gorgeous purple cape much of the time.  So you see how easy it is to sew along?  You really want to do this for a chance to win over $600 in prizes!!

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

I loooooove my new Lane Raglan hoodie, and so does Allegra, obviously.  Don’t tell Allegra, but if she ever takes hers off I’m going to steal it!  I even caught her sleeping in it, so I think she may be onto me…

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Sporty Girl Skort {All The Skirts: PeekABoo Pattern Shop & The Fabric Fairy}

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next skirt in our series All The Skirts: PeekABoo Pattern Shop & The Fabric Fairy is the Sporty Girl Skort.  This skirt is for the tomboy in your life.  It will keep up with any sports she plays in style.

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Sporty Girl Skort comes in 10 sizes 12 months to 12 years.  We made a size 6 width by size 10 long.  It can be made from knits or woven fabrics.  There are a few extra details, like a pocket and piping that take the Sporty Girl Skort beyond your average exercise skirt.

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Sporty Girl Skort is not a fabric hog, all sizes use less than a yard total, including the shorts underneath!  We chose to use French Terry knit fabric from The Fabric Fairy.

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

Soft and cozy, this fabric guarentees your little one will want to wear her Sporty Girl Skort after she comes off the field!   This fabric is called Navy Paisley on White Cotton French Terry Fabric, and Annie chose it herself!  The shorts underneath (not pictured, but made of the same fabric as the pocket) are made of Navy Bamboo Cotton Lycra French Terry Fabric.

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

If it were possible to touch your computer screen, you could feel how soft and comfortable this fabric is!  Like your favorite school sweatshirt…the one you should have thrown out years ago!  Now you can because you can get new fabric from The Fabric Fairy and make a new one.

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

The side splits on the Sporty Girl Skort offers room for your tomboy to run, jump, catch, shoot, and do whatever she wants in her Sporty Girl Skort!  We firmly believe in playing sports like a girl, and mean that in the very best way possible!  In fact, we even have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Exercise skirts.

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s time for you to get involved!  We’d love for you to sew along with us.  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win $25 from PeekABoo Pattern Shop and $30 from The Fabric Fairy.

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

 
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