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Lion Hoodie from Narnia

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

You may have noticed the other day when I posted the French Terry fabric comparison that a certain little boy got left out in the animal hoodie theme.  When I saw Raspberry Creek Fabrics spring release CLUB fabrics, I saw the perfect opportunity to rectify a situation which included a very upset little boy.  Enter the lion hoodie.

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

This fabric is the mustard yellow and white gingham check from the Sasquatch line designed by Kimberly Henrie for CLUB.  It has the amazing softness of all other French Terry knit fabric we’ve gotten from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

When I offered Lowell his choice of animals to put on the front, he immediately chose a lion.  Allegra has been reading him and his siblings the Chronicles on Narnia series at night before bed, and he has fallen in love with Aslan.  So a lion it was.  Allegra thinks it’s cool that she’s introduced a 3 year old to the world of Narnia and he loves it!

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

To make the lion, I printed out a silhouette of a lion that Lowell picked from Google images.  I cut out this lion by hand, layering up the paper and the fabric.  Then I sewed the fabric cutout onto the front of the hoodie by stitching with a straight stitch as close to the edge as I could.  The french terry was very stable to work with.  I expect it to fray slightly along the edges, making the lion look furry.  On the other 2 hoodies, the accent fabric was jersey, so they won’t fray or fuzz along the edges.  The gingham french terry fabric is the lining inside the hood too.

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

Because I was curious, I researched the difference between gingham and buffalo plaid.  Apparently, gingham always has white as one of the two colors, and is usually smaller in scale than plaid, but not always.  And often, buffalo plaid has black as one of it’s colors, but again, not always.  Now you know!

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

During the photoshoot, it was hard to get pictures of Lowell not showing me his best lion growls and clawing hands.  I had to think up different things for him to do!  Look up at me, play peekaboo, look out the window, etc.

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

The other fabric is solid black french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and it’s very dreamy.  I’m not planning to do another comparison, but this one is very, very good!  Probably a very good mix of the best things about both of the other fabrics I compared.  Definitely one I would get again!

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

Just like David’s hoodie, I used the Bimaa pattern, and this on is the exact same size I made David!  The boys really are close in size when it comes to bulky sweatshirts, like this one.  But I’m pretty sure they’re not going to share!

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

Once again, all Raspberry Creek Fabrics spring CLUB fabrics are on sale for $1 off during release week which ends tomorrow.  You really should get some!  Head here to check them all out.

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French Terry Comparison

French Terry Comparison by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m going to walk you through a french terry comparison of 2 different fabrics. For purposes of this comparison, I sewed 2 similar items (a hoodie for a boy) so they are comparable for you to observe. Some of the differences are slight, and some are quite noticeable.

French Terry Comparison by Skirt Fixation

The 2 french terry fabrics are a traditional french terry, and a baby french terry. I got both of them from Simply By Ti fabrics, and both in black so once again, color is similar for this comparison. As you will see, I did mix it up with some buffalo plaid appliqué creatures at the boys’ request. The buffalo plaid is also inside the kangaroo pocket and lines the hoodie.

I used triblend Black Baby French Terry fabric for the wolf hoodie, and regular french terry for the bear hoodie.

French Terry comparison – stats

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Here’s a chart showing the basic numerical comparisons of the two french terry fabrics. All of this information is basically self explanatory, except perhaps the weight. The ounces per yard is listed, and shows how much one yard of fabric weighs. It makes the regular french terry thicker or more dense, much like sweatshirt fabric in consistency.

French Terry comparison – hand

French Terry Comparison by Skirt Fixation

In my opinion, the rayon content in the baby french terry is what makes it so different. The baby french terry is very, very soft, and has excellent drape. While it works for a hoodie like I sewed, it would also work very nicely for a skirt or swing dress. You can see the excellent drape of the older boy’s hoodie especially in the photo of the back of the hoodies.

French Terry comparison – laundry

French Terry Comparison by Skirt Fixation

I have been laundering both of these fabrics the same, cold wash and dried in the dryer. I forgot to measure for and percentage of shrinkage before and after laundering them the 1st time, but since then, neither of them have shrunk.

French Terry comparison – durability

French Terry Comparison by Skirt Fixation

Neither of these hoodies has begun to pill, as both of the fabrics are really good quality. However, my guess would be that the baby french terry would pill first. Also, it could potentially snag on something (like when boys climb trees!) as the weave seems to be a little bit looser than the regular french terry.

French Terry comparison – warmth

French Terry Comparison by Skirt Fixation

Both of these are very warm. My guess would be that the baby french terry would keep the wearer a little warmer in colder temperatures due to the polyester content. But the tighter weave of the regular french terry makes it very warm too!

French Terry comparison – lint/static

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My boys haven’t complained about either of these categories, but I’m not sure how much they’d notice anyway! Just having the fabrics in my sewing room, the regular french terry seemed to collect a little more dust/lint than the baby french terry. If they were put to the test, my guess would be that the baby french terry might have more of an issue with static or cling, but that’s just a guess.

French Terry comparison – stretch and recovery

French Terry Comparison by Skirt Fixation

Both of these fabrics have similar stretch and recovery properties. This means that they will stretch to fit the body without getting stretched out. They both stretch vertically and horizontally, making them really nice for so many garments.

French Terry comparison – pattern suggestions

French Terry Comparison by Skirt Fixation

Regular French Terry would be awesome for

Halifax Hoodie view C (with the zipper)

Jasper Sweater and Dress

Knight Hoodie

Hudson Pants

Aster Cardigan

Grandpa Cardigan

Geneva Cardigan

Aspen Pullover

Hatteras Hoodie,

Parachute Pants

Ila Dress

Bimaa Hoodie (pattern used for the bear hoodie)

Wild Things Coat or Vest

Baby French Terry would be amazing for

Charleston Dress,

Halifax Hoodie (any other view)

Paro Cardigan

Finlayson Sweater (pattern used for the wolf hoodie)

Hampton Hoodie

Lane Raglan,

Runway Skirt

Seattle Skater Skirt

Renfrew Top

Tallinn Sweater,

Camden Raglan,

Eeny Meeny Miny Moe

Rosemary Raglan

Skip Along Skort

That’s it for today!  Leave a comment about french terry…what have you used it for?

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Menswear Sewing Plans – 2018

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

The other day I mentioned I plan to do more sewing for Mr. Skirt Fixation in 2018.  So today is all about my menswear sewing plans for 2018.  I’d like to branch out a little bit from the approximately 12-15 t-shirts I sewed for him in 2017.  With that in mind, and for encouragement from the sewing community, I’m joining up with the menswear sewing make 9 movement on Instagram.  The idea is to plan and sew 9 things for your man!

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

Mr. Skirt Fixation really likes when I sew t-shirts for him.  He likes this Riley Blake Cotton Jersey Knit Solid White Fabric because it’s soft and a good 95% cotton, 5% spandex blend.  We’ve made a couple of modifications to the Oliver + S Men’s Metro Tee pattern so it fits him like a glove!  So yes, I actually do sew him plain white undershirts to wear under his button up shirts for work.  He loves the fit, and the quality he can’t find in RTW (ready to wear) t-shirts.  And the other thing I’ve sewn for him is t-shirts for everyday wear by keeping the modifications but going up one size.  So I put that pattern twice in the grid because it’s basically 2 different things, right?

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

The only other thing I’ve sewn from these 9 in the past is a button up shirt in flannel.  I used the Sis Boom Marco Shirt pattern, and made modifications so it’s a perfect fit for Mr. Skirt Fixation.  For example, he needs a large bicep adjustment.  (Yes ladies, the man is ripped!)  And he prefers the button placket to be 3/4” wider.  Those are 2 changes that pop to mind…and I’ve already got the flannel to make him another one, at his request!

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

The 1st thing I’ve sewn for him from the make 9 grid this year is the Finlayson Sweater.  This was a surprise, done without his input, so it was a stab in the dark!  I sewed him the shawl collar view in some brushed ribbed sweater knit from CaliFabrics.  It is the softest fabric ever, and I reeeeeeeealy wanted to save it for myself!  It’s sold out over at CaliFabrics, but this Telio Melange Rib Knit Grey Fabric looks like the same thing from Fabric.com

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

I have to say I love sewing men’s clothes.  The little details and professional tailoring make me feel so accomplished!  For example, the inside back collar detail is amazing, and never seen from the outside.  I used a scrap of flannel leftover from my puffer jacket for this one.  His measurements put him in a size XL, but I sewed a size L due to the extra stretchiness of the ribbed fabric.

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

What was the verdict from Mr. Skirt Fixation?  Well, as far as the fit goes, the only thing that needed adjusting was the cuffs on the sleeves, they were too loose.  He loves the soft and comfortable fabric.  For wearing however, he has requested I sew him a turtleneck to layer underneath.  At least that gives me another item to add to my list of 9 things to sew for him this year!  I can’t find a men’s turtleneck sewing pattern, but I think I can take his beloved Metro Tee pattern and add a turtleneck piece.  That’s the plan anyway…wish me luck!

To fill out the 9, I added the Rebel Joggers and Shorts by Wardrobe By Me.  The shorts I sewed for him to sleep in a couple of years ago are getting worn out.  And I added a the Rocky Mountain Raglan from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  Because I love wearing raglans, so maybe he will too?  Last of all, I added the Jutland Pants from Thread Theory.  He wants pants, and these are the closest I can find to his RTW ones.  They’re not right (according to him) but maybe they’ll give us a starting place.

I know, that’s not 9 items!  But I’m leaving myself some wiggle room if something comes up later in the year.  And because I know I’ll be sewing him multiples of the t-shirts.  Perhaps I’ll sew him a Reversible Beanie from Savvy Patterns!

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

Perhaps I’ll be able to sew some of these 9 items for our oldest son too.  With that in mind, I sewed him the hooded version of the Finlayson Sweater, but in camo french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Since I had only 2 yards, and the pattern requirements for size XXL are 2.6 yards.  By lining the hood with plain oatmeal french terry and using it for the pocket too, I just barely had enough.  For the inside collar detail on his, I used some Cotton & Steel double gauze fabric leftover from making this shirt for myself.

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

The fit is pretty good for him too, even though this was a surprise too.  I used his measurements and lengthened the arms by a couple of inches.  Even though he has massive wrists, the cuffs were too large for him as well, but I have fixed the cuffs for both of them.

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

Though he hasn’t gushed about it (he’s 17!) I think he likes it, because as you can see from the photos, it’s wrinkled from wear.  I had to sneak it away from him for the photos, so I think he likes it!

Alright, enough from me!  Leave me a comment, have you ever sewn anything for a man?  Do you have menswear sewing plans?   Will I make it through this year?  Send pants help, I’m a skirt person!!!

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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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