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5 Skirts to Lengthen Your Legs

5 skirt patterns to lengthen your legs!

5 skirt patterns to lengthen you legs!

5 Skirts is a series where we highlight five skirt patterns to help you feel confident about your body.  Today’s edition is: 5 Skirts to Lengthen Your Legs!  Click on any photo to be taken to our review of that skirt pattern.

Ina Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Ina Skirt by Pattern Review:  You know the old adage about horizontal stripes make you look wider, vertical stripes make you look taller?  That’s because the eye follows the stripes.  The stripes on the Ina skirt are designed to run vertically, making your legs look like they go on and on and on!

Jade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Jade Skirt by Paprika Patterns:  In the 70s women’s legs got longer.  Or at least they appeared to as hemlines rose higher and higher!  To add inches to your legs, make the mini version of the Jade skirt.  (midi version pictured)

Gabriola Skirt

Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns:  Seemingly contradictory, a maxi skirt will also lengthen your legs.  And what better way to do it than with a swishy, flowy, maxi skirt made from a lightweight fabric like voile.  The Gabriola in voile, chiffon, or lawn confuses and delights the eye of the beholder into thinking you’ve got the legs of an Amazon!

Ladies Tiered Maxi Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tiered Maxi Skirt by Pattern Emporium: The tiers on this skirt present the maker with the unique opportunity to add to their height.  Choose complimentary fabrics for the different tiers, or create an ombre effect, and whammy!  You’ve grown a few inches!

Sewn by Skirt Fixation

Ladies Yoga Pencil Skirt by Jocole:  When a skirt hugs the body, like a pencil skirt, the hemline is almost irrelevant, and the subject becomes legs.  Specifically your legs and how long they are!

There you have it; 5 Skirts to Lengthen Your Legs!  Now you can feel confident about wearing a skirt…with pride!

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Art Gallery Fabric Voile Gabriola Skirt & more!

Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt Fixation

Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationThis post has so many great things in it, I hardly know where to start!  Art Gallery Fabric contestFirst of all, I made myself another Jocole Peplum Top.  Not new news!  You can read my review of the other two I made here. Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationThe thing that’s unique about this Jocole Peplum Top is that I used Art Gallery Fabric Solid Knit fabric.  And that is what makes the difference!  Soft, no pilling, wearable.  I love Art Gallery Knit fabrics!  Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationTo be completely accurate, all the fabric in these photos is manufactured by Art Gallery Fabrics.  And all the prints are from Bari J’s Petal and Plume line of fabric.  (Yeah, I use it a lot…it’s my favorite!)Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationYou can read more about Annie’s skirt, the Oliver+S Sunday Brunch jacket and skirt, here in this blog postMother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationAnnie’s top is reviewed in this blog post about the Oliver+S Swing Set Top and Skirt. Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationAnnie’s Aster cardigan is made from Art Gallery Fabrics solid knit fabric from Imagine Gnats.  You can see our full review of it in this blog post.  Gabriola SkirtThen there is my Gabriola Skirt.  Oh, the Gabriola Skirt, how I love it!  This is my second Gabriola, you can see my review of the pattern here. Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThis one is made from Art Gallery Fabric’s cotton voile from Fabric Depot.  If you’ve never experienced cotton voile, you need to!  It’s light and airy, perfect for summer. Gabriola SkirtThe only difference between this Gabriola Skirt and the last one I made is that this one is lined (to the knee only) to take into account the semi-sheer factor of the voile.  A perfect skirt for summer.  And indeed, this is part of my self care sewing for the Summer Capsule Wardrobe event.  http://imaginegnats.com/shop/art-gallery-fabrics-knit-solids-sahara-sun/So why the photos with Annie and I together? Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationThere are two reasons behind this.  1: I dislike standing in front of the camera.  Intensely.  So of course the results look strained. Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationSo in my attempt to feel and look more natural, I decided to add a child to the mix.  As a mother of 7 children, this is normal! Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationAnd I think I look a little more relaxed, what do you think? Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationReason #2:  The second reason is probably the more accurate reason; Art Gallery Fabrics is giving away 50 yards of fabric to TWO winners. Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationThe requirement is simply a photo showing what you do with Art Gallery Fabrics. Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationBecause when 50 yards of free fabric are up for grabs, I will most likely go to any lengths for a chance to win!! Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt Fixation6 different Art Gallery Fabrics are represented here, and we seriously love Art Gallery Fabrics.  And Oliver+S patterns.  And Jocole Peplum Tops. Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt FixationBut I still would prefer to be behind the camera…Mother & Daughter Art Gallery Fabrics outfits sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Selfish Sewing Week: Audrey {Part 2}

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This week all of the adult sized people at Skirt Fixation are participating in Selfish Sewing Week!  You will see lots of sewing, skirts, and adult sized creations!  Here is part 2, from Audrey. 

Warning: You may need sunglasses for the remainder of this post!!!

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationAs I mentioned when posting my first Selfish Sewing Week outfit, I had originally made a different cardigan to go with my knit skirt.  But Mr. Skirt Fixation, whose opinion I value highly (beside the fact that he’s usually right!) didn’t think it worked with the skirt, so I made the Cambridge Cardigan, and you know the happy ending to that story!  But then I was left with a very cute, outfit-less Julia Cardigan.  Enter the most magnificent maxi skirt pattern I’ve ever made!

Julia Cardigan sewn by Skirt FixationI’d had my eye on the Gabriola skirt for quite a while, loving each and every version I’d seen of it.  My favorite, for the record, is this yellow one!  So during Tasia’s birthday discount, I grabbed the Gabriola pattern and a few others too from Sewaholic Patterns.  (The layering Renfrew is making a second appearance today; did you notice?)

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe Gabriola pattern takes some thought to sew up, it’s a nice challenge.  The yoke pieces in front and back take careful effort to keep from getting switched around.  Add to that I was making everything French seams.  So this is one well constructed skirt!

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationI made the Gabriola from white shirting cotton because I wanted a fabric I could dye and this one, from JoAnn’s, is 95% cotton, 5% spandex.  I also needed the fabric to be flowy and not wrinkle too badly.

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationEverything went just fine up until the dyeing stage.  I really wanted an ombre, deep wine colored skirt.  I even practiced the ombre dip dyeing technique on a different white skirt with some blue dye.  But somehow I ended up with…hot pink!

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThis skirt is so vividly pink!  My girls loved it, but the boys, Mr. Skirt Fixation and myself were blinded by the pinkness of this skirt.  So it’s most likely going to be having another dye bath.  I’m not sure if I’m going to try the ombre again, or just go for one straight color.

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationAnother comment from Mr. Skirt Fixation was about the lay of the fabric on the front panel.  When walking, or with movement, or even sometimes hanging straight while standing, the front can fold inward between the legs creating a gaucho/culottes look.  While I am reserving my opinion on those garments for another day, I’ll just say that was not the intended look here.  And now that I’ve reviewed other versions of the Gabriola skirt, I notice it on some of the other’s versions too.  So if anyone has any thoughts on making the front straight across, I’d appreciate it because I will be making this skirt patten again sometime soon!  Perhaps a more lightweight fabric?

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationFor once I don’t look super grouchy during this photo shoot; probably because the ridiculous color of the skirt (1960s bubblegum pink!) has me laughing in nearly every photo!

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationBack to the Julia Cardigan for a few notes!  This time when I made it, I lengthened the arms, like last time, but I also added 2 inches to the length of the body, which meant I added it to the length of the collar also.  It worked really well, now the cardigan is as long or longer than my shirts.

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationA final note on the Gabriola skirt.  I really do love the fit, flow and everything else about this skirt…it’s just that color!!!  Thoughts, please?