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2019 Sewing Goals

9 Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

2018 was a great year for goals and the successful completion of goals!  It seems that we’ve found a good rhythm to our sewing, and so several of our goals will stay the same.

And there are some REALLY exciting goals that I can’t share yet, so stay tuned…

Stash Shrinker:

This was a truly transformational tool for me.  Not only did it help me keep track of my garments and yardage sewn, but it made me really dig deep into the big stash of fabric we have here.  One thing the Stash Shrinker did was intended – to cut down on the amount of fabric we bought.  But an unintended consequence of that was an incredible sense of what makes good quality fabric!  I also became aware of how much poor quality fabric I had in my stash that would probably never get sewn.  Around 50 yards of fabric was thrown out, donated, and given away!  Call me a snob, but in 2019 (and beyond!) there will be NO poor quality fabric purchases!

9 Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

All that being said, I did buy some really good quality fabric in 2018, and my plan is to sew a good chunk of it up in 2019.  So I have a plan…  I’ve planned 9 SKIRT OUTFITS using fabric and patterns in my stash.  Outfits because I’m tired of having garments in my closet that are lone wolves…they don’t really go with anything!  

Quite a few of the outfits I have planned are interchangeable.  Most of the skirts are solid, so they go with quite a few of the tops.  And the major layering pieces are solid which also means they go with quite a few of the outfits.  

Several of the patterns are repeats, and patterns I really love!  But if new patterns come out, I’ll be able to substitute as needed.

Skirt Outfit #1:

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns (already made and blogged here)

Top Fabric: Poly Crepe from Indie Sew 

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Gray Corduroy from Style Makers Fabric

Vest Pattern: Lonetree Vest & Jacket by Indie Sew

Vest Fabric: Tencel Twill from Blackbird Fabrics

Pajamas! Outfit #2:

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Indigo and Aster knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics

Pants Pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Pants Fabric: Navy Double Brushed Poly from CaliFabrics

Sweater Pattern: Paro Cardigan by Itch to Stitch

Sweater Fabric: Vintage Hacci Sweater fabric from Girl Charlee

Skirt Outfit #3:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Chambray from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Sandbryce Skirt (a mash up of the Sandbridge Skirt and Bryce Cargos both by Hey June Patterns)

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #4:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Cotton Lawn by Windham Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Kendrick Overalls by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Raisin Twill from Style Maker Fabrics

Jacket Pattern: Joy Jacket by Chalk and Notch

Jacket Fabric: Tencel Denim from CaliFabrics

Skirt Outfit #5:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Rayon Linen from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Navy Pinstripe Linen and Tencel fabric  from Blackbird Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #6:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Robert Kaufman chambray from CaliFabrics

Skirt Pattern: Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen

Skirt Fabric: Heritage Rayon fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #7: 

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Willamette Shirt by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Indian Ikat from Blackbird Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #8: 

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Flannel shirting from Indie Sew

Turtleneck Pattern: Nikko Top by True Bias

Turtleneck Fabric: Rust rib knit from Indie Sew

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Maroon Stretch Twill from La Mercerie

Skirt Outfit #9:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Woodland Clearing by Kaufman cotton Lawn fabric

Skirt Pattern: Maxi Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Olive Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

I’ve planned these 9 outfits to do with the Make 9 challenge on Instagram.  And my plan is to sew them seasonally, probably along with the Seasonal Sew 3 challenge on Instagram also.  Right now, that looks to be roughly in order from left to right, top to bottom.   We’ll see how it plays out!  One thing you might note, most of these are made from woven fabrics.  This is because I sew up knit garments all the time, no challenge there.  So this is my CHALLENGE plan!

Whew, that’s a lot of sewing, but I think with the good quality fabric and amazing patterns, this is the type of self-care sewing I will look forward to!

Do you have any 2019 goals?  Are they sewing related?  Do you think my plan is unrealistic? 😉

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Final 2018 Sewing Goals Update

This is a quick 2018 Year in Review

200 items sewn (not counting bonnets for the Etsy shop)

365 yards of fabric sewn/removed from stash. And I kept my multiplier at 5 ALL YEAR LONG!!! We’ll definitely be using the Stash Shrinker next year, and if you want to keep track of your sewing makes and fabric used, you can find it over at Sewjourners:

0 RTW items bought for myself

9 of Skirt Fixation's 2018 sewing goals

7.5 out of 9 Make 9 items sewn

Top row, left to right: Charleston Dress by Hey June Patterns, Runway Skirt (woven) by Savvy Patterns, Paro Cardigan by Itch To Stitch

Middle row, left to right: Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic, Vientiane Skirt (maxi) by Itch To Stitch, Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns (this is a free pattern!)

Bottom row, left to right: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns, Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns, Sandbrige Skirt (maxi) by Hey June Patterns.

The only 2 I didn’t complete are the Durango Tank, but it’s already cut out, so that’s worth 1/2 right? And the other one was the Paro Cardigan…when I lost my waist, I lost my motivation to sew that! But it’s been added to my Make 9 for 2019 (stay tuned…)

Menswear sewing plans by Skirt Fixation

7 out of 9 Menswear make 9 items sewn. No pants or raglan tee. But lots and lots of Metro Tees!

Plenum Quilt review by Skirt Fixation

At least 4 quilts pieced and in various stages of quilting. Stay tuned on that too…

So while we didn’t make 100% on every goal, we accomplished a LOT of sewing this year! And we’re excitedly planning for 2019, so stay tuned for that…

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October 2018 Goals Update #2

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

It’s time for another check in to see where we are on our 2018 sewing resolutions.  Since there are only 3 months left, we should be getting closer to finishing up.  Should be!  

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

For the women’s make 9 challenge, we’ve now sewn 6 of the garments we had planned.  Here are links to the 2 additional items we’ve sewn since April.  

Gabriola Skirt  (I sewed it for me, but Aria stole it.  So it still counts, right?)

Sandbridge Skirt (actually 2 of them!)

And in our April update post, I said I wanted another chance at the Ventian Skirt.  So here’s where I sewed another Ventian Skirt, maxi version this time.

Only 3 garments left to go, and the Charleston dress is already muslined, so that should get finished this month.

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

For the men’s Make 9 challenge, I’ve only sewn 2 more items, so I’m officially behind.  And since the hardest garment is left (pants!) I’m not sure I’m going to accomplish this one.  Neither of these two makes are blogged by themselves, but here is where I mentioned about the Hudson Pants I made for our oldest boy.  Since I also sewed him the Metro Tee, Mr. Skirt Fixation definitely has been getting the short end of the sewing stick.  

2018 RTW Fast update: Still no ready to wear garment purchases of any kind for me!  Yea!

Stash Shrinker:  After my April post, I raised the multiplier back up to 5 from 3.  I did catch up on the amount of fabric sewn, and am still going strong!  It’s a strict fabric diet I have myself on, but I love to see the number of yards sewn keep going up.  Right now it’s up to 310.75 yards sewn!!!  This seems to motivate me as much as not buying all the fabric I love is motivating me to sew from my stash!

Project Run & Play Let’s Sew A Rainbow goal: Done and blogged.  Well, all except the purple.  We’ll see if that ever happens!   There’s just not much love for purple garments around here!

Me Made May: Accomplished, posted to Instagram and blogged.  See the posts here.

Plenum Quilt review by Skirt Fixation

There are 2 more goals I hope to accomplish before the end of the year.  One is to finish up some of the quilts I have in process.  Fall and winter are such nice times to sew and USE quilts!  And the other goal is to work on my fall/winter wardrobe.  My spring/summer wardrobe always gets a lot of attention because of Me Made May, but the same scrutiny doesn’t happen 6 months later when the weather changes.  

That’s all for today!  It’s just sort of a personal tracking post, so thanks for reading and sticking around for all the skirt and sewing fun.

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2018 Goals Update – April

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

Instead of waiting until the end of the year to check in on our sewing resolutions, I thought it would help stay on track to check in throughout the year.  So check up #1!

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

For the women’s make 9 challenge, I’ve sewn myself 4 items.  That means I’m ahead of the curve for staying on track.  Here are the links to the posts:

Woven Runway Skirt

Ventian Skirt (technically, I wanted to do a maxi, but after my chambray midi version, I’m not sure I want to do a maxi.  The fit is not great, but I think it’s the inseam pockets that I’m not loving, so I might do a maxi with the patch pockets and see if I like that better.)

Cheyenne Tunic

Lane Raglan

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

For the men’s make 9 challenge, I’ve sewn 3 items.  This means I’m right on schedule, but I’ve still got a couple of hard makes left.  Like pants.  Here is the link to the post:

Finlayson Sweater

Ha, I’m realizing that I haven’t blogged the turtleneck or the flannel Marco shirt.  Here’s a photo of it on the dashing Mr. Skirt Fixation to make up for that oversight.

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

2018 RTW Fast update:  No clothing purchases from me, but this is not a big surprise.  I have not purchased clothing for myself for several years!  I love sewing…

Another goal I added in after the original post was to use the Stash Shrinker spreadsheet from my friend Michelle at Sew Journers to help address the condition of my fabric stash.  Basically, you choose a multiplier, and use the spreadsheet to sew that amount of yards of fabric compared to the amount of yards of fabric you buy.  I decided to chose an extremely high multiplier of 5 and stay on a very strict diet until I sewed 100 yards of fabric at which point I would lower the multiplier.  Well, there’s good news and bad news…I can lower the multiplier now, but I didn’t stick with the not buying goal.  So I’ve lowered the multiplier to 3, and I’ll try to catch up on the amount of yardage bought!

A mini goal I’m doing is following along with Project Run & Play’s Let’s Sew A Rainbow event.  I’ve decided to sew something from the stash for one of the kids each week in the color of the week.  It’s green week, and I’ve sewed along every week so far!  I’ll do a post at the end with all the garments, but if you want to see sneak peeks, you should follow us on Instagram.

And now that we’re up to May, it’s time for Me Made May!  I’ll try to do a roundup of my posts here weekly like I did last year.  And the year beforeBut I’m hoping to challenge myself by sewing a garment for myself every week during May.  Last year I used Me Made May as an opportunity to identify the holes and gaps in my handmade wardrobe, but I never did anything about it!  So here’s to achieving that goal!

That’s all for today!  Thanks for sticking around for all the sewing and skirt fun.

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2017 Sewing Goals

And now that we’ve assessed our sewing from 2016, we want to share our sewing goals for 2017 with you!  Just like our State of the Blog 2016 post, all of us are contributing today.


If last year was about new things, this year is going to be a mix of new and continuing!  My plan is to continue meeting sewing bloggers in person (at least 3 more!) continue sewing for Mr. Skirt Fixation (he’s requested pants…scary!) and continue participating in Project Sew It.

As for new, there’s a huge new thing happening with a baby due soon!  So I’m going to be blogging a lot about baby sewing.  I have so many ideas and things planned, I’ve already named this new category Handmade Baby.  Now to settle on the baby’s name…


This year I anticipate a move forward into ‘adult life’, and that may or may not include more time away from home, and less time sewing. I still want to do crafting, and maybe some more detailed embroidery, but I’m not limiting myself to specific goals this year, since I don’t know what will be reasonable to accomplish.  My over-arching goal, I think, is to force myself to try new things, no matter how scary they seem  (And also not to sprain my hand sewing on buttons for mom, cause I know I’ll still be doing that XD)


As I have started high school, I will be a lot busier this year, which means less time for sewing and things like that… But I do plan on joining Mom in Project Sew It, partly because my wardrobe is very lacking.  I’m really exited to be doing this, and plan on making a lot of it purple and gray.


I want to sew a quilt for the new baby.  I also want to sew more clothes for myself.  And I have some ideas for making new things for my doll.

How about you, do you have any sewing goals for 2017?

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2015 Blog Goals

Yesterday we offered a State of The Blog 2014, so today we thought it would be fun to set some goals and dream a little. Like yesterday, we all decided to contribute.


No compromise! That’s my biggest resolution. I find myself carrying on an internal conversation when I’m sewing, saying things like, “Oh well, no one will notice!” and “It’s only the inside.” But then I am dissatisfied with the final product because I know about each and every little defect. So this year, No Compromise!

And, this year I want to be more deliberate in my fabric buying. Like Teri, I tend to be so impulsive when I see a fabric I like. I want to try to only buy fabric with a specific use in mind. The stash, you know!

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

Last year my goal was to master sewing with knit fabric.  Well, I sewed with knits quite a bit, but I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered it, so onward!  It’ll be a delightful journey!


My New Year’s resolutions for my sewing/crafting life are as follows.

1. Work with new/different materials. For instance, felt, leather, etc.

Girl's Mara Dress

2. Sew up some garments from patterns. I did have fun with the little dress that I sewed for Annie from a pattern, and it’s a great life skill to be able to sew from a pattern.

3. Create a basic wardrobe for myself. I mean that I want to make mix and match-able things that I can use as basics.


This year, I would like to make a lot more things than I did last year.

Easy skirt to bag refashion by Skirt Fixation

For one thing, I would like to sew a pattern, and I would also like to make a quilt.


Annie says that her New Year’s resolutions include learning how to embroider, learning how to knit, and how to sew a little skirt for her bear.

teddy bear skirt

She has been asking Allegra for quite a while to teach her how to embroider, and now she’ll have to get right on it! She wants to knit so that she can learn how to knit scarves and gloves and socks, she says. That will be Aria’s job, as she is our resident knitter.

The Blog:

A little glimpse into what’s coming this year for the blog:

Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition round 2!

Living Skirt Art (everyone’s favorite!) grows into a bigger event this year.

An Instagram Liberty of London fabric swap. (You’ll want to follow us on Instagram as that’s not the only great thing coming up there!)

All The Skirts ~ New Editions

Some new things we can’t quite reveal yet!

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And to get the year off to a very, very perfect start, we found out yesterday that we won a $100 gift certificate from on Instagram!!!! We are so very delighted and can’t wait to place our order and get sewing! Here’s to a very Happy 2015.