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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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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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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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Aria’s 4H Sewing Project

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

This year 2 of us chose sewing for a 4H project.  You can read about Annie’s project here.  Today Aria is sharing her 4H sewing project.

This year for 4-H I did a three-part sewing project that included a shirt, a skirt, and a jacket. All three were made from varying weights of knit.

4H sewing project

The Veronika Skirt

This was made from a heavy knit from JoAnn Fabrics that I have used before and is super awesome! I made it for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats.  You can read our full review here.

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The Halifax Hoodie

For the jacket I used a lighter French Terry for the first time.  I am happy to say that even though it was a lighter knit it was really easy to use!  The Halifax Hoodie from Hey June Handmade is a really nice sew up as well!  I used the third option with a zipper, pockets, and a hood.  The instructions were easy to follow but I was still really glad to have Mom’s help, especially when I did the pockets, zipper, and hood because it was my first time doing any of those!  I followed the instructions and it made my firsts easy ones!  The first thing I sewed was the pockets.  These were pretty easy except for the trying to keep them straight and sew through a lot of layers at one time, so I still think they are a bit crooked yet…  The next thing I did was the zipper.  This was completely different from anything I had ever done before.  I put a lot of pins in to hold it straight, went slow, and had Mom to help me!  I was pretty impressed by how well it turned out and how easy it was!  The last ‘difficult’ thing I did was the hood.  I had pretty much no trouble assembling it, but attaching it to the rest of the jacket was the difficult part.  There were a lot of layers, but when I attached the binding to enclose the seam allowances it looked pretty good!  The rest, compared to this was really easy!  The French Terry was super fun to work with and I really like the finished result!

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The Lane Raglan Shirt

This was not my first Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade that I sewed, but it was the first with a lightweight fabric that I made.  This fabric was pretty difficult to cut and sew, and I’m not really impressed with the result.  At this point, we were also having difficulty with the machine sewing using a double needle, so that didn’t help much either.  I really liked the simplicity of the pattern last time I made a Lane Raglan, but this time with the lightweight knit, it really hindered progress a lot.  I sewed the neckband on wrong and had to pick it out, which left a lot of holes.  Something happened on the sleeves, and there I had to sew some tucks in the shoulder, but the rest of the shirt turned out ok.

I really enjoyed sewing the skirt and the hoodie, but I did learn that I probably shouldn’t be sewing too much on lighter knits yet!

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The lady who judged my sewing project at the county fair said she didn’t have any experience sewing with knits, but when my project went to state fair, the judge had some very helpful comments. One of them was on the hoodie, to try and line up the seam under the arm a bit better. I’d really like to sew another Halifax Hoodie sometime.

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