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Future Dreamer Pajamas {Sewing for Kindergarten}

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final outfit from our Sewing For Kindergarten mini wardrobe is these pajamas.  I’m not sure why a simple pair of pajamas was so fun to make, but this ended up being one of my favorite pieces from the wardrobe.  This outfit was actually the fastest sew of the whole group.  Maybe it was because the photo shoot was so fun.

Future dreamer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

When I made the shirt for the pajamas, I intended that David would wear it with all or any of the other clothes in the mini wardrobe, and boy does he ever wear this shirt!  I used the Field Trip raglan t-shirt pattern by Oliver + S, and the only change I made was to widen the neckband.  This is my usual change to this pattern as I found the original neckband tended to fold over after wear.

Future dreamer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

David spent a long time choosing which of the constellations to have featured on the pocket.  He didn’t know what each of the animals were, but after I showed him some photos, he decided the bobcat was the one!  It’s really fun to use the pocket as an accent feature because of the cute rounded pocket shape.

Future dreamer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pajama pants are Made Everyday’s Kid Shorts pattern and I was so glad I had enough fabric to lengthen them to pants.  That will make them more suitable for fall and winter sleeping.

Future dreamer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

I added a little piece of tractor ribbon to the back of the pajama pants so David can tell which is the front and back of them.

Future dreamer pajamas 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 (affiliate links)

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 dreamer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

As I mentioned before, this photo shoot was a very fun one!  In the afternoons, the lighting is just perfect across the bed where my oldest son sleeps.  I made him this stunning quilt from his old jeans, and you can read more about the whole thing here.

Future dreamer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

The combination of the quilt, the pajamas, and a 5 year old alternating between trying to pretend he was sleeping and trying to play the harmonica as he was jumping on the bed made for a super fun photo shoot.

Future dreamer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

What simple thing have you made lately that pleased you greatly?

 

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Wrap up & Giveaway Winner {All The Skirts: Blank Slate Patterns & Hawthorne Threads}

Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne Threads

Today marks the final post for All The Skirts: Blank Slate Patterns & Hawthorne Threads.  We are so delighted with the skirts we sewed up, and before we reveal the giveaway winners, we want you to remember them with us.Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsMarigold Skirt sewn with Fawn fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsBlank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsSchoolday Skirt sewn with Hawthorne Threads Calliope fabric.Easy T-shirt Skirt Tutorial by Melly Sews sewed by Skirt FixationFree t-shirt skirts tutorial from Melly Sews.Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsWe are donating the Schoolday Skirt to Skirting The Issue.

There were just 3 link ups this time, and while we KNOW more people have sewn with Blank Slate Patterns and Hawthorne Threads, we realize summer is a very busy time for everyone…  So we’ll feature all three link ups.Allegra’s favorite was the A-line A La Mode sewn by Falafel and the Bee because of it’s sweet feminine appeal.

Annie’s favorite was the W Pants review from copycat & kids because PURPLE!

Audrey liked Teri Dodd’s Juniper Jersey and wants to try one for herself.

And now for the giveaway winners…Random.org has chosen #90 and #119 .  Which means that April McLeod and ElizabethMadeThis have each won 2 Blank Slate Patterns and a $50 gift certificate to Hawthorne Threads!  Congrats to you both!  Watch your email!

Will everyone else do us a favor and take a few minutes to thank Blank Slate Patterns and Hawthorne Threads for sponsoring this awesome edition of All The Skirts?

As we mentioned earlier, summer is a super busy time for everyone, and it is for us too!  Also, we have been setting one skirt aside from every edition of All The Skirts to donate to Skirting The Issue.  We think that this is such a great cause that we are going to spend every spare moment in July sewing up more skirts for this event.  And we will give you updates every Friday in July.  Don’t worry, the next edition of All The Skirts will resume the 1st Friday in August, the 7th.  We already have great sponsors lined up, and we can’t wait to tell you all about the next edition!

Between now and then there’s lots more skirt goodness coming your way.  See you soon, and happy skirt sewing!

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Schoolday Skirt {All The Skirts: Blank Slate Pattern & Hawthorne Threads}

Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne Threads

Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsIt’s summer and school’s out, so naturally we sewed up the Schoolday Skirt from Blank Slate Patterns!  But since we educate at home, we can wear school skirts anytime, right? Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsAnd when the fabric is as summery as the Calliope line from Hawthorne Threads, it’s awesome!  Also, it’s the first day of Kids Clothes Week, so we just HAD to post this today.Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsIf you read our favorite skirt pattern post on the Oliver+S blog, you already know we have a thing for pleated skirts. Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsThe Schoolday Skirt has a sweet little button up front bib and an elastic back.  (We used buttonhole elastic, our new favorite way to make a girl skirt!) Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsBelow the yoke are the most business like pleats you can imagine.  And the most amazing thing ever is the way the measurements on the pleats line up perfectly with the rest of the skirt. Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsWe knew Melissa, Blank Slate Pattern’s designer, was a pattern technician, but this was incredible!  There was absolutely no adjusting of the pleats required at the end to make them line up…they just did!  Talk about smart; maybe that’s why it’s called the Schoolday Skirt.Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsThe buttons on the Schoolday Skirt yoke are a place to add a little pop of color, if you choose.  So we chose to use pink buttons, Annie’s favorite color.  (Although when her princess outfit was in the making, she declared over and over that blue was her favorite color!)  Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsAria helped me choose the fabric for the Schoolday Skirt, and we discussed the scale of the hearts on this Calliope fabric, (called Feathered Hearts in Bluebell) and decided to take a chance! Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsWe were worried the hearts would not work in the pleats, but I think we choose the right thing.  We just love how those hearts peek in and out of the pleats. Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsAnd then they are accentuated on the yoke.   Did you notice how the hearts are made from little groups of feathers?  Love, love, love!Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsJust like last time, we were really pleased with Hawthorne Fabric’s fabric.  It’s high quality just makes us want to turn to it again and again for every project we sew. Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsPlus there’s all those fantastic prints to try!  We actually have a couple of quilts pieced that are awaiting the perfect backing, and Hawthorne Threads has some really amazing ones we’d like to use.Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsNow it’s your turn to win some Blank Slate Patterns and fabric from Hawthorne Threads!  We want you to join in the fun with Blank Slate Patterns and Hawthorne Threads, so we invite you to add any thing you made using a Blank Slate Pattern or fabric from one of Hawthorne Threads in house fabrics to our link up.

Also be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win 2 Blank Slate Patterns AND a $50 to Hawthorne Threads. Remember, TWO random winners will receive that awesome package!

Blank Slate Pattern's Schoolday Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne Threads

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Marigold Skirt {All The Skirts: Blank Slate Patterns & Hawthorne Threads}

Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne Threads

Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsHave you seen the Marigold pattern by Blank Slate Patterns?  It’s a beautiful dress pattern, but did you know there is a skirt included in the pattern?  We’re here today to show you just how wonderful the Marigold Skirt is.Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsThe Marigold Skirt has two features that will have you reaching for this skirt over and over again.  First of all, comfort.  The wide elastic waist provides the ultimate comfort skirt experience!  For those days when it’s going to be a loooooong day; pull out the Marigold skirt.  The second starring feature of this skirt is the pockets.  Because POCKETS!  What Mom couldn’t use an extra hand or two, and pockets provide a little help when needed.Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsWe only made one change to the Marigold Skirt pattern, and that was adding length (surprise, surprise!)  The pattern pieces give the finished lengths for the above the knee and below the knee skirts.  For most women, they are probably accurate, but when you are 6 feet tall, the below the knee length falls above the knee and the above the knee length is ooh la la!  So I simply added 5 inches and ended up with a below the knee length.  This length is great for summer, but now that I saw how easy it was to add length, I’m itching to make a maxi version for fall!Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsLet’s talk about that fabulous fabric on the Marigold Skirt for a minute, shall we?  The fabric is from Hawthorne Threads and is from their new Fawn line of fabrics.  This fabric is called Forget Me Not in Aspen.  It’s feminine, delicate, and oh so summery!Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsOne thing we didn’t realize about Hawthorne Threads in house fabrics is that they are printed fabrics.  Never having received fabric from them before, we were pleasantly pleased to see the care instructions included.  Their tip about using a fine needle on Hawthorne Threads fabric was so helpful and necessary for a professional finished product.Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsSince I’m working on my summer wardrobe, I made a top to go with my new Marigold Skirt.  I used the Renfrew pattern from Sewaholic, without the cowl neck for summer.   I made a couple of adjustments from the last time I made it.   First I widened the shoulders, cuz, you know, tall girls have wide shoulders!  And I also raised the scoop neckline about 1 inch for modesty.  Let’s face it, I’m a Mom with 7 kids and I bend over to pick up kids or their toys approximately 7 million times in a day!Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsI used my favorite fabric from JoAnn Fabrics.  It’s the same as Annie’s Uptown Downtown dress, and now I know why she wore that dress almost every day this winter.  Comfortable!!!Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsThe last thing I did on the Renfrew shirt pattern was to stitch down the neckband, cuffs and waistband using a zig zag stitch.   This was only called for on the neckline, but adds some structure, interest and stability to the shirt.  And I dislike adjusting hems, so now these will stay put! Marigold Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Hawthorne ThreadsWe want you to join in the fun with Blank Slate Patterns and Hawthorne Threads, so we invite you to add any thing you made using a Blank Slate Pattern or fabric from one of Hawthorne Threads in house fabrics to our link up.

Also be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win 2 Blank Slate Patterns AND a $50 to Hawthorne Threads. Remember, TWO random winners will receive that awesome package!

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We can’t wait to see what you’ve been making!

 


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All The Skirts: Blank Slate Patterns & Hawthorne Threads

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Today is the start of another great edition of All The Skirts. We are so delighted to announce All The Skirts: Blank Slate Patterns & Hawthorne Threads! Let us tell you a little more about each of these great companies.
Blank Slate Patterns is the brainchild of Melissa of Melly Sews. You surely recognize her name because she judged Challenge Create: Adult Edition last year, right here on Skirt Fixation! The first Blank Slate Pattern we made was the Beachy Boatneck. We just adore all the options offered for boys at Blank Slate Patterns, but today we’re going to focus on the skirts. There are 2 skirts in the Blank Slate Patterns line up, the Schoolday Skirt, and the Marigold.The Schoolday Skirt is a the perfect mix of vintage flair and modern style. Though it looks complicated, this skirt is actually an advanced beginner project – as long as you’re comfortable with buttonholes, you’re good to go!The Marigold is actually a dress pattern with the option to make only the skirt part of the dress. You can be sure we are going to be sewing up the dress, and the peplum top version, sometime soon!
But that’s not all, over on Melly Sews, which is where Melissa blogs for Blank Slate Patterns, there are 10 free skirt patterns and tutorials! That’s right, 10! We’re going to sew up one of those, any guesses?
The other sponsor of this edition of All The Skirts is Hawthorne Threads.
Hawthorne Threads is a wonderful online fabric shop operated by Charlie and Lindsay. Hawthorne Threads carries all your favorite fabrics, and at very comparable pricing to other fabric shops. But it gets better; Hawthorne Threads has a tiered pricing schedule where you get a discounts for order yardages, order history and size of cuts. You can check it out here. Basically, plan on doing ALL your fabric shopping with Hawthorne Threads.
As if all that wasn’t enough, Hawthorne Threads has their own fabric lines, and they are amazingly beautiful! We can’t wait to show you the fabric from their collections we’ve chose to sew up the Blank Slate Patterns skirts. Their lines are:

Fawn

Coyote

Zambezi

Isometry (pictured is 1 of 12 color ways)

Marsala

Norwegian Wood

Etched

Bengal (picture is 1 of 9 color ways)

Calliope

Fair Isle

Plus 24 solid Hawthorne Hues to coordinate with everything.  And all the sizes of dots you could ever imagine!

Oh, and just so your quilt backs will never be boring again, try entering the words “quilt back” in their search bar!!!

Next Friday, we’ll show you the first skirt we made, and open up the Inlinkz for you to link up any Blank Slate Pattern you’ve made or anything sewn with Hawthorne Threads designed fabric. (That’s those collections exclusive to Hawthorne Threads, listed above and seen here.)  Be sure to visit Blank Slate Patterns and Hawthorne Threads and pick up some patterns and fabric for a chance to win great prizes!  For this edition of All The Skirts, 2 random winners will receive a $50 gift certificate and 2 Blank Slate Patterns!
Good luck and happy sewing!

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