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Willamette Shirt Review

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Yesterday Adrianna Appl of Hey June Handmade released the Willamette Shirt.  It’s a boxy dolman popover shirt with several different options for sewing.  I made view A with sleeve cuffs.  There are also options for a cropped version or one with a waist seam and color blocking options.

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Willamette Shirt can be made in 11 sizes from 2 to 22.  It has a boxy silhouette, which means it goes straight from the waist to the hem.  In other words, totally kind and complimentary to a body that’s birthed 8 babies…one as recent as 2 months ago!

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This pattern is a great one for an advanced beginner seamstress looking for an entry pattern into sewing woven button up shirts.  I love the Cheyenne Tunic pattern, and will continue to sew it over and over again!  But the new Willamette Shirt is a lot faster to sew…I made this one in one afternoon.  The plackets are actually facing, and the collar is one piece sandwiched between the yoke and the front, so much easier to construct.  You don’t even have to make the button and button hole, you can just sew the placket shut up higher, like I did.

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I love the pleat in the back (which is hard to see in this photo.)  I made the inverted pleat, but there are 2 other types of pleats you could make there too…all completely detailed in the pattern, of course!

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

 

For the fabric, I used some Robert Kaufman lawn designed by Liesl Gibson (of Oliver + S.)  I had hoarded it for a while, and only had 2 yards.  The Willamette Shirt fabric requirements is 3 yards, but I managed to get this one from 2 yards with a tiny little pile of scraps left, as I shared in my Instagram Story!  (For reference, I made a size 8…it probably could not be done in much larger sizes.)  This lawn is very lightweight and drapey and works great to give some movement to this boxy top.  I used the navy blue color way which is mostly sold out, but Kaufman Woodland Clearing Birds in Branches Coral Fabric is still available.

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I sewed the Willamette Shirt without making a muslin with NO alterations to the pattern!  Normally this would be a pretty dumb thing to do, but since I’ve sewn so many Hey June patterns and am familiar with the way they fit, I was comfortable in doing that.  Usually I do add width to the shoulders of my Hey June patterns, but because this pattern has dolman sleeves, that wasn’t necessary either!

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One reason I sew any Hey June pattern I can is because I always learn something new from them.  For this pattern, it was the genius way the facing is constructed together with the yoke and collar.  At one point I was pretty sure I was going to have to unpick the whole thing, but kept going according to the instructions, and never had to undo and redo anything!

Willamette Shirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

If you get your copy of the Willamette Shirt right now, it’s on sale!  I can assure you it’s worth it.

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Amnesty April {Project Sew It}

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

Hello there, we’re back again with Project Sew It’s April Challenge: Dress.  (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.)  Aria and Audrey both sewed up a garment for this month’s challenge.  But not a dress.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

We’ve given ourselves amnesty on the given garment theme for the month of April because both of us needed a different garment than a dress in our wardrobes.  And frankly, we’re both a little scared of sewing up dresses.  But later in the year there is another dress challenge, so we’ll see how we do then!

Audrey’s Amnesty April Santa Fe Top

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Santa Fe top by Hey June Handmade is one of my current favorite patterns.  I made 2 of these tops and wore them the first 4 months of my pregnancy almost exclusively!  And now in my postpartum body, I’m in my super comfortable, almost flattering, lovable Santa Fe tops again.  So I decided to give the 2 I made last fall a little help by sewing up another.  This time I sewed up view F with the adorable contrast sleeve inserts.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

I made just a few changes due to personal preference.  First of all, I went down 1 size.  I do feel my other Sante Fe Tops are a little on the big side even thought the pattern is intended to get a loose fit.  And secondly, the fabric I was using has a huge stretch, and sizing down is a good idea.  I raised the neckline in the front by 1 inch.  And I also made a neck band rather than a neck binding, just for fun.  I also lengthened the sleeves out to the length of the largest size.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

The chocolate swirl fabric is a brushed poly, which is all the current rage in the sewing community for good reason!  This is a little different than the double brushed poly I used for my Mountain Pose Pants, and my machine really struggled to sew the side seams where it was 2 layers of the brushed poly together.  Where the sleeve fabric and the brushed poly fabric are sewn together, my machine did fine.  If I had a serger, I’m sure it could handle brushed poly fabric just fine, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself because I don’t have one!

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

You can find the chocolate swirl fabric at Girl Charlee.  The solid brown is from JoAnn Fabrics, I was leery of matching the shade of brown on a computer screen, so took the fabric in hand to the store to match.  Which led to several other fabric purchases…oops!  Anyway I absolutely LOVE this Santa Fe top, and no one can see the inside where it looks like the bobbin threw up on my fabric because apparently my machine was sick of sewing this brushed poly!  I also left it unhemmed so as not to give my sewing machine a worse case of the flu, or whatever was it’s problem!

Aria’s Amnesty April Seattle Skater Skirt

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

After Allegra no longer wanted or needed the Seattle Skater Skirt Mom made for her she passed it down to me, and I left it in the closet and forgot about it because it was too big in the hips!  I recently discovered that it fit me though, and have been wearing it a lot (because POCKETS!), so when this month’s challenge came, because I really don’t wear dresses, or like to wear them that much, I decided a skirt was what I needed most, and I picked the Seattle Skater Skirt.  First because it was easy, second because it was a circle, and third because it has pockets!

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

As I was looking at the sizes, fabric choices, etc. I discovered that the Seattle skirt can be made with a woven fabric! (Funny the things you can learn when you read stuff properly…)  Of course you still have to use knit fabric for the waistband.  I went with this nice fabric that has purple embroidered flowers on it from our stash!  It happens to match the top I made for the February challenge perfectly!

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

This skirt was super fun to make, and the only change I had to make was to adjust the circle to a little less than a circle because I wanted to add length to the skirt (I’m almost as tall as Mom now!) and the fabric wasn’t wide enough to make a full circle.  So it’s about 2 inches short of a full circle, still very full, and longer too.  It still has a nice spin to it though.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

Anyway, I had a lot of fun making this Seattle Skater Skirt, it went really fast, and I didn’t have to unpick anything!  I plan on wearing this a lot, and I’m happy to have a new addition to my wardrobe.

We’ll see you later for next month’s Project Sew It.  We’ll just say we are excited about the theme and won’t be taking another amnesty month!

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Sewing for Tweens – Pattern Choices

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Today we’re going to share some things we’ve learned about sewing for tweens.  We’re going to focus on pattern choices; what’s available, what they’ll wear!  You can also check out our thoughts on fabric choices over at the Cali Fabrics blog, later next week.

We’re joining the Growing Up Handmade blog tour.  It’s all about handmade clothing for tweens.  This is the age when my kids really start to express themselves.  Their unique style begins to shine.  I have 2 kids in this age category, so it was fun for all of us to plan and sew up 7 items for them to add to their wardrobes.  Yes 7!  That’s quite a lot of things to talk about, which is why this post is going to focus on patterns for tweens, and another post will focus on fabrics for tweens.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

First of all, we sewed up black themed outfits.  While kids of this age don’t clamor to be dressed in matching clothes, they still tolerate coordinated ones.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

There are definitely less patterns for boys in the sewing world than for girls.  So patterns for tween boys are even scarcer!  After looking through all my patterns for boys, I decided to buy 2 new patterns for Thomas’ black outfit.  The t-shirt is the Lennon Tee by Shwin & Shwin, a pattern designed specifically for tween boys.  It’s a fast and easy sew, and comes in sizes XS to XXL which is a 26” chest to 33.5” chest.  We made view A, the plain Tee, but there are 3 more versions we’ll be trying out.  We sewed a size L for Thomas.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

His pants are the Adventure Cargo Pants and Shorts by Pattern Emporium.  This pattern is very detailed, but not hard to sew.  There are so many different options for pockets, and pants and waistband and flies, that it’s a good idea to plan out exactly what you want first.  Thomas and I went over each option carefully and he told me exactly what he wanted.  The Adventure Cargo Pants can be made in sizes 2 to 14.  This was my muslin pair, and I made size 14 for Thomas, but the waist was 4 inches too big!  Good thing it has waistband elastic and he always wears a belt.  We added belt loops to these pants, made a zip fly, and allllllll the pocket options!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie is just starting to go into tween sizes.  She also is starting to put in more requests for certain items or details or patterns.  For the black theme, Annie got a mash up of 2 of her favorite girl tween patterns, the Camden Raglan by Hey June Handmade (affiliate link) and the Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight and Gather.  You could also use this tutorial to do the same thing.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie particularly loves the pockets which come from the bottom half of the Uptown Downtown Dress and the shoulder stripes which come from the Camden Raglan on top in this dress.  The fabric is bamboo rayon from CaliFabrics, a perfect lightweight and soft fabric for summer.  The Camden Raglan can be made in sizes 6-16, and the Uptown Downtown Dress can be made in sizes 2-14.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

For the next set of outfits, we actually went closer to matching than coordinating, but when it’s camo, who will notice?

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

For Thomas we used the same patterns, because they worked out so well.  On these I adjusted the waist area and took out 2 inches for this second pair of Adventure Cargos Pants.   This kid is actually very lucky that I sew for him because RTW (ready to wear) clothing does N.O.T. fit his tall and lanky frame!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

The fabric is real, true Carhartt canvas from Cali Fabrics.  He’s pretty pumped about a real pair of Carhartts…that fits!  We promise a post really soon about how amazing it is!  And the desert camo jersey fabric from Cali Fabrics is perfect for t-shirts.

Click on the links below to see our reviews of other patterns we have sewn in tween boy sizing:

Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom

Big Little Wild Things vest by Twig & Tale

Classic Chinos by PeekABoo Pattern Shop

Which Way Out Jacket by Fishsticks Designs

Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle

Newsboy Cap by Waffle Patterns

Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads

Everyday Tie by Made Everyday

And 2 that are next up on our sewing list:

Spring Showers Jacket by E&E Patterns

Parachute Polo and Sweatpants by Oliver+S

 

For Annie’s camo outfit, we planned a look that uniquely expresses who she is!  Girly and tomboy all mixed together in one.  She loves to dress up and look nice with a cute hairdo styled by one of her teenage sisters.  And she also loves to tear around in the woods with her brothers, playing hide and seek.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

 

We made her the Laramie Shirt by Hey June Handmade (affiliate link) using the most amazing Indigo Ranchero Rayon Chambray from Cali Fabrics.  The Laramie Shirt is the little sister pattern of the Cheyenne Tunic, and you KNOW how much we love the Cheyenne Tunic around here!  It is just as wonderful of a pattern, in sizes 6-16.  Plus there is an extra option for a dress, which we’ve already promised to make for Annie.  We made 2 changes to the Laramie Shirt pattern, we added the ruffle down the front by cutting out 2 extra button plackets at 2x the normal length along the selvedges of the fabric.  Then we gathered them and sewed them inside the button placket as we topstitched it in place.  The other change was to make short sleeves, but still add the cuff and placket from the 3/4 sleeve option.  We had to make the cuff a little narrower in width and gather the sleeve a little bit to fit accordingly.  Plus we added 2 buttons instead of one on the cuffs.  For the girly factor!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie loves pencil skirts, and this one is the Jocole Girls Pencil Skirt which can be made in sizes doll and newborn to 14.  The only change we made was to add a pair of shorts underneath so Annie can stay covered during those rambunctious games of hide and seek with her brothers in the woods.

Click on each link below to read our reviews of other patterns we’ve sewn in tween girl sizing:

Polina Peplum by Coffee & Thread

Ila Dress by Coffee & Thread

Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight and Gather

Miss Marlene from the Naeh Connection Shop

Molly Jacket by Violette Field Threads

Girl’s Yoga A-line Skirt by Jocole

Aster Cardigan by LBG Studio

Wild Things Vest by Twig & Tale

Longihood from the Naeh Connection Shop

City Park Tee by Hey June Handmade

Cabana Swim Bottoms by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Just Keep Swimming Rashguard by The Wolf and the Tree

Classic Malliot by Call Ajaire

Slim Trousers by Lil Luxe Collection

#106 by Thread Faction

Rachel by Modkid

Whew!  If you’re still with us, please visit all the other great moms who are sewing for their tweens on this blog tour.  I’ve picked up so many helpful tips!

Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy  |  Paisley Roots   |  Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Tuesday – April 18th
Beri Bee Designs   |   Phat Quarters   |  Sewing By Ti   |   Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday – April 19th
Courtney Zadik   |   Rebel & Malice   |   Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday – April 20th
Pattern Revolution   |  

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Free Patterns for March {Project Sew It}

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

For March’s Project Sew It challenge, both Aria and Audrey sewed up FREE patterns for meeting the “bottoms” project.  (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.)

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

Audrey’s Free Pattern Make:

Today’s post makes me really, really happy!  You see, about 6 years ago I had to throw away my favorite pair of yoga pants.  They were the only pair I’d ever had, I slept in them every single night, and they’d developed holes in some very conspicuous places.  But I’m sure you’ve had a favorite garment and know how hard this was for me, right?  Well, these specific yoga pants had lasted me about 10 years which probably justified the $80 I paid for them from a specialty tall company.  But since then I’ve been too cheap to put out another $100 bucks (price has gone up!!!) and have missed them ever since.

That all changed when Hey June Handmade published the Mountain Pose Pants pattern.  Did I mention it is a free pattern?  Yes.  I’m a huge fan of Hey June patterns as anyone who has been around her any time knows!  It’s the quality and professional results that you can achieve by sewing these patterns.

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

For other tall ladies who want to know, the inseam of the Mountain Post Pants is 32”, and at the recommendation of Adrianna (the designer behind Hey June Handmade) I split up the additional 4” I needed to reach my 36” inseam by adding 2” at the knee on the shorten/lengthen line and 2” at the hem by continuing the flair at the bottom.  You may notice I didn’t hem these pants…I’m waiting to see if the double brushed poly fabric shrinks any more before hemming…or maybe I’m just reveling in a pair of yoga pants that are too long!!!

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

And then there is the fabric I used.  If you have your ear tuned to the sewing world, you’ve heard lots and lots of chatter about double brushed poly knit fabric.  I wanted to know what all the fuss was about and ordered some wine colored double brushed poly knit from CaliFabrics.  In all the reviews I’ve read about double brushed poly, the author comments that they’d like to wrap themselves up in the fabric it’s so soft.  So I figured this fabric might make me a good pair of yoga pants to sleep in.  Let me tell you in a word: YES!

So now you know why this post makes me so happy…I’ve regained my favorite pair of yoga pants, possibly even better than the original pair due to the double brushed poly fabric.

Aria’s Free Pattern Make:

This month I was wanting to go with an easy pattern, partly because we have been pretty busy so I didn’t get around to starting my skirt until pretty late, and partly because next month is will probably be doing a bit more complicated pattern.

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

I decided on Melly Sew’s Easy T-Shirt Skirt Tutorial because I wear the skirt Mom made me all the time! I started with a t-shirt my older brother no longer wanted.  This tutorial is SUPER easy! I had a lot of fun, partly because I didn’t even have to rip anything, and I was able to do it completely by myself!

Skirt Fixation sews up free patterns for Project Sew It

The hardest part about this skirt was probably the waistband because of the amount of stretching I had to do while sewing it.  I made a few changes to it as well.  I made the waistband a little wider so I can wear it lower down instead of on my waist, and I made the pockets deeper.  I always go for deeper pockets!  The pocket fabric is Birch Organic’s flight leftover from this dress.   Anyway, I’m really glad I made it and I will be wearing it all the time!

See you next month for the dress challenge…both of us are feeling really challenged even thinking about it!  Also, affiliate links are used in this post for really awesome products you should try…we love them and think you will too, that’s why we’ve included the links.  But legal powers that be want you to know we might make a few pennies if you click one of our affiliate links…

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Blouses for February {Project Sew It}

Project Sew It February challenges sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today Aria and Audrey are sharing our makes for the Project Sew It February prompt – blouse.  (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.)  Audrey took the opportunity to treat herself to something she’s never had before, and Aria added a much needed item to her wardrobe.  Here they are with their makes.

Audrey’s Flannel Cheyenne Tunic:

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well once again I am not modeling my own clothing, but hopefully next month I will be!  For February’s blouse prompt, I turned to my favorite button up pattern and made myself a flannel Cheyenne tunic.  I can’t remember ever having a flannel shirt in my life, and I am absolutely in love with how this one turned out!  I CANNOT wait to be able to try it on myself!

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed the Cheyenne Tunic in the popover view B.  I adore the fit of the first Cheyenne tunic I made, and knew no fit adjustments would be needed for this flannel version.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, I fell in love with this Robert Kaufman mustard and gray flannel fabric that I found at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It sewed up like a dream because it’s a very stable flannel.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

I turned the button placket, pocket and back yoke pieces on the bias like a true flannel check shirt.  It think it adds so much awesomeness to this Cheyenne!  Last time I used voile for the sewing this version of the Cheyenne tunic, my maternity version is from a chambray, and this one is flannel which I think speaks very well to the versatility of this pattern.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Aria told me that this flannel Cheyenne Tunic is very warm.  The wind was blowing and it was a cold day when we took these photos, but she said she couldn’t feel the wind through the shirt!  Now by the time I can probably wear it, summer will be upon us and I will have to wait for fall weather, but at least I’m prepared!

Aria’s Drapey Rayon Seafarer:

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I really enjoyed making this month’s challenge! It was a SUPER quick sew, and I was able to do it in one day! I have made the Seafarer once before, but it was with a heavy weight knit.  I still wear it too, but recently Allegra gave me one of the Seafarers Mom made for her (not blogged!)  I love it!  One of my favorite parts about it is it is a light weight knit and a larger size, thus making pretty drapey and super comfortable!

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I was looking for light weight fabrics when I came across this super pretty purple Sew Classic Spandex Knit Fabric from JoAnn Fabrics!  It turns out we have nearly four yards of it! (Hopefully I can make something else out of it!)

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

The most difficult part of this was the neckband. I tried to sew it on the first time, but i didn’t stretch it anywhere near enough, so I had to unpick it, *sigh*, and mom helped me pin it.  After that everything went really smoothly!

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

This Seafarer Top is definitely my best attempt at sewing with light weight knits!  I’m hoping to do  more with lighter weight knits and looking forward to the next challenge!

Project Sew It February challenges sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Maternity Cheyenne Tunic Tutorial

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Before I start Handmade Baby posts, I have one final maternity post for you.  A while back, Sarah from The Crazy Tailor suggested I should figure out how to hack the Cheyenne Tunic pattern to make it suitable for maternity wear.  As is usual with a sewing challenge, my mind worked on the problem until I finally figured out a solution…for each view!

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

To keep myself motivated to get the project done, I challenged Emily of @enjoyful_makes on Instagram to a sew off because she’s a fellow fan of Hey June Handmade and also expecting a baby.  We were each to take a Hey June Handmade pattern and hack it for maternity wear.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Let’s start with View A, the full button front.  The trick was deciding where to add the ease to allow for a rounded belly.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Step 1: Cut apart the front pattern piece below the bottom of the bust.  For me this was on the shorten/lengthen line.  If I were to do it again, I could even go an inch or so above that line.  Cut out the top half as normal, just adding seam allowance to the bottom of the piece.  When you cut out the bottom half of the pattern piece, cut out 3 extra inches across the front and add the seam allowance to the top as well.  I also added length to the bottom of the tunic, but this was probably not necessary.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Step 2:  Make pleats to gather in the extra 3 inches.  I made 3 pleats, each facing away from the center front, located in the center of each front piece.  Alternately, you could make 1 box pleat.  You just want your pleats/gathering to end up drawing in the extra 3 inches you added.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Step 3:  Sew the front and bottom pieces together so you have a whole front piece.  To make the Cheyenne Tunic last the entire pregnancy, sew these 2 pieces together WRONG sides together.  This will make the inside of your shirt look as pretty at this seam as at the rest of the shirt.  After you have the shirt completed, sew a ribbon or tie over the top of this seam covering up the exposed edges and dangling off the side seams.  This will allow you to wear the shirt at all stages of pregnancy, included the smaller months as the ties can draw in the extra width as you grow.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

I did not do this on my shirt because I am nearing the end of my pregnancy.  So I sewed the top and bottom halves of the fronts together RIGHT sides together.  I pressed the seam up and zigzagged the raw edges on the inside.  Then I finished assembling the front pieces according to the pattern.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

And there you have it…a maternity Cheyenne Tunic, View A.  I often wear this one with one of my maternity Runway Skirts.  I made the Cheyenne in black stretch sateen from JoAnn Fabrics.  I love this fabric for the Cheyenne Tunic very much, and will probably make myself another non maternity version in the fall!

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Now for View B…which is super, super simple.  This is the maternity Cheyenne tunic hack I actually figured out first.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Step 1:  Cut out the front piece as shown.  The center front will be 3 inches away from the fold.  Cut down the front down to the “cut here for placket” marking.  At that point, pivot and cut out to the fold of the fabric.  Again I added length to the tunic length which was not necessary.  But I’m very tall, so it ended up okay.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Step 2:  Sew 2 gathering stitches just below the bottom of the placket.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Step 3:  Gather this very tightly.  You probably won’t be able to get it exactly back to the original shape, but the bottom point of the placket will cover up the gaping part.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

Easy-peasy, and you have a View B maternity-ized Cheyenne Shirt!  The fabric from this one came from Hancock Fabrics going out of business sale and indigo Robert Kaufman chambray union fabric leftover from this skirt.

2 tutorials from Skirt Fixation on how to make the Cheyenne Tunic suitable for maternity wear

This tutorial can probably be used with any button up shirt pattern, but I definitely recommend the Cheyenne Tunic pattern from Hey June Handmade.  All the seams are beautifully finished on the inside and it’s such a lovely, professional shirt!

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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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Maternity Lane Raglan

Maternity Lane Raglan

Maternity Lane Raglan

Halfway there is a good time to make an announcement, right?  After I finished sewing the Wild Things vests, Aria kept telling me I needed to take a break and sew something for myself before I started my next difficult project (sewing jeans for my boys: follow along on Instagram to see my progress.)  How could I resist something as persuasive as that?  The only problem was…a growing waistline, and no patterns that worked.  Then I remembered the very intelligent Adrianna, the designer behind Hey June Handmade, had created a tutorial on how to modify the Lane Raglan for maternity wear.

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt FixationAfter digging through my stash, I grabbed some mustard knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics, leftover from this Aster Cardigan, and some blue brush strokes stripe fabric from Cali Fabrics, leftover from making this skirt.

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used her tutorial to make a maternity Lane Raglan with only 2 changes.  I added 6” instead of 4” to the length of the front because I’m tall like that!  And then I used one size larger on the front piece and my regular size for the back and sleeves.  And you know what?  I love it!!!  A maternity shirt with the sleeves long enough?  Plus, comfortable, with wide enough shoulders and long enough to cover my bump the whole nine months?  Unheard of unless I wanted to pay a whole bunch of money!  So of course I made a second one.

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

On the second maternity Lane Raglan, I made one more slight change; I widened the width of the neckband after seeing someone else do it on Instagram, and it’s pretty cool too.   For this second one I grabbed more fabric from my stash, a charcoal bamboo knit from Cali Fabrics, leftover from this skirt, and a floral fabric from Girl Charlee that I’ve used on this skirt and this cardigan.  The floral fabric has 2 way stretch and fits a little tighter, so it might not make it the whole 9 months.  But we’ll see.

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

There are some clothes in my regular wardrobe that would probably work for some or most of the pregnancy, but I like to put away all my “regular” clothes and only wear maternity clothes when I’m pregnant.  Then after I give birth, it’s sort of like my birthday too with all the new clothes I get to wear again!

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

So after making these two maternity Lane Raglans, I did something drastic: I cut off all the sleeves on all my maternity tops that were too short and hemmed them short sleeve length.  Because this pregnancy, I don’t have to settle for maternity tops that don’t fit right!  I can make myself all the maternity Lane Raglan tops that I want!

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Sante Fe Top Review

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I’ve got a new favorite top, to sew and to wear! It’s the Sante Fe by Hey June Handmade. Since I love everything I’ve sewn from this company, I was pretty sure the Sante Fe was going to be a win too. Just to be safe I made a muslin first. I used some charcoal bamboo knit fabric from Cali Fabrics.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is light, and swingy, and just perfect for this pattern.  I had never sewn a neckline with binding instead of a band, and I really like the clean finish. The cuffs on the arms have a similar clean finish. In fact, everything on the inside of this shirt is so clean and finished that I accidentally wore it inside out the other day…and no one noticed!

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation
I made view C and the only change I made for the muslin was to lengthen the dolman sleeves by about 2 inches to accommodate for my wide shoulders.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt FixationLike all Hey June Handmade patterns we’ve sewn, this one is easy to follow.  The illustrations are drawn and the instructions are clear and complete.  It can be made in 7 sizes from XS to 2X.  There are 6 different variations you could make.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

After making this muslin, I decided to make another Sante Fe Top the next day! The only change I made for fit was to raise the neckline by about 1 inch and shorten the binding accordingly. I used some cheap knit fabric I picked up at Hancock Fabric’s going out of business sale. It’s lightweight and only has two way stretch, which makes it another great fit for this pattern.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For a little Anthro-esque touch, I added a strip of blue lace down the front seam. I polled my sewing friends on Instagram before adding it, and there was overwhelming support for this idea. One of my sewing friends suggested adding the lace to the raglan sleeves of view F, and since I absolutely love this idea, I guess I’ll be making another Sante Fe Top soon!

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

You might have noticed I left both the hems of these Sante Fe Tops raw edges.  This is for 2 reasons.  1: knit fabric doesn’t fray, so no hemming needed.  2: my double needle is currently in time out for not meeting my expectations for hem perfection.  I knew the situation wouldn’t improve with thin fabrics.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt FixationHere’s what I love about the fit of the Sante Fe top: it hugs your curves, and then flares out for a looser fit around the waist and hips. The result is about the most comfortable shirt ever. I’ve been wearing one or other of these every week!
So if you’ve got some cheap lightweight knit fabric laying around that you purchased before you knew what you were doing when buying knit fabric (not that I’d know anything about that, ahem!) turn it into some Sante Fe Tops! You can thank me later.

Oh, and the Halifax Hoodie is currently the featured pattern which means it’s on sale, so grab it too while you’re at Hey June Handmade.  You’re going to need it this fall!

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Annie’s 4H City Park Tee Dress

Young girl sews her own dress for 4H project!

Young girl sews her own dress for 4H project!

Annie sewed a fun project for 4H this year.  Last year she sewed a skirt, and every year the child is supposed to show advancement of skills.  Now, in her level (K-2,) this isn’t a requirement and everyone gets a blue ribbon no matter what they create.  But we decided it was a good opportunity for Annie to learn some new skills.

Young girl sews her own dress for 4H project!

Adrianna just released the City Park Tee, and then did a series of tutorials on how to make the City Park Tee into a dress.  I showed the 3 looks to Annie and she chose the classic straight tee dress.  I asked Annie to share what she remembered/loved from making her City Park Tee dress, and here’s what she said:

We made it 20 inches longer than the longest size which was just above my ankles.  We used the City Park Tee into a dress using a tutorial from Hey June Handmade.  The neckband was pretty tricky but I put lots of pins in it.  It has different options for sleeves, but I used the short sleeve option.  I chose this fabric because brown looks better than light colors on my body.  We used almost all of this fabric that we had.  My favorite part of making this dress is getting to wear it.

Young girl sews her own dress for 4H project!

Just for reference, Annie is 8.  This was her 1st time sewing with knit fabric.  I kept her in constant supervision, sometimes helping to steer the fabric through the machine.  We also talked about each step of the directions and what it meant.  The City Park Tee is a very easy pattern to follow, and has illustrations for each step.  It really wasn’t too hard for Annie to understand and picture most steps before she started sewing it.

Young girl sews her own dress for 4H project!

Annie now regularly haunts our knit fabric stash plotting and planning the next City Park Tee or Dress she’s going to make!  I’m so proud of her, and if you are too, leave a comment!

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