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Me Made May 2018 Week 3

Me Made May week 3 by Skirt Fixation

Over on Instagram (follow us here!) we are participating in Me Made May.  For this event, sewists all around the world wear the clothes they made themselves and share it.  Here is what I’ve been wearing.

Shirt: Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns in double brushed poly fabric from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

Skirt: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns in baby wale corduroy from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

Do you ever have this problem? Sometimes when I refashion garments, I can’t UNSEE the old one. For example, this just looks like 3 of Mr. Skirt Fixation’s shirts! Perhaps it the handsome Mr. SF I can’t get out of my mind’s eye? 😉 . . Skirt pattern: Tiered maxi skirt from @patternemporium_kate Skirt fabric: Mr. Skirt Fixation’s button down shirts. Shirt pattern: peplum top from @jocolepatterns Shirt fabric: @artgalleryfabrics solid knit . . #mmmay18 #sewblueandwhite #pdfpattern #sewistsofinstagram #memademay2018 #memademay #memadeeveryday #memademay18 #isewmyownclothes #handmadewardrobe #sewmodest #skirtsewing #skirtpattern #sewingskirts #upcycled #upcycledskirt #pdfpattern #sewingforme #sewinglyf #sewsewsew #sewcialists #sewersgonnasew #makersgonnamake #wearefabrics

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Tiered Maxi skirt by Pattern Emporium reviewed here.

Peplum Top by Jocole in Art Gallery Fabric solid knit reviewed here.

Fancy Sailor Top in super soft Nani Iro double gauze reviewed here.

Pencil skirt in embossed scuba knit from JoAnn Fabrics reviewed here.

Confession: when I designed the Runway Skirt, the midi length was my least favorite. But now I wear this one ALL the time! What do you think of midi length? . . Skirt pattern: #runwayskirt by #savvypatterns Skirt fabric: #blithefabrics by @katarinaroccella for @artgalleryfabrics Shirt pattern: #laneraglan by @heyjunehandmade Shirt fabric: 2 different black knit fabrics that are fading unevenly! This was my muslin of the update, and it desperately needs replacing…maybe it should be my Me Made item for this week? 😂 . . #mmmay18 #memademay18 #memademay #memademay2018 #memadeeveryday #patterndesigner #pdfpattern #pdfpatternsewing #selfcaresewing #sewersgonnasew #makersgonnamake #sewsewsew #sewingisselfcare #skirtsewing #sewingskirts #sewingtall #sewingforme #sewcialists #sewistsofinstagram #apparelsewing #modestskirt #sewmodest #selfishsewing #wearefabrics

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Runway skirt by Savvy Patterns in Art Gallery Fabrics Blithe knit fabric and Blithe voile fabric for the godets.  Reviewed here.

Black Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns that just won’t go away!  I’m going to get some of this fabric to replace it though.  Soon…

Me Made May week 3 by Skirt Fixation

The photo above is what I wore on the next day of Me Made May.  Sort of.  And I never got it posted to Instagram.  It was one of those days!  I spent the morning in the goat barn with a doe who was having trouble kidding.  Around lunchtime, I had a lunch meeting that simply could not be avoided.  So I showered, threw on this maxi skirt refashioned from a dress (see the original post here) and my white Union St. Tee in Riley Blake Designs white knit fabric.  As soon as I returned, I was back in the barn in my chore clothes until just before supper.  Another shower, and I put on my pajamas for the rest of the evening!  Ah, such is life!

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Hampton Hoodie by Peekaboo Pattern Shop in Art Gallery Fabrics Petal and Plume knit fabric.

Style J denim maxi skirt in khaki.

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Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns in Art Gallery Fabrics Observer knit fabric with cream rayon challis for the godets.

Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns in fine chambray from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

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And from yesterday, the Mermaid Maxi Skirt in Art Gallery Fabrics Millie Fleur knit fabric.

And my favorite new basic, the Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns in chocolate Dana modal knit fabric.

That’s it for this week!  See you next week…

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Mermaid Maxi Skirt Review

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

When a skirt is named “Mermaid Maxi” what else can you do?  I was helpless to resist!  Diva Patterns by Tie Dye Diva has a new skirt pattern out, and it’s just as delightful as the name implies.  I was ecstatic to join the blog tour for the Mermaid Maxi Skirt, and I can’t wait to see all the creations this week!  

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Mermaid Maxi skirt is a knit skirt with some pretty special details.  First there’s the fit and flare mermaid tail shape.  Then there’s those pockets.  And finally, the pattern is versatile enough that you can make it several times achieving a different look every time.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I sewed a size 4, mermaid tail shaped skirt with ruched pockets.  The only change I made was to add 2 inches to the length, one at the knee, and one in the middle of the flare as instructed in the pattern instructions.  A straight skirt with a slit in the front can also be made.  And there is an option for straight pockets.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This pattern has great thorough instructions, lots of markings, illustrated drawings, and easy to follow directions.  Any possible difficult steps in the pattern are noted and extra instructions given if needed.  The Pink Pin Tips are especially helpful, and I loved the way the elastic waist is constructed.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Mermaid Maxi skirt can be made in 14 sizes from 0 (34-35” hips) to 26 (53-55” hips.)   In the above photo, I’m attempting to show you how full the bottom of the skirt is!  It’s so swishy and fun to twirl, but hard to capture on camera!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As you may have noticed, I pulled out some of the best fabric I’d been saving for just the right occasion.  This is knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics and is super soft and very good quality.  This one is called Line Drawings Bluing designed by the very talented artist Bari J.  In the above photo, you can see the detail of the lovely ruching on the pocket, and of course a closeup of that amazing fabric!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Suddenly I have an urge to sew aaaaalllll the swishy maxi skirts and take a trip to the beach and stroll barefoot through the sand.  Trail my toes in water.  Feel the salt water spray in my hair.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For this special skirt, I had to sew myself a new shirt.  Of course I sewed the Union Street Tee by Hey June Patterns.  And I treated myself to some chocolate brown dana modal knit fabric.  The fabric and the Union Street Tee pattern have the perfect drape and ease to pair with this form fitting maxi skirt.  Believe me when I tell you this simple t-shirt is a treat!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

You will want to be sure to check out the blog tour introduction post here.  There are giveaways for $250 in prizes, and the Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern is on sale!  Plus there’s a discount code for fabric so you can sew your own Mermaid Maxi Skirt!  Also, be sure to check out the rest of the Mermaid Maxi Skirts all week long!  (And if you’re looking for the weekly Me Made May post, I’ll see you here tomorrow…)

 

Monday, May 21
Tie Dye Diva Patterns – Mermaid Maxi Blog Tour and Giveaway!
Skirt Fixation – Mermaid Maxi Skirt Review

Tuesday, May 22
Musings of a Seamstress
Heather Handmade

Wednesday, May 23
Sew Altered Style
sewsewilse
Chook n Duck

Thursday, May 24
Penny Sew Vintage
TipStitched
Sharon Sews

Friday, May 25
Sewing By Ti
Brittany J Jones

Skirt Fixation for Tie Dye Diva Patterns Mermaid Maxi Tour

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Patriotic Fabric Parade

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

This year I found the perfect patriotic fabric for a special occasion.  Raspberry Creek Fabrics has a new patriotic line of fabric, and I’m in love!  I got 2 of the 8 fabrics, both cotton jersey knits.  They are soft and durable, and last through all the antics my kids put them through.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

These patriotic fabrics inspired a patriotic parade!  They marched excitedly around the yard, playing their parade game.  Which is exactly how new clothes make me feel too!  Beware there are a ton of photos, but they all capture the mood perfectly.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Every summer around her birthday, I sew Annie a patriotic shirt.  That tradition and this fabric combined to keep the occasion going another year!  This shirt pattern is the Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns, Annie’s favorite.  For the sleeves, I used navy blue and white paisley bandana print fabric and added red stripes.  The center fabric is solid navy and oh-so-soft.  It was perfect for a patriotic vinyl iron on using my Cricut Maker machine.  And if you want to make this one too, here’s the cut file for free!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s skirt, I sewed her a knit pencil skirt with shorts attached.  This has her become her go to summer skirt!  The fabric is the red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The fact that there are 2 different blues make it a solid winner for us!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used striped navy and white jersey fabric for the shorts underneath, but have no photos.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next up I sewed raglan tees for the boys.  I know it seems like I’m on a mission to sew them all the coordinating raglans, but when it works, it works!  The main fabric is the same as Annie’s skirt, red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

David got saffron colored Art Gallery Fabrics knit for his sleeves and neckband.  Just like the rest of his shirts recently, I sewed him a size 7.  He is always very game for any garment I sew for him in any color and fabric.  It’s so easy and fun to sew for a non-picky child because I get to make all the decisions which is half the fun!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Lowell got the Oliver+S Fieldtrip raglan tee also.  His is a size 5 with the same navy as Annie’s shirt for the sleeves.  He has this thing for the color blue.  In fact, when he wears blue, he declares that he’s one of the “good guys” and always wears blue when possible!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

In the above group photo, you need to be sure to notice the special care I took to match the stripes on the sides of the boy’s shirts.  Thank you for noticing!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

And Baby got a complete outfit too, naturally!  I used the navy blue and white paisley bandana jersey knit print to sew a Pistachio Tee for her.  The only change I made was to crop it in length.  Honestly, it was so that as she grows her little toddler belly will stick out!  It’s the cutest thing, and you’d think she was a cat for all the belly rubs she gets around here.  The little navy shoulder ruffles are like tiny angel wings which is perfectly fitting too!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

The scale on the bandana print is quite large, which makes it great for apparel making.  But on a tiny baby shirt, you don’t get that size and scale all represented.  So I was very choosy on what part to put in the center of the shirt.  Did I get it right?

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby’s skirt is the Daphne pattern from Simple Life Patterns.  It uses the navy and white stripes over the solid navy fabric.  And honestly, I just might copy both my girls’ skirt for my own wardrobe!  

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, we grabbed a few props and flags from the dollar store for a parade.  The flowers I’d potted earlier in the year were perfect for on the wagon.  And the dog had to join the parade too!  The kids insisted on it because he matched the color theme!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

What you can’t see in the photos is some of the older kids standing behind me helping with kids and props and the dog, and making them all laugh by balancing the extra hats on my head while I snapped photos!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

For sure, I couldn’t sew as much as I do and photograph and blog it without that behind-the-scenes help!  But I reward them with handmade clothes too. 😉

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Do us a favor and head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics to check out all their fabric.  You won’t be sorry!  I love shopping from small fabric shops because they can’t afford to carry poor quality fabric and get a bad reputation.  So it’s like shopping someone’s curated collection of fabric.  My idea of a good time right there!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now I’ve chatted on for long enough!  Leave us a comment, we love them.

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Me Made May 2018 Week 1

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

As promised, for anyone who doesn’t follow us on Instagram, here’s the round up of Audrey’s weekly outfits.  It’s fun to look back and see what I wore in past years, and the different ways to pair items of clothing.  Stick around to the end of the post to see if I met my goal for the week!!!

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Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns pattern review here.

Willamette Shirt by Hey June Pattern pattern review here.

Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns.

Simple Maxi skirt pattern by Simple Simon & Co reviewed here in Art Gallery Fabrics aloe mist knit.

Marlene shirt pattern; reviewed here in Riley Blake Designs striped knit.

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Lane Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns in double brushed poly (here’s a similar fabric) reviewed here.

Jocole pencil skirt in scuba knit from JoAnn Fabrics (here’s a similar, no prettier, fabric! reviewed here.

Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns in black jersey from JoAnn Fabrics.

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Lane Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns in black knit.

Jocole pencil skirt in striped knit (I think it’s this exact one) reviewed here.

Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns refashioned from a skirt (see it here.)

Style J denim maxi skirt.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bicm9FYBYsi/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns in woven brushed modal from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

Key Largo Top by Hey June Patterns with ruffle sleeves hack in floral viscose poplin from La Mercerie.

And if you’re following along, you know that I’ve accomplished at least 1 week’s sewing project for me goal for May.  Also, this seems to be a new color palette for me, but I’m totally in love with this fabric.  It’s lightweight, doesn’t wrinkle horribly, and drapes and flows beautifully.

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

In my opinion, it’s the perfect fabric for this pattern.  I highly recommend either and both of these!

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

For some reason, I’ve been attracted to the warm color palette for the first time in my wardrobe.  I love wearing navy blues and blacks, but recently I’ve wanted all the reds, oranges, and yellows.  So keep your eyes on this space to see how long this lasts.

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Chambray Fabric 3 ways!

3 ways to use chambray fabrics by Skirt Fixation

Did you catch our post over at CaliFabrics about the 3 ways we’re wearing chambray?


3 ways to use chambray fabrics by Skirt Fixation

Here are the pattern details:

My shirt: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

My skirt: Vientian Skirt by Itch to Stitch

Annie’s dress: Laramie Shirt & Dress by Hey June Patterns

Now go read the post over at CaliFabrics for more details!

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Great Wall of China Inspired Children’s Clothing

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Even though I’m not eligible to win a prize, I’m sewing along with Project Run & Play for the week 1 “7 Wonders of the World” theme!  (If you missed the news, I’m now leading Project Run & Play!)  It’s too inspiring not to!  Here’s a look at our Great Wall of China Inspired children’s clothing.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Around our house, we have studied the Great Wall of China in our history studies many times.  Since it’s one of the ancient Wonders of the World, we chose to be inspired by both the architecture, and the surrounding landscape.  And we decided to have a little fun too!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s dress, we chose to be inspired by the length of the Great Wall of China and sew her another maxi dress.  We started with the Camden Raglan, and got busy designing it into a dress with special little touches.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The first little touch we added was to insert lace on the lines of the raglan sleeves.  It’s a sweet little touch, and represents how the Great Wall of China criss crosses the entire country.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The second little touch we added was to design a bell sleeve for the sleeve hem with more lace inserted at the top of the bell.  Annie chose the length she wanted the sleeves to be, and absolutely adores how they bell out and flow with the dress.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The final touch we added was to leave the sleeve and bottom dress hems raw.  With time and wear and washing, they will curl up slightly.  The intention was for this design feature to mimic and accent the white of the lace and cherry blossoms.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

We used this Art Gallery Pandalicious Jersey Knit Yinghua Cherrylight Fabric.  “Yinghua” means cherry blossom.  It’s perfectly soft, drapes beautifully on the sleeves and skirt, and is stable enough to make the neckband turn out perfectly.  Annie styled it with her Panda Vest we sewed for her earlier.  This is to represent the pandas in the wilds of China around the Great Wall.  You can read all about it in that post, but it uses panda fabric from the same line of fabric as the cherry blossom fabric.  And she also borrowed a fan from Allegra for a photo prop.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Next came some raglan t-shirts for the boys.  Yes, more raglan t-shirts for these boys!  What can I say?  We used the Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan t-shirt pattern.  For David we are sewing a size 7 and for Lowell a size 5.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, we used some Riley Blake Knit Stripe Aqua/Navy Fabric for the sleeves, neckband, and the back of Lowell’s t-shirt.  We chose stripes to mimic the lines of the Great Wall of China.  For the fronts, we used Riley Blake Designs navy blue jersey knit fabric.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Then came the fun part!  We decided to use our new Cricut Maker machine to make fortune cookie gold foil iron on graphics with two fun sayings.  And the little strip of twill tape represents for the paper fortunes inside!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

David’s shirt says “Tough Cookie” with a fortune cookie.  David is quite a sweetie, and like many boys his age, loves to see how tough he can be!   Click here for the free cut file if you want to make a shirt like this too.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Lowell’s shirts says “Fortun*Ate” as a fun play on words about eating fortune cookies and how fortunate we feel to have him as our son!  If you want to make a shirt like this go here for the free cut file.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For the photoshoot, we tried to find a location the was faintly related to the landscape of China.    We found a river, a gazebo, some cement pillars, a lamppost, and a timber frame shelter.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

What do you think of our Great Wall of China inspired children’s clothing?  Be sure to go over to Project Run & Play and check out what all the designers created for the 7 Wonders of the World prompt, you’ll be inspired and amazed!  And you can see what everyone else is sewing along here.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

This isn’t the greatest picture to showcase the clothing, the lighting is too bright, the kids are wiggling, and so on.  But after I got home and was editing the photos, I noticed how the boys are holding hands with their fingers interlaced, and it was a done deal!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Oh, and if you guessed that I rewarded them with fortune cookies for a modeling jog well done you guessed right!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

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Fancy Sweatshirt & Woven Runway Skirt

Lace overlay Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

Have you seen the fancy sweatshirt trend?  Or maybe you’ve heard it called the dressed up sweatshirt?  Well, I’m official on that train.  Today I’m over at CaliFabrics sharing all about the fabrics used in this post, and why I’m loving the fancy sweatshirt trend.

Lace overlay Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pattern I used to make my fancy sweatshirt is the Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns, of course! (affiliate link- thank you for supporting our sewing)  It perfectly echos and accentuates the flocked scrollwork designs of the lace overlay.

Lace overlay Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

This post check off 2 of the items I wanted to sew for myself in 2018!  One is a Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns using a woven (instead of knit) fabric.  It’s just as elegant and ooh-la-la as I was hoping it would be!  The other is the Lane Raglan.

Now here’s the happy ending to this story.  Or at least I’m trying to be happy about it!  I made this sweatshirt for my little sister and actually managed to ship it to her.  She has been really busy lately and hasn’t had time to sew for herself, plus I’ve already sewn myself a couple of sweatshirts this winter.

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Camden Raglan Gathered Dress

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently I’ve begun sewing for summer.  I know, I’m ahead of schedule, and it’s a pretty daring thing to do when kids grow as fast as mine do!  But I’m trying to allow for growth.  Annie requested some dresses for summer to play in, and I just happened to have the fabric to make it happen.  I’ve found that I can use a busier print for sewing a dress and Annie doesn’t have to worry about trying to match it to something she already has in her closet.  And I had the Camden Raglan pattern and a useful tutorial from Hey June Handmade.

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since Annie L.O.V.E.S. this dress from the time we made the Camden Raglan into a dress, we decided use that pattern again.  This time, instead of using the swing dress tutorial, we used the gathered dress tutorial.  Last time, the floral fabric was the accent, this time the solid fabric is the accent.  We sewed the size 8 for Annie this time.

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

We used some floral fabric from Girl Charlee (no longer available) and some denim colored knit fabric left over from making Mr. Skirt Fixation a t-shirt.  You can still get it at Girl Charlee, and it’s really nice quality fabric.

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

As you can see, we also added a ruffle to the bottom, which was the most time consuming part of sewing this dress!  I just cut all the fabric I had left into 2” strips, gathered them and sewed them to the bottom.  It took forever, but it’s a little girly touch that Annie loves.

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie wore this Camden Raglan dress the day we took those pictures and has begged to wear it every day since.  I’m still holding out, telling her to wait until the weather warms up.  “Won’t it be nice to have a new dress to wear then?”  I keep asking her.  She just gives me a pouty face and goes to put on one of her (many, many) other handmade items!

Camden Raglan Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

I know exactly how she feels though, my favorite handmade item is usually the most recent one!  Lucky for her, this isn’t the only new garment she’s gotten recently, as evidenced by this skirt.  And stay tuned for more…

Leave a comment, do you sew ahead for your kids?  What do you do if they ask to wear it?

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I Made A Puffer Jacket!!!

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

In celebration of today’s EPIC coat making success, I’m giving away a $50 gift card to Mood Fabrics!  For a chance to win, visit me on Instagram.

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

For a very, very long time I have wanted a puffer jacket!  But because I’m 6’ tall, until very recently, one that fit was out of the question even though puffer jackets are everywhere!  Then my (also very tall) sister sent me a photo of her wearing a puffer jacket she had purchased from a specialty tall shop.  I fell in love with it, and almost hit the buy it now button on their online shop.  Then I got to thinking…and decided to sew one for myself.  But as I looked for online tutorials or tips or anything, I couldn’t find ANY!  Am I the only person who has tried this?  There are a few places you can buy pre-quilted fabric, but now I was on a mission to sew my own.

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

After searching for nylon fabric (what puffer jackets are made from) I got several swatches from Mood Fabrics, and finally settled on Burgundy Nylon Ripstop fabric for the outside, and Maroon/Gray Tartan Plaid flannel fabric for the inside.

You can read all about how to make your own puffer jacket over on the Mood Fabrics blog today!  I’m guest posting there all about everything I learned while making this jacket for myself.

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

It may not surprise you to learn the pattern I used as the starting point for my puffer jacket was the Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns. (affiliate link)  To read about the modifications I made to the pattern, and see some (pre snow storm) photos, head over to the Hey June Handmade blog today!

How to DIY a puffer jacket - tutorial from Skirt Fixation

I think the only details I didn’t include in those two posts is my zipper source, and the leather tassel I created at the last minute!  The zipper is a 36” thin nylon-coil separating formal wear zipper in color #527 – Bordeaux.  It was the only zipper I could find that was long enough.   It came from Zipperstop.  And since it wasn’t really intended for outerwear, I decided to add the leather tassel to try to spare the zipper and okay, just for looks!  It was so simple to make, I just cut long strips of gray leather, looped them around the bottom ring of the clip on hardware, and tied another strip of leather at the top to keep them all secure.  It turned out to be too wide to clip through the actual zipper pull itself, so I used a metal ring to go connect them.

Here’s a picture of my inspiration puffer jacket…the one my sister owns!  How did I do?

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Sewing Resolutions 2018

Union St. Tees sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the new year always comes new sewing resolutions!  We’ve got quite a few, today we’re sharing 3 of our personal sewing goals for ourselves.

Skirt Fixation participates in Project Sew It 2018

Project Sew It is a group sewing event where everyone sews up a garment to the same theme.  It’s intended to be motivation to sew more for yourself.  We’ve participated in one way or another for a couple of years.  You can see all our posts here.  Last year Aria and I made it to about September.  It’s not that we quit sewing, but that we sewed different things (in my case) or life got too busy to sew to a theme (in Aria’s case.)  So this year we’re going to follow along loosely, as follows: if we need inspiration, or the motivation to sew something on the list, we’ll follow along.  For January, the theme is tee.

Union St. Tees sewn by Skirt Fixation

On a roll and energized by the sewing resolutions, I sewed up 3 Union St. Tees in modal fabric from Cali Fabrics.  You can catch our post over at Cali Fabrics for more info about the pattern, fabrics, and end results.

9 of Skirt Fixation's 2018 sewing goals

Another community sewing event on Instagram is #2018MakeNine  It’s pretty certain I’m going to sew more than 9 things in 2018, so I decided to use the occasion to sew up 9 things I really want to, but might not find a reason otherwise.   In the photo above are my 9 choices.

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.

And, I’ve committed to the 2018 RTW Fast.  This means I won’t be buying any clothes this year.  It’s been several years since I’ve bought any clothes, due to the poor fit, cost of specialty/tall clothes, and my ability to sew just about anything I want!  But it’s fun to join a group of (over 1000!) sewists committing to the same thing.

And finally (for now!) there’s another community sewing trend where we ladies sew 9 things for our men.  Mr. Skirt Fixation and I are still negotiating the items that will be included…he wants pants, and I’m (still) scared!  So stay tuned for more on that later!

Thanks for following along, catch us on Instagram for up to the minute sewing escapades!  Affiliate links are used in this post to some really great patterns, so what are you waiting for?  We’re obligated to let you know in case we make a few pennies at no additional cost to you.