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6 DIY Skirt Outfit Ideas

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Today we’re sharing 6 DIY skirt outfit ideas! Use these ideas as inspiration to get dressed in a skirt outfit today.

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt pattern: refashioned skirt (instructions here)

Skirt fabric: embroidered corduroy from JoAnn Stores

Shirt pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Handmade

Shirt fabric: Dana modal jersey in chocolate

Shoes: (similar brown flat shoes)

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt pattern: Jocole pencil skirt (instructions here)

Skirt fabric: Arizona After Mesa Grande knit

Top pattern: Tallinn Sweater by Hey June Patterns

Top fabric: rust rib knit from D&H Fabrics (instructions here)

Leggings pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Leggings fabric: black jersey knit

Shoes: Black ballet flats

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt fabric: fine wale corduroy (instructions here)

Shirt pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Shirt fabric: burnout knit fabric (instructions here)

Shoes: (similar brown flat shoes)

Scarf fabric: oranges cotton

Scarf pattern: free Seed pattern

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Cone Mills stretch denim

Detailed back pocket instructions here.

Shirt Pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Shirt Fabric: Refashioned skirt (instructions here)

Leggings Pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Leggings Fabric: Navy double brushed poly fabric

Shoes: Skechers walking shoes

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt pattern: Gabriola Skirt (instructions here)

Skirt fabric: Petal and Plume voile fabric (sold out, similar here)

Blouse pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Blouse fabric: Rayon chambray (Instructions for the yoke here)

Shoes: Dansko shoes

Skirt outfit by Skirt Fixation

Skirt pattern: Kendrick Overalls by Hey June (removable straps instructions here)

Skirt fabric: olive stretch twill

Shirt pattern: Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Shirt fabric: Navy modal stripe fabric from CaliFabrics

Hoodie pattern: Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns

Hoodie fabric: athletic french terry (instructions here)

Shoes: Black ballet flats

It’s May so that means we’re participating in Me Made May over on Instagram. (Follow us for lots of behind the scenes sewing goodness!) Me Made May means we’re sharing what we are wearing everyday…and for me that means me-made garments! We’ll once again post a weekly recap of our outfits here on Skirt Fixation with links to patterns and fabrics.

The kids have been wearing a lot of Mama-Mades in honor of Mini Me Made May! We’re documenting what they wear each day in our Instagram stories…see you there!

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Make Nine Update #1

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

My 1st outfit from my Make 9 (Outfits) is complete!  I took the opportunity of an upcoming birth to make myself the most comfortable pajamas outfit for the postpartum days when I’ll be in bed recovering from giving birth.  In the past, I’ve never thought about a special outfit for this time, instead just grabbing whatever was at hand and then cringing when I was wearing a pajama shirt with gaping holes in the elbows or something similar when someone came to see the baby!

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

This outfit changed a little bit from my original plan.  This was with the thought of postpartum and nursing in mind.  Originally I had planned to make a Paro Cardigan, but realized a Julia Cardigan would be better suited to the purpose I had in mind. 

Julia Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Make 9 Challenge

The shape of the Julia Cardigan is more ideal for nursing and lounging in bed.  Plus it’s been quite a while since I sewed a Julia Cardigan, and never one with this nice of quality fabric. 

This fabric is vintage Hacci Sweat knit from Girl Charlee. It’s sold out now, but very soft, and very good quality. I had 2 yards, and had just enough scraps left over to make a sweater dress for Baby Tina, so stay tuned for that too!

Julia Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Make 9 Challenge

And the pattern was already cut out and ready to go – no muslin needed.  Just sew and go!

Durango Tank sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This was my 1st time to sew a Durango Tank and the 1st time to do arm bindings like this.  It really isn’t hard to take the extra steps to get this professional looking finished garment.  And I know it’s going to be very comfortable to wear! 

Durango Tank sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One reason I’m looking forward to wearing the Durango Tank for postpartum days is because of the extra ease through the waist and stomach. Gently on a belly recovering from expanding to the size of a large watermelon!

Durango Tank sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I love the split back detail…one of those little touches that makes Hey June Patterns special and a touch above the rest!

The fabric I used is super soft Art Gallery Fabrics knit, and will be so perfect for lounging in bed with a new baby!  Or anytime you want to wear it really, but you know where my brain is right now…

Mountain Pose Pants sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We’ve made the Mountain Pose Pants before several times…and this time I made 2 changes.  I eliminated the side seam by laying the front and back leg pieces side by side and cutting them out as one piece.  Also, I narrowed the bottom of the legs to get more of a leggings look because I anticipate wanting to wear these out of bed too!

I used navy double brushed poly from CaliFabrics, and it’s going to be amazing to wear!  It’s very soft and durable…I know from past experience with DBP from CaliFabrics.  I have worn this pair of Mountain Pose Pants every single night for pajamas during this pregnancy.

Postpartum outfit sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Here is what I ended up with:

Top Pattern: Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns

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

Pants Pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Pants Fabric: Navy Double Brushed Poly from CaliFabrics

Sweater Pattern: Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations

Sweater Fabric: Vintage Hacci Sweater fabric from Girl Charlee

Postpartum outfit sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I got so excited about having a special postpartum outfit that I sewed up another one…stay tuned.

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Janie Dress & Hatteras Hoodie

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

It’s another Janie Dress for the baby, let’s just get that out of the way first thing!!  There are so many reasons we keep making this dress pattern…and one of the main ones is that she loves them so much!

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this Janie Dress, we made the short sleeve circle skirt version.  We used some fabric leftover from a dress made for Annie earlier in the year, you can see it here.

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

Or you can see it here!  Annie and Baby Tina LOVE to wear matching dresses!  This gorgeous fabric is some Art Gallery Fabric knit fabric, so you know it’s super soft and very good quality.  

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s dress we used the Camden Raglan pattern and made some changes (you can read the full details here) to make it into a dress.  She adores this dress even though at first she wasn’t sure about the raw hems on the sleeves and hem.  Let me assure you it’s getting very well worn!

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Baby Tina’s dress we used the Janie Dress pattern (duh!) like I mentioned earlier, and also made her a hoodie to go coordinate with it for extended Season wear.  We were delighted to find out she fits into the very smallest size of the Hatteras Hoodie pattern.  

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

Note to self: putting nuts in the pocket of Baby Tina’s hoodie before the photo shoot is over means she will have food in her mouth or be chewing in almost every single photo.  But she really is enamored with the pockets of this hoodie and constantly finds things to put in them.  She has a domino she’s dubbed her “phone” which she religiously carries around in one pocket!

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric of this Hatteras Hoodie is leftover from one of the hoodies I sewed for her brothers earlier in the year.  You can see that post here.  The hoodie is lined with more of the cherry blossom fabric, and a pink zipper makes this black hoodie perfectly girlie!

Janie Dress and Hatteras Hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation

So from scraps, Baby Tina has a brand new, adorable, completely huggable outfit!  

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Hey June Patterns for Pregnancy

Brunswick Pullover for maternity wear modeled by Skirt Fixation

Today I have a fun list of Hey June patterns that work well for each trimester of pregnancy, as well as some that are breastfeeding friendly. Also, I’m super excited about the tutorial I wrote and linked to for making these bottom patterns work for pregnancy, so please click over and check it out on the Hey June blog. Before I start my list, let me state that the way my body does pregnancy is that I mostly get a belly, and don’t change significantly anywhere else. So this list is how these patterns work for me…and how they might work for other pregnant bodies too!

Hey June Patterns for the 1st Trimester & Postpartum:

Brunswick Pullover

Kendrick Overalls (if made with stretch woven fabric)

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Phoenix Blouse (you didn’t know I was pregnant when I made and blogged the above blouses, did you?)

Sandbridge Skirt (if made with stretch woven fabric)

Amalfi Dress

Bryce Cargo Pants (or skirt using this tutorial)

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Key Largo Top (also me in the 1st trimester in a Key Largo Top blogged here.)

Willamette Shirt

Trevi Top and Dress

Tallinn Sweater

Santa Fe Top

Sanibel Dress & Romper

Charleston Dress (Would accentuate a growing bump in a very cute fashion!)

Cheyenne Tunic

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Halifax Hoodie (1st trimester in the Halifax Hoodie blogged here.)

Biscayne Blouse

Union St. Tee

Lane Raglan

Evergreen Jacket 

Aurora Tee

Sloan Leggings

Mountain Pose Pants

Durango Tank

Hey June Patterns for the 2nd Trimester:

Phoenix Blouse

Tallinn Sweater

Santa Fe Top

Trevi Top and Dress

Cheyenne Tunic

Halifax Hoodie

Brunswick Pullover for maternity wear modeled by Skirt Fixation

Brunswick Pullover (Technically I’m in the 3rd trimester at 30 weeks in this photo, but this is how it would look with the side plackets buttoned at the end of the 2nd trimester!)

Union St. Tee

Sloan Leggings (under the belly)

Mountain Pose Pants (under the belly)

Using this tutorial for these patterns:

Kendrick Overalls (not sure how the straps would work around a bump…what do you think?)

Sandbridge Skirt

Bryce Cargo Pants

Using this tutorial for these patterns:   https://www.heyjunehandmade.com/maternity-lane-raglan-hack/ 

Lane Raglan

Aurora Tee

Durango Tank

Amalfi Dress (using this tutorial: http://sewmariefleur.com/amalfi-dress-hey-june-maternity-nursing-hack/ )

Hey June Patterns for the 3rd Trimester:

Santa Fe Top (Best pajamas ever!)

Mountain Pose Pants (Other half of the best pajamas ever!)

Brunswick Pullover for maternity wear modeled by Skirt Fixation

Brunswick Pullover (Here you can see it in the 3rd trimester with the side plackets unbuttoned.)

Tallinn Sweater

Sloan Leggings

Using this tutorial for these patterns:

Kendrick Overalls (Most likely without the straps.)

Sandbridge Skirt

Bryce Cargo Pants (Here you can see the combination Bryce Cargos and Sandbridge Skirt using my tutorial…did you check it out?)

Using this tutorial for these patterns:   https://www.heyjunehandmade.com/maternity-lane-raglan-hack/ 

Aurora Tee

Union St. Tee

Durango Tank

Lane Raglan (I used the above linked tutorial, except I used the bottom band, and I like the way it tucks in under my belly. Just look at that belly stick out!)

Halifax Hoodie

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

Cheyenne Tunic (using my tutorial: http://skirtfixation.com/2017/01/maternity-cheyenne-tunic-tutorial/ )

Phoenix Blouse It might work for you with no changes, or you could use this tutorial: https://www.heyjunehandmade.com/maternity-phoenix-blouse/ I’m still wearing the ones I made above with no alterations, and I’m 31 weeks.

Amalfi Dress (using this tutorial: http://sewmariefleur.com/amalfi-dress-hey-june-maternity-nursing-hack/ )

Nursing Friendly Hey June Patterns:

Tallinn Sweater (Not the best picture, but you can see with the crossover front, this one is perfect for nursing!)

Lift these up for nursing:

Brunswick Pullover

Phoenix Blouse

Key Largo Top

Aurora Tee

Durango Tank

Willamette Shirt

Union St. Tee

Lane Raglan

Trevi Top

Santa Fe Top

Button front for nursing access:

Sanibel Dress & Romper

Cheyenne Tunic

Biscayne Blouse

Zipper Front for nursing access:

Halifax Hoodie

Evergreen Jacket 

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2019 Sewing Goals

9 Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

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

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

Stash Shrinker:

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

9 Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

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

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

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

Skirt Outfit #1:

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

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

Top Fabric: Poly Crepe from Indie Sew 

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Gray Corduroy from Style Makers Fabric

Vest Pattern: Lonetree Vest & Jacket by Indie Sew

Vest Fabric: Tencel Twill from Blackbird Fabrics

Pajamas! Outfit #2:

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns

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

Pants Pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Pants Fabric: Navy Double Brushed Poly from CaliFabrics

Sweater Pattern: Paro Cardigan by Itch to Stitch

Sweater Fabric: Vintage Hacci Sweater fabric from Girl Charlee

Skirt Outfit #3:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Chambray from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #4:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Cotton Lawn by Windham Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Kendrick Overalls by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Raisin Twill from Style Maker Fabrics

Jacket Pattern: Joy Jacket by Chalk and Notch

Jacket Fabric: Tencel Denim from CaliFabrics

Skirt Outfit #5:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Rayon Linen from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

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

Skirt Outfit #6:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

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

Top Fabric: Robert Kaufman chambray from CaliFabrics

Skirt Pattern: Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen

Skirt Fabric: Heritage Rayon fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #7: 

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Willamette Shirt by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Indian Ikat from Blackbird Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Skirt Outfit #8: 

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Flannel shirting from Indie Sew

Turtleneck Pattern: Nikko Top by True Bias

Turtleneck Fabric: Rust rib knit from Indie Sew

Skirt Pattern: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Maroon Stretch Twill from La Mercerie

Skirt Outfit #9:

Skirt Outfit Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

Top Pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Woodland Clearing by Kaufman cotton Lawn fabric

Skirt Pattern: Maxi Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Skirt Fabric: Olive Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

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

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

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

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2 Gray Halifax Hoodies for fall

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well, it’s officially hoodie weather, so of course that means a few more Halifax Hoodies were in order!  This pattern by Hey June Patterns has gotten a complete workout and we have no plans to stop sewing it anytime soon…it’s a wardrobe staple for sure.

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra was sadly lacking in zip up hoodies, so I gave her first choice between the 2 fabrics I had.  (For an in-depth comparison of these two fabrics, please read my post on the CaliFabrics blog.)  She chose the heathered french terry fabric.  She also requested a slouchier hoodie that she could layer over a long sleeve shirt, so I sewed her a size L and graded to XL at the hips.   The other adjustments I made for her were a 1” wide shoulder adjustment, and added 1” to the sleeves.  It turned out exactly the way she had envisioned it!  She’s been wearing it constantly, so that always is the sign of a successful garment.  

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of note, I used self fabric for the bias on the hood, and 1” white twill tape for finishing the inside over the zipper.  The zipper is a plastic zipper, which was all that was available at my local fabric store in the right color.   It’s very nicely finished inside and out.  She did request no hood tie, so I didn’t bother putting in the buttonholes for one.  If she changes her mind, it’s an easy addition later.

2 Halifax Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

For my own Halifax Hoodie, I sewed my regular size M with all my tall adjustments.  This means 1” added to the shoulders, 1.5” to the body and 2” to the sleeves.  I used the other cut of fabric, stretch sweatshirt fleece.  I used a mustard color grosgrain ribbon to finish everywhere on the inside and also for the hood ties.  With the brass zipper, it’s such a fun pop of color.

These hoodies are the kind that will be worn over and over and over again for years and years!  The kind you hate to have to replace because it’s such a good friend.  Do you have a garment like that?  Tell me about it!

Oh, and in case you don’t follow us on Instagram, you might be interested in a little photo news I posted there:

Large Family baby announcement

Expected arrival: February/March 2019!

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Three Ponte Camden Raglan Tees

Camden Raglan tees comparison by Skirt Fixation

Today I’ve got a huge comparison of these three different ponte fabrics over at CaliFabrics.  Please go check it out!

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Over at CaliFabrics, since it’s such an in depth discussion of the fabric, I don’t really get to share more about the pattern!  This is the Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns.

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Since Annie has (once again!!!) outgrown all her long sleeve shirts from last fall and winter, she was the recipient of 3 new Camden Raglan Tees!  The other two I’m perfectly happy with (and so is she!) but this one has a few flaws.  Allow me to be a perfectionist and point them out to you!  First of all, I sewed the neckband on backward and the seam is in the front.  But Annie says she doesn’t care, so I’m not unpicking serger seams to sew it on the right way!  Secondly, I only had 1 yard of fabric, (which is plenty for a Camden Raglan Tee) but I was also squeezing out a pair of leggings for baby Tina from these three fabrics.  So on this one, I tried turning the sleeve on the cross grain, and they ended up being too tight for Annie from just above the elbow to the wrist.  We have since solved this problem by making them short sleeved.  And she has a sweater and several hoodies she can layer with it, so I guess all’s well that ends well, right?

City Park Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

If I had to guess, I think this is Annie’s favorite of all 3 Camden Raglan tees because I’ve seen her wearing it with and layering it under everything!  It’s heavyweight ponte fabric, and so warm.

Camden Raglan tees comparison by Skirt Fixation

Here you can see all 3 Camden Raglan tees from the side.  Annie just loves this pattern, and we’ve sewn her so many versions including several dresses!

Camden Raglan tee comparison by Skirt Fixation

And here is the view from the back.  Once again, please head over to CaliFabrics to read all about my review of ponte fabric.  And leave a comment too!

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Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m exploring the difference between rayon and viscose, and between challis and poplin.  In all the pictures, the rayon challis fabric is on the left and the viscose poplin fabric is on the right.

So what exactly is the difference between rayon challis and viscose poplin?  That was a question in my mind, for quite some time.  But since sewing with and wearing both fabrics, and doing some extra research, I think I have some answers.

First of all, we have to split each of these fabrics into two parts.  Rayon and challis, viscose and poplin.  You see, the first word refers to the material the fabric is made from, and the second word basically refers to the weave of each of them.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

So what is the difference between rayon and viscose?  For the home sewist, practically nothing.  They are basically the same thing, and since we’re not scientists, the tiny differences don’t really matter.  The only difference I could find is that viscose is usually made from bamboo while rayon can be from a wider variety of “plant matter and wood pulp, usually bamboo” and the two are processed the same way.  For cutting, sewing and wearing, rayon and viscose are essentially the same thing.  In fact I’ve even seen some fabric suppliers use the words interchangeably.  So the answer to the first part of the question is…there is not really any difference.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Now what is the difference between challis and poplin?  Here the simple home sewist can differentiate a little bit.  Challis and poplin both refer to the weave of the fabric. Interestingly, challis can be made from wool, rayon, cotton, silk or manufactured blends.  Challis usually has a plain weave (each weft yarn passes alternately over and under each warp thread) but can occasionally be found with a twill (diagonal) weave.  Poplin has a very tight plain weave and originally had silk warm and wool weft threads.  Both challis and poplin should be sewn with a new or fine needle.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Technical specifics for rayon challis vs viscose poplin:

Rayon Challis:

weight: 0-3.5 oz per yard

opacity: translucent

care: machine wash, tumble dry

width: 44” – 58”

drape: soft liquid

Viscose Poplin:  

weight: 120 gsm (3.5 oz per yard)

opacity: opaque

care: wash warm, dry flat, or dry clean

width: 58”

drape: very fluid

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Here you can see challis and poplin held up to the light.

Really you have to wear both of them to be able to feel the difference yourself.  It’s very, very subtle, and both are super nice fabrics!  For me, the rayon challis feels a little lighter with a little more drape.  The viscose poplin feels slightly softer, and doesn’t conform to the body quite as much.

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

Here is a comparison of the plain fabric so you can see the drape side by side.

But there are a few differences, so I thought you might appreciate knowing everything I know!  Leave a comment, did I miss anything in this comparison of rayon challis vs. viscose poplin?

Pattern Used: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns

Fabrics Used:

Rayon Challis from CaliFabrics (review and thoughts on wearing rayon challis in the fall here)

Viscose Poplin fabric from Blackbird Fabrics.  Sold out, but can be found here.  

Rayon Challis vs Viscose Poplin compared by Skirt Fixation

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Key Largo Tops for Summer

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Summer of the Phoenix {Blouse} programming to bring you these Key Largo Tops. With as much as we love the Key Largo Top pattern by Hey June Patterns it was bound to happen!

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It came about because Aria wanted (and needed) some new tops for nicer occasions. And because she tried on this Key Largo Top of mine and fell in love with the pattern and the fabric substrate, but not the color. So after searching for hours online for the *perfect* viscose poplin, she settled on this one from Blackbird Fabrics.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Aria and I have a deal; if she will cut out and prepare the pattern pieces for sewing, I will sew together the garment for her. It came about not because she can’t sew her own complex garments (as shown here and quite a few other posts on this blog) but because her school workload is so heavy that she just doesn’t have the time. And so if she takes care of my least favorite parts, I’ll sew the rest.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Since Aria is as tall as I am (6 feet) I make some of the same adjustments for her on this pattern as I do for myself. That means a 1” wide shoulder adjustment, and 2” to the length. However, because she’s tried on my Key Largo Top, she also felt like it was a little tight across the back of the shoulders, so we made a broad back adjustment of about 3/4”. (In a tit for tat, I tried on HER Key Largo Top and think I could also use a little bit of a broad back adjustment too!)

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And of course Aria requested the ruffle sleeve version, it’s just so feminine and fun to wear! Except that her ruffle had to be longer than mine because her arms are longer than mine. (Not admitting that this might mean she’s still growing…)

This Key Largo Top matches perfectly with MY beautiful Gabriola maxi skirt in the swishy-est, most feminine, elegant fabric ever. My Gabriola Maxi skirt that I’ve never worn. (To read that sad story, head over the CaliFabrics blog!)

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Because I was sewing one (basically) white Key Largo Top and because that is a huge hole in my wardrobe, I grabbed some vintage shirting fabric from my stash and sewed up a plain white Key Largo Top for myself.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is a little stiff, but I’m hopeful it will soften with repeated washings like many vintage fabrics do. I added the lace ruffle to the sleeves because without it I felt like the shirt was looking a little bit like scrubs. Not that there’s anything wrong with scrubs, but it wasn’t my intended look.

Key Largo Top sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As I was making this, I realized that up until this one, I’ve never made the Key Largo Top exactly as the pattern is written.  This means that the front is cut on the bias and there’s that cute front hem tie feature!  If it wasn’t the Summer of the Phoenix {Blouse} I’d whip up a couple more of these…I think that feeling is the mark of a successful garment sew, don’t you?

Oh, and speaking of the Summer of the Phoenix {Blouse} stay tuned…we’ll be right back on track very soon!

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Funny DIY Homeschool T-shirts with the Cricut EasyPress 2

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Today we have a fun post for you and a tutorial on how to make your own funny DIY homeschool t-shirts.  

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Homeschoolers often get taken very seriously, but really, they can be a fun and funny group of kids.  They have probably been asked all the same questions over and over again many times, (usually involving something to do with socialization or the lack thereof) and find them humorous.  Today we decide to have a little fun with it.  

“BEST student in my class” funny DIY homeschool T-shirt tutorial:

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

The 1st t-shirt we made declares Annie to be the BEST student in her class.  (Joke: she’s the ONLY student in her grade level!)  First we designed the graphic in Cricut Design space.  Here’s the link to the project if your star pupil needs a shirt like this too. 😉 

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Next, we used the Cricut Maker to cut out the glitter iron on vinyl star with the word best.  (PRO TIP: remember to mirror your image before cutting out!)  Then we weeded it (this just means taking away all the parts of glitter vinyl we didn’t want attached to the shirt) using the Cricut Bright Pad.  It makes the job so quick and easy!

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Then we used the Cricut Maker to cut out the other words, “STUDENT in my class” again remembering to mirror the words before cutting.  These words are cut from pink Everyday Iron On vinyl.  We like to use it because making sure your iron-on material sticks and continues to stick after many, many washes is paramount.  At Cricut, the quality of their iron-on materials and EasyPress are best-in-class.This is why they now have in place the StrongBond™ Guarantee on many of their iron-on materials. Cricut’s StrongBond™ Guarantee means that when this iron-on material is used as directed, you’ll be completely satisfied with the results. If not, they’ll replace it for free.  Everyday, SportFlex, and Glitter Iron-on are designed to outlast 50+ wash and dry cycles when used and applied as directed!  Weeding was quickly finished, and it was time to attach the words onto the shirt.

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

But 1st we needed a shirt pattern piece!  We used the Camden Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns, one of Annie’s favorite shirts.  This very cute and appropriate note paper fabric is part of the CLUB back to school collection from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Before sewing the shirt together, we used the new Cricut EasyPress 2 to attach the graphics to the shirt.  Here are some things you will want to know about the new EasyPress:

  • Three unique sizes (6×7, 9×9, and 12×10) to suit every project (ours is the 9×9 and it was perfect for these shirts!)
  • Professional iron-on success in 60 seconds or less
  • Easy to learn, simple to use
  • Ceramic-coated heat plate means dry, even heat for flawless transfers
  • Faster heat-up time
  • Precise temperature control up to 400 F
  • Insulated, streamlined Safety Base keeps EP2 in protected resting position while also protecting crafting surface
  • Easy to read digital display
  • Fabulous raspberry color
  • USB port for firmware updates

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

After laying out our two pieces, we 1st pressed the “STUDENT in my class” words to the shirt.  This is because you can re-press over the top of Everyday Iron On, but not Glitter Iron On.  So we set the star aside and attached the other words first.

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Cricut has this very helpful feature on their website so you can determine what times and temperatures to use on the EasyPress 2 depending on the type of iron on and the base material you are using.  And it tells you whether to peel of the backing when it’s warm or cool, a very important part to making sure the graphic lasts through many washes and wearings.

“I believe I can fly” funny DIY homeschool t-shirt tutorial:

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

The other shirt we sewed was for Thomas.  At his age, he wanted something a little sarcastic for his funny DIY homeschool t-shirt.  Motivational sayings cause major eye rolling, so this was his little joke.

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

We made this shirt in a very similar manner to Annie’s shirt.  Here is the project in Design Space if your sarcastic teenage son wants one too!

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

This time we used black Everyday Iron On.  The pattern for his shirt is the Lennon Tee pattern from Shwin and Shwin.  The paper airplane fabric is again part of the CLUB back to school collection from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  To get the perfectly matching shade of grey for the front, I just used the reverse side of the airplanes fabric!

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

All right, now leave us a comment: Do you have sarcastic and funny kids?  Do you homeschool them?   What other Funny DIY Homeschool T-shirts should I make?

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