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Red Buy or DIY Denim Skirt

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt by Skirt Fixation

It’s time for another Buy or DIY skirt!  When Hey June Patterns released a denim skirt pattern, we were so excited!  We’ve already sewn our first Sandbridge Skirt, and we’ll be sharing and reviewing it soon, but today we’re going to show you how much you can save with a DIY denim skirt for less!

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt Details:

Frame Le Color Pencil Denim Skirt from Orchard Mile

Fabric Recommendation: Art Gallery Textured Denim Solid Scarlet Brick Fabric

Pattern Recommendation: Hey June Sandbridge Skirt

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt Math:

Frame Le Color Pencil Denim Skirt: $225 retail price.

Fabric needed: 1.5 yards

Pattern: $10

Fabric: $13.98 per yard

Notions: $6.11 denim zipper

$3.07 dungaree button

Total Cost: $40.15 for DIY

Total Savings: $184.85

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt Conclusion

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  (See what we did there?!)  We are going to grant you that it takes more time to DIY a denim skirt than to buy one.  But you definitely won’t end up with the same satisfaction level!  So now we are totally in the mood to replicate this exact skirt!  Let us know about your great DIY denim skirt, or any DIY skirt savings!

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Lane Raglan Contest Round 2

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

It seems Allegra and I have a Lane Raglan contest every year!  Last year I sewed each of us Lane Raglans and we had an ongoing dual about who had the better one and who could wear which one on what day.  And in the end, she ended up wearing the blue one the most and I ended up wearing the gray one the most often!

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

So when Adrianna, the genius behind Hey June Patterns, released an expansion pack for the Lane Raglan pattern it was time for another Lane Raglan contest.  The newly updated Lane Raglan pattern includes a hoodie and thumbholes, so of course we each had to have those.  As a 6 foot tall woman with knuckles that drag on the ground very long arms, I’ve never had thumbholes, much less sleeves long enough!  So needless to say I was pretty excited.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Allegra and I each chose our own fabric and style.  I fell in love with some quilted knit from JoAnns, she wanted eggplant french terry from Imagine Gnats.  I wanted form fitting, she chose slouchy and comfortable.  She got it, that’s for sure.  That french terry from Imagine Gnats is heavenly!

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

I tried to convince her to sew her own, but she dragged her feet long enough and I wanted mine desperately enough that I ended up whipping up both of them.  She didn’t complain.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Let me just give a little review of the expanded part of the Lane Raglan pattern.  If you follow us on Instagram, you saw the first thumbhole cuff I made and my pure delight!  Usually when I’m sewing a pattern, I can visualize where the instructions are taking me.  But when making this thumbhole cuff, I was completely blind, just following the instructions, and they came out perfectly!!!  The hood also is fantastic, I love how it overlaps in the front.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

And also a word about Adrianna herself.  She is so friendly and has fantastic custom service.  For example, I emailed her several times about installing the eyelets on the hoodie, and she replied so fast and helpfully.  In the end, it turned out that I was holding my eyelet tool upside down!  Sigh…

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Now for those of you sewing along with Top Stitchers, this would be a perfect entry for the prompt “Thick As Thieves.”  Did you see this week’s dynamic Star Wars duo?  Not only are Allegra and I as thick as thieves in our craziness on this photoshoot, but we could be representing the famous Disney duo Elsa and Anna.  Elsa wears blue, and Anna wears a gorgeous purple cape much of the time.  So you see how easy it is to sew along?  You really want to do this for a chance to win over $600 in prizes!!

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

I loooooove my new Lane Raglan hoodie, and so does Allegra, obviously.  Don’t tell Allegra, but if she ever takes hers off I’m going to steal it!  I even caught her sleeping in it, so I think she may be onto me…

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Lane Raglan by Hey June Pattern Review

Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra and I have joined the throng of admirers of the Lane Raglan.  We snatched the pattern during the Black Friday $5 special, and couldn’t wait to make it our own.  Hey June patterns created the Lane Raglan tee, and we now want to try their other patterns, we love this one so much!  The Lane Raglan is a baseball tee style shirt made from knit fabric with a banded hem and wrist cuffs.  This is one very awesome pattern!

Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

I made myself a Lane Raglan first and lengthened the sleeves 2 inches and added two inches to the body to accommodate my height.  It turns out the length in the body wasn’t necessary, but the sleeves are lovely!  The other thing I learned on making this one for me was that I should have stretched the neckband tighter as I attached it to the body of the shirt.  When I put it on I immediately wanted to make myself another one, and I really do wear it every time it is clean!

Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The blue fabric is the last of the navy blue jersey I ordered from Imagine Gnats during All The Skirts: Scientific Seamstress and Imagine Gnats, and the lovely material in the middle is from JoAnn fabrics.  It reminds me of a Monet painting, and when I first bought it I visualized an Uptown/Downtown Dress made from it, but Allegra overruled with her blue and silver fabric choice and I love how that turned out.

Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Allegra’s Lane Raglan, we started out with a 1/2 yard of Girl Charlee knit fabric that we’d been coveting for a very long time!  Have you checked out their 1/2 yard section?  We actually received 1/2 yard plus 3 inches, for $3!  It was not quite enough length to make the front and back, so I pieced it near the top, matching the pattern quite well on the front and not too bad on the back.  There are 2 other ways to do this: make the added piece near the bottom, or lay the pattern pieces the other way on the fabric if the knit has 4 way stretch.

Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The sparkly gray fabric is from JoAnn’s and we have bought every color of this amazing fabric we’ve seen so far!  The blue for the aforementioned Uptown/Downtown Dress, the orange for the Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt, this gray, and also a purple we haven’t cut into yet.  It’s just really thick, sturdy, warm and wonderful!

Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only change I made to the pattern for Allegra’s Lane Raglan was to add 2 inches to the sleeves; not because she needed it, but because I am determined to share this shirt with her!  If I can catch her not wearing it…When she put it on she said, “Hey, Mom, I think I need a few more of these!”  So that may be the only way I get to wear her Lane Raglan!

Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sew My Stash 2015 reality check: 0% of these fabrics were from the stash, not meeting our goal of 50%!  Oh well, we are still building our supply of knit fabrics, just recently having started sewing with knit fabrics, and the last several projects we exceeded our goal!  Have you joined the Lane Raglan groupies yet?  You should!

Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation