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Giveaway Winners for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

The last 2 months have been so fun because we got to sew up all the Megan Nielsen skirt patterns using fabric from Imagine Gnats.  And some of you had fun doing the same!  Before we reveal the giveaway winners, we want to review the Megan Nielsen skirts.

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

Kelly Skirt sewn in Indigo Denim

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

All 3 views of the Axel Skirt, one in striped knit.

Hello Holli wearing the Erin Maternity skirt by Megan Nielsen. Sewn with fabric from Imagine Gnats.

The ever cute Hello Holli in the Erin Skirt sewn with knit from Imagine Gnats.

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Brumby skirt in double gauze.

Veronika Skirt (FREE pattern!) sewn by Skirt Fixation

Veronika Skirt in knit.

Cascade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Cascade Skirt in French Terry

There were 3 lovely ladies who linked up things they’d sewn with a Megan Nielsen pattern or fabric from Imagine Gnats.

Cat is a Kitty linked up two things including this darling Brumby Skirt.

Our good friend Michelle from Falafel and the Bee linked up a few things she’d made with fabric from Imagine Gnats.

Dana from Sew Thrifty linked up some darling maternity clothing, and was the crowd favorite, winning 1 PDF pattern from Megan Nielsen and $50 from Imagine Gnats.

And the random winner of the Rafflecopter giveaway is Emi from Just Add Fabric, who happens to be an amazing seamstress.

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We will be donating the handkerchief hem Axel skirt to Skirting the Issue, which is happening right now!

That’s it for this edition of All The Skirts.  Stay tuned of the next edition of All The Skirts, coming soon!

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Cascade Skirt {All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats}

Cascade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Due to technical difficulties (also known as a waiting line for the sewing machine because of 4H project deadlines) Friday’s All The Skirts post is being published today.  (More on those awesome 4H projects coming soon!)

Cascade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final skirt for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats is the Cascade Skirt.  The Cascade skirt has a lot of things going on in one amazing skirt.  It’s a wrap skirt, a circle skirt, has options to tie in the front,  the back or button up, and has a high low hem!  And beside all that, we decided to make it into a swim suit coverup.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Imagine you’ve been swimming for a couple of hours and it’s time to settle down on the grassy shore and watch everyone else for a while.  You wade up to the shore, grab your Cascade Skirt made from jade french terry backed wick away lycra fabric., and wrap it around you like a towel, except waaaaay classier because it’s the Cascade Skirt!

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Cascade Skirt can be made in 5 sizes from XS to XL.  There are 3 versions to choose from, and the variations all depend on how you want to close the skirt.  Tie in front, tie in back, or a simple double button closure in the front.  This pattern is rated a 1 out of 5 skill level needed.  All the illustrations are drawn and very easy to follow.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since the side seams can show due to the high low hem,  instructions are included for french seams.  We just love thoughtful touches like that.  There are only 3 pattern pieces needed for making any of the views of the Cascade Skirt.  The pattern suggests hand tacking the waistband down, and even though I usually avoid hand sewing like the plague, I found this to be the best solution for getting the waistband not to twist.  I may or may not have paid Allegra in chocolate to rip it out for me.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Let’s move on the that delicious jade french terry backed wick away lycra fabric.  There are so many fabrics at Imagine Gnats that could be used to make a lovely Cascade Skirt.  I almost went with this eyelet because the Cascade Skirt instructions include directions for lining it.  And then there’s this drapey knit.  Finally, I did the only sensible thing to do and asked Rachel, the owner of Imagine Gnats for her help.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

When I finally settled on the idea of a swim suit coverup, she helped me choose this gorgeous french terry fabric.  While this color matches Aria’s swim suit and she immediately claimed this Cascade Skirt, I’m pretty sure I’ll be sewing at least one more.

French terry Cascade skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of sewing Megan Nielsen patterns and Imagine Gnats fabric, it’s time to vote on those entries in the Inlinkz sew along.  The crowd favorite will win 1 Megan Nielsen PDF pattern and $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats.  Also, the Rafflecopter is still open for a few more days, so enter away for your chance to win 1 Megan Nielsen PDF pattern and $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats!

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Brumby Skirt {All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats}

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Pockets!  The Brumby Skirt catches your eye with those deep scoop pockets!  But don’t worry, that’s not all this skirt has to offer.  There is an exposed zipper option, 3 different lengths to choose from, and a contoured waistband.  You can even make a Brumby without pockets if you prefer.  Today we get to show you our Brumby Skirt made with fabric from Imagine Gnats for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats.

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Brumby skirt pattern is a one afternoon sew.  The illustrations are simple and easy to follow.   Basically, Megan Nielsen has created another wonderful skirt pattern.  One thing we really love about all Megan Nielsen patterns are how clean and professionally the skirts are finished on the inside.  On a scale of 1 to 5, this pattern is rated a 2 for difficulty.

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra chose Version 2 for her Brumby skirt.  It has more fullness and a midi length.  Plus the pockets, of course!  The front seam with topstitching is another nice detail form this version.  Allegra also chose some Champagne double gauze from Imagine Gnats for this skirt.  It makes such a soft, dreamy skirt.  She chose this color because it’s a good neutral and pairs with everything!

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only change we made to the Brumby skirt was the zipper.  Allegra wanted a regular zipper rather than the exposed option.  She’s already made me promise to sew her another one, so maybe we’ll try the exposed zipper next time!

Brumby Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s your turn to play.  The Inlinkz is open for you to link up anything you’ve made in 2016 using fabric from Imagine Gnats, or any Megan Nielsen pattern!  We can’t wait to see what you’ve created using supplies from these fantastic sponsors.  And remember to use the discount code SKIRTS16 for 15% off at Megan Nielsen.

Also, be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.  There will be 2 winners who each receive $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats and 1 PDF pattern from Megan Nielsen.

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Erin Maternity Skirt {All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats}

Hello Holli wearing the Erin Maternity skirt by Megan Nielsen. Sewn with fabric from Imagine Gnats.

Holli from Hello Holli is sharing with us the next Megan Nielsen skirt pattern.  Brace yourself for serious awwww factor!

Hello Holli wearing the Erin Maternity skirt by Megan Nielsen.  Sewn with fabric from Imagine Gnats.

Hello Skirt Fixation readers!

One fabulous thing about the ladies here reviewing ALL THE SKIRTS is that they can cover girls, teens, and women’s patterns. They’ve got it all covered! Except… maternity! So lucky me, in my last little bit of pregnancy, I got to jump in and sew up the Erin Maternity Skirt by Megan Nielsen. I’ve been a long time admirer of Megan Nielsen’s aesthetic so I jumped at the chance to sew up one of her patterns. Spoiler alert: It won’t be the last time I sew one up- I loved it!

Hello Holli wearing the Erin Maternity skirt by Megan Nielsen.  Sewn with fabric from Imagine Gnats.

The Erin Maternity skirt is a knit pencil skirt with an elastic waist and side ruching. I like to wear my giant belly proudly so I’m no stranger to pencil skirts and pregnancy- but I usually just wear knit ones a size larger and wear them under my belly. By the end of pregnancy wearing things under my belly is anything but comfortable, so this over-the-belly style is perfect right through till the end. Speaking of the end- these pictures were taken at 38 weeks (baby was born at 39), and as you can see my belly still fits! I wish I’d have made like 5 of these much sooner in my pregnancy as it was much more comfortable than the other skirts I’d been wearing.  I love the option of wearing it with a top tucked in like I did here, or with a longer  loose top.

Hello Holli wearing the Erin Maternity skirt by Megan Nielsen.  Sewn with fabric from Imagine Gnats.

I selected my size based on my normal pre-pregnancy size as directed and found that to be accurate. The construction was easy as could be- a definite beginner friendly project. It came together really quickly, and it’s a good thing, because I didn’t have much energy left for things like sewing, cooking dinner, or getting myself off of the couch ☺ The instructions were easy to follow and the pattern itself was well drafted.

Hello Holli wearing the Erin Maternity skirt by Megan Nielsen.  Sewn with fabric from Imagine Gnats.

The fabric I used is an organic cotton interlock from Imagine Gnats. It doesn’t look like it’s in stock anymore, but she’s got lots of other fabrics that would work great for this skirt, like this great Art Gallery knit if  you’re looking for a fun print (http://imaginegnats.com/shop/avantgarde-fluxus-ochre-knit/) or this cotton jersey (http://imaginegnats.com/shop/laguna-cotton-jersey-onyx/) available in several colors for a good basic. While the interlock worked for this skirt, you can see at the most stretched points that the white fibers are showing through the printed  black- so a printed interlock may not be the best choice. Still, I love this print!

I’ll be holding on to this pattern for any future pregnancies and definitely see it as a versatile staple piece for a maternity wardrobe!

Hello Holli wearing the Erin Maternity skirt by Megan Nielsen.  Sewn with fabric from Imagine Gnats.

Thank you so much Holli!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cuter pregnant lady, and I KNOW I’ve never seen a cuter maternity skirt!!  Everyone, be sure to visit Hello Holli for lots more beautiful sewing.

Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats and a PDF pattern from Megan Nielsen.

 

Also the Inlinkz is open for you to link up anything you’ve made in 2016 using fabric from Imagine Gnats, or any Megan Nielsen pattern!  We can’t wait to see what you’ve created using supplies from these fantastic sponsors.  And remember to use the discount code SKIRTS16 for 15% off at Megan Nielsen.

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Axel Skirts {All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats}

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Megan Nielsen’s Axel skirt pattern is their newest released skirt pattern.  If you said it was their latest and greatest, you might be right!

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The special thing about the Axel Skirt pattern is that there are 3 versions.  But each of these views is so unique that it’s like getting 3 different patterns for the price of 1.  So of course I ended up sewing all 3 of the versions.

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Axel Skirts are form fitting knit skirts with a variety of hem finishes.  They are very quick and easy to construct.  The patterns are illustrations, simple and easy to follow.  Both body measurements and finished garment measurements are given, and we suggest to look at both as well as the stretch of the knit fabric you will be using before cutting out your size.  These skirts are designed to be hip hugging, so if you are working with a less stretchy fabric you won’t be able to get it on if you don’t pay attention to this.  I won’t tell you which of the 3 skirts I spent hours ripping out the side seams and sewing them at 1/4 seam allowance instead of the 5/8 seam allowance allowed to get more room for hips!  (Hint: the one with the longest seams for the lady who’s birthed 7 children…)

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Let’s take a closer look at each view.  Version 1 has a handkerchief hem.  You can also even out the points and make a trumpet shaped skirt if desired.  I used brown ponte de roma for this skirt, purchased at JoAnn Fabrics.

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Version 2 is a knee length skirt with hip sashes.  Yes, I hacked this skirt into a maxi skirt because that’s what I love!  I used some jersey knit stripe fabric from Imagine Gnats, and right now it’s on sale for $4.50 per yard!   It’s quite thin, but worked beautifully for this skirt.  I wasn’t sure I was going to like the hip sashes, but I actually think they’re fun and remind me of the 90s when we would tie sweaters around our hips and think we looked so coooool!

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Version 3 is a midi length skirt with a slit that can be worn in either the front or the back.  Allegra loves this skirt and suggested she needs a leather jacket to go with it.  Hmmmm…  I used fabric from Cali Fabrics.  I don’t remember which fabric I purchased, but go check them out if you never have.  And here’s a way to get 10% off: Get 10% off  off your first purchase using my unique referral code: http://www.califabrics.com?redeem=NTczOTc2YjRiMDk3MTUwMzAwYjVhYTQ5

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

So basically, we love the Axel Skirt and we’re pretty sure everyone can find a version they like of this skirt too!  Now it’s your turn to get involved with All The Skirts.  Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats and a PDF pattern from Megan Nielsen.

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Also the Inlinkz is open for you to link up anything you’ve made in 2016 using fabric from Imagine Gnats, or any Megan Nielsen pattern!  We can’t wait to see what you’ve created using supplies from these fantastic sponsors.  And remember to use the discount code SKIRTS16 for 15% off at Megan Nielsen.

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Kelly Skirt {All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats}

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

The Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen is everything Aria has ever asked for in a skirt!  Today we get to show you the first skirt we’ve made for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats.

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

The Kelly Skirt is a button front pleated skirt with pockets.  It sits on the natural waist, and has a delicious wide waistband.  The pleats are situated both in the front and the back.  The Kelly Skirt can be made in 5 sizes from XS to XL.  For Aria, we sewed a size M with 5 inches added to end up midi length, like the illustrated pattern.  (I wonder where she gets her height from…)

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

The instructions for the Kelly Skirt are concise and thorough.  At no time were we confused, and we think a beginning sewist looking for a challenge could produce very spiffy results with this pattern!

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

Aria loves those huge scooping pockets!  She’s always been a fan of pockets, the bigger the better.  They have topstitching on the edges, in fact, this skirt has a lot of topstitching everywhere, and that’s one of the things that gives is such a professional looking finish.

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

The fabric we used is La Brea Denim in Indigo from Imagine Gnats and it’s simply divine!  It’s light and airy for summer, but substantial enough not to be too thin.  It washes well and a quick touch of the iron smoothes out any wrinkles.  As I was working with it, I was imagining all the other garments I wanted to sew with it.  So expect to see more of it here in the future!

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

After much debate, we decided to go with the buttons you see pictured on the Kelly Skirt.  Part of our indecision was too many of us in the button row of the fabric store together, and the other part was that there were so many different buttons the looked fantastic with this fabric!

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

Now it’s your turn to get involved with All The Skirts.  Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats and a PDF pattern from Megan Nielsen.

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

Also today we’re opening up the Inlinkz for you to link up anything you’ve made in 2016 using fabric from Imagine Gnats, or any Megan Nielsen pattern!  We can’t wait to see what you’ve created using supplies from these fantastic sponsors.  And remember to use the discount code SKIRTS16 for 15% off at Megan Nielsen.

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Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim
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All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats

We’re so happy to bring you the next edition of All The Skirts.  This time the pattern sponsor is Megan Nielsen and the fabric sponsor is Imagine Gnats.  We’re terribly honored to have Imagine Gnats back for this edition of All The Skirts because Rachael, the owner of Imagine Gnats, believed in our All The Skirts vision enough to sponsor the very first edition of All The Skirts and get our fledgling series off to a great start.  This time is sure to be another wonderful edition.

Megan Nielsen

It’s pretty likely you’ve seen a pattern created by Megan Nielsen before.  Megan Nielsen is the founder and designer of Megan Nielsen Patterns.  As a mother of three, she works from home to spend as much time with her kids as possible.  She lives in Perth, Australia with her family and loves to be outdoors enjoying the sunshine and beautiful scenery that her home time is blessed with.  She stared sewing by teaching herself as a teenager and ended up creating her own ready to wear collection in 2010.  After receiving numerous requests for tutorials on how to recreate her designs, she realized there was a gap in the market for contemporary, wearable and adaptable sewing patterns.  She loves sharing her designs with fellow sewers and seeing they have been empowered to create their own garments.

Megan is a great believer in making pieces that fit into daily life, so her designs usually come from a desire to have a garment that she can’t find anywhere else.  As much as she loves wearing and sewing pretty dresses and things like that, the gaps in her wardrobe were always casual wear and maternity pieces. Her philosophy is that for a pattern to be a valuable purchase it should be used over and over – so she only creates patterns that will be essential to the wardrobe of the modern woman.

Megan Nielsen patterns

There are 6 Megan Nielsen skirt patterns that we will be sewing.  Actually, since the Erin skirt pattern is a maternity skirt, we will be having a guest blogger, Holli from Hello Holli, review that skirt pattern for you.

You will want to be sure to follow Megan Nielsen on social media through the Rafflecopter widget below, which gains you entries into the 1st giveaway of $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats and 1 pdf pattern of your choice from Megan Nielsen!

And probably best of all, Megan Nielsen is offering 15% off to Skirt Fixation readers for the duration of  All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats.  Be sure to snap up some Megan Nielsen patterns because the way to enter the 2nd giveaway (also $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats and 1 pdf pattern of your choosing from Megan Nielsen) is to link up anything you’ve sewn in 2016 with a Megan Nielsen pattern or fabric from Imagine Gnats!

Imagine Gnats shop

Since we sew with and review fabric from Imagine Gnats all the time here on Skirt Fixation, not much of an introduction is needed there either!  Probably the best thing about ordering fabric from Imagine Gnats is the speedy shipping and wonderful customer service.  We feel like we’re great friends with Rachael even though we’ve never met simply because of all the times we’ve communicated with her about fabric and patterns and so on!  And that’s not even getting started on all the amazing fabric she stocks at Imagine Gnats.  With a focus on apparel fabric, we return to Imagine Gnats for our fabric needs again and again, and we think you should too!

Be sure to connect with Imagine Gnats on social media through the Rafflecopter below and you will be entered in the 1st giveaway.  To enter the 2nd giveaway, link up anything you’ve sewn in 2016 with fabric from Imagine Gnats.

The Rafflecopter is open right now, and the link up will open up next week when we show you the first Megan Nielsen skirt pattern we’ve sewn with fabric from Imagine Gnats.  Until then, happy shopping (and remember to use the discount code SKIRTS16 for 15% off at Megan Nielsen.)

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O+S Raglan Tee for Kids Clothes Week Day 2

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

This week blog posts are going to be shorter because it’s Kids Clothes Week and that means sewing takes the stage, front and center!

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

You might remember that last season of Kids Clothes Week we were contributors.  Yesterday our School Belle Skort was featured on the Kids Clothes Week blog.

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

Today’s Kids Clothes Week sew is an Oliver+S Field Trip raglan t-shirt for Thomas.  Thomas requested a long sleeve shirt for fall, and I was more than happy to oblige.  I picked up this airplane fabric from Mabel Madison during a crazy good sale.  You can see the other Mabel Madison fabric we used for All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel  Madison here and here.

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

Since I’ve sewn Thomas this pattern before three times, it was quick and easy to cut out and sew up another one.  Except this time I used the long sleeves instead of short sleeves.  Actually, there is no short sleeve pattern piece, that was just my modification for summer!  And this is not the first Field Trip Raglan T-shirt I’ve made for Thomas with an airplane theme during Kids Clothes Week.

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

This field trip raglan is color blocked with the back being solid navy.  I did this because while the airplane fabric is fun, I thought too much wouldn’t look right on a 10 year old boy, and just used it for the front panel.  The navy blue fabric is Art Gallery Fabrics knit from Imagine Gnats.  The sleeves fabric is some “famous maker” fabric from JoAnns.  It doesn’t have quite the stretch as the other two knits used on this shirt which makes the sleeves quite skinny.  But they happen to fit Thomas’ arms perfectly, so it’s all good!

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

Alright, I told you it was going to be short and sweet!  Now it’s back to sewing for me.  But if you want some more sewing inspiration, pop over to Sewing Stadium where today’s sewing competition is OVER THE TOP!  You will be awed…

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

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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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2+2 Pleated Skirt and Blouse {All The Skirts: Oliver+S and Fat Quarter Shop}

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter Shop

We’ve been absent this week because we’ve been busy sewing for Kids Clothes Week!  You’ll see by the last 2 photos in this post, we’ve cranked out 6 items of clothing!  (Actually 7 counting Monday’s Monet Dress!)  But let’s start with the Oliver+S 2+2 skirt and blouse.

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThe fourth skirt we made in the All The Skirts: Oliver+S and Fat Quarter Shop series is the 2+2 Pleated Skirt and Blouse.  This versatile little skirt perfectly swishes through it’s territory.  A simple, yet professional skirt, the fit and look of the 2+2 skirt will be worn over and over and over again!

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopOne thing we didn’t notice until we made the skirt is that the pleats are directionally pointed toward the center of the skirt instead of facing the same way around the whole skirt.  A subtle, but oh so cute detail.

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopWe gave a sneak peek on Instagram of the perfect button we found in our stash to complete the 2+2 skirt.  We sewed the size 5 width with the size 8 length. This seems to be pretty standard so far for Annie on the Oliver + S skirts.

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopWe used the Cotton and Steel Playful Aqua Jacks fabric from Fat Quarter Shop to make this skirt.  It’s soft, yet holds the pleats very well. Seriously the most fun fabric ever, and another winner from Cotton and Steel!

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThe 2+2 blouse really, really steals the show on this little outfit!  The darling little patch and neck binding that ends in the ties opens up so many possibilities for this blouse!

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopWe used Cotton + Steel Basics in Plummy XOXO for the main fabric, and more of the Playful Aqua Jacks for the contrast fabric.  We may or may not already have another fabric combination picked out for the 2+2 blouse!

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThis blouse buttons up the back.  We decided to use the buttons as an opportunity to add another fun pop of color to the 2+2 blouse.  The gold buttons match one of the jack colors perfectly.

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopWe used the same gold/yellow/mustard color of the buttons and jacks to make another Aster Cardigan.  This is the same combination we used for the Music Class Blouse and Skirt, an Oliver + S pattern and an Aster Cardigan!  But this time we changed it up a little by having a collar on the Aster and none on the Oliver + S blouse.

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThis beautiful fabric came from Imagine Gnats and is the new lovely Art Gallery Fabrics knit solids.  It is just as soft and pill-free and nice to work with as the Art Gallery knit prints.  The large yellow button is left over from the vest refashion of another All The Skirts outfit.

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopWe’ve been seeing sneak peeks of the STYLO 4 magazine that is due out in May, and they are really, really fun and bright and playful!  So when we saw the contest Upcraft Club is holding, with the winning prize a chance to be in the next STYLO magazine, we just HAD to enter!  So we chose to enter this outfit and a sewed up a matching boy outfit, too.

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopWe’ll have a complete review of the fabric and patterns in his outfit next week, but here are the details of his outfit:

Dress Shirt:

Pattern: Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom patterns
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Chambray Union  and Playful Aqua Jacks

T-shirt:

Pattern: Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan
Fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics Sahara Sun &  White Knit 

Pants:

Pattern: Oliver + S Field Trip Cargos
Fabric: 2 pairs of Daddy’s khakis, refashioned

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter ShopAnd the summary of her outfit:

Sweater:

Pattern: Willow & Co. Aster Cardigan
Fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics Sahara Sun

Blouse:

Pattern: Oliver + S 2+2 Blouse and Skirt
Fabric: Cotton + Steel Basics Plummy XOXO & Playful Aqua Jacks

Skirt:

Pattern: Oliver+S 2+2 Blouse and Skirts
Fabric: Playful Aqua Jacks

If you haven’t already done so, take a minute to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win Oliver + S skirt patterns and a gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop.

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We are ready to see what Oliver + S patterns you’ve been sewing.  Just add any Oliver + S pattern you’ve sewn in 2015 to the link up.  You can also link up anything you’ve sewn in 2015 using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop.  We’re changing it up a little this time; since our sponsors have been so generous, there will be one winner from the link up and 2 winners from the Rafflecopter!  All 3 winners will receive 2 Oliver + S pdf skirt patterns and a $40 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!   

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter Shop

Here’s one more photo to hold you over until next week!

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter Shop