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Striped Matching Girls Dresses

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

A while back I saw a friend of mine wearing a reverse stripe shirt.  Actually, I’m just calling it that…none of the Google search terms I entered brought up a shirt like the one she was wearing.  The body of the shirt was white with black stripes and the sleeves were black with white stripes.  I really liked it, so I kept my eye out for two fabrics to use that I could recreate her shirt and make my daughters striped matching girls dresses.

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

When I saw this taupe and off-white striped modal jersey fabric from CaliFabrics, I immediately thought of another fabric in my stash that would work with it to recreate my friend’s shirt.  It was a cocoa with white stripes in jersey knit fabric. Striped matching girls dresses, here we come!

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

It turns out the two fabric aren’t exactly perfectly matched, because one has white stripes and the other is on the off-white background.  But the taupes are the same color, or close enough, so I went ahead with my plan.  

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

I had enough fabric to make maxi dresses for my two youngest daughters.  For my older daughter, I used the Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight Patterns.  For the younger daughter, I used the Janie Dress

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

Both of these dress patterns have a wide enough size range to fit both of my daughters, but I already had each of these patterns in the right sizes, and was in a hurry to execute my plan of making striped matching girls dresses!

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s dress, I used the cocoa with white stripes for the main body of the dress, and the off-white with taupe stripes for the sleeves, neckband and pockets. 

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

For baby Tina’s dress, I used the off-white with taupe stripes for the body of the dress, and the cocoa with white stripes for the sleeves and neckband.  Both fabrics are super soft, great quality, and haven’t pilled with lots of washing and wear!

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

The girls love their matching-but-not-too-matching dresses.  The effect is very fun and gets a lot of double takes!  These dresses will be great in summer and with the maxi length, they should be able to wear them all summer too.

Matching striped girls dresses DIY by Skirt Fixation

It would probably be easiest to match colors by buying both fabrics from the same source, or in a brick and mortar shop.  Another idea is to get black and white & white and black stripes because there wouldn’t be as much variation. Or a third idea is to buy both fabrics from the same manufacturer, like Art Gallery Fabrics. They have some very nice stripes of all color and sizes in their super soft knit fabric!


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DIY Baby Sweater Dress

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Before totally warm weather hits, we need to share this baby sweater dress we sewed for Baby Tina!  

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

There was a little fabric left over from making the sweater in my Make 9 outfit #1, and I had a baby sweater dress on the brain!  If there’s anything cuter than a baby girl in a sweater dress, I sure can’t think of what it might be!

I used some fabric from my stash, but this fabric is the same, but in grey.  Or this fabric is almost identical in color.  Really, any sweater fabric would be cute, right?

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

We used the Janie Dress pattern. Again.  It’s just that good!  It’s comfortable, and we have the pattern cut out in Tina’s size already, so…

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

As we did on the robin’s egg blue dress, we used a vintage linen napkin for the collar.  It adds such a sweet touch, and the little blue flower matches the sweater fabric perfectly.  

I actually didn’t have quite enough fabric to cut out this Janie Dress.  The circle skirt takes up quite a little space, but I still wanted to make it work.  So I cut out the front and back bodice pieces not on a fold, and so they each have a seam down the middle.  In the back this looks perfectly natural, but in the front I wanted to hide it.  

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

After puzzling over a solution for some time, I decided to use the edges of the vintage napkin (so they were already hemmed!) and create a ruffle down the front of the dress.  When you first looked at it, did you know that cute ruffle is really there to hide a seam?

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

You can just barely see the seam in the back of the bodice in this photo where her sisters were trying to teach Baby Tina to twirl.  A vital skill every girl wearing a circle skirt should know, right?

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

A baby sweater dress could also probably be refashioned from a thrifted sweater too, don’t you think?  I mean, something this cute deserves to be sewn at every possible chance, right?

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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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Janie “Mountain Dress”

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we get to share another Janie Dress with you.  Yes, we’re obsessed with this pattern!  This time we sewed it using French Terry fabric for a fall version.  We made just a few modifications, so stay tuned and we’ll give you all the details.

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pattern we used is of course the Janie Dress and Peplum from the Project Run & Play shop.  Okay we admit it, we’ve lost track of how many we’ve sewn now.

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation  

For Tina, we like to cut out the circle skirt with the regular width marking at the top of the pattern piece, and then use the gathered length marking at the bottom of the pattern piece to make it a little longer for growing.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this dress, we used some geometric mountains French Terry CLUB fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  We’ve had super good experiences with their french terry.  It’s high quality, easy to sew with, and doesn’t pill after many, many washings.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because french terry fabric doesn’t have as much stretch as jersey fabric, we decided to make the neckband from an *almost* matching grey jersey fabric.  This is so that the dress would go easily on and off over her head.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

This little girl loves textures as we’ve mentioned before.  She immediately notice the softer texture of this fabric and adores it!  Whenever it’s clean and hanging in her closet, she chooses her “mountain dress” as she calls it.  

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tina has this very adorable expression she makes when you say “show me your pretty smile!”  Such a cheesy baby!   So of course she’s asked to show her smile many times a day and each time gets a big laugh…

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Originally, I had planned to sew something for one of the boys with this fabric.  It would have been super cute too, but I think both Tina and I are glad she was the recipient of this fabric for this dress!

Janie Mountain Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because this is a CLUB fabric, it is a limited edition, so if you like it, don’t wait too long to grab some.  And you can find the Janie Dress pattern here.  We guarantee that some little girl in your life will thank you!

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Janie Dress and Dressage Leggings Outfit

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie’s fall/winter wardrobe gained another piece!  She’s been watching rather enviously the parade of Janie Dresses I’ve been sewing for Baby Tina, and when I told her it was her turn, she requested this pattern!  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Inspired by the week 1 theme at Project Run & Play, Kid Designed – Momma Sewn, I asked Annie to design a fall outfit for herself.  She perused our fabric stash and came up with this liverpool floral knit fabric.  Because we had plenty of it, we both agreed the Janie Dress would be perfect.  The large scale print works well on a full circle skirt where as a tiny print would look busy, in my opinion.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s tall and lanky frame, I blended the size 5 and size 12 patterns together!  At the waist I used the 5, and the size 12 for length and shoulder width.  Also, we used the whole width of the fabric on the circle skirt instead of using the size 12 length to get it as long as possible.  By the end of the winter, it’ll probably be right at the knee if Annie keeps growing like a weed!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because of her fond memories of this dress, Annie wanted the cowl version of the Janie Dress.  We decided a solid black knit fabric would be perfect for the cowl, both to separate the print from her face, and to match the leggings she designed for underneath.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the leggings, we used the quick and easy version included with the Dressage Leggings pattern.  We sewed her a size 10 with size 12 length.  These fit Annie perfectly, and she was in desperate need of a new pair of black leggings for fall and winter.  This was the only picture I got where you can get a good glimpse of the leggings and I love the concentrated look on Annie’s face!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Both of these patterns were quick and easy to sew.  Using our Brother 1034d serger, we completed them both (all except the hems) in short order.  Actually, the circle skirt is unhemmed because liverpool knit does not fray, and it was much less time consuming than hemming aaaaaalllllll the way around that circle!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Liverpool knit fabric is interesting.  It’s thick like a double knit, but has a crepe like texture on the face.  This almost pebbled look and feel is quite unique.  

Hand sewn labels designed by Skirt Fixation

Oh, and I was quite pleased to be able to use the new labels I designed from Dutch Label Shop.  No more questions about what is the front on handmade clothes anymore!  If you’d like to get your own labels, use the code skirtfixation15 for 15% off your purchase until December 3rd.

Annie was quite pleased with her design and it’s so fun to bring her vision to life!  She’s a pretty good little designer, and we’ve planned some more projects in the future…stay tuned!

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Summer Capsule Wardrobe for a Girl Toddler

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Cooler weather is upon us, and I realized that I never shared all of Baby’s summer capsule wardrobe!  We shared a couple of items with reviews, so today’s post is more about sharing the fabric and patterns used.  Well, okay, and lots of cute baby picture too!

First up are the Janie Dresses I made her.  They are reviewed here.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

This first one uses Art Gallery Floraison lit jersey knit in multi fabric.  It is such a fun, colorful dress!  Whereas most of a capsule wardrobe should be kept to a similar color scheme, dresses are stand alone pieces and can be as wild and colorful as you want!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The little navy blue collar on this one is so sweet!  It uses denim knit fabric.  (More about this neat fabric below.)

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The other Janie Dress uses rust bamboo rayon jersey fabric.  She absolutely loves these dresses.  We love to hug her when she’s wearing this one, partly because the fabric is so soft!!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The last Janie Dress is this one.  I used the softest, prettiest robin’s egg blue jersey fabric from CaliFabrics.  You can read all about it here.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Next up is the little pair of bloomers I made for her using my Cricut Maker Machine and some blue chambray fabric from my stash.  Get the details in this post.  These go with everything I sewed for this summer capsule wardrobe.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

I also sewed her a onesie using the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Bodysuit pattern and some Art Gallery Foliage Escape jersey knit in lapis from her 1 year old capsule wardrobe!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

And just because I knew she would love it, I sewed her a tutu from charcoal tulle.  I used the Violette Field Threads Ellie Skirt pattern.  (You can read our review of this pattern here.)  

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Baby loves textures in all clothing, so as you can see in this photo, her chubby little fingers are almost constantly feeling and rubbing the tulle fabric.  It’s quite adorable, really.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

She’s also wearing one of the two plain white onesies I made her using the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Bodysuit pattern and Riley Blake Designs white knit.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Because making two is just about as simple as making one, I used the Ellie Skirt pattern but used some black lace from my stash instead of tulle.  (Similar fabric here.)

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Baby is also wearing a grey knit Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Bodysuit I sewed for her.  I used fabric from my stash, but this fabric is just as nice if not nicer!  

Not modeled and unblogged but well worn items for Baby’s summer capsule wardrobe:

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

This is a Spunky Girl Skater Skirt (pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.)  It goes with about everything you can imagine!

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

It’s hard to capture on camera, but this denim knit fabric has a really fun denim texture and look but it’s a knit fabric!  It only has 2 way stretch, but because this is a circle skit, that doesn’t matter as long as you make sure the stretch goes across the body on the waistband.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Vivienne Skirt:

You can read our review of this pattern here.  We used Art Gallery Fabric’s Emmy Grace cotton fabric for the top skirt and some rayon challis for the underskirt and ruffles.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Shift Dresses:

We used the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe pattern to sew her two shift dresses.  The one pictured above is from the same grey fabric as the onesie show.  The other is a green and white stripe knit jersey fabric like this one.

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

As with the other capsule wardrobes, all of the separates can be mixed, so Baby looks somewhat put together no matter who gets her dressed for the day!  Here you can see her wearing the blue floral bodysuit with the grey tutu.  

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

Again, her chubby hands in the fabric folds of the tutu just melt my heart!  While this capsule wardrobe didn’t turn out quite as cohesive as her 1st capsule wardrobe or her 2nd capsule wardrobe, it met several goals and went together good enough!  

Summer capsule wardrobe for girl toddler by Skirt Fixation

The biggest goal for this summer capsule wardrobe was to sew it entirely from my stash of fabric!  And with the exception of the Robin’s egg blue Janie dress, I succeeded!  (But who could resist a dress that matched her eyes that perfectly?

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A Sweet, Sentimental Collar from Old Linens

Vintage Linen Collar sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today I’ve got a sweet, sentimental collar story!  When a fabric is listed with the title “Robin’s Egg Blue” and that’s the exact color of your baby’s eyes, there’s no question as to whether or not you’re going to get that fabric!  And the icing on the cake is that this is some of the nicest jersey I’ve ever worked with.  You can read my full review of the dress fabric over on the CaliFabrics blog.  But today I want to share with you about that sweet little collar made from vintage linen.

Vintage Linen Collar sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently, we had the opportunity to help some dear friends of ours move to a new home.  This move was all about downsizing.  That meant having to disposition many belongings.  And if you’ve ever had to get rid of something sentimental, you know what an agonizing process this was for our friends.  

Vintage Linen Collar sewn by Skirt Fixation

Being the sweet, selfless friends they are, they tried to give many of their belongings to the people helping them with the moving process.  We all know that it hurts less to give things to people you know will love and care for them than to throw them away or send them to a faceless donation center.

Vintage Linen Collar sewn by Skirt Fixation

The problem with this plan for us was that with 8 kids and 2 adults in our home, we don’t need and don’t have room for many more belongings than we already have!  In fact, we have a sort of constant purging process in place around here.  But a few small things made it home with us, despite our best intentions to the contrary.

Vintage Linen Collar sewn by Skirt Fixation

One precious item we just couldn’t refuse was a box of vintage linens.  I mean fabric, right?  (The photo above shows what it looks like when you tell a toddler to twirl so you can get a shot of the circle skirt on her dress!  Toddler’s can’t twirl!!!)

Vintage Linen Collar sewn by Skirt Fixation

Plus, these are some pretty special linens.  There are hand embroidered items, and probably hand crocheted edges although I’m not an expert in that field.  One oval shaped linen had a note pinned to it with the words, “First embroidery I ever did pre-teen.”  But when we asked our friend, she said it was not her work but her mother’s!

Vintage Linen Collar sewn by Skirt Fixation

There are lace items too.  One problem is that in our day and age, linens like these are not used as they were originally.  Some of the vintage linens are of shapes and sizes we can’t even identify their original use.  But each one is gorgeous and clearly hand made.

A couple of the vintage linens have yellowing, as many old linens do.  One such one we decided to use as the collar for Baby’s new dress.  The delicate embroidery is encased between the two layers of collar, and featured on the tips.  It really adds such a beautiful touch to this darling dress!

So that is the story of a box of vintage linens, some dear friends and a collar on a robin’s egg blue dress.  Leave us a comment, what would YOU do with a box of vintage linens?

Dress: Janie Dress

Fabric: Robin’s Egg Blue jersey from CaliFabrics

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Janie Dress and Peplum

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today is our stop on the Project Run & Play Shop Grand Opening blog tour!  It’s an exciting day to be able to share not only these Janie dresses with you, but the whole Project Run & Play Shop.  This idea has been over a year in the making, and it’s so delightful to have a place to offer the amazing Project Run & Play design all in one spot!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The whole month of July is the grand opening celebration.  There is a huge giveaway, sales each week, and every single pattern is being featured and sewn by a talented Project Run & Play designer.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

This week, dresses are featured.  They are for sale for 20% off in the shop.  We got to sew up the Janie Dress and Peplum pattern.  This darling knit dress has quite a few options, and we couldn’t help but sew up two different version.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Janie Dress and Peplum can be made in 13 sizes from 6 months to 12 years.  We sewed a size 12 months for Baby.  The pattern is very thorough with photo illustrations and detailed instructions.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

One thing we love about this pattern is that cute collar!  It is perfectly drafted, and is super easy to attach.  Plus it lays right exactly where it’s supposed to at all times, which is very important!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

As you might know, knit neckbands are a particular point of interest to us when we sew patterns, and we are delighted to report that this one is absolutely perfect!  It lays flat with no curling or buckling.  Another sign of a superbly drafted pattern in our opinion!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Janie Dress can have either a circle skirt or a gathered circle skirt.  In the floral dress, we did the circle skirt option.  But we added length simply by using the gathered circle skirt hem length.  Quick, easy, and super effective to make this pattern last a little longer on a growing baby.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for this dress is Indigo and Aster knit jersey La Floraison.  We also used it for Annie’s cardigan here.  The collar fabric is some indigo denim-look knit fabric.  I used it because it really accentuates Baby’s eye color!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other Janie dress we sewed is mostly the same, but we used the gathered circle skirt option.  This was also a very easy dress to sew.  We used some rust bamboo knit leftover from sewing myself a peplum I sewed for myself.  I guess I haven’t shared it here, except in my Me Made May round up post.  You can see it on Instagram here.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is so lightweight and perfectly cool for summer because it’s bamboo and rayon mixed!  I love wearing my peplum, and I just know this dress will help Baby keep cool in the summer heat.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

These 2 Janie Dresses are just the beginning of a summer capsule wardrobe we’re sewing for Baby.  So stay tuned for lots more baby goodness and tons of photos in the near future!  And remember to head over to Project Run & Play for the grand opening tour!  You can enter the giveaway below also.  And get your Project Run & Play patterns here.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

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