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The Little Peasant Girl {Living Skirt Art}

Living Skirt Art Series by Skirt Fixation. Check out all the art they've brought to life!

It’s time for our very popular Living Skirt Art series.  Be sure to visit our TWO guests (sneak peeks at the end of this post) for their fabulous works of living skirt art!  You will feel like you are walking through an art gallery!

Living Skirt Art Series by Skirt Fixation.  Check out all the art they've brought to life!When we first saw The Little Peasant Girl by Heinrich Hirt, we just had to bring it to life.  Annie is several years older than the little girl in the photo, but we just had to include this piece of art in our Living Skirt Art series.  As in the past, we fell in love with the lighting in this oil painting as well as the model.

Living Skirt Art Series by Skirt Fixation.  Check out all the art they've brought to life!

Heinrich Hirt mostly concentrated on children as his subjects, and walking through an exhibit of his paintings would feel like you were surrounded by childhood laughter and innocence.  Heinrich was born in Furth, Germany where his father owned a comb factory.  Art seemed to run in the family; his older brother Johann Christian Hirt was a sculptor and attended the Munich Academy of Art.  Heinrich settled in Munich and exhibited his work throughout Germany, primarily in Berlin, Munich and Dresden.

Girl's Jocole yoga a-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this month’s Living Skirt Art, I sewed Annie a much needed new skirt!  She’s grown so much over the summer that a new long knit skirt for fall was in order.  I used the Girl’s Jocole Yoga A-line skirt pattern and some basic chocolate colored knit fabric from JoAnn’s.  This shirt goes with several tops Annie has that she’s outgrown the matching skirts to, like this Family Reunion top by Oliver+S (details here.)

Living Skirt Art Series by Skirt Fixation.  Check out all the art they've brought to life!

In Summary:

Painting: The Little Peasant Girl

Artist: Heinrich Hirt

Model: Annie

Photography: Audrey

Skirt: Girl’s Jocole A-line yoga skirt

To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

Living Skirt Art Series by Skirt Fixation.  Check out all the art they've brought to life!

And now treat yourself with a visit to see Farrah at Mingo and Grace to see the well known artwork she’s brought to life.

Living Skirt Art by Mingo & Grace

Also, you don’t want to miss Emi from Just Add Fabric‘s creation.  You’ll want to read about her Living Skirt Art using a very special artist to her family.

Living Skirt Art by Just Add Fabric

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Girl’s Outfit details from Nothing But (k)Net

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Street Urchins in cool clothes sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play And now we come to the girl look for our Project Run & Play inspired Nothing But (k)Net look.  Which is actually where we started the whole thing!  But first, here’s the summary of the look:

Big Sister outfit:
Cardigan Pattern: Violette Field Threads Gretchen cardigan
Cardigan Fabric: Navy Jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabrics (sold out now, similar here: Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey Knit Navy Fabric)

Skirt Pattern: Jocole Girl’s Pencil skirt
Skirt Fabric: Fashion Knits – Fukuro Floral Denim Blue Poly Knit

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We started with the Gretchen Cardigan by Violette Field Threads.  As you may know, we’re currently sewing up all the Violette Field Threads skirt patterns.  (There’s a huge giveaway involved!)  When we saw this pattern though, we knew it was one we had to have!  Those ruffles just sealed the deal.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern would be great to use with some statement fabric, or as a girly basic, as we did here by using navy fabric.  This pattern is simple to sew up, the instructions are clear and photos accompany each step of the process.  It can be made in 7 sizes from 2T to 9/10.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Although it looks complicated because of the ruffles, knit fabrics don’t require hemming which actually cuts down on the amount of time involved.  I absolutely love, love, love the way the wrist cuffs are assembled.  I always wondered why wrist cuffs aren’t done this way in other patterns because you end up with your raw edges enclosed, creating such a beautiful finish.  I think I’m going to use this method on every knit cuff I sew now.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The silhouette of the Gretchen cardigan is probably intended to be worn with pants.  A full, puffy skirt or dress would not work with this cardigan because of it’s length and the ruffles at the bottom.  But since that’s what makes it so charming, and because we needed to get at least ONE skirt in somewhere for our Project Run & Play looks, we turned to the girl’s Jocole Pencil Skirt.  This turned out to be the perfect fit to accompany the Gretchen Cardigan pattern.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

A very fast and easy sew, I made 2 of these in less than an hour.  (The other one is a size 18 months one for our Etsy shop.)  Also, the pattern fits on 3 pieces of paper, so assembling the pattern takes about 30 seconds!  This pattern can be made in 16 different sizes from doll to size 14.  Annie/A-kat will be getting more of these skirts for many years to come.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I had the skirt fabric leftover from making my Lane Raglan.  Now I wish I had enough to make myself a Jocole Pencil Skirt because look how adorable that is!  Annie/A-kat informs me it’s super comfortable too.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra styled her sister’s outfit with a white turtleneck, tights and a scarf.  She also made Annie/A-kat’s fantastic hairdo!  And she took all the photos and edited them.  She pretty much bought to life the vision I had when I was sewing these outfits.  Huge thanks and kudos for her workmanship!

So there you have it, all the details for our Nothing But (k)Net looks.  Be sure to check out all the other fabulous seamstresses in the link up.  And did you see what the contestants made for the Nothing But Knit theme?  Serious talent!

Now for the legal mumbo jumbo: affiliate links are used in this post, not because we’ve ever made any money off of affiliate links, but being ever optimistic, we plan to be the next Bill Gates of affiliate links.  Clicking on an affiliate link won’t harm you, and will certainly give our ego a boost, and may even add a few pennies to our bank account!

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Syrah VS A-line Yoga {Skirt VS Skirt}

The Syrah skirt and the Yoga A-line skirt face off in 5 rounds.

A fun comparison of two knit maxi skirts, the Syrah and Jocole's Yoga A-line

Now you may be saying; “Hold up, we ain’t in wit’ this.  In this here day and age, we know it be destructive to compare women’s bodies or skirts or whatev. We’s ALL beautiful.”  That’s definitely true.  However, just think of the Jocole’s Yoga A-line skirt and Baste + Gather’s Syrah skirt as friends who entered a Queen of the Beach contest purely for fun.  They’re competing against each other, but no matter who wins, they’re still going to get Starbucks together at 3:00 on Tuesdays and neither of them would even think of shopping for shoes without the other one.

 

Round 1: Pattern

Let’s talk about what these two patterns have in common first.  They both come only in PDF format.  They both love iced mocha lattes.  And both patterns use drawn illustrations rather than photographs for the instructions.

Now the differences.

Sizes: Yoga A-line skirt can be made in 7 different sizes from XS (0-2) to XXXL (24-26)

The Syrah can be made in 12 sizes from 00 – 20

Number of pattern pieces:  Yoga A-line Skirt has 2 pattern pieces and uses 11 pieces of paper.

Syrah skirt has 3 pattern pieces and uses 22 pieces of paper if you print all the sizes.  You can choose to print just your size and this may cut down on the amount of paper used.

Price: As of this date, the Syrah skirt costs $12.00 and the Yoga A-line skirt costs $10.

Also, Syrah loves sushi, and can’t understand why Yoga A-line doesn’t.

Round 2: Variations

The Syrah skirt has 8 style variations including the hemline, length and cut of the skirt.  Syrah wears flowers in her hair and loves the ocean.  The Yoga A-line skirt has 11 variations of length and cut.  Each skirt has 2 waistband options, but all 4 are different.  Yoga A-line likes small restaurants in big cities, and the smell of fresh ink.  The Syrah waistband can be ruched or flat, the Yoga A-line skirt waistband can be regular or foldover.  The Syrah skirt has a lining.  The Yoga A-line skirt has a matching girl pattern that can also be purchased.

Round 3: Sewing

This round is fairly short as each of these skirts only take about an hour to sew.  Each of these patterns uses a similar amount of fabric, and the same type of fabric, knit.  Both Syrah and Yoga A-line are into comfort; they argue over which of them is the most ‘chill’, but end up agreeing that they probably wouldn’t be ‘chill’ if they didn’t have each other as friends.

Round 4: Fit/Style

We’ve made each of these skirts several times (you can see them on our All The Skirts page) so we know about the fit.  The Syrah skirt has a lining, so can be made from lighter fabrics without needing to wear a slip underneath.  It fits loosely around the hips and flares nicely around the hem.  The Yoga A-line skirt hugs the hips and then tapers out to the hem.

And the winner is:

You!  If you choose to sew either one of these skirts, you are bound to be very happy, and most importantly, wearing a hand made skirt.  Now to Starbucks for drinks all around!

The Syrah skirt and the Yoga A-line skirt face off in 5 rounds.

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Pajama Pants (Sorry, no skirts today!)

Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation. All fabric and pattern sources listed.

Tis the season to make pajamas!  Last year I made pajama pants for (almost) all of my kids, and this year I decided to treat myself to some new pajamas.

Pajama set sewn by Skirt Fixation

When you are a 6 foot tall woman, pajama pants that fit just don’t exist unless you’re willing to put forth some large amounts of money or make them yourself.  The last (and only) pair I bought for myself more years ago than I can remember were so worn out that it finally came down to Mr. Skirt Fixation throwing them away.  Yeah, they were really that bad!  So this time I decided to sew some for myself.

I turned to one of my favorite pattern companies, Jocole.  You may remember when we sewed up all their skirt patterns for All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew.  They don’t have a pajama pattern, but I was pretty sure their Ladies Basic Leggings pattern could be modified into exactly what I wanted.  I added a cuff to the bottom of the leggings and BAM!  instant pajama pants.   (It was super SUPER easy to do, and I’ve got a tutorial for how to add cuffs to the Basic Leggings pattern on the Jocole blog today.)

I did make one other modification to the Ladies Basic Leggings pattern.  The finished inseam (without the cuff) is 30 inches.  My inseam is 36 inches.  So I added 5 inches and the cuff, and these are actually long enough!  I’m so delighted I’m ready to whip up another 5000 pairs for myself!  This pattern comes in sizes XS to XXXL, so it’s pretty much going to work for anyone.  And with just one pattern piece, the prep work goes like lightening. I love the way the elastic waist is inserted, and as with all Jocole patterns we’ve sewn, the instructions are thorough and well illustrated.

Pajama Pants tutorial by Skirt Fixation

For a pajama shirt, I turned to one of my most comfortable shirt patterns, the Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade.  I’ve made this pattern so many times it was fast and easy to whip out another shirt.  Here are 5 reasons why the Lane Raglan makes a perfect pajama shirt: 1-no itchy shoulder seams.  2-long sleeves for cold winter nights. 3-cuffs to keep the sleeves in place while you’re sleeping. 4-waistband keeps the shirt down while you’re sleeping. 5-perfect neckband, not too tight, not too loose, juuuuust right!  (I used the updated neckband this time, and the neckband came out perfectly!!)

Pajama set sewn by Skirt Fixation

For my pajama fabric, I turned to Craftsy.  Did you know that as well as offering classes and patterns (like our FREE Pegasus Skirt pattern) they also have crafting supplies?  When I saw this rayon knit ombre knit fabric, I just had to have it! Here’s the (affiliate) link, it’s called Midnight Ombre Floral Knit Fabric.  And it turned out perfectly for my new pajamas.

Pajama set sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since both these patterns were so easy and fast to construct and Aria has had a huge growth spurt, I decided to whip out another pajama set for her. Using the same patterns I made her some Ladies Basic Leggings (no cuff, and only 3 extra inches added to the inseam) and a Lane Raglan.  Her fabric was leftover from this skirt I made myself.  The black fabric on both our pajama sets came from Girl Charlee.

All PJs

These pajama sets were so quick and easy to make I think I will be making myself a few more pairs.  After all, why limit yourself to just one pair of pajamas when sewing them is this rewarding?  Sometimes you just need to pamper yourself.

Do you make (or buy) pajamas this time of year?  Please share your sources in the comments.

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Striped Pencil Skirt {Buy or DIY Skirt}

Buy or DIY skirt by Skirt Fixation. Learn how to make clothes cheaper!

Today we have another Buy or DIY post for you, which shows you solid evidence for making your own clothes! (Especially skirts- love them!)

Buy or DIY skirt by Skirt Fixation. Learn how to make clothes cheaper!

Details:

Skirt: Bergdorf Goodman ‘A.L.C. Marilyn Striped Knit Pencil Skirt’

Fabric Recommendation: Riley Blake Knit 1/2” Stripes Black Fabric

Pattern Recommendation: Jocole Ladies’ Knit Pencil Skirt

Math:

Bergdorf Goodman skirt: $130

Fabric needed: 1 yard at $13.48 per yard.

Pattern: $10.00

Total $: $23.48

Total Savings: $106.52

Buy or DIY Skirt Conclusion:

Ooh la la! You could make yourself a designer-looking skirt for a fraction of the price, and look like a style superstar!  What are you waiting for?

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Jocole Peplum Top Review

Jocole Peplum Top Review by Skirt Fixation

Jocole Peplum Top Review by Skirt FixationIn my last post, I mentioned the Summer Capsule Wardrobe.  This event is being hosted by Becca over at Free Notion.  The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to have a small number of clothing items that you love and wear often.  No more closet stuffed full of clothing and feeling like you have nothing to wear.Jocole Peplum Top Review by Skirt FixationWith the help and guidance of Becca and the Summer Capsule Wardrobe sew along, I’ve finally found some patterns that I love and flatter me too!  You see, the secret to having only a few items of clothing is knowing what you like, and why.  This includes styles, fabrics, colors, and everything!Jocole Peplum Top Review by Skirt FixationThe first new pattern I tried out is the Jocole Peplum Top.  This flatters several body shapes including rectangle (me) and hourglass (Allegra) so it will be very useful and very much used!  Jocole Peplum Top Review by Skirt FixationBecca encouraged insisted we make muslins before using good fabric to sew our chosen patterns.  This makes sense and is in line with the theme of the capsule wardrobe; if you don’t like what you make, you won’t wear it.  So the purpose of a muslin, or several muslins is to check the fit with inexpensive fabric before you use the good stuff.  Jocole Peplum Top Review by Skirt FixationI grumbled about making a muslin!  I’ll admit it!  I just don’t like to sew something I’m not going to wear, and a muslin has a high possibility of not being worn, right?  I prefer to measure carefully and get it close enough.  But there are things I’ve made that I don’t wear, so I just gritted my teeth and made a muslin.  After measuring carefully!  And my muslin actually turned out wearable!  There were only a few changed I made from this one to the final versions.  Jocole Peplum Top Review by Skirt FixationI lengthened the waist of the Jocole Peplum Top a little bit more from the 3 inches I added for my muslin.  On the muslin, I used wide FOE for the neckline, (which is not called for in the instructions) and on the final version, I used narrow FOE.  I also widened the shoulders by grading out to an XL at the shoulders and back to a M by the underarms.  Because I’m not only tall, my shoulders are very wide.  Jocole Peplum Top Review by Skirt FixationIn the end, I was very glad I made the muslin, and only partly because I had another wearable garment!  The source of the muslin knit fabric was a dress I refashioned.  I also used some of it here.  And the knit for the final garment came from Girl Charlee.Jocole Peplum Top Review by Skirt Fixation I actually made a third Jocole Peplum Top…but it’s part of a whole outfit, so you’ll have to wait for another day to see it!  I plan to use the Jocole Peplum Top as part of my summer capsule wardrobe.  In these photos I’ve paired it with my Jocole Knit Pencil Skirt.  Even though the colors don’t scream summer, the knit is very lightweight, and I will be wearing it often in summer!

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Handmade Gifts say I Love You!

handmade gift

As seamstresses, we have the ability to give some really awesome gifts!  Recently, we gave some handmade gifts for some dear friends, and made a little something for ourselves too!  There’s nothing quite like saying I love you with a handmade gift.

handmade giftA friend was having a birthday, and so we made her a bag.  We used the free Arabesque bag pattern from Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness.   It was really simple to sew with great directions.  The main fabric is a checked silk fabric from the stash.

handmade giftThe interior fabric we also pulled from the stash, a black floral fabric that reminded us of our friend.

handmade giftIn this photo, you can see a black pleather bottom of the bag.  I got the idea to add it after the bag was already made, but it sort of skewed the whole thing, so I took it off.  Next time I’ll add the pleather before sewing the bag!  Our friend loves it and felt very loved when we gave her this handmade birthday gift!

handmade giftWe also sewed up another Uptown Downtown dress by Sew Straight and Gather as a gift for a cousin.  (This is the second time we’ve gifted a dress from this pattern!)  This dress is the perfect gift because it has classy lines but is made from super comfortable knit fabric.  (This is our favorite knit fabric ever as evidenced by how many colors we’ve sewn up: purple, blue, orange, grayteal, and now pink!)

handmade giftWe made this one with elbow length sleeves and maxi length with the silver waistband and silver FOE.

handmade giftRecently, we made our favorite Jocole skirt and gave it as a gift.  When Grandma flew in for a visit, her luggage was lost for a day, and so of course we whipped up a Jocole Yoga A-line Maxi skirt for her to wear!  We got this fabric in a Girl Charlee Bargain lot, and used it on Annie’s Asymmetrical Jacket.  I’m not sure who was more thrilled with the matching clothing, Annie or her Grandma!!  This is the 7th time we’ve sewn this skirt pattern, and we’re not planning on stopping anytime soon…

Thread SpoolsFor ourselves, we made the DIY Mix ‘Em Up Animal Spools.  Now we do a lot of sewing, and go through a lot of thread!  As soon as I saw this DIY project over on Handmade Charlotte, I started saving my empty thread spools.  Pretty soon I had enough to make a whole family of thread animals!

handmade giftIf you don’t sew, or don’t want to wait that long, you can purchase these similar wooden spools on Amazon: Darice 9146-58 Big Value Unfinished Wood Natural Cutout, Spool

handmade giftWe shrunk the free animal templates down to fit the smallest spools, and only used one on the really skinny spools.

handmade giftIt gives the whole crowd individual character, don’t you think?

handmade giftWe all played with these little cuties for quite a while!  And we are sure to pull them out for the youngest to play with when we have some sewing we want to get done!  What do you like to give for handmade gifts?  What handmade gifts have you received recently?

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Giveaway Winner + All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew Wrap Up

All The Skirts 3rd Edition

Before we reveal the giveaway winner, we’d like to wrap up the 4th edition of All The Skirts with Jocole and Urban Sew by showing you all 10 Jocole skirts we made using fabric from Urban Sew.

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew Pixie Strip Skirt (and matching doll skirt!) with Far Far Away fabric.

Easy Swing skirt sewn by Skirt FixationEasy Swing Skirt in embroidered brown fabric from Urban Sew.

Jocole Double Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Kokka world map fabric from Urban Sew Jocole Double Ruffle Skirt with Kokka World Map fabric.

Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation Jocole Drop & Twirl Circle Skirt with Oopsy Daisy fabric.

Jocole Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Nano Iro woodblock fabric from Urban SewRuffle Skirt with Nani Iro woodblock fabric.

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt sewn with Urban Sew fabric by Skirt FixationGirl’s Yoga A-line skirt with Oliver + S knit fabric.

Drop And Twirl Jocole Skirt Pattern sewn with fabric from Urban Sew by Skirt FixationTwirl Your Heart Out Skirt in Riley Blake Chevrons.

Jocole knit pencil skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Urban Sew fabricKnit Pencil Skirt in striped knit fabric from Urban Sew.

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabricJocole Bubble skirt in Wee Wander fabric.

Jocole Yoga A-Line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew knit fabricJocole Yoga A-line skirt in knit fabric from Urban Sew.

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

We will be donating the Pixie Strip skirt and matching doll skirt to Simple Simon & Co’s Skirting The Issue event.

Were you following the amazing link up? We were delighted to see you had sewn up some Jocole Patterns too! Once again, the Skirt Fixation team picked out their favorites:

Aria: #9: I like the style of Recently Risa’s dress and the color.

 Annie #17: I would like a dress like this one Risa made. I like the lace.

Aline Maxi skirtAllegra #1: Becca and I are A-line yoga maxi twins!

Audrey #10: This will probably be the next Jocole pattern I make!  Risa scores again!

Now it’s time to finish up All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew with the winner of the giveaway. The random number generator picked #353, which means Becca Duval is the proud new owner of 3 new Jocole patterns and a $40 gift certificate to Urban Sew!!

If you’re observant, you will have noticed the Jocole has released a new skirt pattern. But don’t worry, when we get a chance, we’ll sew up any new skirt patterns and add them to our All The Skirts page, which you can find by clicking on the tab at the top of the page. There you will find a curation of all the Skirt Patterns we have sewn. Sort of like a museum exhibit!

We’d like you to know that while the Jocole and Urban Sew edition of All The Skirts is finished, next Friday we will announce the next pattern company and fabric company pairing for an all new edition of All The Skirts!  We are so very, VERY thrilled with the next sponsors!  See you next week.

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Pixie Strip Skirt {All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew}

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

With great delight and a little sadness, we present you the final skirt in this edition of All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew!  The Pixie Strip Skirt is such a fun skirt that we can’t possibly be sad for long!  And to make it even more fun, we used Heather Ross’s Far Far Away line of fabric from Urban Sew.  And then we added a lacy, knotted shrug!  Lets take them individually:

Jocole Pixie Strip Skirt:

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

This Jocole pattern is pure fun.  Like for when your girl is ready to kick up her heels and have a blast!  It has a cute little handkerchief hem made from the 6 strips of fabric.  You can probably tell from the photos how light and flippy this skirt is!  Whenever a gust of wind came along, the skirt started to dance all on it’s own, and Annie would shriek delightedly!

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban SewThis skirt is the perfect skirt to showcase several selections from a line of fabric.  Little prints, big prints, busy prints, and so on.  The combinations are probably endless.

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban SewWe also sewed up a Pixie Strip skirt for one of Annie’s dolls, since there was enough fabric left and the instructions are included in the pattern.  As well as sizes newborn to 14.  This is a tutorial type pattern with only the waist circumference cutout as a pattern piece.  So if you dislike tiling patterns, or dislike math calculations, this is the pattern for you!

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

We chose fabric from Urban Sew in the Far Far Away prints (which are on sale right now!) to make this skirt.  Urban Sew has a really nice selection of the Far Far Away line by Heather Ross.  So fun!  This fabric was soft and easy to work with.  One note, if you are going to use directional prints to make this skirt, be sure that they are facing toward the ground so nothing is upside down!  We had to turn over the little frogs waiting to be kissed; no sense in dumping a future prince on his head!

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban SewThe lace shrug we made from the free Forget Me Knot dress pattern over at The Sewing Rabbit.  We adore Jess, the mastermind behind The Sewing Rabbit, and were ecstatic when she was chosen as the Project Run & Play sewing master for March.  We had a hard time narrowing down all the choices this pattern inspired in us, but finally decided on a Boho-Hippy-Chic look!  We flipped the pattern around backward, omitted the lining and the skirt, straightened out the back curve, and ended up with this lacy shrug!

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban SewWe love just had to feature those awesome knots infront, and we also love how the ties on the knots echo the handkerchief hem of the Pixie Strip skirt!

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

And we had to make one for Annie doll, since she already had the matching skirt.  Then because we were having so much fun making knots, we made a knotted headband too by cutting out 2 more back ties and sewing them onto a piece of elastic.

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

Since this is the final skirt for All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew, that means you only have a few more days to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway and link up your own creations made using Jocole Patterns or Urban Sew fabric.

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

We’re going to link up this outfit to Project Run & Play’s March challenge.  If we make it to the top 10, we’ll reveal where we found the lace to make that shrug!  And next Friday, we’ll show you which skirt we’re donating to the Skirting The Issue charity drive and draw a giveaway winner for Jocole Patterns of your choice and a $40 gift certificate to Urban Sew.

Here are the two ways you can play along.

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

2.  InLinkz Link-Up: Link up your Jocole creations and Urban Sew fabric projects, each one earns you 5 entries! Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.
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Easy Swing Skirt {All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew}

Easy Swing skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This week all of the adult sized people at Skirt Fixation are participating in Selfish Sewing Week!  You’ve seen lots of sewing, skirts, and adult sized creations! With the final creation of the week we have Aria, who is 12 and just starting to fit into the smallest women’s sizes.

Easy Swing skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation YAY! My first pattern sewn!  Or second, depending on if you count a doll skirt a real skirt HERE.  The Easy Swing Skirt was pretty easy to sew, and I just started out pretty slow, but by the time I was on hemming it I was pushing the pedal pretty hard.  I just followed the directions and didn’t have to do any ripping until after I had sewn the zigzag stitch.  I went to show Mom my work and when I came back to do the next step, I forgot to switch back to straight stitch, so I sewed a few inches before I caught myself.  A really silly mistake, huh.

Easy Swing skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe steps were quite easy and I didn’t get confused about anything.  Mom did sew on the elastic because it was a method she had never used before and she wanted to try it.  Anyhow I have never sewn on elastic or knit before so maybe it is time for me to sew one of those Jocole yoga a-line maxi skirts.

Easy Swing skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe fabric is very light and swingy so it was perfectly suited for this skirt.  The material is very thin so I think I will be attaching a slip underneath the skirt.  I really like the hang of the skirt, and it is really swingy.  I’ll bet that’s how its name came to be!

 A few notes from Audrey aka Mom!

As we’ve been saying for weeks now, Jocole skirts are really easy to sew with fantastic shape and style. Since it’s selfish sewing week, I really wanted Aria to try to do her own sewing, and sure enough, with the help of Jocole, she made the Easy Swing Skirt all by herself, with the exception noted above in her description.

Easy Swing skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

She even picked out the fabric herself!  It is a lovely brown embroidered cotton from Urban Sew, and the drape is so lovely for this pattern.  It is also very lightweight which Aria will appreciate when the summer heat strikes!  Now we want you to do some selfish sewing too! And then join our link up.

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Easy Swing skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation