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Women’s Whitney Skirt {All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics}

Whitney Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using linen fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Whitney Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using linen fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The last skirt we showed you in the series All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics was the Whitney skirt for girls.  Since we were so enamored with that skirt, we simply had to sew up the Whitney skirt for women next.

Whitney Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using linen fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Whitney skirt by Violette Field Threads is a pleated skirt (and trousers) pattern.  This pattern comes in 8 sizes from 2 to 16.  As you can see, it is a great pattern to make for tweens and teens.  The instructions are photo illustrated.  The pleats are constructed differently than for the girl’s Whitney skirt, and come out just as beautifully.

Whitney Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using linen fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Our instructions had an error in them (the first time we’ve ever come across an error in a Violette Field Threads pattern!) but we emailed Jessica and Ericka, and within a very short time had the corrected instructions.  If you are making the Whitney skirt pattern, the first instructions say to trace the pattern markings onto the main skirt front.  There are no pattern markings, so here’s what Jessica & Ericka instructed me to do.  You will take your skirt that has been cut on the fold, leaving it folded, mark the skirt into thirds and cut the skirt piece two times (see the picture). This will give you 5 pieces now.  If you already have the Whitney skirt pattern, you will need to do this too.  But the fabulous ladies over at Violette Field Threads quickly fixed the instructions, so if you buy the Whitney pattern now, it will have those corrected instructions.  I love a company with fabulous customer service!

Whitney Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using linen fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

We made 2 alterations to the Whitney skirt pattern.  Since Aria is growing like a weed, we added length to the bottom of the Whitney skirt pattern pieces.  The other change we made was accidental.  Somehow the skirt ended up too big for Aria after it was completed, and so I added elastic to the back (just like the girl’s Whitney skirt.)  I’m positive this was a measuring mistake on my part, and not due to the pattern, but it was an easy fix.

Whitney Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using linen fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The fabric we used was again a perfect match for the Whitney skirt.  This fabric is yarn dyed linen by Robert Kaufman from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It is a linen rayon blend and so holds those pleats spectacularly without wrinkling.  It is also a little heavier than regular linen and so works in the cooler temperatures we’ve been having.  Besides the charcoal grey we used, Raspberry Creek Fabrics has it in navy blue also.

Whitney Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using linen fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

We’ve been working on Aria’s wardrobe because of aforementioned growth spurt, and so we made her another Julia Sweater by Compagnie M.  The sweater knit fabric came from JoAnn’s and the gray contrast fabric is a double knit from Urban Sew.  She is also wearing the Granville shirt she made this summer.

Whitney Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using linen fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

We hope you’ve been sewing up some Violette Field Threads patterns too!  Or maybe you’ve found some luscious fabric at Raspberry Creek Fabrics?  Well, now you can enter to win, too.  Simply link up anything you’ve made this year with a Violette Field Threads pattern or fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway too.  Two winners will each receive 5 PDF pattern from Violette Field Threads and $50 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.
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Whitney Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using linen fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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Julia Sweater Review with Sheer Fabric Tutorial

Julia Sweater review

Julia Sweater reviewWe had the privilege of testing another pattern for Compagnie M.  This time she was adapting her Julia sweater for girls into a pattern for teens and women, and we are sure glad she did!  The Julia Sweater is a dolman sleeve knit sweater/shirt with lots of different options for the collar and neckline.

Julia Sweater review by Skirt Fixation

There is also a tunnel pocket option.  The sleeves are cuffed and the bottom has a waistband, so no hemming!  I’ve already made 3 of these (2 of which are for me!)  As with most pattern tests, there were a few things that needed worked out; the size of the waistband and how to use fabric with less stretch for the sleeves were two things that got worked out with this pattern test.  But Marta encouraged everyone to play around with the pattern a little, and so we did!

Julia Sweater Review by Skirt Fixation

We figured out how to add a sheer layer to the front and back panel and construct the tunnel pocket in a different way to reduce bulk with the added layers.  This works with both stretch sheer fabrics (the green and white sweater above) and woven sheer fabrics (the blue and grey sweater.)  Which opens up a lot of fabric possibilities!

Julia Sweater, teen size

The first Julia sweater we made ended up being for Aria as I had to shorten the sleeves to 1/2 length due to the lack of stretchiness of my fabric.  This issue has been solved now!

Julia sweaters by Skirt FixationBoth Aria and I love the dolman sleeves!

Julia Sweater review

I love the slimming style of the separate front and back panel.

julia sweater tunnel pocket

And pockets of course are not only comfortable, but necessary when you have 7 children and their…stuff!

Here is our tutorial, so you can use sheer fabrics in your Julia sweater too, if you want to!

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Picture 1: Cut 1 tunnel pocket piece.  Cut 2 front and back pieces, one each of lining and sheer fabric.

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Picture 2: Sew pocket to sheer front piece, RST.

Sew all 4 shoulder pieces together.

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Picture 3: Pin front sleeves to front lining piece.  Sew down both sides from where top of pocket will be to bottom of shirt.

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Picture 4: Sew along tops of sleeves.

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Your shirt should look like this now.

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Pull up sheer layer to reveal top of pocket.  Carefully stitch across top of pocket, keeping sheer layer out of way, from side to side.  You are stitching the top of the tunnel pocket to the front lining layer.  You’ll line up the bottom of the tunnel pocket with the bottom of the front lining layer to keep your pocket straight.

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Here is what the back of your front piece will look like after this step.

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Picture 5: Snip the seam allowance of the sheer layer only to the seam at the top of the pocket.  If you can’t figure out where to snip, try to do the next step without doing this, you will see exactly where to snip!

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Picture 6: Line up right sleeve and shirt fronts and back, RST.  Sew together, starting at top of pocket in front, up to shoulder, and down to bottom of back.  Be sure to have all 3 layers caught in your seam.  Repeat with left sleeve.

Continue with directions for the Julia Sweater.  You will close the tunnel pocket when you attach the waistband.  Be sure to catch all layers across front and back sheer panels.

Julia Sweater Review by Skirt Fixation

I did make a few other changes to the second Julia Sweater I made, just for personal preference.  I added 1.5 inches to the neckband.  I top stitched the neckband with my double needle because I can’t stand a neckband that rolls!

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

There is one change I will make for the next (yes, next!) Julia Sweater I make.  Due to my 6 feet tall height, my arms are rather long, and I added 3 inches to the sleeves.  But I made a rookie mistake and added it to the end of each sleeve instead of cutting and spreading the sleeve, which makes the sleeves a little tight.  (Dairy goats cause large forearms!)  Next time I’ll do it right!

The Julia Sweater is so slimming!

Here you can see the side panels and the tunnel pocket from the side.  This sweater is an absolute joy to wear!

Sheer Fabric for Julia Sweater tutorial

Aria is wearing her Julia layered over a white t-shirt.  It looks lovely over a navy blue shirt too!  That really makes the lace pop out!

Julia Sweater review by Skirt Fixation

You should sew up some Julia Sweaters, too.  For yourself and your teen too.  You’ll be glad you did!  You can get the Julia Sweater from Compagnie M. here.