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3 Knight (Hoodies) To The Rescue

Knight Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

Having boys is so fun!  Our youngest boy, Lowell, has started to notice what his big brothers and Dad wear.  And so naturally, he noticed that both David and Thomas have Knight Hoodies and he didn’t.  This was easy to resolve…I just sewed him up one.

Knight Hoodies sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’ve reviewed the Knight Hoodie pattern when I made one for Thomas.  It’s a great pattern.  Then I made one for David and included some tips for a wavy zipper fix.  Next I made one for my nephew for his birthday, and included tips on lining up the pockets and hood across the zipper.  And finally this one for Lowell.  Each time I make one, I feel like it gets a little easier.  I lined up the pockets more carefully, than I did the 1st time.  Also, that curve around the face of the hood/helmet is probably the hardest part, but it too is getting easier!

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

Although it ended up a little oversized, I made Lowell the same size as I had for David for 2 reasons; 1: the pattern was already printed out and tiled, and 2: I wanted it to last all winter!  Lazy, but effective…

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, I used some Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Black (affiliate link) from JoAnn Fabrics.  It was actually left over from the Knight Hoodie I made for my nephew.  On this one, I used a plastic zipper instead of a metal one like on the other boys’ and it works out great.

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

The buttons are probably the most expensive part of making a Knight Hoodie, but I used my new-found button source, the thrift store!  These buttons came off of a stinky denim shirt with suspicious stains under the arms.  But for $2 it was a steal because of all the buttons on it!  (23!!!)

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this photo shoot, all the boys wanted to be together in their Knight Hoodies.  The best lighting is outside, but the day was frigid so Allegra, our chief photographer, decided to head for the greenhouse.  It turned out to have the perfect temperature and great lighting for our purpose.

Knight Hoodie pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now there are 3 knights in shining armor er hoodies to rescue fair maidens!  Be warned, o ye fair maidens, these boys have a good dose of mischievous up their sleeves!

Want to make your own Knight Hoodie?  Find the pattern here.

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Birthday #3 {Project Sew It}

Knight Hoodie for Project Sew It

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There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

For the third birthday of my nieces and nephews, I decided to sew another Knight Hoodie.  This particular nephew has officially entered those hard to sew for boy years!  An adoring aunt has to be careful about using cute-sy fabric and babyish patterns.  Since my son Thomas (who is a year older than this nephew) likes and wears his Knight Hoodie often, I thought it would be a safe choice.  I’ve also sewn a Knight Hoodie for another son, David, who is quite a bit younger, so I think the Knight Hoodie is a particularly good choice for any boy…and even a girl!

Knight Hoodie

I had the opportunity to try this Knight Hoodie on my nephew before giving it to him, which was really fortunate due to the armholes not being wide enough to layer another shirt underneath.  Kind of the whole point of a hoodie, right?

Knight Hoodie for Project Sew It

It looks like my nephew loves his new Knight Hoodie!  Apparently his family had recently attended a Medieval Festival and they are hooked on all things Medieval, so this Knight Hoodie was perfect timing!

I also wanted to share a quick tip on how to get pockets to line up across a zipper because it’s something I’ve struggled with often and spent quality time with my seam ripper over and over again.

How to line up a zipper to pockets.

To begin, sew on one side of the zipper to the garment.  Then use chalk or some other marking tool to mark the top and the bottom of the pockets on both sides of the zipper.

How to line up a zipper with pockets.

Put the other side of the zipper in place, carefully lining up the marks at the top and bottom of the zipper and sew in place.  Easy and a successful pocket match up the first time, every time!  Now if only I can remember to use my own tip the next time I install a zipper!

Thanks to my sister for the photos of her son in his Knight Hoodie.

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Wavy Zipper Fix & Boy Knight

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Today I’m going to tell you more about the boy look I sewed for my Starry Knights entry into Project Run & Play’s week 3 sew along for the theme All That Glitters.

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

First of all, I think most entries will be girl looks, due to the nature of the sewing prompt.  So I challenged my sewing friends on Instagram to try and sew a boy look also.  This is what I came up with.

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

To start with, the Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle is a great place to get some glitter/metallics happening.  The buttons and zipper were the places I chose to accentuate with bright gold.  I added two buttons to the tops of the pockets for even more glitter.

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

I used Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy  from JoAnn Fabrics to make the Knight Hoodie, with Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric for the sleeve and hem bands.  The hammered gold buttons came from JoAnn’s as well.  If you want to read my pattern review of the Knight Hoodie, click over to this post.

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Now let’s pause for a quick moment to talk about roller coaster (wavy) zippers.  This is a phenomenon commonly seen on the Knight Hoodie and other garments where a zipper is installed on knit fabric.

Even thought I tried really hard not to stretch the fabric while installing the zipper, I still ended up with a wavy zipper.  So I turned to those aforementioned Instagram sewing friends for advice on how to fix this one and how to prevent them in the future.

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The common consensus was to always use interfacing when installing a zipper in the future.  As for this one, either unpick it and add interfacing, or try steaming the wavy zipper and fabric with a very hot iron.  The second option sounded much easier and quicker…and worked like a charm!

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Underneath his Knight Hoodie, our gallant knight is wearing an Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt.  I’ve made this shirt so many times I could probably do it without the instructions and maybe even in the dark!

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

This time I added the pocket because it was an opportunity to add a little bit of glitter.  The pocket fabric is Wild & Free Knit Midnight Roof  designed by Maureen Cracknel for Art Gallery Fabrics leftover from his sister’s dress.  The other two shirt fabrics are Art Gallery Fabrics knits from Imagine Gnats.

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

And of course a knight would never go pantless, so our brave boy needed some trousers.  Once again, I used the Classic Chinos pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop and used Cotton Twill Khaki Fabric.   These are the same pants pattern and fabric Indiana Jones received last week!  I made our knight’s pants just a tad bit too long in hopes of extending the wearing.  The elastic around the back of the waist enables a longer wearing time also.

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

So there you have it!  One brave, dashing, gallant knight.  With a lady-killer dimple!  Be sure to check out all the other sew along entries for All That Glitters, and the contestant looks too.  There is some fantastic talent to inspire you!

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Starry Knights

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who had a faithful knight as her companion.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Sometimes they did argue about things like who would get the last gummy bear or who got to ride the royal steed, but mostly they got along swimmingly.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The knight protected the princess through many adventures.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They braved nights full of stars and robber bandits.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They staved off attacks by dragons with inferiority complexes.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They conducted pirate raids and snowball fights.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They won battles with zombie pirate dragon snowball bandits.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The princess rewarded the knight by letting him kiss her hand sometimes, and by not letting his head get chopped off.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

After all, she was a very beautiful princess and it would’ve been a shame if she didn’t have her knight there to save her from bad things.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The princess put up with a lot from the knight; stuck-out tongues, sassing, and minor conflicts, but there was one thing that she always insisted on.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

No matter how terrible the adventure or how heavy the battle there must be one thing straight; her and her knight had to have coordinating outfits.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

In the end they lived happily ever after. I mean, who wouldn’t live happily ever after when they’re so fabulously dressed?

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Today’s photo essay is inspired by the sewing prompt “All That Glitters.”  This is the third week’s theme for Project Run & Play’s Season 11.  Outfit details only today, pattern reviews, details and oh so many more photos coming tomorrow and Wednesday!

Starry Knights Princess Outfit:

Dress Pattern:  Antalya Dress by Coffee & Thread

Dress Fabric: Wild & Free Knit Midnight Roof  designed by Maureen Cracknel for Art Gallery Fabrics

Leggings Pattern:  Slim Trousers by Lil Luxe Collection

Leggings & Fingerless Gloves Fabric: Stretch Panne Velvet Velour Soft Gold Fabric from Fabric.com

Starry Knights Knight Outfit:

Hoodie Pattern:  Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle

Hoodie Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy from JoAnn Fabrics

Shirt Pattern:  Field Trip Raglan T-shirt by Oliver+S

Shirt Fabric: Art Gallery solid Sahara Sun knit from Imagine Gnats

Pants Pattern:  Classic Chinos pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop 

Pants Fabric: Cotton Twill Khaki Fabric

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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The Chess Skirt vs The Knight Hoodie

Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting Con

Today we are participating in Crafting Con’s Board Games theme competition.  There’s some pretty stiff competition (pun intended!) from the likes of Frances Suzanne and Stitched by Crystal.  Naturally, we had to make every move count before we found ourselves in check mate.  So we chose the game of chess. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConThe oldest game, played by millions for hours over the years!  Chess required 2 players, so we had to include 2 children.  Boy vs. Girl.  Black vs. White.To read more about the outfits, the photo shoot, and to find out who won that chess game, be sure to visit Crafting Con!

My idea started with the boy outfit.  There was no questions the occasion called for a Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle! Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAnd to make an even more powerful statement, we added the knight chess piece on the back, using reverse appliqué.  In black of course, since Thomas was representing the black chess pieces.  I used the knight template and printed it at 100%, or full paper size.  I used our reverse appliqué tutorial, found hereChess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConDue to Thomas’s tall and lanky frame, I had to make him a Knight Hoodie in a size 7 width by size 12 long!  Talk about almost checkmating Mom!  Next time I will lengthen the sleeves even more. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAll the top stitching on the Knight Hoodie is in black, of course.  The grey sweatshirt knit came from Girl Charlee, and the cuffs and waistband are from an old sweater. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConThe Knight Hoodie pattern calls for buttons in many different places on the armor, but Thomas wanted none of it!  He was afraid it would make his Knight Hoodie too much like a costume, and he wanted to wear it everyday.  I thought they would look cool, and add to the overall effect, but obviously he won that round!Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConThomas needed some pants to go with his Knight Hoodie, so again I turned to the Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo Pants.  This is the second time I made these, and this time I made a few changes.  I changed the waistband to be exposed, thus enlarging the size of the pockets which was an issue on the first pair.  I also lengthened the pants at the bottom even more.  This 2nd pair of Field Trip Cargo Pants took me less time than the first pair, and I think I have a new obsession!  I found the black twill fabric for these pants in my stash.  Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConNext up was the girl look.  Since Annie is the current recipient of the current edition of All The Skirts: Oliver + S & Fat Quarter Shop, she didn’t need any more new clothes, but Aria did.  So again we made our move with Oliver + S pattens.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConSince we are currently sewing up ALL the Oliver + S skirts, we were looking for an excuse to sew the free Lazy Days skirt.  This skirt is the perfect palette for a game of chess.  First, I added some checkered fabric (from the stash!) onto the bottom of a black piece of fabric (thank you stash!) Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAria is representing the white chess pieces, so we stenciled them in white onto black fabric, just sitting on the edge of the checker board.  If you want to make a chess skirt, we’ve got the free printable for you below!  Aria, who is quite a nerd herself, insisted the pieces be in the proper chess order, and there are two full sets of white chess pieces around the whole border of the skirt.  Allegra gets the prize for stenciling them all on!  I used black seam binding to finish the bottom of the Lazy Days Chess Skirt.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAria need a simple black t-shirt for summer.  We used the Oliver+S women’s Metro T-shirt and black knit fabric from Girl Charlee.  The only change we made was to use narrow black fold over elastic (from Amazon) on the neckline which gives it a tiny bit more femininity.  We cut out one size smaller than the XS by overlapping the pattern piece off the edge of the fold on the front and back pieces.  I can’t tell you how much satisfaction it gives me to be able to make plain old t-shirts!Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConIn Summary:

Black Chess Look:

Top Pattern: Knight Hoodie from Charming Doodle

Top Fabric: Gray sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee

Knight Stencil: Free download here.  Print at 100%

Pants Pattern: Oliver+S Field Trip Cargo Pants

Pants Fabric: Lightweight black twill from our stash

White Chess Look:

Top Pattern: Oliver+S women’s Metro T-shirt

Top Fabric: Black jersey knit from Girl Charlee

Skirt Pattern: Oliver+S Lazy Days skirt

Skirt Fabric: Black cotton from the stash

King & Queen Template: Free download here.  We printed at 60% for size 12 tween.  You may want to go smaller for younger child’s skirt.

Chess Pieces Template:  Free download here.  Print at the same percentage as King and Queen.  Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConTo read more about the outfits, the photo shoot, and to find out who won that chess game, be sure to visit Crafting Con!  But only if you can stand more bad chess puns!!!