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Capsule Wardrobe for a Newborn Baby

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Have you heard of a capsule wardrobe?  The basic idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to minimize the amount of clothing in a wardrobe, but make each piece intensely wearable by coordinating it with everything else in the wardrobe.  The “what do I wear” question is solved because everything is wearable.

A perfect application of the capsule wardrobe is for someone who is expected to outgrow all their clothes in a few months time.  (Like a baby…)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe Color Choices

Since I’ve had 7 babies, I’ve pretty much nailed down exactly what is and isn’t needed in the first 6 weeks.  I know this next baby will be dressed by many eager siblings, so I want it to always look coordinated.  Even on days when the oldest sister called dibs on dressing the baby but the youngest sister had a fit until her favorite pair of pants were used and the middle brothers slipped on a cardigan later when the sisters weren’t looking!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

The perfect solution is a white onesie wardrobe.  This means all the onesies can be paired with any other piece in the newborn capsule wardrobe and match perfectly!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Next I chose solid grays as the layering pieces because once again they will coordinate with everything.  Also because we don’t know if we’re having a boy or a girl, and gray is a neutral that works for both.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Finally, since it would be a shame to dress a baby in all white and gray, I used wild explosions of patterns that couldn’t possibly be worn together (like pants and one piece outfits) in shades of mint and gray.  Result?  Baby looks boutique and not clownish!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe Suggested Clothing List

Now that I’ve gone over my thoughts on color choices for a newborn capsule wardrobe, I’ll share what I’ve discovered to be the perfect clothing components.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

4 baby gowns:  These are all I put my newborn in for the first few weeks, and definitely until the umbilical cord stump comes off.  They make for easy diaper changes…in fact sometimes the baby can sleep right through when they’re wearing a baby gown.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

3 indoor hats:  The baby has been used to being in a 98.6 degree environment, and your home is probably cooler than that.  So a little knit hat helps it maintain it’s heat.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

4 footed pants: The other place the baby can loose body heat is through the soles of it’s feet.  Footed pants work great to keep baby warm and also have the added benefit of helping keep their socks on!  (I have yet to have a baby whose socks stay on all by themselves…)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

6 onesies: After the baby is out of it’s exclusive baby gown days, you will need onesies.  Because a baby can go through several in a day, I’ve found 6 to be a good number.  And because they’re white, those pesky poo stains can be bleached right out!  (Give them an extra rinse though for baby’s delicate skin.)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

2 sweaters: Sometimes you will need to give the baby an extra layer of warmth, perhaps when you’re going out, and a baby sweater fills the need perfectly.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

1 coat and 1 outdoor hat: If your baby is born in colder months, you will definitely need a warm coat and an outdoor hat.  Even over the sweater.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

8 receiving/swaddle blankets: From the very 1st baby, we discovered the many benefits of swaddling.  I consider swaddling blankets to be a part of their wardrobe, and have found 8 to be a good number.  I made 4 gauze swaddle blankets, 2 knit swaddle blankets, and 2 flannel swaddle blankets.  You will may find you prefer one type over another in different situations.  This newborn capsule wardrobe is in neutral colors, but the next capsules in larger sizes will lean toward boy or girl in theme, and the white gauze swaddle blankets will continue to coordinate either way.

6 pairs of socks: Although your baby will rarely get these dirty, somehow one will disappear several times a day!

1 special occasion dress/romper/outfit:  Since you’ve kept so rigidly tight on the colors and amounts of clothing in this newborn capsule wardrobe, you’ve got extra resources to get something for a special occasion for your new baby.  Go ahead and splurge…you’ve deserved it with your discretion and control so far.

So here’s that list for you all together:

4 gowns

3 indoor hats

1 outdoor hat

4 footed pants

6 onesies

8 receiving/swaddle blankets

2 sweaters

1 coat

6 pairs of socks

1 special occasion dress/romper/one piece

Now get busy creating a newborn capsule wardrobe for you’re expected bundle of joy!  If there’s anything else you consider essential to a newborn’s wardrobe, please let me know in the comments below.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

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Marlene and Miss Marlene Patterns

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

There’s a new kid in town…pattern town that is!  The distinctive shoulder accent pieces set this top apart from all other patterns out there.  And don’t worry, if you’ve been jealous of your daughter’s wardrobe, this pattern can be made in women’s sizes too! Schnittreif is the company that created both the Marlene and Miss Marlene patterns.  If that name sounds foreign, it’s because the company and the pattern are German.  But don’t worry, both are translated to English and available for purchase in the Nah Connection shop.  Get the girl’s Marlene here, and Miss Marlene for yourself here!

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Marlene is a simple, basic boatneck shirt with shoulder inserts for a little something extra.  The shirt can be made in 3 different sleeve lengths; short, elbow length, and long sleeves.  Photo illustrations accompany each step of the very easy pattern.  The shoulder insets make it look like a sophisticated, difficult pattern, but it’s not hard at all!

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For Annie (who has grown too tall for most of last year’s summer shirts) we whipped out a Marlene for her in some special fabrics.  This fabric is Art Gallery Recollection Jersey Knit Pirot Evoked Silver Fabric By The Yard leftover from making her cousin this dress.  Annie is thrilled to think of “matching” her cousin even though they live hundreds of miles apart!

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It just so happens Annie needed some skirts for spring/summer also.  She hasn’t changed size around from last time I made her the Jocole Knit Pencil Skirt, so we just added some length and whipped out another one for her.  She chose to this fabric (from JoAnn’s) for both the shoulder accents and the skirt from our fabric stash.

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Jocole Knit Pencil Skirt pattern has a doll pattern included, so since one of Annie’s sewing goals this year is to sew some things for her dolls, she cut out the fabric and pattern and sewed along side of me.  It turned out that her doll is much smaller around than an 18” doll the pattern was designed for, so her doll’s skirt ended up quite a bit more gathered around the waist than Annie’s skirt.  Then I quickly whipped out a matching shirt from some leftover scraps, and Annie and her doll were so pleased to be matching!

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Then it was my turn.  However you might have noticed I have a large bump on my middle at the current time, so you’ll have to put up with flat lay photos.  Since I made Annie’s shirt just exactly as instructed in the pattern, I decided to play around with this one a little bit and try to make it suitable for nursing after the baby arrives.  I wouldn’t say my modifications were 100% successful, but close enough that this will work as a nursing shirt.  When I have the process perfected, I’ll share a tutorial, but for now, you’ll have to make a mental picture and view the inside of the shirt.

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I cut out a second front piece but only from the bust down.  To the top of this I added elastic, so it will stay in place while the outer shirt is lifted up to nurse baby.  Since I was going for a layered look, I made the undershirt longer in the front and added a strip across the hem in the back.  The one issue with the nursing part of the shirt is that I sewed the 2 layers of side seams together, so I think the undershirt will lift slightly at the sides when the over shirt is lifted to nurse.  But I won’t know that for sure until I can actually wear it!  To be continued…

Marlene Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the over shirt fabric I used Riley Blake Knit Stripe Aqua/Navy Fabric By The Yard from Urban Sew.  It’s heavenly and I can’t wait to wear this soft Marlene shirt. The other change I made to the Miss Marlene pattern was my standard wide shoulder adjustment.  Because the shoulder inserts made this tricky to add width at the shoulder seams, at the suggestion of Annika (owner of Nah Connection) I added it right to the center fold in front and back at the shoulders only, tapering down to the normal width down the front.

Are you convinced?  Do you need a Marlene or Miss Marlene shirt now too?  Head over to Nah Connection to pick up your copy today!

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Aria’s 4H Sewing Project

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

This year 2 of us chose sewing for a 4H project.  You can read about Annie’s project here.  Today Aria is sharing her 4H sewing project.

This year for 4-H I did a three-part sewing project that included a shirt, a skirt, and a jacket. All three were made from varying weights of knit.

4H sewing project

The Veronika Skirt

This was made from a heavy knit from JoAnn Fabrics that I have used before and is super awesome! I made it for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats.  You can read our full review here.

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The Halifax Hoodie

For the jacket I used a lighter French Terry for the first time.  I am happy to say that even though it was a lighter knit it was really easy to use!  The Halifax Hoodie from Hey June Handmade is a really nice sew up as well!  I used the third option with a zipper, pockets, and a hood.  The instructions were easy to follow but I was still really glad to have Mom’s help, especially when I did the pockets, zipper, and hood because it was my first time doing any of those!  I followed the instructions and it made my firsts easy ones!  The first thing I sewed was the pockets.  These were pretty easy except for the trying to keep them straight and sew through a lot of layers at one time, so I still think they are a bit crooked yet…  The next thing I did was the zipper.  This was completely different from anything I had ever done before.  I put a lot of pins in to hold it straight, went slow, and had Mom to help me!  I was pretty impressed by how well it turned out and how easy it was!  The last ‘difficult’ thing I did was the hood.  I had pretty much no trouble assembling it, but attaching it to the rest of the jacket was the difficult part.  There were a lot of layers, but when I attached the binding to enclose the seam allowances it looked pretty good!  The rest, compared to this was really easy!  The French Terry was super fun to work with and I really like the finished result!

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The Lane Raglan Shirt

This was not my first Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade that I sewed, but it was the first with a lightweight fabric that I made.  This fabric was pretty difficult to cut and sew, and I’m not really impressed with the result.  At this point, we were also having difficulty with the machine sewing using a double needle, so that didn’t help much either.  I really liked the simplicity of the pattern last time I made a Lane Raglan, but this time with the lightweight knit, it really hindered progress a lot.  I sewed the neckband on wrong and had to pick it out, which left a lot of holes.  Something happened on the sleeves, and there I had to sew some tucks in the shoulder, but the rest of the shirt turned out ok.

I really enjoyed sewing the skirt and the hoodie, but I did learn that I probably shouldn’t be sewing too much on lighter knits yet!

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The lady who judged my sewing project at the county fair said she didn’t have any experience sewing with knits, but when my project went to state fair, the judge had some very helpful comments. One of them was on the hoodie, to try and line up the seam under the arm a bit better. I’d really like to sew another Halifax Hoodie sometime.

Thanks for sharing your 4H sewing project Aria!  Affiliate links are used in this post…to feed our sewing habits!

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“Deer” Niece’s Birthday {Project Sew It}

For the final Project Sew it of the year, sort of splurged.  The recipient it my youngest niece, and the only little girl I ever get to sew for! project+sew+it+grey

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.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed some tiny girl things for her when she was born, but now that it was her birthday and she’s mobile it was time for some bigger things.  Not like that was going to be a hardship…

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I started with the free Girl’s Peplum Top pattern by Sew Much Ado.  This pattern is free only for size 18 months, which was exactly what my niece needed.  This pattern is also available for purchase from Sew Much Ado in larger sizes.  The reason I chose this pattern was for the ease of movement for a crawling, active, mobile child.  A dress or skirt would get in the way, but a peplum is perfectly girly solution.  For the fabric, I used Girl Charlee’s fawn silhouette fabric (currently available in different colors.)  The only change I made to the pattern was to split the peplum part of the top into 2 pieces so the little deer would be right side up on both sides of the top.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

A peplum can’t be worn by itself, so a pair of leggings was in order.  The Lollipop Leggings pattern affiliate link (without the skirt this time!)  using the button tab option turned out to be a perfect match.  I used some fabric I’d found at JoAnn’s because it matched perfectly.  As I was searching for the perfect buttons in my rather small button stash, nothing was grabbing me.  Then I remembered my bead stash which is insanely huge.  Since these buttons are non functional, beads worked here.  I just happened to have some with darling little animals on them.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final piece in my final Project Sew It creation for the year wasn’t necessary, but the star of the show, of course!  I’m referring to the Evergreen bonnet by Twig & Tale.  I had to use the free Reindeer Add On to keep the deer theme going of course.  For the fabrics, I used a brown flannel for the outside, and the softest white fleece I could find (leftover from this canvas jacket project) for the inside.  Then there was the perfect ribbon in my stash, so this whole bonnet was free to make, how could I not?  I could just picture my niece in it!  And then my sister-in-law sent me photos and I was blown away.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

It was even better than I could have imagined!  Plus my sister-in-law says it’s the go to hat for her daughter for the cold weather this winter.  It covers her ears better than any other hat they have, and stays in place.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’m so delighted to have completed my goal of sewing something for each of my nieces and nephews this year through the Project Sew It inspirational challenge.  They’ve just announced their challenge for 2017, and I’ve declared myself in!

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

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The Runway Skirt {pattern release}

The Runway Skirt pattern

Today I get to announce a new arrival!  The Runway Skirt is my first sewing pattern, and I’m so excited to share it with you today.  If you’re looking for that special skirt to sew for your holiday events, The Runway Skirt is waiting for you!  You can buy the Runway Skirt at Savvy Patterns.

The Runway Skirt pattern

The Runway Skirt is a vintage inspired skirt in three lengths designed to draw the eyes of all you glide past.  The pattern testers are sure you will be amazed by the number of compliments you receive while wearing the Runway Skirt!  Let’s talk about the three lengths.

Runway Skirt Pattern by Savvy Patterns

Being that the Runway Skirt is designed by me, a 6 foot tall woman, the maxi skirt WILL sweep the floor.  Don’t worry, if you’re not 6 feet tall, there are 5 different lengths to choose from, from 40” – 45” plus directions on how to adjust the length if you need.  This length skirt will be perfect for the upcoming holiday parties where you want to make a smashing impression!  (Because it’s made from knit (or stretch woven) fabrics, no one will guess how comfortable you are!)  The abundance of godets in the back (7 in all!) make sure you swish and sweep everywhere you go.

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The midi length (4 lengths to chose from 30”-33”) is perfect for both formal and casual events.  With 5 godets in the back, this length is comfortable, stylish and feminine all wrapped up in one.

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The Runway Skirt also can be made in 4 knee lengths from 23” – 26”.  Flirty and fun, this length holds true to it’s vintage roots with 5 godets also.  As with all lengths, prepare for compliments!

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The Runway Skirt is graceful yet comfortable because it is made from knit/stretchable fabrics.  A medium weight knit is recommended and easiest to work with although stretch woven fabrics can also be used.  When constructing the skirt from knit fabrics, the invisible zipper is optional, though required with stretch woven.   The star of the show on all lengths are the lightweight godets in the back swishing in your wake.  There is a multitude of fabrics to choose from to make the godets; chiffon, viole, rayon challis, crepe de chine, organza, and so on!  Oh, and if you’ve had a difficult time sewing with these lightweight fabrics in the past, don’t worry, the pattern is packed with tips and instructions to make your experience easier!

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The Runway Skirt can be made in 14 different sizes from 00 (23” waist 33” hip) to 24 (44’ waist 54” hip.)  The fit is the same across all sizes, perfect in the waist with looser, more vintage ease through the hips.  Instructions for adjusting to a more modern (va-va-voom!) fit are included in the instructions.

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The Runway Skirt is designed to be the ultimate feminine skirt.  Buy the Runway Skirt at Savvy Patterns, our new shop.  The Runway Skirt can also be purchased at UpCraft Club.  What are you waiting for?  It’s time to get sewing!

Finally, a VERY special thanks to all my fabulous, helpful, thorough pattern testers.  Without them the Runway Skirt would not be what it is!  Next week I will share many more of the testers photos.  And also, I am deeply indebted to Teronia and The Bee and Allegra for their gorgeous modeling on the cover of The Runway Skirt.

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Uptown Downtown Maxi Dress {Project Sew It}

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation. Love the coordinating binding!

If you thought I was late for the last Project Sew It post I did, just wait until you read about today’s project!

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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.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

This sweet niece of mine had a birthday in June.  Yes, June!  But I finally got around to sewing her project in September.  Since I was so late, I give her quite a bit of freedom in choosing the dress and the fabric!  Last winter I made her an Uptown Downtown maxi dress that she loved but outgrew pretty fast.  So naturally she requested another one.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sent her a link to all the Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric on the Hawthorne Threads website and told her to choose.  (Actually, that was pretty mean as I don’t think  I would have been able to narrow it down to just one!)  She chose Pirot Evoked Knit in Silver which makes an absolutely adorable Uptown Downton maxi dress.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since I was so late in making her gift, and since cooler temperatures have arrived, I made her an Aster Cardigan to go with the dress.  I even used matching fabric from the dress as the neck binding inside the cardigan.  I used sweatshirt fleece for this Aster Cardigan which makes a lovely cropped sweater.  Unfortunately, even though I went up a size from the Uptown Downtown dress, the cardigan was too small for my niece!  I’m pretty sure it’s because the sweatshirt fleece doesn’t have much stretch.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

She’s such a sweetie, she sent both the dress I made her last year and this Aster Cardigan back to us so Annie can wear them!  So I owe her a new cardigan, that fits to go with her dress.  I think if I use French Terry, it will work out perfectly.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

My sister sent me some modeled shots of my niece wearing her dress.  I love how she styled it with a scarf and vest.  She definitely gets her good taste from her mom.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now I think I’ve only got a couple more things to sew for Project Sew It.  Hopefully I will be a little more prompt…although I know I’m already late for my newest nieces’s birthday!

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Cali & Co fabric outfit

My new favorite fall outfit!

Today I’m over at the Cali & Co blog!  You may have noticed the button over on the sidebar announcing that I’m now part of the Cali & Co blog squad.  If you’ve never checked out Cali & Co fabric you really should.  They have an amazing selection of fabrics.  Today I’m sharing all about my new fall outfit, sewed entirely from 3 beautiful Cali & Co. fabrics.  I found these three amazing fabrics, and I’ve got tips for sewing with each of them over on the Cali & Co blog today.

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Sante Fe Top Review

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I’ve got a new favorite top, to sew and to wear! It’s the Sante Fe by Hey June Handmade. Since I love everything I’ve sewn from this company, I was pretty sure the Sante Fe was going to be a win too. Just to be safe I made a muslin first. I used some charcoal bamboo knit fabric from Cali Fabrics.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is light, and swingy, and just perfect for this pattern.  I had never sewn a neckline with binding instead of a band, and I really like the clean finish. The cuffs on the arms have a similar clean finish. In fact, everything on the inside of this shirt is so clean and finished that I accidentally wore it inside out the other day…and no one noticed!

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation
I made view C and the only change I made for the muslin was to lengthen the dolman sleeves by about 2 inches to accommodate for my wide shoulders.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt FixationLike all Hey June Handmade patterns we’ve sewn, this one is easy to follow.  The illustrations are drawn and the instructions are clear and complete.  It can be made in 7 sizes from XS to 2X.  There are 6 different variations you could make.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

After making this muslin, I decided to make another Sante Fe Top the next day! The only change I made for fit was to raise the neckline by about 1 inch and shorten the binding accordingly. I used some cheap knit fabric I picked up at Hancock Fabric’s going out of business sale. It’s lightweight and only has two way stretch, which makes it another great fit for this pattern.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For a little Anthro-esque touch, I added a strip of blue lace down the front seam. I polled my sewing friends on Instagram before adding it, and there was overwhelming support for this idea. One of my sewing friends suggested adding the lace to the raglan sleeves of view F, and since I absolutely love this idea, I guess I’ll be making another Sante Fe Top soon!

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

You might have noticed I left both the hems of these Sante Fe Tops raw edges.  This is for 2 reasons.  1: knit fabric doesn’t fray, so no hemming needed.  2: my double needle is currently in time out for not meeting my expectations for hem perfection.  I knew the situation wouldn’t improve with thin fabrics.

Sante Fe tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt FixationHere’s what I love about the fit of the Sante Fe top: it hugs your curves, and then flares out for a looser fit around the waist and hips. The result is about the most comfortable shirt ever. I’ve been wearing one or other of these every week!
So if you’ve got some cheap lightweight knit fabric laying around that you purchased before you knew what you were doing when buying knit fabric (not that I’d know anything about that, ahem!) turn it into some Sante Fe Tops! You can thank me later.

Oh, and the Halifax Hoodie is currently the featured pattern which means it’s on sale, so grab it too while you’re at Hey June Handmade.  You’re going to need it this fall!

Affiliate links are used in this post.  I would have been using them on all Hey June Handmade posts before this, but I just recently realized they have an affiliate program!  I’m just telling you this in case you are opposed to helping support my fabric habit, and don’t want to click on any links.

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Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt {Buy or DIY ~ Skirt!}

Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt - Buy or DIY from Skirt Fixation!

Today we have another girl’s Buy or DIY skirt for you! This time we’re showing you how you can make a name brand skirt perfect for summer for less than retail price, and more practical too.

Our skirt pick of the day is a Gucci skirt from Norstrom.   See that cute little bee appliqué patch?  We’ve even located a source on that for you!

Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt - Buy or DIY from Skirt Fixation!

Buy or DIY Skirt Details:

Skirt: Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt from Nordstrom

Fabric Recommendation: Cotton Jersey Charcoal Grey

Pattern Recommendation: Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop Sporty Girl Skort

Buy or DIY Skirt Math:

Gucci Ruffle skirt: $235 retail price.

Fabric needed: 1 yards at $6.48 per yard   See that darling little ruffle on the bottom?  Ordering a yard of this fabric will allow you extra to gather and add that ruffle, plus include the shorts underneath!

Pattern: $7.95

Baby bumble bee patch: $3.99

Elastic: $2.99 for 3 yards of 1″ wide knit elastic

Total $: $21.41 for DIY

Total Savings: $213.59

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  And we’d like to point out that the Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop pattern comes with built in shorts.  If you have a little girl who wears skirts, you’ll immediately love that option too!  We’ve made this pattern, and we can assure this is a great pattern you’ll turn to over and over again.

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Mix ‘n Match Swimwear

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today is my stop on the Summer Swimwear blog tour.  Recently, Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, and The Wolf and the Tree all released swimwear patterns.  Follow along on the blog tour to see what everyone made, and also enter below to win some prizes.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

I signed up for the Summer Swimwear blog tour because I am a beginner at sewing swimwear and wanted to be challenged to improve.  One time I had sewn swimwear before was last summer when I made Annie a swimsuit for our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe.  Since that suit is still fitting her pretty well, I wanted to create mix n’ match swimwear, so she can choose which ones to wear and still match.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here’s what Annie had to start with:

Tankini Top Pattern: Modified Charming Tee by Lil Luxe Collection (Detailed pattern review & photos here.)

Tankini Top Fabric: Navy performancewear fabric from JoAnn Fabrics

Tankini Skirt Pattern: Cabana Swim Bottoms by PeekABoo Pattern Shop affiliate link  (Detailed pattern review & photos here.)

Tankini Skirt Fabric: White Fans on Navy Lycra Swimsuit Fabric from The Fabric Fairy

Swimsuit lining from The Fabric Fairy

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

I started adding pieces by sewing a Just Keep Swimming rash guard from ultra thin white swimwear fabric from my stash.  Annie is very fair and burns easily, so the idea is to cover up as much skin as possible while still allowing her to enjoy the water.  I used this fabric intending that whatever top is underneath could still show through.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

It would also be fun to make a rash guard from this mesh fabric from Imagine Gnats.  The Just Keep Swimming rash guard was very easy to make.  The patterns are complete, easy to follow and illustrated with both photographs and illustrations.  Making this rash guard was just like making a t-shirt but with swimwear fabric.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next I sewed a pair of medium shorts with a yoga waistband from the Just Keep Swimming pattern.  Once again, this was a very easy sew.  I used fabric from Hancock Fabric’s going out of business sale.  I wish I’d gotten a whole bunch more because it’s very thick and not transparent.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Feeling confident with my beginner swimwear sewing abilities, I decided to tackle a tankini top from the Classic Malliot pattern by Call Ajaire.  I ended up with something Annie can wear, (and likes) but had tough go of it!

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

I think before I tackle another swimsuit from this pattern, I’m going to up my swimwear sewing abilities.  I wouldn’t recommend this pattern for other beginners to sewing swimwear…it’s probably not the pattern, just my lack of sophistication at sewing with swimwear fabrics.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used more fabric from the Hancock Fabrics sale with fabric for the back ties leftover from sewing the skirt last year.  I sewed view G in a size 7 width with size 12 length as I did for all the swimwear mix ’n match pieces I sewed.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

In the end, I guess that it doesn’t matter that I missed catching the lining in a few spots, (maybe, probably) attached the straps wrong, and didn’t stretch the fabric evenly while topstitching.  All that really matters is that Annie has a new swimsuit that actually fits her which she loves.

Join in on the Summer Swimwear Tour fun by using the hashtag #sewswimtour to share your favorite swimwear makes.  And don’t forget to enter to win these fabulous prizes from our other sponsors!
Prizes include:
– 1 pattern The Classic Maillot pattern by Designs by Call Ajaire
– 1 pattern The Swim and Surf Shorts by Gracious Threads
– 1 pattern Just Keep Swimming by The Wolf and the Tree
– 1 pattern of choice (excludes bundles) by Pienkel
– 1 pattern of choice by AimerLae & Finn
– 1 pattern of choice by Rachel Rossi Design
– Free Jellyfish Swim Cap pattern via Sew by Pattern Pieces Group
– 1 pattern of choice by Dandelions n Dungarees
– 1 pattern of choice by E + M patterns
– 5 patterns of choice by George & Ginger
– $30 gift certificate by The Fabric Fairy
– 1 pattern of choice by Sunday Girl Designs
– 1 pattern of choice by 5 out of 4 Patterns
That’s 17 patterns + $30 in fabric!!
Enter the giveaway below:
During the tour Designs by Call Ajaire is offering 20% off all patterns in the Etsy shop using the code SWIMTOUR, Gracious Threads is offering 15% off the purchase of 3 or more patterns in her shop (no coupon needed), and The Wolf and the Tree is offering 15% off patterns in her shop using the code SWIMTOUR as well.  So take a few minutes to visit Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, and The Wolf and the Tree and of course the rest of the lovely blogs we have on the tour: