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Sandbryce Skirt

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Meet my new favorite summer outfit.  This is the mash up of 2 patterns, the Sandbridge Skirt and the Bryce Cargos.  I’m calling it the Sandbryce Skirt.  I’ve been on a hunt for a good cargo skirt pattern, and finally decided to take matters into my own hands.  I ended up with a skirt I’m going to be making again ASAP so this one can get some rest.  Or at least not worn 3 times per week!

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Earlier in the year, Emily shared a tutorial over at Hey June Handmade on how to mash these two patterns but she did it the exact opposite of me!  So it’s not copying at all, is it?  She used the Sandbridge Skirt on top and the Bryce Cargo pants on bottom to make herself a pair of jeans.

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

To create my Sandbryce Skirt, I laid out the pattern pieces for the Bryce Cargo pants first.  Then on top of them I overlaid the Sandbridge Skirt pattern pieces.  I lined them up the best I could.  On the front pieces, I matched up the zip fly parts.  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the back pieces, I matched the hip curves for the outseam.  Then I folded in the crotch triangles for the pants pattern on front and back.  As you can see on the front, the Sandbridge Skirt pattern piece is wider than the Bryce Cargo piece (on top of it.)  Because I was using stretch twill, I eventually decided just to go with the side seam of the Bryce Cargos so as not to mess up the pocket, and angled in from the hem to that point.

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

As far as instructions went, I basically followed the Bryce Cargo steps, except where obviously I needed to follow the Sandbridge Skirt steps.  It worked out great!  The only change I might make next time is to take in the center back a little more at the top.  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I made this Sandbryce Skirt knee length, just by measuring how long I needed it, and continuing the lines of the skirt down that far at the same angles.  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

You can see the insides of this skirt are very professionally finished, per the pattern instructions (on both patterns!)  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Adding all the hardware (snaps) was a learning experience for me, but totally worth it!  Like I mentioned in my Denim Week series, the hardware is one of the things that makes a skirt look professional and not “homemade.”

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is stretch twill from JoAnn Fabrics in a color called Clay.  It is amazingly good quality, and very, very comfortable!  In fact, I’ve already picked up some in this khaki to make myself another Sandbryce Skirt.  And I really want to get it in this olive green color except my local store doesn’t have it right now.  (The price of this stretch twill online right now is ridiculously cheap!!!)

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of course I had to make myself a new shirt to go with my new skirt.  I made myself the Santa Fe top using the most beautiful rayon spandex jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s currently sold out, but they have a beautiful selection of other rayon spandex jersey fabric.

This is seriously my favorite outfit to wear, and I think Mr. Skirt Fixation likes it a little bit too!  

Sandbryce Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Have you ever mashed up two patterns and ended up with an end result that was better (if possible!) than either of the patterns to begin with?  That’s the beauty of sewing your own clothes…you can make EXACTLY what you love every time!

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Knit Summer Dresses for my Girls

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

It’s begun.  Summer temperatures have arrived, and with it, the requests for summer clothes.  For my younger girls, this means knit fabric, light colors, and breezy silhouettes.  Two knit summer dresses coming right up!  

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

One of Annie’s favorite dresses from last summer is the Ila Dress I sewed for her from french terry fabric.  She still wears it, although it’s about 6 inches shorter than when I sewed it.  Not my laundry skills, her growing skills!

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

For these two dresses I got to use the new summer fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  These fabrics shout “sum, sum, summertime!”  There’s lemonade, fruit, dots, waves and sea creatures.

For the main fabric I used textured sand stripe jersey knit fabric for these knit summer dresses.

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

As with all CLUB fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, this fabric is super soft, does not pill, and has great stretch and recovery.  This sand stripe looks textured, and just begs for a lemonade stand operation, don’t you think?

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Ila Dress by Coffee and Thread does not call for knit fabric, so I made the same modifications as last time.  It really makes it quite a fast sewing project.

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie, I added a ruffle to the bottom of the sleeves and hem.  This gives her added length (due to that growing-like-a-weed condition!) and makes it fun.  I used mustard jersey knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the ruffles and center panel.  

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby also got a knit Ila dress.  I have to admit, I sewed her a size too big, but thankfully, she’ll grow into it.  Perhaps it’ll last longer than a month that way!  She seemed to notice that her and Annie were matching and got a great kick out of posing with Annie for these photos!

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Her contrast center panel and neck yoke are from bright fuchsia jersey knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This color really brings out the pink tones in her cheeks and lips, and is so precious, if I do say so myself!

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

One of Annie’s favorite things about this dress are the hidden pockets.  Baby ignored hers until shown how she could put treasures into them, and then wouldn’t stop putting things in!  

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now I can check a few knit summer dresses off that summer sewing list.  Except that Annie caught sight of the other summer fabric I got from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and put in her order for a summer maxi skirt.  Stay tuned on that…

Knit summer dressed for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Indigo and Aster fabric tour for my girls

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

Hello and welcome!  I’m delighted to share some Indigo and Aster fabric goodness with you today.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

This photo shoot was inspired by the floral crowns on the border print fabric of the Indigo and Aster fabrics.  Each animal is wearing a floral crown in that border print fabric!

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

I’ll start with my older daughter, Annie, and then go on to Baby’s two outfits.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

For the skirt, we used the border print panel. Each of the animals has a darling floral crown!  Since we have dairy goats, we just had to include one of the yearlings in our photoshoot.    The pattern we used is the Lottie Skirt by Violette Field Threads.  We just left off the suspenders this time around.  

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

We added a piece of lace trim at the bottom of the waistband panel.  Annie liked this touch.  Girly, but not too babyish she said.  Next came an Aster Cardigan to pair with the skirt.  This fabric is the bright, cheerful, colorful, floral knit print from the Indigo and Aster line.  Underneath the cardigan, Annie is wearing a brand new Camden Raglan I sewed just for the occasion.  It’s a great layering piece.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

Somehow, Baby ended up with 4 pieces of clothing out of the deal!  I already shared a little about the green Rosemary pinafore (pattern by Violette Field Threads) in this post.  I used the lush bouquet green fabric for the main part of the pinafore.  It is lined with this tiny, floral print called Bonheur Fresh, and also the ties are the same print.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The dress underneath is the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe dress pattern.  I used my tutorial to make it gathered and also added lace to the ends of the sleeves.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

And you can see Baby is wearing a bonnet.  As with all the bonnets I make (and sell!) this one is reversible.  On the floral side is one of my favorite prints from the Indigo and Aster line.  It’s called Foliage Escape Lapis. 

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

The other side of the bonnet is blue velvet.  I also used some blue velvet ribbon for the ties.  

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

As you can see, I loved this foliage escape lapis print so much, I used the knit version of it to make Baby another Eeny Meny Miny Moe dress.  Once again, I modified it using my tutorial.  I also added lace to the front bodice and above the ruffle I added to the end of the sleeves using this tutorial.

Skirt Fixation for Indigo and Aster by Bari J.

That’s all for today!  Thanks for visiting and head over to Bari J.’s Curated Maximalist blog to see what others are making with Indigo and Aster fabric this week!

The beautiful photography in this post is the work of Delaney Aby.

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Me Made May 2018 Week 5

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I know, I know.  We’re into June and I’m still sharing things from May.  But, I’ve been busy, and I wanted to complete my round up of Me Made May skirt outfits.

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This skirt is the Sandbridge Skirt pattern from Hey June Patterns.  It’s truly lovely, and I’m so excited to share the details of this (and the other Sandbridge Skirt I sewed!) that I’ve planned a whole entire week dedicated to denim coming at you the last week of June.  There’s going to be a giveaway, stunning details, inspiration, resources and more.  So stay tuned!!!  This skirt is sewn with stretch denim.  The place I bought it is sold out, but here’s a very similar stretch denim.

The shirt is a Union St. Tee from Hey June Patterns.  It’s made from cream knit fabric (I can highly recommend this fabric!) and I wear it with everything!  This shirt pattern is reviewed here.

It may appear as if I’m wearing the same skirt as yesterday, and while that skirt is awesome enough to wear 2 days in a row, this is a different skirt. When I have a pattern that I love, I often sew more than 1 at a time. Do you batch sew? Anyway I’m wearing it today so I can get it blogged and share the amazing goodness of them both. And the huge differences. . . Shirt pattern: #seafarertop by @sewmuchado Shirt fabric: #fleetandflourishfabrics by @maureencracknell for @artgalleryfabrics Skirt pattern: #sandbridgeskirt by @heyjunehandmade Skirt fabric: stretch denim from @raspberrycreekfabrics . . #mmmay18 #memademay #denimmaxi #handmadewardrobe #memademay18 #sewmodest #sewingtall #sewingforme #sewsewsew #skirtsewing #sewingskirts #isewmyownclothes #sewinglyfe #dreamskirt #waituntilyouseetherest #rcfmonthlymakes #wearefabrics #feelthedifference

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This is the other Sandbridge Skirt I sewed.  And I can’t wait to show you the differences between the two skirts!

The top is the Seafarer dolman sleeve top pattern by Sew Much Ado.  It’s sewn using Fleet and Flourish knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics.  You can read our review of this top here.

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And you probably recognize this outfit from the other day…it’s the Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns sewn in rayon chambray fabric.  The blue I used is sold out, but here’s black rayon chambray.

And the skirt is the Jocole Pencil Skirt sewn in Arizona After knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics.  Full review of both these garments here.

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This skirt is the Simple Pencil Skirt (reviewed here) in textured knit fabric.  (similar fabric here)

The top is a Lane Raglan made with a black micro rib knit modal fabric.   (similar fabric here)

Happy Hey June June! We’re all decked out in @heyjunehandmade to celebrate the occasion, are you? . . Top pattern: #unionsttee by @heyjunehandmade hacked to a peplum just for this occasion! Top fabric: buttery soft bamboo jersey from @blackbirdfabrics Skirt pattern: #sandbridgeskirt by @heyjunehandmade Skirt fabric: stretch denim from @raspberrycreekfabrics Dress pattern: #camdenraglan by @heyjunehandmade lengthened to a dress. Dress fabric: #pandaliciousfabrics by @katarinaroccella for @artgalleryfabrics . . #heyjunejune #heyjunepatterns #youcanhackit #isewmyownclothes #memadeeveryday #handmadewardrobe #wearefabrics #sewingforgirls #sewingtall #sewingforme #makersgonnamake #sewersgonnasew #sewistsofinstagram #seamstressonduty✂️ #bamboojersey #blackbirdfabrics #feelthedifference #sewingisselfcare #sewingblogger #skirtfixationsews2018 #skirtsewing #sewingskirts

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Technically, this was June 1st, but it was another outfit I shared on Instagram!  I’m wearing a Union St. Tee that I added a peplum to.  This peplum top is one of my favorite shirts, so I added another one to my wardrobe.  I used bamboo knit fabric from Blackbird Fabrics, but they’re sold out.  Good thing I found a similar fabric here for you!

Annie is wearing her Camden Raglan dress from this post.  It is made using Art Gallery Fabric Pandalicious knit fabric.

That wraps up Me Made May 2018 for us!  Since it’s not the 1st year we’ve participated, we didn’t get any huge new revelations, but used the opportunity to add to and subtract from our wardrobe.  How about you?  Did you participate in Me Made May?

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Flutter Sleeve Tutorial

Slash and spread flutter sleeve tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Today I’ve got a quick and easy flutter sleeve tutorial for you.  And the beauty of this is that you can do this to any pattern that has a sleeve!  I used the Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns, but you can use any pattern with sleeves.

This method is a slash and spread method, but the beauty of it is that you keep the original length of the armscye, so you don’t have to adjust your shirt pattern piece, only the sleeve.

Flutter Sleeve Tutorial:

Slash and spread flutter sleeve tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Start by cutting into your sleeve pattern piece from the bottom, up to 1/2″ away from the top.  Spread each of these pieces apart the same distance.  I used a 1″ space between my pieces, buy you could certainly do more.  Then I cut around my new pattern piece and also extended the length of the sleeve piece by 2″ for more flair.

Slash and spread flutter sleeve tutorial from Skirt Fixation

That’s it!  Super easy and fast, and of course, fluttery!!!

Slash and spread flutter sleeve tutorial from Skirt FixationSlash and spread flutter sleeve tutorial from Skirt Fixation

If you’d like to read more about the fabric we used, and also the skirt we made to go with our flutter sleeve top, head over to CaliFabrics.  There’s a little story about why this skirt pattern ended up working perfectly after basically failing the first time around.

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Me Made May 2018 Week 3

Me Made May week 3 by Skirt Fixation

Over on Instagram (follow us here!) we are participating in Me Made May.  For this event, sewists all around the world wear the clothes they made themselves and share it.  Here is what I’ve been wearing.

Shirt: Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns in double brushed poly fabric from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

Skirt: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns in baby wale corduroy from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

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Tiered Maxi skirt by Pattern Emporium reviewed here.

Peplum Top by Jocole in Art Gallery Fabric solid knit reviewed here.

Fancy Sailor Top in super soft Nani Iro double gauze reviewed here.

Pencil skirt in embossed scuba knit from JoAnn Fabrics reviewed here.

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Runway skirt by Savvy Patterns in Art Gallery Fabrics Blithe knit fabric and Blithe voile fabric for the godets.  Reviewed here.

Black Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns that just won’t go away!  I’m going to get some of this fabric to replace it though.  Soon…

Me Made May week 3 by Skirt Fixation

The photo above is what I wore on the next day of Me Made May.  Sort of.  And I never got it posted to Instagram.  It was one of those days!  I spent the morning in the goat barn with a doe who was having trouble kidding.  Around lunchtime, I had a lunch meeting that simply could not be avoided.  So I showered, threw on this maxi skirt refashioned from a dress (see the original post here) and my white Union St. Tee in Riley Blake Designs white knit fabric.  As soon as I returned, I was back in the barn in my chore clothes until just before supper.  Another shower, and I put on my pajamas for the rest of the evening!  Ah, such is life!

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Hampton Hoodie by Peekaboo Pattern Shop in Art Gallery Fabrics Petal and Plume knit fabric.

Style J denim maxi skirt in khaki.

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Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns in Art Gallery Fabrics Observer knit fabric with cream rayon challis for the godets.

Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns in fine chambray from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

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And from yesterday, the Mermaid Maxi Skirt in Art Gallery Fabrics Millie Fleur knit fabric.

And my favorite new basic, the Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns in chocolate Dana modal knit fabric.

That’s it for this week!  See you next week…

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Mermaid Maxi Skirt Review

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

When a skirt is named “Mermaid Maxi” what else can you do?  I was helpless to resist!  Diva Patterns by Tie Dye Diva has a new skirt pattern out, and it’s just as delightful as the name implies.  I was ecstatic to join the blog tour for the Mermaid Maxi Skirt, and I can’t wait to see all the creations this week!  

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Mermaid Maxi skirt is a knit skirt with some pretty special details.  First there’s the fit and flare mermaid tail shape.  Then there’s those pockets.  And finally, the pattern is versatile enough that you can make it several times achieving a different look every time.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I sewed a size 4, mermaid tail shaped skirt with ruched pockets.  The only change I made was to add 2 inches to the length, one at the knee, and one in the middle of the flare as instructed in the pattern instructions.  A straight skirt with a slit in the front can also be made.  And there is an option for straight pockets.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This pattern has great thorough instructions, lots of markings, illustrated drawings, and easy to follow directions.  Any possible difficult steps in the pattern are noted and extra instructions given if needed.  The Pink Pin Tips are especially helpful, and I loved the way the elastic waist is constructed.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Mermaid Maxi skirt can be made in 14 sizes from 0 (34-35” hips) to 26 (53-55” hips.)   In the above photo, I’m attempting to show you how full the bottom of the skirt is!  It’s so swishy and fun to twirl, but hard to capture on camera!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As you may have noticed, I pulled out some of the best fabric I’d been saving for just the right occasion.  This is knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics and is super soft and very good quality.  This one is called Line Drawings Bluing designed by the very talented artist Bari J.  In the above photo, you can see the detail of the lovely ruching on the pocket, and of course a closeup of that amazing fabric!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Suddenly I have an urge to sew aaaaalllll the swishy maxi skirts and take a trip to the beach and stroll barefoot through the sand.  Trail my toes in water.  Feel the salt water spray in my hair.

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For this special skirt, I had to sew myself a new shirt.  Of course I sewed the Union Street Tee by Hey June Patterns.  And I treated myself to some chocolate brown dana modal knit fabric.  The fabric and the Union Street Tee pattern have the perfect drape and ease to pair with this form fitting maxi skirt.  Believe me when I tell you this simple t-shirt is a treat!

Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

You will want to be sure to check out the blog tour introduction post here.  There are giveaways for $250 in prizes, and the Mermaid Maxi Skirt pattern is on sale!  Plus there’s a discount code for fabric so you can sew your own Mermaid Maxi Skirt!  Also, be sure to check out the rest of the Mermaid Maxi Skirts all week long!  (And if you’re looking for the weekly Me Made May post, I’ll see you here tomorrow…)

 

Monday, May 21
Tie Dye Diva Patterns – Mermaid Maxi Blog Tour and Giveaway!
Skirt Fixation – Mermaid Maxi Skirt Review

Tuesday, May 22
Musings of a Seamstress
Heather Handmade

Wednesday, May 23
Sew Altered Style
sewsewilse
Chook n Duck

Thursday, May 24
Penny Sew Vintage
TipStitched
Sharon Sews

Friday, May 25
Sewing By Ti
Brittany J Jones

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Patriotic Fabric Parade

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

This year I found the perfect patriotic fabric for a special occasion.  Raspberry Creek Fabrics has a new patriotic line of fabric, and I’m in love!  I got 2 of the 8 fabrics, both cotton jersey knits.  They are soft and durable, and last through all the antics my kids put them through.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

These patriotic fabrics inspired a patriotic parade!  They marched excitedly around the yard, playing their parade game.  Which is exactly how new clothes make me feel too!  Beware there are a ton of photos, but they all capture the mood perfectly.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Every summer around her birthday, I sew Annie a patriotic shirt.  That tradition and this fabric combined to keep the occasion going another year!  This shirt pattern is the Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns, Annie’s favorite.  For the sleeves, I used navy blue and white paisley bandana print fabric and added red stripes.  The center fabric is solid navy and oh-so-soft.  It was perfect for a patriotic vinyl iron on using my Cricut Maker machine.  And if you want to make this one too, here’s the cut file for free!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s skirt, I sewed her a knit pencil skirt with shorts attached.  This has her become her go to summer skirt!  The fabric is the red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The fact that there are 2 different blues make it a solid winner for us!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used striped navy and white jersey fabric for the shorts underneath, but have no photos.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next up I sewed raglan tees for the boys.  I know it seems like I’m on a mission to sew them all the coordinating raglans, but when it works, it works!  The main fabric is the same as Annie’s skirt, red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

David got saffron colored Art Gallery Fabrics knit for his sleeves and neckband.  Just like the rest of his shirts recently, I sewed him a size 7.  He is always very game for any garment I sew for him in any color and fabric.  It’s so easy and fun to sew for a non-picky child because I get to make all the decisions which is half the fun!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Lowell got the Oliver+S Fieldtrip raglan tee also.  His is a size 5 with the same navy as Annie’s shirt for the sleeves.  He has this thing for the color blue.  In fact, when he wears blue, he declares that he’s one of the “good guys” and always wears blue when possible!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

In the above group photo, you need to be sure to notice the special care I took to match the stripes on the sides of the boy’s shirts.  Thank you for noticing!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

And Baby got a complete outfit too, naturally!  I used the navy blue and white paisley bandana jersey knit print to sew a Pistachio Tee for her.  The only change I made was to crop it in length.  Honestly, it was so that as she grows her little toddler belly will stick out!  It’s the cutest thing, and you’d think she was a cat for all the belly rubs she gets around here.  The little navy shoulder ruffles are like tiny angel wings which is perfectly fitting too!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

The scale on the bandana print is quite large, which makes it great for apparel making.  But on a tiny baby shirt, you don’t get that size and scale all represented.  So I was very choosy on what part to put in the center of the shirt.  Did I get it right?

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby’s skirt is the Daphne pattern from Simple Life Patterns.  It uses the navy and white stripes over the solid navy fabric.  And honestly, I just might copy both my girls’ skirt for my own wardrobe!  

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, we grabbed a few props and flags from the dollar store for a parade.  The flowers I’d potted earlier in the year were perfect for on the wagon.  And the dog had to join the parade too!  The kids insisted on it because he matched the color theme!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

What you can’t see in the photos is some of the older kids standing behind me helping with kids and props and the dog, and making them all laugh by balancing the extra hats on my head while I snapped photos!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

For sure, I couldn’t sew as much as I do and photograph and blog it without that behind-the-scenes help!  But I reward them with handmade clothes too. 😉

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Do us a favor and head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics to check out all their fabric.  You won’t be sorry!  I love shopping from small fabric shops because they can’t afford to carry poor quality fabric and get a bad reputation.  So it’s like shopping someone’s curated collection of fabric.  My idea of a good time right there!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now I’ve chatted on for long enough!  Leave us a comment, we love them.

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Complete Guide to Rayon Spandex Fabric

All you ever wanted to know about rayon spandex fabric from Skirt Fixation.

After using it wrong, laundering it wrong, and choosing the wrong patterns, I figured out something that gave me a major Aha! moment!  Rayon spandex fabric.  It comes in some of the most beautiful prints, but I wasn’t sure how to use it properly.  I’ve sewed several things using rayon spandex, and after some mistakes and successes plus lots of wear and tear, I thought I’d share my pattern suggestions for rayon spandex.  (I’ve included several FREE ones!)  And some laundry notes too. 

Rayon Spandex Fabric Details

First of all, what is rayon spandex?  It’s a blend of rayon and spandex!  Usually 95% rayon and 5% spandex.  It is very lightweight, and usually wrinkle resisted and crease resistant.  It has beautiful drape.  Rayon spandex usually is 59”-60” wide like most jersey fabrics.  It’s very stretchy, usually has 4 way stretch (which means it stretches both vertically and horizontally) and the recovery is great (which means it doesn’t stay stretched out.)  It’s soft and supple and forms to your curves.  Rayon spandex is quite breathable and feels cool to the touch.  It doesn’t pill over time, but does get a little hairy fuzz if you don’t launder it properly.  It also can be difficult to hem due to it’s lightweight structure.  This is easily remedied with Heat n Bond Soft Stretch. 

Rayon Spandex Laundry Instructions 

So how do you care for rayon spandex fabric?  I would recommend pre-washing it like you plan to launder your finished garment.  For me this means washing on cold.  I do NOT recommend putting your rayon jersey in the dryer ever.  This will immediately cause that little hairy fuzz I mentioned earlier.  It doesn’t ruin the fabric, but there’s that fuzz.  

Rayon Spandex Fabric Samples

Since rayon spandex comes in such a wide variety of prints (and solids too!) I thought I’d share some of the ones I’ve been loving recently.

Black & Peach floral rayon spandex on Amazon

Royal Blue Solid rayon spandex on Amazon

Black & White rayon spandex from JoAnn Fabrics

Printed indigo dye rayon spandex fabric from JoAnn Fabrics

Retro Floral Mauve rayon spandex fabric from Fabric.com

Yarn Dyed Stripes rayon spandex fabric from Fabric.com

Adult Pattern Suggestions for Rayon Spandex

Because of the unique properties of rayon spandex, I would not recommend using it for every pattern.  Here are some pattern that I’ve either made using rayon spandex fabric, or know it would work with rayon spandex.

Yoga A-line skirt by Jocole

Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns (FREE)

Hampton Hoodie by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

As you can see, a Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns works and is quite drape-y.  If I use rayon spandex for this pattern again, I’ll leave off the bottom band and let the fabric drape.

Ina Skirt by Pattern Review

Santa Fe top turned dress by Skirt Fixation

Santa Fe Top (or dress!) by Hey June Patterns  See our tutorial for making it into a dress here.

Seattle Skater Skirt by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Seafarer Top made from rayon spandex fabric by Skirt Fixation

Seafarer Top by Sew Much Ado

Renfrew Top by Sewaholic

Easy cheater method of making a shibori dye skirt by Skirt Fixation

Syrah Skirt by Selvage Designs

Union St Tee by Hey June Patterns

Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Aurora Leggings by Hey June Patterns

Children’s Pattern Suggestions for Rayon Spandex

Adele 2 Tier Ruffle Skirt by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns   Find our tutorial on how to make it into a dress here.

City Park Tee by Hey June Patterns

Julia Sweater by Compagnie M.

Rayon Jersey fabric and pattern suggestions from Skirt Fixation

The 2 on the left are Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Dress by Peekaboo Pattern Shop  and suitable for rayon spandex fabric.

Rosemary Raglan by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Tilly Circle Skirt by SLPco

Spunky Girl Skater Skirt by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Gretchen Cardigan by Violette Field Threads

Lollipop Leggings by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Monkey Bar Skirt by Hey June Patterns (FREE)

Rachel Dress by ModKid

#106 by Thread Faction

Monet-inspired dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight & Gather

Woodstock Swing Tee by Hey June Patterns (FREE)

All you ever wanted to know about rayon spandex fabric from Skirt Fixation.

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Stripes and Flowers Girl’s Maxi Dress

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Ah the maxi dress! Annie loves them, and I love sewing them for her. A maxi dress on a young girl is such a statement piece. And with fabric as bold as we used for this one, it’s no wonder she’s been wearing it every chance she gets.

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this maxi dress we used the Uptown Downtown Dress pattern by Sew Straight & Gather. We are making the size 10 for Annie this spring. There are so many different options on this pattern that it’s easy to use it over and over again to create a whole flock of dresses! On this one we used the cowl neckline, maxi length, elbow length sleeves, and pockets.

http://www.sewstraightandgather.com/product/uptowndowntown-dress-pattern-expansion-2/

The fabric is one Annie and I both fell in love with in the fall. It’s from Raspberry Creek Fabrics CLUB line, and we love the stripes and flowers together. Even though it’s from their fall line, I think the dress works as a spring and summer dress too.

http://www.sewstraightandgather.com/product/uptowndowntown-dress-pattern-expansion-2/

Annie is growing so fast, I’m not sure it will still fit her in the fall! Or it will probably still fit her around, but might not be maxi length anymore. That won’t stop her from wearing it…she wore this one well after it wasn’t maxi length anymore!

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is no longer available, but here is a fun Art Gallery Fabrics knit with stripes and flowers in similar colors:Art Gallery Skopelos Jersey Knit Paparounes Crimson Fabric
Art Gallery Skopelos Jersey Knit Paparounes Crimson Fabric

Or this one in fun, bold colors is also an Art Gallery Fabrics knit with stripes and florals.Art Gallery Spices Fusion Jersey Knit Paparounes Spices Fabric
Art Gallery Spices Fusion Jersey Knit Paparounes Spices Fabric

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

I convinced Annie to have a cowl neckline because I wanted to put a more saturated color by her face. She’s so fair, that I knew she could use the pop of color at her face to bring out the pink tones in her cheek. We used some double brushed poly fabric in wine color, and it drapes perfectly for the cowl.

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

But Annie really is in love with this whole dress, even though she wasn’t convinced about the cowl at first.  She thought it might be too hot in summer.  I reminded her of this one I’d sewn her with a cowl, and how she’d worn it in hot weather sometimes too.

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of course Annie had to test out the twirl factor as soon as she put it on! It passed with flying colors! The width of the hem at the bottom of the skirt is so generous, that it really makes this maxi dress fun to wear.  And twirl!

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Leave us a comment, what do you think of stripes and florals together?

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