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Knit Skirt to T-Shirt Refashion

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Today’s quick and easy tutorial walks you through the steps of turning that skirt you no longer wear into a t-shirt you’ll never stop wearing!  The best part?  No hemming!  Let’s make that skirt to t-shirt happen:

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Here is the knit maxi skirt I started with.  It’s a cotton/modal/spandex knit blend with some fun stripes at the bottom.  It has a huge elasticated waistband, I think intended to be one of those convertible dress/skirt things.  If you’re like me, those garments always end up being WAAAAAY too narrow in the hips, and I don’t even have that wide of hips!

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 1:

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

First thing I recommend is laying out your pattern pieces over the skirt before making any cuts.  This is so you don’t have any nasty surprises later when you end up with only enough fabric left for 1 sleeve or something!  Ask me how I know…  I’m using the Union St. Tee pattern by Hey June Handmade.  It’s my favorite, read my full review here.

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 2:

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Alright, now that you have a plan, grab those scissors and get busy!  I cut the skirt up one side seam and cut off that waistband so things would lay flat.

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 3:

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Next, fold the skirt into the middle, and try to line up the fabric.  This was easy for me due to the stripes!  Line up the bottom of the pattern piece below the hem of the skirt by whatever amount is the seam allowance on the pattern.  For me the pattern piece was 1″ below the skirt in the center.

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 4:

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Okay, grab those scissors and get busy!  I cut out the front and back.  Next I folded the skirt all the way in 1/2 so I didn’t have a seam down the top of my sleeves, and cut the sleeves.  The neckband did end up with a seam at the center back (which a v-neck usually doesn’t have) but not a big deal!

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 5:

Sew that t-shirt together and put it on!  Once again, I used the Union St. Tee pattern and instructions from Hey June Patterns.  Happy sewing and t-shirt wearing!

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

By now you probably know that the link to Hey June Patterns is an affiliate link.  That’s because it’s a really awesome pattern and we want you to succeed in your sewing ventures, not get frustrated or fail!  Because it’s an affiliate link, if you click on it, we might make a few pennies at no extra cost to you.  So thanks!

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Updated Union St. Tee Pattern Review

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

I’m sure you’ve seen by now, but Hey June Patterns recently released their updated Union St. Tee pattern.  The Union St. Tee is one of our FAVORITE t-shirt patterns, and we’ve made lots and lots of them.  Here is the first one we blogged, and here is the most recent one we blogged.

So for the newly released pattern, we were hopeful about a couple of things.  1- the new Union has a more relaxed fit through the waist due to an updated finished garment measurements chart.  2-the new Union has a full bust adjustment piece included.

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Just in case the newly updated Union St. Tee was a complete wash out, I decided to refashioned a skirt instead of starting in with the good fabric.  Oh – I forgot to mention, the updated Union also has updated fabric recommendations.  The old version just recommended stretch knit fabrics.  The new one challenges you to improve the quality of your fabric a notch!  You can still use any stretch knit fabric, but the recommended ones are cotton/poly, triblend, rayon blends, bamboo, and modal.  Or you can use cotton spandex and size down for a fitted tee.  And while we’re down this rabbit hole, I discovered that sizing down is EXACTLY what I’d been doing!  Yep, I’d been sewing my favorite tee pattern a size smaller this whole time!!!  No wonder I was dissatisfied with the mommy tummy that sometimes made it’s presence known.

But back to the fabric recommendations.  Before I’d only used cotton spandex and sized down (accidentally!) for a fitted tee.  For this pink shirt I used double brushed poly, and it worked nicely too.

But because of the updated fabric recommendations, and because I’ve been hearing so many nice things about bamboo, modal and rayon blends, I really wanted to try one of these fabrics.  And it just happened that this skirt was a cotton/modal blend!  Plus it was too small, so worked perfectly for this updated Union St. Tee “muslin” test fitting.

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Let me just say that I should have totally trusted Adrianna, the genius behind Hey June Patterns!  Just like when she updated the Lane Raglan pattern and we tried it out, the updated Union St. Tee is perfection!  The fit (and correct sizing) is so utterly amazing.  I seriously wear this shirt every single time it’s clean.  And mum’s the word on wearing it sometimes when it’s dirty too! But in all honesty, this shirt is boosting my confidence level about the lack of muscles in the waist region…  It skims the chest and loosely floats around the mommy belly.

And for the record, modal is absolutely heavenly to sew with…I can’t wait to get into the good fabric now!

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

For my fellow tall sewing friends, I added 1 inch to the body of the tee at the lengthen/shorten line.  I also added 1 inch to the shoulders.  And finally, I raised the neckline (and shortened the neckband accordingly) by 1” out of personal preference.  I just laid the new pattern pieces over my old ones and traced off these fit changes from them.

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Stay tuned for many, many more updated Union St. Tee makes around here!

Also, I promise you a quick and easy tutorial on how to refashion a skirt into a t-shirt very soon.

While you wait, do yourself a favor and go grab the new Union St. Tee pattern.

That link to the Union St. Tee is an affiliate link because we think that it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread and you really, really should try it out!  If you click on our link, we might make a few pennies which we will immediately turn around and spend on more modal fabric.  It won’t cost you any extra of course.  You’ve been warned!

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2 Lane Raglans for Fall (and a surprise…)

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Recently Mountain Maker Fabrics had a Lane Raglan sew along.  And if you’ve been here any time at all, you know our love for the Lane Raglan and all Hey June Patterns.  If you haven’t, it’s huge.  Glacial.  Of course we couldn’t miss the chance to make another Lane Raglan.  Or two.  Plus a Camden Raglan which is the Lane’s little sister pattern.

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

First of all we have a French Terry Lane Raglan hoodie with thumbholes and hood.  This fabric is Purple Tie Dye French Terry from Girl Charlee, and super duper soft and drapey.  I sewed this up for Aria last weekend when she was out of town as a surprise.

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

After all my hard work, I rewarded myself by trying it on…and decided it that Aria probably wasn’t going to get a new Lane Raglan hoodie for fall after all!  (If you stick around to the end of the post, you can find out if I relented to her begging once she returned or not!)  The only modification I made was to cut on the long sleeve line even though I was adding cuffs.

Bamboo knit Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Next I sewed myself a plain as can be boring old black long sleeved Lane Raglan that I’ll probably wear at least 2x per week this winter!  That’s what’s known as a staple garment.

Bamboo knit Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is a super soft, lightweight and drape-y rayon bamboo blend.  It’s sold out over at CaliFabrics where I got it, but you can find it here: Telio Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey Knit Black Fabric

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

And last, but the one you’ve been waiting to see is the Camden Raglan I sewed for Annie.  As I wrote in my Instagram post (you can follow us for sneak peeks and more!) I made the mistake of letting her choose any fabric she wanted from the stash.

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

She zoomed right in on this Art Gallery Inblue Jersey Knit Bloesem Dark Fabric.  I only had 1 yard, and this time I’m making her the size 8 instead of 6 like last year, but even with the hood and thumbhole options I managed to eek it out!  At such a young, tender age, she sure has learned which fabrics are the best quality, don’t pill, and are super comfortable to wear!

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The lace pocket idea was stolen from Sew Sophie Lynn.  She added a lace pocket to one of her shirts, and everything else she does is pretty cool too!  Annie said to me, after she tried it on for the 1st time, “I don’t remember discussing the lace pocket, but it’s pretty so thanks for adding it!!!”

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The thumbhole cuff instructions are not included with the Camden Raglan, but you can use the ones from the Lane Raglan, and it works great!

Knit Camden Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

These Lane Raglans could pretty much be sewn in an assembly line process, with a few thread changes for the black one.  It wasn’t too hard, and now we’ve each got a new shirt for fall and winter.  And yes, that’s Aria behind that hood.  I relented!

French Terry Lane Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern Review

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Yesterday when I showed you my new Simple Knit Pencil Skirt and Union St. Tee, I forgot to tell you the back story.  Originally I had planned a much different outfit for the Skirt-A-Thon!  So today I’m sharing what really happened.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

My first plan was to sew the pencil skirt and pair it with a hoodie for fall.  Because I had the perfect french terry fabric in my stash that I’d ordered a few months ago.  And so I ordered the coordinating skirt fabric and got started sewing the hoodie while I was waiting for it to arrive.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Of course it’s the Halifax Hoodie pattern from Hey June Patterns.  Last year I made myself one from athletic fabric, Aria made one for her 4H project, and I made and gifted one to my sister (not blogged.)  It’s probably our favorite layering hoodie pattern.  I used a white metal zipper, and white parachute cording, and they are the small details that make the difference on this hoodie.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The french terry fabric is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It is one of their in house designs from summer.  While it’s not currently being printed, this one and this one are other floral french terry designs that would be dreamy in a hoodie!  I absolutely adore everything about this hoodie, and am at a loss for words to explain how much I love it!

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For my fellow tall seamstresses, I lengthened the body and sleeves by 1” at the hem.  That’s it!  And this time I lined the hood.  It’s an option in the pattern, and I’m really excited with the peak of smoky mint inside.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

So what’s the story on the skirt?  Well, when my fabric arrived, it turned out I hit the jackpot (which means it was close enough to the end of the bolt that I got everything that was left.) and received 2.25 yards instead of the 1 yard that I ordered for the pencil skirt.  It’s Fabric.com Designer Fabric  by Art Gallery Fabrics in their new Aloe Mist solid knit.  It’s just as soft as the rest of their knit fabrics, and the perfect shade of mint for fall!

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

So my plans changed because now I had enough to make a maxi skirt instead of a pencil skirt!  That’s okay though because Simple Simon and Co. just happen to have a Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern.  And it’s just as easy and fast to whip up as their pencil skirt.  It also has a super comfortable 2” exposed elastic waistband.  For my tall sewing friends, I only had to lengthen the pattern by 3” to attain this perfect just-brushing-the-floor-but-not-dragging-on-it length.  I made the size small, and was able to get the whole skirt (and the lining for the hood) out of the 2.25 yards because it doesn’t have a directional print.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It was a good change of plans, don’t you think?  Alright, enough sewing for me.  For now.  Because fall sewing really is my favorite season to sew!  Leave me a comment below, have your plans ever changed when your fabric arrived?

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Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern Review

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

When our good friends over at Simple Simon & Company were looking for makers for their Skirt-A-Thon, you can bet we jumped at the opportunity!  Who wouldn’t want a simple knit pencil skirt or two in their wardrobe?

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co. is the perfect pencil skirt pattern for a beginner to sew.  It’s comprised of 2 quick and easy seams, a circle of elastic and the hem.  And the more advanced seamstress will definitely appreciate how fast they can attain new skirts.  Plural.  Because that’s how fast it is to make this simple pencil skirt pattern!  Plus there are instructions for sewing with knits, hemming, and measuring yourself.  And the pattern is available in both PDF and paper form, so everyone will be happy.  Super simple!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Besides how fast it is to sew this skirt, my favorite thing about it is the waistband.  The pattern calls for 2” elastic, which makes it super comfortable.  As an added benefit, it helps with that issue of my stomach muscles not being quite what they were before I had 8 kids.  Ahem!!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I made the size small, and for my fellow tall sewing friends, I added 3.5” to the length.  It hits right below the knee, which is perfect for fall.  The pattern can be made in 6 sizes from XS to XXL.

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric of this Simple Knit Pencil Skirt is sweater knit we got at Hancock Fabrics when they were going out of business.  If you want to recreate this look, you could try this quilted sweater knit.
Telio Cozy Quilt Knit Grey Fabric There’s nothing quite like chunky textured sweater knit to make you want to bring on fall!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For fall, I styled the Simple Knit Pencil Skirt with leggings and boots.  And a 3/4 length sleeve shirt.  Since I’m 6” tall with eternally long arms, I have never bought or worn 3/4 length sleeves before because all RTW (ready to wear, or store bought) shirts have sleeves that length on me anyway.  But recently I realized in fall and spring I usually push my sleeves up to just below the elbow.  So I thought I’d try sewing a t-shirt with sleeves that length just for my fall wardrobe and see how it goes.  For my tall sewing friends, the other adjustments I made were to add 1″ to the width of each shoulder, and 1″ to the length of the body.  Plus my standard adjustment of raising the neckline by 1″ not because I’m tall, but because with 8 kids I bend up and down all. day. long!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This shirt is the Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns.  Here’s a close up of that v-neck, because while it’s not as easy to sew as a scoop neck, when it turns out perfect it’s totally worth it!  And with the instructions in the Union St. Tee pattern, it always turns out perfect!

Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for my new fall t-shirt is (of course) soft as can be Art Gallery Soulful Jersey Knit Floral Universe Auburn Fabric.  I figured if I was going to give 3/4 length sleeves a fair chance, I needed to use fabric I totally and completely loved!  (And yes, you’ve seen this fabric before in the purple color way for Aria’s shirt.)

Now head over to Simple Simon and Co. to grab your Simple Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern, and see all the other pencil skirts in the Skirt-A-Thon!

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Purple Seafarer Tops

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This summer Aria needed some new shirts, but she had no time to spare from her summer job to sew herself some.  That’s okay, with the right fabric and pattern, I whipped up some for her in no time!

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We love dolman t-shirts, and so we turned to the Seafarer by Sew Much Ado.  It’s so comfortable, and Ari’s current favorite version is the version with hemmed sleeves and hem, so we can sew them up super fast.

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the fabrics, Ari fell in love with Maureen Cracknell’s Art Gallery Soulful Jersey Knit Floral Universe Plum Fabric  and since I was sewing 1 purple shirt, I grabbed this Knit Stitched Arrow fabric from the Bolt by Girl Charlee collection in the purple colorway.  No thread changes, you see!  It’s not currently available in the purple color anymore, but you can find it in these two colors.  Bolt By Girl Charlee Desert Sky Jersey Knit Stitched Arrow Gray Fabric and Bolt By Girl Charlee Pure Vintage Jersey Knit Stitched Arrow Navy/Turq Fabric

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Aria is in love with her 2 new shirts, and has even paired them with her Runway Skirt for fancier occasions.

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As our experience on sewing with knit fabrics matures, we’ve made one slight change to the way we construct t-shirts.  We hem the sleeves and bottom before we sew the side seams.  This is because we have yet to find an effective method to keep a double needle hem from unraveling!  We’ve tried backstitching, tying the threads on the wrong side, and doing nothing extra.  But all these methods have failed to some degree or another.  So far, burying the thread ends in the side seams by hemming first seems to work the best.

We’re certainly open to tips and hints from anyone who has had success…leave us a comment!

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The Fabric Scrooge & A Skirt Sale!

Fabric Scrooge tips from Skirt Fixation

We’ve just couldn’t miss telling you about a fantastic skirt sale!

Skipalong Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

This fantastic little skirt, The Skipalong Skort is on sale for 50% off today only at Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  But that’s not all:

The Skyline Skort pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop, sewn by Skirtfixation using fabric from The Fabric Fairy

The Skyline Skort by Peekaboo Pattern Shop is also on sale for 50% off today only too!  AND:

If you buy them bundled together, you can save an additional $2 with the code SKORT ~ Which means you get 2 amazing skirt patterns, both with shorts underneath and pockets, for only $7 which is a crazy good deal!  We’ve made both these skirt patterns over and over and over again!

Fabric Scrooge tips from Skirt Fixation

Also, we’re over at the CaliFabrics blog today sharing how you can save money on fabric with all of our Fabric Scrooge tips for using less!  See you there…

 

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Geneva Cardigan Review

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently we got to help test a new Coffee + Thread pattern, the Geneva Cardigan.  You might know already about how much we love Coffee + Thread patterns, due to the sheer numbers of them we’ve sewn!  And the Geneva Cardigan is no exception.

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Geneva Cardigan is a knit cardigan suitable for boys or girls.  It is the perfect topper to any outfit.  There are 4 collar and 2 sleeve options.  It can be made in sizes 12 months to 14 years.  We made a straight size 8, which is one reason we love Coffee + Thread patterns; they fit Annie’s tall and thin frame with almost no modifications!

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

As with all Coffee + Thread patterns, the Geneva Cardigan is very well drafted, and everything lines up right where it should.  We made the Peter Pan collar, in an organic white cotton fabric and it’s the perfect staple Annie needed in her wardrobe for chilly spring mornings.  The collar is finished with bias tape very beautifully in the inside.

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Geneva Cardigan has a cool pocket detail too.  It’s hard to see on this all white cardigan, but the pocket opening is curved, and if you use a contrast lining, it peeps out that curved opening.  One example of the perfect drafting of Coffee + Thread patterns is that the bottom of the pocked is caught into the hem, thus making the pockets always stay in place.

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next version of the Geneva Cardigan we plan to make for Annie is the frilled collar and sleeve one.  In a stretch lace, it would be so classy!

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

And we’re so delighted this pattern will work for boys too.  We can see the younger boys in the neck band version made from an argyle fabric.  Or a chunky cable knit!

Geneva Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation

In these photos, Annie has layered the Geneva Cardigan over her Quinn top and skirt, blogged here.

We’re giving away one PDF copy of the Geneva Cardigan to one of our readers.  To enter, just leave a comment below about your favorite layering piece.

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Amnesty April {Project Sew It}

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

Hello there, we’re back again with Project Sew It’s April Challenge: Dress.  (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.)  Aria and Audrey both sewed up a garment for this month’s challenge.  But not a dress.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

We’ve given ourselves amnesty on the given garment theme for the month of April because both of us needed a different garment than a dress in our wardrobes.  And frankly, we’re both a little scared of sewing up dresses.  But later in the year there is another dress challenge, so we’ll see how we do then!

Audrey’s Amnesty April Santa Fe Top

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Santa Fe top by Hey June Handmade is one of my current favorite patterns.  I made 2 of these tops and wore them the first 4 months of my pregnancy almost exclusively!  And now in my postpartum body, I’m in my super comfortable, almost flattering, lovable Santa Fe tops again.  So I decided to give the 2 I made last fall a little help by sewing up another.  This time I sewed up view F with the adorable contrast sleeve inserts.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

I made just a few changes due to personal preference.  First of all, I went down 1 size.  I do feel my other Sante Fe Tops are a little on the big side even thought the pattern is intended to get a loose fit.  And secondly, the fabric I was using has a huge stretch, and sizing down is a good idea.  I raised the neckline in the front by 1 inch.  And I also made a neck band rather than a neck binding, just for fun.  I also lengthened the sleeves out to the length of the largest size.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

The chocolate swirl fabric is a brushed poly, which is all the current rage in the sewing community for good reason!  This is a little different than the double brushed poly I used for my Mountain Pose Pants, and my machine really struggled to sew the side seams where it was 2 layers of the brushed poly together.  Where the sleeve fabric and the brushed poly fabric are sewn together, my machine did fine.  If I had a serger, I’m sure it could handle brushed poly fabric just fine, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself because I don’t have one!

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

You can find the chocolate swirl fabric at Girl Charlee.  The solid brown is from JoAnn Fabrics, I was leery of matching the shade of brown on a computer screen, so took the fabric in hand to the store to match.  Which led to several other fabric purchases…oops!  Anyway I absolutely LOVE this Santa Fe top, and no one can see the inside where it looks like the bobbin threw up on my fabric because apparently my machine was sick of sewing this brushed poly!  I also left it unhemmed so as not to give my sewing machine a worse case of the flu, or whatever was it’s problem!

Aria’s Amnesty April Seattle Skater Skirt

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

After Allegra no longer wanted or needed the Seattle Skater Skirt Mom made for her she passed it down to me, and I left it in the closet and forgot about it because it was too big in the hips!  I recently discovered that it fit me though, and have been wearing it a lot (because POCKETS!), so when this month’s challenge came, because I really don’t wear dresses, or like to wear them that much, I decided a skirt was what I needed most, and I picked the Seattle Skater Skirt.  First because it was easy, second because it was a circle, and third because it has pockets!

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

As I was looking at the sizes, fabric choices, etc. I discovered that the Seattle skirt can be made with a woven fabric! (Funny the things you can learn when you read stuff properly…)  Of course you still have to use knit fabric for the waistband.  I went with this nice fabric that has purple embroidered flowers on it from our stash!  It happens to match the top I made for the February challenge perfectly!

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

This skirt was super fun to make, and the only change I had to make was to adjust the circle to a little less than a circle because I wanted to add length to the skirt (I’m almost as tall as Mom now!) and the fabric wasn’t wide enough to make a full circle.  So it’s about 2 inches short of a full circle, still very full, and longer too.  It still has a nice spin to it though.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

Anyway, I had a lot of fun making this Seattle Skater Skirt, it went really fast, and I didn’t have to unpick anything!  I plan on wearing this a lot, and I’m happy to have a new addition to my wardrobe.

We’ll see you later for next month’s Project Sew It.  We’ll just say we are excited about the theme and won’t be taking another amnesty month!

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Sewing for Tweens – Pattern Choices

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Today we’re going to share some things we’ve learned about sewing for tweens.  We’re going to focus on pattern choices; what’s available, what they’ll wear!  You can also check out our thoughts on fabric choices over at the Cali Fabrics blog, later next week.

We’re joining the Growing Up Handmade blog tour.  It’s all about handmade clothing for tweens.  This is the age when my kids really start to express themselves.  Their unique style begins to shine.  I have 2 kids in this age category, so it was fun for all of us to plan and sew up 7 items for them to add to their wardrobes.  Yes 7!  That’s quite a lot of things to talk about, which is why this post is going to focus on patterns for tweens, and another post will focus on fabrics for tweens.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

First of all, we sewed up black themed outfits.  While kids of this age don’t clamor to be dressed in matching clothes, they still tolerate coordinated ones.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

There are definitely less patterns for boys in the sewing world than for girls.  So patterns for tween boys are even scarcer!  After looking through all my patterns for boys, I decided to buy 2 new patterns for Thomas’ black outfit.  The t-shirt is the Lennon Tee by Shwin & Shwin, a pattern designed specifically for tween boys.  It’s a fast and easy sew, and comes in sizes XS to XXL which is a 26” chest to 33.5” chest.  We made view A, the plain Tee, but there are 3 more versions we’ll be trying out.  We sewed a size L for Thomas.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

His pants are the Adventure Cargo Pants and Shorts by Pattern Emporium.  This pattern is very detailed, but not hard to sew.  There are so many different options for pockets, and pants and waistband and flies, that it’s a good idea to plan out exactly what you want first.  Thomas and I went over each option carefully and he told me exactly what he wanted.  The Adventure Cargo Pants can be made in sizes 2 to 14.  This was my muslin pair, and I made size 14 for Thomas, but the waist was 4 inches too big!  Good thing it has waistband elastic and he always wears a belt.  We added belt loops to these pants, made a zip fly, and allllllll the pocket options!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie is just starting to go into tween sizes.  She also is starting to put in more requests for certain items or details or patterns.  For the black theme, Annie got a mash up of 2 of her favorite girl tween patterns, the Camden Raglan by Hey June Handmade (affiliate link) and the Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight and Gather.  You could also use this tutorial to do the same thing.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie particularly loves the pockets which come from the bottom half of the Uptown Downtown Dress and the shoulder stripes which come from the Camden Raglan on top in this dress.  The fabric is bamboo rayon from CaliFabrics, a perfect lightweight and soft fabric for summer.  The Camden Raglan can be made in sizes 6-16, and the Uptown Downtown Dress can be made in sizes 2-14.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

For the next set of outfits, we actually went closer to matching than coordinating, but when it’s camo, who will notice?

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

For Thomas we used the same patterns, because they worked out so well.  On these I adjusted the waist area and took out 2 inches for this second pair of Adventure Cargos Pants.   This kid is actually very lucky that I sew for him because RTW (ready to wear) clothing does N.O.T. fit his tall and lanky frame!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

The fabric is real, true Carhartt canvas from Cali Fabrics.  He’s pretty pumped about a real pair of Carhartts…that fits!  We promise a post really soon about how amazing it is!  And the desert camo jersey fabric from Cali Fabrics is perfect for t-shirts.

Click on the links below to see our reviews of other patterns we have sewn in tween boy sizing:

Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom

Big Little Wild Things vest by Twig & Tale

Classic Chinos by PeekABoo Pattern Shop

Which Way Out Jacket by Fishsticks Designs

Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle

Newsboy Cap by Waffle Patterns

Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads

Everyday Tie by Made Everyday

And 2 that are next up on our sewing list:

Spring Showers Jacket by E&E Patterns

Parachute Polo and Sweatpants by Oliver+S

 

For Annie’s camo outfit, we planned a look that uniquely expresses who she is!  Girly and tomboy all mixed together in one.  She loves to dress up and look nice with a cute hairdo styled by one of her teenage sisters.  And she also loves to tear around in the woods with her brothers, playing hide and seek.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

 

We made her the Laramie Shirt by Hey June Handmade (affiliate link) using the most amazing Indigo Ranchero Rayon Chambray from Cali Fabrics.  The Laramie Shirt is the little sister pattern of the Cheyenne Tunic, and you KNOW how much we love the Cheyenne Tunic around here!  It is just as wonderful of a pattern, in sizes 6-16.  Plus there is an extra option for a dress, which we’ve already promised to make for Annie.  We made 2 changes to the Laramie Shirt pattern, we added the ruffle down the front by cutting out 2 extra button plackets at 2x the normal length along the selvedges of the fabric.  Then we gathered them and sewed them inside the button placket as we topstitched it in place.  The other change was to make short sleeves, but still add the cuff and placket from the 3/4 sleeve option.  We had to make the cuff a little narrower in width and gather the sleeve a little bit to fit accordingly.  Plus we added 2 buttons instead of one on the cuffs.  For the girly factor!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie loves pencil skirts, and this one is the Jocole Girls Pencil Skirt which can be made in sizes doll and newborn to 14.  The only change we made was to add a pair of shorts underneath so Annie can stay covered during those rambunctious games of hide and seek with her brothers in the woods.

Click on each link below to read our reviews of other patterns we’ve sewn in tween girl sizing:

Polina Peplum by Coffee & Thread

Ila Dress by Coffee & Thread

Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight and Gather

Miss Marlene from the Naeh Connection Shop

Molly Jacket by Violette Field Threads

Girl’s Yoga A-line Skirt by Jocole

Aster Cardigan by LBG Studio

Wild Things Vest by Twig & Tale

Longihood from the Naeh Connection Shop

City Park Tee by Hey June Handmade

Cabana Swim Bottoms by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Just Keep Swimming Rashguard by The Wolf and the Tree

Classic Malliot by Call Ajaire

Slim Trousers by Lil Luxe Collection

#106 by Thread Faction

Rachel by Modkid

Whew!  If you’re still with us, please visit all the other great moms who are sewing for their tweens on this blog tour.  I’ve picked up so many helpful tips!

Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy  |  Paisley Roots   |  Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Tuesday – April 18th
Beri Bee Designs   |   Phat Quarters   |  Sewing By Ti   |   Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday – April 19th
Courtney Zadik   |   Rebel & Malice   |   Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday – April 20th
Pattern Revolution   |  

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Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation