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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!

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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:
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Axel Skirts {All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats}

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Megan Nielsen’s Axel skirt pattern is their newest released skirt pattern.  If you said it was their latest and greatest, you might be right!

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The special thing about the Axel Skirt pattern is that there are 3 versions.  But each of these views is so unique that it’s like getting 3 different patterns for the price of 1.  So of course I ended up sewing all 3 of the versions.

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Axel Skirts are form fitting knit skirts with a variety of hem finishes.  They are very quick and easy to construct.  The patterns are illustrations, simple and easy to follow.  Both body measurements and finished garment measurements are given, and we suggest to look at both as well as the stretch of the knit fabric you will be using before cutting out your size.  These skirts are designed to be hip hugging, so if you are working with a less stretchy fabric you won’t be able to get it on if you don’t pay attention to this.  I won’t tell you which of the 3 skirts I spent hours ripping out the side seams and sewing them at 1/4 seam allowance instead of the 5/8 seam allowance allowed to get more room for hips!  (Hint: the one with the longest seams for the lady who’s birthed 7 children…)

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Let’s take a closer look at each view.  Version 1 has a handkerchief hem.  You can also even out the points and make a trumpet shaped skirt if desired.  I used brown ponte de roma for this skirt, purchased at JoAnn Fabrics.

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Version 2 is a knee length skirt with hip sashes.  Yes, I hacked this skirt into a maxi skirt because that’s what I love!  I used some jersey knit stripe fabric from Imagine Gnats, and right now it’s on sale for $4.50 per yard!   It’s quite thin, but worked beautifully for this skirt.  I wasn’t sure I was going to like the hip sashes, but I actually think they’re fun and remind me of the 90s when we would tie sweaters around our hips and think we looked so coooool!

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Version 3 is a midi length skirt with a slit that can be worn in either the front or the back.  Allegra loves this skirt and suggested she needs a leather jacket to go with it.  Hmmmm…  I used fabric from Cali Fabrics.  I don’t remember which fabric I purchased, but go check them out if you never have.  And here’s a way to get 10% off: Get 10% off  off your first purchase using my unique referral code: http://www.califabrics.com?redeem=NTczOTc2YjRiMDk3MTUwMzAwYjVhYTQ5

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

So basically, we love the Axel Skirt and we’re pretty sure everyone can find a version they like of this skirt too!  Now it’s your turn to get involved with All The Skirts.  Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats and a PDF pattern from Megan Nielsen.

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Also the Inlinkz is open for you to link up anything you’ve made in 2016 using fabric from Imagine Gnats, or any Megan Nielsen pattern!  We can’t wait to see what you’ve created using supplies from these fantastic sponsors.  And remember to use the discount code SKIRTS16 for 15% off at Megan Nielsen.

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Polar Bear Parachute Polo

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
The Parachute Polo is one of our favorite patterns to sew for boys.  Oliver+S created this great little pattern.  It comes with a polo shirt pattern and a sweat pants pattern. We’ve made both of them several times!

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
The very first time we sewed the Parachute Polo shirt, we used some special animal fabric from Birch Organics and created matching shirts for the two youngest boys. Well, as boys do, they grew. So much so that the bigger shirt now fits the younger boy and the smaller shirt doesn’t fit either one.

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
The older brother was feeling a little left out when his little brother wears his “elephant shirt” even though he has an airplane shirt and a striped shirt to match Mommy made from this pattern. So obviously another animal shirt was in order!  This time we made David a size 4, the largest size in the smaller size range. It’s time to buy the next size range because we’re not going to stop sewing these any time soon!

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We got some more fabulous organic knit fabric designed by Birch Organics and purchased at Peekaboo Pattern Shop called Bear Hike Blue. (affiliate link)  It is just as amazingly soft as you can ever imagine.  Add a little white pop for the collar and buttons, and now the brothers can be matching again!  In these photos David is wearing the Parachute Polo with his Classic Chinos we sewed for him.

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
If you read any of our other reviews of the Parachute Polo pattern, you’ll know that aside from the 1st time we sewed it and couldn’t keep our lefts and rights straight, this pattern produces a perfect polo shirt time after time after time!

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

David is such a kick when it comes to taking photos. He loves to think up new poses and then laugh and laugh and laugh! We always end up with way more unusable photos than blog worthy ones, partially due to the photographer jiggling the camera as they laugh…

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
We’re linking this sweet little shirt up to the Make Laundry Don’t Do Laundry blog tour. You should check it out, it’s really as fun as it sounds! And besides, what’s more fun than sewing a new garment?

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Thread Faction’s Skirt #106 {Pattern Review}

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we have the privilege of reviewing , a pattern by Thread Faction.  And not only that, we’re part of an super awesome blog tour where a bunch of Thread Faction patterns from their new SS2016 collection are being reviewed.  At the end of this post is a giveaway for 1 Thread Faction pattern, and a link to another Thread Faction giveaway you won’t want to miss, plus links to all the other bloggers on the tour.

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Alright, back to Skirt #106.  This pattern will surely be sewn again, which is saying a lot, considering how many skirt pattern we are amassing!  The shape is awesome, which allows for super movement and flexibility.  Just check out this collage we made of Skirt #106 in action.

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

As if the movement in this skirt pattern wasn’t enough, there are shorts underneath, which is a must for any little girl.  Cartwheels, here we come!

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Skirt #106 is a knit skirt pattern.  We used some of our hoarded Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric from the limited edition Priory Square line.  Skirt #106 can be made in 9 sizes from 2-10.  The waistband is elastic, Annie’s preferred method.  Also, the waistband instructions teach you how to make it in a very professional, finished manner.  It’s really worth it, even though it’s a little more difficult and took us several tries and sessions with the seam ripper to get it exactly right.  We sewed a size 6 with added length beyond the size 10 lines.  This is because if this summer is anything like last summer, it will be about 6 inches shorter at the end of summer!  So, planning ahead.

Thread Faction #106 sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s time for you to take a tour and see what everyone else has created using Thread Faction patterns.
26/5 Nap Time Creations Miss Castelinhos Swoodson Says Needles to say

27/5 Made By Sara Sew Not Perfect Hello Holli Whisk ’em

28/5 House of Estrela Made By Amanda Rose Max California Brave Fabrics

29/5 Create 3.5 Bless by Tone The College Seamstress

30/5 Ma Me Mi Mo Paisley Roots Skirt Fixation

31/5 Sew Very Rebel and Malice Call Ajaire

1/6 Better Dressed Child Buzzmills Handmade Frenzy

2/6 Lamb and ewe crafts All Things Beautiful Pen, Seb & Rox

Thread Faction SS2016 Blog Tour

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Lane Raglans Round 3

Lane Raglan Sew/Wear Off round 3 by Skirt Fixation

Lane Raglan Sew/Wear Off round 3 by Skirt Fixation

Alrighty then!  I promised you another Lane Raglan sew/wear off, so today’s the day!  When I made my black new Lane Raglan from the new pattern I absolutely love, love, loved the new fit.  And apparently so did Allegra.  She tried it on and refused to take it off and return it to me until I agreed to sew one for her.

Lane Raglan Sew/Wear Off round 3 by Skirt Fixation

So now we have 2 black Lane Raglans exactly the same except for the little ribbon I sewed inside the neckband of mine to differentiate between them.  But a boost post of a sew/wear off of two black new Lane Raglans would be quite boring, right?

Lane Raglan Sew/Wear Off round 3 by Skirt Fixation

So I made myself another one to add some variety.  I wish I would have taken a photo before I threw my old Lane Raglan pattern away, but I compared the new and old pattern pieces and they are completely different.  This new Lane Raglan pattern was completely revamped.

Lane Raglan Sew/Wear Off round 3 by Skirt Fixation

I really admire the persistence of Adrianna, the genius behind Hey June Handmade Patterns.  I mean, as Skirt Fixation readers know, this pattern was very good and very much loved by one and all!  But Adrianna wasn’t satisfied because of a few little issues so she stuck with it until she created the perfect pattern.

Lane Raglan Sew/Wear Off round 3 by Skirt Fixation

We will be really surprised if there are any more updates to this pattern because it’s perfect now.  But we were pretty sure it was perfect before too!  We will keep sewing Lane Raglans because they are so awesome.  Now to decide which version to sew next!

Lane Raglan Sew/Wear Off round 3 by Skirt Fixation

These two are the elbow sleeve, curved hem version.  If you’re not already a proud new Lane Raglan owner, you can get the pattern here.  No affiliate link, just major fan girls!  Also, we’re in love with the new Camden Raglan pattern by Hey June Handmade for juniors.

Lane Raglan Sew/Wear Off round 3 by Skirt Fixation

Fabric for my and David’s shirts from Hancock Fabrics.   The coral is leftover Art Gallery Knit fabric from making Annie’s leggings.  Fabric for Allegra’s (and my other Lane) came from JoAnn Fabrics.  I can’t link to it because I’m not sure which black knit fabric on their website it is.  I just walked the knit aisle at JoAnn’s feeling every black knit until I found the one with the softest hand that was 100% cotton.  It also happened to be the most expensive…  Feeling it is the best way I’ve found to get the right kind of knit fabric.  If you have to buy knit fabric online for your first time sewing with knit fabrics, use a knit from Art Gallery Fabrics.  They have so many solid and patterned options, and their knit will guarantee your first time sewing with knits turns out well.  Plus, I’ve found Art Gallery knit fabric to be very durable with no pilling.  You can find it many places, but the widest selection can probably be found at Hawthorne Threads.  Do you have any tips for buying knit fabric online?

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Wavy Zipper Fix & Boy Knight

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

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

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

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Starry Knights

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The knight protected the princess through many adventures.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They braved nights full of stars and robber bandits.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They staved off attacks by dragons with inferiority complexes.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They conducted pirate raids and snowball fights.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They won battles with zombie pirate dragon snowball bandits.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

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

Starry Knights Princess Outfit:

Dress Pattern:  Antalya Dress by Coffee & Thread

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

Leggings Pattern:  Slim Trousers by Lil Luxe Collection

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

Starry Knights Knight Outfit:

Hoodie Pattern:  Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle

Hoodie Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy from JoAnn Fabrics

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

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

Pants Pattern:  Classic Chinos pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop 

Pants Fabric: Cotton Twill Khaki Fabric

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

As promised, today we have the final skirt for our All The Skirts series with Violette Field Threads and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The women’s Vivienne Skirt is our final sew for this edition of All The Skirts.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The women’s Vivienne pattern comes with a skirt and blouse pattern.  Let’s start with the skirt.  The women’s Vivienne skirt has the same look and silhouette as the girl’s Vivienne skirt, with one main difference; the overskirt is reversible and removable.  That gives this pattern 3 different looks, making it very versatile.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Vivienne overskirt can be made in 9 sizes from 0 to 16.  The blouse and underskirt can be made in 7 different sizes from XXS to XXL.  The underskirt has an elastic waist which is the cause for the sizing options above.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

We opted to eliminate the buttons on the Vivienne overskirt at Allegra’s request.  Our overskirt stays in place by hidden snaps on either side.  This pattern, when made in all black as we did, can be a sneaky 3 piece Little Black Dress.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Vivienne patterns are easy to follow and have complete photo illustrations.  This pattern is not a fast sewing project, but the outcome is worth it.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The fabrics we used for the Vivienne skirt came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The black rayon challis we used for the underskirt is the perfect material for that purpose as it ruffles beautifully.  But (confession time here) we also used it for one side of the overskirt, which was not one of the recommended fabrics, and now we know why.  We can now tell you with authority that you should use the same weight fabric for both sides of the overskirt.  I (Audrey) fought and fought and fought to get the two sides of the overskirt to lay right and never managed to get it completely to my satisfaction.  This is NOT the fault of the fabric or the pattern, just poor decision making on my part.  In fact, what I will probably end up doing is taking the overskirt apart and replacing the black rayon challis with a different fabric which is the same weight as the beautiful brick red lightweight chambray interweave cotton on the other side of the overskirt.  Lesson learned.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Vivienne blouse is a loose fitting blouse with buttons up the back and gathered sleeves.  We used a lightweight black knit fabric from Girl Charlee, and the only change we made was to topstitch the neck facing in place to prevent it from rolling to the outer side.  I can see many more of the Vivienne pattern in the future!

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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