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Fabric Manipulation Challenge {Project Run & Play}

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

The theme for the final challenge for the Project Run and Play 2015 sew alongs is Fabric Manipulation.  Here’s the specific challenge: Create a garment that incorporates at least one element of textile manipulation, that enhances your design in a meaningful way.

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

So we decided to finish strong and incorporate all the fabric manipulation elements we could into this design.  Today is all about fabric manipulation, and next week we’ll have a post for you with pattern and fabric details.  And modeled photos of this outfit since Annie has been too sick to model this week.

Aster Cardigan as sewn by Skirt Fixation

Let’s start from the top.  We started with the Aster Cardigan by LBG Studio.  There are two collar options, but the one that requires fabric manipulation is the faux piped collar, so that’s the one we chose.

Aster Cardigan as sewn by Skirt Fixation

Then we chose to further add some ribbon to the front plackets, but not just any ribbon, it had to be some ribbon that had been manipulated in some way.  These roses are sewn onto the tulle ribbon underneath.  The final change to this piece was to use a ribbon for a closure instead of buttons.

Quinn Top as sewn by Skirt Fixation

On to the top.  We used the Quinn Top by Violette Field Threads.  There are two options for the panel across the front, flat or pleated.  So of course we chose the one that required fabric manipulation, pleated.  And we used the same ribbon from the Aster Cardigan instead of fabric.

Quinn Top as sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next example of fabric manipulation on the Quinn Top is the addition of trim to the straps.    We chose some rosette trim echoing the rose ribbon from the Aster Cardigan.  Even though it was already manipulated by the tiny rosettes being sewn onto the tulle ribbon underneath, we had to take it a step farther and dye them purple.

Fabric dyeing trim by Skirt Fixation

Here’s a process photo we posted to Instagram.  We’d like to note that the straps can be manipulated to be ruched or plain with the ribbons in the shoulders.

Quinn Skirt as sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally the skirt.  We used the Quinn Skirt pattern by Violette Field Threads.    The Quinn Skirt pattern has huge voluminous pleats for the first element of fabric manipulation.  And of course we had to choose fabric that had been manipulated in some way!

Quinn Skirt as sewn by Skirt Fixation

This chiffon fabric, while amazingly beautiful, was a little bit of a pain to work with and expensive.  But I’d say worth it.

Quinn Skirt as sewn by Skirt Fixation

Another element of fabric manipulation is the exposed zipper on the back of the Quinn Skirt.  It was the first exposed zipper we’d ever installed.

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

We’re linking up to Project Run & Play even though the voting was accidentally opened a week ago, and we’re not eligible to win anything!  But we made a personal commitment to participate in every Project Run & Play challenge this year, and we couldn’t miss out on the final challenge.

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

We’ll see you next week for modeled shots and more info on the patterns, fabric and notions sources.  Edited to add: Yay!  My little girl is feeling better…see the modeled photographs in this blog post.

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Baby Circle Skirts

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

I apologize in advance if today’s post makes you want a baby!  Recently my brother and his wife gifted me with a niece had a baby girl!  So I did the only logical thing an aunt could do and sewed up some tiny baby girl clothes. I started with the Spunky Girl Skater skirt pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop because it probably doesn’t get any cuter than a baby circle skirt.  One cool thing about sewing a baby circle skirt is the tiny amount of fabric required.   I was able to get these skirts from leftover fabric and have enough remaining to make matching bloomers and hats. Because, hello cuteness!!  Another reason I chose the Spunky Girl Skater skirt pattern is because if goes down to 3 month size whereas many of my patterns start at size 2T.

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

The matching diaper cover you’ve seen here before, it’s the Perfect Diaper + Nappy Cover free tutorial from Dana Made It.  This time I made it from knit fabrics, and it worked out just fine!  Okay, so it’s super cute.

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

The matching hat is also a Skirt Fixation favorite baby gift, and also a  free tutorial by Make It Love It.

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

The floral fabric is leftover from the Skipalong Skort from our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection, and is Art Gallery Skopelos Knit Paparounes Crimson Fabric.

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

The ruffle fabric is leftover from Annie’s boatneck top.  You can get your own here.  Bisou Stretch Mini Ruffle Knit Black Fabric

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pink fabric is leftover from an Uptown Downtown dress.  This is my favorite knit fabric from JoAnn Fabrics, (Sew Classic Knits Solid Interlock MANY COLORS)  and I think I’ve gotten it in every color available.  It’s stable and washes and wears well.

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

With leftover leftovers I appliqued the flowers onto the onesies to complete the ensembles.  Just a little fancy refashioning of a plain white onesie!

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

As you can see, there are two baby circle skirt sets here, and I only have one niece!  So the other set is available in our shop, coming soon right here.

And most of all, Happy Birth-day little niece!  I foresee many skirts in your future!

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Striped Pencil Skirt {Buy or DIY Skirt}

Buy or DIY skirt by Skirt Fixation. Learn how to make clothes cheaper!

Today we have another Buy or DIY post for you, which shows you solid evidence for making your own clothes! (Especially skirts- love them!)

Buy or DIY skirt by Skirt Fixation. Learn how to make clothes cheaper!

Details:

Skirt: Bergdorf Goodman ‘A.L.C. Marilyn Striped Knit Pencil Skirt’

Fabric Recommendation: Riley Blake Knit 1/2” Stripes Black Fabric

Pattern Recommendation: Jocole Ladies’ Knit Pencil Skirt

Math:

Bergdorf Goodman skirt: $130

Fabric needed: 1 yard at $13.48 per yard.

Pattern: $10.00

Total $: $23.48

Total Savings: $106.52

Buy or DIY Skirt Conclusion:

Ooh la la! You could make yourself a designer-looking skirt for a fraction of the price, and look like a style superstar!  What are you waiting for?

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Star Wars T-shirt DIY {Kids Clothes Week Day 3}

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Kids Clothes Week day 3 brings a new outfit for my 4 year old.  David has a dimple, a lisp, huge eyes with eyelashes a mile long, and other adorable eccentricities that make this mama’s heart swell!  I’m not one of those moms whose kid has a speech therapist, I always am a little sad when the lisp or speech impediment goes away.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

David calls Darth Vader “Dark Zader!”  Isn’t that a perfect name?  I think the creators of Star Wars should have thought of that.  And since a Darth Vader shirt for a four year old is probably a little, well, dark, I decided to add his funny little saying to the shirt.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The black fabric was left over from this skirt I made for Allegra, and the white is an old t-shirt of Mr. Skirt Fixation’s.  I used the existing hem and didn’t even hem the sleeves because this bamboo knit from The Fabric Fairy is so awesome and never frays.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pattern I used is Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan Tee.  Look familiar?  (Like you just saw it yesterday?)  Well, when you have a succesful formula, don’t change it!  And I also had David’s size all ready to go from the summer Kids Clothes Week, so this was another fast and easy sew.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

So fast, in fact, that it gave me time to make him a pair of Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants.  David has been requesting a pair of pajama pants that don’t slide up when he is sleeping, so immediately I thought of this pattern.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I think he’ll be wearing them for more than just sleeping, though!  They are so soft and comfy and well constructed that I want a pair to sleep in!  The blue fabric is sweatshirt knit from Girl Charlee, leftover from my jacket, and the gray sweatshirt knit is leftover from this knight hoodie.  A new item from scraps?  Win!  In fact, all the fabric in this little outfit is leftover.  (I keep forgetting to put up the Sew My Stash 2015 score, but this is 100% so I’ll just pat myself of the back now!)

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This would be a perfect outfit to link up the the sew along at Top Stitchers for the prompt Kids Say The Darndest Things.  There are over $600 in prizes to win, so you should really check it out!

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you think this little graphic is as cute as I do, here is the free printable for you to grab and use.  I reversed the image for you so you can just iron it straight on.  You can see I forgot to do that for myself, so I had to cut the words off before I ironed it onto my fabric and write it by hand.  Oh, and I just wanted to give a little plug for the photo transfer paper that I used.

My sister put me onto it, and it is absolutely the best I’ve ever used!  It’s so disappointing to put a lot of work into an item of clothing and then have it get ruined the first time you wash it, which is what’s happened with some other photo transfer papers I’ve used.  So be sure to use this one.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Boys are so fun/funny to have a photoshoot with.  Instead of pretending they are having a tea party, they want to have their stick gun and play war during the photos!  Love em!

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Alright, now it’s back to sewing for me!

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O+S Raglan Tee for Kids Clothes Week Day 2

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

This week blog posts are going to be shorter because it’s Kids Clothes Week and that means sewing takes the stage, front and center!

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

You might remember that last season of Kids Clothes Week we were contributors.  Yesterday our School Belle Skort was featured on the Kids Clothes Week blog.

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

Today’s Kids Clothes Week sew is an Oliver+S Field Trip raglan t-shirt for Thomas.  Thomas requested a long sleeve shirt for fall, and I was more than happy to oblige.  I picked up this airplane fabric from Mabel Madison during a crazy good sale.  You can see the other Mabel Madison fabric we used for All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel  Madison here and here.

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

Since I’ve sewn Thomas this pattern before three times, it was quick and easy to cut out and sew up another one.  Except this time I used the long sleeves instead of short sleeves.  Actually, there is no short sleeve pattern piece, that was just my modification for summer!  And this is not the first Field Trip Raglan T-shirt I’ve made for Thomas with an airplane theme during Kids Clothes Week.

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

This field trip raglan is color blocked with the back being solid navy.  I did this because while the airplane fabric is fun, I thought too much wouldn’t look right on a 10 year old boy, and just used it for the front panel.  The navy blue fabric is Art Gallery Fabrics knit from Imagine Gnats.  The sleeves fabric is some “famous maker” fabric from JoAnns.  It doesn’t have quite the stretch as the other two knits used on this shirt which makes the sleeves quite skinny.  But they happen to fit Thomas’ arms perfectly, so it’s all good!

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

Alright, I told you it was going to be short and sweet!  Now it’s back to sewing for me.  But if you want some more sewing inspiration, pop over to Sewing Stadium where today’s sewing competition is OVER THE TOP!  You will be awed…

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

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School Belle Skort {All The Skirts: PeekABoo Pattern Shop & The Fabric Fairy}

School Belle Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

School Belle Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final skirt for All The Skirts: PeekABoo Pattern Shop & The Fabric Fairy is the School Belle Skort.  There are many things that set this uniform skirt above the competition.

School Belle Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

For starters, the School Belle Skort is pleated in the front only.  No more wrinkled, unpleated pleats in the back from sitting on them repeatedly.

School Belle Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next there are the shorts underneath to keep your school belle covered at all times.  We used the shorts as an opportunity to DISGUISE some fun fabric underneath.  (That’s the theme for this season’s Kids Clothes Week!)  School uniform; boring no more!  We used Nosh fabric from The Fabric Fairy.  Megan was kind enough to let us try out some Nosh fabrics for this pattern, and shorts take less than 1/2 yard, even on the largest sizes.

School Belle Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

This particular Nosh Organics fabric is called Capri Blue/Persimmon Stripe.  Nosh Organic knit fabric is totally something you want next to your skin!  Soft, pliable, and simply delicious sounds like food, but it’s really that amazing!  The other fabric we used is khaki from our fabric stash.

School Belle Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

Another way the School Belle Skort scores above the competition is an adjustable waist.  So she might be able to wear it for more than one school year.  Or for a full school year at least!  The large hem allows for increased growth too.

School Belle Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

The School Belle Skort comes in 13 sizes from 3 months to age 12, spanning preschool through middle school.  Talk about hard working!

School Belle Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

The School Belle Skort is easy to put together, but produces professional results.  An A+ for sure.  The pleats are topstitched in place and around the adjustable elastic openings in topstitched down too.  If you are looking for a skirt that can hold up all year long, this is the pattern for you.

School Belle Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

And because Annie’s Grandma will surely wonder, no, Annie did not get glasses!  But she was tickled to wear Allegra’s old pair from when she was small for this photo shoot.  She is also wearing her Aster Cardigan from this blog post, and her Music Class Blouse from this blog post.

School Belle Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

Did you know this is the final week for All The Skirts: PeekABoo Pattern Shop & The Fabric Fairy?  That’s right!  So you only have a few days left to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway and link up your creations for a chance to win gift certificates to The Fabric Fairy and PeekABoo Pattern Shop.

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Lane Raglan Contest Round 2

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

It seems Allegra and I have a Lane Raglan contest every year!  Last year I sewed each of us Lane Raglans and we had an ongoing dual about who had the better one and who could wear which one on what day.  And in the end, she ended up wearing the blue one the most and I ended up wearing the gray one the most often!

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

So when Adrianna, the genius behind Hey June Patterns, released an expansion pack for the Lane Raglan pattern it was time for another Lane Raglan contest.  The newly updated Lane Raglan pattern includes a hoodie and thumbholes, so of course we each had to have those.  As a 6 foot tall woman with knuckles that drag on the ground very long arms, I’ve never had thumbholes, much less sleeves long enough!  So needless to say I was pretty excited.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Allegra and I each chose our own fabric and style.  I fell in love with some quilted knit from JoAnns, she wanted eggplant french terry from Imagine Gnats.  I wanted form fitting, she chose slouchy and comfortable.  She got it, that’s for sure.  That french terry from Imagine Gnats is heavenly!

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

I tried to convince her to sew her own, but she dragged her feet long enough and I wanted mine desperately enough that I ended up whipping up both of them.  She didn’t complain.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Let me just give a little review of the expanded part of the Lane Raglan pattern.  If you follow us on Instagram, you saw the first thumbhole cuff I made and my pure delight!  Usually when I’m sewing a pattern, I can visualize where the instructions are taking me.  But when making this thumbhole cuff, I was completely blind, just following the instructions, and they came out perfectly!!!  The hood also is fantastic, I love how it overlaps in the front.

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

And also a word about Adrianna herself.  She is so friendly and has fantastic custom service.  For example, I emailed her several times about installing the eyelets on the hoodie, and she replied so fast and helpfully.  In the end, it turned out that I was holding my eyelet tool upside down!  Sigh…

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

Now for those of you sewing along with Top Stitchers, this would be a perfect entry for the prompt “Thick As Thieves.”  Did you see this week’s dynamic Star Wars duo?  Not only are Allegra and I as thick as thieves in our craziness on this photoshoot, but we could be representing the famous Disney duo Elsa and Anna.  Elsa wears blue, and Anna wears a gorgeous purple cape much of the time.  So you see how easy it is to sew along?  You really want to do this for a chance to win over $600 in prizes!!

Lane Raglan review by Skirt Fixation with the new thumbholes and hoodie.

I loooooove my new Lane Raglan hoodie, and so does Allegra, obviously.  Don’t tell Allegra, but if she ever takes hers off I’m going to steal it!  I even caught her sleeping in it, so I think she may be onto me…

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Lollipop Leggings {All The Skirts: PeekABoo Patterns Shop & The Fabric Fairy}

The Lollipop Leggings reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Lollipop Leggings reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Today we have a first in our All The Skirts series.  We actually sewed up a pants pattern!  The Lollipop Leggings by PeekABoo Pattern Shop has several options and one of them is a skirt!  So of course we had to include that pattern in All The Skirts: PeekABoo Pattern Shop & The Fabric Fairy.

The Lollipop Leggings reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Lollipop Leggings are probably the only leggings pattern you’ll ever need.  There are options for basic leggings, ruffled leggings, a button tab, and of course the skirted version we’re showing you today.  All of these options can be made in 3 lengths; shorts, capris or pants.

The Lollipop Leggings reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We’re pretty sure you could make the skirt without shorts or leggings underneath although we didn’t try.  The Lollipop Leggings pattern comes in 14 sizes from 18” doll to 12 years.  As with all PeekABoo Pattern Shop patterns we’ve sewn, the instructions have clear photographs, easy to follow instructions and minimal pattern pieces.

The Lollipop Leggings reviewed by Skirt Fixation

My absolute favorite thing about sewing the Lollipop Leggings pattern was the way the waistband was constructed.  Believe it or not, in all my years of sewing, I’d never sewn a waistband exactly like that, but I think I’m going to construct all my knit waistbands like it in the future.  It’s just one of those little details that makes PeekABoo Pattern Shop a go to company for sewing needs.

The Lollipop Leggings reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Does that fabric look familiar?  It is by Riley Blake Designs, and we used it here and here in this edition of All The Skirts.  Yes, it’s really that awesome!  This time we decided to use both the floral and the geometric fabrics in the same skirt!

The Lollipop Leggings reviewed by Skirt Fixation

If you are as enamored with this fabric as we are (and if you aren’t it’s because you’ve never felt it!) you can purchase some at The Fabric Fairy.  Megan, the owner, is so sweet and her customer service is fantastic.

The Lollipop Leggings reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Annie’s favorite thing about The Lollipop Leggings is one step dressing!  Annie wears shorts in the summer and leggings in the winter under all her skirts, so this pattern saves her a step in dressing!

The Lollipop Leggings reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s time for you to get involved!  We’d love for you to sew along with us.  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win $25 from PeekABoo Pattern Shop and $30 fromThe Fabric Fairy.

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Sporty Girl Skort {All The Skirts: PeekABoo Pattern Shop & The Fabric Fairy}

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next skirt in our series All The Skirts: PeekABoo Pattern Shop & The Fabric Fairy is the Sporty Girl Skort.  This skirt is for the tomboy in your life.  It will keep up with any sports she plays in style.

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Sporty Girl Skort comes in 10 sizes 12 months to 12 years.  We made a size 6 width by size 10 long.  It can be made from knits or woven fabrics.  There are a few extra details, like a pocket and piping that take the Sporty Girl Skort beyond your average exercise skirt.

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Sporty Girl Skort is not a fabric hog, all sizes use less than a yard total, including the shorts underneath!  We chose to use French Terry knit fabric from The Fabric Fairy.

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

Soft and cozy, this fabric guarentees your little one will want to wear her Sporty Girl Skort after she comes off the field!   This fabric is called Navy Paisley on White Cotton French Terry Fabric, and Annie chose it herself!  The shorts underneath (not pictured, but made of the same fabric as the pocket) are made of Navy Bamboo Cotton Lycra French Terry Fabric.

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

If it were possible to touch your computer screen, you could feel how soft and comfortable this fabric is!  Like your favorite school sweatshirt…the one you should have thrown out years ago!  Now you can because you can get new fabric from The Fabric Fairy and make a new one.

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

The side splits on the Sporty Girl Skort offers room for your tomboy to run, jump, catch, shoot, and do whatever she wants in her Sporty Girl Skort!  We firmly believe in playing sports like a girl, and mean that in the very best way possible!  In fact, we even have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Exercise skirts.

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s time for you to get involved!  We’d love for you to sew along with us.  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win $25 from PeekABoo Pattern Shop and $30 from The Fabric Fairy.

Sporty Girl Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

 
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Aria’s makes for Selfish Sewing Week

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we’re showing you what Aria made for Selfish Sewing Week. After her 4H project shirt and skirt she wanted to tackle something more advanced. After looking through our patterns, she made the very ambitious choice of a Syrah skirt and a Granville shirt. I wasn’t too worried about the Syrah skirt pattern, as she’s sewn several skirts and worked with knit fabric. But the Granville included a lot of new techniques she’d never used before; a collar and collar stand, button placket, button holes and buttons! But I did NOT want to discourage her, so took the perfect opportunity to “Teach the ONE 2 sew.” We decided to make her 2 shirts, side by side on two sewing machines. I would sew a step on a shirt with her watching, then she would sew that step on her own shirt. It worked out really well, and she ended up with 2 new Granville shirts. Today she’s here showing the shirt (and Syrah skirt) she sewed and telling you about her experience. Take it away, Aria!

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I was inspired by Mom cleaning out her closet to prep for her summer capsule wardrobe a while back so I recently cleaned out my closet and got rid of everything that didn’t fit me or I didn’t like. Soooo, I was a little short on clothes. Also we had several events coming up for which I would need a few more outfits. I had been looking at the Granville shirts Mom made (unblogged, but coming soon!) and also her Syrah skirt.

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Mom helped me with the Granville shirts by doing most of one of them alongside of me on the harder steps. Later on, when the other machine broke down we did it all on the same machine, which meant thread changes all.the.time. On the easier steps, like sewing up a straight side seam, or something easy like that I did both shirts.

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I love the way these shirts fit and also the elbow length sleeves on the short-sleeved version. Next time I make a Granville shirt, because there will be next time, I think I will make pockets on it.

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I love the way this skirt hangs and it even comes in several different looks. There is maxi, below-knee, and high-low. There is even a ruched waistband option! One of these days I’m going to make myself a shorter version of it. Isn’t Lauren such an awesome lady? The fabric was from Joann Fabrics. Making this skirt went pretty smooth but I was having a little trouble because it was my first time sewing with thin knits. When it was all finished, I found that it wouldn’t stay up. I blamed the thin fabric and many layers attached to the waistband. Then Mom suggested putting waistband elastic in. Mom very kindly sewed it in for me, as I didn’t have enough patience to do it, and I was VERY frustrated because I had already done SO much and it had all come to nothing. Well maybe not so much, but that’s what it felt like. Argh!!! Ever had that happen to you?

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

One last thing, I wish that I had made pockets on the Syrah skirt. It isn’t included in the pattern, but Mom knows a few tricks for putting ‘em on there. ALL SKIRTS SHOULD HAVE POCKETS!!!! So from now on, any skirts that I make are officially going to have pockets!!!

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation