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Call Ajaire’s Knit Fabric Swap Challenge

This is the last day of the Knit fabric sewing creations made from fabric the 4 contestants swapped. They each sent and received 2 yard of fabric and then sewed it up! Their only stipulation was that the fabric be knit fabric. Today, Ajaire from Call Ajaire is here to show you what she created:

Hi guys!  I’m Ajaire from Call Ajaire and I can’t wait to show you what I made with this knit swap fabric!

Charity from Say Grr Sewing was charged with sending me the fabric for the swap and in her note she said that she had purchased the floral and the yellow and was a bit disappointed in the quality of the yellow when it arrived so she threw in the white at the last minute.  I really like the color of the yellow and wanted to use it even if it was a little thin.  However, the three fabrics sat in a pile in my sewing room for ages as I couldn’t figure out what to make with them.  Then I got the idea to add another color to the mix.

I tried a few different solids like green, brown, and blue, but gasped when I put this variegated orchid knit next to the others.  The orchid did something to the floral that pleased my eye.  I knew immediately that I would make another Paneled Sunsuit for Bean with a cardi to complete the look.

For the Paneled Sunsuit I used two layers of the orchid on the bottom since it was also a little thin, and just like the first one I made, the bodice is fully lined.  The white fabric was used for the lining.  I added a strip of the yellow as a faux piping at the top of the bodice to tie the fabrics together.

The cardigan I chose to make is the Aster Cardigan from LBG Studio through Willow & Co.  I have been eyeing that pattern since Vanessa designed it for her season of Project Run & Play.  It’s a really sweet shape and perfect for layering.  The pattern does not disappoint.  It’s even better than I expected and so easy to follow.  The inside finishes are nice and clean which I really like for the insides of a top layering piece that might be unbuttoned or removed.

It turns out the yellow fabric is perfect for a cardi.  It is a great light layer and I love how it looks with the pop of white faux piping.

I am so pleased with how this outfit came together.  Bean seemed really comfortable in it and the sunsuit is super cute.  The cardi will be worn a lot this fall and I was really happy to use that yellow fabric after all!  I definitely declare this knit challenge a success!  Stop by my blog to see more fun pics!

That little romper is so cute, and the color combinations are fabulous.  That adorable little cardi is simply icing on the cake!  Fantastic ensemble for sure!  Now let’s review the four creations submitted by our knit contestants:

Vote for your favorite creation made from knit fabric for #ChallengeCreate Fabric Swap Edition

 

1.  Scary from Shaffer Sisters

2. Karly from Paisley Roots

3.  Charity from SayGrrSewing

4.  Ajaire from Call Ajaire

Be sure to vote for your favorite Knit fabric contestant with their fantastic knit fabric creation by clicking the little circle next to their name.

Now go over to the Knit Fabric Sew Along and vote for your favorite Knit Fabric creation over there too!

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SayGrrSewing’s Knit Fabric Swap Challenge

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This is the third day of the Knit fabric sewing creations made from fabric the 4 contestants swapped. They each sent and received 2 yard of fabric and then sewed it up! Their only stipulation was that the fabric be knit fabric. Today, Charity from SayGrrSewing is here to show you what she created:

I’m extremely excited to be here participating in Challenge Create today! Karly from Paisley Roots sent me two fun fabrics:

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   My daughter immediately fell in love with the button fabric, and requested a dress. I spent some time sketching to determine how best to put the striped and button fabric together. I finally decided to keep them separate, and add some solids so I’d have enough fabric. Once I had my designs planned, I began drafting. For my daughter, I designed a flowy dress with an asymmetrical waist seam, ruffles and lettuce edging everywhere, and small details of ruching, embroidery, and a button near the neckline.

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   This dress truly was a challenge to make the pattern for… since I was making an asymmetrical bodice and a half-circle skirt, I had to do a lot of editing to make the hem level for the muslin I made. When it was perfect, I cut it out of the button fabric and some coordinating brown.

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   I’d ended up with one full week to sew everything, after drafting and muslins… and that is when my sewing machine broke. Unfortunately, the only repairman around here who can deal with computerized machines was on vacation. 4 days later, I found a second-hand machine and got to sewing, leaving me only 2 days to sew and one for photos. My serger also threw a fit, and as a result I had to use tissue paper and starch on EVERY seam. That’s why, after all that perfectionistic muslining, the hem is not level. The side seam on the skirt was my first, I didn’t use tissue, and it stretched badly… and I didn’t realize it until I had the dress mostly sewn and was trying it on my daughter. Machine troubles aside, it came together relatively easily. The embroidery was surprisingly quick and I love the result.

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   Next up was a top for me. I decided on a tied collar and sleeves. I didn’t have time to make muslins for those after all the machine trouble, so I just winged it and I’m really happy they turned out well. I was prepared with the starch this time, and finished off the entire can, as well as several pages of tissue paper.

   The stripes were abysmally slow, since I pinned every stripe, but for my first time ever sewing with stripes I think I did a decent job of matching them. I’m wearing it with a knit and stretch lace skirt that I also made, and my husband’s belt that is about 6 inches too big for me. 😉 In retrospect, using a thin, stretchy knit for me probably wasn’t the best idea. It’s quite clingy and highlights everything. I’ll still get a lot of wear out of it though!

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One more thing: my camera, computer, and email also rebelled. Something really didn’t want me to complete this challenge!

Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition Knit Fabric Challenge

For more photos of these garments, and even more jabbering, head over to SayGrrSewing. I’ll see you there! =)

We hope everyone is standing up and applauding with us for this jaw dropping knit fabric ensemble!  For the first time sewing with stripes, Charity’s work sure looks like she should be teaching a class!  How fantastic!  Today is the last day to link your knit creations (up to 3 projects) to the Knit Fabric Sew Along Link Party!  The winner is going to get a $25 shopping spree at Nature’s Fabrics.  And come back tomorrow for some more knit fabric fabulousness from our last contestant!

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Paisley Roots Knit Fabric Swap Challenge

This is the second day of the Knit fabric sewing creations made from fabric the 4 contestants swapped. They each sent and received 2 yard of fabric and then sewed it up! Their only stipulation was that the fabric be knit fabric. Today, Karly from Paisley Roots is here to show you what she created:

Knit happens to be my most favorite fabric to sew with. It’s comfy, it’s forgiving, heck, what is NOT to love about it??
SarahLynn (aka Scary) from The Shaffer Sisters got me this amazing, AMAZING knit fabric.
I am in love with this stuff. It’s so incredibly soft and the perfect medium! I couldn’t wait to cut into it. Although a part of me just wanted to wrap myself up in it every night…..
I had an idea of what I wanted to make so I got to work.
My first outfit was for Zoe. I drafted a dress inspired by one I had seen on Pinterest.
The back had a cut out heart shape and I couldn’t help it!
Next was Paisley’s dress. I drafted a colorblock dress based off the pattern I made for Zoe’s.
Along with the knit I received from Sarahlynn I also added in some striped Saint James Interlock Knit I won a while ago from Willow & Co. This stuff matches the heavenliness of the stuff SarahLynn got me.
Then of course with my girls, if I make for one I basically have to make for all, so Aevarie got an outfit too.
She has tons of dresses, so I went with a shirt and shorts this go round.
With the shirt I started with the Uptown/Downtown Dress by Terrilin Collections, but I didn’t add facing and made it into a hi-low shirt. I have so many more plans with this dress.
The shorts are the FREE Summer Shorties by Baste & Gather.
I also had to make the girls matching headbands to tie them all into each other.
Seriously, it is SOOOO hard to get all 3 to cooperate at the same time in pictures!
Mostly we get pictures…

You can check out my blog for the heart tutorial and a some more pictures!

Well, how’s that for some awesome knit loveliness?  These girls are so lucky to have a famous seamstress as their mom!  Those outfits look like they will be worn every day for the rest of the summer.  How about you?  Are you going to link up to 3 projects to the Knit Fabric Sew Along Link Party?  The winner is going to get a $25 shopping spree at Nature’s Fabrics.  Go ahead and give it your best shot!  And come back tomorrow for some more knit fabric fabulousness from our third contestant!

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The Shaffer Sisters Knit Fabric Swap Challenge

This is the first day of the Knit fabric sewing creations made from fabric the 4 contestants swapped. They each sent and received 2 yard of fabric and then sewed it up! Their only stipulation was that the fabric be knit fabric. Today, Scary from Shaffer Sisters is here to show you what she created:

Hi, Skirt Fixation Readers! It is Scary from Shaffer Sisters. I received 1 yard of blue with white polka dot & nearly 1 1/2 yards of white with black polka dot fabric from my dear friend Ajaire from Call Ajaire. Ajaire has been our supporter when our blog was a newborn little baby.  So I wasn’t surprised when she hit the nail on the head for perfect fabric that was just my style.

I realized that the combo would be perfect for a mother daughter look. Something I have wanted for a long  time. I knew it would be hard since we have completely different shapes.

Though there was less of the blue fabric, it happens to be my favorite color so I milked every last scrap to make myself a shirt. I drafted the shirt by using a old dress that doesn’t work because of the sleeves, the empire waist was too short for my chest and cut lower than I wanted.  I loved the fit of the dress so after a couple of muslins I finally had a sleeve & neckline that I loved. I love the top and can’t wait to wear it with my skinny jeans. My only real over sight was with the length it made it hard to tuck it into the top (which I am not sure now looking at the pictures and my portions is the right way to wear it for my body, I will probably leave it pulled out to balance things out).

The skirt was made using a stretch lace & swimsuit fabric for the slip. I used Syrah skirt pattern from Selvage Designs which will be coming out in a few weeks. I used the below the knee option and added a few inches to account for my height. The skirt took me 3 hours distracted mom time.

For Boston’s dress I wanted to use the Pippa Peplum as the base and make a circle skirt. I knew that she would love the movement of a circle skirt it and dresses are her favorite to wear. Serendipitously, the day that I was planning on drafting the circle skirt Kate sent out an e-mail saying she was testing the Circle Dress Add-On sending it to testing. Whooo! I used the facing pattern piece to draft the collar & the sash was made from some knit in my sash.

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The photoshoot didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted, but that is life when you have a son that spends the afternoon in meltdown mode and your daughter decides to put eyeliner all over her face right before pictures. I do think I will make coordinating clothes for Slim Jim & Ryder and try again.

 

Oh that is such an amazing mother and daughter ensemble.  The shirt or the dress alone would have been fabulous, but both together are simply awesome!  While you are inspired by Shaffer Sisters knit fabric challenge, go sew up something from knit fabric yourself and then link it (up to 3 projects) to the Knit Fabric Sew Along Link Party!  The winner is going to get a $25 shopping spree at Nature’s Fabrics.  And come back tomorrow for some more knit fabric fabulousness from our second contestant!

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Knit Fabric Sew Along and Geometric Results

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What a wonderful geometric week!  We were so pleased with every geometric creation, and the sew along was the biggest yet!  There was even a geometric joke shared in there along the way…did you get it?  These ladies who sewed up such beautiful creations from geometric fabric simply outdid themselves!  So now you want us to let you know the winner, right?  Well, we want you to take one last look at the amazing four entries!

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The judges have had their say, the votes have been counted, and the scores reveal that the winner of Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition for Geometric Week is:

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 Teri from FaSewLa!

Beside the warmth of victory, your positive applause, and many virtual high fives, she will receive:

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$50 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop

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One copy of Style That Kid

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6 pattern bundle of her choice from the recent Women’s Bundle or the Upcoming Boy’s Bundle from Pattern Revolution

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3 PDF patterns of her choice from Lekala Sewing Patterns

 Now Teri couldn’t have done it without help from Heather who sent her that awesome fabric, so in addition to many thanks from Teri,  Heather will be receiving:

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$25 gift certificate to Zeet Zeet.

 And just so Annie & Tasha know how very awesome they are, we are sending them each a yard of geometric fabric from our stash!

The winner of the Geometric sew along, as determined by equal parts vote and the contestants judging is:

Tasha from Glitter & Wit with her amazing geometric Sally Dress!

She will receive:

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A fat quarter bundle of dots and chevrons from Wildflower Fabrics.  Don’t forget about their 10% off Christmas in July sale going on now!

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Whew, that was fun wasn’t it!  Now it’s time for the Knit sew along.  We introduced you to the Knit Contestants, and tomorrow they will begin unveiling their creations made from the knit fabric they swapped.  We also tried to inspire you with our round up of 20 things to sew with knit fabric.  So start linking up anything you’ve made that used knit fabric, up to 3 links.  The link up will remain open until Friday morning, when it will switch to voting.  The winning contestant will be based on 50% vote and 50% judges score.  Who are the judges?  The amazing Knit contestants!  They are the experts for this week, and therefore the best judges, don’t you think?

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The winner of the sew along is going to receive a $25 gift certificate to Nature’s Fabrics!  Have you seen the gorgeous, environmentally friendly fabric over there?!  And did you see the discount code?  Use it for 10% off your order!  Also, for the whole month of July, everyone can take $10 off the price of our ebook by using the discount code “fabricswap”  Grab it while you can at this price during Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition only!

Be sure to come back every day this week, as our Knit contestants each show you the fabric they received and what they made with it.  On Friday, the voting will open for you to choose your favorite Knit fabric creation, and of course the Challenge Create judges will get their say too!  Next week, it starts all over again for the final week of Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition; Mystery Week!  So go ahead and link up anything you’ve sewn with Knit fabric, up to 3 projects.  We can’t wait to see what you create!


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20 Things to Sew With Knit Fabric

20 Things to Sew with Knit Fabric

Today we bring you our round up of 20 things to sew with knit fabric.  As we mentioned yesterday, we are new to sewing with knits, and we are so excited to see what our knit fabric contestants sew up!  We do know that knit fabric is mainly used for apparel sewing, so that’s what the majority of our round up showcases.

20 Things to Sew with Knit Fabric

 Boy’s Hardware Hoodie

Jess from Gracious Threads made this hardware hoodie for her Embellish is for BOYS! series.  We love how comfortable knit fabric is for boys!

Seafarer Top & Maxi Skirt

Abby from Sew Much Ado made a skirt and top both from knit fabric with incredible speed one day.  Read her story for more details, but that’s one thing we’re learning about knits…they’re fast!

Ballet Sweater

Becca sewed up this sweet little Heidi & Finn ballet sweater over at Pattern Revolution.   It kind of reminds me of the knit shrug Becca made herself during (Hint of) Vintage week for Challenge Create: Adult Edition!

Penelope Peplum Dresses

Jen over at iCandy Handmade actually made two versions of the Penelope Peplum Dress.  That’s the way we feel about our limited experience with knits…we just want to sew some more!

Soleil Dress

Speaking of knit dresses, we just had to include this little sweetie from Heidi of Elegance and Elephants!  We know how much little girls like to wear knit dresses!

Headband with Flowers

Over at Craftsy, Heather from The Sewing Loft, teaches a class on how to sew up these adorable headbands from, you guessed it; knit fabric!  Another thing we’re learning about knit fabric is that you don’t throw away all the little leftover pieces because they are so nice for using for things like this headband!

Swim Suits

Would you believe that only a very short time ago, we didn’t know that swim suit material falls into the category of knit fabric?  Well, our very own talented Stacy from The Land of K.A. sewed up this one for her daughter!

Knit Fabric Flowers

Jezzica made these very awesome flowers from knit fabric.  Also, over at Jezzicas Projects, you can see how she makes knit fabric into a rug!

Easy Baby Skirts

Delia, from Delia Creates, made a baby skirt from knit fabric that was formerly a t-shirt!  Since it was so easy, she made 6 of them!

Knit Pajamas

Now who doesn’t like to sleep in knit fabric?  Rachel, over at Once Upon A Sewing Machine, whipped up some pajamas for her kids from knit fabric.

Baby Wrap

Jessica made a baby wrap from knit fabric over at Running With Scissors.  This project may just be my next sewing adventure!  I love baby wearing, and so does my baby!

Toddler Maxi Skirt

Nat, from My Sister’s Suitcase, made an adorable maxi skirt for her toddler.  She started with knit fabric that was formerly a shirt also, which is a very common place for seamstresses to find knit fabric!

Shag Pillow

Vanessa from the amazing V and Co. made this shag pillow from knit fabric.  I want one…or three!

Knit Bow Top

Shauna, of Shwin & Shwin does so many things with knit fabric it was hard to pick just one to show you!  But this pretty little Knit Bow Top was so cute (or was it the model?) that we couldn’t resist!

Sequin Top

Leanna, from Elle Apparel, used a sequin knit fabric to create this slouchy sequin top.  A perfect marriage of casual and fancy!

Knit Maxi Dress

This maxi dress uses both a knit shirt and knit fabric.  Ashley from Make It and Love It has the tutorial.

Quilt with Knit Fabric Backing

We did find a quilt over at Mommy By Day Crafter By Night which Ashley used knit fabric for the backing.  Talk about a cozy quilt for a baby!

Beachy Boatneck Sunki Dress

Raphaëlle made the cutest combination of two dress patterns and two different knit fabrics to create this Beachy Boatneck Sunki Dress.  Absolutely adorable!  Read more over at Duex Souriceaux.

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Autumn and her daughter win the cutest knit skirt award.  They also win the biggest brown eyes award!  And did you see the award they receive during our first annual Spring Skirt Awards?  There’s always something award worthy going on over at It’s Always Autumn!

Men’s T-Shirt

Melissa from Melly Sews, did the opposite of many knit fabric users; she used knit fabric to create a man’s t-shirt rather than use a man’s t-shirt as a source of knit fabric! Go Melly go!

What do you thing of our Knit Fabric roundup?  Will you sew along with our knit fabric contestants and use one of these tutorials for inspiration?  Or will you come up with your own creative knit fabric creation?  We can’t wait to see what everyone makes, we’re looking for so much inspiration ourselves, and our to do list is growing by the minute!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Knit Fabric Contestants for Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition

Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition Contestants

Today we have the honor of introducing you to four talented ladies who will be sewing up a storm with knit fabric during week 4 of Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition.  Sewing with knit fabric fabric is a very new skill for us, so we can’t wait to be inspired by what these ladies produce!

Knit Fabric Contestants:

Scary from Shaffer Sisters:

5 Quick facts about Scary:
  1. My family are my very best friends. Which means my life is full of 2-3 hour phone calls to Jo and once a week my family spends a whole day having fun (which Ryder has termed “Family Fun Day”).
  2. I love to cook as much as I love to sew.  I hope to one day write a cookbook and own a little diner.
  3. Some day I hope I get to move to Southern Utah. Where I would spend all my time hiking, photographing the national parks & spend the winter sewing.
  4. I asked my husband on our first date, but he asked me on every one after that. We were each others first kiss and he is the calm to my craziness.
  5. I am shy in person, and long winded in writing.

If you want to know anything else about me come to our blog for more information.  Shaffer Sisters are on Pinterest, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin’, Instagram and Google+; follow them!

The famous Karly from Paisley Roots:

KarlyHey! I’m Karly from Paisley Roots. Mother of 5 and craft addict. I mostly sew to keep my kids dressed in clothes that will fit them (we all have the “bean pole” disease), but I have also been working on my own line of patterns and am just having fun blogging. In my ever elusive free time I love to read, explore, paint, travel and pretend I know how to keep plants alive for longer than a day. I’m so excited to be in Skirt Fixations Series!

Karly's kids!You can catch up with Karly on Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, Twitter, & Bloglovin’.

Charity from SayGrrSewing:

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Here is a little about me:

I am a seamstress who hates raw edges, loves complicated designs and little details, and who also adores simple elegance. I am constantly working on perfecting fit, and I create most of the patterns I sew for myself and my daughters.
I’m a baker who loves chocolate and thinks dessert isn’t worth eating if it’s too healthy, a cook who far too often ends up just making something quick for dinner, a crafter whose worst enemy is hot glue, the slowest crocheter and knitter in history, a photographer whose photos are never good enough, and a mother who loves her children but gets oh-so-exhausted by caring for them.
I like to figure out the best way to make things… the most efficient, with the most lasting finish, and the best fit or taste. Sometimes things don’t go as planned, and I say ‘grr’. =) SayGrrSewing is my ramblings about the most recent make, usually a sewn item, and the surprises and frustrations that occurred while creating it.”

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I don’t have a Google+ presence, but I do have a Facebook page, Instagram and Pinterest.

Thank you for including me!

Ajaire from Call Ajaire:

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Hi, I’m Ajaire from Call Ajaire and I’m excited to participate in this challenge, but first a brief introduction.  I’ve always loved making. At an early age I started cross stitching and sewing and I taught myself to knit and crochet during college. When our now three year old daughter Bean was born I was filled with all sorts of inspiration, so I find ways to manage my crafty time and treasure those moments.  Sewing competitions are one way I love to be involved in this community.  Whether it’s competing, joining a sew-along, or simply cheering from the sidelines, I enjoy and am inspired by the spirit of the game.  The best part is that there’s really never a loser since whatever we made is still something WE MADE and isn’t that the whole point?  This challenge is wide open so I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Call Ajaire Balmy Breezes Tunic Bean frontYou can connect with Ajaire on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin’, Pinterest, Etsy, and Flickr.

Well, how’s that for a line up of ladies sewing with knit fabric?  We can hardly wait for Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition to begin!  Fortunately, it’s only a week longer.  This week is jam packed with introductions and one more round up for you!  Have you enjoyed the other round ups we made for you?  (Red, White &/Or Blue, Linen, and Geometric)  Were you inspired?  Have you already started sewing along?  We have!  There are going to be fantastic prizes, we can’t wait to reveal our sponsors later this week too!  Whatever you sew…

Make it beautiful!

Audrey

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2014 Spring Skirt Awards

As we promised you at the beginning of 2014, we have something new and special for you today…the first annual Spring Skirt Awards!  Every season we will be presenting 10 different categories of skirt awards.  Grab your popcorn, sit back and watch the Spring Skirt Awards 2014!

 Most Creative Skirt:

We present this creative skirt award to Kirstin from Skirt As Top.  These little skirts are definitely creative and still wearable.  A huge plus! Kristin, you may post this badge on your blog!

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Fancy Skirt Award:

We present this fancy skirt award to Katy from No Big Dill.  This skirt’s beadwork is very fancy indeed!  Katy, here’s your badge!

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Best Knit Skirt:

We present the knit skirt award to Liz from Cotton and Curls.  We adore this knit skirt so much that we’ve pledged that it will be the next knit skirt we make!  Liz, you may post this badge on your blog!

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Best Little Skirt:

We present this little skirt award to Autumn from It’s Always Autumn.  Competition is fierce during Project Run & Play, but this little skirt was a clear winner!  Autumn, you may post this badge.

Little Award

Best Maxi Skirt:

We proudly present this maxi skirt award to Becca from Pattern Revolution and Becca Duval Photography.  She made it during our very own Challenge Create: Adult Edition.  Becca, here’s your badge!

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Quick Skirt Award:

We present this award for the quickest sewn skirt to Dana from Dana Made It.  Have you watched the video?  Seriously fast!  Dana, here’s your badge!

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Best Skirt Refashion:

We present this award for the best skirt refashion to Marisa from New Dress A Day.  Marissa’s was the first refashion blog we started to follow!  Marisa, your badge!

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Best Skirt Tutorial:

We present this award to liZ and Elizabeth from Simple Simon & Co.  This tutorial was so good, it lasted all week!  liZ and Elizabeth, here’s your badge!

Tutorial Award

Best Woven Skirt:

We present this award to Autie from iCandy Handmade.  Who wouldn’t want a skirt like this?  Autie, you may post this badge on your blog!

Woven Award

Best Spring Skirt:

We present this award to Kelly from Sewing In No Man’s Land.  Speech, speech, speech!  Your spring skirt puts a bounce in our steps!  Kelly, you may post this badge on your blog!

Spring Skirt Award

That’s it for the 2014 Spring Skirt Awards!  If you won a badge, please take it home with you and display it proudly on your blog!  What was your favorite skirt?  What was your favorite award?  If you want to nominate a skirt for the 2014 Summer Skirt Awards coming at the end of summer, send us an email!

The Skirt Fixation Team,

Audrey, Allegra, Aria, & Annie

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Spring Break Beach Outfits

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The second week theme challenge for Project Run and Play Season 9 is Spring Break.  This design is to center around your favorite (or dream) vacation spot.  It’s pretty much unanimous in this house that anywhere with an ocean and beach is the winning spring vacation spot!  So we started scheming about what we could make that included ocean/beach/shells/boats/etc.  That’s when it hit me that the Frances Suzanne Flip This Pattern for March is the Beachy Boatneck Tee from Blank Slate Patterns.  Okay, this is coming together, I thought!  Then I found some totally awesome vintage seashell graphics over at Graphics Fairy, and knew I had to do something with that and the Betty Skirt, newly designed by the Shaffer Sisters that I’ve been wanting to sew.  Combine all these and you get…

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Outfits for spring break beachWait a minute, hold on!  There’s a B-O-Y in those pictures and this Skirt Fixation after all, what’s going on?!?  Well, there’s a story there!  I decided since I’d never had much luck sewing on knits before and also I wanted to try the graphics transfer before putting the seashells on the skirt, I’d prototype a shirt for Annie’s little brother, “David.”

Beachy Boatneck with boat graphicHi David, nice to meet you!  David is 2 (almost 3) and was so pleased to have Mommy make him something that it nearly broke my heart!  He kept saying, “Now we can go to the park and take pictures of me by the water too!”  (I didn’t think he even noticed that Annie was reaping all the benefits of my sewing!  But he was clearly referring to Annie’s rain coat I made for PR&P Signature Style.)

boat graphic DIY teeDavid loves his “Boat Shirt” and asks to wear it every day!  The only problem with the patterns from Blank Slate Patterns that I’ve come across is not really a problem with the pattern, but with my kid’s heads!  I know my kids have huge heads because I birthed them!  Just get out your sewing tape and look at the difference between 10 cm and 15 inches.  Thank you very much!  So if your kids have larger than average heads, make sure you widen the necks of patterns.

Spring break outfitsWe had another photo shoot planned for these outfits, one more beach-y, but the weather just was not cooperating!  So this post will be updated when we make it to the other location!

beach bag with rocksI also whipped up a beach bag for Annie and David to collect all their seashells and other treasures at the beach.  This was an afterthought when I found this fantastic piece of fabric as I was organizing my fabric recently!  (What have you found recently in your fabric stash?  You need to do that to prepare for Challenge Create: Adult Edition Week 4 Theme, you know!)

Beach bag for shellsIt’s like walking down to the beach, and I can’t decide which side I like better~what do you think?

Spring Break Beach OutitsMore about each piece in the spring break beach outfits.  The Beachy boatneck Tees were really simple to make!  I was so glad for all Melly Sew’s tips about sewing on knits on both the pattern and on her website.  I not only liked the finished product, but I sort of enjoyed myself!

boys DIY teeI was glad to have prototyped one for David first, because I learned a few things.  For one, the slight yellowing on the iron on graphic in this before picture washed right out, but I learned not to iron so long!  And also because I picked out a difficult material for Annie’s shirt.  I found and fell in love with this navy ruffle knit from JoAnn Fabric’s.  But I’d never sewn on ruffle fabric before, so this website was helpful.  

Ruffle knit boatneck shirtOne thing I did that made all the difference was to tape the ruffles down in the direction I wanted them to go before I started sewing.   Then all the ruffles ended up facing down, and none accidentally sewn up.

Boatneck tee with seashellsDavid’s shirt doesn’t really have any “flip” aspect other than the boat graphic ironed onto the front, but Annie’s shirt is “flipped” by not only using ruffle knit fabric, but also I used the ruffle sleeve from the Josephine blouse pattern.  It makes this shirt so wavy and flow-y like water; and that fits great with the spring break theme, too!  

The Betty SkirtThe Betty Skirt is a darling little skirt to begin with, and I sewed the gathered version.  Since I was using a white linen, I decided to line the skirt part, and this was really easy to do.  (The yoke is double layered and didn’t need a lining.)  Then I ironed on the seashell graphics, and added four navy blue buttons to give it a sailor skirt look.  The Betty Skirt was really easy and fun to make, and I can’t wait to make the other versions, too.  The Shaffer Sisters really did a great job on this skirt and need to keep designing more skirts (and other patterns too!) 

Back of sailor skirtThere were so many beautiful vintage seashells over at The Graphics Fairy, that I didn’t have to repeat any shells around the whole skirt.  

Beach Outfits for Spring BreakThis ended up being a really fun project, the Project Run & Play themes are so inspiring, and Annie (and now David!) are really reaping the benefits!

I’m linking this post up to Frances Suzanne’s Flip This Pattern, and also Project Run & Play Spring Break Theme.

How about you, where are you going for Spring Break, and what are you going to wear?

Make it beautiful,

Audrey