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Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Recently I’ve had fun working with a new kind of fabric.  Double brushed poly fabric is a knit polyester fabric that has been brushed on both sides, making it super soft to wear, but a little tricky to work with.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Before I started sewing with double brushed poly fabric, I researched it a little bit.  I concluded that if you have a serger you will have almost no trouble sewing with double brushed poly fabric.  Since I didn’t sew either of the shirts in this post with a serger (because I don’t HAVE one!) I’ll give you some tips I’ve picked up along the way about sewing double brushed poly fabric with a regular sewing machine.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Double brushed poly fabric has a 4 way stretch that is greater than 100% and it has good recovery, which means it’s very forgiving to sew with.  It also has beautiful drape so there are many garments that look quite lovely sewn up with double brushed poly.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Quite a few seamstresses used double brushed poly fabric to make leggings, which is what I used it for my 1st time working with it.  This fabric is 96% polyester, which the name indicates, and can be a little too hot to wear as a fitted garment in the summer.  The other 4% is spandex.  Some have found that looser, breezier garments from double brushed poly fabric work great in the heat.  Personally, I’ve worn these 2 tops all summer with no trouble.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

My biggest tip for sewing with double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine is to use the right needle.  A new stretch or ballpoint needle will help your machine NOT skip stitches.

My 2nd tip is to use the right thread.  I had much better luck with 100% polyester thread than cotton or even a cotton/polyester blend.

My 3rd tip is to use the right stitch.  My machine has a stretch stitch which worked great for straight seams.  (You can also use a narrow zigzag stitch.)

The next tip is that if your machine starts skipping stitches (which seems to be the biggest problem when sewing with double brushed poly fabric) stop!  Rethread both the bobbin and the main thread, and try again.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

And finally, a tip few tips for hemming double brushed poly fabric:

use a double needle (or zigzag stitch,)

a longer stitch length (I used about 3.5)

some Lite EZ-Steam II fusible tape inside the hems

I also buried the ends of the thread inside my seams so they didn’t come unraveled.  This means I had to hem the sleeves and bottom before I sewed the side seams.  But it works great, and in almost 3 months of wearing, no popped hems!

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Pink shirt details:

Pattern source: Hey June Handmade Union St Tee

Fabric source:  Raspberry Creek Fabrics (no longer available, but a nice selection of double brushed poly fabric)

Blue shirt details:

Pattern source: Hey June Handmade Lane Raglan

Fabric source:  CaliFabrics (no longer available, but a nice selection of double brushed poly fabric)

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

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Sweaters for January {Project Sew It}

Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Both Aria and Audrey decided to participate in Project sew It this year.  Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.  January’s challenge is to sew a sweater.  Here are both of us to tell you about January’s project.

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Audrey:  When I saw January’s sweater challenge I decided it was time to execute!  I’ve had the plans for this particular sweater for over almost a year.  I’ve had the Jasper Sweater pattern for quite a while, and you can read about the 1st one I made here.  I absolutely love that one, even though it’s too tight across the shoulders because I didn’t make any wide shoulder adjustment and the sweatshirt fleece I was using didn’t have any stretch.  So I picked up some French Terry Fabric-Aruba Blue fabric last winter.  Then the season turned to spring, in summer I found out I was expecting, and so the idea just sat and sat.

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Finally the Project Sew It January sweater challenge spurred me to action.  You probably noticed that it’s not me modeling these photos, but Allegra.  But when I’m not wearing maternity clothing anymore, I now have something very nice and new waiting for me!

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

This time when I sewed the Jasper Sweater I took a little extra time and, according to the instructions, I bound the exposed hood seams with some contrasting Riley Blake knit fabric leftover from this skirt.  I also used this fabric for the pocket.  It’s a subtle and stunning accent and I am totally in love with this tiny detail!

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I found these buttons at JoAnns also, and just love them!  They are the perfect accent for this Jasper Sweater.  Aria (who has the same width of shoulders as me) tried on the Jasper Sweater and declared it a perfect fit across the shoulders and back.  I can’t wait to try it on!

Aria’s January Project Sew It Sweater:

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I really had fun sewing the Lane Raglan Hoodie! It went really fast and easy!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

The most difficult part about it was the thumb cuffs, but it was definitely worth it! I had to scrap the first attempt because I discovered I had cut out that pattern piece with the stretch the wrong way…I cut it out again and sewing them went quite a bit faster that time!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I also wanted to add a pocket, so I used the kangaroo pocket piece from the Halifax Hoodie pattern!  This was pretty easy too!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I REALLY love my new hoodie and I wear it all the time!  I used Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric – Dark Gray Heathered for this Lane Raglan Hoodie.  Looking forward to the next challenge!

Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

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Aria’s 4H Sewing Project

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

This year 2 of us chose sewing for a 4H project.  You can read about Annie’s project here.  Today Aria is sharing her 4H sewing project.

This year for 4-H I did a three-part sewing project that included a shirt, a skirt, and a jacket. All three were made from varying weights of knit.

4H sewing project

The Veronika Skirt

This was made from a heavy knit from JoAnn Fabrics that I have used before and is super awesome! I made it for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats.  You can read our full review here.

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The Halifax Hoodie

For the jacket I used a lighter French Terry for the first time.  I am happy to say that even though it was a lighter knit it was really easy to use!  The Halifax Hoodie from Hey June Handmade is a really nice sew up as well!  I used the third option with a zipper, pockets, and a hood.  The instructions were easy to follow but I was still really glad to have Mom’s help, especially when I did the pockets, zipper, and hood because it was my first time doing any of those!  I followed the instructions and it made my firsts easy ones!  The first thing I sewed was the pockets.  These were pretty easy except for the trying to keep them straight and sew through a lot of layers at one time, so I still think they are a bit crooked yet…  The next thing I did was the zipper.  This was completely different from anything I had ever done before.  I put a lot of pins in to hold it straight, went slow, and had Mom to help me!  I was pretty impressed by how well it turned out and how easy it was!  The last ‘difficult’ thing I did was the hood.  I had pretty much no trouble assembling it, but attaching it to the rest of the jacket was the difficult part.  There were a lot of layers, but when I attached the binding to enclose the seam allowances it looked pretty good!  The rest, compared to this was really easy!  The French Terry was super fun to work with and I really like the finished result!

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The Lane Raglan Shirt

This was not my first Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade that I sewed, but it was the first with a lightweight fabric that I made.  This fabric was pretty difficult to cut and sew, and I’m not really impressed with the result.  At this point, we were also having difficulty with the machine sewing using a double needle, so that didn’t help much either.  I really liked the simplicity of the pattern last time I made a Lane Raglan, but this time with the lightweight knit, it really hindered progress a lot.  I sewed the neckband on wrong and had to pick it out, which left a lot of holes.  Something happened on the sleeves, and there I had to sew some tucks in the shoulder, but the rest of the shirt turned out ok.

I really enjoyed sewing the skirt and the hoodie, but I did learn that I probably shouldn’t be sewing too much on lighter knits yet!

4H sewing project by Skirt Fixation

The lady who judged my sewing project at the county fair said she didn’t have any experience sewing with knits, but when my project went to state fair, the judge had some very helpful comments. One of them was on the hoodie, to try and line up the seam under the arm a bit better. I’d really like to sew another Halifax Hoodie sometime.

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Maternity Lane Raglan

Maternity Lane Raglan

Maternity Lane Raglan

Halfway there is a good time to make an announcement, right?  After I finished sewing the Wild Things vests, Aria kept telling me I needed to take a break and sew something for myself before I started my next difficult project (sewing jeans for my boys: follow along on Instagram to see my progress.)  How could I resist something as persuasive as that?  The only problem was…a growing waistline, and no patterns that worked.  Then I remembered the very intelligent Adrianna, the designer behind Hey June Handmade, had created a tutorial on how to modify the Lane Raglan for maternity wear.

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt FixationAfter digging through my stash, I grabbed some mustard knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics, leftover from this Aster Cardigan, and some blue brush strokes stripe fabric from Cali Fabrics, leftover from making this skirt.

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used her tutorial to make a maternity Lane Raglan with only 2 changes.  I added 6” instead of 4” to the length of the front because I’m tall like that!  And then I used one size larger on the front piece and my regular size for the back and sleeves.  And you know what?  I love it!!!  A maternity shirt with the sleeves long enough?  Plus, comfortable, with wide enough shoulders and long enough to cover my bump the whole nine months?  Unheard of unless I wanted to pay a whole bunch of money!  So of course I made a second one.

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

On the second maternity Lane Raglan, I made one more slight change; I widened the width of the neckband after seeing someone else do it on Instagram, and it’s pretty cool too.   For this second one I grabbed more fabric from my stash, a charcoal bamboo knit from Cali Fabrics, leftover from this skirt, and a floral fabric from Girl Charlee that I’ve used on this skirt and this cardigan.  The floral fabric has 2 way stretch and fits a little tighter, so it might not make it the whole 9 months.  But we’ll see.

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

There are some clothes in my regular wardrobe that would probably work for some or most of the pregnancy, but I like to put away all my “regular” clothes and only wear maternity clothes when I’m pregnant.  Then after I give birth, it’s sort of like my birthday too with all the new clothes I get to wear again!

Maternity Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

So after making these two maternity Lane Raglans, I did something drastic: I cut off all the sleeves on all my maternity tops that were too short and hemmed them short sleeve length.  Because this pregnancy, I don’t have to settle for maternity tops that don’t fit right!  I can make myself all the maternity Lane Raglan tops that I want!

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Summer Pajamas

Summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Summer pajamas

This week I decided to make summer pajamas for some of my kids.  Two of my older boys decided they didn’t need Mom to sew them a new pair of “fun” summer pajamas, but the other 5 were interested.  I had ordered some fun fabric panels from Peekaboo Pattern Shop with summer pajamas in mind.  I just love the fabric she designs, and used it as inspiration for 4 of the 5 pairs of summer pajamas.

Summer pajamas for teen girl by Skirt Fixation

Allegra received a really fun pair of pajamas.  I used the Lane Raglan to make her a fun graphic tee from the Crazy Hair Don’t Care panel from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  From the coordinating knit fabric, I sewed her a pair of summer pajama shorts using the Skyline Skort pattern and omitting the skirt.  (Irony from Skirt Fixation!)  The shorts fabric is currently sold out, but look at all these other fun fabrics designed by Peekaboo Pattern Shop!

Summer pajamas for teen girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Aria chose some french terry fabric for her summer pajamas.  French terry is perfect for summer pajamas due to the breathability of the fabric.  The shorts pattern is again the Skyline Skort with the skirt omitted.  The french terry fabric is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The top is also a Lane Raglan from french terry which was a dress in it’s former life!  This set is the softest ever…and I think she’ll be wearing the shirt outside of bedtime as well.  I know I would!

Summer pajamas for girl

When I saw this fabric panel at Peekaboo Pattern Shop, I knew it would be perfect for Annie.  For her top, I lengthened the Camden Raglan to tunic length and used some more of a skirt I had in the refashion pile for the red striped fabric.

summer pajamas for girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the bottoms, I used Lil Luxe Collection’s Slim Trousers pattern and the remnants of another blue striped skirt.  Annie sewed on the buttons on the back faux star pockets on the back, and there you have the perfect summer pajamas for Annie!

Matching summer pajamas for boys sewn by Skirt Fixation

The little boys had to have something semi matching.  When I ordered the I Want S’More fabric panel (sold out, but check out these other cute ones!) from Peekaboo Pattern Shop and the coordinating s’mores fabric I hadn’t planned on making each boy a set of pajamas.

Boys summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

But then when everyone was getting some summer pajamas, and I had enough fabric to make two pairs of shorts, I had to try to make another shirt.  Allegra wrote the words with a white fabric marker and eyeballed the stick.

Boys summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

I appliquéd on some marshmallows and stitched around Allegra’s art work.  For the shirt pattern, I used the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan Tee.  The shorts pattern are Kid Shorts from Made.

Summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With some marathon sewing, in two days 5 of my kids had new summer pajamas.  Plus I snuck in a new pair of summer pajama shorts for me, also using the Skyline Skort pattern and some black sweatshirt fleece.  It’s a good thing because now I think I need to go take a nap!

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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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Black & White Refashion and the updated Lane Raglan

Mini skirt refashion by Skirt Fixation

It’s been quite a while since I’ve sewn one of my favorite kind of skirt refashions for myself.  But I’m not sure why because they are so fast and easy and comfortable!

Here’s what I started with:

Mini skirt refashion by Skirt Fixation

And by using my own tutorial, I made myself a new skirt!  I’m such a maxi skirt lover; it’s totally a byproduct of being 6 feet tall.

Mini skirt refashion by Skirt Fixation

 

Things I love about this kind of refashion: All the hard work is already done.  No waistband to sew, no pockets to install, no muslin to make, no fitting and fitting and fitting, and NO hemming!

Mini skirt refashion by Skirt Fixation

Really I don’t have too much to say about this skirt, just this: if you haven’t refashioned one of these for yourself yet, DO IT!

Mini skirt refashion by Skirt Fixation

Now onto the shirt!  This is the NEWLY released Lane Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns.  It’s no secret I’m a fan of anything Adrianna, the genius behind Hey June Patterns, creates.  But we’re very loyal to the Lane Raglan, pulling it out whenever we need a comfortable basic.  We’ve had a Lane Raglan sew/wear off Round 1 and Round 2 when the pattern was updated to include thumbholes and a hoodie.  And we’ve also hacked it into a cardigan.

Mini skirt refashion by Skirt Fixation

So, I have to admit I was a little hesitant to try the newly updated Lane Raglan pattern due to loving it so much and knew that the fit had been altered on the latest update.  Well!  After sewing up the new update, here’s where the old pieces are!

Mini skirt refashion by Skirt Fixation

Just for the record, this is the 3rd one I’ve made.  So yeah, there will be a Lane Raglan sew/wear off Round 3 coming soon!  For this one I used the elbow length sleeves and shortened them a little bit for summer.  I’d like to say it was intentional, but the fact of the matter is I didn’t have enough fabric to go the whole length!  Funny story: I was really using up scraps to make this wardrobe basic, and the front and one sleeve are from leftover bamboo cotton from making this skirt, while the back and other sleeve are leftover from making this skirt!  But they’re both the same shade of black, so it’s all good!

Mini skirt refashion by Skirt Fixation

I also used the new scooped hem, which I really love.  I mean, I love the banded hem, but I think this one is going to be in constant rotation this summer.

Mini skirt refashion by Skirt Fixation

Last note:  Annie, my 7 year old was the photographer for this photo shoot! She told me how to pose, where to stand and was very serious about it all!  I guess because we’re so often on different sides of the camera she was really excited about shooting this one for me. I have to say she did pretty good, although I think her perspective makes me look even taller, if possible!

Mini skirt refashion by Skirt Fixation

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Lane Raglan Cardigan

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt FixationI promised you a tutorial on how to turn the Lane Raglan pattern by Hey June Handmade into a cropped, 3/4 length sleeve, cardigan. It’s really quite easy, so let’s get started.

First of all, you need to cut out your front pattern piece one size larger than you usually wear. The other thing you need to do before sewing is make your length adjustments. The length adjustments are really quite easy and don’t need photos to explain. Simply shorten the sleeves and the front and back pieces to the length you want them to be. Then add the cuffs and waistband as instructed in the Lane Raglan pattern instructions.

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt Fixation
The button up front can be done two different ways, either before or after the garment is constructed. We changed it to a cardigan after sewing the Lane Raglan as instructed because we thought it made the neckband easier to deal with.

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt Fixation
Step 1:
Cut the finished Lane Raglan up the front. The easiest way to do this is to lay your front pattern piece on top of the garment.

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt Fixation
Step 2:
Add a piece of interfacing inside both fronts about 1” wide by the length of the front.

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt Fixation
Step 3:
Fold over the interfaced part, along the edge of the interfacing, press, and edge stitch it in place.
Step 4:
Sew buttonholes and buttons. We chose to sew double buttonholes because we just love the sweet, vintage look of it.
If you were going to change it to a cardigan before sewing the Lane together, you would cut the front in 1/2 and apply interfacing as pictured above. The you would attach the neckband and waistband starting and ending at the fronts of the cardigan. Then, fold over and sew as instructed above.

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt Fixation
So there you have it! Pretty easy way to make yourself a cropped, 3/4 length sleeve cardigan from your Lane Raglan pattern. And if you didn’t hear, the Lane Raglan has gotten (another) update! The first update included a hood and thumbholes. You can see our versions of that update in this blog post. As if it wasn’t pretty much the most awesome pattern ever, the new update includes options for a curved hemline, elbow length sleeves, 3/4 length sleeves, and a long hemmed sleeves with no band. The upper chest area and sleeves were slimmed down and the shape of the raglan sleeves were changed slightly for a more flattening shape. Also, there is the ability to make a full bust adjustment.

Lane Raglan Cardigan hack tutorial by Skirt Fixation
To see the original Skirt Art post we made this version of the Lane Raglan for, go to this post.  We used heavenly French Terry Fabric (Aruba Blue) from JoAnn Fabrics. (affiliate link)   To purchase your own Lane Raglan pattern from Hey June Handmade, go here.  It’s on sale for until 11:59 pm MST for only $7.50 which we think is a screaming good deal!

 

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Girl At Piano {Living Skirt Art}

At The Piano painting by Vladimir Volegov brought to live by Skirt Fixation for their Living Skirt Art series. Check them all out!

Your favorite skirt series is back today with a living interpretation of stunning painting by Vladimir Volegov.  After you have enjoyed our Living Skirt Art, be sure to visit Cassie at Little Lizard King this month’s guest contributor, and see which piece of skirt art Cassie chose to replicate.  You won’t be sorry you did!  (Sneak peek at the end of the post.)

At The Piano painting by Vladimir Volegov brought to live by Skirt Fixation for their Living Skirt Art series. Check them all out!

Usually we turn to the masters of long ago for inspiration for our Living Skirt Art series.  But today, our featured artist is still living.  Vladimir Volegov was born in Russia and began painting at the tender young age of 3!  From painting portraits in the streets of Barcelona to exhibitions in Russia, his home country, the paintings of Vladimir Volegov are known far and wide.  After you’ve seeing his vibrant use of color and his realistic depictions of people, it’s pretty obvious why his paintings have such allure.  He currently works with the American publishing house Soho Editions.  His website (and complete beautiful gallery) can be viewed here.

At The Piano painting by Vladimir Volegov brought to live by Skirt Fixation for their Living Skirt Art series. Check them all out!

Although many, many of Vladimir Volegov’s paintings depict females in skirts, we chose to bring his painting At The Piano to life today.  Originally painted in 2008, this is an oil painting.  To recreate that beautiful flowing white skirt, we refashioned two skirts into one.  Aria didn’t necessarily want a white skirt, but we decided if it gets stained, or she wants a different color, we can give it a dye bath.

At The Piano painting by Vladimir Volegov brought to live by Skirt Fixation for their Living Skirt Art series. Check them all out!

For the girl’s top, we hacked one of our favorite patterns, the Lane Raglan, into a cropped, 3/4 sleeve cardigan.  Tutorial coming soon, really!  The heavenly French Terry Fabric (Aruba Blue) is from JoAnn Fabrics. (affiliate link)

At The Piano painting by Vladimir Volegov brought to live by Skirt Fixation for their Living Skirt Art series. Check them all out!

Aria is teaching herself to play the piano, and it is really a pleasure to listen to.  I love to listen to her play the piano because she pours her whole heart into the piece she is playing, and it’s so moving to hear her play.

In Summary:

Painting: At The Piano

Artist: Vladimir Volegov

Model: Aria

Photography: Audrey

Skirt: refashioned skirts (tutorial here)

At The Piano painting by Vladimir Volegov brought to live by Skirt Fixation for their Living Skirt Art series. Check them all out!

As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

Now here’s your sneak peek and link to Cassie’s living skirt art.   Click on the photo to be transported!

Living Skirt Art interpretation

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New Year, New Hoodie

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

Two days ago we were recruited to play along with the Katy Perry New Year’s party going on over at Sewing Stadium.  I had never heard of or seen Katy Perry, so some frantic Google searching ensued.  I discovered Katy Perry is a colorful singer with a passion for fancy style.  Here’s my last minute interpretation of what Katy Perry might be wearing on New Year’s Day.

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

Happy New Year!  If you celebrated the new year Katy Perry (or any rockstar) style, today you’re going to need a hoodie and a pair of sunglasses.  But, Katy being Katy, it’s not going to be just any plain old hoodie…nope!  It’s going to be Katy-fied.

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

So what exactly does a Katy-fied hoodie look like?  Well, it’s not plain, our research showed Katy doesn’t do plain.  The hoodies we saw her wearing were fancy, bling-ed up, shark infested, made from fur or velvet; in a word, Katy-fied.  So we asked ourselves, if Katy could sew, what patterns or fabrics would she use?

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

And naturally we turned to our Lane Raglan pattern, with extra options, of course for Aria.  The floral fabric is from Girl Charlee.  Here’s a little secret.  The Lane Raglan pattern requires a yard of fabric for each fabric you’re using.  Last year we discovered a way to get a Lane Raglan from 1/2 a yard by piecing the front and back pattern pieces.

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

This time we discovered a new way to get the front and back pieces from 1/2 a yard.  If your fabric has 4 way stretch and a non directional print, simply orient the pattern pieces horizontally rather than vertically.  Did you guess that’s what we did here before we explained it?

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

We added the hood because a superstar has to have something to hide behind after a long night like New Years Eve.

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

My hoodie is the Jasper Sweater by Paprika Patterns.  As you can see in the photos, you can make the Jasper Sweater out of plain, un-fancy fabric, and there’s no covering up the fancy element.

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

All the special little details make this pattern a winner.  Welt pockets, princess seams, those buttons, the hood.

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

And if that wasn’t enough, this pattern can be made into a dress, with a collar and epaulet.  Definitely Katy worthy.  I made this from blue sweatshirt fleece from JoAnn Fabrics.  I’ve been living in it ever since I sewed the last stitch.

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation