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A Young Skirt Maker

A young girl sews a skirt!

Today Annie is here with her first blog post to tell us all about a skirt she made all by herself!

A young girl sews a skirt!

I made myself a skirt for my 4H project.  My favorite part was threading the elastic through.  We made some skirts for little girls in Ecuador.  Mom helped me make that one a little bit.  I really liked the fabric I used to make that skirt, so I chose it again to make a skirt for myself.  And it’s my favorite color!

A young girl sews a skirt!

I really like the trim around the bottom.  I like the zig zag ric rac because it reminds me of ruffles!

A young girl sews a skirt!

This skirt is really comfortable when I wear it.  I really like the feathers on the fabric too.  It wasn’t too hard to make this skirt by myself.

A young girl sews a skirt!

I got a blue ribbon on this skirt at 4H!  I wish I would have made pockets in this skirt.  Next time I am going to make pockets in this skirt!

A few more details:  Annie just turned 7 years old.  A skirt is a great project for a young beginning sewist.  She used the FREE Lazy Days Oliver + S skirt pattern.  The fabric was in our stash.  To add pockets, she will follow this modification tutorial.    You can read more about the charity skirt event she referred to here.  Annie isn’t the only Skirt Fixation team member to sew a skirt for her 4H project; read all about the other girl’s project here.

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Lazy Days Skirt for Older Girls

Lazy Days skirt for older girls, a tutorial by Skirt Fixation

To finish up the month of July with Simple Simon & Co.‘s Skirting The Issue event, we have one quick tutorial for you.  Have you been following the Oliver+S month long tutorials for the Lazy Days Skirt?  We have a modification for that skirt too: our tutorial is how to make the Lazy Days Skirt for an older girl.  Lazy Days skirt for older girls, a tutorial by Skirt Fixation

It’s really, really simple!  The Lazy Days Skirt pattern starts with one piece of fabric, (from selvedge to selvedge by whatever length you desire) and you make a single seam in the back, like this:1 seamIf you follow these instructions for an older girl, the skirt doesn’t end up as full.  So you simply use two pieces of fabric (from selvedge to selvedge by whatever length you desire,) place them right sides together and make 2 seams like this:Lazy Days skirt for older girls, a tutorial by Skirt FixationA final bonus of doing it this way is that you can add pockets when you sew the side seams like this:Lazy Days skirt for older girls, a tutorial by Skirt FixationThen continue with the instructions for the FREE Lazy Days Skirt pattern.

We’ve used this modification for an older girl several times!  On the chess skirt, on the largest 2 of the skirts for girls in Ecuador, and on the skirt shown in this post, which Allegra sewed.  Lazy Days skirt for older girls, a tutorial by Skirt FixationWhy sew a skirt for an older girl and donate it to a charity like Skirting The Issue?  Well, often times that is the size/age needed, but most people who donate or sew think of the younger girls in smaller sizes.  The Pegasus Skirt, a free pattern from Skirt FixationFor more FREE skirt tutorials you can explore the Pinterest board we created so everyone can see all the skirt tutorials created for Skirting the Issue.  And don’t forget about our 1st skirt pattern we released this month, which is also FREE!

Have you made a skirt to donate?  You can find all the information about where to send it here.  And you can see what everyone else has been sewing and donating in this link up here.  (There are some great prizes to be won, including a sewing machine!)

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The Chess Skirt vs The Knight Hoodie

Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting Con

Today we are participating in Crafting Con’s Board Games theme competition.  There’s some pretty stiff competition (pun intended!) from the likes of Frances Suzanne and Stitched by Crystal.  Naturally, we had to make every move count before we found ourselves in check mate.  So we chose the game of chess. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConThe oldest game, played by millions for hours over the years!  Chess required 2 players, so we had to include 2 children.  Boy vs. Girl.  Black vs. White.To read more about the outfits, the photo shoot, and to find out who won that chess game, be sure to visit Crafting Con!

My idea started with the boy outfit.  There was no questions the occasion called for a Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle! Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAnd to make an even more powerful statement, we added the knight chess piece on the back, using reverse appliqué.  In black of course, since Thomas was representing the black chess pieces.  I used the knight template and printed it at 100%, or full paper size.  I used our reverse appliqué tutorial, found hereChess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConDue to Thomas’s tall and lanky frame, I had to make him a Knight Hoodie in a size 7 width by size 12 long!  Talk about almost checkmating Mom!  Next time I will lengthen the sleeves even more. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAll the top stitching on the Knight Hoodie is in black, of course.  The grey sweatshirt knit came from Girl Charlee, and the cuffs and waistband are from an old sweater. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConThe Knight Hoodie pattern calls for buttons in many different places on the armor, but Thomas wanted none of it!  He was afraid it would make his Knight Hoodie too much like a costume, and he wanted to wear it everyday.  I thought they would look cool, and add to the overall effect, but obviously he won that round!Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConThomas needed some pants to go with his Knight Hoodie, so again I turned to the Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo Pants.  This is the second time I made these, and this time I made a few changes.  I changed the waistband to be exposed, thus enlarging the size of the pockets which was an issue on the first pair.  I also lengthened the pants at the bottom even more.  This 2nd pair of Field Trip Cargo Pants took me less time than the first pair, and I think I have a new obsession!  I found the black twill fabric for these pants in my stash.  Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConNext up was the girl look.  Since Annie is the current recipient of the current edition of All The Skirts: Oliver + S & Fat Quarter Shop, she didn’t need any more new clothes, but Aria did.  So again we made our move with Oliver + S pattens.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConSince we are currently sewing up ALL the Oliver + S skirts, we were looking for an excuse to sew the free Lazy Days skirt.  This skirt is the perfect palette for a game of chess.  First, I added some checkered fabric (from the stash!) onto the bottom of a black piece of fabric (thank you stash!) Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAria is representing the white chess pieces, so we stenciled them in white onto black fabric, just sitting on the edge of the checker board.  If you want to make a chess skirt, we’ve got the free printable for you below!  Aria, who is quite a nerd herself, insisted the pieces be in the proper chess order, and there are two full sets of white chess pieces around the whole border of the skirt.  Allegra gets the prize for stenciling them all on!  I used black seam binding to finish the bottom of the Lazy Days Chess Skirt.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAria need a simple black t-shirt for summer.  We used the Oliver+S women’s Metro T-shirt and black knit fabric from Girl Charlee.  The only change we made was to use narrow black fold over elastic (from Amazon) on the neckline which gives it a tiny bit more femininity.  We cut out one size smaller than the XS by overlapping the pattern piece off the edge of the fold on the front and back pieces.  I can’t tell you how much satisfaction it gives me to be able to make plain old t-shirts!Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConIn Summary:

Black Chess Look:

Top Pattern: Knight Hoodie from Charming Doodle

Top Fabric: Gray sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee

Knight Stencil: Free download here.  Print at 100%

Pants Pattern: Oliver+S Field Trip Cargo Pants

Pants Fabric: Lightweight black twill from our stash

White Chess Look:

Top Pattern: Oliver+S women’s Metro T-shirt

Top Fabric: Black jersey knit from Girl Charlee

Skirt Pattern: Oliver+S Lazy Days skirt

Skirt Fabric: Black cotton from the stash

King & Queen Template: Free download here.  We printed at 60% for size 12 tween.  You may want to go smaller for younger child’s skirt.

Chess Pieces Template:  Free download here.  Print at the same percentage as King and Queen.  Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConTo read more about the outfits, the photo shoot, and to find out who won that chess game, be sure to visit Crafting Con!  But only if you can stand more bad chess puns!!!