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Rouche & Division Top Pattern Review

Rouche & Division Top reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today, let’s revisit the second look for our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection.  And we’ll take it from the top…the Rouche and Division Top from Lil Luxe Collection, that is!

Rouche  & Division Top reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Rouche and Division Top comes in 8 sizes, from 18 months to 8 years.  This top can be made with either knit or woven fabrics, or both, like we did!.  Once again, it’s the little details that make this Lil Luxe Collection pattern special.  There is the rouching on the sleeves, and the optional paneled back with a little pleat at the top as well as the swinging shape.  The instructions are short and easy, and you could probably whip up several of these tops in an hour or so.

Rouche  & Division Top reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We used Art Gallery Fabrics solid knit fabric in a color called Strawberry Kiss.  How’s that for happy?  We’ve already said many times how much we love the durability and softness of Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric, and this is no exception.  For the accent panel in the back, we used a fabric called Melograno Pomeberry from the sea colorway of the Skopelos line of fabric by Katarina Roccella.

Rouche  & Division Top reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One special little detail we added was the lace flower cutout (from the same curtain we used for the lace on the leggings!) hand sewed on by Allegra.

Rouche  & Division Top reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Annie loves the swingy or twirly effect of this top, just like she loves twirly skirts!  We called our second look, “Aquatic Countryside.”  Annie, our Modern Chloris, wore this boat neck top and voile maxi skirt layered over the tankini we made for this look.  This outfit is really a perfect cover up on the way to and after a dip in any body of water!

Rouche  & Division Top reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Because we used fabric from the same line for our whole Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection, it’s actually possible and even coordinating to wear two prints at the same time.  As you can see from the flat lay photo.  One other really neat aspect of the Rouche and Division Top is that is totally reversible!  Annie has fun wearing the panel in the front too.

Rouche  & Division Top reviewed by Skirt Fixation

My favorite part of the Rouche & Division Top is the rouching on the sleeves.  Tomorrow we’ll be back for a full review of that luscious maxi skirt!

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Charming Tee & Dress Pattern Review

Charming Tee and Dress pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Charming Tee and Dress pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The final piece of clothing from the Flower Market look in our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection is the Charming Tee.  Like the Slim Trouser leggings we were reviewing yesterday, our version of the Charming Tee is a foundation piece.  After all, not every piece of clothing can be an explosion of floral!  (Although you might think Annie and I wish that was possible!)  Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt FixationThe Charming Tee & Dress pattern, by Lil Luxe Collection, can be either a basic tee, or something, well, charming!  The Charming Tee & Dress pattern comes in 8 sizes from 18 months to 8 years.  The pattern is well written, no mistakes, and full of helpful instructions for sewing with knits, lengthening or shortening the pattern, and different looks.  And yet I changed up the pattern even more!

Charming Tee and Dress pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The Charming Tee & Dress pattern has a hole in the center of the back where you can insert a charm if desired.  I made the tankini from the Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection using this look.  But for the Flower Market look we wanted more of a fall look, and on those chilly fall mornings, a large hole in the back of one’s shirt isn’t exactly warm.  So we sandwiched a piece of fabric (Fish Scholeio Intense from the Skopelos line, provided by Art Gallery Fabrics) between the back piece and the back lining.  Then, instead of sewing them right sides sides together and turning the lining to the inside, I simple topstitched around the hole, similar to the reverse applique technique.  Of course since the edges won’t fray since it’s knit.  The other change I made to the pattern was to lengthen the sleeves.  Tall people (and people with tall mothers) have long arms too!Charming Tee and Dress pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Oh that Deep Dark Ocean knit!  It’s my absolute favorite solid knit fabric, again from Art Gallery Fabrics.  I have a top made out of this fabric and can testify to it’s comfort and softness.  There has been no pilling on anything we’ve made out of Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric, and believe me, they get a lot of wear.  Like this skirt…it’s now being worn constantly by Aria (I originally made it for Allegra) and still no pilling!

Charming Tee and Dress pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Annie loves the fit and comfort of this tee.  I’m glad to have a great basic t-shirt pattern to add to her wardrobe.  Next I’m going to make her a solid white Charming Tee because she really needs one for fall.Charming Tee and Dress pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Here’s the flat lay collage to show you how well the Charming Tee works with the other pieces of our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection.  What about you, what’s your favorite basic t-shirt pattern?  Does it allow you to mix it up like this one?

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Slim Trouser Pattern Review

Slim Trouser pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Before I tell you about the next piece in our Modern Chloris mini collection, I want to point you to a piece we did about bacon ice cream and how we’d interpret that food in our sewing.  Just saying.

Slim Trouser pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Alright.  Let’s go back to the Flower Market look from our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection and zoom in on the Slim Trouser pattern this time.  We decided Annie needed a layer for fall that could go with about everything in the fall mini wardrobe we were making for her.  The Slim Trouser pattern from Lil Luxe Collection fit that need perfectly.  Annie always wears shorts under her skirts in spring and summer, but in the fall and winter her whole leg needs to be covered for warmth.

Slim Trouser pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The Slim Trouser pattern comes in sized 18 months to size 8.  Whipping up this pair of leggings took a very short amount of time because we eliminated the pockets and leg zippers.  Remember, we were creating a foundation piece for our Modern Chloris collection.

The directions for the Slim Trouser pattern were easy to follow.  We did have to add length to the pattern, to accommodate Annie’s long skinny legs, but the pattern showed us right where to add the length.

Slim Trouser pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The recommended fabrics are stretchy bottom weights or sturdy knits.  The solid knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics that we used worked perfectly.  This knit fabric has great recovery and doesn’t leave Annie with knee imprints sticking out after she stands up!

Slim Trouser pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Allegra had the amazing idea of adding the lace appliqué to the bottoms of the Slim Trouser.  She found exactly the pattern she wanted in a lace curtain and hand stitched them to the legs of the Slim Trouser.  This is in keeping with our Modern Chloris theme for the mini collection.

All in all, we’re delighted to have a quick and easy leggings pattern to add to our sewing repertoire.  Annie will be getting several more pairs of the Slim Trouser pattern in her drawers soon.

Slim Trouser pattern review by Skirt Fixation

As you can see, these leggings work with most of the other pieces of our Modern Chloris collection.  Do you have a go to leggings pattern?  Please share in the comments.

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Ruffled Canvas Jacket

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Instead of making you wait for all the details about everyone’s favorite piece from our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection, I decided to blog about the ruffled canvas jacket today for you.  You’re welcome!  Really, there will just be a pretty short tutorial, but the photos do most of the talking.  ruffled canvas jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

I started with two things; the Modern Belle pattern by Lil Luxe Collection, and an inspiration photo from Pinterest.   Add to these 2 things the most wonderful, softest, most pliable canvas fabric EVER provided by Art Gallery Fabrics!

ruffled canvas jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

I really really can’t say enough good things about Art Gallery Fabrics canvas.  I’ve never felt another canvas soft and pliable enough to make ruffles!  And that’s exactly what I did for the ruffled canvas jacket.

ruffled canvas jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here’s the quick tutorial.  Cut out the arched side panels for the Modern Belle pattern.  Make a loooooong strip of ruffled fabric by cutting a strip of canvas 5 inches wide, folding it in half (wrong sides together) and ruffling it using your favorite method.

ruffled canvas jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next, pin the ruffle to the bottom of the arched pattern piece with the ruffle’s bottom overhanging by about 1/2 inch.  Zig zag the top of the ruffle in place.  If you wish, you can add a 2nd line of straight stitching below the zig zig for security.  Cut off the edge of the ruffled strip even with the edge of the arched pattern piece.

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Place the ruffled strip above the 1st ruffle, overlapping the bottom of the 2nd strip over the top of the 1st strip by about 1/2”  Repeat these steps until you get to the top of the arched pattern piece.  Making a size 6, I ended up with 7 layers of ruffles.  Continue sewing the Modern Belle pattern as instructed.  The side edges will be caught in the side seams.

JacketRuffles

At the top, I made a tiny rectangular placket and topstitched it over the top edge of the top ruffle so no raw edges would show.  Another change I made to the Modern Belle pattern were to cut the front piece not on the fold so I would be able to add a zipper.

ruffled canvas jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Also, I added a collar.  And the jacket is fully lined with navy sateen (leftover from Allegra’s Bistro dress.)  I used the instructions from the Downton Duffle Coat (*affiliate link) to assemble the lined jacket.

ruffled canvas jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

Basically, this jacket is a piece of artwork which is fitting for the Modern Chloris theme which drew heavily on classical Greece.  I mean, what other era and location did so many timeless classic pieces of artwork emerge from?ruffled canvas jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

As promised, I made a collage of flat lays to show you just how wonderfully this ruffled canvas jacket works with all the other pieces in our Modern Chloris mini collection.  Now all that’s left to do is figure out how to make one of these in my size!!!   And order some more of that luscious Art Gallery Fabrics canvas…as soon as I decide which one to choose!

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Cabana Swim Skirt {All The Skirts: PeekABoo Pattern Shop & The Fabric Fairy}

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

The first look from our Modern Chloris mini collection we’re going to review in detail is the tankini.  We started with PeekABoo Pattern Shop’s Cabana Swim Bottoms pattern.  This delightful little pattern has lots and lots and lots of options for making swim bottoms.  Of course you already guessed that we chose the skirted swim bottoms.  The other options are basic bottoms, mini ruffle bottoms, and a plain skirt.

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern comes in sizes 3 months to 12 years.  You can be sure that Annie will be getting Cabana swim bottoms every summer for many years to come!  (And she is delighted beyond comparison with that situation!)

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

As with all PeekABoo Pattern Shop patterns we’ve sewn, the instructions for the Cabana Swim Bottoms are complete and well illustrated.  In fact, this was the first time I’d sewn with swimwear!  But Amy, the author of PeekABoo Pattern Shop patterns made my work easy and rewarding.  I literally made no mistakes for which I was extremely grateful because I imagine taking out stitches on this fabric would be a pain!

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

One advantage of sewing your own swimwear is that you can make it fit.  Because of Annie’s tall and skinny frame, it’s been years since she’s had a swim suit fit properly.  She literally squealed when she slipped on the Cabana Swim Skirt and kept saying, “I love it, I love it, I’m never taking it off!”  I lifted the skirt to peek at the bottoms underneath, and sure enough; full coverage on her bum!  I think I’d say the same thing.

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

The instructions for the Cabana Swim Bottoms gave the option of finishing the hem with a lettuce edge, and I just adore the look!  Allegra said it’s not her favorite look, but the instructions include an option for regular hemming also.

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for the Cabana Swim Skirt came from The Fabric Fairy.  It’s the White Fans on Navy Lycra Swimsuit Fabric from The Fabric Fairy.  The swimsuit lining is from The Fabric Fairy also.  As just an aside here, The Fabric Fairy has so very many beautiful swimwear fabrics that I had difficulty deciding which one to use for the Cabana Swim Bottoms pattern.  In fact, to tell on myself, I ordered a different one, and changed my mind and ordered another one!  And there’s still at least one more that I have my eye on for a swim suit for myself in the very near future.  But I digress!  I wanted to tell you a little about how nice the swimwear fabric from The Fabric Fairy was to work with.  It is thicker than the “activewear” fabric (from Joann Fabrics) used for the tankini top and somehow, not as slippery!

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here is a view of the back of the tankini.  You can see that because the pattern is a circle skirt, the fans become oriented sideways on the back of the skirt.  Just something for you to keep in mind when choosing fabric.

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the tankini top, we started with the Charming Tee and Dress pattern from Lil Luxe Collection.  In order for it to work as swim wear I made a few changes.  I left off the collar, waistband and armhole binding.  I tried using fold over elastic, but didn’t like the look so ripped it off.  Next I tried encasing elastic under the seams, but that made the armholes too tight.  So in the end, by simply folding over the edges and using a zig zag stitch, I was able to make this into a tankini top.

Now it’s time 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.

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Modern Chloris {Sew ‘n Style Lil Luxe Mini Collection}

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Modern ChlorisModern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Once upon a time there was a young girl who loved flowers, lace, pretty hairstyles, and everything dainty. She had never heard of the ancient Greek nymph Chloris, who was associated with spring, flowers, and new growth, but if she had, she would have had an instant bond with her. Ovid wrote of Chloris that: “As she talks, her lips breathe spring roses…” How utterly poetic! Today we bring you a modern Chloris, who shops at the flower market for blooms to make into a crown for the evening theater, and who enjoys relaxing by a pond in the countryside.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

This theme was inspired by the classic look of the styles used in this collection, and the Greek-inspired Skopelos fabric that is woven throughout each style. The theme also takes from the floral fabric that is a major part of each piece, and the accessories used to complete the looks.

Look 1: Flower Market

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Our little modern Chloris begins the day by dressing for shopping at the flower market in the morning.  She dons her Charming Tee for it’s comfort and peekaboo style in the back.  Next comes her Slim Trousers, with hand sewn lace accents, for full coverage in any situation.  She tops it all off with a Skipalong Skort for it’s modern lines and comfortable yet stylish fit.  In her hand she carries her mini Senna Tote.  It’s just the right size to hold all her pint sized needs.  And of course it’s very cohesive with her modern floral look.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Top Pattern: Charming Tee by Lil Luxe Collection  (See our detailed review and more photos here.)

Top Fabric: Deep Dark Ocean solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Fish Scholeio Intense from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Skip Along Skort by PeekABoo Pattern Shop  (See our detailed review and more photos here.)

Skirt Fabric: Paparounes Crimson knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics

Deep Dark Ocean solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Strawberry Kiss solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Leggings Pattern: Slim Trouser by Lil Luxe Collection  (See our detailed review and more photos here.)

Leggings Fabric: Peachy Custard solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Thrifted lace accents

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Bag Pattern: The Senna Tote by LBG Studio  (See our full review, tutorial and more photos here.)

Bag Fabric: Kladi Underlight from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Rose Pink Vegan Leather from Girl Charlee

Shot Cotton from fabric stash

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Look 2: Aquatic Countryside

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Having returned home, our Modern Chloris quickly constructs her floral crown for the evening.  With hours to spare, she settles on a jaunt into the countryside.  Slipping into her tankini, she layers up in her Rouche Division Top and Paneled Sunsuit maxi skirt.  They make the perfect flowy combination for her afternoon journey, echoing the swim she will indulge in at her destination.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Top Pattern: Rouche Division Top by Lil Luxe Collection  (See our full review and more photos here.)

Top Fabric: Strawberry Kiss solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Melograno Pomeberry from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Thrifted lace accents

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Skirt Pattern: Maxi Skirt from the Paneled Sunsuit pattern by Call Ajaire  (See our full review and more photos here.)

Skirt Fabric: Kladi Under Shadow Voile from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tankini Top Pattern: Modified Charming Tee by Lil Luxe Collection

Tankini Top Fabric: Navy performancewear fabric from JoAnn Fabrics

Tankini Skirt Pattern: Cabana Swim Bottoms by PeekABoo Pattern Shop  (See our detailed pattern review & photos here.)

Tankini Skirt Fabric: White Fans on Navy Lycra Swimsuit Fabric from The Fabric Fairy

Swimsuit lining from The Fabric Fairy

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Look 3: Evening Theater

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Refreshed from her afternoon activities, our Modern Chloris dresses for her evening engagement.  The Fairy Tale Dress is the proper garment for a reenactment of some Greek Mythology tales.  The flower crown she constructed earlier assures her role as the Modern Chloris!  She grabs her canvas jacket (a modified Modern Belle Dress) for when the sun goes down.  But the sun will never set on our Modern Chloris, for she will always be clothed in flowers!

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Dress Pattern: Fairy Tale Dress by Oliver+S  (See our full review and more photos here.)

Dress Fabric: Nisi Flora Oceanon from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Dress Lining/accents fabric: shot cotton from fabric stash

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Jacket Pattern: Modified Modern Belle Dress by Lil Luxe Collection  (Find our tutorial to make your own here.)

Jacket Fabric: Panache Canvas by Art Gallery Fabrics

Jacket Lining Fabric: Navy sateen from JoAnn Fabrics

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Over the course of the next few weeks we will review each of these items in today’s post individually.  We will also be showing you how the whole collection can be interchangeable.  We hope you enjoyed this walk through a day in the life of Modern Chloris.  All Art Gallery Fabrics in this post were generously sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics.  Read more about the Lil Luxe Collection Sew ’n Style Series and visit the contest page with Link up where there are contest prizes totaling over $350 from gracious sponsors.

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