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Salida Skirt & Key Largo Top

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Make 9 (outfits) update #2

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

My 2nd outfit from my Make 9 (Outfits) is complete!  I took advantage of the slow days prior to giving birth to work on some garments that would work well for early postpartum wear.  Just like my 1st complete Make 9 outfit, this one ended up with a change as well.  

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Originally I had planned to sew a Willamette Shirt from this fabric as you can see from my planning collage.  But when I pulled out the cut of fabric, there was just over 1 yard, not nearly enough for a Willamette Shirt. 

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

But I have discovered that I can very nicely get a Key Largo Top out of 1 yard.  And it’s pretty well established that I love the Key Largo Top!

Let’s talk about this fabric.  This is ikat fabric, and my first time sewing with it although I’ve admired it for a long time.  It is a little stiffer than the recommended fabrics for a Key Largo Top, just FYI.  But it’s exactly right for the look I was inspired by.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Ikat is actually not a fabric, but a dyeing technique.  It can be done to many different substrates.  This substrate is a thicker cotton.  It’s really soft and nice to wear.  I got this fabric from Blackbird Fabrics, but it’s no longer available.  However, Stylemaker Fabrics currently has a very similar ikat pattern in grey, black and vanilla.  I’ve also got my eye on this navy and cream ikat shirting fabric.  Actually, all their ikat fabrics are very nice…as I said I’ve admired this type of look for a long time!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The way this shirt works well for postpartum is it’s loose, boxy shape.  It’s currently the fashion which is very friendly to a recovering postpartum belly!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Salida Skirt pattern is also very postpartum friendly if you use stretch woven fabric in place of the recommended woven fabrics. 

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I used a khaki stretch twill from JoAnns but here is a similar one in beige.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Salida Skirt was released a few months ago from True Bias.  I love the shape and style lines of this skirt.  I did add length to the skirt.  The finished length is 21”, and to have the skirt hit at my knee (as intended in the pattern) I had to make it 27-28” long.  (Hello long legs!)  I added 3 inches at the lengthen/shorten line and 3” at the hem.  It came out just right!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The first time I wore this skirt, I was 2 weeks postpartum (pictured above,) and it was pretty tight and uncomfortable.  But now at 5 weeks postpartum, it’s pretty comfortable to wear.  I anticipate to be able to wear it much longer having sewed it from stretch twill.

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the closure, I dug around in my button stash and pulled out this fun metallic button!

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Here’s what I ended up with:

Top Pattern: Key Largo Top by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Diamond Cotton Indian Ikat Blue and Grey fabric from Blackbird Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Salida Skirt by True Bias

Skirt Fabric: Khaki Stretch Twill from JoAnn Fabrics

Salida Skirt sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Next I’ll be sharing another Make 9 outfit I finished in the next post…stay tuned! And the other view of the Salida Skirt pattern is also in my Make 9 plans.

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Make Nine Update #1

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

My 1st outfit from my Make 9 (Outfits) is complete!  I took the opportunity of an upcoming birth to make myself the most comfortable pajamas outfit for the postpartum days when I’ll be in bed recovering from giving birth.  In the past, I’ve never thought about a special outfit for this time, instead just grabbing whatever was at hand and then cringing when I was wearing a pajama shirt with gaping holes in the elbows or something similar when someone came to see the baby!

Skirt Outfits Skirt Fixation plans to sew in 2019

This outfit changed a little bit from my original plan.  This was with the thought of postpartum and nursing in mind.  Originally I had planned to make a Paro Cardigan, but realized a Julia Cardigan would be better suited to the purpose I had in mind. 

Julia Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Make 9 Challenge

The shape of the Julia Cardigan is more ideal for nursing and lounging in bed.  Plus it’s been quite a while since I sewed a Julia Cardigan, and never one with this nice of quality fabric. 

This fabric is vintage Hacci Sweat knit from Girl Charlee. It’s sold out now, but very soft, and very good quality. I had 2 yards, and had just enough scraps left over to make a sweater dress for Baby Tina, so stay tuned for that too!

Julia Cardigan sewn by Skirt Fixation for the Make 9 Challenge

And the pattern was already cut out and ready to go – no muslin needed.  Just sew and go!

Durango Tank sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This was my 1st time to sew a Durango Tank and the 1st time to do arm bindings like this.  It really isn’t hard to take the extra steps to get this professional looking finished garment.  And I know it’s going to be very comfortable to wear! 

Durango Tank sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One reason I’m looking forward to wearing the Durango Tank for postpartum days is because of the extra ease through the waist and stomach. Gently on a belly recovering from expanding to the size of a large watermelon!

Durango Tank sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I love the split back detail…one of those little touches that makes Hey June Patterns special and a touch above the rest!

The fabric I used is super soft Art Gallery Fabrics knit, and will be so perfect for lounging in bed with a new baby!  Or anytime you want to wear it really, but you know where my brain is right now…

Mountain Pose Pants sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We’ve made the Mountain Pose Pants before several times…and this time I made 2 changes.  I eliminated the side seam by laying the front and back leg pieces side by side and cutting them out as one piece.  Also, I narrowed the bottom of the legs to get more of a leggings look because I anticipate wanting to wear these out of bed too!

I used navy double brushed poly from CaliFabrics, and it’s going to be amazing to wear!  It’s very soft and durable…I know from past experience with DBP from CaliFabrics.  I have worn this pair of Mountain Pose Pants every single night for pajamas during this pregnancy.

Postpartum outfit sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Here is what I ended up with:

Top Pattern: Durango Tank by Hey June Patterns

Top Fabric: Indigo and Aster knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics

Pants Pattern: Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns

Pants Fabric: Navy Double Brushed Poly from CaliFabrics

Sweater Pattern: Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations

Sweater Fabric: Vintage Hacci Sweater fabric from Girl Charlee

Postpartum outfit sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I got so excited about having a special postpartum outfit that I sewed up another one…stay tuned.

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