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Infinity Maternity Dress

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Recently I had the opportunity to help test the Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern.  This pattern will be released next week from Maternity Sewing.  (You can find the pattern here.)  This dress has Infinity in it’s name due to the multitude of ways to wear the straps.  

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

I chose to make the longest maxi version of the pattern.  And then I made the hem shorter in the front for a high low look.  This was partly due to the fact that the only fabric with enough yardage available at my local fabric shop was not quite wide enough for the circle skirt, and then it shrunk some more in the dryer.  The other reason is for the dramatic effect!

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The straps are quite long, and that is so that they can be wrapped in many different ways.  Over one shoulder, around the (empire) waist only, over both shoulders, crossed in the back, crossed in the front…you get the idea!  

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The pattern was quite easy to sew.  The hardest part was crawling around on the floor with a pregnant belly in the way, to cut out the pieces.  Speaking of cutting out the pieces, I really appreciate that this pattern has both pattern pieces and template pieces.  Template pieces means that you are given measurements, or small pieces to use to create the larger pattern pieces.  This saves paper and time!  

The only change I made to the pattern assembly was to enclose the waistband fully on the inside.  Since the waistband is lined, it was a very easy change to make, and one I prefer to feeling scratchy seams around my belly.

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is a double knit, or similar fabric from JoAnns.  As I mentioned, I needed 6 yards to make this dress due to the huge circle skirt, and the length of the straps.  It’s not very good quality fabric, and I suspect it would pill if worn often.  However, I’m not sure how often I’ll be wearing this statement dress, and I only have 3 months left of pregnancy, so it’s not going to be an issue.  Another thing about this fabric, it’s really too heavy for the recommended knits for the pattern.  (But remember, it was all I had access to!)  The problem is that the weight of the skirt pulls down the elastic in the back.  I solved this by using the ties to wrap around the back and stabilize the elastic.  If I had known it was going to be an issue, I also could have used wider or stronger elastic.  A lightweight fabric like double brushed poly would be an ideal knit for this dress.

Infinity Maternity Dress sewing pattern review by Skirt Fixation

My kids absolutely squealed when I put this dress on.  They told me it looked like a medieval lady or a Victorian princess!  Aria had loads of fun figuring out how to tie the straps in several different ways.  For reference, I was 24 weeks pregnant in these photos.  I sewed the size 4-6.  There is also a bandeau that can be made to layer under the dress, but I chose to wear a long sleeve shirt due to the cold weather instead.  The dress can be made in 10 different lengths from 22.5″ (mini) to 45″ (extra tall.)  It can also be used for non-maternity wear and would be great for nursing.   

Since I’m really not sure where I’ll ever have an opportunity to wear this dress, I’m going to call it “Frosting.”  There’s a challenge on Instagram to “sew frosting” where everyone is encouraged to sew something they want, even if it’s not practical, basic, everyday wear.  So this dramatic dress definitely qualifies.  

Maternity Sewing Podcast with Audrey from Skirt Fixation

If you’re more interested in my pregnancy journey, I was interviewed by The Maternity Sewing Podcast.  You can listen to that episode here: Even though I’m an intensely private person, I shared my story in hopes of helping someone else who may be or may have gone through something similar.

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Stripes and Flowers Girl’s Maxi Dress

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Ah the maxi dress! Annie loves them, and I love sewing them for her. A maxi dress on a young girl is such a statement piece. And with fabric as bold as we used for this one, it’s no wonder she’s been wearing it every chance she gets.

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this maxi dress we used the Uptown Downtown Dress pattern by Sew Straight & Gather. We are making the size 10 for Annie this spring. There are so many different options on this pattern that it’s easy to use it over and over again to create a whole flock of dresses! On this one we used the cowl neckline, maxi length, elbow length sleeves, and pockets.

The fabric is one Annie and I both fell in love with in the fall. It’s from Raspberry Creek Fabrics CLUB line, and we love the stripes and flowers together. Even though it’s from their fall line, I think the dress works as a spring and summer dress too.

Annie is growing so fast, I’m not sure it will still fit her in the fall! Or it will probably still fit her around, but might not be maxi length anymore. That won’t stop her from wearing it…she wore this one well after it wasn’t maxi length anymore!

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is no longer available, but here is a fun Art Gallery Fabrics knit with stripes and flowers in similar colors:Art Gallery Skopelos Jersey Knit Paparounes Crimson Fabric
Art Gallery Skopelos Jersey Knit Paparounes Crimson Fabric

Or this one in fun, bold colors is also an Art Gallery Fabrics knit with stripes and florals.Art Gallery Spices Fusion Jersey Knit Paparounes Spices Fabric
Art Gallery Spices Fusion Jersey Knit Paparounes Spices Fabric

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

I convinced Annie to have a cowl neckline because I wanted to put a more saturated color by her face. She’s so fair, that I knew she could use the pop of color at her face to bring out the pink tones in her cheek. We used some double brushed poly fabric in wine color, and it drapes perfectly for the cowl.

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

But Annie really is in love with this whole dress, even though she wasn’t convinced about the cowl at first.  She thought it might be too hot in summer.  I reminded her of this one I’d sewn her with a cowl, and how she’d worn it in hot weather sometimes too.

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of course Annie had to test out the twirl factor as soon as she put it on! It passed with flying colors! The width of the hem at the bottom of the skirt is so generous, that it really makes this maxi dress fun to wear.  And twirl!

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Leave us a comment, what do you think of stripes and florals together?

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The Runway Skirt {pattern release}

The Runway Skirt pattern

Today I get to announce a new arrival!  The Runway Skirt is my first sewing pattern, and I’m so excited to share it with you today.  If you’re looking for that special skirt to sew for your holiday events, The Runway Skirt is waiting for you!  You can buy the Runway Skirt at Savvy Patterns.

The Runway Skirt pattern

The Runway Skirt is a vintage inspired skirt in three lengths designed to draw the eyes of all you glide past.  The pattern testers are sure you will be amazed by the number of compliments you receive while wearing the Runway Skirt!  Let’s talk about the three lengths.

Runway Skirt Pattern by Savvy Patterns

Being that the Runway Skirt is designed by me, a 6 foot tall woman, the maxi skirt WILL sweep the floor.  Don’t worry, if you’re not 6 feet tall, there are 5 different lengths to choose from, from 40” – 45” plus directions on how to adjust the length if you need.  This length skirt will be perfect for the upcoming holiday parties where you want to make a smashing impression!  (Because it’s made from knit (or stretch woven) fabrics, no one will guess how comfortable you are!)  The abundance of godets in the back (7 in all!) make sure you swish and sweep everywhere you go.

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The midi length (4 lengths to chose from 30”-33”) is perfect for both formal and casual events.  With 5 godets in the back, this length is comfortable, stylish and feminine all wrapped up in one.

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The Runway Skirt also can be made in 4 knee lengths from 23” – 26”.  Flirty and fun, this length holds true to it’s vintage roots with 5 godets also.  As with all lengths, prepare for compliments!

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The Runway Skirt is graceful yet comfortable because it is made from knit/stretchable fabrics.  A medium weight knit is recommended and easiest to work with although stretch woven fabrics can also be used.  When constructing the skirt from knit fabrics, the invisible zipper is optional, though required with stretch woven.   The star of the show on all lengths are the lightweight godets in the back swishing in your wake.  There is a multitude of fabrics to choose from to make the godets; chiffon, viole, rayon challis, crepe de chine, organza, and so on!  Oh, and if you’ve had a difficult time sewing with these lightweight fabrics in the past, don’t worry, the pattern is packed with tips and instructions to make your experience easier!

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The Runway Skirt can be made in 14 different sizes from 00 (23” waist 33” hip) to 24 (44’ waist 54” hip.)  The fit is the same across all sizes, perfect in the waist with looser, more vintage ease through the hips.  Instructions for adjusting to a more modern (va-va-voom!) fit are included in the instructions.

Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns

The Runway Skirt is designed to be the ultimate feminine skirt.  Buy the Runway Skirt at Savvy Patterns, our new shop.  The Runway Skirt can also be purchased at UpCraft Club.  What are you waiting for?  It’s time to get sewing!

Finally, a VERY special thanks to all my fabulous, helpful, thorough pattern testers.  Without them the Runway Skirt would not be what it is!  Next week I will share many more of the testers photos.  And also, I am deeply indebted to Teronia and The Bee and Allegra for their gorgeous modeling on the cover of The Runway Skirt.

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Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt Review

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt

If you’ve just arrived here on the Jocole Blog Tour, Hi and Welcome!

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt

We are so delighted to have the opportunity to make the Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt.  I think this is my favorite skirt I’ve ever made in all the skirts I’ve made in my lifetime!

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt

And to think I came so close to not making one for myself!  You see, it was like this: late one night I decided to make the Jocole Yoga A-Line skirt for the Jocole pattern tour.  (Yes we were given this pattern, but we would gladly pay twice the price for a skirt so wonderful!)

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt

So anyway, it was a dark and stormy night, and I was tired but everyone was asleep and I knew this was going to be a quick sew.  So as usual, I printed out my first pattern piece, checked the test square, and when all looked good, I set off cutting and sewing.  Now I’ll let you in on a little fact that I didn’t learn for another hour or so.  My printer settings were off, but I measured from the edge of the 3 inch block to the edge of the 10 cm block so it looked like it was 3 inches.  I was making a skirt that was 24% too small since my printer was set at 86%.

Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

About an hour later my new skirt was finished and ready to be tried on.  The skirt was so tight it looked like I’d painted it on with a paintbrush.  On my post baby body… Let’s change the subject, shall we?

Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I returned to JoAnn fabrics the next day and found a sparkly knit orange fabric.  This knit is almost sweatshirt weight.  Think about your favorite old college sweatshirt that you wore and wore and wore out.  This is that kind of knit.  Plus is has little sparkles all over it!

Back of Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt

Armed with new fabric and new enlightened measuring method, I started over again.  One quick hour later, viola, my new favorite skirt was born.  The only change I made to the  Jocole Yoga Aline Skirt pattern was to lengthen it by three inches.  The pattern goes up to forty inches long for tall ladies, but I’m what they refer to as ultra tall.  I may have made this skirt a teeny bit too long, but that’s a heavenly change!!!

Jocole Yoga A-Line skirt tween size

Aria was delighted to inherit the first, tiny skirt.  Come back to the blog tomorrow to find out how I added a lining to her Jocole yoga a line skirt, and also how you could make one for a tween.  Not accidentally.  On purpose.  Because you meant to.  Ahem.

2 Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirts

I just love it when mistakes turn into treasures!  Looking on the bright side, Aria got a new skirt and I got the creamiest, most buttery knit yoga skirt ever!  I forgot to tell you one of my favorite things about the finished skirt.  I made the tall 16″ fold over waistband, and I love the privacy it gives me when I use the option of having it  unfolded for added coverage while nursing the baby!

Julia CardiganThen, the rest of the week, I’ll be sharing blog posts about the top and cardigan I’m wearing since it’s Selfish Sewing Week.  Also be sure to enter the Rafflecopter give away below for a chance to win 2 free patterns of your choice from Jocole.  To help you decide which Jocole Patterns you want,  check out the other stops on the Jocole pattern blog tour.

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Jocole A-line yoga skirtsSee you tomorrow!


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Chiffon Maxi Skirt Knock Off

chiffon maxi skirt

Hello again, loyal followers, Allegra here. I wanted another summer skirt, but had a flowy-er one in mind this time.  A chiffon maxi skirt was what I needed!

Chiffon Maxi SkirtI looked out some fabrics from in our stash, and found this light pink one with a flowery pattern of darker pinks and grays. I did want a maxi skirt, and mom said she could probably work with this chiffon, so we got started. First we asked dad if he had any suggestions, ‘cause he’s been helping us out with projects quite a bit lately.

Inspiration Skirt

He liked the gathered style that I had picked in this inspiration photo, but said that we should probably not gather it as much if any at the sides, because that makes a poof, which can cause the feeling of large hips. Uh, yeah. So we did take his advice, and made the sides a lot less gathered.

chiffon maxi skirtHere’s Mom to tell you about the construction process:

1: Sew a tube from the width of the lining fabric.  (Mine was 44/45” width)

2: Sew a tube from the width of the pink chiffon fabric.  (Mine was 60” width)

3: Gather these 2 tubes separately, both to the same circumference.  Then I shifted the gathers on the chiffon fabric so most of the gathers were in the front and the back to achieve the look like the inspiration photo.

4: Baste these 2 gathered tubes together.

5: Finish the tops of these two.  I decided to do it at this point because I could do it in one step.

6: Sew the two layers to wide elastic for a waistband.  This was the first time I’d done this, and you’ll notice there are no photos of the waistband exposed!  But since Allegra doesn’t plan to wear it that way, we’re both happy!

7: Hem the bottoms of the two layers.  I did this at this point so that I could level them off and even them up!  If you are a super seamstress, you can do this at an earlier step, but because it was my first time sewing on an exposed elastic waistband, I wasn’t sure how even the hem would be when I was finished!  Plus Allegra wanted the lining to be about 2 inches shorter than the chiffon overlayer, so that’s another reason I did it after!  It was really very easy, and I’ll be using this method again.

chiffon maxi skirtNow I have a cute chiffon maxi skirt that’s more fancy, and more flowy, just what I wanted!

DIY chiffon maxi skirtThanks for reading,


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Dress to Maxi Skirt Refashion

dress to maxi skirt refashion

Well, I wasn’t very inspired today. You might know the feeling if you’re a seamstress like me. I kind of have flashes of inspiration once in a while, and then have to push myself the rest of the time. Today I had to push myself, but anyway I went and rummaged in the Refashion stack and found this dress.  We got it at Plato’s Closet for $6.00.

dress to maxi skirt refashion Goodness knows how long that it had been sitting in the pile, but I remember thinking that it would have made a good skirt last summer, I just never got around to it. There wasn’t anything wrong with it, except it wasn’t my style, and I didn’t like the shape of the bust part. This year I’m trying to be a bit more on the ball with my wardrobe, so I figured that this would be a good skirt for summer.

 Dress to Maxi Skirt Refashion Instructions:

Step 1: I cut off the top part of the dress close to the large band below the bust cups.

And Step 2:  Re-sewed the zipper so it was shorter.

dress to maxi skirt refashion I loooooooove easy refashions! This is probably the easiest skirt refashion ever. Have you got a maxi dress that is too short or has other shortcomings (pun intended, hahahaha)? Just do a really quick, easy few steps and you have a great new maxi skirt! I know that I’ve done at least this one other dress to maxi skirt refashion, and I’ll be wearing both of them this summer.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Total Cost: $6.00

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

dress to maxi skirt refashionThis skirt is quite long now, mom will even probably be able to wear it, and very comfortable. I paired it with a plain white shirt, black shoes with rosettes on the toes and a denim jacket! The perfect usual maxi outfit! I really like the way that this looks, and I hope that this will inspire you to do your own dress to maxi skirt refashion!

Easy dress to maxi skirt refashionAlways be Exciting,


This post can also be seen over at Refashion Co-op!