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Fairy Tale Dress {Modern Chloris Mini Wardrobe Collection}

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final piece in our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection is the Oliver+S Fairy Tale Dress.  This dress is truly a labor of love.  It is not a fast sew, but all the details and little thoughtful elements make it a special occasion dress.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

We made the Fairy Tale Dress for the third and final look, Evening Theater.  We paired this special dress with the Ruffle Jacket and a floral crown.  Nothing more needed!

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Fairy Tale Dress is fully lined.  This makes it very couture.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

My first plan was to use pink pleather (like on the Mini Senna Tote) for the belt and collar, but it didn’t lay right, so I ended up using the same fabric as the lining.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

The sweet little tulip sleeves are also lined.  The instructions made putting the sleeves together very easy and they came out so lovely.  It’s one of those little details that make this dress so special.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Fairy Tale Dress zips up the back.  It’s one of the prettiest invisible zippers I’ve ever installed.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

The tulle layer under the skirt helps to puff out the skirt, keeping its shape.  Another thoughtful feature of this pattern is the deep hem which you can let out as your daughter grows.  Pretty nice since you put so much hard work into it!

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for this dress comes from the Skopelos line by Katarina Rocella for Art Gallery Fabrics. It is called
Art Gallery Skopelos Nisi Flora Oceanon Fabric
 (affiliate link) The combination of flowers, lace and colors make this fabric just as special as the dress on which we used it!

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here’s a final collage showing how the Fairy Tale Dress coordinates with the other pieces of the mini wardrobe collection.  You can see the whole collection here, which also includes links to the details of each piece.

We’d like to thank Art Gallery Fabrics for supplying the fabric for this mini wardrobe collection.  Also, Lil Luxe Collection for inspiring the mini wardrobe and providing the Lil Luxe Collection patterns.  It was truly an epic undertaking, and we loved every minute of it!

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Girl’s Voile Maxi Skirt

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Moving along to the next piece in our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection, we come to the voile maxi skirt.  This skirt is from our 2nd 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.

Voile maxi skirt by Skirt Fixation

We used the Paneled Sunsuit pattern from Call Ajaire.  If this skirt looks familiar it’s because we made a denim version.  We  reviewed the pattern in depth in our previous blog post about this pattern.  We turned to this pattern again because it’s one of Annie’s favorite.  Her favorite features are the pockets and the elastic waist for comfort.  She also loves the maxi length.

Girl's voile maxi skirt by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is Kladi UnderShadow in voile.  This, like all the patterned pieces we made for our Modern Chloris collection except the jacket, come from the Skopelos fabric line designed by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics.  This probably our favorite print from the whole line, evidenced by the fact that we used it twice.  (Did you spot the it in the other colorway in the mini Senna Tote?)  Katarina Roccella was inspired by flowers on the island of Skopelos, and judging from her photos of them on Instagram, her fabric is a perfect imitation!

Girl's voile maxi skirt by Skirt Fixation

We’ve used voile from Art Gallery Fabrics once before for another maxi skirt, and it’s the most lovely fabric!  It’s light and flowy, and seems to float along when you walk.  Because it’s slightly translucent, wearing a slip under this skirt is necessary.  Unless of course it’s being worn as a swimsuit coverup like Annie did for the Modern Chloris Aquatic Countryside look!

Girl's voile maxi skirt by Skirt Fixation

Here is a flat lay photo to illustrate how well the maxi skirt goes with everything else in the mini collection.  This skirt is just about perfect for fall.  Though we didn’t add them to the collage, the leggings match this skirt and would transition it into fall and winter.  Especially with that jacket…sigh!Voile maxi skirt mini wardrobe collection by Skirt Fixation

We hope you’re not getting tired of these posts from the Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection.  There are only 2 pieces left in the collection, and then we’ll move on!

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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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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.

Jacket Step2

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!