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Bethiouas for Everyone!

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

I’ve been on a mission to sew everyone sweaters for fall.  And I’m getting pretty close!  First I sewed one for myself, then I made David one as part of his Future Explorer look for Sewing For Kindergarten.  I used leftover Beckery Cable Knit Fabric from my cardigan to make his, but a different pattern.   As I was sewing it, I just fell in love with the clever details of this simple raglan that I knew I had to sew another, and another, and then another!

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

The Bethioua is another German pattern made possible by Annika from Naeh Connection.  If you were here Tuesday, you remember me raving about how she’s pretty much singlehandedly making sewing a universal language by translating English patterns for German seamstresses and German patterns for English seamstresses.  She currently has 17 patterns available in her Naeh Connection English shop, and rumor has it there are many more to come!

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

We took note of the Bethioua when it was first published, but didn’t purchase it because I already had a raglan pattern that I loved and didn’t need another pattern.  Or so I told myself.  But now that I’ve sewn the Bethioua, I’ve realized how silly my delay was…I will continue to sew BOTH of my raglan patterns…often!

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

 

The Bethioua pattern comes is women AND children’s sizes.  It is created by Elle Puls.  One of our favorite things about the Bethioua pattern is the back.  That curved seam is just too pretty!  And the seam on the back of the sleeves offers a really unique opportunity for stripe pattern matching (photo tutorial included in the kid’s pattern.)

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

Allegra loves the batwing sleeves due, which make the Bethioua pattern perfect for layering.  This pattern can be made in sizes 34-54 for women, and sizes 104-134 for kids.  (Don’t worry about not knowing your European size, the pattern has handy measurement charts to figure out your size in both centimeters and inches.)  The largest sizes in the women’s pattern have optional bust darts.  Another unique feature of the Bethioua pattern is the darts at the top of the sleeve.  This makes the shoulders lay sooooo perfectly, even in thicker fabrics like I was using.  The instructions are short and sweet with drawn illustrations.  Both patterns have options for a straight hem, a curved hem, and a hem band.  The sleeves can be finished with a cuff or simply hemmed.

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

I tried to include different elements of the Bethioua patterns in each of the Bethioua sweaters I sewed.  David’s was sewn first, as part of his Future Explorer look.  His has a straight hem and hemmed sleeves.  Here’s the nitty gritty on that Future Explorer look:

Shirt:

Pattern: Kids Bethioua Pattern from the Naeh Connection Shop

Fabric: Nautica Beckery Cable Knit from Cali Fabrics  and Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy from JoAnn Fabrics.  Jersey is used for the neckband due to sweatshirt fleece not having enough stretch for a neckband.
Sweatpants:
Pattern: Parachute Sweatpants from Oliver + S
Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric – Light Gray Heathered from JoAnn Fabrics

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

Next I made the Women’s Bethioua Aria is modeling.  But a  disclaimer here, the Bethioua is not hers, it is a gift for someone a few sizes larger than her, just so you know about the way it fits accurately.  The women’s Bethioua pattern can be found here in the Naeh Connection shop.  The top part of the sweater is athletic french terry, and the bottom is argyle sweater fleece, bought at the Hancock Fabrics going out of business sale.  There are 2 similar at JoAnn Fabrics, one green and navy and one pink and navy.

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

This Bethioua has a curved back hem and cuffed sleeves.  The argyle was a bit tricky to make the pattern match across the side seams, but I came close enough to be happy with the end result!

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

Next I cut out the other Women’s Bethioua pattern that Allegra is wearing.  The top part of her sweater is fabric leftover from making this skirt, and the bottom is sweater fleece, also from Hancock Fabrics.  These stripes were much easy to pattern match across the side seams than the argyle!  This Bethioua has a curved hem in back and cuffed sleeves.

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

After I cut out Allegra’s Bethioua pattern I saw that I would have just enough fabric left to make a kids Bethioua for Baby!  I made both the boys the smallest size of the kid’s pattern…which means I’ll be able to sew this pattern for them for years to come!  The top of his sweater is Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Black from JoAnn Fabrics also.  I made his with a curved back hem, and hemmed sleeves.  I used black jersey fabric for the neckband since sweatshirt fleece doesn’t have good stretch.

Women & Children's Bethioua Pattern Review by Skirt FIxation

And then we had one of the cutest, most crowded photo shoots ever!  I just snapped away as quickly as I could trying to capture that laughter, playfulness and delight of my children in their new sweaters!

Now don’t be silly like I was and delay buying this fantastic pattern… naeh-connection-opening

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Longihood Pattern Review (for boy & girl)

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

You may have noticed the Future Athlete outfit from our Sewing for Kindergarten post included the Longihood and we promised more details later.  Well, today we’ve got a full review of the Longihood pattern as well as a few more details about that Future Athlete look.

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Something neat is happening…Annika from Naeh Connection is making sewing a universal language by bringing pattern written in English to Germans who sew and patterns written in German to those of us who sew in English.  That’s what the Longihood pattern is, a pattern originally written in German, now available in English in the Naeh Connection Shop.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The Longihood pattern is a PDF pattern created by Die Erbensenprinzessin  It can be made in 10 sizes from 80 (12 months) to 134 (size 9) in 2 styles.  There is a more fitted dress version and a shorter sweater version.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Either one can have a hood or a cowl and the option of a kangaroo pocket.  The hood can be made with or without the cuff/band.  The shorter version can be made with a color blocked front.  The recommended fabrics are sweatshirting, french terry, velour, fleece, etc.  Rib knit is recommended for the cuffs and hem band.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The sewing of the Longihood is pretty straightforward.  There are just a few illustrations, not one for every step.  However, this is a nice easy sew, and the words are very thorough.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

For Annie, I sewed the dress version because it has waist shaping, but in the shorter, sweater length.  I made her a size 128 (size 8.)  The striped fabric came from Imagine Gnats, but is no longer available.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The contrast navy blue is a bamboo french terry, this one from The Fabric Fairy.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Both these hoodies are incredibly soft!  Like, I WANT one, soft!  I think the kids favorite feature of the Longihood is the kangaroo pocket…they have their hands in all the time!

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

For David, I sewed the basic sweater version without the color blocked front.  Because I was making it basic, I added all the optional topstitching and then some!  I sewed him a size 104 (size 4) with no changes.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

The rest of the Future Athlete look is yet another pair of Parachute Sweatpants!  David loves this pattern so much that it’s almost all he ever chooses to wear.  I am a little disappointed in the quality of the sweatshirt fleece from JoAnn’s though because it’s pilling pretty fast.  I know he puts it to the ultimate boy test, and they’ve been laundered quite often, but still.  If you have a recommendation for good quality sweatshirt fleece, I’d love to hear it.

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

Overall, I definitely recommend the Longihood pattern, and will be making more for my kids!  And you should too, because right now there are sales…check this out:

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His Outfit details:

Top Pattern: Longihood translate to English in the Naeh Connection Shop

Top Fabric: French Terry from Hancock Fabric store closing, similar here and Grey Knit Rib similar here

Sweatpants Pattern: Parachute Sweatpants

Sweatpants Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy

Longihood pattern review by Skirt Fixation

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Reach For The Stars {Sewing for Kindergarten}

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today I have the absolute honor of being a part of Mie from Sewing Like Mad’s Sewing For Kindergarten series.  I may or may not have begged Mie to let me be a part of this series!  It’s a phenomenal series, and you can spend a lot of time looking through the past years posts.

Two of my very favorite participants in past years have been Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House and Celina from Petit a Petit and Family.  They each created mini wardrobes for their children starting kindergarten, and so my purpose from the beginning was to do the same.  Not just so I could be one of the coolest of the cool kids, but because David, who is starting his kindergarten studies this year, really needed the clothes!

As I was planning both David’s wardrobe and his school year, the theme Reach For The Stars kept coming up over and over again.  This kid has such a huge personality that I (the doting mother) really believe he could do and be anything he wanted to in the future!  But I’m not the only one who has noticed his larger than life personality, and maybe you’ll see it come through in the photos too.

Sewing For Kindergarten, a mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

I created 5 looks which can be (mostly) mixed and matched to his heart’s content.  Or so that when he puts on the first thing he grabs from his drawers, it will match!  Beside the Reach For The Stars theme, I went with a blue and gray color scheme.  We had fun planning a future profession for each look, and today I’m going to give you a general overview of each outfit and go into greater detail in the upcoming weeks.  So without further ado, here’s David, reaching for the stars!

Future Professional

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Mr. Skirt Fixation is a professional, and I wouldn’t be surprised if David follows in his Dad’s steps.  David’s favorite subjects in school are math and poetry memorization.  These two would combine very nicely for a future professional, don’t you think?  This constellation fabric was so amazing, we had to weave it throughout the mini wardrobe.

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Future Professional Shirt Details:

Pattern: Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom Patterns 

Fabric: Constellations in Midnight by Hawthorne Threads 

Future Professional Pants Details:

Pattern: Classic Chinos by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Fabric: Sew Classic Bottomweight Stretch Sateen Fabric – Medieval Blue from JoAnn Fabrics

Future Professional Cap Details:

Pattern: Newsboy Cap details here

Fabric: Sew Classic Bottomweight Cotton Twill Solid Fabric – Black from JoAnn Fabrics

Future Athlete

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Every little boy probably wants to be an athlete at some point, don’t they?  David is active and loves to play catch, so this potential profession was a natural choice, with athletes being stars and all.  This outfit might just be David’s favorite of all the ones I made him.  He loves these sweatpants and has already worn a hole through the knee of the pair I made him this spring!  Then there’s the french terry hoodie.  It is so soft he goes around giving everyone (strangers, friends and family) hugs and saying, “I bet you never want to stop hugging me because my shirt is so soft!”  Plus that kangaroo pocket just clinches the deal.  Boys and pockets are one of the happiest pairings ever invented!

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Future Athlete Top Details:

Pattern: Longihood coming soon to the Naeh Connection Shop

Fabric: French Terry from Hancock Fabric store closing, similar here and Grey Knit Rib similar here.

Future Athlete Sweatpants Details:

Pattern: Parachute Sweatpants by Oliver + S

Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy from JoAnns

Future Dreamer

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well now, you’ve probably heard rumors that sometimes homeschoolers do school in their pajamas.  So this outfit is here to confirm that suspicion.  And as I mentioned above, David could probably do anything he could possibly dream up!  I did make the shirt to go with these pajamas, but David has been wearing it with all the other pants too since the weather is currently still a bit too warm for sweaters and hoodies.  He spent about 45 minutes pouring over the fabric to decide which constellation/animal he wanted to feature on the pocket.  (He ended up choosing the bobcat!)  David is laying on his big brother’s quilt made from jeans, blogged here.

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Future Dreamer Shirt Details:

Pattern: Field Trip Raglan T-shirt by Oliver+S 

Fabric: Grey double knit and Sew Classic Knits Ponte Roma Solid Fabric – Navy from JoAnns

Pocket:  Constellations in Midnight by Hawthorne Threads 

Future Dreamer Pants Details:

Pattern: Made Everyday Kid Shorts lengthened to pants

Fabric:  Constellations in Midnight by Hawthorne Threads 

Future Explorer

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Last year David & Baby and I took a trip on an airplane to the West Coast.  That experience really shaped David, so much that he wants to travel by airplane all the time, go new places and see new things!  I’m sure he’ll really be reaching for the stars in this outfit!  I had planned a different pair of pants that would be a little more explorer-ish, but just had to face reality about what David loves to wear the most!  It’s these pants, and the stars in his eyes were more than enough reward for me when he found out I was making him another pair of his beloved sweatpants!  I did modify them slightly by adding about 1″ to the width of the legs for a looser look.

Future Explorer Shirt Details:

Pattern: Kids Bethioua Pattern coming soon to the Naeh Connection Shop

Fabric:  Nautica Beckery Cable Knit from Cali Fabrics  and Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy from JoAnns

Future Explorer Sweatpants:

Pattern:  Parachute Sweatpants by Oliver + S

Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric – Light Gray Heathered from JoAnns

Future Wild Thing

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’m not sure if the wild thing part is going to continue into the future, but 5 year old boys have a pretty good dose of wild thing going on!  This vest was pure icing on the cake, and David chose the creature he wanted me to make it into, a dragon.  I’ve just gotten word that there will be an addition of wings to this pattern in the next week or so!  Keep your eyes peeled for more information on this fun pattern.  I lined this vest with some of Maureen Cracknell’s newest line of fabric, in keeping with the stars theme!

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Future Wild Thing Vest Details:

Vest:

Pattern: Pathfinder Vest with Wild Thing add on from Big Little Patterns

Main Fabric:  Green flecked fleece from the stash, similar here.

Lining Fabric:  Nightfall Luminaries Gold by Art Gallery Fabrics

Pleather accents: Metallic Copper Vegan Leather from Girl Charlee

Wow!  You made it through the whole post!  (Now you know why I’m saving all the rest of the details and photos for different posts!)  You really should reward yourself by going over to Sewing Like Mad and checking out all the fabulous Sewing For Kindergarten posts!

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