When I made Annie a skirt from Nani Iro fabric I was very jealous! It was just so soft and dreamy. And the woodblock print just spoke to me. I just couldn’t get over it, so I ordered some more for myself. Before it arrived, I thought maybe I’d make myself a shirt with it, but once it arrived, once again I couldn’t cut it! It had to be a Nani Iro maxi skirt.I’ve been working on my Summer Capsule Wardrobe along with Becca from Free Notion. (Yes, it’s the same Becca from Challenge Create: Adult Edition!) Through her guidance I (and about 300 other people sewing along!) purged my closet, dialed in on my fashion, color and style, made a muslin or two and started sewing! This Nani Iro maxi skirt is one of the first things I’ve completed.I got the Nani Iro woodblock fabric from Urban Sew during a crazy 40% off sale! (Remember when they sponsored an edition of All The Skirts?) If you’re not signed up for their emails, you should do it as soon as possible so you can be notified of sales like this in the future. This fabric is a double gauze, Nani Iro by Naomi Ito called Woodblock Pocho. Or pure, soft, floaty goodness, whichever you prefer! If you’re hesitating on your first double gauze fabric purchase because you’re concerned about wrinkling, you can rest assured. It does wrinkle some, not much. For reference, this photo shoot was taken in the late afternoon after wearing the skirt all day long! So not many wrinkles.I used the Anna Marie Horner free skirt tutorial called Flirting the Issue. I love the way this skirt is constructed, and the waistband is probably my favorite ever for comfort! I only made 2 changes to the pattern. Instead of having 2 side seams, I just took my 2 yard piece of Nani Iro and folded it in 1/2, right sides together, to make 1 seam in the back. (Remember I said I simply couldn’t cut it? I did not make one single cut!) The other change is that only the waistband is lined. A full lining made the skirt bunch out like a tutu around the waist, so I cut it off right below the waistband. The full lining would work for a heavier fabric, but the Nani Iro is too lightweight for a full lining. Because I am 6 feet tall, the full width of the fabric (41/42 inches) was a perfect width. For the hem, I just turned the selvedge under 1/4 inch and stitched it down.Now I’m ready to face the heat of summer (which makes my hair curl!!) in my new, lightweight Nani Iro maxi skirt. Have you ever sewn with double gauze? Please share how you got over the fear of cutting it!
This is a sweater refashion we really love!
As I mentinoned last week, I found a hooded sweater in the women’s section at Goodwill, but couldn’t even fit my arms into the sleeves. When Annie tried it on, the sleeves fit around, but were too long (as was the sweater in general) and one of the cuffs was shredded. After thinking about it for awhile, I decided the previous owner must have shrunk it in the wash because I’m pretty sure no human is sized like an adult in arms and height, but like a 5 year old around! So suffice it to say, this sweater refashion took quite a bit of work!
I wanted to keep as many existing seams as possible because this sweater is acrylic and started to shed as soon as I cut into it. Also, any new seams I made had to be finished with a zig zag stitch on the raw edges.
I used the Mademoiselle Muscle Tee pattern to make this sweater into a vest. I laid my front pattern piece on the front of the sweater and cut around the top only.
Then I flipped the sweater over to the back and cut around the top of the back piece, flipping the pattern piece over when I got to the middle.
When I got over to the front, I repeated the first step.
From there, I stitched my shoulders together. Then I cut the binding trim off the hood and shortened it to use as trim around the new neckline.
With the remaining hood binding and the cuffs, I was able to make the sleeve bindings you see on the finished vest.
The only thing left to do was to take off the top button and stitch shut the top button hole with a zig zag stitch.
There was another refashion included in this outfit. The skirt has shorts under it. Instead of making a whole new pair, I simply cut off a pair of leggings that were too short for Annie and had a hole in one knee.
I didn’t even hem these because this knit won’t fray and is hidden under the skirt. Annie loves how they are attached to the skirt!
So there you have it, a new, refashioned outfit!
Today we have a free pattern, a refashion and the next skirt for All The Skirts: Jocole and Urban Sew all wrapped up in one sweet little package! We usually say this about everything we make, but we think this is probably the cutest outfit we’ve made yet! Let’s take them in order from top to bottom.
As we mentioned yesterday, February’s challenge from Project Run & Play was the Mademoiselle Muscle Tee from Susan of Living With Punks. We used that pattern to create Annie’s shirt. The pattern comes in a size 5, and that fit Annie perfectly.
To the main pattern, we added sleeves and a cowl neck, both from the Bimaa pattern. Annie wears the Bimaa we made her for January’s bubble hem challenge almost constantly, so we were pretty sure she’d be delighted to get a similar shirt. We also extended the cuffs from the original Bimaa as Annie’s arms seem to be longer than every pattern!
I used the rest of the ivory knit fabric from JoAnn’s purchased to make myself this top, and almost didn’t have enough! I had to piece one of the sleeves, but Annie either hasn’t noticed or it doesn’t bother her.
The sweater vest is the refashion. I found a hooded sweater in the women’s section at Goodwill, but couldn’t even fit my arms into the sleeves. When Annie tried it on, the sleeves fit around, but were too long (as was the sweater in general) and one of the cuffs was shredded. So suffice it to say, this piece took quite a bit of work to make the sweet little vest you see here! I used the Mademoiselle Muscle Tee pattern to make this vest too!
The skirt is Jocole’s Ruffle Skirt. But this is no plain old ruffle skirt! There is a yoke, an option for shorts or bloomers, and it comes sized from doll, then preemie to 5 years.
I really enjoyed making this skirt! It was easy and offered both pattern pieces or measurements for cutting out the skirt.
True to form for a Jocole pattern, there were lots of different options included in this pattern. For example, there are 3 different gathering methods explained. I chose to do the one I’d never tried before, and from now on I’ll be gathering fabric that way! It was lightening fast and easy!
We also used the instructions for adding shorts underneath the skirt; both Annie and I love this!
Annie also had to check the skirt for twirl ability…it passed!
I love how the dots change from large to small around the width (rather than length) of the skirt.
The fabric used to make the Jocole Ruffle Skirt is Nani Iro Woodblock Print sent to us by Urban Sew. This is by far the most special fabric I’ve ever worked with. Seriously! I’m already plotting what to make for myself with some Nani Iro fabric. It is beyond soft, and does not wrinkle like I thought it would.
This skirt may be a little fuller than the original pattern, but when I saw and felt the pure luxury that is this Nani Iro fabric, I just could NOT cut any of it out. So I simply cut it into two rectangles and used the full piece.
I happened to have the perfect matching fabric in my stash for the yoke piece, since I’d used all the Nani Iro fabric for the ruffle part of the skirt!
You can enter our giveaway to win 3 patterns of your choice from Jocole and a $40 gift certificate to Urban Sew. Remember, every item you link up to the Jocole and Urban Sew link up is now worth 5 entries!
If we make it to the top 10 in Project Run & Play on either of our entries, we will have a tutorial for the sweater refashion, some outtakes from both photo shoots, and a Sew My Stash 2015 Reality check for both Project Run & Play February entries, and last but not least, we’ll reveal what Mr Skirt Fixation contributed to this photo shoot!