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Modifying a dress to a peplum top

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

Today we’re over at CaliFabrics sharing all about our surprising love for this Earth Floral London Calling cotton lawn fabric.  Go check it out!

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

But we wanted to share a little bit about how we modified the Apple Picking Dress pattern by Oliver+S into a peplum, just like we did last time we made this pattern for Annie.  That one turned out to be such a favorite of hers that when she finally outgrew it, I promised to make her another one.

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

Here’s the short and easy tutorial that will actually work for any drop waist dress, or you could easily do this with any dress with a waistband seam.

Measure from neck to waist, and shorten the bodice front and back pieces accordingly.  You will also need to shorten any placket pieces by the same amount.

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

Then for the Apple Picking pattern, we just used the 1st ruffle only instead of both ruffles.  Ta-da!  Fast, easy, on trend, and suuuuuper cute!

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

Of course, since there was leftover fabric scraps, I had to sew up a matching bubble skirt for the baby!    And the scraps of the scraps, I sewed a bonnet and the heart on Baby’s shirt.

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

In fact, this cute floral fabric inspired a whole capsule wardrobe for baby, which I’ll be telling you more about very soon!

That’s it for today…short and sweet, just like the peplum!  Go check out our full post with lots more photos of these two over at CaliFabrics.

 

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Boy Raglans and Boy Antics

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I love these two boys and I love sewing for these two boys!  This project was born out of the need to do some scrap busting.  You see, my friend and fellow tall seamstress over at Sew Journers put out a free spreadsheet called Stash Shrinker.  The idea is to choose a multiplier and only buy fabric when you use up a certain amount of fabric so you can shrink instead of grow your stash.  Well I set my multiplier rather high.  My goal is to sew 5 times the amount of fabric I buy until I sew 100 yards, and then change my multiplier to 2.  Yes, my stash is large, and I’m serious about shrinking it!  And then something else happened.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

One day I decided to refold and sort my knit fabric, and Aria kindly stuck by my side through the whole project.  She was very insistent I get rid of scraps smaller than 1 yard and fabric we’d never use.  It was all very encouraging and inspiring to end up with only useable cuts of fabric, just ready and waiting to be chosen and sewn!

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I did talk Aria into letting me keep a few scraps that were smaller than 1 yard, but only as many as could fill a small box and only if I had a purpose for them!  That’s when these 2 Oliver + S Field Trip raglan tees were planned.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

The green fabric is organic bamboo cotton jersey fabric left from an unblogged Skyline Skort.  It’s super soft and very lovely to sew.  I wanted to sew similar shirts for the boys without being identical.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

David’s shirt is sewn from the green bamboo knit and gray double knit fabric leftover from making this Jade skirt for Allegra.  David is a great older brother, he’s so kind and patient most fo the time with his younger brother.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Little brother Lowell’s shirt is sewn from the green bamboo knit and the gray knit fabric leftover from this skirt of Allegra’s, I think!

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Photoshoots with these two are always a blast.  From showing me their muscles, to putting their hands in the wrong pockets, to laughing uproariously at the bunny ears on the photographer, there’s never a lack of photos to choose from.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

We use this raglan pattern to make the boys tees often, and it’s really good.  My only complaint is the neckband.  We’ve added 1/2” to the width and that has kept it from rolling to the inside.  But now it seems to stick up away from their necks.  It’s only a tiny thing, but I’m going to keep working toward getting a perfect neckband for this pattern.  The boys are not complaining…they both welcome the new shirts!

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French Terry Pajamas

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

And we’re back!  In the next few weeks we get to reveal some really big projects we’ve been working on, and we’re so excited.  So stay tuned…

Today we’re sharing some french terry pajamas!  Because there was quite a lot of pj time over the past few weeks with holidays, non-school days, and even some sick-ish, lounging around days.  So we were very glad to have brand new, comfortable pajamas for these days!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Back in the fall, I bought some of the VERY popular oatmeal french terry fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  And to go with it, I got some limited printing autumn floral rose fabric.  I knew exactly what I wanted to sew with these fabrics (for once!) and just needed an opening in my sewing queue.  (This floral is gone now, but check out everything else printed on the luscious oatmeal french terry base!)

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the autumn floral rose french terry (which is printed on the oatmeal french terry base) I sewed myself a Halifax Hoodie, view D.  I used the oatmeal for the pocket and the cowl.  Let me assure you, this hoodie is as comfortable as it looks.  And then some!  For the pull tie in the cowl, I used some 3/16” “magic rope” I have in my sewing room, and it’s the perfect match.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With the main part of the oatmeal fabric, I sewed myself a pair of Hudson Pants.  This pattern is by True Bias, and I’m probably the last person in the sewing community to make myself a pair.  But hey, I’ve been focused on skirts!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Before cutting into the good oatmeal french terry fabric, I made  muslin from some cotton jersey from Girl Charlee.  For giggles, above is the before and after photo of my pre-muslin adjustments to the pattern piece.  Because the pattern designer helpfully included the finished inseam as 28” and mine is 36”, I knew I had to add 8” to start with!  It’s not a good idea to add all the length at the bottom hem, so I added 3” in the thigh, 3” at the calf, and 2” at the hem.  After sewing the muslin, I decided I also needed to add 1.5” to the rise at the top of the pants.  The oatmeal Hudson Pants are just a little too long, but I figure with wash and wear they might shrink, and I’m NOT going to complain about extra length!

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

The waistband of the Hudson Pants are so comfortable, and I used the same “magic rope” for the drawstring here as well.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s been established that as the Fabric Scrooge, I like to use up the leftover scraps!  With the leftover floral french terry fabric, I sewed some Oliver + S Parachute Pants for Annie.  She really needed new pajama pants, and she says they are the most comfortable pair she’s ever had!  I made her a size 10 width, and a size 12 for length.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

It turns out that a size 8 for width would have been better, but I fixed it by adding a drawstring to the waist, just like mine.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

And since there were tiny little scraps of the floral french terry left, Baby got a tiny pair of size 12-18 month Parachute Polo Pants too!  The floral fabric is on the side contrast stripes, and the main fabric is leftover from Annie’s Ila Dress.

French Terry Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby is wildly adorable in them, and she happened to be wearing them the other night when the below video happened!  Not even 10 months, and already racing to keep up with all her older siblings.

Leave us a comment below, what do you wear on lounging around days?  How early did your baby walk?

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Corduroy Sandbridge Skirt and Baby Dress

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

Today we’ve got a fun post for you about some of our fabric fabrics and patterns.  Corduroy was one of the first fabrics I fell in love with when I first started sewing, and all these years later, I’m still in love and sewing with it often!  We’re going to share pattern details here, so please check out our post over at CaliFabrics to discover more about the fabrics we used to make these clothes!

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

The first thing I sewed from this corduroy fabric was a skirt, of course!  From the first time I made the Sandbridge Skirt, I changed just 2 things to make this great skirt pattern work better for me.  The first thing I did was to add 2 more inches to the hem, bringing it to a total of 24” in length.  It hits just at the knee, and is perfect for fall layered with leggings and boots.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

The other modification I made to the Sandbridge Skirt pattern was to made a slightly more aline shape by adding 1.5” to the width of the each skirt pattern piece at the hem, starting below the bottom of the pocket bag and angling out to the hem.  It was very simple to do, and this shape allows me to break into a dead run whenever I need to catch a child from falling out of a tree or rescue the cat’s tail from the toy dump truck races.  Or any other imaginable events occurring on a daily basis among my tribe of 8 kids.

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And if you don’t mind taking a look at my *ahem* backside, you really must check out the fantastic embroidery Allegra sewed on the back pocket for me.  She used floss colors in shades from the shirt fabric.  After she was done, I ironed on a piece of interfacing to protect the inside of the embroidery.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

The t-shirt is the new updated Union St. Tee made in double brushed poly.  This is the 2nd time I’ve made the updated version, and there will be many more.  In fact, I’ve got a whole pile of fabric waiting to be sewn into Union St. Tees, so be prepared!  You can read our thoughts on the update here.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

And now, the part you’ve been waiting for, Baby’s dress!  This photo above looks like she is excited for your attention too!  As I had enough corduroy fabric left over to make her a dress, I absolutely couldn’t refuse.  I used the Family Reunion Dress pattern by Oliver + S.  We’ve sewn up this pattern in the larger size to make a top for Annie here.  We love the classic lines and delicate features of this pattern.  The pin tuck pleats and button up back are two feature that we’re smitten over!  I used these wood buttons.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

I sewed a size 12 months for Baby, hoping for a little added length.  When I held up the dress to her before hemming, I could see she was going to grow out of it in no time flat, so instead of putting the hem facing inside the dress, I added it to the length at the bottom.  Hopefully this will make the dress last a couple more months!

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

And with the very, very, very last bits of scraps we sewed a reversible bonnet for Baby!  The fabric on the reverse is left over from another one of Annie’s shirts.  I don’t have photographic evidence, but I also used it as the trim inside my skirt too.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

But this bonnet is utterly adorable, and Baby looks equally cute in either side!  (Psst, if you want a bonnet, but don’t want to make one, check out our bonnet shop, Savvy Noggins!)

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

If you love Baby’s moccasin boots, you can grab similar ones here.  And my boots can be found here.

That ‘s it for us today.  We appreciate you reading and following along with our sewing adventures.  If you have time, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Parachute Polo Dresses

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

Everyone here is so excited about today’s post!  You see, when Baby was born and she was a girl, Annie got all excited about matching with her little sister!

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

I’ve sewn these 2 girls a couple of matching dresses using scraps from dresses I’d already sewn for Annie.  But this was the 1st time we got to PLAN and EXECUTE on the matching dresses theme!

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

We started with the Parachute Polo Shirt pattern by Oliver+S and made Parachute Polo Dresses.  We happen to have both size ranges of this pattern since we’ve been sewing it up for the boys.  And so we made a 12 month size for Baby and a size 8 for Annie.

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

To make Baby’s Parachute Polo Shirt into a dress, we just added a gathered rectangle at the bottom.

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

Annie’s was a little more difficult, because we wanted to go a little longer with it.  We used the same general idea as this tutorial from Oliver+S but made 2 tiers instead of 3.  As an added benefit, there is another layer to the skirt part of the dress, due to the striped fabric being semi-sheer.

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

One thing I did different form the pattern was to use knit fabric for the collar and placket instead of woven as suggested.  There reason is that the Parachute Polo Shirt’s we’ve made for the boys require pressing of the collar after washing, and the knit won’t need it!  Because it’s interfaced, it still stands up nicely though.

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is from Girl Charlee.  It’s currently sold out, but if you love wide stripes like I do, you might try this one.

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

Since this fabric was lighter weight, and I didn’t want to bother with hemming, I only hemmed the bottom of the dresses, and left the sleeves and Annie’s upper tier unhemmed.  Knits for the win!

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

In a fun little challenge for myself, I not only matched the stripes at the side seams, but I matched the buttons to the stripes!  I considered contrast buttons, or a colored button, but I really wanted the silhouettes of these dresses to shine.

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

Baby and Annie had so much fun with this Parachute Polo dresses photo shoot!  They couldn’t stop giggling and laughing and playing!

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

It’s going to be so fun sewing for these girls in the next few years.

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

Leave us a comment…what do you think about dressing kids in matching clothing?

Parachute Polo shirt pattern made into dresses by Skirt Fixation

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Future Dreamer Pajamas {Sewing for Kindergarten}

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

Kindergarten mini wardrobe sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final outfit from our Sewing For Kindergarten mini wardrobe is these pajamas.  I’m not sure why a simple pair of pajamas was so fun to make, but this ended up being one of my favorite pieces from the wardrobe.  This outfit was actually the fastest sew of the whole group.  Maybe it was because the photo shoot was so fun.

Future dreamer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

When I made the shirt for the pajamas, I intended that David would wear it with all or any of the other clothes in the mini wardrobe, and boy does he ever wear this shirt!  I used the Field Trip raglan t-shirt pattern by Oliver + S, and the only change I made was to widen the neckband.  This is my usual change to this pattern as I found the original neckband tended to fold over after wear.

Future dreamer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

David spent a long time choosing which of the constellations to have featured on the pocket.  He didn’t know what each of the animals were, but after I showed him some photos, he decided the bobcat was the one!  It’s really fun to use the pocket as an accent feature because of the cute rounded pocket shape.

Future dreamer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pajama pants are Made Everyday’s Kid Shorts pattern and I was so glad I had enough fabric to lengthen them to pants.  That will make them more suitable for fall and winter sleeping.

Future dreamer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

I added a little piece of tractor ribbon to the back of the pajama pants so David can tell which is the front and back of them.

Future dreamer pajamas 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 (affiliate links)

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 dreamer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

As I mentioned before, this photo shoot was a very fun one!  In the afternoons, the lighting is just perfect across the bed where my oldest son sleeps.  I made him this stunning quilt from his old jeans, and you can read more about the whole thing here.

Future dreamer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

The combination of the quilt, the pajamas, and a 5 year old alternating between trying to pretend he was sleeping and trying to play the harmonica as he was jumping on the bed made for a super fun photo shoot.

Future dreamer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

What simple thing have you made lately that pleased you greatly?

 

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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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Bringing home our Crafting Con Post

This week is Kids Clothes Week where lots of people sew clothes for their kids!  Since ALL the sewing I’m doing this week for kids is secret sewing that I can’t share on the blog yet, I thought I’d bring home some posts we’ve published elsewhere.  That way I can sew to my heart’s content!  Please enjoy this post first published on Crafting Con for the Games theme.

Hello Crafting Con fans!  We’re the gals from Skirt Fixation, and we’re delighted to be here today with our Board Games look.  When we saw who our fellow competitors were going to be, we got really scared and knew we were going to have to up our game.  So we opted for the oldest, most thought provoking board game to ever challenge mankind, CHESS!  We knew this was going to be intense, and we had to make every move count or we would find ourselves checkmated.  Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConChess is always played by 2 people, so we needed 2 outfits for our 2 players.  A black one vs a white one.  Check.  A boy vs a girl.  Check.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConSince white always goes first, and our girl is representing white, we’ll start with her outfit.  Plus it includes a skirt, and skirts is what we do!  Since we are currently sewing up ALL the Oliver + S skirts, we were looking for an excuse to sew the free Lazy Days skirt.  This skirt is the perfect palette for a game of chess.  Check.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAfter sewing on a strip of checkered fabric, we stenciled on two complete white chess sets, one on each the front and the back, in the proper setup order.  After all, this is Crafting Con, which is for nerds, and nerds would immediately notice if the chess pieces weren’t in the right set up.  So proper chess order it was.  Check. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting Con

For her top, we sewed up a simple staple piece, the Oliver + S Metro shirt.  Chess is all about strategy, and our girl was very strategic in trying to create an outfit she could wear everyday after the photo shoot.  Check.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConOur boy is representing the black chess pieces.  It was pretty obvious he needed a Knight Hoodie, and so to settle the chess theme once and for all, we used our tutorial to reverse appliqué the knight chess piece onto the back of his Knight Hoodie.  Check. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConA boy can’t go around pant-less, so we sewed him a pair of Oliver+S Field Trip Cargo Pants.  These pants are very labor intensive, and require the seamstress to slow down and think; just like chess.  Check. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConAll the topstitching is doubled to echo the chess dual happening.  Check.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConNext came the photo shoot.  Chess has been around for so long that it’s a reoccurring theme in many books, movies, and events.  Think of the chess scenes in 2 Harry Potter movies, R2D2 vs Chewbacca, the mysterious opponent in The Westing Game, Alice In Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.

Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConWe threw around location ideas; a castle to represent the rook, a church to represent the bishop, a concrete parking garage to represent modern day chess.  But we finally narrowed it down to an Alice In Wonderland feel.  Check. Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConSince the outfits were all in black and white, of course, we felt a red clover field would add some color and texture and interest to the photos.  A caricature of the seriousness of chess and the players black and white outfits.     Fiction vs. Reality.  Check.

Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting Con

All that was left was to determine which chess board to use.  (We have three!)  In the end, the players felt the American Revolution chess set would play off the Ancient vs. Modern theme we had going on.  Check.

These two got very competitive (after all, the stage had been set!) and they didn’t even notice the way I moved them around as if they were my pawns; turn this way, stand there, sit here, move to the left, step forward, put your leg back.  In the end, and it was very, very close, this time white triumphed over black.  Checkmate.Chess outfits created and sewn by Skirt Fixation for Crafting ConPlease visit us over at Skirt Fixation where we have the free chess pieces templates so you can make  your own chess themed clothing.  And more photos, and a detailed review of each of these patterns.

In Summary:

Black Chess Look:

Top Pattern: Knight Hoodie from Charming Doodle

Top Fabric: Gray sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee

Pants Pattern: Oliver+S Field Trip Cargo Pants

Pants Fabric: Lightweight black twill from our stash

White Chess Look:

Top Pattern: Oliver+S women’s Metro T-shirt

Top Fabric: Black jersey knit from Girl Charlee

Skirt Pattern: Oliver+S Lazy Days skirt

Skirt Fabric: Black cotton from the stash

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Project Sew It – June

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

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There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

For the next entry in Project Sew It – my version, I sewed 2 garments for a nephew and niece.  They don’t share the same birthday, it’s just that Aunt Audrey is a little behind…again!

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

Since my first entry in Project Sew It was for siblings, and this month it’s the same, I thought it would be fun to again make some garments that are matching, but not too much!

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

I started with a Parachute Polo for my nephew, O.  I could hardly believe he is wearing such a big size when his Mom sent me his measurements!  And just like the first time, I decided to save time and sew 2 shirts at one time.  So when I was making David his polar bear Parachute Polo, I also sewed one for O.

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

Now I have to pause for a moment of honesty here.  When I chose this fabric to make this shirt, I decided to use it up because I wasn’t too fond of the color.  It’s fantastic fabric, Birch Organic knit fabric from Fabric Worm.  But the color just wasn’t doing anything for me.  Then I went hunting in my stash for a coordinating color for the collar.  There just wasn’t anything in the brown or green or even colors that was floating my boat.  But when I grabbed the blue (leftover from Aria’s Kelly Skirt) and wham!  I was in love with this shirt!  I really, really had to force myself to mail it off to my nephew I ended up loving it that much.

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

It was that fabric guiding the gift for his sister, T.  I don’t get to see these kids as much as I’d like, but from photos I see of them, I’ve gotten the impression that T is all girl and loves to dress in a feminine way.  With that in mind, I returned to my latest favorite skirt pattern for girl’s, Thread Faction #106.  I chose this light knit fabric for 2 reasons, it coordinated with the Parachute Polo shirt I’d just made, and for the hack I was planning.

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

For this version of Thread Faction #106, I made it a double layer skirt by cutting out 2 skirts, a pair of shorts, and attaching them both into the waistband at that step.  Easy and stunning effect!

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

I used some of the fabric from the Parachute Polo for the waistband of this skirt to cement in the matching status of the two items.

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Here is T modeling her new skirt!

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Isn’t she such a beautiful young lady!

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And here is little O looking so dapper in his new shirt!

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His Mom says his shirt fits as if it was custom made for him! 😉