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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! 😉

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Polar Bear Parachute Polo

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
The Parachute Polo is one of our favorite patterns to sew for boys.  Oliver+S created this great little pattern.  It comes with a polo shirt pattern and a sweat pants pattern. We’ve made both of them several times!

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
The very first time we sewed the Parachute Polo shirt, we used some special animal fabric from Birch Organics and created matching shirts for the two youngest boys. Well, as boys do, they grew. So much so that the bigger shirt now fits the younger boy and the smaller shirt doesn’t fit either one.

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
The older brother was feeling a little left out when his little brother wears his “elephant shirt” even though he has an airplane shirt and a striped shirt to match Mommy made from this pattern. So obviously another animal shirt was in order!  This time we made David a size 4, the largest size in the smaller size range. It’s time to buy the next size range because we’re not going to stop sewing these any time soon!

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We got some more fabulous organic knit fabric designed by Birch Organics and purchased at Peekaboo Pattern Shop called Bear Hike Blue. (affiliate link)  It is just as amazingly soft as you can ever imagine.  Add a little white pop for the collar and buttons, and now the brothers can be matching again!  In these photos David is wearing the Parachute Polo with his Classic Chinos we sewed for him.

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
If you read any of our other reviews of the Parachute Polo pattern, you’ll know that aside from the 1st time we sewed it and couldn’t keep our lefts and rights straight, this pattern produces a perfect polo shirt time after time after time!

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

David is such a kick when it comes to taking photos. He loves to think up new poses and then laugh and laugh and laugh! We always end up with way more unusable photos than blog worthy ones, partially due to the photographer jiggling the camera as they laugh…

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
We’re linking this sweet little shirt up to the Make Laundry Don’t Do Laundry blog tour. You should check it out, it’s really as fun as it sounds! And besides, what’s more fun than sewing a new garment?

Parachute Polo Shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Vineyard Vines Girl’s Seersucker Skirt {Buy or DIY}

Girls' Seersucker skirt DIY

Today we have another Buy or DIY skirt for you! This time we’re showing you how you can make a skirt for a little girl for WAY less than retail price.  Which matters because she’s going to outgrow it!

Girls' Seersucker skirt DIY

Our skirt pick of the day is a girl’s seersucker whale embroidered skirt from Vintage Vines.  Seersucker is a great fabric to use for the hot summer months.  This is a really sweet a-line summer skirt and here’s how you can make it for less.  Much less.

Girl’s Seersucker Skirt Details:

Vineyard Vines Skirt: Embroidered Seersucker Whales Skirt

Fabric Recommendation: Robert Kaufman Embroidered Seersucker Whale Fabric  If you like the look of the pink embroidered creatures, try this Robert Kaufman Embroidered Seersucker Lobster Fabric.

Pattern Recommendation:  Oliver+S Sunday Brunch A-line Skirt

Girl’s Seersucker Skirt Math:

Vineyard Vines skirt: $65 retail price.

Fabric needed: 3/4 yards at $11.68 per yard

Pattern: $13.95

Total $: $22.71 for DIY

Total Savings: $42.29

Wow, the DIY wins for sure!! You’ll be winning too if you make some little girl this cute Oliver+S Sunday Brunch skirt.  And we’d like to point out that the Oliver + S skirt has pockets.  And it comes with a darling jacket pattern too.  So, bonus!  We’ve made them both and we can assure this is an amazing pattern.

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Day 3 Floral Radiograph Fabric Blog Tour & $50 Giveaway

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

Floral Radiograph Fabric Blog Tour

Today’s stop on the Floral Radiograph Fabric blog tour is little old me.  Forgive me for sounding like a proud parent for a minute here, but I really love the black and white versions of the fabric I designed.  And I really love the colored versions too!

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

It was excruciatingly painful to decide which color to choose for this blog tour.  Finally I settled on green simply because my daughter has requested more green in her closet.

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

I chose to have this design printed on voile fabric.  It’s light and flow and perfect for a summer outfit.  The green fabric for the skirt and contrast on the top is a lightweight corduroy, also great for summer.  This outfit will extend into fall too, as long as she doesn’t outgrow it!

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

So armed with my fabrics, I went looking through my patterns for the perfect one to showcase this fabric.  With a border print fabric, you can’t have a curved hemline.  It’s probably no great shock that I chose an Oliver+S pattern.  Or that I chose my favorite Oliver+S pattern, the 2+2 blouse and skirt!

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

I absolutely love this pattern.  Every time I sew it, I enjoy every step.  It’s like piecing a jigsaw puzzle.  You just take it slow and feel pleased as every piece falls into place!

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

The 2+2 blouse has a mostly straight hemline, with the fun added visual interest at the neckline.  I am really pleased with how nice this outfit turned out!

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

The only change I made to the 2+2 pattern was to make an invisible hem rather than stitch a straight line.  This is so there isn’t a a white line of horizontal stitching across the border print flowers at the bottom.

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

Using corduroy for the 2+2 skirt means you end up with softer pleats.  When you use quilting cotton (like I did here) the pleats end up really crisp.  But I think for this outfit, and the soft floral fabric design I was using, corduroy was the right choice.

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

I can just imagine this outfit in all 8 colors of the fabric I designed!  Too bad Annie doesn’t really need more clothes of this sort at the moment.  You can go to this page here to see all the fabric I designed.

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

Now I simply must share a few things about the photographs in this post.  As you can tell, they are a departure from our usual iPhone photography.

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

I had the opportunity and great pleasure to meet up with Carrie, of Beri Bee Designs.  She has a big, fancy camera, and a big heart too!

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

She suggested a place and a time, and made the magic happen!  I’m really, really in awe of her talent.  Thanks, Carrie!

Floral Radiograph Fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

Please enter the giveaway for a chance to win $50 from My Fabric Designs.  And return tomorrow for the next stop on the Floral Radiograph Fabric blog tour.  You are going to be blown away!
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65 Oliver + S Patterns

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!

65 ya’ll!  That’s how many garments we made using an Oliver + S pattern in 2015!   You can see them all over in our Flickr account, or by perusing the tag Oliver+S here on our blog.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!

And we’re not stopping our infatuation with Oliver+S patterns anytime soon!  We’ve already sewn 3 garments using an Oliver+S pattern in 2016.  So prepare yourself to see more Oliver+S goodness, all year long.  Today we’re being featured on the Oliver+S blog with all the versions of the Parachute Polo we’ve sewn, don’t miss it!

That’s all for now, it’s off to sew some more Oliver + S patterns for us, how about you?

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Boys Look from Nothing But (k)Net

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!

Yesterday we got to share our Nothing But (k)Net look for the Project Run & Play week 1 sew along.  We summarized our boy look as follows:

Boys outfits:
Shirts pattern: Oliver + S Parachute Polo

Shirt fabric: Mabel Madison (sold out, try this airplane fabric instead)
Sweatpants pattern: Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants
Sweatpants fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Navy Fabric & Sweatshirt Fleece Charcoal Fabric

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

But we have so much more to share with you, including a deluge of photos!

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

This is the 3rd time I’ve used the Oliver + S Parachute Polo pattern to make these two boys matching shirts.  I made only one change to the pattern this time; I narrowed the sleeves at the bottom.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

The first time I made these shirts, I made short sleeves, so it wasn’t an issue.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

When I made them the long sleeved striped shirts, I discovered the wrists were a bit floppy, hence the change.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

The contrast fabric on the shirt collars, plackets and pocket is some blue linen from the stash.  Although you can use a knit fabric for these three places on the shirt, I like to use a woven because it helps stabilize these potentially tricky spots.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

To help differentiate between the two shirts for dressing purposes, I made the buttons different colors on the two shirts.  David (or Dawg in yesterday’s story!) got navy blue buttons and Baby got white ones.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

Do you see the differences in the Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants?  David/Dawg’s are gray with a blue side stripe and Baby’s are blue with a gray side stripe.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

If Baby’s Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants look familiar it’s because he’s wearing the pair I made his older brother in this blog post in October.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

I know they fit him partly because of the elastic around the ankles makes them not too long, but would someone please make my baby’s growth slow down?

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

I did lengthen David/Dawg’s sweatpants by a couple of inches because while the other pair still fits him, he’s growing too, and it won’t be long until they’re too short.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

These boys have been eating, sleeping and playing in these pants.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

They must be super comfortable because they barely let me take them off for laundering, and then put them on straight out of the dryer!

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

Baby has taken to wearing a hat.  He calls all hats “cowboy hat.”  He likes to change the angle to a rakish angle now and then.  Obviously, I’m completely wrapped around his tiny finger!

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

The boys had so much fun this day with this photoshoot.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

Allegra took all the photos, and at one point I saw her laying flat on the ground to get a good shot!  Totally worth it, too.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

The lighting was perfect, and she edited all the photos for the grunge/street scene photos too.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

I love how the whole photo essay yesterday turned out so artistically.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

Come back tomorrow for more about the girl look from our Nothing But (k)Net sewing event.