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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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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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Summer Pajamas

Summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

Summer pajamas

This week I decided to make summer pajamas for some of my kids.  Two of my older boys decided they didn’t need Mom to sew them a new pair of “fun” summer pajamas, but the other 5 were interested.  I had ordered some fun fabric panels from Peekaboo Pattern Shop with summer pajamas in mind.  I just love the fabric she designs, and used it as inspiration for 4 of the 5 pairs of summer pajamas.

Summer pajamas for teen girl by Skirt Fixation

Allegra received a really fun pair of pajamas.  I used the Lane Raglan to make her a fun graphic tee from the Crazy Hair Don’t Care panel from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  From the coordinating knit fabric, I sewed her a pair of summer pajama shorts using the Skyline Skort pattern and omitting the skirt.  (Irony from Skirt Fixation!)  The shorts fabric is currently sold out, but look at all these other fun fabrics designed by Peekaboo Pattern Shop!

Summer pajamas for teen girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Aria chose some french terry fabric for her summer pajamas.  French terry is perfect for summer pajamas due to the breathability of the fabric.  The shorts pattern is again the Skyline Skort with the skirt omitted.  The french terry fabric is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The top is also a Lane Raglan from french terry which was a dress in it’s former life!  This set is the softest ever…and I think she’ll be wearing the shirt outside of bedtime as well.  I know I would!

Summer pajamas for girl

When I saw this fabric panel at Peekaboo Pattern Shop, I knew it would be perfect for Annie.  For her top, I lengthened the Camden Raglan to tunic length and used some more of a skirt I had in the refashion pile for the red striped fabric.

summer pajamas for girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the bottoms, I used Lil Luxe Collection’s Slim Trousers pattern and the remnants of another blue striped skirt.  Annie sewed on the buttons on the back faux star pockets on the back, and there you have the perfect summer pajamas for Annie!

Matching summer pajamas for boys sewn by Skirt Fixation

The little boys had to have something semi matching.  When I ordered the I Want S’More fabric panel (sold out, but check out these other cute ones!) from Peekaboo Pattern Shop and the coordinating s’mores fabric I hadn’t planned on making each boy a set of pajamas.

Boys summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

But then when everyone was getting some summer pajamas, and I had enough fabric to make two pairs of shorts, I had to try to make another shirt.  Allegra wrote the words with a white fabric marker and eyeballed the stick.

Boys summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

I appliquéd on some marshmallows and stitched around Allegra’s art work.  For the shirt pattern, I used the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan Tee.  The shorts pattern are Kid Shorts from Made.

Summer pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation

With some marathon sewing, in two days 5 of my kids had new summer pajamas.  Plus I snuck in a new pair of summer pajama shorts for me, also using the Skyline Skort pattern and some black sweatshirt fleece.  It’s a good thing because now I think I need to go take a nap!

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New Year’s Resolution #1 Update

New Years Resolution #1 update

If you remember waaaay back to January when we posted our New Year’s Resolutions, I only had 2 goals.  I’ve added a 3rd with Project Sew It, but I figured if I keep it simple, I’m more likely to succeed, right?

New Years Resolution #1 update

So this rather short blog post is to show the progress I’ve made on one of those goal: sew something for Mr. Skirt Fixation.  He requested a pair of shorts for pjs.  So I traced his favorite pair of ready to wear shorts, and made him a new pair.  He likes the fit.  I haven’t seen him wearing them too often, but he says he’s waiting for warmer weather, so we’ll see.

New Years Resolution #1 update

Oh, and I’ve also hemmed 2 pairs of jeans for him, but that hardly counts and wasn’t what I meant with my New Year’s Resolution.  If you’re a fellow seamstress, you’ll appreciate how much I must care for Mr. Skirt Fixation by fulfilling his hemming request!  Also, I still want to make something for Mr. Skirt Fixation that’s a little more complicated than this, but I decided to test the waters with this easy one!

New Years Resolution #1 update

The other handmade item in today’s post is a pair for pj pants I made for Thomas.  Remember when I intended to make him a horse pair but messed up the fabric and his younger brothers profited?  Well, since I still owed him pj pants, I made him these for Valentines Day.  He loves them, as evidenced by the severe amount of pilling already on these!  I seriously had to sneak them away to get a photograph.  So much for my policy of not giving the item to the recipient until I’ve photographed it for the blog!  Also, these pj pants and the above shorts for Mr. Skirt Fixation attest to the fact that my ability to trace RTW clothing is improving.  I really would love to use a pattern for PJs, so leave me your favorite, both kid and adult, in the comments below.

Newborn Toggenburg goat from the Skirt Fixation farm

And finally, this is not a handmade item, but pretty high on the awwwww factor scale, so you’re welcome!  Spring on the farm has arrived!

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Pajama Pants (Sorry, no skirts today!)

Pajamas sewn by Skirt Fixation. All fabric and pattern sources listed.

Tis the season to make pajamas!  Last year I made pajama pants for (almost) all of my kids, and this year I decided to treat myself to some new pajamas.

Pajama set sewn by Skirt Fixation

When you are a 6 foot tall woman, pajama pants that fit just don’t exist unless you’re willing to put forth some large amounts of money or make them yourself.  The last (and only) pair I bought for myself more years ago than I can remember were so worn out that it finally came down to Mr. Skirt Fixation throwing them away.  Yeah, they were really that bad!  So this time I decided to sew some for myself.

I turned to one of my favorite pattern companies, Jocole.  You may remember when we sewed up all their skirt patterns for All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew.  They don’t have a pajama pattern, but I was pretty sure their Ladies Basic Leggings pattern could be modified into exactly what I wanted.  I added a cuff to the bottom of the leggings and BAM!  instant pajama pants.   (It was super SUPER easy to do, and I’ve got a tutorial for how to add cuffs to the Basic Leggings pattern on the Jocole blog today.)

I did make one other modification to the Ladies Basic Leggings pattern.  The finished inseam (without the cuff) is 30 inches.  My inseam is 36 inches.  So I added 5 inches and the cuff, and these are actually long enough!  I’m so delighted I’m ready to whip up another 5000 pairs for myself!  This pattern comes in sizes XS to XXXL, so it’s pretty much going to work for anyone.  And with just one pattern piece, the prep work goes like lightening. I love the way the elastic waist is inserted, and as with all Jocole patterns we’ve sewn, the instructions are thorough and well illustrated.

Pajama Pants tutorial by Skirt Fixation

For a pajama shirt, I turned to one of my most comfortable shirt patterns, the Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade.  I’ve made this pattern so many times it was fast and easy to whip out another shirt.  Here are 5 reasons why the Lane Raglan makes a perfect pajama shirt: 1-no itchy shoulder seams.  2-long sleeves for cold winter nights. 3-cuffs to keep the sleeves in place while you’re sleeping. 4-waistband keeps the shirt down while you’re sleeping. 5-perfect neckband, not too tight, not too loose, juuuuust right!  (I used the updated neckband this time, and the neckband came out perfectly!!)

Pajama set sewn by Skirt Fixation

For my pajama fabric, I turned to Craftsy.  Did you know that as well as offering classes and patterns (like our FREE Pegasus Skirt pattern) they also have crafting supplies?  When I saw this rayon knit ombre knit fabric, I just had to have it! Here’s the (affiliate) link, it’s called Midnight Ombre Floral Knit Fabric.  And it turned out perfectly for my new pajamas.

Pajama set sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since both these patterns were so easy and fast to construct and Aria has had a huge growth spurt, I decided to whip out another pajama set for her. Using the same patterns I made her some Ladies Basic Leggings (no cuff, and only 3 extra inches added to the inseam) and a Lane Raglan.  Her fabric was leftover from this skirt I made myself.  The black fabric on both our pajama sets came from Girl Charlee.

All PJs

These pajama sets were so quick and easy to make I think I will be making myself a few more pairs.  After all, why limit yourself to just one pair of pajamas when sewing them is this rewarding?  Sometimes you just need to pamper yourself.

Do you make (or buy) pajamas this time of year?  Please share your sources in the comments.

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Project Run & Play Cowboy PJs

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs

It’s time for February’s Edition of Project Run & Play, and we are delighted with this month’s project.  The assignment from Susan of Living With Punks was to use her free Mademoiselle Muscle Shirt to make something.  We decided to make matching summer cowboy pjs for 3 of our boys.

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs

If you’ve been around Skirt Fixation very long, you know that the boys get the short end of the sewing stick, so this challenge presented a perfect opportunity to sew for 3 of them.

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs

What better fabric to use than cowboy fabric?  Picking out different graphics and pictures for their shirts made each set of cowboy pjs unique and special.

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for Baby L’s pants comes from Mabel Madison, and was leftover from lining this skirt.  Of course he had to have the Deputy Marshall star on his muscle tee to match the stars.

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

He is now 10 months old, getting a few teeth and the delight, pride and joy of each and every one of his older siblings.

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

For David’s pants, we used the free pattern and tutorial from Dana Made It.  They are a perfect fit!

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The Mademoiselle Muscle Shirt pattern fits him great too, we only had to shorten it a little bit.

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt FixationApparently, the funniest thing you can say to a 3 year old is, “Pretend like you are sleeping!”

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt FixationAnd Thomas is the long time, die hard cowboy.  Thats why he got the word HAPPY on his muscle shirt.

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

Those eyelashes slay me!  And he’s a little better at acting like he was asleep!

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

The neck and arms of the muscle shirts is lined with red striped fabric, in a nod to Susan’s original pattern.  The boys insisted this was a pink striped fabric!  I insisted it was red striped fabric, and went ahead with the cowboy pjs!  They didn’t seem to mind when it was all said and done as they chose to wear them to bed.

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

A photo shoot with 3 boys is a total hoot!  They show you their muscles…

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

they laugh great big belly laughs…

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

they alternate between kissing…

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

and kicking!

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

Before Baby L. was born, we had alternating girls and boys.  Now we’ve got 2 boys in a row.  Don’t they just look like double trouble?

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

What secrets they must be whispering!  What larks they are planning!

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

I took too many photos (all with my iPhone 4) and spent way too much time making collages and figuring out which ones to post!

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation

Having the Mademoiselle Muscle Shirt pattern was a fun project we might not have tried otherwise.  In fact, we enjoyed it so much, we just might have made another entry for Project Run & Play’s February challenge!  Come back tomorrow to find out!

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJs sewn by Skirt Fixation