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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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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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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.

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Matching Polo Shirts {KCW Day 4}

Oliver+S parachute polo shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Oliver+S parachute polo shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

My final sewing for Kids Clothes Week was for my two youngest boys.  Well, I actually did some more secret kids sewing, but I can’t blog about it just yet!

Oliver+S parachute polo shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’ve made these two boys Oliver+S Parachute polo shirts in coordinating fabrics before, and they have worn them to death.  But I wanted to make some more for a couple of reasons.  First of all, I wanted to get the collars right this time.  Last time they were off center; totally wearable, but totally annoying to me.

Oliver+S parachute polo shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Secondly, the weather is growing cooler and I wanted to make them long sleeve versions.  And last of all, are they not so adorable?  I mean just look at them!

Oliver+S parachute polo shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I found this fabric at Hancock Fabrics.  It is just a little thin to be sufficient for winter, but for fall it’s perfect.  For the collar and placket, I used black twill fabric leftover from this pair of pants I made for their bigger brother.

Oliver+S parachute polo shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I got a new sewing machine.  Since I’m just learning the ins and outs of this new machine (an Emerald by Husqvarna Viking) the automatic buttonhole feature and I aren’t best friends just yet.  But there’s also a manual buttonhole version while I experiment with the automatic foot, and so these came out alright.

Oliver+S parachute polo shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Just look at these two boys!  This could totally be an entry in the Top Stitchers sewing contest, Thick As Thieves!  Oh yeah, be sure to check out my post over there today about the prize package (#3 of 4 huge packages!) and how to win BIG!

 

Oliver+S parachute polos sewn by Skirt Fixation

Anyway, I’m very happy about these versions of the Oliver+S Parachute Polo shirts and forsee quite a few more for these two boys of mine in the future.

Oliver+S parachute polos sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Star Wars T-shirt DIY {Kids Clothes Week Day 3}

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Kids Clothes Week day 3 brings a new outfit for my 4 year old.  David has a dimple, a lisp, huge eyes with eyelashes a mile long, and other adorable eccentricities that make this mama’s heart swell!  I’m not one of those moms whose kid has a speech therapist, I always am a little sad when the lisp or speech impediment goes away.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

David calls Darth Vader “Dark Zader!”  Isn’t that a perfect name?  I think the creators of Star Wars should have thought of that.  And since a Darth Vader shirt for a four year old is probably a little, well, dark, I decided to add his funny little saying to the shirt.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The black fabric was left over from this skirt I made for Allegra, and the white is an old t-shirt of Mr. Skirt Fixation’s.  I used the existing hem and didn’t even hem the sleeves because this bamboo knit from The Fabric Fairy is so awesome and never frays.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pattern I used is Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan Tee.  Look familiar?  (Like you just saw it yesterday?)  Well, when you have a succesful formula, don’t change it!  And I also had David’s size all ready to go from the summer Kids Clothes Week, so this was another fast and easy sew.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

So fast, in fact, that it gave me time to make him a pair of Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants.  David has been requesting a pair of pajama pants that don’t slide up when he is sleeping, so immediately I thought of this pattern.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I think he’ll be wearing them for more than just sleeping, though!  They are so soft and comfy and well constructed that I want a pair to sleep in!  The blue fabric is sweatshirt knit from Girl Charlee, leftover from my jacket, and the gray sweatshirt knit is leftover from this knight hoodie.  A new item from scraps?  Win!  In fact, all the fabric in this little outfit is leftover.  (I keep forgetting to put up the Sew My Stash 2015 score, but this is 100% so I’ll just pat myself of the back now!)

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This would be a perfect outfit to link up the the sew along at Top Stitchers for the prompt Kids Say The Darndest Things.  There are over $600 in prizes to win, so you should really check it out!

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you think this little graphic is as cute as I do, here is the free printable for you to grab and use.  I reversed the image for you so you can just iron it straight on.  You can see I forgot to do that for myself, so I had to cut the words off before I ironed it onto my fabric and write it by hand.  Oh, and I just wanted to give a little plug for the photo transfer paper that I used.

My sister put me onto it, and it is absolutely the best I’ve ever used!  It’s so disappointing to put a lot of work into an item of clothing and then have it get ruined the first time you wash it, which is what’s happened with some other photo transfer papers I’ve used.  So be sure to use this one.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Boys are so fun/funny to have a photoshoot with.  Instead of pretending they are having a tea party, they want to have their stick gun and play war during the photos!  Love em!

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Alright, now it’s back to sewing for me!

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Oliver+S Parachute Polo Shirts

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt FixationIt is so rewarding to sew something for my boys!  Just look at these two in their new polo shirts, does it get any cuter?

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt FixationI’ve had my eye on the Oliver+S Parachute Polo Shirt pattern ever since it was released this spring.  Now we have both the patterns (the entire Spring 2015 release from Oliver+S) and we’ve already made the Butterfly Blouse & Skirt.

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Their older sisters love to dress these two boys in matching polo shirts.  I just knew Liesl, of Oliver+S could help me learn to make them some new polo shirts.

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt FixationThen I found the most irresistible fabric at Fabricworm.  It’s organic knit fabric from their new Serengeti line of fabric.

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

These two prints come in several different colors, and I’m so tempted to buy a bunch more and make them ALL. THE. POLO. SHIRTS.

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the most part, the Parachute Polo Shirt pattern is a breeze to construct and sew.  I did run into a little trouble when it came to folding the button placket and attaching the collar, but anyone who can keep track of their lefts and rights would have no problem!  (It’s been a long struggle, just ask my Mom!)

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

So I finally came to accept the slightly asymmetrical collar after unpicking and resewing the placket and collar multiple times.  I’m betting that no one will really notice or care because they’ll be so distracted by the cuteness oozing from these two in their Parachute Polo Shirts.

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because of the mistake, I eliminated the top button (the pattern calls for 3 buttons.)  But we rarely use that button on their other polo shirts if they even have them~I’ve purchased several that don’t use 3 buttons.

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the elephant shirt, I started with a fabric called The Herd Shroom, and went with a brown linen for the collar, placket and pocket.

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

This boy was so delighted that I was sewing for him when I took his measurements.  He must have asked me 100 times if his shirt was ready yet!  (And he reminded me that I made him an elephant shirt last year!)

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

On the giraffe shirt, I started with fabric called Giraffe Fam Pool, I used Cotton+Steel double gauze fabric for the collar, placket and contrasting pocket.

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

This little boy didn’t have any idea what I was doing with the tape measure when I took his measurements, and when we put him on the table for the photo shoot, he just stood there in wonder as we snapped away.

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

We use baby signs with our children when they are babies, and in this photo, you can see David doing the sign for elephant while his brother checks out the giraffes on his own shirt.

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

We weren’t fast enough to catch the baby doing the sign for giraffe because he does it so fast, but every time after he signed “giraffe” he would bust out laughing and give himself a round of applause!

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’m really looking forward to making this pattern again.  I’m determined to get that collar on right, and there are so many cute fabric options!  The hard part will be deciding which fabric to use next!

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Probably because I was making them short sleeves, I was actually able to get these shirts out of 1/2 yards of fabric instead of the 1 yard the pattern calls for, so that makes them totally affordable.

Parachute Polo Shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Stay tuned for the next time we sew up some Parachute Polo shirts!