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“Deer” Niece’s Birthday {Project Sew It}

For the final Project Sew it of the year, sort of splurged.  The recipient it my youngest niece, and the only little girl I ever get to sew for! project+sew+it+grey

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.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed some tiny girl things for her when she was born, but now that it was her birthday and she’s mobile it was time for some bigger things.  Not like that was going to be a hardship…

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I started with the free Girl’s Peplum Top pattern by Sew Much Ado.  This pattern is free only for size 18 months, which was exactly what my niece needed.  This pattern is also available for purchase from Sew Much Ado in larger sizes.  The reason I chose this pattern was for the ease of movement for a crawling, active, mobile child.  A dress or skirt would get in the way, but a peplum is perfectly girly solution.  For the fabric, I used Girl Charlee’s fawn silhouette fabric (currently available in different colors.)  The only change I made to the pattern was to split the peplum part of the top into 2 pieces so the little deer would be right side up on both sides of the top.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

A peplum can’t be worn by itself, so a pair of leggings was in order.  The Lollipop Leggings pattern affiliate link (without the skirt this time!)  using the button tab option turned out to be a perfect match.  I used some fabric I’d found at JoAnn’s because it matched perfectly.  As I was searching for the perfect buttons in my rather small button stash, nothing was grabbing me.  Then I remembered my bead stash which is insanely huge.  Since these buttons are non functional, beads worked here.  I just happened to have some with darling little animals on them.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final piece in my final Project Sew It creation for the year wasn’t necessary, but the star of the show, of course!  I’m referring to the Evergreen bonnet by Twig & Tale.  I had to use the free Reindeer Add On to keep the deer theme going of course.  For the fabrics, I used a brown flannel for the outside, and the softest white fleece I could find (leftover from this canvas jacket project) for the inside.  Then there was the perfect ribbon in my stash, so this whole bonnet was free to make, how could I not?  I could just picture my niece in it!  And then my sister-in-law sent me photos and I was blown away.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

It was even better than I could have imagined!  Plus my sister-in-law says it’s the go to hat for her daughter for the cold weather this winter.  It covers her ears better than any other hat they have, and stays in place.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’m so delighted to have completed my goal of sewing something for each of my nieces and nephews this year through the Project Sew It inspirational challenge.  They’ve just announced their challenge for 2017, and I’ve declared myself in!

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Ethan Shirts and Classic Chinos

Ethan Shirt and Classic Chinos sewn by Skirt Fixation

Yesterday I promised to show you the other garments I sewed assembly line style when I made the Future Professional outfit for my kindergartener.  When you have 4 sons, it really does end up easier sewing like an assembly line to keep them in clothes!

Ethan Shirt and Classic Chinos sewn by Skirt Fixation

Thomas also needed some new dress clothes.  I grabbed the same tried and true patterns in different sizes than the kindergartener, of course, and set to work.

Ethan Shirt and Classic Chinos sewn by Skirt Fixation

His shirt pattern is the Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom Patterns .  I picked up two shirting fabric from JoAnn Fabrics, Plaid Shirting Checkered Fabric Blue and a saturated blue shirting not on their website.

Ethan Shirt and Classic Chinos sewn by Skirt Fixation

There are 2 changes I made to the Ethan Shirt Pattern.  I added collar buttons, as I usually do because my boys prefer them.  And I made his shirts short sleeve because it was so hot when I sewed them for him.  With a sweater or jacket they’ll easily extend in to fall and winter wear.  And to give credit where credit is due, Allegra sewed on all the buttons on these shirts!

Ethan Shirt and Classic Chinos sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Pants Pattern is Classic Chinos by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  I sewed him two pairs, one in Sew Classic Bottomweight Stretch Sateen Fabric – Medieval Blue  from JoAnn Fabrics and the other a classic khaki twill, also not on their website.

Ethan Shirt and Classic Chinos sewn by Skirt Fixation

Beside the standard size adjustments I make for Thomas’s tall and skinny frame (size 8 width, size 12 length) I did make one other small adjustment to the Classic Chinos pattern; changing the position of the belt loops.  As you can see in this photo, when centered directly over the pockets they cause some pulling open of the pockets while standing and even more while sitting.

Ethan Shirt and Classic Chinos sewn by Skirt Fixation

So as you can see in this photo, we adjusted the belt loops to be on the outside of the pockets, and no more pulling.  You can also see wrinkles on these pants due to being worn for several hours before photographing, but when you can get a tween boy to stand still and agree to pictures, you take what you can get!

Ethan Shirt and Classic Chinos sewn by Skirt Fixation

The khaki pants were not sewn assembly line style with the two blue pairs of pants, because I decided it would be easier to sew them separately than to change the thread color at every step.

Ethan Shirt and Classic Chinos sewn by Skirt Fixation

Thomas is delighted to have some new dress clothes.  His belt is his own creation, a leather working project for 4H this year.  He received high honors for it and wears it with pride, a blue ribbon and a reserve champion ribbon.

Affiliate links are used in this post so that our bank account has a fighting chance at keeping up with our fabric spending habit!  So far, one has vastly outpaced the other, but we’ll leave you to guess which one!

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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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Finished Hem Bands Tutorial (perfect for thick fabrics!)

 

Now your hem bands can be beautiful on the inside too!

Have you ever wondered how to sew a finished hem or cuff band?  Usually these bands are left with raw edges on the insides.  Our tutorial shows you how to create hem bands that are finished on the inside.  This method also works really good for very thick fabrics.  Perhaps you want your garment to be as pretty on the inside as on the outside.  Maybe you’re worried about fraying raw edges.  Or perhaps you’re trying to reduce the thickness of the seams.  For all those reasons you need this tutorial.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 1:

Lay the hem (or cuff) band down on the main fabric right sides together (RST).  Do NOT fold the band in 1/2 as you may be used to doing with other patterns.  Sew together using the seam allowance required in your pattern.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 2:

Iron seam allowances toward band.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 3:

Iron over seam allowance on other side of hem band.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 4:

Fold hem band in 1/2 wrong sides together. (WST)  Overlap and nest the raw edge right up next to the seam on the wrong side of the fabric.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 5:

Pin very well.  You don’t want this hem band to twist at all, so pinning now will make your life easier in the next step.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 6:

Sew the hem band in place.

Now for this tutorial, I am sewing a cardigan (Peekaboo Pattern Shop Cambridge Cardigan affiliate link) that has a band/neck binding around the front neckline and down the fronts.  So the rest of this tutorial shows you how to sew on that second band and end up with a finished inside all the way around.  If you are sewing a band that will be round, like a cuff or a sweatshirt hem band, simply sew on the band following this tutorial before you sew the side seams, which is when the band will be completed.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 7:

Pin the neck binding to the cardigan fronts RST, leaving a 1/4 inch hanging over at each end.  Sew in place.  Iron seam allowance toward binding as before.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 8:

Iron up the 1/4 inch overhang at the end of the neck binding.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 9:

Iron over 1/4 inch along the outer edge of the neck binding.

Create hem bands beautifully finished on the inside!

Step 10:

Fold neck binding in 1/2.  Nest the seam allowances as in Step 4.  Sew across bottom, up one side, around the neck, down the other side, and across the other bottom.

So there you have it.  Beautifully finished bands.  Whether it be cuffs, hems or neck bindings, you can now create hem bands another way.

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Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt {Buy or DIY ~ Skirt!}

Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt - Buy or DIY from Skirt Fixation!

Today we have another girl’s Buy or DIY skirt for you! This time we’re showing you how you can make a name brand skirt perfect for summer for less than retail price, and more practical too.

Our skirt pick of the day is a Gucci skirt from Norstrom.   See that cute little bee appliqué patch?  We’ve even located a source on that for you!

Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt - Buy or DIY from Skirt Fixation!

Buy or DIY Skirt Details:

Skirt: Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt from Nordstrom

Fabric Recommendation: Cotton Jersey Charcoal Grey

Pattern Recommendation: Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop Sporty Girl Skort

Buy or DIY Skirt Math:

Gucci Ruffle skirt: $235 retail price.

Fabric needed: 1 yards at $6.48 per yard   See that darling little ruffle on the bottom?  Ordering a yard of this fabric will allow you extra to gather and add that ruffle, plus include the shorts underneath!

Pattern: $7.95

Baby bumble bee patch: $3.99

Elastic: $2.99 for 3 yards of 1″ wide knit elastic

Total $: $21.41 for DIY

Total Savings: $213.59

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  And we’d like to point out that the Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop pattern comes with built in shorts.  If you have a little girl who wears skirts, you’ll immediately love that option too!  We’ve made this pattern, and we can assure this is a great pattern you’ll turn to over and over again.

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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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Sweater Refashion to Coat

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’ve got one other garment from our Signature Style look that I want to tell you about in detail.  There were so many items I made for that look, maybe you can put up with another blog post.

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

The coat I made for Baby is actually a sweater refashion.  I was on the fence for a long time about what material to use for the outer layer of his jacket.  I’d already settled on the suede backed sherpa vest for the inner layer.  Since I was going for solid colors I wanted to make the jacket interesting by incorporating textures.  Finally inspiration hit, and I went to the thrift store on the hunt for the perfect garment with chunky cables.  I found this sweater that was close enough, and bought it.

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

The main problem I could not figure out was how to get my front, back and sleeve pieces from the sweater.  I wanted the front and back of the coat to be cable knit fabric, but the front and sleeves of the sweater were cable knit.  The back was a ribbed fabric.  With Allegra’s help I finally solved the sweater refashion jigsaw puzzle.  The front of the sweater became the back of the coat.  (I sewed the vent shut above the button.  The button hides under the hood, only visible when the hood is up; it’s really cute!)  The back of the sweater became the sleeves of the coat.  And the sleeves of the sweater became the front pieces of the jacket.  The hood is from the same twill fabric as the coat lining, and the hood lining is fleece leftover from Annie’s quilt.  Half of the sweater’s collar became the trim on the coat hood.

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

You might notice in several of the photos that Baby is grabbing the jacket near the top of the zipper.  Well after he wore it several times, complaining each time we discovered a sharp piece of plastic protruding out of the edge of the zipper!  Poor Baby, one snip took care of the problem, and now he wears the coat joyfully.

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

Be sure to catch the tutorial in this blog post for the reversible sherpa vest that snaps in and out of this coat.  I think I want to go buy rescue aaaaallll the chunky cable knit sweaters from the thrift store now!

Sweater refashioned into a baby coat by Skirt Fixation

 Sweater Refashion details:

Coat Pattern: Downton Duffle Coat

Coat Fabric (outer): Upcycled Sweater with large cables
Coat Fabric (inner): Sew Classic Bottomweight Classic Twill Solid Fabric – Black
Vest Fabric: Luxury Faux Fur-Sherpa Suede Gray
Hat Pattern: Free newsboy cap pattern
Hat Fabric: Wool plaid remnant from the stash

Oh, and if you’ve got your eye on that stunning dress fabric, right now My Fabric Designs is having an unheard of 35% off sale!  Here’s the direct link to that dress fabric I designed.  Use the promo code QUILT35 until March 31st.  Hurry!

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Birthdays #1 & #2 {Project Sew It}

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

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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.

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

The first entry in my version of Project Sew It is for a brother and sister.  My oldest niece, E, is growing into such a lovely young lady.  I wanted to sew something mature enough for her.  I used the Skipalong Skort pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  (affiliate link)  Since this one is also an adult pattern (which I made for Allegra here) I knew the style would be grown up enough.  The fabric is Art Gallery Fabrics, which I used first for Annie’s Antalya dress.  But I think the fabric is mature enough since I originally bought it to make something for ME!

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

Since my niece and nephew have birthdays close to each other I wanted to make something matching without it being too matching.

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

So when I was sewing David’s Oliver + S Field Trip raglan t-shirt, I actually whipped up two of them, one for David and one for A.  The pocket is matching, but not too sticky sweet matching, don’t you think?  I really am having a hard time believing A is this big.

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

I should have noted above that I will need the help of my sister and sister in law to make this project a reality!  My sister in law texted me the most adorable photo of these two in their clothes when they received them.  How much cuter could it get?  Alright, now I’m off to check the calendar and see who has the next birthday coming up.

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A Mix {Signature Style}

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final challenge of Project Run & Play is “Signature Style.”  So what is my signature sewing style?

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sewing is my creative outlet, and also an educational enterprise.  I’m always challenging myself to try new things as well as improve old techniques.  A mix of old and new, a mix of black and white, a mix of me and others.

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

To begin with Annie’s look.  It’s pretty well established that I love sewing for this girl.  Tomorrow I will have a complete review on the dress pattern, the Eleena Dress, a new pattern from Coffee + Thread.  (And you’ll be able to enter to win 2 patterns and some fabric!)

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this very special occasion, I designed my own fabric and had it printed by My Fabric Designs.  How much more signature can it get than sewing a garment with fabric I’ve designed?  I am collaborating with Albert Koetsier to bring some of his stunning floral radiographs to the fabric world.  I promise a full review on the fabric tomorrow as well.

In summary:

Dress Pattern:  Eleena Dress by Coffee & Thread

Fabric: Floral Radiograph Border Print designed by ME!

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

My very first boy sewing was for David.  After that first rush of adrenaline at the success of sewing something for a boy, I never looked back.  This boy is full of life and never backs down for anything!

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used real leather for the elbow patches, toggle, hood binding and shoulder accents.  Right now he has to roll the sleeves up, but hopefully that will mean it will last until next year.  I lined the jacket with quilt batting to keep it extra warm.

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

The lining is very soft, leftover from Allegra’s orchestra dress.  Of course he had to have a newsboy cap, like his big brother.

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

In Summary:

Coat Pattern: Downtown Duffle Coat by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Coat Fabric: Wool Plaid from Hancock Fabrics, no longer available online (but huge savings on selected products right now at HancockFabrics.com.)

Hat Pattern:  Free Newsboy Cap from Waffle Patterns modified to fit smaller head

Hat Fabric:  Sew Classic Bottomweight Classic Twill Solid Fabric – Black from JoAnn’s

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby, oh baby!  This big eyed beauty is a blessing to us all.  He’s just as sweet as he looks.  His jacket started out as a sweater.  I scaled down and modified the Downtown Duffle Jacket, and lined it with black twill bottom weight to try and fortify the sweater fabric a bit.  Inside the hood is a fleece remnant from Annie’s quilt.

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

Instead of putting quilt batting inside his jacket, I decided to make a removable, reversible vest.  Using suede lined sherpa.  And snaps.  Remember what I said about challenging myself to try new things?  Whew!  It snaps in and out of the jacket with a second set of snaps inside the jacket.

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

And HE had to have a newsboy cap to match his big brothers too, of course!  Want to make your own vest like this?  Tutorial coming soon.

Coat Pattern: Downtown Duffle Coat by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Coat Fabric (outer):  Upcycled Sweater with large cables

Coat Fabric (inner): Sew Classic Bottomweight Classic Twill Solid Fabric – Black from JoAnn’s

Vest Fabric:  Luxury Faux Fur-Sherpa Suede Gray from JoAnn’s

Hat Pattern:  Free Newsboy Cap from Waffle Patterns modified to fit small head

Hat Fabric: Wool plaid remnant from the stash

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

So there you have it!  A mix.  I tried to keep it cohesive by limiting my color palate to black and white with a smidgen of red here and there.  It’s classic, it’s challenging, it’s new and old, it’s me.

If you haven’t already, be sure to go over to Project Run & Play to see all the Signature Style entries in the link up.  And don’t miss the contestant Signature Style creations either.

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Wavy Zipper Fix & Boy Knight

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Today I’m going to tell you more about the boy look I sewed for my Starry Knights entry into Project Run & Play’s week 3 sew along for the theme All That Glitters.

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

First of all, I think most entries will be girl looks, due to the nature of the sewing prompt.  So I challenged my sewing friends on Instagram to try and sew a boy look also.  This is what I came up with.

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

To start with, the Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle is a great place to get some glitter/metallics happening.  The buttons and zipper were the places I chose to accentuate with bright gold.  I added two buttons to the tops of the pockets for even more glitter.

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

I used Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy  from JoAnn Fabrics to make the Knight Hoodie, with Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric for the sleeve and hem bands.  The hammered gold buttons came from JoAnn’s as well.  If you want to read my pattern review of the Knight Hoodie, click over to this post.

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Now let’s pause for a quick moment to talk about roller coaster (wavy) zippers.  This is a phenomenon commonly seen on the Knight Hoodie and other garments where a zipper is installed on knit fabric.

Even thought I tried really hard not to stretch the fabric while installing the zipper, I still ended up with a wavy zipper.  So I turned to those aforementioned Instagram sewing friends for advice on how to fix this one and how to prevent them in the future.

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The common consensus was to always use interfacing when installing a zipper in the future.  As for this one, either unpick it and add interfacing, or try steaming the wavy zipper and fabric with a very hot iron.  The second option sounded much easier and quicker…and worked like a charm!

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Underneath his Knight Hoodie, our gallant knight is wearing an Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt.  I’ve made this shirt so many times I could probably do it without the instructions and maybe even in the dark!

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

This time I added the pocket because it was an opportunity to add a little bit of glitter.  The pocket fabric is Wild & Free Knit Midnight Roof  designed by Maureen Cracknel for Art Gallery Fabrics leftover from his sister’s dress.  The other two shirt fabrics are Art Gallery Fabrics knits from Imagine Gnats.

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

And of course a knight would never go pantless, so our brave boy needed some trousers.  Once again, I used the Classic Chinos pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop and used Cotton Twill Khaki Fabric.   These are the same pants pattern and fabric Indiana Jones received last week!  I made our knight’s pants just a tad bit too long in hopes of extending the wearing.  The elastic around the back of the waist enables a longer wearing time also.

Boy Knight sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

So there you have it!  One brave, dashing, gallant knight.  With a lady-killer dimple!  Be sure to check out all the other sew along entries for All That Glitters, and the contestant looks too.  There is some fantastic talent to inspire you!

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