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Nautical Swimsuit for Girls

Fun nautical swimsuit for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

This nautical swimsuit it just perfect for girls.  It was very fun to play around with some more swim fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and this time, Annie was the lucky recipient.  She requested some very specific elements, and I tried to get it just the way she liked it.  I think in the end, she ended up with a nautical swimsuit that she’s very delighted with.  

Fun nautical swimsuit for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

The main fabric is the seahorse and seashell print.  It’s about as perfect as you can get for swim fabric, and yes, I know I say that about every one of the swim fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics!  But seriously, seahorses, seashells and sea stars all in one fun swimsuit?  And these fabrics have 50+ SPF protection too!

Fun nautical swimsuit for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

The accent fabric is coral and white stripe.  I used it for both the center panel and the shorts underneath the swim skirt.  As it so happened, I forgot to cut out the back of the top until I started constructing the suit, and so I didn’t have enough fabric left to make the back from either of these two fabrics!  Luckily, I had just the right shade of solid coral fabric in my stash.

Fun nautical swimsuit for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now for the patterns.  For the swim skirt, I started with the Sporty Girl Skort by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  It’s not intended to be a swim skirt, so I sized down, and modified the waistband to include elastic all the way around instead of just the back. 

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And I also added elastic to the legs openings of the shorts underneath.  It ended up just like the nautical swimsuit Annie had envisioned!

Fun nautical swimsuit for girls sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the top, Annie wanted a ruched center panel just like on the Grace Tankini.  I started with the Just Keep Swimming Rashguard pattern by The Wolf and the Tree.  I took the center of the color blocked version, and extended it by about 8 inches spread across the panel.  Then I gathered it and sewed it together.  Annie couldn’t decide if she wanted sleeves or not, so I suggested the half shoulder ruffle.  It has the coverage of sleeves (no more sunburned shoulders!) and the breathability of sleeveless.  To add them to the armhole openings, I just simplified things by only putting elastic below the ruffles.  Because when I tried it all the way around, it ended up so very wonky and I had to rip it out!  

Girls swimsuit inspiration

Just like when I shared my Grace Tankini, I had to play around with some other fabric combinations and swimsuit patterns!  There are simply so many options, you could created endless possibilities…not like I’m trying or anything!  This is the Marilyn Vintage Swimsuit by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  Wouldn’t it be fun to use that darling mermaid fabric for the sides and back, some deep lilac purple for the ruched center, and some teal gingham for the straps and leg bands?!?

 

Girls swimsuit inspirationOr how about this fun combination?  It’s the Waikiki One Piece from Peekaboo Pattern Shop in pink and yellow tossed lemons for the main body, and yellow and white polka dots for the ruffles and straps?

Girls swimsuit inspiration

Would it be wrong if I sewed myself this exact combination for myself?  It’s the High Tide Surfsuit from Peekaboo Pattern Shop in Watercolor Popsicle fabric with Light Lime solid fabric and pink and white stripes for the contrast and accents.  You just know everyone would be jealous!

Alright, that’s it for me!  Go grab some swimsuit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and have fun!

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Velveteen Rabbit Inspired Baby Outfit

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

This week the sewing theme over at Project Run & Play is Crafting A Story where everyone sews based on their favorite children’s storybook.  This is my Velveteen Rabbit inspired baby outfit.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently I had the privilege of sewing up some fabric designed by the artist, Bari J.  She is one of my favorite designers for Art Gallery Fabrics, and she asked me to sew some items with her newest collection of fabric for the Lookbook.  This collection is called Indigo & Aster, and the Lookbook is an inspirational magazine showing ideas of what to do with the fabric.  Today I’m sharing one outfit I made.  There are several more things to share, and I’ll also be sure to link the Lookbook when it’s published.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The first item I sewed is the Rosemary pattern by Violette Field Threads.  It’s a vintage inspired pin tucked pinafore, and simply perfect for this fabric.  It ties on the sides and has sweet little shoulder panels.  Because I only had 1/2 yard to work with, I made the skirt in the vintage (short) length.  I sewed the size 12-24 months for Baby, and it’s just the sweetest thing ever.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The main green fabric I used is called Lush Bouquet, and the side ties and bodice lining are Bonheur Fresh.  Both are quilting cotton, perfectly suited for this pattern, and super soft as are all Art Gallery Fabrics.  See the whole soon to be released collection here.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The dress underneath started as the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Dress pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  I used my own tutorial here to create a gathered dress.  Then I added lace over the waist gathers, and at the end of the sleeves.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric used for this is a double knit similar to this one.  Ponte Double Knit Ivory Fabric  And above is a shot of the dress without the pinafore.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

It works very well for this purpose.  It’s stable and holds up to baby wear and tear pretty well.  Besides the fact that it’s white!  But the Rosemary Pinafore over the top helps protect it.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

And you probably knew I was going to add a bonnet to the outfit right?  What else would someone with a bonnet shop do?  So I used what just might be my favorite fabric from the Indigo & Aster collection, Foliage Escape Lapis for one side, and some blue velvet for the other side.  And the bonnet ribbons are blue velvet ribbon too.  It’s reversible, of course, and both sides look similarly cute.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The bonnet pattern we use is the Evergreen Bonnet by Twig + Tale.  This time we used the bunny ears for dramatic effect.  I mean, come on, just look at her in the bonnet and try not to smile!  Use this link to get $3 off any Twig + Tale purchase of $10 or more.

Velveteen Rabbit Inspired baby outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of course, the bonnet is the main part of the Velveteen Rabbit inspired look.  The pinafore is so old fashioned, and reflects the time the book was written (1922) when all little girls wore pinafores.  When I was a child I discovered The Velveteen Rabbit book by Margery Williams, and it has always been one of my favorite books.  The story of becoming “REAL” has so much imagery and so many applications in today’s world.  I think it’s a classic that should be read to all children!  Even as an adult, I feel like time is making me more REAL, and quite a bit of it is because I’ve been loved.  My hope is to help others become REAL too.

The beautiful photography in this post is the work of Delaney Aby.

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A-line Dress to Gathered Dress Tutorial

a-line to gathered dress tutorial from Skirt Fixation

PSA!!!  Today if you purchase $35 on fabric at Peekaboo Fabric Shop, you will get 1 free pattern of your choice with the code FREEDOM until 2/19.  Oh, the possibilities!!!

Last week I promised to share with you how to make an A-line Dress into a gathered dress with a waist seam.  This a-line to gathered dress tutorial will work for any a-line dress pattern, women or girl.  I am using the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Dress/Bodysuit pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.

a-line to gathered dress tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Decide where you want the waist/high waist seam to be.  For my daughter, I measured under the armpit down 2 inches.  I folded over the front of the dress pattern piece at this point, but you could also cut your pattern piece in 2.  A word about seam allowance.  Since I was using 1/2” seam allowance, after sewn back together, the seam ends up 1.5” down from her armpit.

a-line to gathered dress tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Then fold your fabric in 1/2 in preparation for cutting the pattern pieces.  Place the skirt part pattern piece away from the fold as wide as the original pattern piece.  For my daughter’s dress, the original pattern piece is 5 inches wide at the top of the skirt piece, so I placed the outer edge of the pattern piece 10 inches away from the fold as you can see in the picture above.

Cut out the skirt pattern piece.

a-line to gathered dress tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Fold the skirt part of the pattern piece up out of the way and cut out the bodice part of the dress.  Cut out the bodice part, remembering to cut 1/2” (or whatever your seam allowance is) below the bottom of the fold.

Sew gathering stitches across the top of the skirt part.  Do this by sewing 2 lines of basting stitches across the top of the skirt part 1/4” and 3/4” from the raw edge.  Pull the ends of the gathering threads and distribute the gathers until the width of the skirt part and the width of the top bodice are the same.

Pin these two pieces together, with the right sides together using a 1/2” seam allowance. Remove the basting stitches if they show.

Repeat the above steps for the back of the dress.  Continue assembling your dress as instructed in your pattern.  I used the Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Dress & Bodysuit pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

In the above photo she is wearing the aline dress.

a-line to gathered dress tutorial from Skirt Fixation

In the above photo she is wearing the gathered dress!

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Pattern Suggestions for 1 Year Old Capsule Wardrobe

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby grew as babies do, and it was time for a new capsule wardrobe!  I learned a few things from her 1st capsule wardrobe, and wanted a change of color scheme.  Plus now I know she’s a girl and not a boy and could take full advantage of cute girl styles!

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

First I drew out a grid for planning what she needed.  Typically we dress her in layers this time of year, so long sleeve onesies and leggings are staple pieces.  Top that with skirts, dresses and cardigans.  Finish with cute little touches like bonnets and a bubble skirt.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Each of the pieces can be worn with many other pieces in the capsule wardrobe.  And they can stand alone.  Pieces can be layered or worn along as the weather warms up.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Let’s start with the onesies.  This time I used the Eeny Meeny Bodysuit pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  When this pattern was released I immediately saw it’s amazing possibilities in building a capsule wardrobe.  Because the less pattern pieces you have to cut out the better, right?  I sewed 3 onesies in different colors.  On the front of each is a heart appliquéd on using scrap fabric from the bubble skirt.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next I sewed up 3 pairs of leggings in 12-18 month size.  The Lollipop Leggings pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop is officially our go to leggings pattern for girls!  Instead of the light blue, I went with a denim knit fabric because Baby is on her knees a lot, and the color will hold up better.  I used a scraps of the floral lawn fabric as a tags on the inside for ease of determining the front from the back.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next came the skirts.  Of course!  She got 3 total with the Bouncing Bubble skirt I showed you earlier.  The other two are the Spunky Girl Skater Skirt pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  I used the light blue fabric and a brown stripe.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Those same 2 fabrics were used to make 2 dresses.  (And the brown corduroy dress we made earlier fits her perfectly now, so it’s part of the capsule wardrobe too!)  Plus these 2 blue dresses still fit her too!  I used the Eeny Meeny Dress pattern to make the light blue shift dress, and hacked the pattern a little bit to make the brown striped one too.  (Tutuorial on this coming soon!)

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

And then we needed cropped 3/4 sleeve cardigans for layering over the top of everything.  The Aster Cardigan stood up to the test.  We made a brown one with a plain collar, and a dark blue one with a faux piping collar.  The same wood buttons from the corduroy dress came in handy for the brown cardigan, and I added 2 accent buttons to the sleeve cuffs just because it was so cute!  Also, note the floral lawn fabric as the bias trim inside the neckline?

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, I couldn’t resist sewing a 2nd bonnet for the capsule wardrobe from chambray and (you guessed it) floral lawn fabric!  I used the Evergreen Bonnet pattern.  Allegra embroidered the sprig of daisies on the chambray side.  These bonnets are reversible which is handy for the whole capsule wardrobe concept!  Making bonnets is such a delightful endeavor for me, remember you can buy our bonnets here in the Savvy Noggins shop.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

We took photos of Baby every day for a week in her capsule wardrobe.  Each day we can dress her in something different and it’s so fun deciding which combinations to use.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sunday

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Monday

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

Tuesday

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

Wednesday

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Thursday

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

Friday

Baby Capsule Wardrobe created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

Saturday

Annie and I also took all these flat lay photos.  She took immense pleasure in deciding which garments to lay out next!

Modified dress to peplum by Skirt Fixation

It’s pretty nice to have a capsule wardrobe for Baby that all coordinates and crosses this time of year when the weather can’t seem to make up it’s mind.  And if we ever get tired of dressing her in brown and blue, there’s always the sloth peplum!

Today I’m over at CaliFabrics sharing my thoughts on fabric suggestions for a child’s capsule wardrobe.  Be sure to check it out.

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Winter PJ’s for Kids

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The quality of the photos in this post are not great, but they are absolutely too cute not to share!  

My 3 youngest children needed pajamas suitable for winter, and I had a new machine I wanted to test out.  (More on that machine soon…)  Enter the Alex and Anna Winter PJs pattern from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop.  This pattern can be made in 13 sizes from 3 months to 12 years.  Which basically means EVERYONE gets pajamas!

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The pattern is easy to understand, and has photo illustrations, like most Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop patterns I’ve used.  I love the simplicity of the pattern, and the quick assembly process.

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the boys, I cut out a size 5 for them both.  But for David’s pajamas, I added 3 inches to the arms and legs before adding bands.  It worked out perfectly!  For ease of laundry sorting, I used black bands on David’s pajamas, and blue bands on Lowell’s pajamas.

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For Baby I sewed a straight 12 months size.  It fits great and should last her all winter long.  I was able to cut hers from the leftovers of the boy’s pajama pieces.

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The boys didn’t know I was making a pair of pajamas for Baby, and they were absolutely thrilled to have all 3 of them matching!  The two of them can disagree and argue about many things, but they are united in their fierce love for their baby sister.   She can do no wrong in their eyes, and they hug and kiss on her from the time she wakes up until the time she goes to bed.

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

When I laid her down next to them for this photo shoot, they were so concerned about her crying, and couldn’t lavish enough kisses and attention on her!  It only took about 30 seconds before she responded to their love and antics, and started laughing and playing along with them.  These three are such precious treasures!

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is from Girl Charlee.  It came in one of their bargain lots because it has some smudging of the print along the edges of the fabric.  There was lots and lots of useable fabric left, especially when making kid pajamas!

Alex & Anna PJs reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Thomas helped me with this photoshoot, because 3 small children on a bed feeling frisky in their new pajamas is quite an ordeal!  He chose to use the flannel back side of the denim quilt, and I’m so glad he did because their pajamas stand out against the buffalo plaid so well.  We just plopped them down on the bed, no posing required, and started snapping away.  There were quite a lot of unusable photos due to movement, and these are blurry, but I think I’ll cherish them forever because it is a true reflection of these three special kids!

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Rosemary Raglan Pattern Review

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We bought the Rosemary Raglan pattern before our baby girl was born, that’s how much we loved it at first sight!  Since the pattern is for sizes 3 months to 12 years, we could make the pattern for Annie for a few more years anyway.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

There are so many fun possibilities for fabric combinations and colors with this pattern.  For the Rosemary Raglan you see here, we used Bolt by Girl Charlee Homestead Life Jersey Knit Bluebird Garden Rose Fabric.  The brown stripe fabric is leftover from this skirt, and it’s inside the hood too.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

The Rosemary Raglan pattern was easy to sew, and the instructions were complete and thorough, just like all Peekaboo Pattern Shop patterns we’ve sewn.  It’s going to be so fun to sew this pattern for Baby (and Annie!) for years to come.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

These photos were actually taken in May, and Baby has already outgrown this (and the other 2) Rosemary Raglan tops I sewed for her.  This was the only one I included the hood option.  You can see the other 2 in this Instagram post.

Rosemary Raglan sewn and review by Skirt Fixation

Now that the fall is approaching, I’m ready to do some fall sewing again…and that is going to include some more Rosemary Raglans for Baby!  I love the raglan sleeves in baby size!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This pattern can also be sewn without the peplum, if desired.  There are 2 sleeve lengths, short, 3/4, and long.  So technically I could have made some of these for Baby to wear all summer!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One thing that is going to be very handy about dressing Baby in Rosemary Raglans this fall is ease of crawling.  Since she has ALREADY stared scooching, we can easily see that skirts and dresses hinder her mobility.  That’s okay, it just means I get to to more scrap busting and whip out a whole bunch of Rosemary Raglans for her to wear this fall!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It’s fun to look back at these photos and see how much Baby has changed in just a few short months!  Her hair has lightened to a coppery color for one thing!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

She still is enthralled with any sibling who comes near…in these photos, Annie was just out of the shot, interacting with Baby and getting her to smile!

Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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Rosemary Raglan sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

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The Fabric Scrooge & A Skirt Sale!

Fabric Scrooge tips from Skirt Fixation

We’ve just couldn’t miss telling you about a fantastic skirt sale!

Skipalong Skort sewn by Skirt Fixation

This fantastic little skirt, The Skipalong Skort is on sale for 50% off today only at Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  But that’s not all:

The Skyline Skort pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop, sewn by Skirtfixation using fabric from The Fabric Fairy

The Skyline Skort by Peekaboo Pattern Shop is also on sale for 50% off today only too!  AND:

If you buy them bundled together, you can save an additional $2 with the code SKORT ~ Which means you get 2 amazing skirt patterns, both with shorts underneath and pockets, for only $7 which is a crazy good deal!  We’ve made both these skirt patterns over and over and over again!

Fabric Scrooge tips from Skirt Fixation

Also, we’re over at the CaliFabrics blog today sharing how you can save money on fabric with all of our Fabric Scrooge tips for using less!  See you there…

 

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Amnesty April {Project Sew It}

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

Hello there, we’re back again with Project Sew It’s April Challenge: Dress.  (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.)  Aria and Audrey both sewed up a garment for this month’s challenge.  But not a dress.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

We’ve given ourselves amnesty on the given garment theme for the month of April because both of us needed a different garment than a dress in our wardrobes.  And frankly, we’re both a little scared of sewing up dresses.  But later in the year there is another dress challenge, so we’ll see how we do then!

Audrey’s Amnesty April Santa Fe Top

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Santa Fe top by Hey June Handmade is one of my current favorite patterns.  I made 2 of these tops and wore them the first 4 months of my pregnancy almost exclusively!  And now in my postpartum body, I’m in my super comfortable, almost flattering, lovable Santa Fe tops again.  So I decided to give the 2 I made last fall a little help by sewing up another.  This time I sewed up view F with the adorable contrast sleeve inserts.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

I made just a few changes due to personal preference.  First of all, I went down 1 size.  I do feel my other Sante Fe Tops are a little on the big side even thought the pattern is intended to get a loose fit.  And secondly, the fabric I was using has a huge stretch, and sizing down is a good idea.  I raised the neckline in the front by 1 inch.  And I also made a neck band rather than a neck binding, just for fun.  I also lengthened the sleeves out to the length of the largest size.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

The chocolate swirl fabric is a brushed poly, which is all the current rage in the sewing community for good reason!  This is a little different than the double brushed poly I used for my Mountain Pose Pants, and my machine really struggled to sew the side seams where it was 2 layers of the brushed poly together.  Where the sleeve fabric and the brushed poly fabric are sewn together, my machine did fine.  If I had a serger, I’m sure it could handle brushed poly fabric just fine, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself because I don’t have one!

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

You can find the chocolate swirl fabric at Girl Charlee.  The solid brown is from JoAnn Fabrics, I was leery of matching the shade of brown on a computer screen, so took the fabric in hand to the store to match.  Which led to several other fabric purchases…oops!  Anyway I absolutely LOVE this Santa Fe top, and no one can see the inside where it looks like the bobbin threw up on my fabric because apparently my machine was sick of sewing this brushed poly!  I also left it unhemmed so as not to give my sewing machine a worse case of the flu, or whatever was it’s problem!

Aria’s Amnesty April Seattle Skater Skirt

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

After Allegra no longer wanted or needed the Seattle Skater Skirt Mom made for her she passed it down to me, and I left it in the closet and forgot about it because it was too big in the hips!  I recently discovered that it fit me though, and have been wearing it a lot (because POCKETS!), so when this month’s challenge came, because I really don’t wear dresses, or like to wear them that much, I decided a skirt was what I needed most, and I picked the Seattle Skater Skirt.  First because it was easy, second because it was a circle, and third because it has pockets!

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

As I was looking at the sizes, fabric choices, etc. I discovered that the Seattle skirt can be made with a woven fabric! (Funny the things you can learn when you read stuff properly…)  Of course you still have to use knit fabric for the waistband.  I went with this nice fabric that has purple embroidered flowers on it from our stash!  It happens to match the top I made for the February challenge perfectly!

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

This skirt was super fun to make, and the only change I had to make was to adjust the circle to a little less than a circle because I wanted to add length to the skirt (I’m almost as tall as Mom now!) and the fabric wasn’t wide enough to make a full circle.  So it’s about 2 inches short of a full circle, still very full, and longer too.  It still has a nice spin to it though.

Project Sew it - Amnesty April sewn by Skirt Fixation

Anyway, I had a lot of fun making this Seattle Skater Skirt, it went really fast, and I didn’t have to unpick anything!  I plan on wearing this a lot, and I’m happy to have a new addition to my wardrobe.

We’ll see you later for next month’s Project Sew It.  We’ll just say we are excited about the theme and won’t be taking another amnesty month!

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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!