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The Summer of the Phoenix Blouse

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One of my favorite pattern designers did it again!  Yes, she released a new pattern (the Phoenix Blouse,) yes it’s amazing, yes, it fits great.  But the thing I’m referring to is that she made me try a new style again!  

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns is a cute a causal boho style top.  It can be cropped and has bell sleeves or can be made sleeveless.  And, to make this blouse even more perfect, you can use the flutter sleeves from the Amalfi Dress on it.

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation 

The fabric suggestions are very lightweight, drapey fabric like rayon, gauze, lawn, poly, or silk.  I used rayon chambray, and it’s perfection.  But you’d better believe I’m going to be making the Phoenix Blouse in some of these other substrates.  In fact, prepare yourself to see a lot of Phoenix Blouses around here because I’ve just officially declared this the summer of the Phoenix {Blouse!}

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Phoenix Blouse can be made in 11 sizes from 2 to 22.  I sewed a size 6.  If I make this in a slightly less drapey fabric, I’ll probably size down due to the ease.  But for this fabric, it’s perfect!  This rayon chambray is from CaliFabrics, (sold out now) and we also used it for Annie’s Laramie Top.

The only change I made to the pattern was to add 1.5” to the width of the shoulders, my standard adjustment for Hey June Patterns.  It’s not the patterns, it’s my gigantically wide shoulders.  I did not add any length, and sewed the longer (not cropped) version, which ended up the perfect cropped length for my tall frame.  

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Some special details on the Phoenix Blouse include a front and back yoke.  The front yoke can be embellished like you see here, and the back yoke has the cutest pointed shape.  Lace can be used on the front yoke.  I only had lace trim, and not a large piece of lace in the color I wanted to use.  So I sewed it in strips across the front of the yoke, overlapping slightly each layer.  I think it worked out perfectly!  

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the ties, I just used the top of the gathered lace trim that I’d cut off to make the lace lay flat.     I might shorten them just a little bit because when they are untied, they seem a little long.  And as she was photographing this outfit for me, Aria suggested that I could add another set of ties halfway down the front of the opening for a fun detail.  I’m going to do that right away!

The style lines of this blouse are so unique and flattering.  The rayon chambray is light, flows beautifully, and breathes well, so I plan to wear this all summer long!

Phoenix Blouse sewed and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Of course I had to make a skirt to go with the Phoenix Blouse.  I sewed a Jocole Pencil Skirt in knit Art Gallery Fabric from the Arizona After line designed by April Rhodes.  I think the two work perfectly together, and I also want to try the Phoenix Blouse with an a-line skirt.  

That’s all for today!  If you want to try a beautiful new pattern that will make you feel amazing, try the Phoenix Blouse!


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Sewing for Tweens – Pattern Choices

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Today we’re going to share some things we’ve learned about sewing for tweens.  We’re going to focus on pattern choices; what’s available, what they’ll wear!  You can also check out our thoughts on fabric choices over at the Cali Fabrics blog, later next week.

We’re joining the Growing Up Handmade blog tour.  It’s all about handmade clothing for tweens.  This is the age when my kids really start to express themselves.  Their unique style begins to shine.  I have 2 kids in this age category, so it was fun for all of us to plan and sew up 7 items for them to add to their wardrobes.  Yes 7!  That’s quite a lot of things to talk about, which is why this post is going to focus on patterns for tweens, and another post will focus on fabrics for tweens.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

First of all, we sewed up black themed outfits.  While kids of this age don’t clamor to be dressed in matching clothes, they still tolerate coordinated ones.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

There are definitely less patterns for boys in the sewing world than for girls.  So patterns for tween boys are even scarcer!  After looking through all my patterns for boys, I decided to buy 2 new patterns for Thomas’ black outfit.  The t-shirt is the Lennon Tee by Shwin & Shwin, a pattern designed specifically for tween boys.  It’s a fast and easy sew, and comes in sizes XS to XXL which is a 26” chest to 33.5” chest.  We made view A, the plain Tee, but there are 3 more versions we’ll be trying out.  We sewed a size L for Thomas.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

His pants are the Adventure Cargo Pants and Shorts by Pattern Emporium.  This pattern is very detailed, but not hard to sew.  There are so many different options for pockets, and pants and waistband and flies, that it’s a good idea to plan out exactly what you want first.  Thomas and I went over each option carefully and he told me exactly what he wanted.  The Adventure Cargo Pants can be made in sizes 2 to 14.  This was my muslin pair, and I made size 14 for Thomas, but the waist was 4 inches too big!  Good thing it has waistband elastic and he always wears a belt.  We added belt loops to these pants, made a zip fly, and allllllll the pocket options!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie is just starting to go into tween sizes.  She also is starting to put in more requests for certain items or details or patterns.  For the black theme, Annie got a mash up of 2 of her favorite girl tween patterns, the Camden Raglan by Hey June Handmade (affiliate link) and the Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight and Gather.  You could also use this tutorial to do the same thing.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie particularly loves the pockets which come from the bottom half of the Uptown Downtown Dress and the shoulder stripes which come from the Camden Raglan on top in this dress.  The fabric is bamboo rayon from CaliFabrics, a perfect lightweight and soft fabric for summer.  The Camden Raglan can be made in sizes 6-16, and the Uptown Downtown Dress can be made in sizes 2-14.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

For the next set of outfits, we actually went closer to matching than coordinating, but when it’s camo, who will notice?

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

For Thomas we used the same patterns, because they worked out so well.  On these I adjusted the waist area and took out 2 inches for this second pair of Adventure Cargos Pants.   This kid is actually very lucky that I sew for him because RTW (ready to wear) clothing does N.O.T. fit his tall and lanky frame!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

The fabric is real, true Carhartt canvas from Cali Fabrics.  He’s pretty pumped about a real pair of Carhartts…that fits!  We promise a post really soon about how amazing it is!  And the desert camo jersey fabric from Cali Fabrics is perfect for t-shirts.

Click on the links below to see our reviews of other patterns we have sewn in tween boy sizing:

Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom

Big Little Wild Things vest by Twig & Tale

Classic Chinos by PeekABoo Pattern Shop

Which Way Out Jacket by Fishsticks Designs

Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle

Newsboy Cap by Waffle Patterns

Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads

Everyday Tie by Made Everyday

And 2 that are next up on our sewing list:

Spring Showers Jacket by E&E Patterns

Parachute Polo and Sweatpants by Oliver+S


For Annie’s camo outfit, we planned a look that uniquely expresses who she is!  Girly and tomboy all mixed together in one.  She loves to dress up and look nice with a cute hairdo styled by one of her teenage sisters.  And she also loves to tear around in the woods with her brothers, playing hide and seek.

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation


We made her the Laramie Shirt by Hey June Handmade (affiliate link) using the most amazing Indigo Ranchero Rayon Chambray from Cali Fabrics.  The Laramie Shirt is the little sister pattern of the Cheyenne Tunic, and you KNOW how much we love the Cheyenne Tunic around here!  It is just as wonderful of a pattern, in sizes 6-16.  Plus there is an extra option for a dress, which we’ve already promised to make for Annie.  We made 2 changes to the Laramie Shirt pattern, we added the ruffle down the front by cutting out 2 extra button plackets at 2x the normal length along the selvedges of the fabric.  Then we gathered them and sewed them inside the button placket as we topstitched it in place.  The other change was to make short sleeves, but still add the cuff and placket from the 3/4 sleeve option.  We had to make the cuff a little narrower in width and gather the sleeve a little bit to fit accordingly.  Plus we added 2 buttons instead of one on the cuffs.  For the girly factor!

Sewing for Tweens: pattern advice from Skirt Fixation

Annie loves pencil skirts, and this one is the Jocole Girls Pencil Skirt which can be made in sizes doll and newborn to 14.  The only change we made was to add a pair of shorts underneath so Annie can stay covered during those rambunctious games of hide and seek with her brothers in the woods.

Click on each link below to read our reviews of other patterns we’ve sewn in tween girl sizing:

Polina Peplum by Coffee & Thread

Ila Dress by Coffee & Thread

Uptown Downtown Dress by Sew Straight and Gather

Miss Marlene from the Naeh Connection Shop

Molly Jacket by Violette Field Threads

Girl’s Yoga A-line Skirt by Jocole

Aster Cardigan by LBG Studio

Wild Things Vest by Twig & Tale

Longihood from the Naeh Connection Shop

City Park Tee by Hey June Handmade

Cabana Swim Bottoms by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Just Keep Swimming Rashguard by The Wolf and the Tree

Classic Malliot by Call Ajaire

Slim Trousers by Lil Luxe Collection

#106 by Thread Faction

Rachel by Modkid

Whew!  If you’re still with us, please visit all the other great moms who are sewing for their tweens on this blog tour.  I’ve picked up so many helpful tips!

Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy  |  Paisley Roots   |  Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Tuesday – April 18th
Beri Bee Designs   |   Phat Quarters   |  Sewing By Ti   |   Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday – April 19th
Courtney Zadik   |   Rebel & Malice   |   Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday – April 20th
Pattern Revolution   |  

And enter the giveaway too!  It’s a great one.  Plus if you’re sewing for tween, link up here, for another chance to win some great prizes.
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Copycat Anthropologie Skirt {Buy or DIY ~ Skirt}

Copycat Anthropologie Skirt

Today we have another Buy or DIY skirt for you! This time we’re showing you how you can make a perfect skirt for holiday events on the cheap. Our skirt pick of the day is a lace skirt from Anthropologie.

Copycat Anthropologie Skirt

Copycat Anthropologie Skirt Details:

Skirt: Anthropologie Lacy Pencil Skirt

Fabric Recommendation: Emerald Green Metallic Lace  & Emerald Green Poplin from Cali Fabrics

Pattern Recommendation: Nita Wrap Skirt by Sew DIY

Copycat Anthropologie Skirt Math:

Anthropologie Lacy Pencil Skirt: $228 retail price.

Fabric needed: 1 1/8 of each

Pattern: $12

Fabric: $6.75 & $2.99 per yard

Notions: $2 for d rings

Total Cost: $24.96 for DIY

Total Savings: $203.04

Copycat Anthropologie Skirt How To:

The recommended pattern is not intended to make a double layer skirt, but you can’t wear the lace we recommend without a lining!  Simply cut out each pattern piece from both fabrics and baste them together around the edges before sewing the pattern.

In summary:

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  Perfect for the holidays at a fraction of the price. Be sure to check out all our Buy or DIY ~ Skirt posts, you’ll be inspired and amazed at how much money you can save!

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5 Skirts to Lengthen Your Legs

5 skirt patterns to lengthen your legs!

5 skirt patterns to lengthen you legs!

5 Skirts is a series where we highlight five skirt patterns to help you feel confident about your body.  Today’s edition is: 5 Skirts to Lengthen Your Legs!  Click on any photo to be taken to our review of that skirt pattern.

Ina Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Ina Skirt by Pattern Review:  You know the old adage about horizontal stripes make you look wider, vertical stripes make you look taller?  That’s because the eye follows the stripes.  The stripes on the Ina skirt are designed to run vertically, making your legs look like they go on and on and on!

Jade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Jade Skirt by Paprika Patterns:  In the 70s women’s legs got longer.  Or at least they appeared to as hemlines rose higher and higher!  To add inches to your legs, make the mini version of the Jade skirt.  (midi version pictured)

Gabriola Skirt

Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns:  Seemingly contradictory, a maxi skirt will also lengthen your legs.  And what better way to do it than with a swishy, flowy, maxi skirt made from a lightweight fabric like voile.  The Gabriola in voile, chiffon, or lawn confuses and delights the eye of the beholder into thinking you’ve got the legs of an Amazon!

Ladies Tiered Maxi Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tiered Maxi Skirt by Pattern Emporium: The tiers on this skirt present the maker with the unique opportunity to add to their height.  Choose complimentary fabrics for the different tiers, or create an ombre effect, and whammy!  You’ve grown a few inches!

Sewn by Skirt Fixation

Ladies Yoga Pencil Skirt by Jocole:  When a skirt hugs the body, like a pencil skirt, the hemline is almost irrelevant, and the subject becomes legs.  Specifically your legs and how long they are!

There you have it; 5 Skirts to Lengthen Your Legs!  Now you can feel confident about wearing a skirt…with pride!

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Penny Pencil Skirt {All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters}

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

The next skirt we made for All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters is the Penny Pencil Skirt.  And we found the perfect fabric to sew it with.  Let’s start with a review of the Penny Pencil Skirt pattern.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

The Penny Pencil Skirt can be sewn in 9 sizes from 2T to 12.  There are 4 different styles included in the pattern; Mini, Short Pencil, Long Pencil and Flounce.  We sewed the Long Pencil version.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

This pattern has a rating of beginner.  There are 4 different pocket styles, we made the classic version.  Just the pocket pieces and the flounce have pattern pieces to print, dimension are given for the other pieces.  The instruction are illustrated with photographs.  The back of the wide waistband has several rows of elastic, ensuring a perfect and comfortable fit.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

One little detail we love about the Penny Pencil skirt is how the side seams aren’t really on the sides, but wrapped around the front!  It’s so slimming, and modern, and cute!  Those of us at Skirt Fixation who are larger than a size 12 seriously wish this pattern came in women’s sizes!  It is such a stylish pencil skirt for a girl.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

The Penny Pencil skirt requires woven fabric, and so we went straight for some Art Gallery Fabrics new denim from Phat Quarters.  After much deliberation, we finally chose the Canyon Sunset color.  This is a true, heavyweight denim, much like your favorite jeans are made from.  Or your favorite denim skirt!  So of course we had to do double topstitching on everywhere just like a ready to wear denim skirt.  Again, all of us who didn’t get a skirt made from this luscious fabric have a new item on the wish list!  Oh, and we tucked a little Bari J. fabric inside the pocket too!

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

We posted a photo on Instagram of a whole bunch of other fabrics that coordinate with this Art Gallery Fabrics denim.  But for this outfit, we chose some knit leftover from making this Uptown Downtown Dress to make a new summer top for Annie.  We chose the new Camden Raglan pattern from Hey June Patterns.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

Yep, this is the smaller version of our very favorite top, the Lane Raglan!  And the best thing about it is that Annie is in the smallest size (a 6) so she will get to wear this pattern for a long time (it goes up to size 16!)  And then she can graduate to the Lane Raglan pattern with the rest of us!.  The Camden Raglan is as fantastic as the Lane Raglan.  We made the elbow sleeve, curved hem version.  But we’re excited to try the other versions too.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

Alright, now it’s your time to play along.  Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below, or be the first to link up to the Inlinkz!  There are going to be 2 winners, one random winner from the Rafflecopter giveaway, and one (crowd favorite) from the Inlinkz link up.  Each winner will receive $30 to spend in the Simple Life Pattern Company store, AND $20 to spend in the Phat Quarters Etsy shop.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

So the first thing you need to do is get shopping at Phat Quarters with the exclusive discount code PHATSKIRTS at checkout for a 10% discount.  Then add your creation (or anything you’ve made in 2016 with a SLPco pattern or fabric from Phat Quarters) in the link up below.

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Girl’s Outfit details from Nothing But (k)Net

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Street Urchins in cool clothes sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play And now we come to the girl look for our Project Run & Play inspired Nothing But (k)Net look.  Which is actually where we started the whole thing!  But first, here’s the summary of the look:

Big Sister outfit:
Cardigan Pattern: Violette Field Threads Gretchen cardigan
Cardigan Fabric: Navy Jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabrics (sold out now, similar here: Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey Knit Navy Fabric)

Skirt Pattern: Jocole Girl’s Pencil skirt
Skirt Fabric: Fashion Knits – Fukuro Floral Denim Blue Poly Knit

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We started with the Gretchen Cardigan by Violette Field Threads.  As you may know, we’re currently sewing up all the Violette Field Threads skirt patterns.  (There’s a huge giveaway involved!)  When we saw this pattern though, we knew it was one we had to have!  Those ruffles just sealed the deal.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern would be great to use with some statement fabric, or as a girly basic, as we did here by using navy fabric.  This pattern is simple to sew up, the instructions are clear and photos accompany each step of the process.  It can be made in 7 sizes from 2T to 9/10.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Although it looks complicated because of the ruffles, knit fabrics don’t require hemming which actually cuts down on the amount of time involved.  I absolutely love, love, love the way the wrist cuffs are assembled.  I always wondered why wrist cuffs aren’t done this way in other patterns because you end up with your raw edges enclosed, creating such a beautiful finish.  I think I’m going to use this method on every knit cuff I sew now.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The silhouette of the Gretchen cardigan is probably intended to be worn with pants.  A full, puffy skirt or dress would not work with this cardigan because of it’s length and the ruffles at the bottom.  But since that’s what makes it so charming, and because we needed to get at least ONE skirt in somewhere for our Project Run & Play looks, we turned to the girl’s Jocole Pencil Skirt.  This turned out to be the perfect fit to accompany the Gretchen Cardigan pattern.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

A very fast and easy sew, I made 2 of these in less than an hour.  (The other one is a size 18 months one for our Etsy shop.)  Also, the pattern fits on 3 pieces of paper, so assembling the pattern takes about 30 seconds!  This pattern can be made in 16 different sizes from doll to size 14.  Annie/A-kat will be getting more of these skirts for many years to come.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I had the skirt fabric leftover from making my Lane Raglan.  Now I wish I had enough to make myself a Jocole Pencil Skirt because look how adorable that is!  Annie/A-kat informs me it’s super comfortable too.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra styled her sister’s outfit with a white turtleneck, tights and a scarf.  She also made Annie/A-kat’s fantastic hairdo!  And she took all the photos and edited them.  She pretty much bought to life the vision I had when I was sewing these outfits.  Huge thanks and kudos for her workmanship!

So there you have it, all the details for our Nothing But (k)Net looks.  Be sure to check out all the other fabulous seamstresses in the link up.  And did you see what the contestants made for the Nothing But Knit theme?  Serious talent!

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Selfish Sewing Week: Audrey {Part 1}

Selfish Sewing Week Outfit

This week all of the adult sized people at Skirt Fixation are participating in Selfish Sewing Week!  You will see lots of sewing, skirts, and adult sized creations!  Today Audrey walks the catwalk…

Selfish Sewing Week Outfit

Walks the catwalk, ha!  During the photoshoot I was trying not to sink into the muddy ground in Allegra’s heels!  But I’m getting ahead of myself…

Jocole pencil skirt made with Scuba knit fabric For Selfish Sewing Week, I started with a skirt; from Jocole, of course!  This is the Jocole knit pencil skirt pattern.  You see, I found the most delightful scuba knit fabric from JoAnn’s.  Envious of Allegra’s Jocole knit pencil skirt, I whipped up one for myself.  Since that was completed so fast, I had time to sew up something else.

Cambridge Cardigan Peekaboo Pattern Shop made by Skirt FixationWell, you’ll notice the title says part 1.  That’s because the first thing I sewed up to wear with this skirt didn’t pass Mr. Skirt Fixation’s inspection.  He liked it, but just not with this skirt!  So at his suggestion, I went hunting for a cardigan pattern.  I found the perfect one over at Peekaboo Pattern Shop in the form of their Cambridge Cardigan.  The only piece of the puzzle left was to find the perfect sweater knit.  I hunted and hunted and finally found the one I wanted on Amazon.

That’s right, Amazon sells fabric too.  Or to put it more correctly, fabric purveyors also sell their wares through Amazon sometimes.  This is a Hatchi Sweater Jersey Knit in a floral print, and it is very soft and easy to work with.  Plus drop dead gorgeous!

Cambridge Cardigan close up

The Cambridge Cardigan was an absolute treat to sew up.  Just a few pattern pieces, easy directions, and professional results.  This Cardigan is not only comfortable and warm, but flattering!  This is not your standard, baggy boyfriend cut cardigan; nope, this one is made all for the woman in you!

Renfrew cowl layering piece sewn by Skirt FixationWell, those two pieces needed a layering piece, which I found the perfect match in the Renfrew from Sewaholic.  I made a cowl neck with short sleeves because I wanted it to be a layering piece with out the bulk of two sleeves yet having a little something extra on top.  Success!

Renfrew cowl layering piece sewn by Skirt FixationAnd I can’t wait to make some more versions of the Renfrew.  The white knit fabric came from Girl Charlee as part of their Bargain lots sale, but I have yet to find anything wrong with it.

Sewn by Skirt FixationAs I mentioned earlier, during the photo shoot, I had trouble keeping from sinking into the mud with my heels!  Therefore I strategically cropped quite a few of these photos to edit out the awkward leg poses!  Ah, March…in like a lion; we’re waiting for the lamb!

Sewn by Skirt FixationSew My Stash 2015 reality check: I bought the Cambridge Cardigan fabric especially for this outfit, but the other fabrics had sat in my stash for quite a while!

Sewn by Skirt Fixation*The links to Peekaboo Patterns in this post are affiliate links.  That means we’re excited to partner with them because we love the professional results enabled by their patterns.  And if you click through our link to buy one of these patterns yourself, we might make a little money too!

Come back tomorrow to see Part 2!

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Knit Pencil Skirt {All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew}

Jocole knit pencil skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Urban Sew fabric

Jocole knit pencil skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Urban Sew fabric

We’re back with another awesome Jocole skirt made with wonderful Urban Sew knit fabric.  This week we sewed up the Jocole Knit Pencil Skirt.  This skirt just emphasizes what we’ve been saying all along about Jocole skirt patterns; good, basic, comfortable, wardrobe builders.  The Jocole Knit Pencil Skirt gives you every possible fitting option to create a nice, well-fitting knit pencil skirt for yourself.  There are so many different options on ways to make this skirt, 3 different waistbands, 2 different waist heights, and 8 different lengths!

Jocole knit pencil skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Urban Sew fabric

We chose a delicious grey and yellow striped knit fabric from Urban Sew to make this skirt.  This is the perfect weight knit for a pencil skirt, not too thin, good drape, medium weight, and oh so soft!  Matching up the stripes on the sides was easy and rewarding!!

Jocole knit pencil skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Urban Sew fabric

Using striped fabric to make the Jocole pencil skirt adds even more options to your ways to sew the Jocole Knit Pencil Skirt.  You can orient the stripes horizontally, like we chose to this time, or you could orient them vertically for a mod, slimming look, or the pattern even shows how to layout the pattern pieces to achieve a chevron pattern in the front and back!  Very cool, huh?

Jocole knit pencil skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with Urban Sew fabric

You can enter our giveaway to win 3 patterns of your choice from Jocole and a $40 gift certificate to Urban Sew.  Also, these two amazing, generous sponsors are offering discount codes just for Skirt Fixation readers during All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew.

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Karina Skirt {All The Skirts: Spit Up & Stilettos}

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

Today we present you the first skirt in the All The Skirts: Spit Up & Stilettos edition, the Karina Skirts.  This is one skirt you are going to want to have in your closet!  The Karina Skirt is a knit skirt, and it is lined.  This makes it slimming and comfortable.  Like secret pajamas!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

We chose to make a sporty version of the Karina Skirt by adding a striped racing stripe.

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

Ever since we saw Liz’s version of this, we wanted to make one.  Aria tried this skirt on and was instantly happy!  Making this skirt made me really happy because it was so easy to make.  The directions were very easy to follow, complete with picture instructions for each step.  The pattern says it’s not just easy, it’s super easy, and we found that to be so TOTALLY true!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

A little about the fabric.  We’ve vowed to sew all the Spit Up & Stilettos skirts from our stash since all their patterns are free.  Since we are just beginning to sew more with knits, we didn’t have too much in our stash, so we started with a knit maternity skirt (we used the waistband here) and refashioned it into the Karina Skirt.  If you’ve never sewn with knits before, this skirt would be the perfect place to start.  Really!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

One word of warning about this skirt…it is tight fitting!  So if you want a va-voom date night skirt, this is the one that will draw his eye!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

Of course Aria is too young to even think about dates, but the pattern goes down to XS, so it was perfect to make a sporty skirt for her.  I did lengthen the Karina Skirt by about 4 inches, per her request and to make it more suitable for fall and winter wearing.

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

Now we want you to enjoy All The Skirts: Spit Up & Stilettos, so we’ve made a way for you to play along.  Enter the giveaway and grab one of those free Spit Up & Stilettos patterns and get sewing!

Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

The giveaway this time will include a copy of Not A Skirt! and a $25 gift certificate to Fabricworm.  You can earn entries to win that great stuff in two ways:
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2: Link up any Spit Up And Stilettos pattern you’ve sewn, or up to three things you’ve sewn using fabric from your stash in 2014.

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Karina Skirt for All The Skirts series

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5 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt in Summer

fancy pencil skirt

Good morning, faithful Skirt Fixation readers; Allegra here. Do you remember ‘this’ post? I took a pencil skirt that I remade and wore it five ways. Well, as those outfits were all fall/winter fashions, I decided to do another ‘five ways’ outfit post. This time, though, the outfits are directed toward spring/ summer.  For your reading/viewing pleasure, here are 5 ways to wear a pencil skirt in summer:

5 ways to wear a pencil skirt in summer1. The Business Look.

I must admit that I had a bit of fun with this look. I paired the skirt with a white, ruffled, button-up shirt, black belt with rhinestones, and black heels. I went wild with my hair, too. Hey, bonus points if you can re-create my hairdo. (Hint: it takes three feet of strawberry blond hair and no idea what you’re doing.) Really. If you asked me to do that hairdo again, I couldn’t do it to save my life. My wild ‘do’s’ are one of a kind, people. Cherish them!

messy bunHere’s a bonus picture of the hair. My apologies. My ‘darling mother’ thought it was funny.

summer pencil skirt2. The Sporty Look.

Here I wore my black and white raglan shirt and Nikes to create a more playful, athletic look. My face says; ‘I swear I can play volleyball. Seriously.”  Actually, my version of volleyball has considerably more falling down, missing the ball, and twisting my ankle than other people’s versions.

pencil skirt in summer3. The Casual Look.

I wore my black and yellow butterfly graphic tee with the sequins here, as well as sunglasses. If you have black flip-flops, I encourage you to wear them with this look. I tried to find mine, but my little siblings like to flop around in them and lose them anywhere and everywhere. THEY SHALL FIND THE FLIP-FLOPS! Or else… (Cue knuckles cracking ominously.) Anyway, this is a really cool, breezy look for summer.

pencil skirt for boating

4. The Boating Look.

Here I’m talking to my mermaid friend. She totally just broke up with her boyfriend; it was horrible. See my shellphone. Get it? Shell … phone? Ahahahaha. Sorry. I paired the pencil skirt with my penny loafers and a pink tee embellished with a blue anchor and French words. French words on your shirt just makes you so much more chic, don’t you think? This is a great look for hanging out on a houseboat. If…I had a houseboat. (sobs.)

fancy pencil skirt5. The Dressy Look.

This is kind of an ancient Greek inspired look, I think. I wore one of mom’s peach button-up shirts and my vintage brown heels. I put my hair up again and tied a white scarf around it. It actually looks a lot like Cinderella now. I love the vintage feel, and may try to re-create the hair. (Wish me luck.)

5 ways to wear a pencil skirt in summer

Which of the 5 ways to wear a pencil skirt in summer is your favorite?  Anyhoo, thanks for reading,