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Honeybee Senna Tote

honeybee Senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

honeybee Senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

Recently Aria entered her teenage years.  I’ve been sewing my children their birthday gifts for a while now (see what I made for Aria last year.)  Aria has been expressing admiration at both my Senna Tote and the miniature one I made for Annie’s Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection, so that is what I chose to make for her.  I’ve dubbed this one the Honeybee Senna Tote.

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

I decided to make Aria’s at 70%, so printed the Senna Tote pattern pieces at that percentage and added a little bit to the edges for seam allowances.

Small, Medium and Large Senna Totes made by Skirt Fixation

It turned out medium size.  (Try not to squint too hard from the mismatched fabrics, this photo is for size reference only!)  The dimensions of the Honeybee Senna Tote are: 12.5 L x 12 H x 3.5 W.

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

In all the fabrics and material I gathered for these Senna Totes, nature and earthy was my goal.  I used Echino Decoro Bees Kokka fabric from Urban Sew for the main fabric.  Because of the weight of this fabric (it’s basically canvas) I didn’t need to use a canvas interlining, so less cutting!

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

The denim on the Honeybee Senna Tote is from a pair of jeans and a denim skirt.  The handles and back pocket are from the jeans and the lining is from the skirt.

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

For the bottom of the Honeybee Senna Tote, I used some embossed pleather I had in my stash.  I have no clue where it came from before it was in the stash, but here is something similar you could use.  Deadwood Faux Leather Chocolate Fabric  (affiliate link)

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

For the front pocket, I used the same gold fabric I used on my Senna Tote because it reminded me of the color of honey.  And since there were already bees and flowers on the Honeybee Senna Tote, there had to be honey too!

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

I’m linking this Honeybee Senna Tote up to Purse Palooza 2015 over at Sew Sweetness with absolutely no expectations to win the contest.  Why?  Because there are some AH-mazing purses, totes, clutches and wallets linked up there.  Serious talent!

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

So you may be wondering why there are 2 of these Honeybee Senna Totes in the photos.  Well, the Skirt Fixation team has decided to reopen our shop, so keep your eyes peeled for the grand opening!  You can now buy this Senna Tote in our Etsy shop.

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

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Mini Senna Tote

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The second to last piece in the Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection is the mini Senna Tote. I wasn’t sure if I was going to have time to complete it with all the other pieces I had planned. But Annie insisted. And part of the idea behind the mini wardrobe collection was child input, so…

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The rose pink pleather really reflects Annie’ choice. She would have all pink all the time!  The rose pleather, or vegan leather if you prefer, came from Girl Charlee.  They have just about every color you could need!

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The main fabric used to make the mini Senna Tote is called Kladi Underlight. Recognize it?  That’s because we chose the other color way for the maxi skirt from the Aquatic Countryside look.  It’s from Katarina Rocella’s Skopelos line of fabric, as are all the fabric in this mini wardrobe collection and was generously given to us by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The contrast pocket and inside fabric is from our fabric stash, it might be shot cotton, and we used it to line the dress from this mini collection also.

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

Annie carried her mini Senna Tote for the Flower Market look, but it does go with everything in the mini wardrobe collection.  Really it might be both of our favorite piece from the whole Modern Chloris collection!  It’s so delicate and miniature looking.

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

Okay, here are the top secret details on how you can make a mini Senna Tote for yourself, I mean your little one!  You need Senna Tote pattern.  Print out the pattern pieces at 50% instead of 100%.  Be sure to add back seam allowances because they will have been shrunk by 50% too.  Sewing a 1/8 inch seam allowance could get pretty tricky on parts of the mini Senna Tote.  Ask me how I know!

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The cool part of making a mini Senna Tote is that it takes less materials and less time too!  I think I will make one at 75% next!   In that case, you would add 1/8 back to the seam allowances I think.  The easiest way to figure out the length of zipper you will need is to measure your shrunken pattern piece.  In our case, we were using a zipper we harvested off of a thrifted purse.  We couldn’t find the right shade of zipper, but the purse was as cheap as a zipper plus the shipping it would have cost us to get exactly the right shade of pink!

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

To figure the length of the straps, the easiest thing is to just measure with a measuring tape on the intended recipient.   The 50% measure doesn’t work too well here either.  We made the straps at 50% width, but you would widen these if you wanted.  These work perfectly for Annie’s little hands.

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

Annie absolutely adores her mini Senna Tote.  She stores all her most special treasures in it and has (so far) managed to keep it away from her little brothers!

Mini Senna Tote from Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection sewed by Skirt Fixation

Here is the link to the Senna Tote I made myself, for comparison.  The other Mini Senna Tote versions I’ve seen are Groovy Baby and Mama’s for Stylo Magazine and Alexis of Whimsy Tailes on Instagram.

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Shopbop Copycat Skirt {Buy or DIY skirts}

Buy or DIY skirt copycat

Today we have another Buy or DIY skirt for you! We’ll be showing you an easy way to make an inexpensive knockoff of a high-end leather circle skirt. Buy or DIY skirt copycat

Our skirt pick of the day is a leather circle skirt from Shopbop.  Here’s how you can achieve a $668 look for much, much less!

Details:

Shopbop skirt: Kelly Bergin Leather Circle Skirt

Fabric Recommendation: Black Faux Vegan Leather Fabric from Girl Charlee

Pattern Recommendation: Spit Up and Stiletto’s Emilie Skirt

Math:

Shopbop skirt: $668 retail price.

Fabric needed: 1 1/2 yards at $9.50 per yard

Notions: Zipper $4

Pattern: Free!

Total $: $18.25 for DIY

Total Savings: $649.75

Wow, the DIY wins for sure!! You’ll be winning too if you follow this fun trend and make yourself this inexpensive wardrobe addition.  As always, you can see all our Buy or DIY skirt comparisons we make on our Copycat Skirts Pinterest board.  Check them all out!