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I took 7 children fabric shopping and lived to tell about it!

Fabric Store Scavenger Hunt by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m over at Project Run & Play talking about what it’s like to go fabric shopping with 7 children.

7 types of fabric store creatures/children!

Let’s just say having 7 children AND a healthy fabric appetite, I’ve learned a few lessons and tips for other Mom’s to use.

Fabric Store Scavenger Hunt by Skirt Fixation

One tip I share is using my free fabric store scavenger hunt printable.  Right click and it’s all yours!  You’re welcome.  Be sure to pop over to Project Run & Play to see which type of creature child needs to be occupied with this fabric store scavenger hunt.  Don’t go to the fabric store again without reading my post!

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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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Starry Knights

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who had a faithful knight as her companion.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

Sometimes they did argue about things like who would get the last gummy bear or who got to ride the royal steed, but mostly they got along swimmingly.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The knight protected the princess through many adventures.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They braved nights full of stars and robber bandits.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They staved off attacks by dragons with inferiority complexes.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They conducted pirate raids and snowball fights.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

They won battles with zombie pirate dragon snowball bandits.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The princess rewarded the knight by letting him kiss her hand sometimes, and by not letting his head get chopped off.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

After all, she was a very beautiful princess and it would’ve been a shame if she didn’t have her knight there to save her from bad things.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

The princess put up with a lot from the knight; stuck-out tongues, sassing, and minor conflicts, but there was one thing that she always insisted on.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

No matter how terrible the adventure or how heavy the battle there must be one thing straight; her and her knight had to have coordinating outfits.

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

In the end they lived happily ever after. I mean, who wouldn’t live happily ever after when they’re so fabulously dressed?

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Today’s photo essay is inspired by the sewing prompt “All That Glitters.”  This is the third week’s theme for Project Run & Play’s Season 11.  Outfit details only today, pattern reviews, details and oh so many more photos coming tomorrow and Wednesday!

Starry Knights Princess Outfit:

Dress Pattern:  Antalya Dress by Coffee & Thread

Dress Fabric: Wild & Free Knit Midnight Roof  designed by Maureen Cracknel for Art Gallery Fabrics

Leggings Pattern:  Slim Trousers by Lil Luxe Collection

Leggings & Fingerless Gloves Fabric: Stretch Panne Velvet Velour Soft Gold Fabric from Fabric.com

Starry Knights Knight Outfit:

Hoodie Pattern:  Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle

Hoodie Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric-Navy from JoAnn Fabrics

Shirt Pattern:  Field Trip Raglan T-shirt by Oliver+S

Shirt Fabric: Art Gallery solid Sahara Sun knit from Imagine Gnats

Pants Pattern:  Classic Chinos pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop 

Pants Fabric: Cotton Twill Khaki Fabric

Starry Knights sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play

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Indiana Jones Cosplay Outfit

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

The second theme during season 11 of Project Run & Play is Cosplay Craze.  If you’re not familiar with the term Cosplay, it’s basically dressing up as a character from a movie, book, cartoon, etc.  The Project Run & Play theme had one stipulation; the creation should not be a costume.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

My son has been asking for a leather jacket for a long time, so I used that request to tailor (see what I did there?) this prompt to fulfill that request and one other of his requests too.  If you haven’t guessed, our cosplay inspiration character is Indiana Jones.   Here’s the details on how we created an Indiana Jones cosplay outfit.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

After looking at several photos of Indiana Jones, I decided it was time to fulfill my son’s request that the next pair of pants I sew for him have a real zip fly instead of a faux fly like the previous two pairs of pants I’ve made for him.  So I turned to Peekaboo Pattern Shop for their classic chinos pattern.  (affiliate link)  It’s a great pattern, and you really do end up with (wait for it) classic chinos!

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern can be made in 13 sizes from 3 months to size 12.  Thomas is almost in the largest size for length, but only an 8 in width, so I should be able to make this pattern work for a while yet.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

I found the pattern very thorough and easy to follow except for one little instruction on the welt pockets.  After checking with the Melly Sews welt pocket tutorial, I was good to go.  I won’t have any trouble in the future, but it was my first time constructing them this way, (also known as the REAL way!)  The zip fly came out impressive, so Thomas can be assured of real zip flies on all the pants I sew for him in the future.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

You should recognize the shirt pattern we used if you’ve been around Skirt Fixation any time at all!  It’s the Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt.  Allegra embroidered Indiana Jones’ iconic bullwhip on the front.  I did make two changes to the pattern this time; I added sleeve cuffs and a band around the bottom.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Apparently Thomas has grown since I made him a long sleeve version of this pattern and the sleeves were too short.  So then I added a hem band also to make it more like a sweatshirt in cut.

Refashioned into a leather jacket

Finally the leather jacket.  I started with a suede leather skirt of mine and a suede leather jacket I picked up at a thrift store.  By serendipity, they were exactly the same shade of brown, and it was a good thing since I used most of both of them to create this Indiana Jones jacket.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Unfortunately much of the original jacket had become brittle, or started to rot?  Anyway it tore very easily.  So I basically harvested the zipper and used part of the sleeves from the original jacket.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

If you are interested in the full tutorial on how I made it, you can find it here on Refashion Co-op.  I used the Downton Duffle Jacket pattern (affiliate link) and tried to preserve the cool pockets from the original jacket.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Thomas requested a secret pocket on the inside, so I was able to use one of the pockets for that.   I realized as I was refashioning this skirt into a jacket that I had done exactly the same thing for one of my very first sew along entries for Project Run & Play!  Lots of work, but impressive and long lasting results.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

The snap tab from the other pocket became a snap tab at the collar.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

That’s it except a few details about the photo shoot.  Allegra had an awesome Indiana Jones photo shoot planned in an area that would have been perfect, but then she got sick!

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

So Thomas and I walked out into the woods on this icy cold day.  It was all going great until my iPhone, my only camera, decided to shut down because of the cold!  (Did you know they’ll do that?)  So we only managed to get a few photos and they’re far inferior to what could have been, but I tried to fill in the gaps with some flat lay detail photos.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Be sure to hop over to Project Run & Play to see what the contestants made (prepare to be awed!) and don’t miss the sew along entries too.

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Boys Look from Nothing But (k)Net

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!

Yesterday we got to share our Nothing But (k)Net look for the Project Run & Play week 1 sew along.  We summarized our boy look as follows:

Boys outfits:
Shirts pattern: Oliver + S Parachute Polo

Shirt fabric: Mabel Madison (sold out, try this airplane fabric instead)
Sweatpants pattern: Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants
Sweatpants fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Navy Fabric & Sweatshirt Fleece Charcoal Fabric

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

But we have so much more to share with you, including a deluge of photos!

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

This is the 3rd time I’ve used the Oliver + S Parachute Polo pattern to make these two boys matching shirts.  I made only one change to the pattern this time; I narrowed the sleeves at the bottom.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

The first time I made these shirts, I made short sleeves, so it wasn’t an issue.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

When I made them the long sleeved striped shirts, I discovered the wrists were a bit floppy, hence the change.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

The contrast fabric on the shirt collars, plackets and pocket is some blue linen from the stash.  Although you can use a knit fabric for these three places on the shirt, I like to use a woven because it helps stabilize these potentially tricky spots.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

To help differentiate between the two shirts for dressing purposes, I made the buttons different colors on the two shirts.  David (or Dawg in yesterday’s story!) got navy blue buttons and Baby got white ones.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

Do you see the differences in the Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants?  David/Dawg’s are gray with a blue side stripe and Baby’s are blue with a gray side stripe.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

If Baby’s Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants look familiar it’s because he’s wearing the pair I made his older brother in this blog post in October.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

I know they fit him partly because of the elastic around the ankles makes them not too long, but would someone please make my baby’s growth slow down?

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

I did lengthen David/Dawg’s sweatpants by a couple of inches because while the other pair still fits him, he’s growing too, and it won’t be long until they’re too short.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

These boys have been eating, sleeping and playing in these pants.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

They must be super comfortable because they barely let me take them off for laundering, and then put them on straight out of the dryer!

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

Baby has taken to wearing a hat.  He calls all hats “cowboy hat.”  He likes to change the angle to a rakish angle now and then.  Obviously, I’m completely wrapped around his tiny finger!

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

The boys had so much fun this day with this photoshoot.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

Allegra took all the photos, and at one point I saw her laying flat on the ground to get a good shot!  Totally worth it, too.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

The lighting was perfect, and she edited all the photos for the grunge/street scene photos too.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

I love how the whole photo essay yesterday turned out so artistically.

Boy Look from Skirt Fixation's Nothing But (k)Net look.

Come back tomorrow for more about the girl look from our Nothing But (k)Net sewing event.

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Street Urchins got Nothing But (k)Net

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!Once upon a time there were three kids from the hood.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!A-Kat was a skateboarding chick with a fashion sense as smooth as new pavement.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!Dawg played ball all day, every day, rain or shine, court or no court.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!Baby was a baby, and he had a ball that was just his size, which was good because “Ball” was about the only word that he said.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!One day their pickup game had been interrupted because some large people wanted to play.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!Dawg and A-Kat muttered insults at the large people for a while, but were finally relegated to sitting on the steps watching.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!“It’s worse when you hafta watch ‘em play.” A-Kat said, scowling.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!“Big dumb dudes.” Dawg muttered, thinking that someday he’d be better than all of them.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!“Ball!” Baby chuckled. If he had his special ball he’d be happy, no matter if he was on a basketball court or not.

Finally the large people were done with their game and the little street urchins could reclaim their territory.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!A-Kat was happy because the court was smooth and good for boarding.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!Dawg was happy because he could resume trying to dunk the ball.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!Baby was happy because he had his ball.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!“Hey, A-Kat, will you play me?” Dawg asked his sister.
“Only if I get to be Larry Bird,” she answered.
“Whatever!” Dawg replied, “I’ll be Michael Jordan, he’s better anyway! Who wants to be The Bird?”

So they had a rather heated game that also included Baby whenever his special ball rolled into their court.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!When it was time to go home, they were all happy.

Nothing But Knit theme sewn by Skirt Fixation. Fun children's clothing event!A-Kat was happy because she had got in a good day of skateboarding.
Dawg was happy because he knew that someday he’d be tall enough to dunk the ball.
Baby was happy because he had his ball.

Two things inspired this photo essay.  Week 1 of Project Run & Play begins today with the theme: Nothing But Knit.  All the street urchin’s clothing is made from knit fabrics.  The name of the theme, Nothing But Knit, took me back to the 90s and the Nothing But Net Superbowl ad campaign.   The second part of the photoshoot reflects those two icons on the court.  This photo inspired the first part of the photoshoot.   A-Kat’s hair fashion sense is inspired by this DJ.

Outfit summaries only today, complete reviews and many more photos coming tomorrow and Wednesday.

Big Sister outfit: (Complete details in this blog post.)
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

Boys outfits: (Complete details in this blog post.)
Shirts pattern: Oliver + S Parachute Polo

Shirt fabric: Mabel Madison (sold out, try this airplane fabric instead)
Sweatpants pattern: Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants
Sweatpants fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece Navy Fabric & Sweatshirt Fleece Charcoal Fabric

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Exciting Announcement!

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

Today’s there’s an exciting announcement over at Project Run & Play that involves me.  Yep, you heard me right, ME!  When I discovered Project Run & Play I found the sewing community and felt like I’d found my people.  Other women who loved to sew, and were maybe even obsessed with sewing?  It was my dream come true! So to be a part of the Project Run & Play team is a great honor for me.  I thought I would celebrate by rounding up all the things I’ve sewn for a Project Run & Play event.  Be sure to check out Michelle’s post as it’s a pretty exciting day for her too.
It’s very interesting to me to see how Project Run & Play has also made me up my sewing game.  It’s like the first time I went to a potluck as a newly married bride.  I took green bean hot dish.  You know the kind with french fried onions on top?  As I set my offering on the table, among the beautifully prepared and meticulously presented food art, I realized the point of a potluck for a woman was not only to feed others, but to connect with other cooks via the food they had prepared.  Let me just say I never took green bean hot dish to a potluck again!  And Project Run & Play has helped me sew and present my best.  I also love thinking about all the other seamstresses as I sew for PR&P just as when I cook for a potluck I think about all the other cooks simultaneously preparing food.  Click on each photo to be taken to the original post if you wish.

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January 2014: Week 1 – Theme: Winter Wonderland – I don’t remember where I first heard of PR&P, but when I linked up for the first time it was magical!  Finally someone other than my family read and commented on my post!  I’d been discovered and more importantly I discovered my people!

The Sound of Music costume

January 2014 – Week 2 – Theme: Take Me To The Movies – I sewed a look inspired by The Sound Of Music.

skirt coat by ball

January 2014 – Week 3 – Theme: Refashion Challenge –  I refashioned a leather skirt into this fur and leather jacket.

t-shirt dress

January 2014 – Week 4 – Theme: Signature Style –  All of my daughters got involved and we made this outfit.

Beach Outfits for Spring Break

March 2014 – Week 1 – Theme: Spring Break –  One of my sons made his debut on the blog with my debut into boy sewing!

zoo outfits

March 2014 – Week 2 – Theme: Put Me In The Zoo – I was hooked on boy sewing and made 2 zoo animal inspired outfits.

annie bee skirt 2

March 2014 – Week 3 – Theme: Design Your Own Fabric – This outfit Annie wore and wore and wore and wore!  Allegra hand stenciled the skirt.

wrap pockets

March 2014 – Week 4 – Theme: Signature Style – I seemed to be as hooked on sewing jackets as I was on Project Run and Play.  Annie STILL wears this one!

Richie Rich bow tie

September 2014 – Week 1 – Theme: 80s Cartoons – So many first for this challenge, my first button up shirt and bow tie.  My first “real” sewing for a boy!

Etage Dress Review

September 2014 – Week 2 – Theme: Hand Me Downs – I made this dress from an old skirt of mine.

ButtonDown

September 2014 – Week 3 – Theme: Denim – I made this black denim jacket for Aria.  She loved it and wore it over and over.  Now it’s waiting to be passed down to Annie.

Oliver + S Croquet Dress

September 2014 – Week 4 – Theme: Signature Style – By now I’d discovered Oliver+S patterns through Frances Suzanne when they were contestants on PR&P and had fallen in love!  Embroidery by Allegra.

For 2015 the format changed to all sew along!  Yippee for us!

Jocole bubble skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew fabric

January 2015: Bubble Hem – I went all out and sewed 3 different pieces for this challenge.  And had the best photoshoot ever!

Cowboy Muscle Tee and PJsJocole Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Nano Iro from Urban Sew

February 2015: Mademoiselle Tee – I was on fire and made 2 entries, pajama shirts for my boys and a refashioned vest plus outfit for Annie.

Jocole's Pixie Strip Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross from Urban Sew

March 2015: Knot Dress Pattern – I used the knot dress pattern to make Annie and her doll matching outfits!

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop

April 2015: Reversible Sling Bag pattern – I made the bag, and an nautical themed outfit for Annie too.

Badminton Skort pattern by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop

May 2015: Summer Chevrons Shirt pattern – I ultimately ended up using only the sleeves from the given pattern, but did a LOT of sewing for this entry!

Color me Princess Skirt by Skirt Fixation

June 2015: DIY Frozen Elsa – Annie pretty much got the outfit of her dreams!  The hat didn’t last long, but that skirt gets lots of wear!

Both Insects

August 2015: Handwork – Allegra embroidered these magnificent specimens.  They didn’t end up on clothing as originally planned, but spectacular nonetheless!

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

September 2015: Back to School – The canvas jacket I made.  This jacket made the trip to Quilt Market and back, and now Annie wears in daily!

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

November/December 2015: Fabric Manipulation – I ended my PR&P entries for the year on a high note.  No question there!

Besides the sewing challenges for Project Run & Play we’ve also participated in Skirting The Issue in July, and donated many, many skirts to girls in need.  We look forward to our new future with Project Run & Play…it’s going to be wonderful!

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Badminton Skort & Dress {All The Skirts: Oliver+S & Fat Quarter Shop}

Badminton Skort pattern by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop

Badminton Skort pattern by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThe second to last Oliver+S skirt outfit we sewed is the Badminton Skort pattern.  Remarkably unique, fun and functional, Oliver+S skirt patterns continue to amaze us!  We’ll start, naturally, with the skort.Badminton Skort pattern by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThe Oliver+S Badminton pattern is called a skort because there are hidden shorts underneath.  A perfect addition for active girls.  Now as the Oliver+S aficionados probably noticed right away, we made one significant change to the Badminton pattern.  We sewed the hem facing on the OUTSIDE of the skirt as the navy band you can see around the bottom!  This was not a mistake; we chose to do this because we wanted the scalloped hem to take the forefront to echo the butterfly wings.  That brings us to the fabric. Badminton Skort pattern by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopOnce again, this wonderful fabric came from Fat Quarter Shop.  It is from Sarah Watson’s Biology line of fabric.  The different butterflies are all labeled underneath.  You can see the rest of the adorable Biology line of fabric at Fat Quarter Shop.Badminton Skort pattern by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopOne of my favorite features of the Badminton skort is the waistband.  It’s wide in the front and gathered (with elastic – we used buttonhole elastic) in the back.  Annie assured me this waistband is as comfortable as it looks!Badminton Skort pattern by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopAllegra took the opportunity of the dark navy hem band at the bottom to free hand embroider a butterfly!  As if this skirt couldn’t have gotten any cuter!Badminton Skort pattern by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopJust like we did on the Hopscotch Skirt pattern, we took the wardrobe expanding opportunity to sew up the Badminton top as a Dress.  The two pieces can be layered, or worn separately. Badminton Skort pattern by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopAgain, the Oliver+S aficionados have likely already noticed the one change we made to this dress!  Instead of a single ruffle at the shoulder, we took the ruffle sleeve from the Summer Chevrons Shirt free pattern by Crafty Cupboard, doubled it (because it was our favorite part of the pattern!) and  sewed it on like butterfly wings in place of sleeves!  They really do flutter and are in keeping with the butterfly theme of this outfit. Badminton Skort pattern by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThe rest of the armholes are bound as per the instructions in both the Oliver+S and the Summer Chevrons shirt patterns.   The Summer Chevrons Shirt is this month’s challenge pattern over at Project Run & Play, so we are linking up this pattern, or maybe just it’s sleeves!Badminton Skort pattern by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThe little drawstring front and the contrasting yoke are just so sweet.  The navy fabric is Riley Blake Designs Navy Solid fabric, also from Fat Quarter Shop, and is the perfect lightweight ingredient for a summer dress.Badminton Skort pattern by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter ShopThis is the last week to enter the giveaway for 2 Oliver+S patterns and a $40 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate.  Remember, there will be 3 lucky winners of patterns and fabric, 2 from the Rafflecopter, and one from the link up.  So if you haven’t already done so, take a minute to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win Oliver + S skirt patterns and a gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop.

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Badminton Skort pattern by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop

We are loving the Oliver + S patterns you’ve been sewing.  Keep adding any Oliver + S pattern you’ve sewn in 2015 to the link up.  You can also link up anything you’ve sewn in 2015 using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop.  Since our sponsors are so generous, there will be 1 winner from the link up and 2 winners from the Rafflecopter!  All 3 winners will receive 2 Oliver + S pdf skirt patterns and a $40 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!

Badminton Skort pattern by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop