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Janie Dress and Peplum

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today is our stop on the Project Run & Play Shop Grand Opening blog tour!  It’s an exciting day to be able to share not only these Janie dresses with you, but the whole Project Run & Play Shop.  This idea has been over a year in the making, and it’s so delightful to have a place to offer the amazing Project Run & Play design all in one spot!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The whole month of July is the grand opening celebration.  There is a huge giveaway, sales each week, and every single pattern is being featured and sewn by a talented Project Run & Play designer.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

This week, dresses are featured.  They are for sale for 20% off in the shop.  We got to sew up the Janie Dress and Peplum pattern.  This darling knit dress has quite a few options, and we couldn’t help but sew up two different version.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Janie Dress and Peplum can be made in 13 sizes from 6 months to 12 years.  We sewed a size 12 months for Baby.  The pattern is very thorough with photo illustrations and detailed instructions.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

One thing we love about this pattern is that cute collar!  It is perfectly drafted, and is super easy to attach.  Plus it lays right exactly where it’s supposed to at all times, which is very important!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

As you might know, knit neckbands are a particular point of interest to us when we sew patterns, and we are delighted to report that this one is absolutely perfect!  It lays flat with no curling or buckling.  Another sign of a superbly drafted pattern in our opinion!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Janie Dress can have either a circle skirt or a gathered circle skirt.  In the floral dress, we did the circle skirt option.  But we added length simply by using the gathered circle skirt hem length.  Quick, easy, and super effective to make this pattern last a little longer on a growing baby.  

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for this dress is Indigo and Aster knit jersey La Floraison.  We also used it for Annie’s cardigan here.  The collar fabric is some indigo denim-look knit fabric.  I used it because it really accentuates Baby’s eye color!

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other Janie dress we sewed is mostly the same, but we used the gathered circle skirt option.  This was also a very easy dress to sew.  We used some rust bamboo knit leftover from sewing myself a peplum I sewed for myself.  I guess I haven’t shared it here, except in my Me Made May round up post.  You can see it on Instagram here.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric is so lightweight and perfectly cool for summer because it’s bamboo and rayon mixed!  I love wearing my peplum, and I just know this dress will help Baby keep cool in the summer heat.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

These 2 Janie Dresses are just the beginning of a summer capsule wardrobe we’re sewing for Baby.  So stay tuned for lots more baby goodness and tons of photos in the near future!  And remember to head over to Project Run & Play for the grand opening tour!  You can enter the giveaway below also.  And get your Project Run & Play patterns here.

Janie Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

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Great Wall of China Inspired Children’s Clothing

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Even though I’m not eligible to win a prize, I’m sewing along with Project Run & Play for the week 1 “7 Wonders of the World” theme!  (If you missed the news, I’m now leading Project Run & Play!)  It’s too inspiring not to!  Here’s a look at our Great Wall of China Inspired children’s clothing.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Around our house, we have studied the Great Wall of China in our history studies many times.  Since it’s one of the ancient Wonders of the World, we chose to be inspired by both the architecture, and the surrounding landscape.  And we decided to have a little fun too!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s dress, we chose to be inspired by the length of the Great Wall of China and sew her another maxi dress.  We started with the Camden Raglan, and got busy designing it into a dress with special little touches.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The first little touch we added was to insert lace on the lines of the raglan sleeves.  It’s a sweet little touch, and represents how the Great Wall of China criss crosses the entire country.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The second little touch we added was to design a bell sleeve for the sleeve hem with more lace inserted at the top of the bell.  Annie chose the length she wanted the sleeves to be, and absolutely adores how they bell out and flow with the dress.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The final touch we added was to leave the sleeve and bottom dress hems raw.  With time and wear and washing, they will curl up slightly.  The intention was for this design feature to mimic and accent the white of the lace and cherry blossoms.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

We used this Art Gallery Pandalicious Jersey Knit Yinghua Cherrylight Fabric.  “Yinghua” means cherry blossom.  It’s perfectly soft, drapes beautifully on the sleeves and skirt, and is stable enough to make the neckband turn out perfectly.  Annie styled it with her Panda Vest we sewed for her earlier.  This is to represent the pandas in the wilds of China around the Great Wall.  You can read all about it in that post, but it uses panda fabric from the same line of fabric as the cherry blossom fabric.  And she also borrowed a fan from Allegra for a photo prop.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Next came some raglan t-shirts for the boys.  Yes, more raglan t-shirts for these boys!  What can I say?  We used the Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan t-shirt pattern.  For David we are sewing a size 7 and for Lowell a size 5.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, we used some Riley Blake Knit Stripe Aqua/Navy Fabric for the sleeves, neckband, and the back of Lowell’s t-shirt.  We chose stripes to mimic the lines of the Great Wall of China.  For the fronts, we used Riley Blake Designs navy blue jersey knit fabric.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Then came the fun part!  We decided to use our new Cricut Maker machine to make fortune cookie gold foil iron on graphics with two fun sayings.  And the little strip of twill tape represents for the paper fortunes inside!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

David’s shirt says “Tough Cookie” with a fortune cookie.  David is quite a sweetie, and like many boys his age, loves to see how tough he can be!   Click here for the free cut file if you want to make a shirt like this too.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Lowell’s shirts says “Fortun*Ate” as a fun play on words about eating fortune cookies and how fortunate we feel to have him as our son!  If you want to make a shirt like this go here for the free cut file.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For the photoshoot, we tried to find a location the was faintly related to the landscape of China.    We found a river, a gazebo, some cement pillars, a lamppost, and a timber frame shelter.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

What do you think of our Great Wall of China inspired children’s clothing?  Be sure to go over to Project Run & Play and check out what all the designers created for the 7 Wonders of the World prompt, you’ll be inspired and amazed!  And you can see what everyone else is sewing along here.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

This isn’t the greatest picture to showcase the clothing, the lighting is too bright, the kids are wiggling, and so on.  But after I got home and was editing the photos, I noticed how the boys are holding hands with their fingers interlaced, and it was a done deal!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Oh, and if you guessed that I rewarded them with fortune cookies for a modeling jog well done you guessed right!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Affiliate links are used in this post, because if we ever hope to go to see the Great Wall of China someday, we’ll need some money!  Just kidding, but we do appreciate those of you who click on our affiliate links the help us earn a few pennies at no extra expense to their total. 

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A very big (little!) announcement!

Today I have the honor of stepping into some very large shoes of two ladies who have inspired me for a long, long time!  It’s quite a privilege to be taking the reins at Project Run & Play, where I’ve been assisting for the past 2 years.

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

Please head over to Project Run & Play to read liZ & Elizabeth’s farewell message.  I’m so excited to take over, and have so many ideas for the days and Seasons to come!  I hope you’ll follow along on the journey.

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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.