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Blouses for February {Project Sew It}

Project Sew It February challenges sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today Aria and Audrey are sharing our makes for the Project Sew It February prompt – blouse.  (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.)  Audrey took the opportunity to treat herself to something she’s never had before, and Aria added a much needed item to her wardrobe.  Here they are with their makes.

Audrey’s Flannel Cheyenne Tunic:

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Well once again I am not modeling my own clothing, but hopefully next month I will be!  For February’s blouse prompt, I turned to my favorite button up pattern and made myself a flannel Cheyenne tunic.  I can’t remember ever having a flannel shirt in my life, and I am absolutely in love with how this one turned out!  I CANNOT wait to be able to try it on myself!

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed the Cheyenne Tunic in the popover view B.  I adore the fit of the first Cheyenne tunic I made, and knew no fit adjustments would be needed for this flannel version.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, I fell in love with this Robert Kaufman mustard and gray flannel fabric that I found at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It sewed up like a dream because it’s a very stable flannel.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

I turned the button placket, pocket and back yoke pieces on the bias like a true flannel check shirt.  It think it adds so much awesomeness to this Cheyenne!  Last time I used voile for the sewing this version of the Cheyenne tunic, my maternity version is from a chambray, and this one is flannel which I think speaks very well to the versatility of this pattern.

Flannel Cheyenne tunic sewn by Skirt Fixation

Aria told me that this flannel Cheyenne Tunic is very warm.  The wind was blowing and it was a cold day when we took these photos, but she said she couldn’t feel the wind through the shirt!  Now by the time I can probably wear it, summer will be upon us and I will have to wait for fall weather, but at least I’m prepared!

Aria’s Drapey Rayon Seafarer:

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I really enjoyed making this month’s challenge! It was a SUPER quick sew, and I was able to do it in one day! I have made the Seafarer once before, but it was with a heavy weight knit.  I still wear it too, but recently Allegra gave me one of the Seafarers Mom made for her (not blogged!)  I love it!  One of my favorite parts about it is it is a light weight knit and a larger size, thus making pretty drapey and super comfortable!

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I was looking for light weight fabrics when I came across this super pretty purple Sew Classic Spandex Knit Fabric from JoAnn Fabrics!  It turns out we have nearly four yards of it! (Hopefully I can make something else out of it!)

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

The most difficult part of this was the neckband. I tried to sew it on the first time, but i didn’t stretch it anywhere near enough, so I had to unpick it, *sigh*, and mom helped me pin it.  After that everything went really smoothly!

Seafarer top sewn by Skirt Fixation

This Seafarer Top is definitely my best attempt at sewing with light weight knits!  I’m hoping to do  more with lighter weight knits and looking forward to the next challenge!

Project Sew It February challenges sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Sweaters for January {Project Sew It}

Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Both Aria and Audrey decided to participate in Project sew It this year.  Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.  January’s challenge is to sew a sweater.  Here are both of us to tell you about January’s project.

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Audrey:  When I saw January’s sweater challenge I decided it was time to execute!  I’ve had the plans for this particular sweater for over almost a year.  I’ve had the Jasper Sweater pattern for quite a while, and you can read about the 1st one I made here.  I absolutely love that one, even though it’s too tight across the shoulders because I didn’t make any wide shoulder adjustment and the sweatshirt fleece I was using didn’t have any stretch.  So I picked up some French Terry Fabric-Aruba Blue fabric last winter.  Then the season turned to spring, in summer I found out I was expecting, and so the idea just sat and sat.

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Finally the Project Sew It January sweater challenge spurred me to action.  You probably noticed that it’s not me modeling these photos, but Allegra.  But when I’m not wearing maternity clothing anymore, I now have something very nice and new waiting for me!

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

This time when I sewed the Jasper Sweater I took a little extra time and, according to the instructions, I bound the exposed hood seams with some contrasting Riley Blake knit fabric leftover from this skirt.  I also used this fabric for the pocket.  It’s a subtle and stunning accent and I am totally in love with this tiny detail!

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I found these buttons at JoAnns also, and just love them!  They are the perfect accent for this Jasper Sweater.  Aria (who has the same width of shoulders as me) tried on the Jasper Sweater and declared it a perfect fit across the shoulders and back.  I can’t wait to try it on!

Aria’s January Project Sew It Sweater:

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I really had fun sewing the Lane Raglan Hoodie! It went really fast and easy!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

The most difficult part about it was the thumb cuffs, but it was definitely worth it! I had to scrap the first attempt because I discovered I had cut out that pattern piece with the stretch the wrong way…I cut it out again and sewing them went quite a bit faster that time!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I also wanted to add a pocket, so I used the kangaroo pocket piece from the Halifax Hoodie pattern!  This was pretty easy too!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I REALLY love my new hoodie and I wear it all the time!  I used Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric – Dark Gray Heathered for this Lane Raglan Hoodie.  Looking forward to the next challenge!

Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

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Uptown Downtown Maxi Dress {Project Sew It}

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation. Love the coordinating binding!

If you thought I was late for the last Project Sew It post I did, just wait until you read about today’s project!

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There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

This sweet niece of mine had a birthday in June.  Yes, June!  But I finally got around to sewing her project in September.  Since I was so late, I give her quite a bit of freedom in choosing the dress and the fabric!  Last winter I made her an Uptown Downtown maxi dress that she loved but outgrew pretty fast.  So naturally she requested another one.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sent her a link to all the Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric on the Hawthorne Threads website and told her to choose.  (Actually, that was pretty mean as I don’t think  I would have been able to narrow it down to just one!)  She chose Pirot Evoked Knit in Silver which makes an absolutely adorable Uptown Downton maxi dress.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since I was so late in making her gift, and since cooler temperatures have arrived, I made her an Aster Cardigan to go with the dress.  I even used matching fabric from the dress as the neck binding inside the cardigan.  I used sweatshirt fleece for this Aster Cardigan which makes a lovely cropped sweater.  Unfortunately, even though I went up a size from the Uptown Downtown dress, the cardigan was too small for my niece!  I’m pretty sure it’s because the sweatshirt fleece doesn’t have much stretch.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

She’s such a sweetie, she sent both the dress I made her last year and this Aster Cardigan back to us so Annie can wear them!  So I owe her a new cardigan, that fits to go with her dress.  I think if I use French Terry, it will work out perfectly.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

My sister sent me some modeled shots of my niece wearing her dress.  I love how she styled it with a scarf and vest.  She definitely gets her good taste from her mom.

Project Sew It sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now I think I’ve only got a couple more things to sew for Project Sew It.  Hopefully I will be a little more prompt…although I know I’m already late for my newest nieces’s birthday!

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Carousel Dress {Project Sew It – June}

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

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There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

I know it’s July, but I have some of June’s Project Sew It up for you today.  My version of Project Sew It is that I”m sewing something for each of my nieces and nephews this year.  Today I have a Carousel Dress for a special niece.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

Earlier in the year, I purchased some french terry fabric from Mabel Madison during a super good sale.  I knew it was just the sort of thing one of my nieces would love.  Then the object was to find the perfect pattern to go with the large scale print.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

After looking through my patterns, I had an aha moment when I came across the Playhouse Dress by Fishsticks Designs.  You might remember the fox dress I made for Annie a few years ago using this pattern.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

I think this fabric was made for this pattern!  It stands out a little better than the lightweight fox fabric.  Plus French Terry is a nice breathable fabric for summer.  I paired this with grey sweatshirt fleece leftover from making Thomas’s knight hoodie, I think.

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

I just had enough of the large scale print for the front of the dress, and the smaller carousel print for the back and sleeves.  I think this dress is one of the cutest things I’ve ever sewn, and Annie thought so too!  She kept asking me if I could order more of this fabric.  (It’s still in stock at Mabel Madison, so if you want some, you might need to hurry before Annie makes me buy it all!)

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

Even cuter than the dress is my little niece J. wearing the dress!  Just as I had hoped, it looks like it was custom made for her!  And it’s just too perfect to be able to twirl and twirl in a carousel dress, amiright?

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

You might have noticed at the beginning of this post I said SOME of June’s Project Sew It.  That’s because I have another niece with a June birthday, but ever the slacker, I don’t have her handmade item sewn yet.  Stay tuned…

Carousel Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It

Special thanks to my sister in law for taking all the adorable photos of J. in her dress!

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Project Sew It – June

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

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There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

For the next entry in Project Sew It – my version, I sewed 2 garments for a nephew and niece.  They don’t share the same birthday, it’s just that Aunt Audrey is a little behind…again!

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

Since my first entry in Project Sew It was for siblings, and this month it’s the same, I thought it would be fun to again make some garments that are matching, but not too much!

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

I started with a Parachute Polo for my nephew, O.  I could hardly believe he is wearing such a big size when his Mom sent me his measurements!  And just like the first time, I decided to save time and sew 2 shirts at one time.  So when I was making David his polar bear Parachute Polo, I also sewed one for O.

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

Now I have to pause for a moment of honesty here.  When I chose this fabric to make this shirt, I decided to use it up because I wasn’t too fond of the color.  It’s fantastic fabric, Birch Organic knit fabric from Fabric Worm.  But the color just wasn’t doing anything for me.  Then I went hunting in my stash for a coordinating color for the collar.  There just wasn’t anything in the brown or green or even colors that was floating my boat.  But when I grabbed the blue (leftover from Aria’s Kelly Skirt) and wham!  I was in love with this shirt!  I really, really had to force myself to mail it off to my nephew I ended up loving it that much.

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

It was that fabric guiding the gift for his sister, T.  I don’t get to see these kids as much as I’d like, but from photos I see of them, I’ve gotten the impression that T is all girl and loves to dress in a feminine way.  With that in mind, I returned to my latest favorite skirt pattern for girl’s, Thread Faction #106.  I chose this light knit fabric for 2 reasons, it coordinated with the Parachute Polo shirt I’d just made, and for the hack I was planning.

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

For this version of Thread Faction #106, I made it a double layer skirt by cutting out 2 skirts, a pair of shorts, and attaching them both into the waistband at that step.  Easy and stunning effect!

Birch Organic Polo Shirt and matching skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It.

I used some of the fabric from the Parachute Polo for the waistband of this skirt to cement in the matching status of the two items.

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Here is T modeling her new skirt!

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Isn’t she such a beautiful young lady!

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And here is little O looking so dapper in his new shirt!

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His Mom says his shirt fits as if it was custom made for him! 😉

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Birthday #3 {Project Sew It}

Knight Hoodie for Project Sew It

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There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

For the third birthday of my nieces and nephews, I decided to sew another Knight Hoodie.  This particular nephew has officially entered those hard to sew for boy years!  An adoring aunt has to be careful about using cute-sy fabric and babyish patterns.  Since my son Thomas (who is a year older than this nephew) likes and wears his Knight Hoodie often, I thought it would be a safe choice.  I’ve also sewn a Knight Hoodie for another son, David, who is quite a bit younger, so I think the Knight Hoodie is a particularly good choice for any boy…and even a girl!

Knight Hoodie

I had the opportunity to try this Knight Hoodie on my nephew before giving it to him, which was really fortunate due to the armholes not being wide enough to layer another shirt underneath.  Kind of the whole point of a hoodie, right?

Knight Hoodie for Project Sew It

It looks like my nephew loves his new Knight Hoodie!  Apparently his family had recently attended a Medieval Festival and they are hooked on all things Medieval, so this Knight Hoodie was perfect timing!

I also wanted to share a quick tip on how to get pockets to line up across a zipper because it’s something I’ve struggled with often and spent quality time with my seam ripper over and over again.

How to line up a zipper to pockets.

To begin, sew on one side of the zipper to the garment.  Then use chalk or some other marking tool to mark the top and the bottom of the pockets on both sides of the zipper.

How to line up a zipper with pockets.

Put the other side of the zipper in place, carefully lining up the marks at the top and bottom of the zipper and sew in place.  Easy and a successful pocket match up the first time, every time!  Now if only I can remember to use my own tip the next time I install a zipper!

Thanks to my sister for the photos of her son in his Knight Hoodie.

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Birthdays #1 & #2 {Project Sew It}

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

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There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

The first entry in my version of Project Sew It is for a brother and sister.  My oldest niece, E, is growing into such a lovely young lady.  I wanted to sew something mature enough for her.  I used the Skipalong Skort pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  (affiliate link)  Since this one is also an adult pattern (which I made for Allegra here) I knew the style would be grown up enough.  The fabric is Art Gallery Fabrics, which I used first for Annie’s Antalya dress.  But I think the fabric is mature enough since I originally bought it to make something for ME!

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

Since my niece and nephew have birthdays close to each other I wanted to make something matching without it being too matching.

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

So when I was sewing David’s Oliver + S Field Trip raglan t-shirt, I actually whipped up two of them, one for David and one for A.  The pocket is matching, but not too sticky sweet matching, don’t you think?  I really am having a hard time believing A is this big.

Project Sew It by Skirt Fixation

I should have noted above that I will need the help of my sister and sister in law to make this project a reality!  My sister in law texted me the most adorable photo of these two in their clothes when they received them.  How much cuter could it get?  Alright, now I’m off to check the calendar and see who has the next birthday coming up.