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Patriotic Fabric Parade

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

This year I found the perfect patriotic fabric for a special occasion.  Raspberry Creek Fabrics has a new patriotic line of fabric, and I’m in love!  I got 2 of the 8 fabrics, both cotton jersey knits.  They are soft and durable, and last through all the antics my kids put them through.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

These patriotic fabrics inspired a patriotic parade!  They marched excitedly around the yard, playing their parade game.  Which is exactly how new clothes make me feel too!  Beware there are a ton of photos, but they all capture the mood perfectly.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Every summer around her birthday, I sew Annie a patriotic shirt.  That tradition and this fabric combined to keep the occasion going another year!  This shirt pattern is the Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns, Annie’s favorite.  For the sleeves, I used navy blue and white paisley bandana print fabric and added red stripes.  The center fabric is solid navy and oh-so-soft.  It was perfect for a patriotic vinyl iron on using my Cricut Maker machine.  And if you want to make this one too, here’s the cut file for free!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s skirt, I sewed her a knit pencil skirt with shorts attached.  This has her become her go to summer skirt!  The fabric is the red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The fact that there are 2 different blues make it a solid winner for us!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used striped navy and white jersey fabric for the shorts underneath, but have no photos.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Next up I sewed raglan tees for the boys.  I know it seems like I’m on a mission to sew them all the coordinating raglans, but when it works, it works!  The main fabric is the same as Annie’s skirt, red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit.

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

David got saffron colored Art Gallery Fabrics knit for his sleeves and neckband.  Just like the rest of his shirts recently, I sewed him a size 7.  He is always very game for any garment I sew for him in any color and fabric.  It’s so easy and fun to sew for a non-picky child because I get to make all the decisions which is half the fun!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Lowell got the Oliver+S Fieldtrip raglan tee also.  His is a size 5 with the same navy as Annie’s shirt for the sleeves.  He has this thing for the color blue.  In fact, when he wears blue, he declares that he’s one of the “good guys” and always wears blue when possible!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

In the above group photo, you need to be sure to notice the special care I took to match the stripes on the sides of the boy’s shirts.  Thank you for noticing!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

And Baby got a complete outfit too, naturally!  I used the navy blue and white paisley bandana jersey knit print to sew a Pistachio Tee for her.  The only change I made was to crop it in length.  Honestly, it was so that as she grows her little toddler belly will stick out!  It’s the cutest thing, and you’d think she was a cat for all the belly rubs she gets around here.  The little navy shoulder ruffles are like tiny angel wings which is perfectly fitting too!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

The scale on the bandana print is quite large, which makes it great for apparel making.  But on a tiny baby shirt, you don’t get that size and scale all represented.  So I was very choosy on what part to put in the center of the shirt.  Did I get it right?

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby’s skirt is the Daphne pattern from Simple Life Patterns.  It uses the navy and white stripes over the solid navy fabric.  And honestly, I just might copy both my girls’ skirt for my own wardrobe!  

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, we grabbed a few props and flags from the dollar store for a parade.  The flowers I’d potted earlier in the year were perfect for on the wagon.  And the dog had to join the parade too!  The kids insisted on it because he matched the color theme!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

What you can’t see in the photos is some of the older kids standing behind me helping with kids and props and the dog, and making them all laugh by balancing the extra hats on my head while I snapped photos!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

For sure, I couldn’t sew as much as I do and photograph and blog it without that behind-the-scenes help!  But I reward them with handmade clothes too. 😉

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Do us a favor and head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics to check out all their fabric.  You won’t be sorry!  I love shopping from small fabric shops because they can’t afford to carry poor quality fabric and get a bad reputation.  So it’s like shopping someone’s curated collection of fabric.  My idea of a good time right there!

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Polar Bear Raglan T-shirts

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you guessed that I’m on a stash-busting, raglan t-shirt making, boy sewing streak, you’d be correct! So once again, I pulled out the Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt pattern and got to work. Enter two polar bear raglan t-shirts.

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

This time, there was just enough of the Birch Organics, super soft cotton knit fabric left to use for sleeves and pockets on two shirts for my 2 youngest boys. They would also enjoy these fishing lures:


Birch Organic Camp Sur 3 Interlock Knit Lures White Fabric

And these pencils:


Cloud 9 Organics Sidewalk Interlock Knit Art Class Pencils Green Fabric

Or these dogs:


Cloud 9 Organics Sidewalk Interlock Knit Red Rover Dogs Red Fabric

But I digress! I love using a statement fabric to dress up a plain t-shirt. However because these shirts are cream, and my boys are boys, I’ve asked them to save these for nicer occasions like going to town rather than everyday occasions like wrestling in the grass. We’ll see…

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I don’t remember where my cream fabric came from, but this would be a similar good quality cream knit fabric.  Art Gallery Solid Jersey Knit White Linen Fabric

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since the boys are fairly close to the same size and it’s difficult to tell one shirt from the other at a glance, I made the pockets different. On David’s shirt, there are 2 bears and the pocket is square.

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation
On Lowell’s shirt, the pocket is rounded on the bottom, and there is a bear with two birds on his back. Just enough of a difference to make it easier on laundry days and when they are getting dressed.

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Last time I made these boys raglan t-shirts, I was unhappy with the way the neckbands turned out. At the suggestion of one of our sweet followers, I shortened the neckband slightly and am much happier with the way these lay. Always in search of the perfect neckband around here!

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed up one size for each of these boys so they will hopefully still fit once summer and hot weather arrives.  It also looks like I did the same thing when buying their pants!

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

But boys grow so fast, that it’s a stab at having to do less sewing.  Which doesn’t really matter if I’m trying to sew through my stash!  However I do have more boy than girl fabrics.

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’ve probably mentioned it before, but these two boys are so fun!  They are the only two of our 8 kids that have a sibling next to them of the same sex.  So that makes it extra fun is so many ways.

Polar Bear Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

That’s all I have for you today except for about 50 more cute photos of these boys in their new polar bear raglan t-shirts!  Just kidding, leave me a comment about boys.  Or boys in white clothes!

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Boy Raglans and Boy Antics

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I love these two boys and I love sewing for these two boys!  This project was born out of the need to do some scrap busting.  You see, my friend and fellow tall seamstress over at Sew Journers put out a free spreadsheet called Stash Shrinker.  The idea is to choose a multiplier and only buy fabric when you use up a certain amount of fabric so you can shrink instead of grow your stash.  Well I set my multiplier rather high.  My goal is to sew 5 times the amount of fabric I buy until I sew 100 yards, and then change my multiplier to 2.  Yes, my stash is large, and I’m serious about shrinking it!  And then something else happened.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

One day I decided to refold and sort my knit fabric, and Aria kindly stuck by my side through the whole project.  She was very insistent I get rid of scraps smaller than 1 yard and fabric we’d never use.  It was all very encouraging and inspiring to end up with only useable cuts of fabric, just ready and waiting to be chosen and sewn!

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

I did talk Aria into letting me keep a few scraps that were smaller than 1 yard, but only as many as could fill a small box and only if I had a purpose for them!  That’s when these 2 Oliver + S Field Trip raglan tees were planned.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

The green fabric is organic bamboo cotton jersey fabric left from an unblogged Skyline Skort.  It’s super soft and very lovely to sew.  I wanted to sew similar shirts for the boys without being identical.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

David’s shirt is sewn from the green bamboo knit and gray double knit fabric leftover from making this Jade skirt for Allegra.  David is a great older brother, he’s so kind and patient most fo the time with his younger brother.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Little brother Lowell’s shirt is sewn from the green bamboo knit and the gray knit fabric leftover from this skirt of Allegra’s, I think!

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Photoshoots with these two are always a blast.  From showing me their muscles, to putting their hands in the wrong pockets, to laughing uproariously at the bunny ears on the photographer, there’s never a lack of photos to choose from.

Boy Raglan t-shirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

We use this raglan pattern to make the boys tees often, and it’s really good.  My only complaint is the neckband.  We’ve added 1/2” to the width and that has kept it from rolling to the inside.  But now it seems to stick up away from their necks.  It’s only a tiny thing, but I’m going to keep working toward getting a perfect neckband for this pattern.  The boys are not complaining…they both welcome the new shirts!

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Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan & Cargo Pants Pattern Review

Oliver+S Field Trip Pattern Review

Oliver+S outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation using Cotton & Steel fabric from Fat Quarter Shop

Last week we gave you a glimpse of a BOY outfit we made and only gave you these general details of his outfit:

Dress Shirt:

Pattern: Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom patterns 

Fabric: Robert Kaufman Chambray Union  and Playful Aqua Jacks

T-shirt:

Pattern: Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan

Fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics Sahara Sun &  White Knit

Pants:

Pattern: Oliver + S Field Trip Cargos

Fabric: 2 pairs of Daddy’s khakis, refashionedOliver+S Field Trip Pattern ReviewBut that much hard work deserves a post of it’s own.  Not to mention the smoldering model.  Ahem.  So today we’ll give our our complete Oliver+S Field Trip pattern review.

Oliver+S Field Trip Pattern ReviewWe started with an Ethan Shirt.  We’ve made this boy an Ethan shirt before, and loved it.  Plus he wears it a LOT.  So it was time for another one.

Oliver+S Field Trip Pattern ReviewAnd we decided to get a little more adventuresome with this one.  We chose chambray for the main fabric, which Thomas loves!  He says every boy needs a denim shirt. Oliver+S Field Trip Pattern ReviewWe also decided to use some fun fabric for the facings of the cuffs and collar.  This was inspired by Annie’s 2+2 skirt outfit, and we wanted to make them coordinating without being too matchy-matchy.  Thomas wasn’t too sure about this, since a few of the jacks are PINK, but it hasn’t stopped him from wearing the shirt!

Oliver+S Field Trip Pattern ReviewThomas’s grandpa always used to say there are some people who look good in anything they wear, and Thomas seems to be one of those people.  He makes anything we sew for him look awesome!

Oliver+S Field Trip Pattern ReviewFor underneath the Ethan Shirt, we made a Field Trip Raglan T-shirt.  Because the chambray is a tiny bit itchy, and because we were making the other piece from this pattern and because we made Annie 3 pieces!

Oliver+S Field Trip Pattern ReviewWe used the same Art Gallery solid knit fabric as Annie’s Aster cardigan.  For the whole matching, not match-y reasons as stated above!

Oliver+S Field Trip Pattern ReviewThe sun gold knit and the white knit fabric both came from Imagine Gnats, and let us tell you about how awesome they are.

HisOutfitAnd about how awesome Rachel from Imagine Gnats is!  She really makes you WANT to get all your fabric from Imagine Gnats.

Oliver+S Field Trip Pattern Review

The Field Trip Raglan Tee is one we will be sewing again and again for our boys and our girls!

Oliver+S Field Trip Pattern ReviewLast of all we made the Oliver + S Field Trip Cargos.  Besides pajama pants, this was the first pair of pants we’ve ever made.  Of course Oliver + S made it doable, even easy and with a professional result!  Almost every seam has double top stitching, and there are 6 pockets…boy heaven!

Oliver+S Field Trip Pattern ReviewThomas is very tall and skinny (where do these kids get this from?) so we made a size 7 width and a size 10 long.  It was fairly complicated to figure out where to lengthen the pants because of all the leg pieces.  We ended up lengthening each piece, which put the knees too low.  So we chopped off the top of the knee pieces, which made the overall result too short to hem with a regular pants hem, and we ended up making the hem just folded over twice, like jeans.  Next time we will lengthen each piece a little, and the bottom piece a lot.  Because there will be a next time.

Oliver+S Field Trip Pattern ReviewThe only other thing Thomas asked to be changed is the next one have a real fly instead of a faux fly.  There’s tutorial for that, so we’ll attempt that next time.

Oliver+S Field Trip Pattern ReviewIf you’re still with us after all that explanation and all that boy sewing, Thanks for reading!  We love sewing for the boys, it’s a nice change of pace and they love it when we do!

Oliver+S Field Trip Pattern Review