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Board Shorts Fabric in Action

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Even though I developed a swimsuit pattern for women, I had never sewn with board shorts fabric before.  Board shorts fabric is what men and boy’s swim trunks are made from.  It’s a woven material with no stretch, and slightly sueded on one side.  

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Since my boys needed new trunks, I decided to give it a try with the new board short fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  There are 20 different ones to choose from!  I started with the whales board short fabric and used the solid teal seafoam color board short fabric for contrast.

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

When sewing a boy’s swim trunks, you can use any shorts pattern.  I used the Everyday Shorts pattern from Made Everyday to make the bigger boy (David’s) swim trunks.  Board short (also called microfiber) fabric is very easy to work with, and these swim trunks were a quick sew! 

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

I used the Perfect Diaper Cover pattern to add an underwear insert underneath.  For the underwear, I used power mesh fabric.  (You can get it at Raspberry Creek Fabrics too.)

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

For the other boy, I used the Made Everyday tutorial for racer shorts.  I sewed both these boys a size 5, and they’re a little long for Lowell.  But the way these boys are growing, I’m not concerned!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

The hardest part was making the bias tape to trim the pockets and edges of the racer shorts.  The only reason it was difficult was because this fabric doesn’t hold a crease very well after ironing.

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

I used the whale fabric to make the bias trim along the edge of Lowell’s racer shorts, but it’s really to small to do it justice.  Happily, he didn’t care, and once again, the boys are coordinating without being too match-y!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Because these boys are so fair skinned, tend to burn easily, and spend 95% of their time outside in the summer running through the sprinkler, having squirt gun fights, dunking each other in the water trough, and taking adventures in the nearby stream, I decided to make them each a rash guard.  

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

You probably could have guessed, but I used the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan tee pattern.  It worked perfectly.  For the fabric, I used the swim basics stripe fabric in navy for one and solid navy swim fabric (from my stash) for the other.  The swim fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics have 50+ UPF Protection, so no sunburns happening here!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

The only thing left to do was try out the new swim trunks and rash guards.  As you can see in these photos, a great time was had by all!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Last year, Lowell was too cautious to enjoy the joys of a summer sprinkler with the other kids.  This year, he’s right in there jumping over the streams of water with his older siblings.  

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Of course, when the lawn is freshly mowed, the kids get grass clippings all over their feet while running through the sprinkler.  But it’s no biggie because you can rinse your feet off in the sprinkler!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

I got some spectacular shots of David jumping through the sprinkler, and my iPhone didn’t even get too soaked.  When they started grabbing the sprinkler and aiming it at each other however, I left!

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

Leave us a comment, did you run through the sprinkler when you were a kid?

Board shorts sewn by Skirt Fixation in action

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Bubbles and Stripes – A Grace Tankini

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewed by Skirt Fixation

Today I get to share all the details about my newest Grace Tankini.  You can get the Grace Tankini pattern here.

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewed by Skirt Fixation

The reason this Grace Tankini came into being is the amazing new swim fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  You can see all of them here if you’re in a hurry, or check them out at the end of the post too.  They are amazing, beautiful, great quality fabrics at an extremely reasonable price.

For the main fabric, I used the bubble dot matte swim knit fabric.  As a designer of swimwear, let me assure you that I have a lot of experience with swim fabrics.  Good and bad.  And the stuff Raspberry Creek Fabrics is producing is some of the best I’ve ever worked with.  If you’ve been afraid to try sewing swimwear, this fabric will calm your nerves.  And of course, use a pattern with instructions for beginners (like the Grace Tankini) and you can and will do it!

The accent panels on the side of the tankini top, the pockets of the swim skirt, and the hidden panty underneath all use the light lime green and white stripe fabric.  Of course they coordinate perfectly, they are designed and printed by the best!

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewed by Skirt Fixation

For this Grace Tankini, I made the View B top and plain sport skirt.  I also made it high waisted, not by using the pattern pieces (I forgot!) but by doubling the width of the waistband.  It works too!

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewed by Skirt Fixation

Now I promised I’d show you a couple more of my favorite swim fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Grace Tankini Inspiration by Skirt Fixation

I’m pretty sure this combination is the next one I’m going to sew!  Abstract Palm swim fabric with Plum solid swim fabric for the accents.

Grace Tankini Inspiration by Skirt Fixation

Ruched top and swim skirt in Coral and Navy palm trees swim fabric with navy solid swim fabric for the accents.

 

Grace Tankini Inspiration by Skirt FixationOkay fine, so I have a thing for palms and swim wear!  This is the View A Grace Tankini top and circle skirt with teal, navy and white palm leaves swim fabric.

In summary, get your Grace Tankini pattern here, and get the most amazing swim fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics here.  There are 83 (eighty three!!!) different swim and board short fabrics.

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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

Now I’ve chatted on for long enough!  Leave us a comment, we love them.

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Stripes and Flowers Girl’s Maxi Dress

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Ah the maxi dress! Annie loves them, and I love sewing them for her. A maxi dress on a young girl is such a statement piece. And with fabric as bold as we used for this one, it’s no wonder she’s been wearing it every chance she gets.

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this maxi dress we used the Uptown Downtown Dress pattern by Sew Straight & Gather. We are making the size 10 for Annie this spring. There are so many different options on this pattern that it’s easy to use it over and over again to create a whole flock of dresses! On this one we used the cowl neckline, maxi length, elbow length sleeves, and pockets.

http://www.sewstraightandgather.com/product/uptowndowntown-dress-pattern-expansion-2/

The fabric is one Annie and I both fell in love with in the fall. It’s from Raspberry Creek Fabrics CLUB line, and we love the stripes and flowers together. Even though it’s from their fall line, I think the dress works as a spring and summer dress too.

http://www.sewstraightandgather.com/product/uptowndowntown-dress-pattern-expansion-2/

Annie is growing so fast, I’m not sure it will still fit her in the fall! Or it will probably still fit her around, but might not be maxi length anymore. That won’t stop her from wearing it…she wore this one well after it wasn’t maxi length anymore!

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

This fabric is no longer available, but here is a fun Art Gallery Fabrics knit with stripes and flowers in similar colors:Art Gallery Skopelos Jersey Knit Paparounes Crimson Fabric
Art Gallery Skopelos Jersey Knit Paparounes Crimson Fabric

Or this one in fun, bold colors is also an Art Gallery Fabrics knit with stripes and florals.Art Gallery Spices Fusion Jersey Knit Paparounes Spices Fabric
Art Gallery Spices Fusion Jersey Knit Paparounes Spices Fabric

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

I convinced Annie to have a cowl neckline because I wanted to put a more saturated color by her face. She’s so fair, that I knew she could use the pop of color at her face to bring out the pink tones in her cheek. We used some double brushed poly fabric in wine color, and it drapes perfectly for the cowl.

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

But Annie really is in love with this whole dress, even though she wasn’t convinced about the cowl at first.  She thought it might be too hot in summer.  I reminded her of this one I’d sewn her with a cowl, and how she’d worn it in hot weather sometimes too.

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of course Annie had to test out the twirl factor as soon as she put it on! It passed with flying colors! The width of the hem at the bottom of the skirt is so generous, that it really makes this maxi dress fun to wear.  And twirl!

Girl's stripe and floral maxi dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Leave us a comment, what do you think of stripes and florals together?

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Lion Hoodie from Narnia

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

You may have noticed the other day when I posted the French Terry fabric comparison that a certain little boy got left out in the animal hoodie theme.  When I saw Raspberry Creek Fabrics spring release CLUB fabrics, I saw the perfect opportunity to rectify a situation which included a very upset little boy.  Enter the lion hoodie.

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

This fabric is the mustard yellow and white gingham check from the Sasquatch line designed by Kimberly Henrie for CLUB.  It has the amazing softness of all other French Terry knit fabric we’ve gotten from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

When I offered Lowell his choice of animals to put on the front, he immediately chose a lion.  Allegra has been reading him and his siblings the Chronicles on Narnia series at night before bed, and he has fallen in love with Aslan.  So a lion it was.  Allegra thinks it’s cool that she’s introduced a 3 year old to the world of Narnia and he loves it!

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

To make the lion, I printed out a silhouette of a lion that Lowell picked from Google images.  I cut out this lion by hand, layering up the paper and the fabric.  Then I sewed the fabric cutout onto the front of the hoodie by stitching with a straight stitch as close to the edge as I could.  The french terry was very stable to work with.  I expect it to fray slightly along the edges, making the lion look furry.  On the other 2 hoodies, the accent fabric was jersey, so they won’t fray or fuzz along the edges.  The gingham french terry fabric is the lining inside the hood too.

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

Because I was curious, I researched the difference between gingham and buffalo plaid.  Apparently, gingham always has white as one of the two colors, and is usually smaller in scale than plaid, but not always.  And often, buffalo plaid has black as one of it’s colors, but again, not always.  Now you know!

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

During the photoshoot, it was hard to get pictures of Lowell not showing me his best lion growls and clawing hands.  I had to think up different things for him to do!  Look up at me, play peekaboo, look out the window, etc.

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

The other fabric is solid black french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and it’s very dreamy.  I’m not planning to do another comparison, but this one is very, very good!  Probably a very good mix of the best things about both of the other fabrics I compared.  Definitely one I would get again!

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

Just like David’s hoodie, I used the Bimaa pattern, and this on is the exact same size I made David!  The boys really are close in size when it comes to bulky sweatshirts, like this one.  But I’m pretty sure they’re not going to share!

Lion hoodie sewn by Skirt Fixation.

Once again, all Raspberry Creek Fabrics spring CLUB fabrics are on sale for $1 off during release week which ends tomorrow.  You really should get some!  Head here to check them all out.

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Sloth Peplum Top

Sloth Peplum sewn for a baby by Skirt Fixation

Does it get any cuter than today’s post?  Once in a while, you just have to let it all hang out, and make your baby a sloth peplum top.  I mean, come on!

Raspberry Creek Fabrics, on of my favorite places to shop for fun, unique fabric has just released their spring collection of 19 new CLUB fabrics, and they are so cute!  Each of these fabrics are available in cotton jersey and french terry. They are printed in house at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Sloth Peplum sewn for a baby by Skirt Fixation

This sloth fabric is one of 6 animal designs created by Ella Randall of Wolf and Rabbit Fabric Co. for Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The others are panda, unicorns, bears, dinosaurs and llamas.  Go check them out…I’m definitely going to be making myself some llama pajamas!

Sloth Peplum sewn for a baby by Skirt Fixation

For this peplum top, I paired the sloths with pink and white striped fabric, also by Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s a perfect girly pop of pink on the neckband, pocket, sleeve flutters and elbow patches.

Sloth Peplum sewn for a baby by Skirt Fixation

As with all Raspberry Creek Fabric jersey fabric we’ve sewn, this is very, very soft, and amazing quality.  None of our fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics has pilled and there is very little fading, even though the are some of our most worn garments that get washed over and over again!

Sloth Peplum sewn for a baby by Skirt Fixation

This adorable pattern is the Pistachio Tee by Sew Like My Mom.  It has so many options all bundled up into one pattern, and can be made for boys and girls alike!  For this top, we did the peplum hem, sleeve ruffles and of course those adorable heart elbow patches.

I love how the shape of the peplum hem makes the sloths sleep and hang in all sorts of directions!  It’s so cute and of course my favorite ones are the momma and baby sloth hanging out together.

Sloth Peplum sewn for a baby by Skirt Fixation

One of my acid tests for a new top pattern I sew is the neckband.  As you can see, this one is perfect.  It lays flat against the neck, doesn’t curl under, and is shaped perfectly.  The Pistachio Tee pattern passed the test with flying colors!  I can’t wait to make it for the boys.

The Pistachio Tee can be made in 9 sizes from 12 months to 8.  I made the size 24 months for Baby, and the sleeves were a bit long, so I gave them a wide hem.  It looks almost like a cuff, but my kids always seem to outgrow their tops in the arm length 1st thing, so these can be let out if needed.  I also shortened the waist up to Baby’s waist level rather than where the pattern showed the peplum to be attached so the top would fit her body perfectly.

Sloth Peplum sewn for a baby by Skirt Fixation

This pattern is layered, so that means you can print out just the size or sizes you need.  There are photo illustrations to guide you through each step.  It’s a quick and easy top to sew, and I love the durability of the double thickness pocket and shoulder flutters.

Earlier I mentioned 19 new fabrics.  Besides the 6 animal ones, there are 3 drop dead gorgeous florals, 5 vintage Sasquatch prints, and 5 April Rain prints.  There are also a couple of new stripe and dot colors.  You really must go check them out, they are on sale for $1 off per yard during release week.  Which is an even better value than usual!  Run don’t walk!

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Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern Review

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Yesterday when I showed you my new Simple Knit Pencil Skirt and Union St. Tee, I forgot to tell you the back story.  Originally I had planned a much different outfit for the Skirt-A-Thon!  So today I’m sharing what really happened.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

My first plan was to sew the pencil skirt and pair it with a hoodie for fall.  Because I had the perfect french terry fabric in my stash that I’d ordered a few months ago.  And so I ordered the coordinating skirt fabric and got started sewing the hoodie while I was waiting for it to arrive.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Of course it’s the Halifax Hoodie pattern from Hey June Patterns.  Last year I made myself one from athletic fabric, Aria made one for her 4H project, and I made and gifted one to my sister (not blogged.)  It’s probably our favorite layering hoodie pattern.  I used a white metal zipper, and white parachute cording, and they are the small details that make the difference on this hoodie.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The french terry fabric is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It is one of their in house designs from summer.  While it’s not currently being printed, this one and this one are other floral french terry designs that would be dreamy in a hoodie!  I absolutely adore everything about this hoodie, and am at a loss for words to explain how much I love it!

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For my fellow tall seamstresses, I lengthened the body and sleeves by 1” at the hem.  That’s it!  And this time I lined the hood.  It’s an option in the pattern, and I’m really excited with the peak of smoky mint inside.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

So what’s the story on the skirt?  Well, when my fabric arrived, it turned out I hit the jackpot (which means it was close enough to the end of the bolt that I got everything that was left.) and received 2.25 yards instead of the 1 yard that I ordered for the pencil skirt.  It’s Fabric.com Designer Fabric  by Art Gallery Fabrics in their new Aloe Mist solid knit.  It’s just as soft as the rest of their knit fabrics, and the perfect shade of mint for fall!

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

So my plans changed because now I had enough to make a maxi skirt instead of a pencil skirt!  That’s okay though because Simple Simon and Co. just happen to have a Simple Maxi Skirt Pattern.  And it’s just as easy and fast to whip up as their pencil skirt.  It also has a super comfortable 2” exposed elastic waistband.  For my tall sewing friends, I only had to lengthen the pattern by 3” to attain this perfect just-brushing-the-floor-but-not-dragging-on-it length.  I made the size small, and was able to get the whole skirt (and the lining for the hood) out of the 2.25 yards because it doesn’t have a directional print.

Simple Maxi Skirt Patterns sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It was a good change of plans, don’t you think?  Alright, enough sewing for me.  For now.  Because fall sewing really is my favorite season to sew!  Leave me a comment below, have your plans ever changed when your fabric arrived?

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All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics wrap up

Violette Field Threads giveaway

It’s time to wrap up this edition of All The Skirt.  We loved, loved, loved sewing up the Violette Field Threads skirt patterns with Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Before we reveal the  giveaway winners, here’s a last look at all 14 Violette Field Threads skirt patterns we sewed.

Penelope Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Penelope Skirts sewn with Four Corners fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Lottie Skirt in Woodland fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Ellie Skirt and leggings

Gemma Skirt and Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation in Cotton + Steel fabrics

Gemma Skirt & Blouse in Cotton and Steel fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Estelle skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

Estelle Skirt 

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

Quinn Skirt and Top

Hazel skirt pattern by Violette Field Threads sewn by Skirt Fixation with Riley Blake fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Hazel Skirt in fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics 

Whitney skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with chambray fabric

Whitney Skirt in chambray fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Whitney Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using linen fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Women’s Whitney Skirt in linen fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Lavinia Skirt and Blouse in double gauze from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Violette Field Threads Quinn Skirt pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation in maxi length

Women’s Quinn Skirt

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Girl’s Vivienne Skirt in fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Violette Field Threads Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers in fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Women’s Vivienne Skirt in fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

We were so delighted that so many of you chose to sew along with us using Violette Field Threads patterns and fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Here are our favorites from the link up.

Annie:   I like the colors and it looks very cute! (I think she’d like one of her own, Bethany from Sew Not Perfect!)

Aria: I love this skirt, and the fabric that Mama Says Sew chose makes it even cuter!

Sometimes a sew for this stud. Handmade hoodie for the win! Made using @raspberrycreekfabrics french terry!

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Allegra: Sewing for men isn’t something you see often, and awesome sewing like this is crazy good!

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Audrey:  As you probably know from the Quinn skirt I made for myself, I really love this color combination.  Deuxsouriceaux sewed up this sweet combination.  Plus, I’ve used fabric from that line to make myself a bag.  So this one is my favorite in so many ways.

And now, as you probably already know, the favorite from the link up and also the winner of $50 gift certificate to Raspberry Creek Fabrics and 5 PDF patterns from Violette Field Threads is Kayla of Just Grin and Wear It!  Congrats, Kayla, and keep an eye on your inbox.

The random winner of the Rafflecopter giveaway of $50 gift certificate to Raspberry Creek Fabrics and 5 PDF patterns from Violette Field Threads is Nancy who replied that her favorite Raspberry Creek Fabrics club fabric is Navy Blue and White pin polka dots.  Yes, we love that one too!

Estelle skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

And last but not least, the skirt we will be donating to charity as part of Skirting The Issue is the Estelle Skirt.  Some teenage girl in need is going to feel like a princess!

So that’s it for today.  We’ll be back next Friday to announce the next edition of All The Skirts!

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Women’s Vivienne Skirt {All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics}

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

As promised, today we have the final skirt for our All The Skirts series with Violette Field Threads and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The women’s Vivienne Skirt is our final sew for this edition of All The Skirts.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The women’s Vivienne pattern comes with a skirt and blouse pattern.  Let’s start with the skirt.  The women’s Vivienne skirt has the same look and silhouette as the girl’s Vivienne skirt, with one main difference; the overskirt is reversible and removable.  That gives this pattern 3 different looks, making it very versatile.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Vivienne overskirt can be made in 9 sizes from 0 to 16.  The blouse and underskirt can be made in 7 different sizes from XXS to XXL.  The underskirt has an elastic waist which is the cause for the sizing options above.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

We opted to eliminate the buttons on the Vivienne overskirt at Allegra’s request.  Our overskirt stays in place by hidden snaps on either side.  This pattern, when made in all black as we did, can be a sneaky 3 piece Little Black Dress.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Vivienne patterns are easy to follow and have complete photo illustrations.  This pattern is not a fast sewing project, but the outcome is worth it.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The fabrics we used for the Vivienne skirt came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The black rayon challis we used for the underskirt is the perfect material for that purpose as it ruffles beautifully.  But (confession time here) we also used it for one side of the overskirt, which was not one of the recommended fabrics, and now we know why.  We can now tell you with authority that you should use the same weight fabric for both sides of the overskirt.  I (Audrey) fought and fought and fought to get the two sides of the overskirt to lay right and never managed to get it completely to my satisfaction.  This is NOT the fault of the fabric or the pattern, just poor decision making on my part.  In fact, what I will probably end up doing is taking the overskirt apart and replacing the black rayon challis with a different fabric which is the same weight as the beautiful brick red lightweight chambray interweave cotton on the other side of the overskirt.  Lesson learned.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Vivienne blouse is a loose fitting blouse with buttons up the back and gathered sleeves.  We used a lightweight black knit fabric from Girl Charlee, and the only change we made was to topstitch the neck facing in place to prevent it from rolling to the outer side.  I can see many more of the Vivienne pattern in the future!

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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Vivienne Skirt {All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics}

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Ah, the Vivienne Skirt!  This skirt is probably the epitome of Violette Field Threads pattern company.  I probably wax romantic about the Vivienne Skirt pattern since it was the first PDF pattern I ever sewed years and years ago.

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Vivienne Skirt pattern can be made in 8 sizes for girls from 2T to 9/10.  It consists of an overskirt and an underskirt to which ruffles are attached.  This skirt is not a fast sewing project, but totally worth it every time!  The instructions are accompanied by photographic images and both are very clear and accurate.  We only have one note to make about the layout of the pattern; if you are using a directional print like we did for the overskirt, you cannot use the layout diagram as the skirt fronts need to face the same way.

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Usually we have to lengthen skirts we make for Annie, but this time we made a size 9/10 for her due to her tall height and gathered the elastic in the back tight enough to fit her waist.  This would be a difficult skirt to lengthen.

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We only made one change to the Vivienne Skirt pattern, we added a 4th ruffle to the underskirt front only because we wanted the added coverage since we used a different color fabric for the underskirt and didn’t want the contrast to show when Annie was walking.

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The red buttons were from the button jar, probably bought at JoAnn Fabrics years ago.  The Vivienne Skirt pattern also comes with a shirt pattern which is totally adorable and we plan to sew at a future date.

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of that amazing overskirt fabric, it’s from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s manufactured by Free Spirit, designed by Amy Butler and called Bright Heart.  And it’s pure loveliness to work with!  For the ruffles, we used coral rayon challis also from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Basically the perfect fabric for making drape-y ruffles.

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here’s a little story to illustrate the amazing customer service you will get from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  We wanted to use the coral rayon challis for the ruffles (Annie is such a fan of pink!) but couldn’t tell on the computer screen the best matching fabric for the overskirt.  So we emailed Raspberry Creek Fabrics and they did a color matching and sent us about 6 fabric listing options to choose from.  So sweet, and above and beyond friendly customer service, don’t you think?

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We’re nearing the end of this edition of All The Skirts, and we hope you’ve entered to win.  If you haven’t started sewing yet, you still have a few weeks left, so grab your fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and your Violette Field Threads patterns and get started!

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Simply link up anything you’ve made this year with a Violette Field Threads pattern or fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway too.  Two winners will each receive 5 PDF pattern from Violette Field Threads and $50 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
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