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Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt {Buy or DIY ~ Skirt!}

Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt - Buy or DIY from Skirt Fixation!

Today we have another girl’s Buy or DIY skirt for you! This time we’re showing you how you can make a name brand skirt perfect for summer for less than retail price, and more practical too.

Our skirt pick of the day is a Gucci skirt from Norstrom.   See that cute little bee appliqué patch?  We’ve even located a source on that for you!

Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt - Buy or DIY from Skirt Fixation!

Buy or DIY Skirt Details:

Skirt: Gucci Ruffle Knit Skirt from Nordstrom

Fabric Recommendation: Cotton Jersey Charcoal Grey

Pattern Recommendation: Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop Sporty Girl Skort

Buy or DIY Skirt Math:

Gucci Ruffle skirt: $235 retail price.

Fabric needed: 1 yards at $6.48 per yard   See that darling little ruffle on the bottom?  Ordering a yard of this fabric will allow you extra to gather and add that ruffle, plus include the shorts underneath!

Pattern: $7.95

Baby bumble bee patch: $3.99

Elastic: $2.99 for 3 yards of 1″ wide knit elastic

Total $: $21.41 for DIY

Total Savings: $213.59

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  And we’d like to point out that the Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop pattern comes with built in shorts.  If you have a little girl who wears skirts, you’ll immediately love that option too!  We’ve made this pattern, and we can assure this is a great pattern you’ll turn to over and over again.

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Baby Pepper’s Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt {All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters}

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Hi! I am Teri from FA Sew La and I am thrilled to be guest posting at Skirt Fixation today as part of All The Skirts: SLPco + Phat Quarters edition. I have loved following along with this series and seeing all of the amazing skirts that Audrey has been making. (I am more than a little jealous of Annie’s wardrobe!) Simple Life Pattern Co has one skirt pattern that comes in size newborn to 24 months, Baby Pepper’s Peekabo Ruffle Skirt. Audrey asked if I would like to make the skirt for my 14 month old daughter, Caroline, and I jumped at the chance.

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Baby Pepper’s skirt is a double layered skirt with 2 ruffled borders and a sweet little pick-up tie. This is the kind of skirt I dreamed about sewing up for my little girl long before I actually had my own little girl. It is so pouffy and frilly and adorable.

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It’s an easy sew; there are no pattern pieces, just dimensions given and photo illustrations to guide you along the way. This skirt requires a lot of gathering. I really appreciated the tip that is given in the pattern to sew the basting stitch at the longest length with your machine’s tension cranked up to the highest level. Doing this causes the fabric to gather on it’s own and you can just finesse the ruffles a bit as you pin them in place.

CJ skirt

The fabric I used was provided by Phat Quarters. The three prints are from the line Bunny Garden by Lewis & Irene (here, here, and here) and the two solids are Art Gallery solids (here and here.)

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I love the body that these fabrics gave to the ruffles on this skirt and those tiny flowers and bunnies are just too cute. I made the biggest size, 18-24 months, in the hopes that Caroline will be able to wear this for quite a while. It will be an easy fix to adjust the length of the elastic in the waist as she grows.

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Are those jazz hands?!? I had a hilarious time trying to get pictures of this little mover. She isn’t walking yet but she pulls up on everything. She kept trying to scoot away from me whenever I put her on the ground. She actually giggled when I put this skirt on her, which I think means she loves it as much as I do!

Caroline collage

Thank you so much to the ladies at Skirt Fixation for having Caroline and me! Thanks to Phat Quarters and SLPco for the adorable fabric and pattern. You’ve made this mama’s “baby in a frilly skirt” dreams come true!

~Teri

Thanks so much Teri!  Your little girl is so adorable.  And that skirt is simply darling on her.  This is the last week to enter the giveaway, so be sure to link up and enter soon.

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below, or link up to the Inlinkz!  There are going to be 2 winners, one random winner from the Rafflecopter giveaway, and one (crowd favorite) from the Inlinkz link up.  Each winner will receive $30 to spend in the Simple Life Pattern Company store, AND $20 to spend in the Phat Quarters Etsy shop.

This is also the final week for shopping at Phat Quarters with the exclusive discount code PHATSKIRTS at checkout for a 10% discount.  Then add your creation (or anything you’ve made in 2016 with a SLPco pattern or fabric from Phat Quarters) in the link up below.

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Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt {All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters}

Pepper's Peekaboo Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

The first skirt in our All The Skirts series with Simple Life Pattern Company (or SLPco) is Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt.  This skirt is as fun as it’s name, and of course we had to choose a very fun fabric to sew it up!

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt is a fun skirt with 3 layers of ruffles, ties, pick ups and sheer girlyness.  Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt for girls comes in 9 sizes from 2t to 12.  We made size 8 width and size 12 length, according to our usual measurements for our model, Annie.  The pattern states this is a beginner level sewing project.  Making Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt for girls takes a little time due to the ruffles, gathering and layers, but of course you can see why it’s worth it!

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

There are no paper pattern pieces to assemble and cut out, measurements are given for the 8 needed pieces.  The tips include instructions to finish all the inside seams of this girl’s skirt professionally.  Although we did not include a photo of the inside, this skirt is very clean on the inside also.

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

The sewing instructions for Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt is illustrated with photographs.  They are very simple to follow and easy to understand.  We did find a small error in the instructions which Katie, the owner of SLPco will probably fix in future versions.  If you have Version 1, just note that in step 8 the ruffle is attached to the underskirt, not the to skirt.

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

One really neat feature of Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt is the tie casing with a little tie to make a little pickup on the front of the skirt.  It’s such an adorable feature and allows you to show off several different fabrics in this skirt.  Or you can un-scrunch the tie and even take it out for a second look.

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

Speaking of fabrics, we can’t really take credit for putting this group of perfectly complementing fabrics together.  This combination was put together by Phat Quarters and is available in their shop.

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

With Star Wars fabric being such a hot commodity right now, you’ll be excited to know Phat Quarters has a whole section of their shop devoted to Star Wars fabricsThis combination is the BB8 bundle which includes Star Wars BB8 print by Camelot Fabric, Tangerine Plus Sign print by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman, Red Houndstooth by Maywood Studio, and White Triangles on Black print by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman.

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

Of course Annie had to give Pepper’s Peekaboo Skirt the twirl test.  And it passed!  So a little Star Wars loving girl can be girly and geeky at the same time.

Pepper's Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Star Wars fabric from Phat Quarters

Alright, now do you know what it’s time for?  It’s time for you to get involved!  There are going to be 2 winners, one random winner from the Rafflecopter giveaway, and one (crowd favorite) from the Inlinkz link up.  Each winner will receive $30 to spend in the Simple Life Pattern Company store, AND $20 to spend in the Phat Quarters Etsy shop.

So the first thing you need to do is get shopping at Phat Quarters with the exclusive discount code PHATSKIRTS at checkout for a 10% discount.  Then add your creation (or anything you’ve made in 2016 with a SLPco pattern or fabric from Phat Quarters) in the link up below.

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Spring Break Beach Outfits

spring break beach outfit

The second week theme challenge for Project Run and Play Season 9 is Spring Break.  This design is to center around your favorite (or dream) vacation spot.  It’s pretty much unanimous in this house that anywhere with an ocean and beach is the winning spring vacation spot!  So we started scheming about what we could make that included ocean/beach/shells/boats/etc.  That’s when it hit me that the Frances Suzanne Flip This Pattern for March is the Beachy Boatneck Tee from Blank Slate Patterns.  Okay, this is coming together, I thought!  Then I found some totally awesome vintage seashell graphics over at Graphics Fairy, and knew I had to do something with that and the Betty Skirt, newly designed by the Shaffer Sisters that I’ve been wanting to sew.  Combine all these and you get…

spring break beach outfitAnd also…

Outfits for spring break beachWait a minute, hold on!  There’s a B-O-Y in those pictures and this Skirt Fixation after all, what’s going on?!?  Well, there’s a story there!  I decided since I’d never had much luck sewing on knits before and also I wanted to try the graphics transfer before putting the seashells on the skirt, I’d prototype a shirt for Annie’s little brother, “David.”

Beachy Boatneck with boat graphicHi David, nice to meet you!  David is 2 (almost 3) and was so pleased to have Mommy make him something that it nearly broke my heart!  He kept saying, “Now we can go to the park and take pictures of me by the water too!”  (I didn’t think he even noticed that Annie was reaping all the benefits of my sewing!  But he was clearly referring to Annie’s rain coat I made for PR&P Signature Style.)

boat graphic DIY teeDavid loves his “Boat Shirt” and asks to wear it every day!  The only problem with the patterns from Blank Slate Patterns that I’ve come across is not really a problem with the pattern, but with my kid’s heads!  I know my kids have huge heads because I birthed them!  Just get out your sewing tape and look at the difference between 10 cm and 15 inches.  Thank you very much!  So if your kids have larger than average heads, make sure you widen the necks of patterns.

Spring break outfitsWe had another photo shoot planned for these outfits, one more beach-y, but the weather just was not cooperating!  So this post will be updated when we make it to the other location!

beach bag with rocksI also whipped up a beach bag for Annie and David to collect all their seashells and other treasures at the beach.  This was an afterthought when I found this fantastic piece of fabric as I was organizing my fabric recently!  (What have you found recently in your fabric stash?  You need to do that to prepare for Challenge Create: Adult Edition Week 4 Theme, you know!)

Beach bag for shellsIt’s like walking down to the beach, and I can’t decide which side I like better~what do you think?

Spring Break Beach OutitsMore about each piece in the spring break beach outfits.  The Beachy boatneck Tees were really simple to make!  I was so glad for all Melly Sew’s tips about sewing on knits on both the pattern and on her website.  I not only liked the finished product, but I sort of enjoyed myself!

boys DIY teeI was glad to have prototyped one for David first, because I learned a few things.  For one, the slight yellowing on the iron on graphic in this before picture washed right out, but I learned not to iron so long!  And also because I picked out a difficult material for Annie’s shirt.  I found and fell in love with this navy ruffle knit from JoAnn Fabric’s.  But I’d never sewn on ruffle fabric before, so this website was helpful.  

Ruffle knit boatneck shirtOne thing I did that made all the difference was to tape the ruffles down in the direction I wanted them to go before I started sewing.   Then all the ruffles ended up facing down, and none accidentally sewn up.

Boatneck tee with seashellsDavid’s shirt doesn’t really have any “flip” aspect other than the boat graphic ironed onto the front, but Annie’s shirt is “flipped” by not only using ruffle knit fabric, but also I used the ruffle sleeve from the Josephine blouse pattern.  It makes this shirt so wavy and flow-y like water; and that fits great with the spring break theme, too!  

The Betty SkirtThe Betty Skirt is a darling little skirt to begin with, and I sewed the gathered version.  Since I was using a white linen, I decided to line the skirt part, and this was really easy to do.  (The yoke is double layered and didn’t need a lining.)  Then I ironed on the seashell graphics, and added four navy blue buttons to give it a sailor skirt look.  The Betty Skirt was really easy and fun to make, and I can’t wait to make the other versions, too.  The Shaffer Sisters really did a great job on this skirt and need to keep designing more skirts (and other patterns too!) 

Back of sailor skirtThere were so many beautiful vintage seashells over at The Graphics Fairy, that I didn’t have to repeat any shells around the whole skirt.  

Beach Outfits for Spring BreakThis ended up being a really fun project, the Project Run & Play themes are so inspiring, and Annie (and now David!) are really reaping the benefits!

I’m linking this post up to Frances Suzanne’s Flip This Pattern, and also Project Run & Play Spring Break Theme.

How about you, where are you going for Spring Break, and what are you going to wear?

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Denim Mini Refashion – Sparse to Sparkly!

denim mini refashion

We are sorry for the delay in today’s post, but when you see today’s denim mini refashion (our favorite territory!) We think you’ll agree it was worth the wait!

On this adorable skirt remake we started with a cute denim pencil skirt with sparkly embroidery on the sides.  This one came from St. Vincent de Paul for $2.00!

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We also had a white mini skirt that was too short for any of us to wear, so we decided to put then together to make a really really cute skirt! We found it at Goodwill for $2.50 and it is and In Gear skirt.

denim mini refashion

Here’s th’ steps!

1.  First I grabbed some fabric paint from our huge lovely stash recently gifted to us by an aunt, and went to work on the denim skirt. I took some paint that is pure silver glitter, and freehand dabbed it all over the front of the skirt. It looks really cool, and the glitter adds some wham to the skirt! I also painted a pink pearl heart on the back right pocket, and filled the heart with the same glitter as on the front!

 2.  I cut off the white mini right below the waistband and sewed it onto the bottom of the denim skirt, taking in a few tucks to make up for the width of the ruffle.

denim mini refashion

There! That was easy! I adore the way that it turned out with the addition of glitter and a ruffle. I dressed up the skirt with a fancy black blouse and a pair of black kitten heels, but it would look just as cute with a pale pink top and flip-flops.

Total Time: 20 minutes (plus 24 hours drying time for the paint!)

Total Cost: $4.50

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Keep and eye out for many more remakes including fabric, paint, because we had soooo much fun playing around with it!!! Just a few notes on the pictures, because of the lighting, the sparkles don’t show that much, and they look green on the close-up picture, however, you’ll have to trust me that the glitter is gorgeously sparkly in real life!

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So now you know the drill, vote in the poll and leave us some comment love!  We are listing this skirt on Etsy Here, so be sure to come check our shop that includes lots of other fun skirts.

What do you think? Sparse before or Sparkly after?

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