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Reversible Paneled Skirt Tutorial

Reversible Paneled Skirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

What’s better than 1 new skirt?  2 new skirts, of course!  And if that can be 2 new skirts in 1…bonus!  Today we have share how to make a reversible paneled skirt tutorial with you.

Reversible Paneled Skirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

We started with the Jalie 2681 paneled skirt pattern and some denim-look knit fabric from CaliFabrics.  (Please head over to the Cali Fabrics blog to read all about why this fabric worked perfectly for this project, and also the shirts we sewed to go with the reversible paneled skirt.)

Reversible Paneled Skirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Aria couldn’t decide which side of this denim knit fabric she liked better, and asked if there was a way to make the skirt reversible.  After some thought, I came up with a way to make it reversible with just a few modifications to the pattern.

1st of all, serge each seam to put the panels together.  If you don’t have a serger, you can sew the seams with a regular sewing machine and a stretch stitch.  And then zigzag the edges of the seam allowances together.  

The next step is to press and then topstitch the finished seam allowance down to the skirt.  Be sure to press each seam allowance the same way.  Doing these two steps makes it look like all the seams are coverstitched without having a coverstitch machine.

To finish the hem, first serge (or zigzag) the bottom raw edge of the skirt.  Then turn the finished seam up, making sure to turn it to the side where the exposed seams are.

Reversible Paneled Skirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

The waistband can be done a couple of different ways, so we’ll just share how we did this one.  Finish the top of the skirt with a serger or zigzag stitch.  Turn that serging to inside by 2.25” or 1.25” depending if you’re going to insert 1” or 2” elastic.  Topstitch down the serged edge, leaving an opening to insert the elastic.  Insert the elastic, and then close the opening.  

Reversible Paneled Skirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

That’s it!  And the skirt is totally reversible.  Aria is in love with this 2-in-1 reversible paneled skirt.  She also made herself 2 tops to go with this skirt, one for each side! The olive dolman sleeve knit top is the Seafarer from Sew Much Ado. The light blue is a Lane Raglan from Hey June Patterns. Now she’s challenged me to figure out how to add pockets…any suggestions?

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Purple Seafarer Tops

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This summer Aria needed some new shirts, but she had no time to spare from her summer job to sew herself some.  That’s okay, with the right fabric and pattern, I whipped up some for her in no time!

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We love dolman t-shirts, and so we turned to the Seafarer by Sew Much Ado.  It’s so comfortable, and Ari’s current favorite version is the version with hemmed sleeves and hem, so we can sew them up super fast.

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the fabrics, Ari fell in love with Maureen Cracknell’s Art Gallery Soulful Jersey Knit Floral Universe Plum Fabric  and since I was sewing 1 purple shirt, I grabbed this Knit Stitched Arrow fabric from the Bolt by Girl Charlee collection in the purple colorway.  No thread changes, you see!  It’s not currently available in the purple color anymore, but you can find it in these two colors.  Bolt By Girl Charlee Desert Sky Jersey Knit Stitched Arrow Gray Fabric and Bolt By Girl Charlee Pure Vintage Jersey Knit Stitched Arrow Navy/Turq Fabric

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Aria is in love with her 2 new shirts, and has even paired them with her Runway Skirt for fancier occasions.

Purple Seafarer tops sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As our experience on sewing with knit fabrics matures, we’ve made one slight change to the way we construct t-shirts.  We hem the sleeves and bottom before we sew the side seams.  This is because we have yet to find an effective method to keep a double needle hem from unraveling!  We’ve tried backstitching, tying the threads on the wrong side, and doing nothing extra.  But all these methods have failed to some degree or another.  So far, burying the thread ends in the side seams by hemming first seems to work the best.

We’re certainly open to tips and hints from anyone who has had success…leave us a comment!

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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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Seafarer Top {Selfish Sewing Week}

Seafarer Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

Seafarer Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today Aria is here with her make for Selfish Sewing Week.  We actually worked on this project together as the machine we are using now is different than the one Aria sewed on previously.  

Seafarer Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I really like this shirt pattern!!! It’s the Seafarer pattern by Sew Much Ado.  Mom made herself one and when I tried hers on, I knew I wanted to make myself one.  Such a quick, easy sew!  It took me probably less than 30 minutes to sew!  Not including cutting it out.

Seafarer Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

I enjoyed working with knits again, especially since my last time was a bit of a struggle, as the fabric was very light-weight. I have sewed a shirt with this fabric before, (different color), and it was very comfortable.

Seafarer Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only time I had a little trouble was when my bobbin thread got unthreaded, (who knows how) and I was unable to continue sewing until Mom came and pointed out the problem. After that though, I had no trouble.

Seafarer Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

Mom did most of the topstitching since I was busy with schoolwork.  I had a really great time doing this, and it will definitely be worn a lot!  In these pictures I’m wearing my new top with a circle skirt Allegra passed on to me.

Seafarer Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

This is one of our favorite knit fabrics.  It can be found at JoAnn Fabrics.  It’s a really nice weight and easy for a beginner to work with.  It’s from their Sew Classics line and has small stripes on the back.  We’ve gotten some in every color we’ve found!  I will most likely sew this up again, and maybe next time I will use a lighter weight fabric to accommodate the summer temperatures.

The Seafarer Top pattern is a great knit pattern for beginners to use because the dolman sleeves make it super easy and fast to construct.  Also the neckband on this pattern fits really, really nicely, so the maker will be satisfied with the final fit.  If you’re looking for your first knit shirt pattern, this is it!