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Honeybee Senna Tote

honeybee Senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

honeybee Senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

Recently Aria entered her teenage years.  I’ve been sewing my children their birthday gifts for a while now (see what I made for Aria last year.)  Aria has been expressing admiration at both my Senna Tote and the miniature one I made for Annie’s Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection, so that is what I chose to make for her.  I’ve dubbed this one the Honeybee Senna Tote.

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

I decided to make Aria’s at 70%, so printed the Senna Tote pattern pieces at that percentage and added a little bit to the edges for seam allowances.

Small, Medium and Large Senna Totes made by Skirt Fixation

It turned out medium size.  (Try not to squint too hard from the mismatched fabrics, this photo is for size reference only!)  The dimensions of the Honeybee Senna Tote are: 12.5 L x 12 H x 3.5 W.

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

In all the fabrics and material I gathered for these Senna Totes, nature and earthy was my goal.  I used Echino Decoro Bees Kokka fabric from Urban Sew for the main fabric.  Because of the weight of this fabric (it’s basically canvas) I didn’t need to use a canvas interlining, so less cutting!

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

The denim on the Honeybee Senna Tote is from a pair of jeans and a denim skirt.  The handles and back pocket are from the jeans and the lining is from the skirt.

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

For the bottom of the Honeybee Senna Tote, I used some embossed pleather I had in my stash.  I have no clue where it came from before it was in the stash, but here is something similar you could use.  Deadwood Faux Leather Chocolate Fabric  (affiliate link)

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

For the front pocket, I used the same gold fabric I used on my Senna Tote because it reminded me of the color of honey.  And since there were already bees and flowers on the Honeybee Senna Tote, there had to be honey too!

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

I’m linking this Honeybee Senna Tote up to Purse Palooza 2015 over at Sew Sweetness with absolutely no expectations to win the contest.  Why?  Because there are some AH-mazing purses, totes, clutches and wallets linked up there.  Serious talent!

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

So you may be wondering why there are 2 of these Honeybee Senna Totes in the photos.  Well, the Skirt Fixation team has decided to reopen our shop, so keep your eyes peeled for the grand opening!  You can now buy this Senna Tote in our Etsy shop.

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

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Mini Senna Tote

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The second to last piece in the Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection is the mini Senna Tote. I wasn’t sure if I was going to have time to complete it with all the other pieces I had planned. But Annie insisted. And part of the idea behind the mini wardrobe collection was child input, so…

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The rose pink pleather really reflects Annie’ choice. She would have all pink all the time!  The rose pleather, or vegan leather if you prefer, came from Girl Charlee.  They have just about every color you could need!

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The main fabric used to make the mini Senna Tote is called Kladi Underlight. Recognize it?  That’s because we chose the other color way for the maxi skirt from the Aquatic Countryside look.  It’s from Katarina Rocella’s Skopelos line of fabric, as are all the fabric in this mini wardrobe collection and was generously given to us by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The contrast pocket and inside fabric is from our fabric stash, it might be shot cotton, and we used it to line the dress from this mini collection also.

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

Annie carried her mini Senna Tote for the Flower Market look, but it does go with everything in the mini wardrobe collection.  Really it might be both of our favorite piece from the whole Modern Chloris collection!  It’s so delicate and miniature looking.

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

Okay, here are the top secret details on how you can make a mini Senna Tote for yourself, I mean your little one!  You need Senna Tote pattern.  Print out the pattern pieces at 50% instead of 100%.  Be sure to add back seam allowances because they will have been shrunk by 50% too.  Sewing a 1/8 inch seam allowance could get pretty tricky on parts of the mini Senna Tote.  Ask me how I know!

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

The cool part of making a mini Senna Tote is that it takes less materials and less time too!  I think I will make one at 75% next!   In that case, you would add 1/8 back to the seam allowances I think.  The easiest way to figure out the length of zipper you will need is to measure your shrunken pattern piece.  In our case, we were using a zipper we harvested off of a thrifted purse.  We couldn’t find the right shade of zipper, but the purse was as cheap as a zipper plus the shipping it would have cost us to get exactly the right shade of pink!

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

To figure the length of the straps, the easiest thing is to just measure with a measuring tape on the intended recipient.   The 50% measure doesn’t work too well here either.  We made the straps at 50% width, but you would widen these if you wanted.  These work perfectly for Annie’s little hands.

Mini Senna Tote sewed by Skirt Fixation

Annie absolutely adores her mini Senna Tote.  She stores all her most special treasures in it and has (so far) managed to keep it away from her little brothers!

Mini Senna Tote from Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection sewed by Skirt Fixation

Here is the link to the Senna Tote I made myself, for comparison.  The other Mini Senna Tote versions I’ve seen are Groovy Baby and Mama’s for Stylo Magazine and Alexis of Whimsy Tailes on Instagram.

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Modern Chloris {Sew ‘n Style Lil Luxe Mini Collection}

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Modern ChlorisModern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Once upon a time there was a young girl who loved flowers, lace, pretty hairstyles, and everything dainty. She had never heard of the ancient Greek nymph Chloris, who was associated with spring, flowers, and new growth, but if she had, she would have had an instant bond with her. Ovid wrote of Chloris that: “As she talks, her lips breathe spring roses…” How utterly poetic! Today we bring you a modern Chloris, who shops at the flower market for blooms to make into a crown for the evening theater, and who enjoys relaxing by a pond in the countryside.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

This theme was inspired by the classic look of the styles used in this collection, and the Greek-inspired Skopelos fabric that is woven throughout each style. The theme also takes from the floral fabric that is a major part of each piece, and the accessories used to complete the looks.

Look 1: Flower Market

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Our little modern Chloris begins the day by dressing for shopping at the flower market in the morning.  She dons her Charming Tee for it’s comfort and peekaboo style in the back.  Next comes her Slim Trousers, with hand sewn lace accents, for full coverage in any situation.  She tops it all off with a Skipalong Skort for it’s modern lines and comfortable yet stylish fit.  In her hand she carries her mini Senna Tote.  It’s just the right size to hold all her pint sized needs.  And of course it’s very cohesive with her modern floral look.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Top Pattern: Charming Tee by Lil Luxe Collection  (See our detailed review and more photos here.)

Top Fabric: Deep Dark Ocean solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Fish Scholeio Intense from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Skip Along Skort by PeekABoo Pattern Shop  (See our detailed review and more photos here.)

Skirt Fabric: Paparounes Crimson knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics

Deep Dark Ocean solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Strawberry Kiss solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Leggings Pattern: Slim Trouser by Lil Luxe Collection  (See our detailed review and more photos here.)

Leggings Fabric: Peachy Custard solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Thrifted lace accents

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Bag Pattern: The Senna Tote by LBG Studio  (See our full review, tutorial and more photos here.)

Bag Fabric: Kladi Underlight from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Rose Pink Vegan Leather from Girl Charlee

Shot Cotton from fabric stash

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Look 2: Aquatic Countryside

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Having returned home, our Modern Chloris quickly constructs her floral crown for the evening.  With hours to spare, she settles on a jaunt into the countryside.  Slipping into her tankini, she layers up in her Rouche Division Top and Paneled Sunsuit maxi skirt.  They make the perfect flowy combination for her afternoon journey, echoing the swim she will indulge in at her destination.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Top Pattern: Rouche Division Top by Lil Luxe Collection  (See our full review and more photos here.)

Top Fabric: Strawberry Kiss solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Melograno Pomeberry from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Thrifted lace accents

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Skirt Pattern: Maxi Skirt from the Paneled Sunsuit pattern by Call Ajaire  (See our full review and more photos here.)

Skirt Fabric: Kladi Under Shadow Voile from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tankini Top Pattern: Modified Charming Tee by Lil Luxe Collection

Tankini Top Fabric: Navy performancewear fabric from JoAnn Fabrics

Tankini Skirt Pattern: Cabana Swim Bottoms by PeekABoo Pattern Shop  (See our detailed pattern review & photos here.)

Tankini Skirt Fabric: White Fans on Navy Lycra Swimsuit Fabric from The Fabric Fairy

Swimsuit lining from The Fabric Fairy

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Look 3: Evening Theater

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Refreshed from her afternoon activities, our Modern Chloris dresses for her evening engagement.  The Fairy Tale Dress is the proper garment for a reenactment of some Greek Mythology tales.  The flower crown she constructed earlier assures her role as the Modern Chloris!  She grabs her canvas jacket (a modified Modern Belle Dress) for when the sun goes down.  But the sun will never set on our Modern Chloris, for she will always be clothed in flowers!

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Dress Pattern: Fairy Tale Dress by Oliver+S  (See our full review and more photos here.)

Dress Fabric: Nisi Flora Oceanon from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Dress Lining/accents fabric: shot cotton from fabric stash

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Jacket Pattern: Modified Modern Belle Dress by Lil Luxe Collection  (Find our tutorial to make your own here.)

Jacket Fabric: Panache Canvas by Art Gallery Fabrics

Jacket Lining Fabric: Navy sateen from JoAnn Fabrics

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Over the course of the next few weeks we will review each of these items in today’s post individually.  We will also be showing you how the whole collection can be interchangeable.  We hope you enjoyed this walk through a day in the life of Modern Chloris.  All Art Gallery Fabrics in this post were generously sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics.  Read more about the Lil Luxe Collection Sew ’n Style Series and visit the contest page with Link up where there are contest prizes totaling over $350 from gracious sponsors.

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Brocade Senna Tote

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt Fixation

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationAs promised yesterday, we have a full review of the Senna Tote.  Because when you make a Senna Tote, it deserves a blog post all of it’s own!

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationEver since I saw the Senna Tote, I’ve been gathering supplies to make one.  Or three.  And finally I scooped up the pattern over the weekend on a 50% off sale!

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationQuite a while ago, I was at JoAnn’s and found this brocade in the remnant section and the perfect matching pleather (or vegan leather if you prefer) in a bronze tone and grabbed them up.

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationWhen I first saw this brocade, I saw the side with the silver background, and loved it.  Then when it was spread out on the cutting table, I saw the side with the gold background and loved it even better.  I had such a hard time deciding which side to use as the main fabric on the bag, so finally used both!

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationI’m not usually a metallic kind of person, or a brocade kind of person, but these fabrics just called my name!

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationThen I went home and found the gold pocket fabric in my stash. There was just a scrap of it, big enough for the front and inside pockets!  It’s silky and golden and luscious!

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationThis brocade fabric makes the loveliest Senna tote ever in person, but proved quite difficult to photograph!  The gold and silver brocade wanted to pick up the light and reflect it back, making the bag almost glow!  And then when I edited the photos to give them a 1920s look for yesterday’s post, the details of the Senna Tote disappeared into a glowing mass!

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationBefore I made the Senna Tote, I read many, many reviews from other seamstresses who’d made it.  I found the Senna Tote to be a delightful challenge.  There was never a point where the instructions were unclear, and the end result is so very professional.  I just took it one step at a time, and never had to unpick any step.

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationThe Senna Tote is very roomy and I am so excited to begin using it!

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationOne thing I’d like to try is making the Senna Tote in a smaller size.  I’ve seen this done once, and I think it could be done by printing out the pattern pieces at a smaller percentage.  Then if seam allowances were corrected for the sides, I think it would assemble just lovely!  I’ll have to let you know.

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationWhen I originally picked out the fabrics for this Senna Tote, I planned to give the completed tote as a gift.  But now that it’s made, I simply cannot part with it!  I’ll just have to make another one for the intended recipient.

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationI’ve seen Senna Totes for sale on Etsy for as much as $100, and I do understand why they have that price tag.  It took me 1.5 hours to cut this out, and 3.5 hours to sew.  That’s a lot of labor, and the material cost is significant too.  Each piece of the bag is interfaced, and most pieces have a canvas lining.   That is what gives this bag such a professional finished look, and it wouldn’t be a good idea to skip any of these layers.

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationIn the other reviews I’d read, some seamstresses had trouble sewing through all the layers.  About 1/2 way through the process, when the layers started getting thick, I put on my walking foot, and my machine had no trouble at all.

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra and Mr. Skirt Fixation think I should start making and selling brocade Senna Totes…and I’m sorely tempted to do it, just to spread the beauty around!  What do you think?

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt Fixation

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since I made this Senna tote for summer, using winter materials (brocade and vegan leather!) I’m linking it up to the Top Stitcher’s Pioneer Prompt: In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb
Here’s the description:
Pioneer Prompt: “In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb”

Like most women who sew for themselves, you may have spent the winter months dreaming of sundresses, light jackets, and crafting Spring/Summer attire to compliment your warm-weather shoe collection. UNLIKE the average sewist, your visions aren’t limited by what can be made in quilter’s cotton or jersey knit. Oh no. You take the seasonal saying “In like a lion, out like a lamb” too seriously for that. Instead, you will be incorporating fur, wool, or leather (or their vegan cousins) into your women’s-wear contest submission!

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1920s Inspired Fashion

1920s Inspired Fashion

1920s Inspired FashionI’ve created a modern outfit inspired by 1920s fashion.  Alida is holding a monthly event called Sew The Show and this month she is inviting anyone to make something inspired by a show called Boardwalk Empire.  Not having a television, all I know about this show is that it’s set in the 1920s and the fashions reflect that.  I knew some about 1920s fashions and uncovered quite a bit more with a little research.

inspirationThe color blue was a standard color for dresses.  It was considered always fashionable to wear blue, perhaps a bit like our sense of the color black.

1920s inspired fashionI choose blue as the main color for my outfit.  And of course, everyone knows and has seen the role feathers play in 1920s fashion!  So I had to have the feather knit fabric from Bari J.’s Petal and Plume line.  I bought mine from Imagine Gnats, along with the plain navy knit pictured here.

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationThis is the second time I’ve worked with Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric, and let me tell you, it’s definitely the highest quality knit I’ve sewn.  There’s has yet to be any pilling, the stretch and recovery is awesome, and pretty too!  I made the Hampton Hoodie from Peekaboo Patterns.  This, like all Peekaboo Patterns I’ve sewn up so far was fast and easy to sew with professional looking results.  The contrast placket was a little confusing and frustrating, so before I sew it  next time, I’ll probably look for tutorials on how to make it easier.

1920s inspired fashionThe only change I made to the pattern was to lengthen the body and the sleeves a little to accommodate my long frame, which also echoes the 1920s drop waist styles.

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationOne major fashion detail of huge importance in the 1920s was lines.  The clothing in general had long and graceful lines or silhouettes.  Line was considered more important than face or coiffure!  My nod to that 1920s fashion trend was to sew up an Ina Skirt from Pattern Review.

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationYes, this is the 3rd time I’ve sewn this pattern (once for a gift, and once for ME!)  There is probably no skirt with greater element of line than the Ina Skirt, especially sewn in striped fabric!

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationAgain, it had to be blue, and I found this lovely lightweight but not sheer knit fabric from Hancock Fabrics.  Also the detailing in the godets at the bottom of the Ina Skirt again echo the 1920s drop waist styles.

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationFor my final piece, I was inspired by the shoes of the 1920s.  Brocade and leather were a common, opulent choice.  While these shoes are majorly cool, I didn’t really have a need for brocade and leather shoes, and so turned to another accessory, a Senna Tote.

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationTomorrow I’m going to have a full review of the Senna Tote, but today I’ll just stick with generalities.  My Senna Tote is made from brocade and pleather, both from JoAnn Fabrics.

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationThis particular brocade is so lovely on both sides, that I had to feature both of them in the Senna Tote.  I put gold, silver, and bronze in this tote to reflect the lavishness of the roaring 20s.  The wealth and prosperity among the affluent would definitely have included a Senna Tote like this one!  And of course my brocade Senna Tote required some shoe bling for a zipper pull!

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationI edited the photos to have a vintage 1920s look, so here is an unedited one so you can see the true colors of the outfit!  And notice the little photobomber!?

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation