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Runway Skirt Blog Tour Day 4

I am so excited about today’s stops on the Runway Skirt blog tour!  You can find the giveaway at the end of this post.

First up we have Scary from Shaffer Sisters.  I absolutely adore the Shaffer Sisters blog and can’t wait to see more of Scary’s Runway Skirt.  Click on the picture to see for yourself.


Next down the runway we have Heather from Feather Flights.  I am in totally draw dropping awe of her preview photo, so you’ll have to excuse me for a minute while I go check out her post!  (Click on the photo to be transported…)

Heather Feather's Runway Skirt

The last stop on today’s tour is…me!  Since I am 7 months pregnant, I’ve been getting a bit envious of all these gorgeous versions of the Runway Skirt being sewn and not being able to wear one myself.  So I created a maternity add on for the Runway Skirt!maternity-cover-croppedYou can find it in the Savvy Patterns shop for the very low price of $3.00 because you also need the main Runway Skirt pattern.  There are 3 different options for modifying the Runway Skirt for maternity wear; an underbelly waistband (picture on the right above,) a fold over waistband (pictured on the left above,) and an additional panel that can be added under either waistband.  I sewed this version from a sweater knit for the main fabric and burgundy chiffon for the godets.  I also lined this skirt, so I will have a tutorial on how to line your Runway Skirt soon.


While testing the Runway Skirt maternity add on, I also sewed this all black version.  The main skirt is from a very lightweight french terry fabric and the godets are bamboo rayon jersey.  So basically secret pajamas!

Grab the Runway Maternity Skirt Add On here at Savvy Patterns.

Be sure to enter the giveaway below.  You can win a copy of the Runway Skirt and also a $25 gift certificate to Urban Sew, which should buy you enough fabric to make your Runway Skirt.

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And finally, you can grab the Runway Skirt on sale especially for this tour.  Buy it here at Savvy Patterns.

Come back the rest of the week for some more amazing skirts from these talented ladies:


12-5  Friends Stitched Together & Very Blissful Blog

12-6 Call Ajaire & Sew Mariefleur

12-7 Rebel And Malice & Inspinration & Shaffer Sisters

12-8 Paisley Roots & Feather Flights & Skirt Fixation

12-9 Enantiomerproject & My Sweet Sunshine & Sew Haute Blog


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Betty VS Perfectly Preppy {Skirt VS Skirt}

A through comparison by Skirt Fixation of the Betty Skirt by Shaffer Sisters and the Perfectly Preppy Skirt by Scientific Seamstress.

A through comparison by Skirt Fixation of the Betty Skirt by Shaffer Sisters and the Perfectly Preppy Skirt by Scientific Seamstress.

This is the tale of two young friends; Betty on the left and Preppy on the right. They had much in common, were the greatest pals, and their differences only made them similarly unique! If they chose one day to go to the country, that was no problem; Betty (a pattern by Shaffer Sisters) lived on a little farm with sweet gardens and cow pastures. If they chose to spend the day in the city, that was no problem either, Preppy (a pattern from Scientific Seamstress) knew all the best small bookstores and tea shops.

Round 1: Pattern

Let’s talk about what these two patterns have in common first.  They both have a yoke, and elastic waist, and options for a pleated or gathered skirt.  They both love tea parties, walks in the park, and crayon drawings.  The illustrations are drawn in both patterns.   Both Betty and Perfectly Preppy have instructions for making a matching doll pattern.

Now the differences:

Sizes: Betty can be made in 29 sizes from newborn to 16X.  Perfectly Preppy can be made in 13 sizes from 6 months to 12 years.

Number of Pattern Pieces:  This is really dependent on which size and variation you make, so for purposes of this comparison, we’re going to use the version with large pleats in a size 5.   Betty has  2 pattern pieces (11 pages to print.)  Perfectly Preppy has 2 pattern pieces (9 pages to print.)

Price:  As of this date, the Betty Skirt costs $9 while the Perfectly Preppy Skirt is $7.50. Also, Betty would rather stay home and play with her pretend kitchen, while Preppy never misses a visit to the bookstore 🙂

Round 2: Variations

Betty has 4 style options, gathered, small pleats, large pleats and gathered with a placket.  Perfectly Preppy has 4 style variations, gathered or pleated, circle or rhumba.  It has instructions for adding a lining if desired.  Perfectly Preppy has optional shorts underneath.  Also, Perfectly Preppy has an option for double thickness pleats.  Finally, Perfectly Preppy offers several length variations.

Round 3: Sewing

Time:  Both of these skirt will take 2+ hours to sew.  Some of the variations may add extra time.

Fabric: Both skirts require 1.5 yards of fabric for a pleated size 5.

Notions: Both skirts require elastic.  The placket variation on the Betty Skirt will require buttons as well.

Round 4: Fit/Style

Both the Betty Skirt and the Perfectly Preppy Skirt have a similar fit and style.  We’ve made the Betty Skirt 3 times (Seaside theme, Honeybee theme and a refashioned one.)  We’ve sewn the Perfectly Preppy Skirt once.

And the winner is:

You!  If you choose to sew either one of these skirts, you are sure to have a very happy customer, who’s outfitted in a really cute skirt.  Our Skirt VS Skirt series is designed to help you decide which of the two wonderful skirt patterns we’re comparing is the right one for you.  We own both these patterns and have sewed them both, so we know what we’re talking about!  Which skirt patterns would you like to see compared next?

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A Betty Skirt for Fall

The Betty Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We are delighted to be the next stop on The Betty Skirt tour.  The Shaffer Sisters created this sweet little skirt pattern, and have are hosting the blog tour to show it off.

The Betty Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

There have been some fantastic versions of The Betty Skirt, and if you haven’t already, go visit the other Betty Skirts.  If you’ve been around Skirt Fixation very long, you know we L.O.V.E. the Betty Skirt.  We made two for Annie already, the seashell skirt, and the honeybee skirt.  But she’s had a mega growth spurt and outgrown them both!

The Betty Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

So it was time for a new Betty Skirt, and we wanted to make one that was going to last her through the fall and winter.  We decided to refashion a sweater to make her new Betty Skirt.

A sweater skirt refashion

We found this 2XL argyle cardigan at Goodwill, and our new Betty Skirt began to take shape.  The other two Betty Skirts we made were the gathered version, and this time we wanted to make the version with the placket, so the cardigan fit the ticket perfectly.  Although this sweater was very big to start with, it wasn’t quite big enough to make the full width of the panels, so this Betty Skirt is not as full as intended, but we’re pretty happy with the way it turned out anyway.

The Betty Skirt

The Betty Skirt is so fast and easy to sew up that we decided to make Annie a matching top, and we turned to our new favorite top pattern, The Bimaa Sweater.  At Goodwill, we grabbed another large and matching sweater for The Bimaa.

sweater refashion

Talk about another fast sew, this one was even faster because we used the existing hem and some of the existing sleeves.  (We made the sleeves extra long so she can cuff them and so she can wear the Bimaa Sweater more than just a few weeks!)  Growth spurts be gone!

sweater skirt refashion

We used the sleeves from the first sweater to make the shawl collar.

The Betty Skirt

So now Annie has a new outfit, a Betty (Sweater) Skirt and matching Bimaa Sweater.  The only thing left to do is figure out how to make one in my size!

The Betty skirt by Shaffer Sisters

The Shaffer Sisters have graciously allowed us to giveaway one copy of The Betty Skirt, so use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win.  This giveaway ends Saturday night, so if you’re not the winner, you still have one more day to use the coupon code “BETTYTOUR” for 30% off The Betty Skirt.  Believe me, this is one pattern you will make over and over and over again!

The Betty Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation



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Sweater Skirt refashion by Skirt Fixation

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The Shaffer Sisters Knit Fabric Swap Challenge

This is the first day of the Knit fabric sewing creations made from fabric the 4 contestants swapped. They each sent and received 2 yard of fabric and then sewed it up! Their only stipulation was that the fabric be knit fabric. Today, Scary from Shaffer Sisters is here to show you what she created:

Hi, Skirt Fixation Readers! It is Scary from Shaffer Sisters. I received 1 yard of blue with white polka dot & nearly 1 1/2 yards of white with black polka dot fabric from my dear friend Ajaire from Call Ajaire. Ajaire has been our supporter when our blog was a newborn little baby.  So I wasn’t surprised when she hit the nail on the head for perfect fabric that was just my style.

I realized that the combo would be perfect for a mother daughter look. Something I have wanted for a long  time. I knew it would be hard since we have completely different shapes.

Though there was less of the blue fabric, it happens to be my favorite color so I milked every last scrap to make myself a shirt. I drafted the shirt by using a old dress that doesn’t work because of the sleeves, the empire waist was too short for my chest and cut lower than I wanted.  I loved the fit of the dress so after a couple of muslins I finally had a sleeve & neckline that I loved. I love the top and can’t wait to wear it with my skinny jeans. My only real over sight was with the length it made it hard to tuck it into the top (which I am not sure now looking at the pictures and my portions is the right way to wear it for my body, I will probably leave it pulled out to balance things out).

The skirt was made using a stretch lace & swimsuit fabric for the slip. I used Syrah skirt pattern from Selvage Designs which will be coming out in a few weeks. I used the below the knee option and added a few inches to account for my height. The skirt took me 3 hours distracted mom time.

For Boston’s dress I wanted to use the Pippa Peplum as the base and make a circle skirt. I knew that she would love the movement of a circle skirt it and dresses are her favorite to wear. Serendipitously, the day that I was planning on drafting the circle skirt Kate sent out an e-mail saying she was testing the Circle Dress Add-On sending it to testing. Whooo! I used the facing pattern piece to draft the collar & the sash was made from some knit in my sash.

knit fabric by Shaffer Sisters

The photoshoot didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted, but that is life when you have a son that spends the afternoon in meltdown mode and your daughter decides to put eyeliner all over her face right before pictures. I do think I will make coordinating clothes for Slim Jim & Ryder and try again.


Oh that is such an amazing mother and daughter ensemble.  The shirt or the dress alone would have been fabulous, but both together are simply awesome!  While you are inspired by Shaffer Sisters knit fabric challenge, go sew up something from knit fabric yourself and then link it (up to 3 projects) to the Knit Fabric Sew Along Link Party!  The winner is going to get a $25 shopping spree at Nature’s Fabrics.  And come back tomorrow for some more knit fabric fabulousness from our second contestant!

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Sewing with PDF Patterns, A Beginner’s Guide

PDF pattern organization

Lately I’ve been using a lot of PDF patterns.

Beach bag for shellsOne big reason is the convenience, but as I’ve used them I’ve discovered more advantages than just being able to print them out from my home!

  • Convenience = This was the first reason I started using PDF patterns.  I live over an hour away from the closest store that carries patterns.  And then I also don’t have to chase small children around the store while trying to pick out patterns.
  • Affordable = PDF patterns run around the same price (or cheaper) than traditional patterns.
  • Tested = I’m not sure who tests traditional patterns, but it’s not mom’s with little kids, which is who is producing PDF patterns.  Then those mom’s pass it on to all their sewing cohorts who test it again, give them feedback and perfect it.
  • Durable = I LOVE working with paper over tissue.  Maybe it’s just me, but the traditional tissue patterns always end up with more than one tear in them.  Which brings me to my next point…
  • Reusable = Usually the PDF patterns are in good enough shape to reuse again, if I’m making a smaller size or (because kids grow) if I’m making a larger size, I can just print out the pattern again and cut out a larger size.  Try that with the flimsy tissue ones!
  • Smart = The makers of PDF patterns don’t treat me like I’m a liability with warnings like “always use caution when using pins” or “be sure to keep the hot part of the iron away from small children!”
  • Clean = I’ve always hated all the dots, triangles, and extra marking on traditional patterns and skip right over them and the marking part.  Maybe I haven’t started sewing complex enough PDF patterns yet, but please, I can match the top and bottom of matching pattern pieces without three triangles in between to help me!
  • Clear Directions = Usually I have to read the directions on a traditional pattern more than once (okay more than twice!) to get the gist of what they want me to do!  Not so with PDF patterns!  Maybe it’s because of the…
  • Real pictures = Yes, if I can see it, I can do it!  I’ve wondered if the illustrators of traditional patterns are the same as the writers, and if they both speak the same language!
  • Cuteness = I have never found a traditional pattern that has the basic cuteness of a PDF pattern unless it’s one so complicated I know I’ll never make it because it would make my eyes roll back into my head!
  • Customizable = It could be me, but when I make a traditional pattern, I have to follow the directions to a T, not deviating in the least.  But with a PDF pattern, I am easily able to make changes as I go.

I’ve worked with 5 different PDF pattern companies making 7 different PDF patterns.

Josephine Blouse and Dress PatternI started with Violet Field Threads and made the Josephine blouse

wrap pocketsThen I made the Puddle Jumper Rain Coat by peek-a-boo pattern shop

Beach Outfits for Spring BreakNext it was the Beachy Boatneck Tees from Blank Slate Patterns

The Betty SkirtAnd I made The Betty Skirt by The Shaffer Sisters to complete the outfit. 

PDF patternsEarlier in the week I was working with another Blank Slate Pattern, this one from the free selection on Melly Sews.  And today I’m working with one from Heidi & Finn!

 I just have a few tips for sewing on PDF patterns because of all the advantages listed above!

  • Read the instructions all the way through before you start.  Then go back and read the page of tips the PDF pattern maker wrote at the beginning, they really are life saving!
  • If you run into trouble, contact the PDF pattern maker.  They almost always include their contact information at the beginning of the pattern, and really do respond when you ask for help!
  • Look at the versions other people made!  It’s fun, inspiring and helps you if you get stuck.

PDF pattern organization

  • If/when you start accumulating several of these PDF patterns because of their awesomeness, you can organize them like I did.  I 3 hole punched the instruction papers and put them in a 3 ring binder.  Then I slid all the pattern pieces into clear plastic page protectors and put them in the 3 ring binder also.  If/when I get a whole bunch, I’ll add divider tabs and sort them by type.

PDF pattern organization

Well, that’s all my PDF pattern tips for beginning PDF pattern sew-ers!  Now get out there and get sewing!

Make it beautiful,