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All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats Wrap Up

All The Skirts

We’d like to wrap up the first edition of All The Skirts with Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats by showing you once again the three Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress skirts we sewed up with fabric from Imagine Gnats.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Scientific Seamstress’s Patchwork Twirl Skirt with Imagine Gnats Cotton + Steel fabric

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

Scientific Seamstress’s Perfectly Preppy Skirt with Imagine Gnats Crocus Chambray fabric

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Scientific Seamstress’s Scallopini Twirl Skirt with Imagine Gnats Lennox Garden cotton lawn fabric

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

We have a special announcement about one of these skirts.  In July, the Patchwork Twirl Skirt (and matching doll skirt) will be donated to Simple Simon & Co.’s Skirting The Issue!  That’s right, we will be donating one skirt from each edition of All The Skirts to the Skirting The Issue event.  Pretty soon, some little girl will be jumping and twirling for joy!  (And I promised to make Annie another one…)

And wasn’t the link up filled with awesome Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress patterns and Imagine Gnats fabric?  The Skirt Fixation Team each picked out their favorites:

Allegra:  I like the style of this flip of the Ethan shirt.

Aria:  I like how they flipped this into a dress, and the style of the whole dress.

Annie:  I like this dress because it’s my favorite color: pink!

Audrey:  A maxi on a tall gal makes my heart go pitter-pat!

What a great day!  What a great series!  What great skirts!  We are delighted to finished up the first edition of All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats with the winner of the giveaway.

Terri Audie, you are the proud owner of 3 new PDF patterns of your choice from Sis Boom and $25 worth of new fabric from Imagine Gnats.  Watch your inbox!

Please be sure to visit Scientific Seamstress/Sis Boom and Imagine Gnats and thank them for making this first edition of All The Skirts possible!  (And if you hurry over to Imagine Gnats today, you’ll get in on their Halloween Sale, prices so low, they’re spooooooky…we did!)

We’d like you to know that while the Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress & Imagine Gnats edition of All The Skirts is finished, next Friday we will announce another pattern company and fabric company pairing for an all new edition of All The Skirts!  They are going to be incredible!  See you next week!

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Scallopini Skirt {All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats}

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

We have the final skirt for All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats skirt for you today! Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of this post to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to with Sis Boom patterns and Imagine Gnats fabric for yourself.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

The Scallopini Skirt by Sis Boom patterns is really special!  When we saw the Scallopini Skirt, we loved the shape and flounce of it so very much, that we knew when we made it, we had to keep those elements at the forefront.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

We think we accomplished this by using all one fabric, the Lennox Garden cotton lawn and of course sparkly blue tulle.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

We think the Scallopini Skirt and the Imagine Gnats fabric are the perfect pair!  (Note: Imagine Gnats is out of the Lennox Garden cotton lawn, but this one would work nicely with some pink or even red tulle!)

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

The Scallopini Skirt’s scallops were very easy to make following the explicit step by step instructions.  No trouble at all!  (This was our first time making scallops.)  We made this skirt very long for Annie…in the hopes that she will be able to wear it for more than one season!  Annie reports that the Scallopini Skirt makes her feel like a fairy.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

And that fabric!  Besides perfectly accentuating the Scallopini Skirt, it is so soft and easy to work with.  I think Annie would sleep in this skirt if I let her!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

During the photo shoot, there were so many ladybugs flying around that Annie, portraying a fairy, pretended to catch one, use her wand to turn it into a fellow fairy, and blow it free again!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

We want you to enjoy All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats as much as we are, so be sure to take advantage of the Imagine Gnats discount during the month of October.

Did you notice that Sis Boom is having a sale?  Until Sunday night (10/26) you can get any PDF pattern for $6 by using the code “Patternlove”  You’re welcome!

Simply use the code “alltheskirts” when you check out over at Imagine Gnats for a 10% discount.  On everything.  Soon you could be receiving “happy mail” too!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

You get extra entries by linking up anything you have sewn with Imagine Gnats fabric or Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress patterns.  Have you checked out the link up?  It’s really neat to see everything that been made with Imagine Gnats fabric and Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress patterns.  You have one more week to link up your projects.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

There is one week left for you  to play along in these two ways:

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

2.  InLinkz Link-Up: Link up your Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress and Imagine Gnats projects, each one earns you an entry!

Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.  And be sure to come back next Friday for the Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats wrap up, and the winner of the PDF patterns and fabric gift certificate!
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You can also earn as many entries as you want by linking up any Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress pattern you have sewn, or anything you’ve sewn in 2014 using fabric from Imagine Gnats!



Scallopini Skirt for All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Perfectly Preppy Skirt {All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats}

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

It’s Friday!  So we have an All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats skirt for you! Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of this post to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win Sis Boom patterns and Imagine Gnats fabric for yourself.

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This skirt is another combination to delight any girl!  The Perfectly Preppy skirt pattern is actually 3 distinct skirts all in one pattern.  It takes a few minutes to realize this when you receive your pattern, but just like the Patchwork Twirl Skirt, the instructions make it very understandable.  We chose to sew up the pleated version Perfectly Preppy Skirt.  There are also circle skirt and gathered skirt versions included.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

When we received our package from Rachel of Imagine Gnats, we were so thrilled with the interweave chambray fabric she chose for us.  We’d agreed on chambray, but she has so many gorgeous chambrays in her shop, we just couldn’t choose and let her surprise us with the color.  I don’t think she knew we were going to sew up this skirt for Aria and that purple (crocus) is Aria’s favorite color!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

I did not make any changes to the pattern, and it was very easy to sew with the pleating template.  I had never made one of these before, but wow!  I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing it again, it was so rewarding!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

We just love pleated skirts, and this one looks every bit as professional as the RTW (ready to wear) one Annie paired with her Apple-Picking Peplum.  Except nicer, we think because we made it!  Out of fantastic purple chambray.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

This time we did not make the matching dolly (or bear!) skirt for a few reasons; Aria has outgrown the matching dolly stage, and we simply did not have any extra fabric!  You see, when we told Rachel our needed fabric requirements, we didn’t factor in the yoke!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

While Rachel is so generous, she probably would have sent us more, we were able to piece the outer yoke from the remaining fabric, and use a Cotton + Steel remnant for the yoke lining.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

As with the Patchwork Twirl Skirt, the inside of the Perfectly Preppy Skirt is very cleanly finished, but next time we will probably make just one change when sewing it: sandwich the skirt part in between the yoke and lining for an even cleaner finish.  We did not sew up the shorts or bloomers for underneath, so we’re not sure if the whole fabric sandwich idea would work with those options!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra took all the wonderful photos for this photo shoot.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

We wanted the focus to be on the skirt once again, so we styled everything else in pure white.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

The gorgeous purple chambray fabric really shows of the Perfectly Preppy Skirt, don’t you think?

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

Everything was white except the books.  Which the girls got a little crazy with toward the end!  But no books were harmed in the duration of this photo shoot!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

Even though one came close!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

We want you to enjoy All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats as much as we are, so be sure to take advantage of the Imagine Gnats discount during the month of October.

Simply use the code “alltheskirts” when you check out over at Imagine Gnats for a 10% discount.  On everything.  Soon you could be receiving “happy mail” too!  But hurry, this discount ends with this edition of All The Skirts, October 31st.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

You get extra entries by linking up anything you have sewn with Imagine Gnats fabric or Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress patterns.  Have you checked out the link up?  It’s really neat to see everything that been made with Imagine Gnats fabric and Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress patterns.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats sewn by Skirt Fixation

Be sure to play along in these two ways:

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

2.  InLinkz Link-Up: Link up your Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress and Imagine Gnats projects, each one earns you an entry!

Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
You can also earn as many entries as you want by linking up any Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress pattern you have sewn, or anything you’ve sewn in 2014 using fabric from Imagine Gnats!

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Patchwork Twirl Skirt {All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats}

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine GnatsToday we delightedly present you the first skirt in the All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats Edition.  We just could not help ourselves when we received our package of fabric from Rachel of Imagine Gnats.  The Cotton + Steel fabric was so fun that we had to sew it up first.  And we knew it was going to make the most perfect Patchwork Twirl Skirt from Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine GnatsThe combination of these two creates such a fresh, exciting work of art!  The Patchwork Twirl Skirt is very easy to sew, but not a quick sew.  Definitely worth the time, though.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

The reason The Patchwork Twirl Skirt takes a while to sew is the sheer volume of the skirt.  The bottom ruffle ends up being over 25 feet long!  And it is gathered a significant amount.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

This is required to achieve the fantastic twirl factor of the skirt.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Here you can see the back of the skirt.  Just as fun as the front, right?

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine GnatsThe only change I made to The Patchwork Twirl Skirt was to cut out one of the fabrics at a different angle than suggested.  This was the pink arrow fabric because I wanted the arrows to run vertically rather than horizontally.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

And then there’s the fabric.  We’ve been hearing about Cotton + Steel all spring and summer, and when we finally got ours, we understood why.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

But what sets Imagine Gnats apart is Rachel!  She not only picked out this fabulous selection of fabrics for us, but shipped it super fast.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

And also there was the not so little fact that she sent us 1/2 yard pieces when we only requested 1/4 yard pieces.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

That’s right, you can make The Patchwork Twirl Skirt with 7 fat quarters.  Which makes fabrics like Cotton + Steel or Liberty of London within affordability range for every seamstress.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

So when you see a new fabric set released and you can’t decide which ones to choose, don’t!  Just grab your Patchwork Twirl Skirt pattern and 7 fat quarters.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

And best of all (in Annie’s opinion) those 7 fat quarters include enough fabric to be able to make a skirt for a doll, or a bear!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Allegra made the skirt for Annie’s bear, which makes it easy for a beginning seamstress.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Although the inside is not visible, The Patchwork Twirl Skirt is very clean with all the exposed raw edges finished.  This is especially great because all the gathering sometimes frays the edges.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

We are so pleased with this combination of Imagine Gnats fabric and the Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress Patchwork Twirl Skirt.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

We want you to enjoy All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats as much as we are, so be sure to take advantage of their discounts during the month of October.

Simply use the code “alltheskirts” when you check out over at Imagine Gnats for a 10% discount.  On everything.  Soon you could be receiving “happy mail” too!

And use the code “skirtfix” over at the Scientific Seamstress/Sis Boom Etsy shop for a 30% discount!  Now’s the time to snap up those patterns you’ve been wanting!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of this post to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to with Sis Boom patterns and Imagine Gnats fabric for yourself.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

And remember, you get extra entries by linking up anything you have sewn with Imagine Gnats fabric or Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress patterns.  Have you checked out the link up?  It’s really neat to see everything that been made with Imagine Gnats fabric and Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress patterns.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

And now, more about the photo shoot and more photos!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

For the photo shoot, we wanted to highlight the fun Imagine Gnats fabrics and Sis Boom skirt.  Everything else we wanted to be secondary.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

So we draped everything else in white, including Annie’s shirt.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

 

It wasn’t hard to get Annie animated about this skirt, but Allegra put on some music and Annie just couldn’t hold still!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

She twirled and she danced and she pirouetted and she boogied!  The Patchwork Twirl Skirt really got her excited!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

As usual, Allegra shot some great photos!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Okay, so many great photos that this post is beginning to be hugely picture heavy!  We should have issued a warning at the beginning!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

The rest of us decided we want The Patchwork Twirl Skirt in our size!  So we can dance and play with Annie!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

When cooler hits, we plan to layer this skirt with a turtleneck, some leggings and boots.

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

 

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Annie, you should really take a bow for all the fantastic modeling and dancing!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Ah, what a ladylike little curtsy!

All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

Be sure to play along in these two ways:

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

2.  InLinkz Link-Up: Link up your Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress and Imagine Gnats projects, each one earns you an entry!

Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.

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You can also earn as many entries as you want by linking up any Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress pattern you have sewn, or anything you’ve sewn in 2014 using fabric from Imagine Gnats!


All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

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Ethan Vest Tutorial

vest tutorial

If you are coming over from Sew Cool For the Tween Scene, Hi and welcome!  Today we have a vest tutorial for everyone.  We promised to show you how we modified the Ethan Shirt from Sis Boom patterns to make the vest Thomas is wearing with his Ethan Shirt.  This could be done with any button up shirt pattern.

Ethan shirt

We wanted to use the Ethan Shirt pattern pieces to make the vest because we wanted it to be the same size as the Ethan Shirt we had made him so the two would fit nicely together.  So we took our pattern pieces we’d used to make the Ethan Shirt that were already cut out to the exact size we needed and folded them to make the shape we wanted for the vest.  It’s really easier to show you so here is the back piece:

vest tutorial

We placed the back yoke on top of the shirt back piece and lined them up at the armholes and pinned them in place.  Then we folded up the bottom of the back so that it ended 1/2 inch longer than we wanted the finished length.  We cut two pattern back pattern pieces of lining material.

Next we modified the front piece by folding it like this:

vest tutorial

So again we changed the bottom, but folded it into a v shape after folding up the bottom of the pattern piece to make it the right shape.  Then we folded over the edge of the shirt front to make the v shape down the front.  We cut out two of each of lining and of fabric.

For the actual sewing of the lined vest, I used this tutorial over at Shwin & Shwin.  It was perfect and looks just as good on the inside as it does on the outside!  The buttons came from a vest I made myself from Pendleton wool a long time ago.  The moths had helped themselves to the Pendleton wool, and so the vest was no longer wearable!  But the buttons were useable!

Project Run and Play 80s cartoon inspired Richie Rich by Skirt Fixation

In case you are wondering, I used the free pattern and tutorial from Sew Like My Mom to sew the bow tie.  I only shortened it to match my son’s neck size.  And watched several YouTube videos to figure that part out.  But now I know!

Be sure to go over to Sew Cool for the Tween Scene tomorrow where I am reviewing the Ethan Shirt in tween sizes, which I’ve made 3 times now.  I have some photos of the tween together in their Ethan Shirts, so you don’t want to miss that!

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All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats

All The Skirts

We’ve been waiting for today’s announcement for a loooooong time!

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We have a new series starting today called All The Skirts!  It’s really simple, and you get to play along too.  For each edition, we will sew up all the skirts from a chosen pattern company using materials featuring one fabric company.  We are so excited to have this first edition sponsored by Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress and Imagine Gnats.  For the month of October, we will be showcasing All The Skirts from Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress using some of the best fabrics from Imagine Gnats.

We want you to enjoy this series too, so one lucky winner will receive 3 PDF patterns from Sis Boom and a $25 gift certificate to Imagine Gnats!

Also, these two amazing sponsors are offering special discount codes just for you during the All The Skirts: Sis Boom & Imagine Gnats Edition.

Simply use the code “alltheskirts” when you check out over at Imagine Gnats for a 10% discount.  On everything.  Soon you could be receiving “happy mail” too!

And use the code “skirtfix” over at the Scientific Seamstress/Sis Boom Etsy shop for a 30% discount!  Now’s the time to snap up those patterns you’ve been wanting!

Just the other day we received some “happy mail” from Imagine Gnats.

Imagine Gnats fabric

We can’t wait to show you what gorgeous skirts we’re turning these fabrics into!  Each Friday in October, we’ll show you one of the Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress skirts we’ve sewn up from this amazing Imagine Gnats fabric.  The last Friday in October, we’ll reveal the (random) winners of the Sis Boom patterns and the Imagine Gnats gift certificate and showcase some of our favorite creations from the link up.

There are two you can to play along.

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

2.  InLinkz Link-Up: Link up your Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress and Imagine Gnats projects, each one earns you an entry!

Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.

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You can also earn as many entries as you want by linking up any Sis Boom/Scientific Seamstress pattern you have sewn, or anything you’ve sewn in 2014 using fabric from Imagine Gnats!


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Richie Rich 80s Cartoon Inspired Ethan Shirt

Ethan shirt

Ethan shirtI made another Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom patterns.  It was wonderful!  Actually, I made this shirt side by side with the black denim jacket Ethan Shirt flip I made, but it was still wonderful!

Ethan Shirt buttondownIf you make the Ethan Shirt, people will never believe you actually made the awesome shirt your child is wearing!  It’s really that tailored.  A while back, the males in our family challenged us to learn how to sew men’s clothing.  The really good, tailored stuff they like to wear.  Well…we’ve sort of been hesitant about doing that because men’s clothing is hard, and not as interesting or fun as women’s.

Ethan shirt sewn by Skirt FixationBut now that I’ve sewn up an Ethan Shirt, I’ve started noticing the way mens’ shirts are constructed and actually thinking, “Hey, I could do that!  I did that when I sewed the Ethan Shirt!”

tailored Ethan ShirtI decided to sew up the first tailored shirt for a male for my son, Thomas.  He has the enviable trait of managing to look really sophisticated in anything he wears.  Even those hole-y jeans and ripped up t-shirts he’s so fond of!  So I knew that when I made him an Ethan Shirt it would look great by default!  (Believe me, the Ethan shirt would look good on anyone, even if they aren’t amazingly suave and debonair like Thomas!!)

back of vestIn sewing them side by side, I would first sew the instructed step on Thomas’ shirt, then sew it on Aria’s denim jacket.  That way I could sort of test out the instructions.  I used a seersucker fabric from our stash for Thomas’ shirt.

Ethan Shirt back yokeI made all the hard options on his shirt, just so I could experience them!  Button placket, collar and collar stand, cuffs, cuff placket, back yoke, and pleats.  And they all turned out beautifully!

tailored Ethan shirt for boysThe only thing I did differently from the instructions was add buttons and button holes to the collar for a button down collar.  (Well, and there was the accidental way I sewed the button placket and pocket on the wrong side and didn’t realize it until Thomas put the shirt on to test the fit and he couldn’t figure out how to button it!  Ooops!  But that wasn’t on purpose, or the pattern’s fault!)

Vest from Ethan shirtYou can probably tell by all the exclamations in this post that I’m very happy with the Ethan Shirt!  So happy that I decided to use the Ethan Shirt pattern pieces to flip one more time, into a vest.  I’ll be showing you later exactly how I did that in a tutorial.  Why a vest if the Ethan shirt is already dressy?  To meet the current Project Run & Play challenge: 80s cartoon inspired.  Our cartoon inspiration was Richie Rich.

Richie Rich bow tie Growing up without a television, I just had Richie Rich comic books for entertainment, so when I made the outfit for Thomas, I made him a red bow tie since that was what Richie Rich always wore.  Then I googled the Richie Rich cartoon and he had on a blue bow tie.  Oh well, the challenge was specifically not supposed to be a costume, just inspiration!

Ethan shirt for boysRichie Rich was always very well dressed, but the shorts (in the comics anyway) still gave him a little boy appeal!  Thomas is in the tween stage between little boy and teenage boy, and seeing him this well dressed gives me a glimpse into what he’ll look like as a man. (Very handsome~ says the modest mother!)

Ethan shirt for boys by Skirt FixationI am simply on pins and needles waiting to see all the 80s cartoon inspired clothing over at Project Run & Play.  What was your favorite 80s cartoon?  How would you interpret that into fashion?  We’re also linking up to Sew Many Books.  A comic book is a book, right?

Project Run and Play 80s cartoon inspired Richie Rich by Skirt Fixation

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Black Denim Jacket Ethan Flip

Ethan Shirt Flipped to Black Denim Jacket by Skirt Fixation

Ethan Shirt Flipped to Black Denim Jacket by Skirt Fixation

We accepted Frances Suzanne’s challenge to flip the Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom.  Of course, first of all we had to sew an unflipped version of the Ethan Shirt, but we’ll get to that another time.  When we can get the boy convinced to show his face on a SKIRT blog!

Ethan Jacket Flip

I knew I wanted to flip the Ethan Shirt several ways in general.  Into something for a girl.  Into a jacket.  And then I remembered this oh so fancy black embroidered denim I’d purchased on time to make into a denim skirt.  So this post could be called The Skirt That Wasn’t!  But I digress.  So I showed the pattern to Aria, my tween, and she wasn’t impressed.  Then I showed her the fabric and she was more enthusiastic.  Finally I showed her an inspiration photo and she was totally on board..

Ethan Shirt Flip

Here are the little, technical ways I flipped the Ethan Shirt into a black denim jacket.

Black denim jacket

I changed the shape of the back yoke, sewed it only at the top and sides and added a button and buttonhole.

Black Denim Jacket by Skirt Fixation

I added a belt and belt loops top the waist.

Sleeve detail

I changed the sleeves by omitting the button placket and cuff and adding a faux belt and belt loops to the sleeve bottoms.  Also a button and button hole on each sleeve belt.  I’m sure there’s a more technical name for it than sleeve belt, but it escapes me at the moment.  Whatever!  All I know is Aria and I love this little detail!

Belt loops on black denim jacket

Here’s a secret little tip on easy belt loops instead of sewing a little tube and turning it, use seam binding.  I did!  It’s reinforced/top stitched to add strength and character.

black embroidered denim jacket

I changed the shape of the hem to be straight all around.

collar detail

I used a little stiffer interfacing on the collar and collar stand to accommodate because I was making a jacket, not a shirt.

denim jacket button placket

I omitted the button placket down the front, opting for a more jacket like closure.

Black Denim Jacket

We stopped the buttons just below the waist so for ease of walking and sitting.  But the jacket still looks format when standing without corrupting the straight shape.

Jacket with back tie

The belt can also be looped back around and tied in the back.

button down jacket

Or the jacket can be partially buttoned.

denim jacket with welt pockets

I added welt pockets!  Welt pockets, people!  This was my first time, and I was so pleased with the professional results!

Fortune Cookie fabric

For the pocket material, I departed from the sober feel of the jacket and used fortune cookie fabric!

Finished jacket inside

I finished each interior seam with either seam binding or a flat felled seam.

topstitching

And topstitched every seam.  Sometimes twice!  But it looks soooo good, don’t you think so?

Wide shouldered black denim jacket

I did not change anything about the armholes or width of the Ethan shirt for the denim jacket.  The dimensions ended up being perfect.  I used the largest size, size 14.

side detail

Now I’ll tell you one tiny thing I’m not happy with about this black denim jacket.  Because of the large scale of the embroidery pattern, I had to decide whether to match the pattern at the front or the sides.  So I chose the sides.  But I still wish they all could have matched.  But that would have added about 14 inches to the sides of the jacket, so that wasn’t happening!

Belted in back

Did you know one of the themes for Project Run and Play Season 10 is Denim?  Guess what we will be entering?

Forest photo shoot

For this photo shoot we went into the woods again.  We took a different path from last time, but still got some great shots.

black denim jacket by Skirt Fixation

We had just seen the photo shoot by Babykins Magazine and were inspired to do the same theme.  Or maybe they copied our tulle skirt photo shoot!

Embroidered Denim jacket

This black denim jacket looks so good, coming and going!  Aria is so delighted with it that she actually said she hopes cold weather arrives soon!  It’s not usually easy to please a tween.

Embroidered Black Denim Jacket

I found those gorgeous buttons at Jo-Ann fabrics.  I had some that would have worked in my stash, but I wanted these to be special!  And I have a button weakness.  Sort of like my jacket weakness as evidenced here and here!

Black Denim Jacket Flip

Have you seen the other Ethan Shirt Flips?  They are amazing!  And I can’t wait to see what everyone else does with denim for Project Run and Play!  How about you, do you like to sew with denim?

Make it beautiful,

Audrey