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Tilly VS Gemma {Skirt VS Skirt}

 

Tilly VS Gemma

A complete comparison of the Tilly Skirt and the Gemma Skirt.

This is the tale of two skirts, the Gemma Skirt pattern (by Violette Field Threads) on the left and the Tilly Skirt pattern by (Simple Life Pattern Company) on the right.  Most cousins are different, and Tilly and Gemma are too! They both love the park, doing each other’s hair, and TWIRLING!!!  After all, they are both circle skirts!  They also have differences and sometimes argue, but it always fixes itself.  More on that later!

Round 1: Pattern

Let’s talk about what these two patterns have in common first.  First and most obviously, they both are circle skirts. The illustrations are photographs in both patterns.  They both love to pick flowers and have a picnic lunch!

Now the differences:

Sizes: Gemma can be made in 7 sizes from 2T to 10.  Tilly can be made in 9 sizes from 2T to 12.

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 size 5.   Gemma has 4 pattern pieces (13 pages to print.)  Tilly has 2 pattern pieces (7 pages to print.) Gemma would rather go to a fancy dress ball, while Tilly prefers square dances and the like!

Price:  As of this date, the Gemma Pattern costs $8.95 while the Tilly Skirt is $8.   Also, Gemma fixes up hurts for ‘the little kids’ and Tilly buys them ice cream after!

Round 2: Variations

The Gemma pattern includes a blouse with the pattern.  It has a curved waistband in the front that is elastic in the back.  Also, the Gemma skirt has pockets.  Tilly can have 2 styles of waistband, yoga or elastic backed.  Tilly can be made with one or two layers.  (Or even 3 like we made!) Tilly can never make up her mind and Gemma has to help her sometimes!

Round 3: Sewing

Time:  Both of these skirt will take less than 2 hours to sew.

Fabric: Gemma skirt requires 1 3/4 yards of fabric.  Tilly can be made in woven or knit fabric and requires 7/8 yard per layer.

Notions: Both skirts require elastic and LOVE trampolines!  They always do a spin jumps!

Round 4: Fit/Style

Both the Gemma Skirt and the Tilly Skirt have a similar fit and style.  A twirly, twirly silhouette!  They both love dressing up!!!  We’ve made the Gemma Pattern 2 times (one with a reversible blouse, and the other with silk pockets!)  We’ve sewn the Tilly Skirt once, so far.

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.

P.S.  Sometimes Tilly gets mad because she wants pockets too, but then Gemma points out that Tilly has a soft waistband, and then they bake cookies, and everything is OK again!

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All The Skirts Wrap Up & Giveaway Winner

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

It’s time to wrap up this edition of All The Skirts and reveal the giveaway winners.  Sewing up the Simple Life Pattern Company skirts was such a fun exercise for us!  We loved using fabric from Phat Quarters, and will continue to do so often!  Here’s another look at all the SLPco skirt patterns.

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

Pepper’s Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt in Star Wars fabrics.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn in Canyon Sunset Art Gallery Fabrics denim.

Polly Skirt by SLPco sewn by Skirt Fixation using Four Corners Fabric

Polly Skirt sewn in Four Corners fabric.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn in Cloud 9 Leafscape

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Daphne Skirt sewn in Row by Row Deep knit fabric and Coffee Bean Peppered Cotton

And of course, the amazing Teri Dodds sewed up the Baby Pepper Peekaboo Ruffle Skirt for her darling daughter using the Bunny Garden line from Phat Quarters.

Several people chose to sew along with us using SLPco patterns and fabric from Phat Quarters.  Here are our favorites from the link up:

Annie:  I love the All Spice Dress.  It looks “old time-ish!”  (sewn by Paisley Roots)

Aria:  I love the Mori Dress by Paisley Roots.  Those colors and what she did with the stripes are fantastic!

Spring is coming… #slpco #slpcoayda

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Allegra:  I love the colors and the style of this top by saraimunki on Instagram.

#SLPco #slpcobella A cute sew from the weekend.

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Audrey:  This sweet, vintage feel dress by Cassy is so adorable!!

The favorite from the link up and also the winner of $30 to spend at SLPco and $20 to spend at Phat Quarters is: Karly from Paisley Roots for her Mori Dress that was Aria’s favorite above!  Watch your inbox Karly!

The random winner of the Rafflecopter giveaway of $30 to spend at SLPco and $20 to spend at Phat Quarters is: Tracy Chin- watch your inbox!

Polly Skirt by SLPco sewn by Skirt Fixation using Four Corners Fabric

And last but not least, we have a little variation on our skirt donation.  You see, one the ladies who run Skirting The Issue has adopted a little refugee girl.  We thought she would love this skirt, sewn up in Four Corners Fabric, and have already gifted it to her.

So that’s it for today.  Next week we have a very exciting blog tour, and the following Friday we’ll update you on the next edition of All The Skirts.

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Daphne Skirt {All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters}

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Daphne skirt is the next skirt to walk down the runway for our All The Skirts: Simple Life Pattern Company & Phat Quarters series.

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Like last week’s Tilly Skirt, the Daphne skirt is a super fun layered skirt.  The Daphne skirt can be made in 9 sizes from 2T to 12.  In other words, your little girl will be able to wear a skirt like this for many years to come!

The Daphne skirt can be made as a single layer skirt with pockets, or a double layer skirt like we made with no pockets.  There are no pattern pieces with the Daphne skirt pattern, but a cutting chart instead.  I love that as it saves paper, time and cutting.

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Daphne skirt is quick and easy to put together.  There are additional instructions for adding a lace underskirt if you wish.  The Daphne skirt has a wide waistband which is flat in the front and elastic in the back.  Annie tells me this makes it really comfortable.

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pattern recommends woven fabrics, but we decided to try and see if knit could be used for the overskirt.  And yep, we’d call it a success!

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

These fabrics are from Phat Quarters.  The striped fabric is called Row by Row Deep, an Art Gallery Knit fabric designed by Bonnie Christine for her Cultivate line.  (Remember when we used Cultivate fabric on this blouse?)  Of course it’s soft and flowy and I want some more to make something for myself!

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The waistband and underskirt are made from peppered cotton.  Phat Quarters has a whole bunch of peppered cottons, each one lovely.  This color brown is called Coffee Bean Peppered Cotton, and made me crave a mocha latte the whole time I was sewing with it!  And I haven’t had a mocha latte in years if that tells you how good this fabric is!

Daphne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Alright, now it’s your time to play along.  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.

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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Tilly Circle Skirt {All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters}

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I know you’re not supposed to have favorites, but oh Tilly!  This little twirly circle skirt is next in our All The Skirts series and is what brought me to Simple Life Pattern Company in the first place.  My thinking went like this, “What’s better than a circle skirt? A layered circle skirt!”

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Tilly Circle Skirt can be made in 9 sizes from 2T to 12.  It has 3 waistband options, woven, yoga or fold over yoga waistband.  The circle skirt itself can be made from knit or woven fabrics.  Or lace, like we did.  The skirt can be made with a single or a double layer.  Or triple, like we did!

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

There is a pattern piece for the circle part of the skirt.  This makes it super easy to lengthen or shorten.  We made a size 5 at the top, but cut the longest lengths for the top and bottom layers.  For the lace layer we added, we just cut it to a length in-between the two.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Tilly Circle Skirt pattern is illustrated with photographs.  If you’ve never made a circle skirt before, start with this pattern.  You won’t be sorry, and neither will the recipient.  She might be a little dizzy, though because apparently it’s impossible to stop swishing and twirling when you’re wearing the Tilly Circle Skirt.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The top fabric in the Tilly Circle Skirt is from Phat Quarters.  It is organic Cloud 9 fabric called Leafscape.  Currently Phat Quarters is sold out of this colorway, but they have it in brown.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next layer is a lace curtain.  I think it would be amazing to find a round lace tablecloth and use that!  The bottom layer is an Andover Chambray in bluegrass.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I failed to read the pattern instructions correctly, so my Tilly Skirt has side seams on the top and bottom layers.  This is the way you would cut it out if you had a directional print however.  Because if you were having, say kitties, on your skirt, you wouldn’t want 1/2 of them to end up upside down.  So you’d cut two 1/2 circles and sew them together.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie needed a new white top to model skirts, so of course you know what pattern I turned to.  The Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns.  We’re going to pretend the pretty ribbon flower accent on the neckband was an intended design feature and not a late-night-sewing-the-neckband-on-wrong mistake.  Annie slipped it on and sighed in pleasure.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Alright, now it’s your time to play along.  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.

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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Penny Pencil Skirt {All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters}

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

The next skirt we made for All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters is the Penny Pencil Skirt.  And we found the perfect fabric to sew it with.  Let’s start with a review of the Penny Pencil Skirt pattern.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

The Penny Pencil Skirt can be sewn in 9 sizes from 2T to 12.  There are 4 different styles included in the pattern; Mini, Short Pencil, Long Pencil and Flounce.  We sewed the Long Pencil version.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

This pattern has a rating of beginner.  There are 4 different pocket styles, we made the classic version.  Just the pocket pieces and the flounce have pattern pieces to print, dimension are given for the other pieces.  The instruction are illustrated with photographs.  The back of the wide waistband has several rows of elastic, ensuring a perfect and comfortable fit.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

One little detail we love about the Penny Pencil skirt is how the side seams aren’t really on the sides, but wrapped around the front!  It’s so slimming, and modern, and cute!  Those of us at Skirt Fixation who are larger than a size 12 seriously wish this pattern came in women’s sizes!  It is such a stylish pencil skirt for a girl.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

The Penny Pencil skirt requires woven fabric, and so we went straight for some Art Gallery Fabrics new denim from Phat Quarters.  After much deliberation, we finally chose the Canyon Sunset color.  This is a true, heavyweight denim, much like your favorite jeans are made from.  Or your favorite denim skirt!  So of course we had to do double topstitching on everywhere just like a ready to wear denim skirt.  Again, all of us who didn’t get a skirt made from this luscious fabric have a new item on the wish list!  Oh, and we tucked a little Bari J. fabric inside the pocket too!

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

We posted a photo on Instagram of a whole bunch of other fabrics that coordinate with this Art Gallery Fabrics denim.  But for this outfit, we chose some knit leftover from making this Uptown Downtown Dress to make a new summer top for Annie.  We chose the new Camden Raglan pattern from Hey June Patterns.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

Yep, this is the smaller version of our very favorite top, the Lane Raglan!  And the best thing about it is that Annie is in the smallest size (a 6) so she will get to wear this pattern for a long time (it goes up to size 16!)  And then she can graduate to the Lane Raglan pattern with the rest of us!.  The Camden Raglan is as fantastic as the Lane Raglan.  We made the elbow sleeve, curved hem version.  But we’re excited to try the other versions too.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

Alright, now it’s your time to play along.  Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below, or be the first to 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.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

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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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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Friday Fabric Find Discount!

Due to the mail service not understanding how vital it is to deliver a package of fabric ON TIME, today’s All The Skirts post is delayed until Monday.  I hope!

In the meantime, remember to use the discount code PHATSKIRTS for a 10% discount at Phat Quarters.  I know you need some of that new Art Gallery Fabrics denim.  AGF DenimAlso, be sure to check out the NEW releases from Simple Life Pattern Company.  They’re itty bitty baby sized!

And a final fabric find on sale is my very own fabric from My Fabric Designs.  They are having an amazing sale of 35% off sale!  Here’s the direct link to that dress fabric I designed. Use the promo code QUILT35 until March 31st.  Hurry!

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now I’m off to sew…

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All The Skirts: Simple Life Pattern Company & Phat Quarters

All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters

SLPCo & Phat Quarters

Today we get to announce the next edition of  All The Skirts.  In case you’re new around here, All The Skirts is a series where we choose a pattern company and sew up all their skirt patterns.  This time we are going to sew up all the skirt patterns from Simple Life Pattern Company (or SLPco as you may see them referred to) using fabric from Phat Quarters.

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Simple Life Pattern Company has 6 skirt patterns for girls.  As you look at these skirt patterns, you might notice we have a small problem.  One of the skirt patterns is for baby girls, and we don’t have any baby girls on the staff at Skirt Fixation!  So our good friend Teri from Fa Sew La has agreed to sew up and review this pattern for her adorable baby girl!  Stay tuned for that cuteness later in this edition.

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Another thing you will notice as you look at the Simple Life Pattern Company skirts is how perfectly girly they are.  Katie is the genius behind SLPco.  She has two beautiful daughters and they frequently model her amazing patterns.  Please be sure to locate and follow Katie and SLPco on social media through the Rafflecopter widget below.

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We really want to encourage you to shop at Phat Quarters, and here’s an exclusive discount code to encourage you to do so!  Use the code PHATSKIRTS for a 10% discount during this edition of All The Skirts.  They’ve got some of the new Art Gallery Fabrics denim, as well as lots of apparel fabrics like knits and voile and double gauze.  And all your favorite quilting cottons too.

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Phat Quarters is the collaboration of Gemia and Leah.  These two lovely ladies not only curate most amazing fabric at Phat Quarters, but keep the Phat Quarters blog filled with tutorials, review, and more.  You can also connect find and connect them on social media throughout the Rafflecopter widget below.

So now it’s your turn to get involved!  One way you can enter to win Simple Life Pattern Company patterns and gift certificates from Phat Quarters is through the Rafflecopter.  Next week we will review and show you the first Simple Life Pattern Company skirt we’ve sewn using fabric from Phat Quarters.  We’ll also open up the link party where you can link up ANY pattern you’ve made using a SLPCo pattern or anything you’ve made using fabric purchased from Phat Quarters.

For now, go ahead and get shopping at Phat Quarters with the exclusive discount code PHATSKIRTS at checkout for a 10% discount.

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