Today I’m over at the Cali & Co blog! You may have noticed the button over on the sidebar announcing that I’m now part of the Cali & Co blog squad. If you’ve never checked out Cali & Co fabric you really should. They have an amazing selection of fabrics. Today I’m sharing all about my new fall outfit, sewed entirely from 3 beautiful Cali & Co. fabrics. I found these three amazing fabrics, and I’ve got tips for sewing with each of them over on the Cali & Co blog today.
Friday we gave you a preview of the next skirt in our series All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The Quinn Skirt and Top pattern by Violette Field Threads was the perfect pattern to help us meet the Project Run & Play fabric manipulation challenge.
You can read all about the fabric manipulation tricks and tecniques we used in our last post. Today we’re reviewing the Quinn Skirt and Top pattern and giving you a chance to play along.
The Quinn skirt can be made 2 ways; with decorative elastic or with a heavyweight fabric. We chose to use some fabric from JoAnn Fabrics that we’ve been eyeing for a long time. All That Glitters Fabric- Satin Rosette Embroidered Lavender is a lovely satin fabric with rosettes embroidered all over on it! (affiliate link)
This fabric is absolutely gorgeous, but a little tricky to work with because where you cut it leaves raw edges of the rosettes that need to be carefully trimmed or tucked into the seam. Totally doable, but just be aware of this ahead of time.
The Quinn Skirt and Top pattern can be made in 8 sizes, from 2T to 9/10. This skirt has deep pleats, an elastic waist, and an exposed zipper. The Quinn skirt pattern also includes rectangular measurements for the skirt pattern piece, reducing the amount of paper, printing, tiling and taping required. Complete photo illustrations accompany the Quinn pattern.
Don’t fear the exposed zipper if you’ve never installed one before; the Quinn pattern actually makes it easier than a regular zipper!
The Quinn pattern also includes a knit top. There are two options for the front panel; pleated or flat. We chose pleated in keeping with the fabric manipulation challenge. We also used ribbon instead of fabric. The other change we made was to add ribbon trim to the rouched straps. And we dyed the rosette ribbon trim first. We got this trim at Hancock Fabrics, but can’t find it online. Your local store might have it.
The Quinn top is completely lined. We refashioned a shirt for the lining. The sparkly ribbon trim to gather the shoulders was some from our stash.
Because it’s a little chilly this time of year, we added an Aster Cardigan to the outfit. This pattern is by LBG Studio, and is the third one we’ve made. The fabric is sweater knit from Girl Charlee. We used the faux piped collar option.
We made 3 changes to the Aster Cardigan; added length to the sleeves, added rose ribbon trim to the front plackets (again from Hancock Fabrics) and a ribbon tie instead of buttons (because that trim was in the way!) I think this is my favorite Aster Cardigan yet. (Although I said that about the blue one and the yellow one too.)
Are you ready to play along with this edition of All The Skirts? Just join those who have already linked up. Simply link up anything you’ve made this year with a Violette Field Threads pattern or fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway too. You’d be as happy to win as Annie is about her new outfit!