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DIY Baby Sweater Dress

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Before totally warm weather hits, we need to share this baby sweater dress we sewed for Baby Tina!  

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

There was a little fabric left over from making the sweater in my Make 9 outfit #1, and I had a baby sweater dress on the brain!  If there’s anything cuter than a baby girl in a sweater dress, I sure can’t think of what it might be!

I used some fabric from my stash, but this fabric is the same, but in grey.  Or this fabric is almost identical in color.  Really, any sweater fabric would be cute, right?

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

We used the Janie Dress pattern. Again.  It’s just that good!  It’s comfortable, and we have the pattern cut out in Tina’s size already, so…

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

As we did on the robin’s egg blue dress, we used a vintage linen napkin for the collar.  It adds such a sweet touch, and the little blue flower matches the sweater fabric perfectly.  

I actually didn’t have quite enough fabric to cut out this Janie Dress.  The circle skirt takes up quite a little space, but I still wanted to make it work.  So I cut out the front and back bodice pieces not on a fold, and so they each have a seam down the middle.  In the back this looks perfectly natural, but in the front I wanted to hide it.  

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

After puzzling over a solution for some time, I decided to use the edges of the vintage napkin (so they were already hemmed!) and create a ruffle down the front of the dress.  When you first looked at it, did you know that cute ruffle is really there to hide a seam?

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

You can just barely see the seam in the back of the bodice in this photo where her sisters were trying to teach Baby Tina to twirl.  A vital skill every girl wearing a circle skirt should know, right?

DIY baby sweater dress, a how to tutorial from Skirt Fixation

A baby sweater dress could also probably be refashioned from a thrifted sweater too, don’t you think?  I mean, something this cute deserves to be sewn at every possible chance, right?

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Cali & Co fabric outfit

My new favorite fall outfit!

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.

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Quinn Skirt & Top {All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics}

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

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.

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

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.

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

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)

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

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.

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

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.

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

Don’t fear the exposed zipper if you’ve never installed one before; the Quinn pattern actually makes it easier than a regular zipper!

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

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.

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

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.

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

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.

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

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.)

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

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!

Quinn Skirt and Top pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts
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