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Shibori Dye Skirt

Easy cheater method of making a shibori dye skirt by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m going to show you a shibori dye skirt I made a few months ago.  Every year for my birthday, I make myself a new skirt, and this year was no exception!  It’s a way to treat myself with exactly the present I want.

Easy cheater method of making a shibori dye skirt by Skirt Fixation

This year I pulled out one of my favorite skirt patterns, the Syrah Skirt.  You can see our review here, and if you search “Syrah” on this blog you can see all the other versions we’ve made.

Easy cheater method of making a shibori dye skirt by Skirt Fixation

Shibori dying is the method of taking white fabric and indigo dye plus some objects and special folding to make patterns.  Now shibori dyeing is really awesome, and yields amazing results, but if you’re busy, or don’t want to be in danger of a kid reaching into the dye bucket and ending up with blue smeared everywhere, or you just don’t have time, you can use the easy cheater method like we did.  Click this link to buy Indigo Tie Dye fabric from JoAnns.  That’s right.  Pre-dyed fabric.  And done!  Shibori dyeing is really in right now, and I intend to try it myself sometime.  But until then, this fabric will hold me over!

Easy cheater method of making a shibori dye skirt by Skirt Fixation

As you can probably see, this shibori dye skirt ended up a little too long!  I made the same length as the other Syrah Skirts I’ve sewn, but the rayon spandex fabric is quite heavy and pulls this one to a longer length.  In the end I’ll either hem this one shorter, or continue wearing heels with it!

Easy cheater method of making a shibori dye skirt by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of hemming this skirt, I managed to get a beautiful hem by using a stretch twin needle, and this fusible tape.

Easy cheater method of making a shibori dye skirt by Skirt Fixation

To wear with my new skirt, I needed a plain shirt.  I tend to love colors and patterns, and end up with quite a few garments I can’t wear together.  So I made a plain old navy blue Seafarer Top that I wear All. The. Time.  Lesson learned; I need to sew myself more basics.  This lovely navy blue knit fabric is Riley Blake Cotton Jersey Knit Solid Navy Fabric.

Easy cheater method of making a shibori dye skirt by Skirt Fixation

As I say every year about my birthday skirt, I’ve got a new favorite skirt!  Leave me a comment…what do you do to treat yourself on your birthday?

Affiliate links are used in this post because I hope to be able to earn enough money to sew myself a skirt for my birthday next year too!  Help a gal out by clicking on her links…it won’t cost you anything extra, and I might earn a few pennies!

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Syrah VS A-line Yoga {Skirt VS Skirt}

The Syrah skirt and the Yoga A-line skirt face off in 5 rounds.

A fun comparison of two knit maxi skirts, the Syrah and Jocole's Yoga A-line

Now you may be saying; “Hold up, we ain’t in wit’ this.  In this here day and age, we know it be destructive to compare women’s bodies or skirts or whatev. We’s ALL beautiful.”  That’s definitely true.  However, just think of the Jocole’s Yoga A-line skirt and Baste + Gather’s Syrah skirt as friends who entered a Queen of the Beach contest purely for fun.  They’re competing against each other, but no matter who wins, they’re still going to get Starbucks together at 3:00 on Tuesdays and neither of them would even think of shopping for shoes without the other one.


Round 1: Pattern

Let’s talk about what these two patterns have in common first.  They both come only in PDF format.  They both love iced mocha lattes.  And both patterns use drawn illustrations rather than photographs for the instructions.

Now the differences.

Sizes: Yoga A-line skirt can be made in 7 different sizes from XS (0-2) to XXXL (24-26)

The Syrah can be made in 12 sizes from 00 – 20

Number of pattern pieces:  Yoga A-line Skirt has 2 pattern pieces and uses 11 pieces of paper.

Syrah skirt has 3 pattern pieces and uses 22 pieces of paper if you print all the sizes.  You can choose to print just your size and this may cut down on the amount of paper used.

Price: As of this date, the Syrah skirt costs $12.00 and the Yoga A-line skirt costs $10.

Also, Syrah loves sushi, and can’t understand why Yoga A-line doesn’t.

Round 2: Variations

The Syrah skirt has 8 style variations including the hemline, length and cut of the skirt.  Syrah wears flowers in her hair and loves the ocean.  The Yoga A-line skirt has 11 variations of length and cut.  Each skirt has 2 waistband options, but all 4 are different.  Yoga A-line likes small restaurants in big cities, and the smell of fresh ink.  The Syrah waistband can be ruched or flat, the Yoga A-line skirt waistband can be regular or foldover.  The Syrah skirt has a lining.  The Yoga A-line skirt has a matching girl pattern that can also be purchased.

Round 3: Sewing

This round is fairly short as each of these skirts only take about an hour to sew.  Each of these patterns uses a similar amount of fabric, and the same type of fabric, knit.  Both Syrah and Yoga A-line are into comfort; they argue over which of them is the most ‘chill’, but end up agreeing that they probably wouldn’t be ‘chill’ if they didn’t have each other as friends.

Round 4: Fit/Style

We’ve made each of these skirts several times (you can see them on our All The Skirts page) so we know about the fit.  The Syrah skirt has a lining, so can be made from lighter fabrics without needing to wear a slip underneath.  It fits loosely around the hips and flares nicely around the hem.  The Yoga A-line skirt hugs the hips and then tapers out to the hem.

And the winner is:

You!  If you choose to sew either one of these skirts, you are bound to be very happy, and most importantly, wearing a hand made skirt.  Now to Starbucks for drinks all around!

The Syrah skirt and the Yoga A-line skirt face off in 5 rounds.

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Aria’s makes for Selfish Sewing Week

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we’re showing you what Aria made for Selfish Sewing Week. After her 4H project shirt and skirt she wanted to tackle something more advanced. After looking through our patterns, she made the very ambitious choice of a Syrah skirt and a Granville shirt. I wasn’t too worried about the Syrah skirt pattern, as she’s sewn several skirts and worked with knit fabric. But the Granville included a lot of new techniques she’d never used before; a collar and collar stand, button placket, button holes and buttons! But I did NOT want to discourage her, so took the perfect opportunity to “Teach the ONE 2 sew.” We decided to make her 2 shirts, side by side on two sewing machines. I would sew a step on a shirt with her watching, then she would sew that step on her own shirt. It worked out really well, and she ended up with 2 new Granville shirts. Today she’s here showing the shirt (and Syrah skirt) she sewed and telling you about her experience. Take it away, Aria!

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I was inspired by Mom cleaning out her closet to prep for her summer capsule wardrobe a while back so I recently cleaned out my closet and got rid of everything that didn’t fit me or I didn’t like. Soooo, I was a little short on clothes. Also we had several events coming up for which I would need a few more outfits. I had been looking at the Granville shirts Mom made (unblogged, but coming soon!) and also her Syrah skirt.

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Mom helped me with the Granville shirts by doing most of one of them alongside of me on the harder steps. Later on, when the other machine broke down we did it all on the same machine, which meant thread changes all.the.time. On the easier steps, like sewing up a straight side seam, or something easy like that I did both shirts.

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I love the way these shirts fit and also the elbow length sleeves on the short-sleeved version. Next time I make a Granville shirt, because there will be next time, I think I will make pockets on it.

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I love the way this skirt hangs and it even comes in several different looks. There is maxi, below-knee, and high-low. There is even a ruched waistband option! One of these days I’m going to make myself a shorter version of it. Isn’t Lauren such an awesome lady? The fabric was from Joann Fabrics. Making this skirt went pretty smooth but I was having a little trouble because it was my first time sewing with thin knits. When it was all finished, I found that it wouldn’t stay up. I blamed the thin fabric and many layers attached to the waistband. Then Mom suggested putting waistband elastic in. Mom very kindly sewed it in for me, as I didn’t have enough patience to do it, and I was VERY frustrated because I had already done SO much and it had all come to nothing. Well maybe not so much, but that’s what it felt like. Argh!!! Ever had that happen to you?

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

One last thing, I wish that I had made pockets on the Syrah skirt. It isn’t included in the pattern, but Mom knows a few tricks for putting ‘em on there. ALL SKIRTS SHOULD HAVE POCKETS!!!! So from now on, any skirts that I make are officially going to have pockets!!!

Granville shirt and Syrah skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Syrah Skirt and Parisan Top

Syrah skirt and Parisan top

Syrah Skirt by Skirt FixationThe New To Me challenge over at The Monthly Stitch inspired me to try a few patterns I’ve had my eye on for a while.  Naturally a skirt was in order, and since I’m working on my Summer Capsule Wardrobe, a shirt to go with it.  First up, the skirt. I’ve loved every single version of the Syrah skirt by Selvage Designs I’ve seen, and had been waiting for a good excuse to sew it.  The perfect fabric from JoAnn’s was just waiting my endeavors. This fabric is flowy and swishy and a little slinky and just perfect for the Syrah skirt pattern.  I lengthened the Syrah skirt pattern to adjust for my 6 foot tall frame. The ruched waistband is an added touch that makes the pattern really unique.  I’ve been having trouble with tunneling on my double needle hems, so I let this skirt hang unhemmed for about a week while I researched the problem.  This also allowed the tissue knit hang out all the unevenness, and it’s probably the best hem I’ve ever made!  Oh, the solution for the tunneling?  (That’s the proper terminology for the annoying little bubble of fabric that pops up between the two lines of stitching when using a double needle to create hem.)  Fusible wonder under tape.  It was magical, and my hem is perfect perfection! For the top, I made the Parisan top.  I’ve had my eye on this top since it was released by Pattern Anthology.  I really love all the special details. Of course the collar (which can be made from either knit or woven fabric) drew me to the pattern first.  The banded sleeves and hem mean no double needle hemming required. The sleeves make me all heart eyes with the gathering at the cap.  I did widen the shoulders to accomidate my wide shoulders, (and could have gone another inch!) and shorten the sleeves to above the elbow for summer.   The fabric for this top is a stable knit, also from JoAnn’s. Another outfit for summer and two more new patterns added to the stash!  I’d call that a success.  I’m getting close to finishing my Summer Capsule Wardrobe, just a few more items to complete it!