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Corduroy Sandbridge Skirt and Baby Dress

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

Today we’ve got a fun post for you about some of our fabric fabrics and patterns.  Corduroy was one of the first fabrics I fell in love with when I first started sewing, and all these years later, I’m still in love and sewing with it often!  We’re going to share pattern details here, so please check out our post over at CaliFabrics to discover more about the fabrics we used to make these clothes!

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

The first thing I sewed from this corduroy fabric was a skirt, of course!  From the first time I made the Sandbridge Skirt, I changed just 2 things to make this great skirt pattern work better for me.  The first thing I did was to add 2 more inches to the hem, bringing it to a total of 24” in length.  It hits just at the knee, and is perfect for fall layered with leggings and boots.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

The other modification I made to the Sandbridge Skirt pattern was to made a slightly more aline shape by adding 1.5” to the width of the each skirt pattern piece at the hem, starting below the bottom of the pocket bag and angling out to the hem.  It was very simple to do, and this shape allows me to break into a dead run whenever I need to catch a child from falling out of a tree or rescue the cat’s tail from the toy dump truck races.  Or any other imaginable events occurring on a daily basis among my tribe of 8 kids.

https://blog.califabrics.com/2017/12/03/baby-wale-corduroy-3-ways/

And if you don’t mind taking a look at my *ahem* backside, you really must check out the fantastic embroidery Allegra sewed on the back pocket for me.  She used floss colors in shades from the shirt fabric.  After she was done, I ironed on a piece of interfacing to protect the inside of the embroidery.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

The t-shirt is the new updated Union St. Tee made in double brushed poly.  This is the 2nd time I’ve made the updated version, and there will be many more.  In fact, I’ve got a whole pile of fabric waiting to be sewn into Union St. Tees, so be prepared!  You can read our thoughts on the update here.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation. Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

And now, the part you’ve been waiting for, Baby’s dress!  This photo above looks like she is excited for your attention too!  As I had enough corduroy fabric left over to make her a dress, I absolutely couldn’t refuse.  I used the Family Reunion Dress pattern by Oliver + S.  We’ve sewn up this pattern in the larger size to make a top for Annie here.  We love the classic lines and delicate features of this pattern.  The pin tuck pleats and button up back are two feature that we’re smitten over!  I used these wood buttons.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

I sewed a size 12 months for Baby, hoping for a little added length.  When I held up the dress to her before hemming, I could see she was going to grow out of it in no time flat, so instead of putting the hem facing inside the dress, I added it to the length at the bottom.  Hopefully this will make the dress last a couple more months!

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

And with the very, very, very last bits of scraps we sewed a reversible bonnet for Baby!  The fabric on the reverse is left over from another one of Annie’s shirts.  I don’t have photographic evidence, but I also used it as the trim inside my skirt too.

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

But this bonnet is utterly adorable, and Baby looks equally cute in either side!  (Psst, if you want a bonnet, but don’t want to make one, check out our bonnet shop, Savvy Noggins!)

Corduroy skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation.  Check out the corduroy baby dress and bonnet too!

If you love Baby’s moccasin boots, you can grab similar ones here.  And my boots can be found here.

That ‘s it for us today.  We appreciate you reading and following along with our sewing adventures.  If you have time, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Knit Skirt to T-Shirt Refashion

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Today’s quick and easy tutorial walks you through the steps of turning that skirt you no longer wear into a t-shirt you’ll never stop wearing!  The best part?  No hemming!  Let’s make that skirt to t-shirt happen:

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Here is the knit maxi skirt I started with.  It’s a cotton/modal/spandex knit blend with some fun stripes at the bottom.  It has a huge elasticated waistband, I think intended to be one of those convertible dress/skirt things.  If you’re like me, those garments always end up being WAAAAAY too narrow in the hips, and I don’t even have that wide of hips!

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 1:

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

First thing I recommend is laying out your pattern pieces over the skirt before making any cuts.  This is so you don’t have any nasty surprises later when you end up with only enough fabric left for 1 sleeve or something!  Ask me how I know…  I’m using the Union St. Tee pattern by Hey June Handmade.  It’s my favorite, read my full review here.

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 2:

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Alright, now that you have a plan, grab those scissors and get busy!  I cut the skirt up one side seam and cut off that waistband so things would lay flat.

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 3:

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Next, fold the skirt into the middle, and try to line up the fabric.  This was easy for me due to the stripes!  Line up the bottom of the pattern piece below the hem of the skirt by whatever amount is the seam allowance on the pattern.  For me the pattern piece was 1″ below the skirt in the center.

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 4:

Knit skirt to t-shrt refashion tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Okay, grab those scissors and get busy!  I cut out the front and back.  Next I folded the skirt all the way in 1/2 so I didn’t have a seam down the top of my sleeves, and cut the sleeves.  The neckband did end up with a seam at the center back (which a v-neck usually doesn’t have) but not a big deal!

Knit Skirt to T-shirt Refashion Step 5:

Sew that t-shirt together and put it on!  Once again, I used the Union St. Tee pattern and instructions from Hey June Patterns.  Happy sewing and t-shirt wearing!

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

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Updated Union St. Tee Pattern Review

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

I’m sure you’ve seen by now, but Hey June Patterns recently released their updated Union St. Tee pattern.  The Union St. Tee is one of our FAVORITE t-shirt patterns, and we’ve made lots and lots of them.  Here is the first one we blogged, and here is the most recent one we blogged.

So for the newly released pattern, we were hopeful about a couple of things.  1- the new Union has a more relaxed fit through the waist due to an updated finished garment measurements chart.  2-the new Union has a full bust adjustment piece included.

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Just in case the newly updated Union St. Tee was a complete wash out, I decided to refashioned a skirt instead of starting in with the good fabric.  Oh – I forgot to mention, the updated Union also has updated fabric recommendations.  The old version just recommended stretch knit fabrics.  The new one challenges you to improve the quality of your fabric a notch!  You can still use any stretch knit fabric, but the recommended ones are cotton/poly, triblend, rayon blends, bamboo, and modal.  Or you can use cotton spandex and size down for a fitted tee.  And while we’re down this rabbit hole, I discovered that sizing down is EXACTLY what I’d been doing!  Yep, I’d been sewing my favorite tee pattern a size smaller this whole time!!!  No wonder I was dissatisfied with the mommy tummy that sometimes made it’s presence known.

But back to the fabric recommendations.  Before I’d only used cotton spandex and sized down (accidentally!) for a fitted tee.  For this pink shirt I used double brushed poly, and it worked nicely too.

But because of the updated fabric recommendations, and because I’ve been hearing so many nice things about bamboo, modal and rayon blends, I really wanted to try one of these fabrics.  And it just happened that this skirt was a cotton/modal blend!  Plus it was too small, so worked perfectly for this updated Union St. Tee “muslin” test fitting.

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Let me just say that I should have totally trusted Adrianna, the genius behind Hey June Patterns!  Just like when she updated the Lane Raglan pattern and we tried it out, the updated Union St. Tee is perfection!  The fit (and correct sizing) is so utterly amazing.  I seriously wear this shirt every single time it’s clean.  And mum’s the word on wearing it sometimes when it’s dirty too! But in all honesty, this shirt is boosting my confidence level about the lack of muscles in the waist region…  It skims the chest and loosely floats around the mommy belly.

And for the record, modal is absolutely heavenly to sew with…I can’t wait to get into the good fabric now!

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

For my fellow tall sewing friends, I added 1 inch to the body of the tee at the lengthen/shorten line.  I also added 1 inch to the shoulders.  And finally, I raised the neckline (and shortened the neckband accordingly) by 1” out of personal preference.  I just laid the new pattern pieces over my old ones and traced off these fit changes from them.

Updated Union St. Tee pattern review

Stay tuned for many, many more updated Union St. Tee makes around here!

Also, I promise you a quick and easy tutorial on how to refashion a skirt into a t-shirt very soon.

While you wait, do yourself a favor and go grab the new Union St. Tee pattern.

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Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Recently I’ve had fun working with a new kind of fabric.  Double brushed poly fabric is a knit polyester fabric that has been brushed on both sides, making it super soft to wear, but a little tricky to work with.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Before I started sewing with double brushed poly fabric, I researched it a little bit.  I concluded that if you have a serger you will have almost no trouble sewing with double brushed poly fabric.  Since I didn’t sew either of the shirts in this post with a serger (because I don’t HAVE one!) I’ll give you some tips I’ve picked up along the way about sewing double brushed poly fabric with a regular sewing machine.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Double brushed poly fabric has a 4 way stretch that is greater than 100% and it has good recovery, which means it’s very forgiving to sew with.  It also has beautiful drape so there are many garments that look quite lovely sewn up with double brushed poly.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Quite a few seamstresses used double brushed poly fabric to make leggings, which is what I used it for my 1st time working with it.  This fabric is 96% polyester, which the name indicates, and can be a little too hot to wear as a fitted garment in the summer.  The other 4% is spandex.  Some have found that looser, breezier garments from double brushed poly fabric work great in the heat.  Personally, I’ve worn these 2 tops all summer with no trouble.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

My biggest tip for sewing with double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine is to use the right needle.  A new stretch or ballpoint needle will help your machine NOT skip stitches.

My 2nd tip is to use the right thread.  I had much better luck with 100% polyester thread than cotton or even a cotton/polyester blend.

My 3rd tip is to use the right stitch.  My machine has a stretch stitch which worked great for straight seams.  (You can also use a narrow zigzag stitch.)

The next tip is that if your machine starts skipping stitches (which seems to be the biggest problem when sewing with double brushed poly fabric) stop!  Rethread both the bobbin and the main thread, and try again.

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

And finally, a tip few tips for hemming double brushed poly fabric:

use a double needle (or zigzag stitch,)

a longer stitch length (I used about 3.5)

some Lite EZ-Steam II fusible tape inside the hems

I also buried the ends of the thread inside my seams so they didn’t come unraveled.  This means I had to hem the sleeves and bottom before I sewed the side seams.  But it works great, and in almost 3 months of wearing, no popped hems!

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

Pink shirt details:

Pattern source: Hey June Handmade Union St Tee

Fabric source:  Raspberry Creek Fabrics (no longer available, but a nice selection of double brushed poly fabric)

Blue shirt details:

Pattern source: Hey June Handmade Lane Raglan

Fabric source:  CaliFabrics (no longer available, but a nice selection of double brushed poly fabric)

Tips for sewing double brushed poly fabric on a regular sewing machine

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Ombre Syrah Skirt

Ombre Syrah Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Ombre Syrah Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

As in years past, I made myself a skirt for my birthday.  And of course, it’s my new favorite skirt to wear!  But this time it’s for a very good reason.

Ombre Syrah Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed the Syrah Skirt pattern (full pattern review here.)  I chose it for this fabric because it has a lining, and this fabric is rather thin.  What is that fantastic fabric, you ask?  I got it at JoAnn Fabrics, here’s the direct link:  Knit Fabric-Double Border Ombre Slub Knit Mint (affiliate link)

Ombre Syrah Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

It’s a knit fabric, with a double border ombre knit.  To get a full length maxi skirt with the ombre running vertically down the skirt, I had to lay my Syrah pattern pieces horizontally across the grain of the fabric.  This worked out because the fabric has 4 way stretch.  This fabric is perfect for a Syrah Skirt.  It’s flow-y and swishy and has awesome movement which you can’t really tell from still photographs.  But this skirt seriously makes me want to walk barefoot along the beach!  I put in my request to Mr. Skirt Fixation…

Also, here’s my secret to get that soft, dreamy, minty look: I used the wrong side of the fabric!

Knit Fabric-Double Border Ombre Slub Knit Mint Yep!  If you look at this photo on the JoAnn Fabric’s website, you’ll notice it’s greener than my skirt.  Plus it has the trendy “slub knit” texture thing going on, which I also didn’t want on a scale as large as the Syrah Skirt.  So, to quote, “It’s my party and I’ll cry use the wrong side of the fabric if I want to!”

Ombre Syrah Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Of course a skirt this fantastic needed a basic to support and accentuate all it’s greatness, so I paired it with my Union St. Tee.  (Oh, and a fun side note; today we’re celebrating Hey June June over on Instagram, so check that out!)  And those shoes?  They were given to my daughters by their cousin, and passed on to me completely unworn.  All the teenagers wanted them back once they saw me pairing them with my new Syrah Skirt, but I said no.  It was my birthday and all.

Ombre Syrah Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Alright, leave me a comment about something.  Do you have a birthday tradition?  Have you ever used the wrong side of the fabric?  Stolen your daughter’s shoes?

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Union St. Tee Review

Union St. Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Union St. Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Perhaps you will think this blog post a little boring, but I’m pretty excited about this basic pattern.    This is the Hey June Handmade Union St Tee pattern.  Because I have a habit of making two Hey June Patterns at the same time (indecisive about which view to make!) I sewed up 2 Union St Tees, a v-neck and a scoop neck.

Union St. Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Union St. Tee can be made in 9 sizes from XXS to 3X.  Besides the 2 different necklines, this tee can be made with 4 different sleeve lengths.  The illustrations are line drawings.  If you’ve never sewn with knits before, this pattern would be a great place to start.

Union St. Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The first Union St. Tee I made is the most boring, but the most exciting to me!  Before I sewed this shirt, I didn’t have a plain white tee.  I know!  Such a basic and such a huge hole in my wardrobe.  Problem fixed.  I sewed the scoop neck with elbow length sleeves.  The fabric is Riley Blake Designs basic white knit.  I still think the neckline could use a tad bit of work, but you better believe this one is going to be worn steady!  I forgot to make my standard wide shoulder adjustment, but it’s not too bad of a fit.  I will remember to do that next time, for sure.

Union St. Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The second Union St. Tee I made is the v-neck with short sleeves.  I had never sewed a v-neck before, and I got this one right on the first try.  I don’t think it was talent or luck, but another point for Adrianna, the designer of Hey June Handmade patterns.  She really is amazing!

Union St. Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For this v-neck I used club knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s so soft and beautiful, and amazing.  I also forgot the wide shoulder adjustment on this one, and I think that is the cause of the pulling you can see above the chest.  Not like that’s going to keep me from wearing it, or anything!

Union St. Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The only change I made to this one was to raise the v-neck by 1 inch (and shorten the neckband accordingly) due to the fact that I bend up and down 100 million times a day (side effect of having 7 children) and I usually don’t have a free hand to keep my shirt from flopping open.

Union St. Tee sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Sometimes it’s the simplest thing in life that satisfy us the most, and sewing up the Union St. Tee definitely fits that category.  Now leave me a comment…what satisfying thing have you done lately?