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Basic Jalie Outfit #2680 & #2681

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Maybe this doesn’t look so “basic” to you?

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Today we get to participate in a fun tour!  The Basically Jalie tour is full of basic inspiration and a fun sew along and of course lots of prizes.  We sewed a basic jacket and a not so basic skirt!

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For our first pattern, we chose the Jalie 2680 City Coat.  While this jacket can be made in many different fabrics for a very versatile jacket, we chose olive stretch twill from JoAnns.  Because it doesn’t get more basic than an olive green utility jacket, does it?  

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

One detail of this jacket we absolutely love is all the panels and seaming.  It really doesn’t take that long to sew.  We sewed almost all of the seams on our serger and then immediately switched to the sewing machine to topstitch each seam.  

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Another detail that makes this jacket special are the inseam pockets on the front princess seam.  Unless you put your hands in your pockets, they are invisible and the clean lines of the jacket are maintained.  But they’re there, and what is a basic olive green utility jacket without pockets?

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

This Jalie 2680 City Coat pattern can be sewn with a hood or a collar.  We chose the hood version.  After a quick muslin, we determined that we needed to add 1” length to the sleeves, 1” length to each of the body pieces, and 1” width to the shoulders for tall fit issues.

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As you can see, the inside of this jacket is very clean and finished.  We wouldn’t really recommend this pattern to a beginner due to the lack of detailed instructions.  But an adventurous beginner or intermediate sewist would definitely find this a rewarding make!

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the not so basic skirt, we chose the Jalie 2681 Gored Skirts pattern.  This knit skirt also has many panels, which echoes the seaming on the jacket.  There are 5 different style options for this skirt, and we can’t wait to make more of the views.

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

All of the views are knee length, but as you can see, we maxified this skirt!  Part of the reason was for dramatic appeal, and part of the inspiration was this gorgeous fabric from CaliFabrics.  It’s navy floral on black burnout stretch velvet, and even prettier in real life than on a screen!   It comes in 4 colors, so a very something for everyone type of fabric!  

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We lined it with a navy jersey fabric, just to the knee so that the sheer velvet burnout can really be seen below the knee.  Modeled with a pair of blue suede shoes this is a very ooh-la-la look and definitely not basic!  But amazing, right?

Jalie 2680 and 2681 sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of the model, Aria is not the intended recipient of this outfit!  However, because I’m almost 9 months pregnant, it doesn’t fit me at all right now, and Aria’s measurements are close enough to mine that I know this is going to fit me very well and be a new favorite.  And Aria is under very clean instructions NOT to steal it from me.  That’s always worked in the past, right?

Now for more information about the prizes I mentioned!


50661398_10161468105145720_3271995112174911488_o Are there some Jalie patterns you’ve been itching to get? Now’s your chance to WIN YOUR JALIE WISHLIST! Head over to Jalie’s website, create an account, add your favorite patterns to your wishlist, and complete the rafflecopter form below (patterns must be added by February 12, 2019 11:59pm EST to be eligible). Incomplete entries will be eligible for fabric prizes only. For extra entries, join our Jalie sewalong! Make a Jalie “basic” between January 28 and February 12 and share it on Instagram with hashtag #basicallyjalie and/or in the Basically Jalie Album in the Sewing with Jalie Facebook group. We are so grateful to our generous sponsors who have teamed up to provide the following prizes (please stop by their shops and show them some love!):

Grand Prize (Worldwide) Win Your Jalie Wishlist – Up to $100 CAD in patterns! Discovery Trekking Outfitters – One (1) x 50 USD gift card D&H Fabrics co. – One (1) x $50 USD gift card

Sewalong Prize (Continental USA only) Win Your Jalie Wishlist – Up to $25 CAD in patterns! The Sewciety – One (1) Subscription box (value: $48 USD) Simply By Ti – One (1) x $20 USD gift card

Sewalong Prize (Worldwide, excluding Continental USA) Win Your Jalie Wishlist – Up to $25 CAD in patterns! – One (1) x $30 USD gift card Discovery Trekking Outfitters – One (1) x 50 USD gift card

(Note: gift cards exclude shipping unless otherwise stated on sponsor website)

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Blogger Lineup

Be sure to visit these talented sewing bloggers during the tour:

Wednesday, Feb 6 – The Petite Sewist | auschick sews | Replicate then Deviate | Deepika Blogs

Thursday, Feb 7 – Sew What Yvette | Sew Cucio | Shalini’s Sewing Space | Curtiepie | A Jennuine Life

Friday, Feb 8 – SeamsLikeStyle | It’s Liesel | SewSophieLynn | Danvillegirl Sewing Diary | Skirt Fixation

Monday, Feb 11 – The Crafting Fiend | Sprouting JubeJube | its sew colorful | Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

Tuesday, Feb 12 – All Things Katy! | BigFlyNotions | needle and the belle | Zoopolis

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Copycat Velvet Alexander McQueen Skirt {Buy or DIY}

Copycat velvet Alexander McQueen skirt by Skirt Fixation

Today we have another Buy or DIY skirt for you!   Since velvet is all the rage, but the price of a velvet skirt will make you rage, we’re going to show you how to make a copycat velvet Alexander McQueen skirt for way, way less.  Let’s just say your rage will turn to smug glee!

Copycat velvet Alexander McQueen skirt by Skirt Fixation

Copycat velvet Alexander McQueen skirt Details:

Velvet Midi skirt: Alexander McQueen for Nordstrom

Fabric Recommendation: Stretch Velvet Wine Fabric

Pattern Recommendation: Tilly and the Buttons Dominique Skirt

Copycat velvet Alexander McQueen skirt Math:

Alexander McQueen for Nordstrom velvet skirt: $575

Fabric needed: 1.5 yards

Pattern: $11.03

Fabric: $9.98 per yard

Notions: $3.59 Knit Non-Roll Elastic

Total Cost: $29.59 for DIY

Total Savings: $545.41

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  We love showing you how easy it is to look fashionable and follow the latest skirt trends without breaking the bank.  We hope we’ve convinced you with this copycat velvet Alexander McQueen Buy or DIY skirt edition.  Check out all our Buy or DIY skirt posts, they’re so fun and save you so much money!

Speaking of saving money, some affiliate links are used in this post.  All that means is that if you use one of our links, we might make a few pennies at no extra cost to you.  And of course we’ll save our money to buy more fabric and patterns and blogging about it!

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Holiday Skirt Ideas {Skirt Alert}

Holiday Skirt Roundup brought to you by Skirt Fixation

Holiday Skirt Roundup brought to you by Skirt Fixation

It’s been a very long time since we’ve posted something in our Skirt Alert series.  We’re going to remedy that right now with a holiday version.  We realize not all of our readers sew, so here’s some holiday skirt options you can buy.

Snow Ball Maxi Skirt – Shabby Apple

Snow Ball Maxi Skirt
Snow Ball Maxi Skirt

A maxi skirt, in holiday colors, named Snow Ball?  How much more holiday does it get than that?  Be sure to use the following sale code:

Code Brighten the Season “BEBRIGHT” For 30% Off Sitewide Only At Available Only Dec 12 to Dec 19!

Emblazoned for the Occasion Skirt – Modcloth

Velvet is always appropriate for the holidays.  Modcloth has a skirt, Emblazoned for the Occasion, that would be luxurious to wear and to look at!

Vintage Bow Waist Side Zip Bud Skirt – OASAP Vintage Bow Waist Side Zip Bud Skirt

Easy on the wallet (less than $20!!!) and adorned with a big huge bow, it doesn’t say holiday skirt much louder than the Vintage Bow Waist Side Zip Bud Skirt.

First Snow Skirt – Shabby Apple

First Snow Skirt
First Snow Skirt

Another amazing maxi skirt from Shabby Apple.  This one would be perfect for the holidays and beyond.  Don’t forget that sale code:

Code Brighten the Season “BEBRIGHT” For 30% Off Sitewide Only At Available Only Dec 12 to Dec 19! 

Snowlace Midi Skirt – Anthropologie

This skirt is as delicate as snowflakes.  The fantastic Snowlace Midi Skirt is a once in a lifetime fashion statement!

Jacobean Skirt – Soft Surroundings

Soft Surroundings

If any one company does skirts best, it’s Soft Surroundings.  Feminine, flowy and fancy, the Jacobean Skirt dances its way through any holiday event.

Oh Say Can You Sheen Skirt – ModCloth


Can you say, “Ooooh la la?”  Because that is what everyone else will be saying if you show up in this skirt from ModCloth with the fun name Oh Say Can You Sheen Skirt.

Well that’s it for this holiday edition of Skirt Alert.  Some of these links are affiliate links because we at Skirt Fixation needs fabric food to survive!  Leave a comment and let us know if there’s a skirt here you love.  What holiday skirts did we miss?

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Velvet History

velvet history

Well, here’s the velvet part of our fabric series. We’ll start with some velvet history.  Velvet, like silk and satin, has always been associated with nobility. Velvet was first introduced in Arabia during the rule of Haroun al-Raschid, ruler of Baghdad, and spread from there. The earliest source of European velvets were Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice. Later it was taken up by Flemish weavers. There are many different kinds of velvet, such as Chiffon velvet, crushed velvet, Embossed velvet, mirror velvet, and velveteen. Velvet was traditionally made from silk fibers, but more recently synthetic materials have been used to create a cheaper velvet. Here are three of our favorite velvet skirts.

velvet history

1.The Green Crushed Velvet Skirt.

One of my favorites is crushed velvet, and I love this skirt. The way that it dips down in the front is very creative, and I would love to wear it on a fall day with some black boots!

velvet history

2. The ShopStyle Black Velvet Skirt.

I adore the way that this skirt is layered in an almost fish-scale pattern, and the way that each tier is lined with black satin to accent it. I would wear a white button down and red high-heeled pumps with this.   Fall is such a great time of year to wear velvet!  It’s warm, soft, and special!

velvet history

3. The Teal Stretchy Velvet Skirt.

The waistband and width of this skirt looks very comfortable, and the velvet is apparently stretchy, another win! This would be cute with tight, slouch boots, and an oversized sweater.  Fall outfit to be sure!

What is your favorite velvet skirt?  What is the most royal or special occasion you’ve worn velvet for?  I remember wearing a black velvet dress for my Aunt’s wedding and feeling soooooo special!  And my Mom has a velvet skirt I can’t wait to be tall enough to wear!  Speak to us some velvety comments!

That’s all for now!   Look out for Corduroy next week!

Always be Exciting,