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Polina Peplum and French Terry Ila

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

Coffee + Thread pattern tour

We are so excited to be a part of the Coffee + Thread patterns blog tour.  As you might know, we love Olga’s patterns, and we’ve sewn up both the Antalya dress and the Elena dress before.  For the tour, we would have loved to sew either one of those 2 dresses again, but we chose to try 2 of her other patterns, the Polina Dress and the Ila Dress.  With Olga’s permission, we decided to “hack” both of these patterns.

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Polina Dress is a darling vintage inspired dress with several options.  We chose to make Annie a peplum length dress by using the circle skirt option and shortening it to peplum length.  Annie loved and wore the last peplum we made for her to death, so we knew this would be a hit too.

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The only other change we made to Polina Dress pattern to make it a peplum length was to omit the part of the slit that extends onto the skirt…just for ease of sewing.

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other major change we made to the Polina Dress pattern was to move the frill over to the edge of the bodice to become a butterfly sleeve.  We just sandwiched the frill between the bodice and the lining at the sleeve, and presto…butterfly sleeves!

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The inside of this Polina Peplum is fully lined on the bodice part.  It is seriously as gorgeous on the inside as on the outside!

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because we felt it suited the feeling of the peplum length better, we opted to make ribbon ties instead of self fabric ties.  They just skim the bottom of the peplum when tied, and can be tied in either the front of the back.

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric came from my stash…I think I got it at Walmart several years ago, and couldn’t resist it’s vintage vibes for this vintage inspired pattern!  The large brown buttons up the back were harvested off a dress bought for $2 from the thrift store just for it’s buttons!

Polina Peplum sewn by Skirt Fixation

We all think this Polina Peplum ended up perfectly!  As it was being sewn, I wasn’t at all sure it was going to be true to the vision in my head, and at one point was sure it was going to be destined for the trash!  But Annie loves it and we recently made her a pencil skirt that matches perfectly.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other Coffee + Thread pattern we made is an Ila Dress.  We made several changes to the pattern too, to make it what Annie wanted.  First of all, the Ila Dress is recommended for woven fabrics and we used French Terry Fabric-African Violet from JoAnn Fabrics. (affiliate link)  Because of the extra stretchiness of knit fabric, we omitted the back zipper and the seam on the back, just cutting it out on the fold minus the seam allowance.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Due to Annie’s height, we lengthened the dress by 4 inches.  But we do find Coffee + Thread patterns to be a truer fit to Annie’s size than most patterns.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

You might notice we did a little something extra to the center panel.  To add the ruching, we just cut out the center panel at twice the length and gathered the edges before sewing the front bodice together.  And we had to use that same precious Art Gallery Priory Square Jersey Knit Cottagely Posy Emerald Fabric (affiliate link) for the hidden pockets too.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

We used White Sheer-knit Fusible Interfacing (affiliate link) on the yoke, and made sure to attach the interfaced yoke to the front of the dress.  Then we graded the seam allowances before sewing on the other yoke, due to the thickness of the french terry fabric.  To keep the inside yoke where it belongs, we stitched in the ditch, catching the 2nd yoke in place on the inside.  It all worked out very well, and we can see making a lot more knit Ila dresses in the future.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie sure is happy with this summer dress.  She wanted a “play dress” for summer, and says this is perfect!  With the added length, she should be able to throw on a pair of leggings and a cardigan and wear it well in to the fall and winter.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie wants me to note that she fixed her hair special for the Ila Dress photo shoot.  She spent over an hour braiding it into many, many tiny braids and then slept on them overnight.  She thought the waves were the coolest thing ever!  It’s so cute how she’s developing her own sense of taste and style.

French Terry knit Ila Dress sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now be sure to check out all the other stops on the Coffee + Thread blog tour…you’ll be so inspired.  Also all Coffee + Thread patterns are on sale during the tour.  And there is a HUGE giveaway!

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Foxy Lottie Skirt

Fox Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Fox Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

On Friday we showed you a little deer (skirt) in the woods, and today we’re going to show you another creature we found in the woods.  This one is a fox!

Fox Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Like a fox, this skirt is not as shy and delicate as the deer skirt.  Although we used the Lottie Skirt pattern by Violette Field Threads to create both skirts, each one has a different personality because of the different fabric choices, Forest Friends pocket creatures, and skirt layer options.

Fox Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

To start with, we found a little vintage strawberry print cotton fabric in our stash, and knew it would make a perfect Lottie Skirt.

Fox Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We chose the pleated suspenders, but made only a single layer skirt.

Fox Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The inside lining of the suspenders are sort sly like the fox, with a pop of fun polka dot fabric also used on the fox pockets.

Fox Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

There are two more Forest Friends pocket creatures, so keep watching for them to appear in other projects!  They are not difficult to assemble, just a little time consuming, but oh, so worth the extra effort.

Fox Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Just for fun, and since all this fabric came from our stash we’re going to link to the other items we’ve made from these fabrics.  The navy blue sateen fabric for the waistband and suspenders was first used in Allegra’s Bistro Dress.

Fox Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The red polka dot fabric was used in Allegra’s Emilie Skirt.

Fox Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

And Annie’s Bimaa cowl neck top was first seen in this bubble blog post last January, but the cowl fabric was leftover from this shirt and also used in these baby skirts!  So we really love to challenge ourselves in sewing from our fabric stash, and seeing how many different ways we can use these fabrics.

Fox Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Once again, Allegra took all these photographs.  I think she captured the different personalities of the two skirts accurately in each set of photos, don’t you?

Fox Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie can’t decide which of these two skirts is her favorite!  When she decides which one she want to keep, the other one will be available in our shop, which will be opening any day now.  Which Lottie Skirt is your favorite?

Fox Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

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

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next skirt in our All The Skirts series with Violette Field Threads and Raspberry Creek Fabrics is the Lottie Suspender Skirt.

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Prepare yourself to step into a storybook world with the sweetest of skirts to take you there.  All photography by Allegra.

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Lottie Skirt is a vintage inspired skirt with straps.  There are 3 different finishing options for the straps and skirt.

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The straps can be scalloped, ruffled or have pintucks like we made.

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The skirt can be scalloped, plain or doubled like we sewed.

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Lottie Skirt can be made in 9 sizes from 12M to 9/10.  Many woven fabrics can be used to make this skirt.

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We also added the deer from the Forest Friends Pocket Set.

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Choosing just the right fabrics and embellishments for the little deer face was so fun!

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Making the Lottie Skirt takes some time, but the directions are without error and lead to the cutest results.  The waistband is intricate with straps and elastic panels on the sides.

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you take time to make the Lottie Skirt, you will have an heirloom, storybook skirt when you are finished.  We definitely recommend making a Lottie Skirt!

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Also, the little deer face pockets probably take as much time as the skirt to construct, but produce results so darling that after you see them, you’re smitten!

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

These pockets are a perfect way to use up little scraps of fabric.  For example, do you remember on which skirt we used the Hawthorn Threads fabric on the ears?

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The main skirt fabric comes from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This fabric is manufactured by Riley Blake Designs, and is called Woodland Spring.  A perfect match for this skirt, don’t you think?

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Raspberry Creek Fabrics carries this fabric in several other colors too.

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra took Annie to a wooded location and came back with the sweetest set of photos ever!

Lottie Skirts sewn by Skirt Fixation

Please come back Monday when we reveal another Lottie Skirt we sewed!

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We’re so delighted to see others already linking up their Raspberry Creek Fabrics and Violette Field Threads creations.  Have you entered the Rafflecopter giveaway yet?

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now it’s your turn to play!  The Inlinkz is open for anything you’ve made in 2015 using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics or a Violette Field Threads pattern.

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We’re excited to see what you’ve sewn!  One person (randomly chosen) from the Rafflecopter giveaway will win $50 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics and 5 PDF patterns from Violette Field Threads.

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Also, one person (with the highest votes!!) from the Inlinkz link up will win $50 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics and 5 PDF patterns from Violette Field Threads.  What are you waiting for?

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Vintage Sewing Supplies Find

Vintage Sewing supplies

Vintage Sewing suppliesRecently I stopped at a flea market type store.  I wasn’t looking for vintage sewing supplies, but I came out loaded with them!  I paid less than $25 for everything pictured here.  The shop owner joked that the little vintage sewing box was worth the $19 price tag on it alone, and she had no clue what was inside!

Vintage Sewing suppliesThe girls and I felt like it was our collective birthday, and opened the box together.  The little vintage sewing box had two hinged lids.  We opened the one on the side first.  Inside was a thread spool rack complete with vintage wooden spools of thread!

Vintage Sewing suppliesThen we opened the hinged lid on top.  It was crammed to the top with vintage sewing supplies!  Some of us were simply wiggling in anticipation to see what was under the top layer.

Vintage Sewing suppliesUnderneath the top layer was a mostly full layer of tiny thread spools.  So darling!

Vintage Sewing suppliesAnother layer of vintage sewing supplies, all in a hodgepodge.  We are guessing that the condition of the sewing box was NOT due to the original owner, but a descendant of hers.  We had fun inventing a story about that little old lady who originally used these vintage sewing supplies.

Vintage Sewing suppliesWe finally made it to the bottom of the vintage sewing box.  All that was left in the bottom was a scrap of wool suiting.

Vintage Sewing suppliesAllegra sorted everything into categories and we just oohed and aahed over everything.  Just look at this assortment of vintage buttons!  The ones right in the middle are fabric covered.

Vintage Sewing suppliesLook at all this hardware!  They certainly don’t make snaps and hook and eyes of the same sturdy quality any more.  Has anyone else noticed that?  I’ll take the vintage sewing supplies over the new any time!

Vintage Sewing suppliesHere’s an assortment of vintage pins and needles.  Allegra, who does most of the hand sewing around here, was so delighted with the quality of these.  She says it’s really hard to find thin needles, and can’t wait to use them.

Vintage Sewing suppliesI’m not even exactly sure what everything is in this last photo of assorted vintage sewing supplies.  But I just love how well worn everything is; as if it was used for 50 years or more!  That round metal thing in the upper left corner is a little metal tape measure.  Completely adorable!

We’re trying to decide whether to leave the box in it’s original condition (well, clean up some of the dust, of course!) or paint it some fun new color.  What would you do with this little sewing box?  Do you snap up or pass on vintage sewing supplies?

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Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic Review

Girl Charlee's first sewing pattern, sewn by Skirt Fixation

Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern

One of our sewing goals in 2014 was to learn to sew with knit fabric.  Girl Charlee gave us the opportunity to sew with knit fabric again when they asked us to be pattern testers for their very first pattern, the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern.

Girl Charlee Tunic Pattern

We’ve done pattern testing for several companies now but this is probably our favorite pattern test to date because not only did Girl Charlee provide us with the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern but also with the fabric to sew it!  This pattern was a delightful & quick sew.

Girl Charlee Tunic Pattern

Besides sewing with knit we conquered another skill while doing the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern; sewing with elastic thread.  Years ago we tried a fun DIY tutorial that used elastic thread.  The end result was a total flop because the elastic thread didn’t work.

Girl Charlee pattern

But do you see that ruching around the collar and sleeves?  That is the result of elastic thread, thanks to Girl Charlee’s super easy to follow instructions.  The Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern comes in both tunic and dress lengths, and we will definitely be sewing some more in the near future.

Vintage tunic pattern

Girl Charlee’s pattern says this is a vintage look and we love the way it turned out. To mimic the vintage look Allegra styled Annie’s hair in little rolled waves like those of bygone bombshells.

Vintage Tunic Pattern by Girl Charlee

Because of the little birds on the fabric, we gave Annie a birdcage and found birdnest to play with.

Vintage knit sewing pattern

Although we loved sewing this pattern with knit fabric, our next version of this pattern could very well be from woven fabric, because 90% of the fabric in our stash is wovens.

Girl Charlee's first sewing pattern, sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you want to try the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern, click here!  And while you’re at Girl Charlee, pick up some of that fabulous knit fabric to make your tunic or dress!  We think Girl Charlee’s first foray into pattern making is a resounding success, and we are excited to see what they create next.

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Nature Inspired Dress to Skirt Refashion

Today we’re going to show you a nature inspired dress to skirt refashion that we made.

dress to skirt refashionThis dress was one we picked up very cheaply at a thrift store.  It was a Jones New York, and in really great shape, but didn’t fit Aria.  Making clothes for a tween is all trial and error!  It’s great to be able to refashion because there is seldom anything in stores that fit a tween right.  Or that they like.  Or that their parents agree with!

So we decided to take off the top of the dress, which didn’t fit right, and work with the bottom.  Another dress to skirt refashion!

Dress to Skirt Refashion Steps:

Step 1: Cut off top 1 inch above waistband.

Step 2: Iron over 1/2 inch of remaining top.

Step 3: Fold over another 1/2 inch and sew down across top of waistband.  This was a little tricky because of the extra material to allow for bust curves, but we just gathered it and sewed it down.  We could have just cut off the top right at the waistband, but we were going for a more tailored look and didn’t want any strings or fraying when we washed it.

Step 4: Take in sides at top of waistband for a fitted, wide waistband.

dress to skirt refashionNow that is really a skirt Aria loves!  She decided she can dress it up with a button down white blouse tucked in.

dress to skirt refashionOr she could wear a color coordinating tee and leave it untucked.

wide waistband skirtThis skirt with it wide waistband had a definite vintage vibe to it.  Think Grace Kelly in this wide waistband outfit.  (Since Project Sewn’s theme for this week is Leading Ladies, we’re going to link Aria’s skirt up!)

back waistbandHere is a closeup of that lovely wide waistband.  We left the original zipper for a fitted look.  The whole skirt reminds me of the 1950’s!  We could have made this one with (Hint of) Vintage in mind!

before&afterWhat have you sewn this week?

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Magda @ House of Estrela’s (Hint of) Vintage Creation

Today we get to present you our fourth and final submission for the (Hint of) Vintage theme.  Unveiling Magda from House of Estrela:

What a week! What a theme!

When I first knew the themes, I was very excited with them all. Then I started to feel depressed about this third week. Vintage… a hint of it… so many possibilities, so many great things I could do… if I wasn’t pregnant. No matter what time from the past I’d pick to get inspired by, there were always garments I was sure I couldn’t turn into maternity wear. This would be the week I’d go back to the era of the corsets. Did I ever mention how much I love them? I am pretty sure I did. But, there’s no way I can fit into a corset right now. I went for a 50’s inspired look after all… Just a bit…

My main (vintage) focus was the skirt. I didn’t want to make a very complicated one. I wanted something with some twirl, suitable during pregnancy and after. And I was sure I wanted to use the red plaid fabric I had in my stash for years. To get this look all I did, was to sew a fabric tube, hem it, shirr the top of it and attach to a rib knit band. Skirt done!

To complete my vintage look I needed something for the top. And at 26-27 weeks along, I started thinking not so much of only flowy clothes to wear during pregnancy, but also something, I could possibly wear after, suitable for nursing too. Yes, I believe nursing is important, and having clothes that allows an easier nursing period even better. Especially, when you’re not a huge fan of button up shirts, which is where I fit. I’ve had this idea in mind for quite a while and was sure I wanted to use it during the challenge. It’s not my own idea though, I’ve seen it a couple times online. SO, what was it? Making a top, with access to nursing, by adding two openings on each side.

I drafted the top pattern out of one of my store bought shirts. The original had some puckering on the front, a circle collar and was about my waist long. For my own, I wanted the collar to be slightly squared shaped so the openings would look better. I did the openings with this technique here, and used snaps to close it. And I made it much longer, as a tunic. I like it so much I’ve been wearing it for two days already. 

Quite a simple outfit this time, that works just great for me and my figure at the moment. For this photoshoot I’ve used a belt, but I can also wear it without it, works well both ways. And I totally can wear the tunic in a less formal way, with a pair of leggings. You can see the three ways I’ve been wearing them below.

If you want to see more photos, visit my blog HERE

Oh, Magda, you are so inspiring!  And the way you think ahead to your future needs is just fantastic!  We love your (hint of) vintage outfit!  Now it is time to review and vote!  Here is another look at each of the (Hint of) Vintage outfits:

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Becca & Suzanne’s @ Pattern Revolution’s (Hint of) Vintage outfits.

michelle in vintageMichelle @ Falafel and the Bee’s (Hint of) Vintage outfit.

Stacy in vintageStacy @ The Land of K.A.’s (Hint of) Vintage outfit.

magda in vintageMagda @ House of Estrela’s (Hint of) Vintage outfit.

Now it’s time for you to participate.  Vote in the poll for your favorite Refashioned outfit.  Voting is open NOW and ends at 8 am Sunday.  Remember, 25% of their score is based on your vote!

Vote for your favorite (Hint of) Vintage Outfit!

  • Stacy @ The Land of K.A. (5%, 10 Votes)
  • Michelle @Falafel and the Bee (17%, 32 Votes)
  • Magda @ House of Estrela (31%, 60 Votes)
  • Becca & Suzanne @ Pattern Revolution (47%, 89 Votes)

Total Voters: 191

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Voting is also now open on the Sew Along entries, and you get to choose the winner, so be sure to visit the Sew Along seamstresses and vote there too!  Come back Monday when we reveal the winners!

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Michelle @ Falafel and the Bee’s (Hint of) Vintage Creation

Today we get to present you the second contestant and her (hint of) vintage creation.  Unveiling Michelle from Falafel and the Bee:

Week three already??!! Well, for my “hint” of vintage, I may have or have not gone right back in time.

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I did a 1940’s (in my forties-heh) Military-inspired outfit.

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Since the 1940’s were dominated by WWII, I chose to combine the fashion with military style. While I didn’t make an exact replica of what women typically wore in the forties, I was going for a nod to the decade, at the same time bringing a little more flirty flare to it. For this look, I used the Ava dress pattern by Victory Patterns. I stuck pretty close to the pattern with just a tweak in sleeve placement (and I also added a tie). That is it. It worked beautifully to give me a feminine military old fashioned look.

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I used a slate grey 100% polyester suiting, which worked perfectly for this dress, but I am not sure I would ever use again because of how it frayed and wrinkled! I thought for sure polyester wouldn’t wrinkle. I was wrong. And it was so incredibly difficult to iron those wrinkles out.

But again, for this, it was the perfect fabric.

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The lace part of the bodice was not too bad to work with, on the other hand. I did French seams at the shoulders, and used bias tape as the facing, then top stitched. I made a tie shape out of black cotton and sewed it on before assembling everything.

For the cap, I used a pattern and tutorial over at Urbandon. I have a peanut-sized skull, though, so I shortened the pattern ever-so-slightly.

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For more info about my outfit and that rockin’ old ambulance, head over to my blog.

Wow, Michelle, that (hint of) vintage outfit makes us stand up and salute!  And, hard as it was to work with, that polyester sure did the trick!  Everyone, be sure to come back tomorrow, to see the third (hint of) vintage submission.  And if you haven’t entered your (hint of) vintage creation in the sew along, be sure to do that today!

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Becca & Suzanne @ Pattern Revolution’s (Hint of) Vintage Creation(s)

Today we get to unveil the first of the (Hint of) Vintage creations! Presenting Becca & Suzanne from Pattern Revolution:

I’ll admit. Refashion week scared the daylights out of me. But “Hint of Vintage” I’ve been looking forward to from the start! There is something so liberating about sewing for a time that fit your asthetic, your body type, your modesty preference. Suzanne and I may have had *too* much fun coming up with and styling our looks this week, but we think it’ll make them that much more fun for you to view!

Suzanne: A hint of Vintage – what a fun theme, especially for this ex-costume designer/historian. I’ll admit, there was no way I could have narrowed down a time frame, so I am so thankful for my awesome partner. Becca, tell me what drew you to be inspired by the 30’s?

 

Becca: It all started with the black floral print! It immediately conjured up images of a bright red lip and feather hairpiece.. stash-shopping did the rest! Stash-shopping and a long time dream of stitching up the Virna crop top. It was so reminiscent of vintage swimwear, I thought.. “let’s go for a 30’s Hamptons look!” Which of course SCREAMED “wide leg pants” to you! Tell me about those, they look great!

S: I have to admit that I have been looking for an excuse to sew up some wide leg pants…. 30’s Hamptons fit the bill perfectly. These are super comfy. I originally went with a high waist, but let’s just say that it wasn’t a flattering cut on my figure, so I dropped the waist back down for a more flattering cut and more modern take.

 

B: This week’s challenge IS a “HINT of vintage” after all! Which I took to mean “bring a classic trend up to date” – so I picked a high waist option too (hello, built in corset effect!). But I chose a narrow leg option, with these beautiful plum skinnies!

We both chose to sport shrugs – tell me about yours!

S: My shrug is by far my favorite piece of this look. First, it is red, and I love red! I modified the free Deer and Doe Plantain shirt, added puff sleeves as a nod to the 30’s, and I picked a cropped length to accentuate my happy curves. The back has a kick pleat as an extra fun detail.

 

B: You ROCK the red! What a great look for you. You make sewing and pattern drafting/adapting look so easy, but I wonder.. were there any challenges you faced this week?

S: Hahahahah – weeeeeeeeeelllllllllll, this was the second pair of pants I made. The first pair had the high waist and were made from a silk cotton blend from Myanmar . I should have known something was off when I cut my fabric and my nails were black with fiber fuzz. I sewed up the pants, put in the waist band, top stitched all my seams, put on the pants, bent over, and RIIIIIIIIP! Ugg, I am 99% certain that the fabric is in a stage of dry rot. Good thing I realized the high waist look really wasn’t for me, but I am so sad about the gorgeous fabric. At least it didn’t happen at the photo shoot!

Your outfit looks pristine – is this the first week that everything just fell into place perfectly for you?

 

B: I think so! There were a few hiccups, like I’m sewing from out of town this week and forgot to pack the back pocket pieces for these capris… and as my son’s nursing needs are shifting suddenly the fit of the Virna bodice looks OVERLY generous. But for the most part, I cut it, I sewed it, I wore it, and all went according to plan!

I can’t end this post without drawing attention to that BEAUTIFUL period hat you made! The green, the stripes.. the flecks of gold that make your eyes POP! I’m starting to think that you were MADE to live in this era! …But selfishly, I’m glad you weren’t! And your fans are too, so we can see your sewing genius blogged week after week! Keep it up, girlfriend 🙂

Read up on more behind-the-scenes details on the Pattern Revolution Blog on Friday!

Wow, ladies, just wow!  You both brought the best from the 30’s and modernized it for totally awesome (hint of) vintage looks!  Everyone, be sure to come back tomorrow for the next (hint of) vintage outfit.  And if you have not already done so, be sure to link up your own (hint of) vintage in the sew along!  There are some great prizes waiting for the winner!

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Week 2 Scores and Week 3 (Hint of) Vintage Sew Along

Can you just believe last week?!  We have never been so impressed by refashions as we were last week!  Each of our contestants submitted their amazing Refashioned outfits.  They put their all into creating and sewing these outfits, and they were truly fantastic.  The way Challenge Create: Adult Edition works is that each week the judges grade the contestants for 75% of the contestants’ score, and you vote for your favorite creation for 25% of the score.  At the end of the four weeks, the contestant with the highest score takes home the grand prize.  But there are also 1st, 2nd and 3rd runner up prizes, so each of these hardworking ladies is rewarded!  This week, the judges have had their say, and you voted, and the accumulated scores for this week are:

Becca & Suzanne from Pattern Revolution: 80

Magda from House of Estrela: 76

Michelle from Falafel and the Bee: 85

Stacy from The Land of K.A.: 78

Which makes the accumulated totals:

Becca & Suzanne from Pattern Revolution: 166

Magda from House of Estrela: 154

Michelle from Falafel and the Bee: 158

Stacy from The Land of K.A.: 150

We also had a great Refashion sew along!  The viewer’s choice winner was: Shannon from 2nd Story Sewing!

shannonweek2winnerGo visit Shannon (and Betsy) and tell her how awesome her refashioned outfit for Challenge Create: Adult Edition is!

She will take home a $10 gift certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop

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2 patterns from Shop Onion

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and a free copy of our refashion ebook, Not A Skirt!

Not A Skirt! eBook

All the other sew along contestants have received a 1/2 off coupon for Not A Skirt!  Thanks to everyone who participated in some way to make the week great!

(Hint of) Vintage graphicWe are sure this week is going to be amazing too!  Starting tomorrow, we get to present to you our contestants creations for Challenge Create: Adult Edition week 3: (Hint of) Vintage Week.  Once again we encourage everyone to link up your (hint of) vintage clothing creation.  Be assured that your sew along link will uplift and spur on the contestants.  You have until Friday morning to link up.  Voting for both the sew along and the contestants’ (hint of) vintage outfits opens Friday morning and ends Sunday morning.  Are you ready?  We can hardly wait to see what you make!  

 Here is the description for the (Hint of) Vintage Theme:

Challenge Create: Adult Edition Week 3: (Hint of) Vintage

No question about it, there have been some amazing fashion creations in the past!  Which vintage fashion catches your eye?  Incorporate something from that into your creation this week.  Because unless you have an upcoming Renaissance Revival Fair, no one really needs a whole brocade dress complete with pearls and panniers!  (And if you are making a costume for the next Civil War reenactment…bring it on!)

We are so excited to see what you design!  We have a little reward for you from one of our sponsors, Laura Marsh Designs.  During Challenge Create: Adult Edition, using the promo code for the month of April gives you 15% off patterns on the website. One user per customer code: SKIRTFIXATION15  To take advantage of this special offer, just click through the Laura Marsh Sewing Patterns button in the sponsors section of the  sidebar, and use the promo code when you check out.  Also, as a special thank you, our sew along contestants will receive a coupon code via email when you enter the sew along to buy our ebook, Not A Skirt! at 50% off!



Be sure to come back tomorrow as we unveil our first contestant’s (Hint of) Vintage creation!

Make it beautiful,
Audrey