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Wool Tweed Molly Jacket

Molly Jacket sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

If you’ve been around Skirt Fixation for a while, you know that I love sewing coats.  Well, much to my delight, Annie outgrew her coat from last winter.  You see, I had the perfect pattern and the perfect fabric just waiting for that very thing.

Molly jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

A while back I found the Molly jacket pattern by Violette Field Threads.  It’s a great pattern with quite a few options for customization.  This pattern comes in 9 sizes from 12 months to 9/10.  I sewed the size 9/10 for Annie.  The Molly jacket can be sewn in 2 lengths, hip or above the knee.  I chose to lengthen the jacket several inches to hit Annie just below the knee.  Instructions are included for including a layer of batting between the lining and main fabric, and we did that for Annie’s new winter jacket.

Molly Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern can be made into a reversible jacket if you desire.  While Annie’s could probably be reversible, since I used faux fur for just one side of the collar, she will probably wear it only on the one side.  This is a very easy pattern to sew.  While I was making it, I kept thinking I should make bound buttonholes or add in welt pockets or do something to make it more difficult!  But in the end, it was the plain and simple version that won out.

Molly Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other change we made to the Molly jacket pattern was to narrow the sleeves.  If you look at the pattern, you can see they bell out quite a bit at the bottom.  There are instructions for making a gathered sleeve hem, but since we wanted to add a cuff, we decided to just narrow the sleeve.  We will have a tutorial later for adding fur cuffs to this (or any!) jacket pattern.

Molly Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

More about that fabric!  Several years ago, we were gifted this fabric.  I think it’s a wool tweed, and very stable and warm.  For the lining we used black stretch sateen.  The collar and cuffs are from faux fur.

Molly Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

We harvested the buttons from off a different jacket we got at the thrift store.  That’s my new go-to place for buttons.  If you don’t mind hunting a little, you can usually find a garment with pretty unique and numerous buttons for the price of the entire garment!  If you’ve purchased buttons at retail prices lately, you’ll know why I’ve started this new method of sourcing buttons!

Molly Jacket sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It’s pretty safe to say Annie loves her new jacket!  She wears it every time we go out of this winter.  She says it’s warm, pretty and makes her feel great !

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Stylebop Neoprene Skirt {Buy or DIY}

Today we have another Buy or DIY skirt for you! This time we’re showing you how you can make a trendy skirt perfect for summer for WAY less than retail price.

Our skirt pick of the day is a very fun neoprene skirt from Stylebop.   Neoprene is a knit fabric, but stiff and thick, yet soft and voluminous.  Another name for it is scuba knit.  Think wetsuit gone classy!  This skirt from Stylebop has inverse pleats which stand out and define it.  We immediately knew which pattern to use because of those fantastic pleats!

How would you like to save $745 by sewing your own skirt?  Skirt Fixation shows you how!!!

 

Buy or DIY skirt Details:

Stylebop skirt: Jim Sander Neoprene Skirt

Fabric Recommendation: Pon Te Am Scuba Knit Pink

Pattern Recommendation:  Violette Field Threads Quinn Skirt

Buy or DIY Skirt Math:

Stylebop skirt: $770 retail price.

Fabric needed: 1 1/8 yards at $5.98 per yard

Pattern: $10.95 (on sale for $7.12)

Elastic: Pink waistband elastic  $6.99

Total $: $24.67 for DIY

Total Savings: $745.33

Wow, the DIY wins hands down!! You’ll be winning too if you follow this fun trend and make yourself a neoprene skirt.  And we’d like to point out that the Violette Field Threads pattern comes with a top pattern too.  So bonus!  We’ve made them both (and the girl’s version too!) and we can assure this is a great pattern.

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Tilly VS Gemma {Skirt VS Skirt}

 

Tilly VS Gemma

A complete comparison of the Tilly Skirt and the Gemma Skirt.

This is the tale of two skirts, the Gemma Skirt pattern (by Violette Field Threads) on the left and the Tilly Skirt pattern by (Simple Life Pattern Company) on the right.  Most cousins are different, and Tilly and Gemma are too! They both love the park, doing each other’s hair, and TWIRLING!!!  After all, they are both circle skirts!  They also have differences and sometimes argue, but it always fixes itself.  More on that later!

Round 1: Pattern

Let’s talk about what these two patterns have in common first.  First and most obviously, they both are circle skirts. The illustrations are photographs in both patterns.  They both love to pick flowers and have a picnic lunch!

Now the differences:

Sizes: Gemma can be made in 7 sizes from 2T to 10.  Tilly can be made in 9 sizes from 2T to 12.

Number of Pattern Pieces:  This is really dependent on which size and variation you make, so for purposes of this comparison, we’re going to use the size 5.   Gemma has 4 pattern pieces (13 pages to print.)  Tilly has 2 pattern pieces (7 pages to print.) Gemma would rather go to a fancy dress ball, while Tilly prefers square dances and the like!

Price:  As of this date, the Gemma Pattern costs $8.95 while the Tilly Skirt is $8.   Also, Gemma fixes up hurts for ‘the little kids’ and Tilly buys them ice cream after!

Round 2: Variations

The Gemma pattern includes a blouse with the pattern.  It has a curved waistband in the front that is elastic in the back.  Also, the Gemma skirt has pockets.  Tilly can have 2 styles of waistband, yoga or elastic backed.  Tilly can be made with one or two layers.  (Or even 3 like we made!) Tilly can never make up her mind and Gemma has to help her sometimes!

Round 3: Sewing

Time:  Both of these skirt will take less than 2 hours to sew.

Fabric: Gemma skirt requires 1 3/4 yards of fabric.  Tilly can be made in woven or knit fabric and requires 7/8 yard per layer.

Notions: Both skirts require elastic and LOVE trampolines!  They always do a spin jumps!

Round 4: Fit/Style

Both the Gemma Skirt and the Tilly Skirt have a similar fit and style.  A twirly, twirly silhouette!  They both love dressing up!!!  We’ve made the Gemma Pattern 2 times (one with a reversible blouse, and the other with silk pockets!)  We’ve sewn the Tilly Skirt once, so far.

And the winner is:

You!  If you choose to sew either one of these skirts, you are sure to have a very happy customer, who’s outfitted in a really cute skirt.  Our Skirt VS Skirt series is designed to help you decide which of the two wonderful skirt patterns we’re comparing is the right one for you.  We own both these patterns and have sewed them both, so we know what we’re talking about.

P.S.  Sometimes Tilly gets mad because she wants pockets too, but then Gemma points out that Tilly has a soft waistband, and then they bake cookies, and everything is OK again!

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All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics wrap up

Violette Field Threads giveaway

It’s time to wrap up this edition of All The Skirt.  We loved, loved, loved sewing up the Violette Field Threads skirt patterns with Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Before we reveal the  giveaway winners, here’s a last look at all 14 Violette Field Threads skirt patterns we sewed.

Penelope Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Penelope Skirts sewn with Four Corners fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Lottie Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Lottie Skirt in Woodland fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Ellie Skirt and leggings

Gemma Skirt and Blouse sewn by Skirt Fixation in Cotton + Steel fabrics

Gemma Skirt & Blouse in Cotton and Steel fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Estelle skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

Estelle Skirt 

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

Quinn Skirt and Top

Hazel skirt pattern by Violette Field Threads sewn by Skirt Fixation with Riley Blake fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Hazel Skirt in fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics 

Whitney skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation with chambray fabric

Whitney Skirt in chambray fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Whitney Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using linen fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Women’s Whitney Skirt in linen fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Lavinia pattern (by Violette Field Threads) sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Lavinia Skirt and Blouse in double gauze from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Violette Field Threads Quinn Skirt pattern sewn by Skirt Fixation in maxi length

Women’s Quinn Skirt

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Girl’s Vivienne Skirt in fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Violette Field Threads Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers in fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Women’s Vivienne Skirt in fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

We were so delighted that so many of you chose to sew along with us using Violette Field Threads patterns and fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Here are our favorites from the link up.

Annie:   I like the colors and it looks very cute! (I think she’d like one of her own, Bethany from Sew Not Perfect!)

Aria: I love this skirt, and the fabric that Mama Says Sew chose makes it even cuter!

Sometimes a sew for this stud. Handmade hoodie for the win! Made using @raspberrycreekfabrics french terry!

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Allegra: Sewing for men isn’t something you see often, and awesome sewing like this is crazy good!

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Audrey:  As you probably know from the Quinn skirt I made for myself, I really love this color combination.  Deuxsouriceaux sewed up this sweet combination.  Plus, I’ve used fabric from that line to make myself a bag.  So this one is my favorite in so many ways.

And now, as you probably already know, the favorite from the link up and also the winner of $50 gift certificate to Raspberry Creek Fabrics and 5 PDF patterns from Violette Field Threads is Kayla of Just Grin and Wear It!  Congrats, Kayla, and keep an eye on your inbox.

The random winner of the Rafflecopter giveaway of $50 gift certificate to Raspberry Creek Fabrics and 5 PDF patterns from Violette Field Threads is Nancy who replied that her favorite Raspberry Creek Fabrics club fabric is Navy Blue and White pin polka dots.  Yes, we love that one too!

Estelle skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation for All The Skirts

And last but not least, the skirt we will be donating to charity as part of Skirting The Issue is the Estelle Skirt.  Some teenage girl in need is going to feel like a princess!

So that’s it for today.  We’ll be back next Friday to announce the next edition of All The Skirts!

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Molly VS Lottie {Skirt VS Skirt}

Comparison of these two skirt patterns by Skirt Fixation

Today we are introducing you to two lovely young skirts. Here on the right, ladies and gentlemen, we have Molly, a sweet and timeless garment designed by Peekaboo Pattern Shop, (affiliate link) and on the left we have Lottie, a playful and humorous little skirt designed by Violette Field Threads. They have many things in common, buuuuut they also have some unique differences.

Round 1: Pattern

Let’s talk about what these two patterns have in common first. They both are little girl skirts with suspenders.  Lottie and Molly both love tea parties, stuffed bears and shiny things.  The instructions are both illustrated with photos.

Now the differences.

Sizes: Molly skirt can be made in 11 different sizes from 3 months to 8 years

The Lottie can be made in 8 sizes from 2T to 10

Number of pattern pieces:  Molly has 0 pattern pieces, just dimensions (0 pieces of paper.)

Lottie skirt has 3 pattern pieces and uses 16 pieces of paper if you print all the sizes and variations.  You can choose to print just the variation you are making, and this will cut down on the amount of paper used.

Price:  As of this date, the Molly skirt costs $7.95 and the Lottie skirt costs $8.95.  The Lottie skirt can also be purchased as a paper pattern, both are available as PDFs.

Round 2: Variations

Both these skirts can be varied easily in length by adding or subtracting from the hemline.  Another common variation for both is to eliminate the suspenders, like we did when we sewed the Molly Skirt.  Molly likes warm bakeries with the smell of fresh bread and libraries full of picture books. The Lottie skirt has three different strap variations: plain, pleated (the one we sewed) or scalloped, as well as 3 different hem variations: plain, scalloped or double (this one we sewed.)  The Forest Friends pockets can be added to the Lottie skirt.  Lottie enjoys picturesque meadows, woodland streams and Sunday picnics.  Lottie will find fairies for you, and Molly will find a book about fairies to increase your knowledge.

Round 3: Sewing

Time: The Molly skirt can be sewn in about 1 hour.  The Lottie skirt can be sewn in 2 hours, Forest Friends pockets add additional time.

Fabric:  Both of these patterns recommend using woven fabrics.  The Molly skirt requires 1.25 yards (for the largest size) and the Lottie skirt uses 2.5 yards (for the largest size with a double hem.)

Notions: The Molly skirt required buttons and a hook and eye.  The Lottie skirt requires elastic for the side elastic panels.

Round 4: Fit/Style

The Molly skirt is an exact fit skirt on the narrow waistband.  Then it flares out due to the tight gathers.  The suspenders run parallel to each other.  The Lottie skirt will probably fit the wearer longer due to the elastic at the wide waistband.  It is also gathered below the fitted waistband.  The suspenders are v-shaped, beginning in the center front and back. Both Molly and Lottie definitely agree on one thing; ice cream parlors are the best!

Molly VS Lottie graphic

And the winner is:

You!  If you choose to sew either one of these skirts, you are bound to be very happy, and wearing a hand made skirt.  Plus, you will have an excuse to reward yourself with a trip to the ice cream parlor; don’t forget to take Lottie and Molly!  Now to the playground for recess!

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Women’s Vivienne Skirt {All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics}

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

As promised, today we have the final skirt for our All The Skirts series with Violette Field Threads and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The women’s Vivienne Skirt is our final sew for this edition of All The Skirts.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The women’s Vivienne pattern comes with a skirt and blouse pattern.  Let’s start with the skirt.  The women’s Vivienne skirt has the same look and silhouette as the girl’s Vivienne skirt, with one main difference; the overskirt is reversible and removable.  That gives this pattern 3 different looks, making it very versatile.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Vivienne overskirt can be made in 9 sizes from 0 to 16.  The blouse and underskirt can be made in 7 different sizes from XXS to XXL.  The underskirt has an elastic waist which is the cause for the sizing options above.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

We opted to eliminate the buttons on the Vivienne overskirt at Allegra’s request.  Our overskirt stays in place by hidden snaps on either side.  This pattern, when made in all black as we did, can be a sneaky 3 piece Little Black Dress.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Vivienne patterns are easy to follow and have complete photo illustrations.  This pattern is not a fast sewing project, but the outcome is worth it.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The fabrics we used for the Vivienne skirt came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  The black rayon challis we used for the underskirt is the perfect material for that purpose as it ruffles beautifully.  But (confession time here) we also used it for one side of the overskirt, which was not one of the recommended fabrics, and now we know why.  We can now tell you with authority that you should use the same weight fabric for both sides of the overskirt.  I (Audrey) fought and fought and fought to get the two sides of the overskirt to lay right and never managed to get it completely to my satisfaction.  This is NOT the fault of the fabric or the pattern, just poor decision making on my part.  In fact, what I will probably end up doing is taking the overskirt apart and replacing the black rayon challis with a different fabric which is the same weight as the beautiful brick red lightweight chambray interweave cotton on the other side of the overskirt.  Lesson learned.

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Vivienne blouse is a loose fitting blouse with buttons up the back and gathered sleeves.  We used a lightweight black knit fabric from Girl Charlee, and the only change we made was to topstitch the neck facing in place to prevent it from rolling to the outer side.  I can see many more of the Vivienne pattern in the future!

Women's Vivienne skirt pattern sewn by Violette Field Threads with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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Girl’s Outfit details from Nothing But (k)Net

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Street Urchins in cool clothes sewn by Skirt Fixation for Project Run & Play And now we come to the girl look for our Project Run & Play inspired Nothing But (k)Net look.  Which is actually where we started the whole thing!  But first, here’s the summary of the look:

Big Sister outfit:
Cardigan Pattern: Violette Field Threads Gretchen cardigan
Cardigan Fabric: Navy Jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabrics (sold out now, similar here: Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey Knit Navy Fabric)

Skirt Pattern: Jocole Girl’s Pencil skirt
Skirt Fabric: Fashion Knits – Fukuro Floral Denim Blue Poly Knit

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We started with the Gretchen Cardigan by Violette Field Threads.  As you may know, we’re currently sewing up all the Violette Field Threads skirt patterns.  (There’s a huge giveaway involved!)  When we saw this pattern though, we knew it was one we had to have!  Those ruffles just sealed the deal.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern would be great to use with some statement fabric, or as a girly basic, as we did here by using navy fabric.  This pattern is simple to sew up, the instructions are clear and photos accompany each step of the process.  It can be made in 7 sizes from 2T to 9/10.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Although it looks complicated because of the ruffles, knit fabrics don’t require hemming which actually cuts down on the amount of time involved.  I absolutely love, love, love the way the wrist cuffs are assembled.  I always wondered why wrist cuffs aren’t done this way in other patterns because you end up with your raw edges enclosed, creating such a beautiful finish.  I think I’m going to use this method on every knit cuff I sew now.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The silhouette of the Gretchen cardigan is probably intended to be worn with pants.  A full, puffy skirt or dress would not work with this cardigan because of it’s length and the ruffles at the bottom.  But since that’s what makes it so charming, and because we needed to get at least ONE skirt in somewhere for our Project Run & Play looks, we turned to the girl’s Jocole Pencil Skirt.  This turned out to be the perfect fit to accompany the Gretchen Cardigan pattern.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

A very fast and easy sew, I made 2 of these in less than an hour.  (The other one is a size 18 months one for our Etsy shop.)  Also, the pattern fits on 3 pieces of paper, so assembling the pattern takes about 30 seconds!  This pattern can be made in 16 different sizes from doll to size 14.  Annie/A-kat will be getting more of these skirts for many years to come.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I had the skirt fabric leftover from making my Lane Raglan.  Now I wish I had enough to make myself a Jocole Pencil Skirt because look how adorable that is!  Annie/A-kat informs me it’s super comfortable too.

Gretchen Cardigan and Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra styled her sister’s outfit with a white turtleneck, tights and a scarf.  She also made Annie/A-kat’s fantastic hairdo!  And she took all the photos and edited them.  She pretty much bought to life the vision I had when I was sewing these outfits.  Huge thanks and kudos for her workmanship!

So there you have it, all the details for our Nothing But (k)Net looks.  Be sure to check out all the other fabulous seamstresses in the link up.  And did you see what the contestants made for the Nothing But Knit theme?  Serious talent!

Now for the legal mumbo jumbo: affiliate links are used in this post, not because we’ve ever made any money off of affiliate links, but being ever optimistic, we plan to be the next Bill Gates of affiliate links.  Clicking on an affiliate link won’t harm you, and will certainly give our ego a boost, and may even add a few pennies to our bank account!

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

Violette Field Threads Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Violette Field Threads Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Before we start today’s All The Skirts post, we have a favor to ask: Don’t ask us if we like today’s skirt or last week’s skirt better, okay?  Alright with that out of the way, let’s get started!

Violette Field Threads Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Scarlett Skirt by Violette Field Threads is the next skirt for All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This adorable, versatile skirt can be worn and styled several ways, allowing for multiple repeat wearings by your little girl of her new favorite skirt!

Violette Field Threads Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Scarlett Skirt is actually two skirts worn together.  There is a tie up skirt on the top and a petti-skirt underneath.  The two are not attached, so they can also be worn separately.  This little skirt is one of the most unique skirts we’ve ever sewn!

Violette Field Threads Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The Scarlett Skirt can be made in 7 sizes from 2T to 9/10.  There is a coordinating leg warmers pattern included with the Scarlett Skirt.  While the tie up skirt is a fairly quick sew, the petti-skirt consumes more time because of the ruffles.  More on that in a minute.  The instructions have photo illustrations, and are complete and very easy to follow.  The legwarmers can also be constructed in a matter of minutes.  The overskirt has a wide waistband with elastic across the back, and the petti-skirt waistband is completely elasticized.

Violette Field Threads Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

A few thoughts about sewing the petti-skirt.  The pattern suggests making a neutral petti-skirt that can be worn under several different Scarlett Skirt toppers, and we totally agree!  We would not suggest following the instructions for making the ruffles.  From our experience there are 4 ways to simplify the ruffle making process.

  1. Make the ruffles from a single layer of knit fabric.  This eliminates the need for finished edges on the ruffles, and therefore the difficulty of working with a double layer of fabric.
  2. If you use woven fabric for the ruffles, cut the ruffle strips on the bias, again eliminating fraying edges and a double layer of fabric.
  3. Eliminate the ruffles altogether.
  4. If you use woven fabric and don’t cut them on the bias, leave both short ends open for turning.  Both ends will be inside a side hem.  Otherwise you will spend hours trying to turn an impossibly narrow tube.  Also, do not iron before you turn the tube so that it’s easier to gather and sew down your ruffle strips.  And finally, sew a 1/4 inch seam instead of a 1/2 inch seam so your tube is a little wider and you don’t spend an extra hour trimming off half your seam allowance.

Violette Field Threads Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

One thing that makes this outfit so charming is the fabrics we used.  The tie up overskirt is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and is Cotton + Steel called Drop Pistachio.  It’s from a line of fabric designed by Kimberly Kight called Cookie Book!

Violette Field Threads Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

We used a bright green ribbon for the tie up on the skirt and vintage green buttons on the leg warmers for the added pop!  For the legwarmers we used some Raspberry Creek Fabrics Club knit called Geometric Diamond.  Raspberry Creek Fabric knit is comparable to Riley Blake Designs knit for softness and quality.  In other words, really good stuff!

Violette Field Threads Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

The petti-skirt fabric is swiss dot fabric leftover from making Aria’s Granville shirt (unblogged, but made parallel with this Granville shirt.)

Violette Field Threads Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

We only have one more skirt to sew for this edition of All The Skirts, and we hope you’ve entered to win.  If you haven’t started sewing yet, you still have a few weeks left, so grab your fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and your Violette Field Threads patterns and get started!

Violette Field Threads Scarlett Skirt and leg warmers sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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.  Two winners will each receive 5 PDF pattern from Violette Field Threads and $50 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

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Reversible Hazel and Tiny Whitney skirts

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

Whitney skirt size 3T for sale by Skirt Fixation

Today I’ve got a couple more skirt for sale to show you.  First up is a tiny Whitney skirt.  When I sewed up the original girl’s Whitney skirt, I had enough fabric left to make a smaller version, a 3T.  That’s the only difference between the two skirts, size.  And somehow it’s even cuter in the smaller size!  Buy it in the Etsy shop here.

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

The other skirt is the Hazel.  When we originally reviewed the Hazel skirt, we said it was a great way to showcase different fabrics from the same line, and that’s what we’ve done here.  Both these fabrics are designed by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.  We’ve used them once before for the Butterfly Blouse and Skirt.

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

We paired these two fabrics with some Cotton + Steel double gauze leftover from making my Granville shirt.  This skirt is lovely in person.  If only you could reach through your screen and touch it!

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

With the Hazel skirt, you can have 3 looks in one skirt.  There’s the skirt with no apron, the skirt with the double gauze apron side up, and the skirt with the mint side up.  If she spills on herself, no problem, just switch the apron around and she’s good to go!

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

The buttons were also in my stash.  Recently I was given lots of vintage buttons, and love how they match with modern fabrics too.

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

We made this skirt in a size 7 so Annie could model it.

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

She tried it out and declared it twirl-worthy and comfortable and fun!  Hopefully some little girl will be able to get some wear from it and love it as much as Annie did when she tried it on.

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

Both these skirts are made from Violette Field Threads patterns.  You can find them, and quite a few other skirts too, over in our Etsy shop.

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

Annie loves this skirt, and the other Hazel skirt too, but her closet is getting quite stuffed with skirts, and we have a goal we are working toward, so this Hazel skirt is available in our Etsy shop.  See you there!

Hazel skirt size 7 for sale by Skirt Fixation

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

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Ah, the Vivienne Skirt!  This skirt is probably the epitome of Violette Field Threads pattern company.  I probably wax romantic about the Vivienne Skirt pattern since it was the first PDF pattern I ever sewed years and years ago.

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Vivienne Skirt pattern can be made in 8 sizes for girls from 2T to 9/10.  It consists of an overskirt and an underskirt to which ruffles are attached.  This skirt is not a fast sewing project, but totally worth it every time!  The instructions are accompanied by photographic images and both are very clear and accurate.  We only have one note to make about the layout of the pattern; if you are using a directional print like we did for the overskirt, you cannot use the layout diagram as the skirt fronts need to face the same way.

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Usually we have to lengthen skirts we make for Annie, but this time we made a size 9/10 for her due to her tall height and gathered the elastic in the back tight enough to fit her waist.  This would be a difficult skirt to lengthen.

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We only made one change to the Vivienne Skirt pattern, we added a 4th ruffle to the underskirt front only because we wanted the added coverage since we used a different color fabric for the underskirt and didn’t want the contrast to show when Annie was walking.

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The red buttons were from the button jar, probably bought at JoAnn Fabrics years ago.  The Vivienne Skirt pattern also comes with a shirt pattern which is totally adorable and we plan to sew at a future date.

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of that amazing overskirt fabric, it’s from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s manufactured by Free Spirit, designed by Amy Butler and called Bright Heart.  And it’s pure loveliness to work with!  For the ruffles, we used coral rayon challis also from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Basically the perfect fabric for making drape-y ruffles.

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here’s a little story to illustrate the amazing customer service you will get from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  We wanted to use the coral rayon challis for the ruffles (Annie is such a fan of pink!) but couldn’t tell on the computer screen the best matching fabric for the overskirt.  So we emailed Raspberry Creek Fabrics and they did a color matching and sent us about 6 fabric listing options to choose from.  So sweet, and above and beyond friendly customer service, don’t you think?

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We’re nearing the end of this edition of All The Skirts, and we hope you’ve entered to win.  If you haven’t started sewing yet, you still have a few weeks left, so grab your fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and your Violette Field Threads patterns and get started!

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.  Two winners will each receive 5 PDF pattern from Violette Field Threads and $50 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Vivienne Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation
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