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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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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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