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5 Skirts to Smooth your Waistline

5 skirts to smooth your waistline

5 skirts to smooth your waistline

Today we’re starting a new series (because we love skirt series!) called 5 Skirts.  5 Skirts is a series where we highlight five skirt patterns to help you feel confident about your body.  Today’s edition is: 5 Skirts to Smooth your Waistline!

All 3 versions of Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt: Hip sashes can be added to any of the three versions.  What’s so great about the hip sashes?  They minimize and cover the stomach.  An Axel skirt will have you looking as great in the evening as you did in the morning.

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

Violette Field Threads Quinn Skirt: The neat feature of this skirt is the huge elastic waistband which accentuates the waist.  Because it’s elastic, it’s like wearing stylish shape wear on the outside.  Go ahead and order the extra large burrito, Quinn’s got you covered!

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew knit fabric

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt: Choose the fold over waistband when sewing any version of this skirt.  Can you say double the tummy control?  Or open the waistband up for extra coverage and control.  Also, this skirt hugs your hips.  Which means all the heart eyes on something other than your stomach as you sashay across the room.

Jade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Paprika Patterns Jade Skirt: The lines in this skirt are incredible.  They have the effect of moving the eye across the skirt and drawing the eyes away from stomach with diagonal lines.  Wearing a Jade skirt will bring you compliments over and over and over again!

Ombre Syrah Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baste & Gather’s Syrah Skirt: This skirt has an option for a wide, ruched waistband.  This feature adds visual interest and also disguises tummy rolls.  Choosing the ruched waistband means choosing confidence!

There you have it; 5 Skirts to Smooth your Waistline!  Now you can go ahead and wear a skirt…with pride!

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Syrah VS A-line Yoga {Skirt VS Skirt}

The Syrah skirt and the Yoga A-line skirt face off in 5 rounds.

A fun comparison of two knit maxi skirts, the Syrah and Jocole's Yoga A-line

Now you may be saying; “Hold up, we ain’t in wit’ this.  In this here day and age, we know it be destructive to compare women’s bodies or skirts or whatev. We’s ALL beautiful.”  That’s definitely true.  However, just think of the Jocole’s Yoga A-line skirt and Baste + Gather’s Syrah skirt as friends who entered a Queen of the Beach contest purely for fun.  They’re competing against each other, but no matter who wins, they’re still going to get Starbucks together at 3:00 on Tuesdays and neither of them would even think of shopping for shoes without the other one.

 

Round 1: Pattern

Let’s talk about what these two patterns have in common first.  They both come only in PDF format.  They both love iced mocha lattes.  And both patterns use drawn illustrations rather than photographs for the instructions.

Now the differences.

Sizes: Yoga A-line skirt can be made in 7 different sizes from XS (0-2) to XXXL (24-26)

The Syrah can be made in 12 sizes from 00 – 20

Number of pattern pieces:  Yoga A-line Skirt has 2 pattern pieces and uses 11 pieces of paper.

Syrah skirt has 3 pattern pieces and uses 22 pieces of paper if you print all the sizes.  You can choose to print just your size and this may cut down on the amount of paper used.

Price: As of this date, the Syrah skirt costs $12.00 and the Yoga A-line skirt costs $10.

Also, Syrah loves sushi, and can’t understand why Yoga A-line doesn’t.

Round 2: Variations

The Syrah skirt has 8 style variations including the hemline, length and cut of the skirt.  Syrah wears flowers in her hair and loves the ocean.  The Yoga A-line skirt has 11 variations of length and cut.  Each skirt has 2 waistband options, but all 4 are different.  Yoga A-line likes small restaurants in big cities, and the smell of fresh ink.  The Syrah waistband can be ruched or flat, the Yoga A-line skirt waistband can be regular or foldover.  The Syrah skirt has a lining.  The Yoga A-line skirt has a matching girl pattern that can also be purchased.

Round 3: Sewing

This round is fairly short as each of these skirts only take about an hour to sew.  Each of these patterns uses a similar amount of fabric, and the same type of fabric, knit.  Both Syrah and Yoga A-line are into comfort; they argue over which of them is the most ‘chill’, but end up agreeing that they probably wouldn’t be ‘chill’ if they didn’t have each other as friends.

Round 4: Fit/Style

We’ve made each of these skirts several times (you can see them on our All The Skirts page) so we know about the fit.  The Syrah skirt has a lining, so can be made from lighter fabrics without needing to wear a slip underneath.  It fits loosely around the hips and flares nicely around the hem.  The Yoga A-line skirt hugs the hips and then tapers out to the hem.

And the winner is:

You!  If you choose to sew either one of these skirts, you are bound to be very happy, and most importantly, wearing a hand made skirt.  Now to Starbucks for drinks all around!

The Syrah skirt and the Yoga A-line skirt face off in 5 rounds.

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Handmade Gifts say I Love You!

handmade gift

As seamstresses, we have the ability to give some really awesome gifts!  Recently, we gave some handmade gifts for some dear friends, and made a little something for ourselves too!  There’s nothing quite like saying I love you with a handmade gift.

handmade giftA friend was having a birthday, and so we made her a bag.  We used the free Arabesque bag pattern from Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness.   It was really simple to sew with great directions.  The main fabric is a checked silk fabric from the stash.

handmade giftThe interior fabric we also pulled from the stash, a black floral fabric that reminded us of our friend.

handmade giftIn this photo, you can see a black pleather bottom of the bag.  I got the idea to add it after the bag was already made, but it sort of skewed the whole thing, so I took it off.  Next time I’ll add the pleather before sewing the bag!  Our friend loves it and felt very loved when we gave her this handmade birthday gift!

handmade giftWe also sewed up another Uptown Downtown dress by Sew Straight and Gather as a gift for a cousin.  (This is the second time we’ve gifted a dress from this pattern!)  This dress is the perfect gift because it has classy lines but is made from super comfortable knit fabric.  (This is our favorite knit fabric ever as evidenced by how many colors we’ve sewn up: purple, blue, orange, grayteal, and now pink!)

handmade giftWe made this one with elbow length sleeves and maxi length with the silver waistband and silver FOE.

handmade giftRecently, we made our favorite Jocole skirt and gave it as a gift.  When Grandma flew in for a visit, her luggage was lost for a day, and so of course we whipped up a Jocole Yoga A-line Maxi skirt for her to wear!  We got this fabric in a Girl Charlee Bargain lot, and used it on Annie’s Asymmetrical Jacket.  I’m not sure who was more thrilled with the matching clothing, Annie or her Grandma!!  This is the 7th time we’ve sewn this skirt pattern, and we’re not planning on stopping anytime soon…

Thread SpoolsFor ourselves, we made the DIY Mix ‘Em Up Animal Spools.  Now we do a lot of sewing, and go through a lot of thread!  As soon as I saw this DIY project over on Handmade Charlotte, I started saving my empty thread spools.  Pretty soon I had enough to make a whole family of thread animals!

handmade giftIf you don’t sew, or don’t want to wait that long, you can purchase these similar wooden spools on Amazon: Darice 9146-58 Big Value Unfinished Wood Natural Cutout, Spool

handmade giftWe shrunk the free animal templates down to fit the smallest spools, and only used one on the really skinny spools.

handmade giftIt gives the whole crowd individual character, don’t you think?

handmade giftWe all played with these little cuties for quite a while!  And we are sure to pull them out for the youngest to play with when we have some sewing we want to get done!  What do you like to give for handmade gifts?  What handmade gifts have you received recently?

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Selfish Sewing Week: Allegra

Jocole A-line Yoga Skirt sewn by Allegra at Skirt Fixaiton

This week all of the adult sized people at Skirt Fixation are participating in Selfish Sewing Week!  You will see lots of sewing, skirts, and adult sized creations!  First up is Allegra; take it away Allegra!

Jocole A-line Yoga Skirt sewn by Allegra at Skirt FixaitonSo I sewed up another (another) Jocole yoga a-line skirt. This is the first one that I have made, and also the first time that I’ve sewed with knits. It was surprisingly easy, I guess I didn’t believe mom when she said that it was really really easy. I needed a black skirt for an orchestra event, and since I had already wanted another yoga skirt, I decided to make the yoga skirt in black. That is, mom decided that I would make it. I wasn’t too sure about doing it, but Mom told me each step, and I just followed her instructions.

Jocole A-line Yoga Skirt sewn by Allegra at Skirt FixaitonSewing on knit is definitely different. I’m used to pulling on the fabric to keep it tight and smooth, so it was unusual for me to not be pulling on it. Sewing with a double needle was also a little weird. The double needle seam, especially around the waistband, was wavy when I had finished, which made me discouraged until Mom suggested ironing it with lots of steam. That worked great, and now it looks fabulous- great for my first time sewing with knits!

For the orchestra event, I am required to wear a white polo shirt, but I will probably be doing a ‘5 Ways’ post on this skirt soon because I am going to wear it so much! The Jocole yoga skirt is so nice because I don’t have to worry a lot about what I’m wearing. It’s easy to wear, comfortable, light and elegant. Another plus is how easy it is to dress up or down. You can also do yoga in it. That… may be why it’s named the Yoga skirt. Just sayin’.

Jocole A-line Yoga Skirt sewn by Allegra at Skirt FixaitonNow all of us girls have a Jocole Yoga A-line skirt! It’s like a very elite skirt club! We’ve even made one for one of our grandmas, and the other grandma asked for the pattern! If you are looking for an easy skirt pattern to use while exploring knits, the Jocole Yoga A-line skirt is absolutely the one!

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Girl’s Jocole Yoga A-Line Skirt {All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew}

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt sewn with Urban Sew fabric by Skirt Fixation

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt sewn with Urban Sew fabric by Skirt Fixation

Maxi skirts on little girls are about as cute as it gets!  It’s sort of like mini me.  Cuteness from head to toe!  This is the Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt in the maxi length for girls.  And the girl’s Yoga A-line Skirt has so many options…true to form for a Jocole pattern.  There are 12 different sizes from 18m to 14 and doll sizes.  There are 3 waistband options.  There are 2 length options and 2 design options (chevron or plain) and there is a slimmer silhouette option. Then there is a free tutorial for a hi-lo hem modification.  And the additional instructions for adding elastic to the waist if desired.  Or shorts underneath.  Basically, if you have this pattern, you’re set!

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt sewn with Urban Sew fabric by Skirt Fixation

And because this is the 6th Jocole Yoga A-line skirt I’ve sewn, and the assembly is exactly like the women’s, I was able to make it in less than an hour, from printing out the pattern to hanging the finished skirt on a hanger for Annie to see when she woke up in the morning!  Seriously.

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt sewn with Urban Sew fabric by Skirt Fixation

The fabric we made it from came from Urban Sew, of course.  It is an interlock knit with great recovery and a fun print.  In fact, this fabric was designed by Liesl Gibson, one of our sewing idols.  And we haven’t seen this fabric anywhere else. But we love Urban Sew’s dedication to foster care children through their donation of $1 from every yard of fabric sold.

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt sewn with Urban Sew fabric by Skirt Fixation

This skirt marks the halfway point through All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew.  We are having so much fun, and we want you to join it too for the chance to win Jocole patterns and Urban Sew fabric.  Here’s what you can do:

You can enter our giveaway to win 3 patterns of your choice from Jocole and a $40 gift certificate to Urban Sew.  Also, these two amazing, generous sponsors are offering discount codes just for Skirt Fixation readers during All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew.

Over at Urban Sew, use the code “urbansew15” for 15% off your order.

Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt sewn with Urban Sew fabric by Skirt Fixation

Here are the two ways you can play along.

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

2.  InLinkz Link-Up: Link up your Jocole creations and Urban Sew fabric projects, each one earns you 5 entries! Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.

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Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt sewn with Urban Sew fabric by Skirt Fixation

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Yoga Skirt ~ 5 Ways to Style It

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We promised you information about how to style the Jocole Yoga A-line skirt five completely different ways.  And we thought it’d be fun to take the skirt through a whole week of (made up!) events.  So here goes:

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Monday:  Wake up, brush teeth, throw on the Jocole Yoga A-line skirt, a cabled turtleneck and a fleece vest over the top for a day on campus.  The bold colors will help liven up that early morning class, and take her all the way through orchestra practice in the evening.

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tuesday:  She really made a great impression with the whole staff at that job interview.  The clean cut lines of the jacket spoke of her hardworking and dedicated attitude while the soft lines of the Jocole Yoga A-line skirt showed her soft and sensible side.

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Wednesday:  First day on the new job at the library!  Since every librarian needs a cardigan, she paired this vintage-y one with the Jocole Yoga A-line skirt.

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Thursday:  Met friends for a chemistry cram session at a coffee shop, and didn’t even need to change her clothes first because she was curled up with a good book wearing the Jocole Yoga A-line skirt and a Julia Sweater.

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Friday:  For the evening ballet performance, she stepped out in style in the Jocole Yoga A-line skirt and plain white button up and a beaded peplum top borrowed from Mom’s closet.  Was the envy of the ballerinas!

Guess what she’ll be wearing all weekend?

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This just goes to show how very versatile the Jocole Yoga A-line skirt can be.  Definitely a wardrobe staple!  Now we know we’ve asked before, but have you entered the drawing for 3 PDF Jocole patterns and a $35 gift certificate to Urban Sew?  We know you haven’t linked up your Jocole or Urban Sew creations yet…who wants to be the first?

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Tween Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt

Tween Jocole A-line Yoga skirt

I almost feel like this post should be titled, “Help I’m making Jocole Yoga A-line Skirts and I can’t stop!”

Tween Jocole A-line Yoga skirt

But seriously, once you’ve made one Jocole Yoga A-line skirt and the pattern is all ready to go, it only takes an hour or so to put another one together. This time I whipped one up for my tween. I made her one this summer, but she wanted another one as she’s already taller. This skirt is so easy to make, it would be a perfect pattern to use for someone who has never sewn with knit fabrics before.  We used the ladies pattern and made her an XS size.  It was perfect.

Tween Jocole A-line Yoga skirt
We found this fabric at JoAnns. It’s the same thick knit as we used for my Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt, for Annie’s Uptown/Downtown maxi dress, for Allegra’s Lane Raglan sleeves! Can you tell how much we like this sparkly knit? Oh, and the other day we found it in bright pink, which Annie, who was shopping with me, convinced me to buy!

Tween Jocole A-line Yoga skirt

But anyway, when I originally purchased this purple knit, I was planning to make another Bimaa Sweater for Aria like the brown one I made her for her birthday, the one you see her wearing in these photos.  But when she saw the fabric, she wrapped it around her and said, “But Mom, look what a great Jocole Yoga A-line maxi skirt it would make!” And you know what? She was right!

Tween Jocole A-line Yoga skirt

I actually made this for her when I made Allegra’s for All The Skirts: Jocole and Urban Sew, and Aria has worn it three times since then. Needless to say she’s in love!

Tween Jocole A-line Yoga skirtOh, and speaking of All The Skirts, we hope you were able to take advantage of the terrific Jocole sale over the weekend. Be sure to link up your creations of any Jocole patterns you’ve sewn.  And also, anything you’ve made with fabric from Urban Sew, formerly know as The Fabric Stash. We are excited to see what you’ve been making!

Tween Jocole A-line Yoga skirt

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Yoga A-line Skirt {All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew}

Jocole Yoga A-Line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew knit fabric

Jocole Yoga A-Line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew knit fabric

To kick off All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew, we started in a very, very comfortable place; the Yoga A-line Skirt.  We’ve already sewn this skirt three times, so we knew it would be a great skirt to get this edition of All The Skirts started off right!  Allegra insisted she needed a maxi version of this skirt, (her other version is knee length) and it looks like she was right!

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew knit fabric

Let us tell you a little more about the Jocole A-Line yoga skirt.  There a quite a few different options for sewing up this skirt.  So you can sew up the same pattern several times and get a different look every time, with the same awesome comfort.  You can change the length to 9 different variations.

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew knit fabric

There are 2 different waistband options too, a tall, fold over yoga waistband, or the shorter waistband you see here.  Equally comfortable (we know, we’ve made the fold over one for Aria and Audrey’s skirts!)  Or you could use patterned fabric, like we did on Allegra’s first A-line Yoga skirt, for a completely different look.

Jocole A-Line Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using knit fabric from Urban Sew

The thing that makes all the difference with this version is the knit fabric from Urban Sew.  We used the Westminster/Free Spirit knit 100% cotton fabric in coco, and it is very comfortable.  Feeling like you’re wearing a t-shirt, but looking like you’re about step onto a red carpet!  Seriously delicious fabric.

Jocole A-Line Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using knit fabric from Urban Sew

As you can see, the Yoga A-line skirt, made with this fabric from Urban Sew, holds it own without any styling at all.  But be sure to come back next week, and we’ll show you five other ways to style a Yoga A-Line skirt.  If you want a skirt to flatter your figure, we’ve found it; the Jocole Yoga A-line skirt.  Each of us have different figures, and we all l.o.v.e. our Yoga A-line skirts!

Jocole Yoga A-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Urban Sew knit fabric

You can enter our giveaway to win 3 patterns of your choice from Jocole and a $40 gift certificate to Urban Sew.  Also, these two amazing, generous sponsors are offering discount codes just for Skirt Fixation readers during All The Skirts: Jocole & Urban Sew.

Over at Urban Sew, use the code “urbansew15” for 15% off your order.

And over at the Jocole Etsy shop, for three days only, from right now until Sunday the 18th at 11:59 PST, use the code “skirtfixation2015” for 25% off your entire shopping cart!  You don’t want to miss this rare sale!

Here are the two ways you can play along.

1. Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Choose how many entries you earn by supporting these generous sponsors in as many ways as you can!

2.  InLinkz Link-Up: Link up your Jocole creations and Urban Sew fabric projects, each one earns you an entry! Grab your discount codes and get sewing and linking.

 

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