Christmas Sewing Review – Violette Field Threads Vivienne Skirt

by Connie on December 28, 2012 · 8 comments

I’m kind of a snob lately when it comes to patterns for kids.  Oliver + S, Ottobre, Jalie or the odd vintage pattern are my go to, never deviate from, can’t go wrong with brands.  I don’t care too much for a lot of the other stuff that is out there. Ill fitting, poorly designed- I’d rather stick to basics from companies that I know and trust.

That was until I had an idea for a skirt for Miss H that involved ruffles, suiting fabric and tulle- all in the same size 3T skirt.  I had thought that I would self draft, but nothing was looking right. Some were too ruffley, others too cute, or just the wrong proportion.  Scouring the interweb for ideas, I came across this website and was instantly smitten.  The Vivienne skirt pattern was in the shopping cart before I could say “Done”.  (The Chloe dress jumped right in alongside it, but that dress will be made in the summer for some flower girl dresses).

The Review – Violette Field Threads Vivienne Skirt


How would you describe this skirt? This is what the company says “The Vivienne is a classy, sophisticated skirt. Peeking from under the front folds are 3 ruffles. The back of the skirt is elastic, allowing for growing room. The flat front and arched row of buttons make for a very polished look. Whether you make this skirt dressy or for play, you’ll be as much in love as we are.” I’d describe it as a sassy little number, just right for impressing adults, with just enough ruffles for that necessary cuteness factor.

Who can I sew this for?  The sizes of this dress range from 2T to 10.  That makes it perfect for any toddler to child.  I cut a 3 for my little “I’m only two, but pretty soon I will be three” person. I wouldn’t sew this for a child in a diaper, as it is a pretty slim fit and the bulk of a diaper would cause it to ride up.

Can anyone sew this garment?  I would say yes.   It is pretty well all straight stitching, and the instructions are  clear and well written.  A beginner with ambition could tackle this, and an advanced sewer would find it a quick diversion from mundane sewing.

Are you pleased with the way it looks?  I am.  The fabric I used didn’t make my task easy, but that was my problem!  It is a cute looking skirt all sewn up.  It looks like the photo from the designer, and my finished product looks like the picture that was in my head. (and if you think THAT happens often, you have another think coming!)

What drew your eye to this pattern?  Oh come on now.  Who wouldn’t want to sew this skirt once you see it?!  It’s like a backwards mullet- business in the back, and a party in the front!  It’s not a twirly party number, but a skirt that is just as great for school as it is for dinner out with Oma!  Oh and this pattern is available as a PDF download as well as a printed pattern.  I used the PDF format for instant “it’s midnight but I need to start this skirt NOW” gratification.

What fabric did you use?  I used some bouncy black houndstooth-y boucle-ey with lurex fabric from Fabricland.  This stuff was expensive as heck.  If you know me and my sewing, you will understand my love of grown-up fabric for little girls!  I got a metre of it on sale, and made two dresses and one skirt from it.  It frayed like the dickens so I serged all cut edges.  I also used some very lurex -y knit from the stash (likely Gorgeous Fabrics, but my fabric organization is no where near the status of my obsessive pattern organization!), some black netting and a bit of silver mesh that was on deep clearance also from Fabricland. The pattern does not call for knit, but I run like that anyways!


Did you stick with the pattern or did you deviate?  The pattern calls for 3 rows of ruffles.  I cut the width of the ruffle down a bit and added a fourth row.  The width of the original is fine, but I thought that a narrower ruffle would be fine for the smaller size.  I changed the way the waistband went together as well.  The boucle I used was pretty thick, and folding over the waistband made for eight layers of fabric (nine?) to be sewn.  That looked bulky, so I added a separate waistband instead made from some black knit.  I think with a lighter fabric the way it tells you to do it is fine though. The elastic in the back is a great idea to allow for fitting.

Any concluding thoughts?  I really like this skirt.  I think in denim and white cotton it would make a sweet summertime casual skirt.  The tee that is pictured with the skirt is Ottobre.  Of course!




Miss H smiling for the camera

There is a bit of puffiness at the back waistband- due entirely to the fabric choice!

What is a party without some Christmas music- they were rocking Jingle Bells – toddler style!


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Reethi December 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Is it wrong that I want to make a version of that skirt for me? It’s a great look for Miss H too!

Kristine December 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Absolutely adorable! I’ve been so disappointed lately with the pattern options for DD. I never thought to chek out the independents! I love the piano pic with little sis, looks like a Xmas card!

BeccaA December 29, 2012 at 1:18 am

Absolutely adorable–skirt, dress and girls!

Irene December 29, 2012 at 1:19 am

Cute! Cute! Cute! Too bad that I don’t have anyone that size to sew for!

Kyle December 29, 2012 at 9:40 am

WoW! That is super cute!! Like Reethi I might want one for myself!

The Slapdash Sewist December 29, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I love this skirt! I would totally wear it, lol. Too bad it only goes up to a size 10.

Bonnie December 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

I would like one for me, too! Can you draft that for us, Connie? LOL

In all seriousness, the outfits for the girls are probably the cutest coordinated set I’ve ever seen. You rock!!

Elizabeth January 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

That skirt is amazing! All the layers and different fabrics. Super luxe and cute. Well done!

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