Wednesday, September 18, 2013


This week's project run and play challenge was to make an outfit inspired by candy.

When I heard the themes, I knew immediately I that I wanted to use a lollipop as my inspiration candy: colorful, bright, fun. I also wanted to keep this week's clothing pieces very wearable. Basic wardrobe staples that would be worn over and over again.
The jacket is my favorite of the whole look. I splurged and bought another Oliver + S pattern: the Sunday brunch jacket. It's a great light-weight, unlined jacket. Perfect for Texas where it never gets very cold.
The jacket is made from a pink corduroy from Hobby Lobby, and the facing is lined with a little Heather Ross strawberries bias tape.
I LOVE the adorable pop of color in the inside. Even though no one will see it.
Next up, the pants. These knit leggings were my first draft of the purple leggings from last week's challenge. I was testing out my drafted pattern on this knit I had leftover from making myself a maxi skirt, and I thought they would go great with the look so I ended up keeping them. My first draft was a little baggy, so I changed the pattern to be a little more slim on the thighs. (Anyone interested in a free legging pattern for skinny girls? I could digitize it if there was interest)
The top some of you may recognize, is the Hanami top by Straight Grain. I used a cute green and white floral print from Walmart (who knew Walmart actually carries some decent fabric?! I just bought some fabulous faux leather from Walmart for only $7 a yard. Um ya projects coming up next week. 5 words: free pattern baby boy shoes!)

This will probably be it from me for this season of Project Run and Play. I just haven't been feeling the plaid. I will just sit back and vote on my favorites.

Thanks for stopping by! and be sure to check out the other sew-along entries.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Project Run and Play is here!!!!! Let the fun begin!
This week's challenge was to remix the Oliver + S popover dress pattern.
This remix is a cap-sleeve tunic made from a (Liberty?) floral cotton and unbleached 100% linen. The bodice is lined with some white sheets from Ikea ($2 for a flat twin sheet, it's thin and not good for real clothing but perfect for linings and did I mention soooo cheap!)
I began by drafting a new bodice piece that included cap sleeves. I kept very close to the original yoke pattern piece to keep the skinny yoke and square neck line.
I added a little fullness to the dress piece so I could add a tiny bit of gather in the center for a little added interest.
I wanted to keep the "Oliver + S style" in my look so I did an Ice Cream Dress back closure, with a fabric covered button.
Next I added "Sally Dress" pockets (pockets sewn into the side seams and hem).
Christine loves pockets. They are perfect for hauling around all her treasures.
Lastly, I drafted a pair of leggings (I scrapped my last legging pattern attempt and started over with some REAL drafting not just tracing some store bought ones woohoo!) I made them capri length and added a little ruffle along the bottom.

Now for a little tangent...
I wanted to share my "muslin" too. I actually started by cutting out the bodice from some scraps of purple fabric, just so I could make sure that the bodice fit before I cut out the bodice from the floral print (I only had a fat quarter so I didn't want to mess up). I had loads of linen so I cut the skirt portion as well to make sure the length was good-- and I realized the front was a little flat so I added the fullness for the gather the second time around. As you can see, the first round I added the bias tape all the way around the sleeves. But I didn't love it, so in the final look I finished the sleeves with the lining and only used the bias finish on the underarms of the skirt.
At that point I was in love with it, so decided I wanted to finish it, so I added some cute fabric from my scrap pile for the pockets and bias trim. THIS is why I hang on to little bits and scraps of fabric!

Not bad for a practice version, right? I actually had a hard time deciding what one was my favorite/which one to link up.

Check out more sew along remixes at the linky party and the competitor's versions over at the Project Run and Play blog