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It’s here. Project Run and Play Season 11 starts today. I can’t even tell you how excited I am! I sent my contribution in on sunday and since then I’ve had that weird feeling in my stomach. It’s always very exciting to put yourself out there and when a voting is connected to this, it’s even more exciting. I just really hope that you all will like what I’ve sewn for my kids and that I’ll get to the next round for which I have sewn and photographed everything – would be a bummer if I couldn’t show it!
Anyways. For now let me tell you a little bit about my week 1 project. As you might remember the theme for week 1 was “Nothing but knit” although the more detailed explanation said that other fabric might be used as long as the majority is knit. I was so happy when I read that this is the theme for week 1. I LOVE KNIT. At least 90% of my sewing is with knit as both my kids and I enjoy the comfort and ease that is connected to it. The hardest part was to narrow my ideas down and to decide what I want to do. In the end I chose to go for a nautical inspired look, but with some pink and mint added to the classic blue/white color range. I knew right away that I wanted to sew for both of my kids.
Let’s have a look at my daughter’s outfit first, shall we. I first sewed her dress. I wanted to make something easy to wear, but a little bit more polished than the normal tee with gathered skirt – dress. I started with the Beachy Boatneck by Blank Slate Patterns, cut the length at my daughter’s waist and added a skirt with nice big pockets. The stripes inside the pockets run vertical to add a little bit of interest. The skirt has four pleats each in the front and back giving it a cleaner look than if it had been gathered. While sewing the dress, I took my time to match the stripes on the side and underarm seams as well as at the pleats. Last, but not least I topstitched around the neckline, pockets, sleeve and skirt hems with nice pink thread using my favorite stretchy stitch. It looks like a honeycomb, stretches nicely and gives a beautiful finish.
The second piece of my daughter’s outfit is a color blocked cardigan. It’s based on the New York Sweater by Rapantinchen. I like the drop down shoulders of this pattern. I adjusted the pattern by shortening it to cropped length, split the front and cut it in the way that I wanted it, making sure that the fronts will overlap. The whole cardigan (hem, front, neckline) is finished of with a facing that I topstiched in place. To give the cardigan a clean finish, I topstitched with pink thread on the pink front and with blue one in the back. As the cardigan is sweater knit and fits loose due to the open front, I used just a normal straight stitch which worked perfectly. I was going to add a blue button and buttonhole to it, but my daughter made it very clear that she’d never wear it if I added that button, so I obviously didn’t sew it on.
My son’s sweat pants are based on the Ottobre Three Pieces pattern (4/2015). I separated the top of the pants from the button and also split the top part in two pieces. Here I used some blue/white interlock to create a fun chevron effect making again sure that the stripes match perfectly. I also added two front pockets. The pants have an elastic waist, but also a mainly decorative drawstring, which I made by cutting a long band of jersey that I curled in the washing machine and dryer. I added some SnapPap under the grommets to make sure that the holes are secure and also because it looks damn good. I used the same white SnapPap for some knee patches that I (purposefully) sewed on free-hand for an additionally fun detail.
Button Up Shirt
With my son’s look I totally wanted to achieve that cool layered look that I’ve seen in many fashion magazines etc. To do so I sewed both a button up and a polo shirt for him. For the button up I made use of the fact that only most of the outfit had to be sewn from knit. Instead I used a nice pink gingham popeline. Button ups are some of my favorite things to sew. I love how much detail goes into them and how easy it is to vary the final look if you add a contrast color, cut some parts on the bias etc. For a long time I was afraid of button ups, but now I have found that not only are they faster than you think (2 evenings), but that it’s very satisfying to see something a bit more elaborate than a tee on your kid. For this shirt I started with the Prepster Pullover by Blank Slate Patterns and changed it like crazy. Obviously I split the front and added button bands. I also added a collar and changed the sleeve plackets to real ones instead of those that are made like bias tape. I made use of the gingham pattern by cutting the button placket and back yoke on the bias and added interest with some contrast blue fabric at the underlying button placket, inside collar, inside yoke and sleeve placket.
The last piece is a polo shirt. I chose the Hemlock Top pattern by Elegance and Elephants as my starting point as I like how it shows of my son’s toddler belly :) I added the placket and collar and split the front and back into four pieces (white, blue, mint, blue) each. These pieces are cut in various angles and I made sure to piece them together perfectly so that they matched at the side seams. Sewing the button holes was a real pain. My sewing machine isn’t too fond of buttonholes anyways. By now I’m mostly fine when sewing them in woven materials like the popeline of the button up shirt. However, many layers of knit are a totally different thing. I had to re-do each and every button hole several times and was already afraid that the fabric won’t hold up against any more seam ripping when I finally managed to get them perfect. Was totally worth it though as real buttons – especially with anchors – are just nicer than snaps. The last and maybe my favorite detail not only of the polo shirt, but of all the garments, is the pink octopus that holds a 3 in his tentacles. My son just turned three, so this also was his birthday shirt. I love that it’s not too obviously connected to him turning three, but that at the same time the octopus adds that fun to the look that a little boy needs. Topstitching the applique took quite some time as the length of the tentacles really adds up, but the final result outweighted the work.
Well, I hope that the both outfits together with the little (indoor) fishing photoshoot that we had, resonated with you. Please hop over to the Project Run and Play blog, check out all the entries and leave your vote for your favorite – if it’s me even better ;)