Sunday, April 6, 2014

Project Run and Play: Spring Break Challenge

My intention was to get all of these finished Thursday so I could post them to the link up over at Project Run and Play, but I didn't get buttons on until yesterday. Could I have posted anyway? Sure, I could have just sneakily not photographed the places needing buttons, but I sort of fell asleep super early because I spent too many nights working after midnight on this project this week. Oops. Wouldn't you know that little kids and school bus schedules have no respect for tired moms? Sleeping in: not an option. In fact, it's always those mornings that someone gets up early. Was it worth it?

Hell yeah. And then I found out I actually have until Sunday to link up. Score!

For anyone unfamiliar with Project Run and Play, it's based on a Project Runway, but it's kids clothes. Bloggers are chosen to compete, and each week we get to vote for our favorite. Because this is the internet, the general public gets to sew along, and there's a weekly linkup for a chance to also win a prize. This week's theme was Spring Break, and the chalked was to design an outfit for your child based upon your favorite or dream vacation spot. We don't really do spring break, and I couldn't decide on a dream location, so I cheated a little and skipped ahead to summer. We always go to Maine in the summer, to visit family and go on vacation at one of the gorgeous lakes in the Sebago area. These were inspired by summer at the lake and in coastal Portland.

I had a tough time deciding on fabric for this. I left it until the last minute, so I was stuck with what I could find locally, but wound up with this really pretty blue with sand dollars and starfish. It got made into Violette Field Threads' Fiona Top. She likes ruffles, but isn't as into bows, so I omitted the side ties. I thought about contrasting buttons for the back, but again was limited to local finds and my JoAnn's has been lacking in button stock recently. Instead it got these pretty, but nondescript, blue buttons. The pants are Greenstyle Creations Brassie Pants, in a white linen I found in my fabric stash. The waist and leg bands are upcycled from an old cami of mine.

For Cyrus I made the Blank Slate Patterns Blank Tank. Originally I wanted to stencil on a lobster in black fabric paint, and chose the red jersey so that it would show through  the outline and make the lobster red, but for a variety of reasons this didn't happen. He's happy with the plain tank though! On the bottom he's wearing Rabbit Rabbit Creations' Weekender Pants. His favorite color is orange, and the pattern on this fabric is vaguely reminiscent of waves, so orange waves it was. The waistband, pockets, and cuffs are the same fabric as Ellie's top, and there are orange decorative buttons on the cuff tabs.

We have a great park just down the street, and finally got a combination of a nice day, plus Ellie deciding she actually likes the clothes enough to wear them. Toddlers can be so fickle. Fortunately, Cyrus is generally pretty game to try on whatever I ask to at least take photos, but he also says he loves this outfit. I guess I'll be making a few more of these patterns for his summer wardrobe!


  1. I love how the outfits call back to each other! I'd love to see you join us this week at the Inspire Us Thursdays! link party.

    1. Thank you! I wanted them to go together, but not be overly matchy. I'll definitely check out Inspire Us Thursdays!

    2. Thanks for linking up at Inspire Us Thursdays!

  2. So glad you linked up...those outfits are adorable!