Friday, February 12, 2016

Giveaway----Ananemone Labels


Our giveaway today comes from Ananemone Labels!  Sara has been a sponsor of PR&P for awhile and we LOVE her labels!!!


Today one lucky winner will be receiving a $50 gift certificate to HER SHOP to add some labels to all of your handmade clothing!


Look at how darling these are....





Here is Sara telling us about her shop....

I like to sew.  I picked it up several years ago and, inspired by the amazing seamstresses I followed on blogs like this one, started selling my handmade clothing on Etsy.  After some basic research, I discovered that to sell textiles legally in the United States I'd need specific information printed on fabric labels for my garments, and that for kid's clothing the rules are even more complicated!

I looked around online but couldn't find any labels that suited my needs - soft, very low minimums, and ecologically friendly.  Thus, I taught myself how to make the labels I was looking for.  They're like nothing else on the internet; super soft, printed on organic cotton, and easily customizable.

Around the same time, I discovered the wealth of professional graphic designers and artists on Etsy; I've partnered with many of them to create beautiful, modern personalized labels for seamstresses, knitters, and crocheters.

I love developing new techniques and designs as well as the physical process of hand-making each sheet of labels; what I love more, though, is being a (very) small part of so many clothing lines and businesses, as well as adding the finishing touch to well-loved handcrafted items.

To enter the GIVEAWAY....visit Ananemone Labels and tell us what you would pick if you win, then come back and leave it in the comments below.

Good luck!  We will pick a winner on Sunday night!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Voting on the Designs: The Cos-Play Challenge

This week we are all about "inspired by Cos-Play" and we are so excited!  Remember to scroll down and look through all the contestants looks and then vote for your favorite....the details in each outfit are worth looking at....they are so well done.

Voting will begin at 6 am and end at 8 pm on Thursday evening just as we did last week.  The voting is one vote per computer/IP address.  Good luck designers!!!


Glitter + Wit: Marvin the Martian
marvin the martian by glitter+wit
The Story: For my Cosplay Craze outfit, I wanted to work off of a well-known character that had a lot of opportunity for creative interpretation. I ended up choosing good old Marvin the Martian. I love his pleated skirt. I was not so crazy about the Christmas red and green, so I decided to go with a slightly de-saturated color scheme. Of course, I couldn't keep it to just solids--I inserted a fun pink cloud print fabric to make things a little more interesting. marvin the martian outfit
The Sewing: I'll be honest--I don't actually remember much about this week's actual sewing. I got sick (still am sick) about 10% into the project and the rest is just a blur. I do know that those multiple black stitch lines were intentional--I thought they would lend to the cartoon-y look. Ha! I adapted the Tinny Dress pattern by StraightGrain to create a color-blocked crop top, finishing the edges with yellow-gold t-shirt yarn. I also used the yarn as a piping between the front bodice pieces. The skirt is a variation of the Blake Dress by Mingo & Grace. I used a darker shade of green to create a faux shadow to the pleats, and then stitched everything down (created an a-line skirt rather than a true pleated skirt). I used elastic in the waistband, but also added a drawstring, using eyelets instead of buttonholes. The socks are Abby's Trailblazing Socks by The Wolf and the Tree. The hat is my own pattern--the same pattern I used last week, in fact! I removed the ears, added a brim, and topped it off with a t-shirt yarn pompom. Done and done. Get all the pattern links and see more photos on my blog, here.
  marvin the martian cosplay

Sewing Mama RaeAnna: Tale as Old As Time
Project Run and Play Belle
 When I read what this week's theme would be I just about jumped out of my seat! My plan to sew outfits for Eva Mae during this competition to wear to Disney later this month fits in perfectly with the theme of Cosplay! I am all about creating inspired looks - but instead of costumes like traditional cosplay, these looks will be inspired and wearable to other events! As I envisioned which Princess to create for, I knew the answer would be Belle. She is my personal favorite Princess and I have so many memories connected with my childhood and her story. I'll blog more about it on my page, but today I want to show you how Belle would dress on a day out as a French Princess..... because there must be more than this provincial life - she must have adventure in the great wide somewhere! First, she would dress up in her flattering peplum top. (A favorite among many book loving women.) And of course, she is a princess so her trousers must be made of gold! To create this look, I modified the Violette Fields Thread pattern Violette to be a stand alone peplum top instead of a dress. The fabric is a beautiful textured specialty fabric from JoAnns. For the pants, I started with the Peek-a-Boo Skinny Jeans pattern but my fabric didn't have any stretch (I used gold lame fabric that was given to me by my great Aunt.) So, I cut the pieces a bit wider and on a bias grain to allow some stretch while wearing! I also gave it a faux fly and used the fabric from the top to create the waistband. I had the perfect button in my vintage stash for the closure to complete the look. I seriously want a pair of these pants for myself!

  Project Run and Play Belle
 And since Belle loves the ballet, in the evening, she swaps out her golden slacks for a full tutu! This was also modified from the Violette pattern. Instead of gathering the tulle and lining to the dress bodice, I created an elastic casing waistband for the top of the tutu so that she can wear these pieces as separates! Sewing the yards and yards of tulle was a definite labor of love! I didn't know you could run out of bobbin thread that fast! LOL! We had the best time on our photoshoot and I hope you'll head over to my blog to see the rest of the pictures! She also wore this outfit for the Daddy/Daughter dance and had her picture taken with Belle! Click here to see the rest of my French Princess and the sweet photo of her dancing with Belle!   Project Run and Play Belle


Sweeter Than Cupcakes: Rey in the Springtime
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..... Ok, not so long ago, and not so far away, we started on this cosplay adventure. My daughters have been indoctrinated into the Star Wars loving culture to the point where they cry out, "Star Wars" at each and every product sighting. Outfits based on their current craze were the natural path for our cosplay look. Transforming the drab, oatmeal colored attire of Rey from The Force Awakens to vibrant springtime colors was my primary intention. The pieces, combined with the accessories, provide a fun costume. With the goal of "cosplay inspired" in mind, I wanted the garments to stand alone as everyday clothing. The long scarves will be stylish additions to a tank top in springtime for both mommy and daughter. The top and pants can be worn together or separately. As far as the sewing details go, the top started as the Modkid Dakota pattern. I redrafted the bodice to have a dropped shoulder and cap sleeve to mimic Rey's top. The pants are heavily modified from a knickers pattern in a Japanese sewing book by slimming, swapping cuffs for elastic casings, and modifying the waistband and pockets. The extra-long gloves originated by tracing my daughter's arms.
Since little sister was clamoring for a Star Wars creation of her own, BB-8 was the obvious choice. For the fully reversible skirt, I used the Oliver + S Swingset Skirt pattern with dual drawstrings and bias binding. The applique side displays the BB-8 details while the reverse side downplays the costume. The raglan top is a very graded down version of the Hey June juniors raglan that is wrapping up in the testing process. For an extra feminine detail, I added sleeve gathers at the shoulders. This was certainly one of our more fun photo shoots, so be sure to come over to Sweeter Than Cupcakes for more photos and details. May the Force be with you!



Naeh--Connection:Ronia, The Robber's Daughter
Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter inspired outfit sewn by Näh-Connection
 "Cosplay inspired"- when I read this, the first thing that I did was to google cosplay. There are cosplayers in Germany, too, but it's not a mass movement and I had to make sure that I was thinking in the right direction. It took me two weeks to decide which fictional character to choose as I wanted it to be kid-appropriate. I wonder why it took me so long, when the answer was right in front of me: My daughter is indeed named after a character from one of my favorite books and movies: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren (although in the german version it's Ronja). I know that Astrid Lindgren isn't as popular in the US as here in Europe, but I'm sure you know one of her characters: Pippi Longstocking. She has, however, written many other amazing books, most of which have been turned into movies, too. Ronia, the Robber's Daughter plays in a medival world with some fantasy-like creatures in it, too. Ronja and her parents live together with their band of robbers in a castle on a hill that is surrounded by a forest through which a beautiful and wild river runs. Ronja loves to explore the forest and the animals that live in it, she has a big heart and sometimes is so full of joy that she has to shout out loud. However, she also is very strong minded and stands up for those that she loves (seriously, she is the best character to name your daughter after). In preparation for this look, we have watched the movie with our daughter for the first time (we fast forwarded the parts that would still be too intense for her). She totally fell in love with it, is now super proud to be called Ronja, too, and was so happy to get an outfit that is inspired by "her" character. Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter inspired outfit sewn by Näh-Connection
I went with a look that consists of many different pieces that together give the „Ronja Räubertochter“ feeling (please check out my Ronia, the robber's daughter pinterest board to see some photographs of the Ronia from the movie). I deviated a bit from the brown color scheme to make it more appropriate for my daughter. Also, once you leave off some of the accessoires and maybe wear some jeans instead of the leggings, the whole look isn't medieval anymore. The leggings for which I used some brown jersey from my stash are drafted from some other leggings and adjusted to fit my daughter well and to allow for the growth spurt that is about to happen soon. The beige tunic length sweater with cap sleeves is self-drafted and upcycled from an old sweater of mine. The cape is made from a gorgeous purple wool. It has a high-low hem and a big lined hood with a high front that works also as a shawl. The cape is self-drafted, too. I just cut a circle out of the wool and cut the neckline 15cm from the middle (to get the high low hem).  To make the look fully winter appropriate I decided to cut into an old coat (faux leather and shearling) of mine: The old hood was cut in more straight angles and sewed to become a pixie hat (self drafted). The hem of the coat turned into gloves and the sleeves were used to hide my daughter's very inappropriate winter boots. Last, but not least I cut a circle piece of leater, punched holes around the circumference and threaded a leather band through it. This became the perfect little leather bag for little treasure finds in the forest. The tunic is based on the Mara blouse by Compagnie M. Please head over to my blog for many, many more pictures - especially also of the beautiful surrounding and tower as well as more detail shots. (And once you have voted, make also sure to google "Ronia, the robber's daughter" to order a copy of the book for your kids. You and they will love it!)
Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter inspired outfit sewn by Näh-Connection


Sew Like My Mom: Game of Thrones

Sew Like My Mom | Game of Thrones
Winter is coming. Well, really, Spring is coming, but the new season of Game of Thrones is coming and I CAN.NOT.WAIT. While I'm a true Jon Snow fangirl, I can't help but also totally love Daenerys. She's such an awesome character! In a show like this where men are definitely dominant, it's great to have a strong lead character that's not afraid of being a total badass. And Missandei has proved herself to be such an amazing friend to have at your side. I'd made a totally different Daenerys outfit 2 weeks ago, but after seeing the looks last week, I knew it wouldn't be enough. Sofia wasn't thrilled about having to take pictures again and asked for one of her siblings to join her. Need a sidekick? With dark, curly hair? No problem! Sofia is also completely dragon obsessed, falling deeply in love with Toothless several years ago, so she's the perfect kid to play the Mother of Dragons.
  Sew Like My Mom | Game of Thrones
 Their outfits are loosely based on the white and blue dresses Daenerys and Missandei wear in the Season 5 finale. I used this photo for inspiration. I didn't want to copy them exactly, but more honor them in lines and style. I kept the neckline from both looks, then took some creative license. I drafted the patterns for the dress and the romper myself, and I couldn't be happier! Chloe's Missandei dress is a stretch knit with a stretch lace overlay. I dyed the lace royal blue to compliment the darker blue found underneath. The straps cross over each other in the front and back and keep the general look of the original. I added a circle skirt to give her the same fullness on the bottom. For Sofia's Daenerys romper, I used a thick ponte knit with lace details for the sleeves. I again kept the neckline from the original design, but gave her a drop waist with pleats for volume. You can see more of both of their outfits in my blog post found HERE. Sew Like My Mom | Game of Thrones
Monday, February 8, 2016

Results, Announcements, and The Sew Along Linky Party is OPEN

During competition time here at Project Run and Play Mondays are always busy days...with so much to cover!!!

So let's get to it!

First of all the results....you may have noticed that there are NO JUDGES this season here at Project Run and Play...that is because this season the contestants themselves are the judges!

What does that mean?  Well, we'll tell you.  It still means that 50% of the contestants score comes from the popular voting (all of you) and the other 50% is made up of the way that the contestants score each other.

After competing ourselves in Season 2 we know that no one else know the difficulties of each challenge better than your fellow contestants and with that in mind we decided that it would be awesome to let the contestants who knew what work was going into the designs week in and week out be their own judges.

Sooooo...knowing that the winner of Project Run and Play Season 11 is:



Courtney from Sweeter than Cupcakes!
Congratulations Courtney!!!

And sadly we have to say goodbye to our first contestant of the season...



Ren from The Inspired Wren.

Ren you will be missed.  Your work (and your photos) are darling!  This week we will get your parting gift sent to you in the mail.

Now...on to our sew along group.

Again, you may have noticed...no judges choices...and no voting....

We started the sew along group for two reasons.  The first reason was purely selfish...we really do love seeing what all of you create.  And the second reason was for fun.  Just for the absolute enjoyment of sewing items for your little ones.

And so this season the sew along is for fun.  YES!  There will be prizes but there will be no choosing favorites or voting or stress with the sew along this season.

So how will we choose who wins the weekly sew along prize?
For this season it will be done by a random number generator.  That way everyone who links up will have an equal chance at winning.

That said....who is the winner of this weeks prize?



Why it's none other than Karly from Paisley Roots with her Blaverry Finn Top Dress.
Congratulations Karly!!

With all that business taken care of it's time to get down to what we have going on here this week.

This is Week 2 and Week 2 is our Cosplay Challenge:

Cos Play Challenge:  Since Cos Play is all the rage we thought it would be fun to have an entire challenge devoted to it!  So for this challenge create and outfit INSPIRED by by the cos play craze. (But not a costume!)

This may just be the week I am most excited about for the entire season...so many options..so many directions you are all going to go...I CAN NOT wait to see what everyone creates. So I'm going to quit writing and get this linky party open!

(And we will see you back here tomorrow when the contestants looks are revealed!)



Friday, February 5, 2016

Season 11 Prize Package

Wasn't it a great week?  I am so inspired to sew up some cute knits for spring now and I LOVE how you could see everyone's personalities and design styles in each of their outfits!  We are going to make you wait a few days longer for the results but in the meantime let's talk about prizes! (And we do have a new one to talk about....)

The prizes for Season 11 are amazing, as usual, thanks to our sponsors---and we are so grateful for them!  We actually do have some giveaways for you along the way too.

The NEW prize this season comes to us from Up Craft Club----and the winner of Season 11 will have the opportunity to have one of their designs made into a REAL LIVE GRADED PDF PATTERN that will be for sale at Up Craft Club under the Project Run and Play Design as well as in some retail stores across the country.  We are so excited to work with Up Craft Club on this new adventure for PR&P and hope that there will be many designs made for all of us at home to re-create some of our favorite looks from this and future seasons!
Season 11 Prizes

First Place Winner
Up Craft Club's PATTERN made from one of the winning designer's look!!! (Upwards of $500!)
$100 Gift Card to Fabric Mart
$100 Gift Card to Fat Quarter Shop
$100 Fabric Bundle from Riley Blake Designs
$50 Gift Card to Ananemone Clothing Labels 


Second Place Winner
$75 Fabric Bundle from Riley Blake Designs
$50 Gift Card to Fat Quarter Shop
$50 Gift Card to Fabric Mart
$35 Gift Card to Ananemone Clothing Labels 
$25 Gift Card to Blank Slate Patterns
$20 Gift Card to Peek-A-Book Pattern Shop
Pattern of Choice from Hey June Handmade


Third Place Winner
$75 Fabric Bundle from Riley Blake Designs
$50 Gift Card to Fat Quarter Shop
$50 Gift Card to Fabric Mart
$35 Gift Card to Ananemone Clothing Labels
$25 Gift Card to Sew Much Ado
$20 Gift Card to Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop
Pattern of Choice from Hey June Handmade

And not to leave out our other contestants who have worked so long and hard....they will be getting a sewing bundle filled with fabrics and supplies from a variety of sponsors that we will show you on Monday!





Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Time to Vote--Nothing But Knit Challenge!

Today is voting day and we are so excited for this new season of Project Run and Play! Please be sure to share with all your friends that we are back and this is going to be a great year!

Remember to scroll through to see and read about all six contestants' looks and then vote for your favorite at the bottom of the post.  The voting is a little different this season---50% comes from your votes and 50% of their total scores come from how they rank each other (not including their own look) so make sure you vote.....they need you!  It is one vote per computer/IP address....and good luck to all of our designers...we love them so!!!!

Sewing Mama RaeAnna--Once Upon a Dream

PRP week 1 Aurora
Working with knit is one of my guilty pleasures. No fraying, comfortable weight, and forgiving in sizing! There's always the occasional annoying raw edge that likes to curl too much, but I do prefer to work with knit over wovens for our wardrobe! I loved seeing the challenge prompt and quickly got to work in my sketchbook to create some ideas of the outfit for week 1! My inspiration for what I came up with is Disney and Princess Aurora! 4 years ago when I started my blog I could have only DREAMED that I would be selected to participate in a Project Run & Play season! I'm so excited to be here and share my Disney inspired looks! PRP week 1 Aurora
 PRP week 1 Aurora
The patterns I modified were:
  1. Go-To Leggings
  2. Sew Like My Mom Snapdragon Dress
  3. See Kate Sew Explorer Hoodiez
I did a little modification on all the patterns, but the biggest change I made was to the Explorer Hoodie. I omitted the front zipper and instead of a kangaroo pocket on the front, I created side seam pockets! I needed to have room on the hoodie for my applique and embroidery obsession. (I live in the south. We go by the motto of "must.monogram.all.the.things.") If you'd like the cut files for free, or see an easy tutorial on how to add seam pockets, come check out my blog post for details and more pictures! (Oh, and as an added bonus, I also included a picture of my mishap - I actually pricked my finger while sewing the leggings! If that doesn't make for a good story of an inspired Sleeping Beauty outfit, I don't know what does!? LOL!)



Sweeter Than Cupcakes - Athleisure: Blurring the Lines
Athleisure apparel is the new business casual of 2016. The trend blurs the lines between athletic wear and your daily wardrobe. For a sewing challenge that is all about knits, applying this style to kids seemed to be the perfect fit. I created a look that could easily transition from soccer practice to a movie date with Daddy. The cardigan is the key accessory that takes the look from just function to trendy fashion. Using a pattern from a Japanese sewing book, I lengthened and slimmed the design slightly for the fit I was looking for. Because I love the look of quilted sweatshirt fabric, I incorporated quilted details for the oversized collar and pockets.
The knit pieces underneath are all about function, but they still have plenty of style. Swap the boots for tennis shoes, and she's off and running. The colors of gray, navy, coral, and aqua keep it fresh without being overly sporty. For the top, I started with the Cecille Peplum by Lilygiggle. I omitted the overskirt, redrafted the sleeve to be fitted instead of bishop style, and had some fun with color blocking. The curved lines come together for a nice, sleek look. For the leggings, I used the basic Dressage Leggings by Jennuine Design. I split the pattern just to the outside of the knee to include a strip of faux piping. 
I hope you will stop by Sweeter Than Cupcakes for a closer look!


Naeh--Connection--Let's Go Fishing
  Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week1: Let's go Fishing (header) by Näh-Connection
Nothing but knit is basically the perfect theme for me. 90% of my sewing is knit, so I loved that theme right away. I chose to sew for both of my kids. I didn't want them to be too matchy-matchy, but still chose to work with the same color scheme: blue/white with a pop of pink and mint. My daughter's dress is inspired by a dress that I saw some time ago. I'm a real sucker for boatnecks and I love how the pleats (instead of the gathers that are commonly used in knit dresses) give it a bit more polished look. I started of with the Beachy Boatneck by Blank Slate Patterns, cut it at the waist and added a self-drafted skirt with nice big pockets and those cute pleats. To finish her look and to make it winter appropriate I sewed a color-blocked cardigan out of 3 different sweater knits with drop-down shoulders based on the New York Sweater pattern by Rapantinchen. I cut off some length of the sweater, drafted the front pieces and finished the edges with a facing that goes all around the cardigan (neckline, front and hem). I edgestitched the facing in place in place, changing thread color according to the color of the respective part of the cardigan (pink front, blue back) to get a clean look. I was planning to add a blue button to the front, but my daughter had a very strong opinion about it: „If you add a button, I will never wear it“, so no button it was. Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week1: Let's go Fishing (collage 1) by Näh-Connection
 My son's outfit consists of three pieces to achieve a fun layered look. For his sweater and pants I altered an Ottobre (4/2015) pattern to include two separate front panels with pockets. I used a blue/white striped interlock to create a chevron effect at the front panels. The pants have an elasticized waist, so the drawstring isn't really necessary to keep them in place, but adds some cuteness. I used two square pieces of SnapPap under the grommets to stabilize the knit and on the knee patches. The button-up is a gingham that is often used in German clothing. I used the Prepster Pullover from Blank Slate Patterns for the shirt: I added a chest welt-pocket, a collar and changed the sleeve placket. I love how the details make it unique and different. The last piece is a Polo Shirt. I used the Hemlock Top by E&E Patterns and added the button placket and collar and divided the front and back pattern pieces into four pieces (white, blue, mint, blue) by cutting them diagonally with varying angles. The last detail of the Polo Shirt is a pink octopus-applique that adds that little bit of fun. The octopus has a "3" as my son's  look was also his birthday outfit last week. I've made it a tradition to sew my kids birthday shirts and love that this one here isn't too obvious. For more photos and details, please head over to my blog and leave me a (nice) comment.




Sew Like My Mom--Little Boxes
Sew Like My Mom | Little Boxes
 When I saw the theme this week was Nothing but Knit, I immediately knew I wanted to do a simple little dress with some fun embroidery. So I drafted this basic a-line with a back button placket and side seam pockets and got to sewing! I'm on an aqua kick these days and when I saw this ponte in the store it was calling my name. The math on the embroidery was pretty easy, but the sewing of the embroidery took me several days. I just LOVE how it all came together! I drafted and made her little striped socks, too, and they added the perfect graphic touch to our outfit.
  Sew Like My Mom | Little Boxes
 Ella loves the song "Little Boxes" and asked me how many boxes I was going to sew on the front, so really, she named her dress! She's coming up with every excuse under the sun to wear it and it has already made several trips to the grocery store and the playground. I can't wait for it to warm enough for her to wear it more, and I can't wait to do more large graphic embroidery!
  Sew Like My Mom | Little Boxes


Glitter + Wit--Winter Brights
Winter Brights by Glitter+Wit

The Story: My 'Nothing but Knit' look is inspired by that strange time between seasons. Is it still Winter? Is Spring here already? Is 'Sprinter' a season? Our Missouri winter has been incredibly mild this year--I took these photos on a sixty degree day! Even so, it is not quite time to pack up the cold-weather wardrobe. This week, I bring you an eclectic outfit highlighting the best of both seasons: Winter Brights. I've sewn some cozy closet staples and "Springed" them up by pairing them with bright colors, a floral print, and yes--even sandals! I committed myself to strict adherence to the theme; the only thing that doesn't stretch is the thread!

  Winter Brights 2

The Sewing: I chose to create two main garments and two accessories. I suppose I shall start at the top and work my way down. The reversible eared hat (my own pattern) features a cream-colored knit faux-fur and a contrast textured nylon/lycra reverse, finished with gold ties at the chin. Next is the relaxed-fit sweater. I modified the Rowan Tee pattern (Titchy Threads) to include a turtle neck (tutorial via Petit a Petit and Family), a slight drop in the shoulder, and cuffed three quarter length sleeves. I also sized up for a more relaxed fit, and to accommodate the stretch of the sweater knit fabric. My favorite part of the sweater can't even be seen when worn--I finished all seams by enclosing them in matching fold-over elastic. The jumper is the Mont Blanc pattern (Sew What Club), modified to eliminate the separate waistband, and to include an interesting hemline. The high-low hem has a slit in the center back, creating a coattail-ish effect. I lined the floral scuba knit completely with a neon nylon/lycra activewear fabric, and fashioned knit fabrics into tassels to add interest to the bodice. No changes were made to the tights pattern (Abby's Footed Tights by The Wolf and the Tree), except to match my daughter's measurements. I used the same textured fabric to add balance to the outfit as a whole (and they are nice and warm, too). Last, the look is complete with the addition of neon jelly sandals. Why? Because if anyone can pull off a sock+sandal look, it's this kid! To see and read more, visit my blog.

Winter Brights 3


The Inspired Wren--Plum Perfect


Plum Perfect by The Inspired Wren for Project Run & Play, Season 11 Week 1: Knits!


Yay knits! My daughter, The Peanut, lives in them. I sewed with them for years before I even owned a serger. I couldn't wait to get sewing for this challenge! This seemingly simple A-line is sporty yet feminine, sophisticated yet youthful, and a dress with a lot of attention to details. Let's break them down. I drafted the dress off a slim-fit knit tee-shirt block that was already adjusted to size 5 wide by 6-7 long. The bodice features a contrast back yoke with the shoulder seam shifted off the top of the shoulder forward to the collarbone -- bringing a touch of that plum color to the front. The fully lined dress has an under-stitched neckline and includes a hoodie made from a fine sweater knit. The hood is constructed with a french-seam sewn down with a stretch stitch; it's a faux flat-felled center seam. The delicate sweater knit is repeated in the extended sleeve cuffs. The bottom finish is a reverse hem, sewn with a visible stretch stitch, creating a band of contrast from the lining fabric.

Plum Perfect by The Inspired Wren for Project Run & Play, Season 11 Week 1: Knits!

The outfit is kept playful with a pair striped footless tights. The tights began as GoTo Leggings drafted size 4 wide by 6 long then cut and sewn to be extra slim. My model insists on shorts under dresses, so I appeased her comfort by color-blocking the legs with the solid plum from waist to thigh, and stripes down the remainder of the leg. Ta da! Built in "shorts."

Plum Perfect by The Inspired Wren for Project Run & Play, Season 11 Week 1: Knits!

Come see and learn more about this Plum Perfect outfit at The Inspired Wren: including the fabric (that variegated floral is a sheer over the solid lining and the delicate sweater knit wouldn't stop running); the finishing on the innards; and the outtakes of a certain uncooperative model, too.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Project Run and Play Season 11 Begins Today!!!

Today we are so excited to start Season 11 of Project Run and Play!!!

Just for a quick review....this is a sewing and designing contest FOR CHILDREN'S CLOTHING with 4 weeks, 6 contestants, voting, and a sew along!

Today we announce this weeks challenge which is "Nothing but Knit". (Now even though it's called "Nothing but Knit" you can use other fabric as well...but the majority of your look should be made using knit.)



And we also get to open the linky party for the sew along where you are invited to share your looks for this weeks challenge.  (And each week one lucky sew along look will be chosen for a prize!)

Tomorrow we reveal the contestants looks and voting will begin and end on Thursday night at 8 pm.

Friday we will be having a fun giveaway!
Then Monday we will be back with the results for both the contestants and the sew along/linky party ladies!

So there is the line up!
We are so excited to get started and see what all of you create!



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Meet The Designers: Courtney from Sweeter Than Cupcakes

I’m still pinching myself that my name is on the designers list for Project Run & Play!! I’ve been sewing along for years. In fact, I have caught myself talking about it to non-sewing friends as if Project Run and Play is common knowledge in all walks of life. Well, I’ve been spreading the word, so between all of us maybe one day it will be a regular topic in neighborhood coffee shops!

My name is Courtney, and I blog over at Sweeter Than Cupcakes. When I left the corporate world to stay home with two daughters, I found my strengths as a structural engineer lent themselves to an even greater joy found in the technical, mathematical, and artistic demands of sewing. A six month old daughter, an encouraging Mom, and a very old hand-me-down sewing machine came together at the perfect time providing inspiration for what is now a passionate hobby. Over 6 years later, with updated machines, a supply of tools, and endless motivation from favorite designers, I am sewing daily and always looking for new challenges. I love to blog about my sewing adventures. More recently, I became a social media coordinator for MODKID where I host sew-alongs, provide tutorials, and share lots of Modkid inspiration. 

I am looking forward to contributing my own style and stepping up to the challenges of Project Run & Play.