Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Season 15 Dates Announcement

Thank you to everyone who linked up to the Season 15 casting call!  What an incredible lot of talented sewists you are.  While the panel of past Project Run & Play designers are choosing the 6th designer, we've got a few announcements for you.

Today we're revealing the dates for Season 15 so you can clear your calendar and prepare to sew along!

Dates for Season 15

Week 1: March 12-16
Week 2: March 19-23
Week 3: March 26-30
Week 4: April 2-6

Oh, and about that panel of past designers?  Come back Thursday when you get to meet them and see what they're up to!
Monday, February 5, 2018

Season 15 Audition

Thank you so much to everyone for your kind words, comments and emails about the future of Project Run & Play!  It's a very exciting time.

One thing for sure about the future of Project Run & Play is the next season, so let's get that started!  Season 15 will commence in March.

Today there is a link up for you to "audition" for Season 15.  Simply link up an example of children's sewing that shows your best or favorite work.  You can link to your blog post or a post on Instagram.  One audition per person please.  The link up will remain open until February 18, 2018 at midnight.  One link up entry will be chosen by a panel of past Project Run & Play designers, and announced shortly thereafter.

Alright, give it your best shot, and good luck to everyone!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Project Run & Play Update - January 2018

Project Run and Play has been one of those projects that has been near and dear to us from the start. When we were first asked to be a part of the competition we were this little blog with two girls who loved to sew for their kids. And we were so thrilled to be a part of it.

We competed in the second season and met some of our closest blog friends through a camaraderie of women who loved sewing. It was almost as if we could see those other women in their sewing rooms sewing up clothing for their children that they loved as much as we loved ours. Along with sewing, PR&P gave us the chance to spend time with our little ones taking their photos...those are memories that we consider priceless.  Friday mornings were a highlight....when we would wake up early and see what everyone had made and ohh and ahhh over the details that everyone put into their posts. It was a fun season and we loved every minute of it.

And we know there are so many of you who feel the same about PR&P. Over the years we have received so many emails and comments from so many who said things like, it was where you got inspiration to start sewing and borrowed a sewing machine, or you followed it while learning how to sew for your kids, or for some, it was what inspired them to get up enough courage to sew something for themselves. 

It's funny how one tiny spark can make a big difference in the lives of so many. And while PR&P has had its fair share of drama, the positives that this little blog has brought to so many has far outweighed the negative.

We are so grateful for the sewing community that  PR&P has built. From every single person who has ever entered the sew along, to each and every sponsor who has donated prizes to those who have competed, thank you for your support. We so appreciate it.

And while we don't want PR&P to end, we at Simple Simon and Company have found that we have been pulled in other directions and haven't been able to devote as much time to maintaining and being a part of the every day things at Project Run and Play. Luckily we have had two fantastic assistants, Audrey and Michelle, that over the last couple of seasons have done an amazing job with keeping everything running smoothly over here. A huge thank you to those ladies!

Sometime during the last year we felt like it was time to let PR&P go. It's a different stage of life for us now--our kids are much older, and Simple Simon and Company has essentially turned into a full-time job for us now. And we didn't want PR&P to get lost in the shuffle, which was our fear. But that is not going to happen!

We are thrilled to announce that PR&P will continue on without us and keep growing and changing. Audrey from Skirt Fixation will be taking over the blog completely and she has some exciting plans for the future of Project Run and Play! She is super organized and will do a superb job with it!  We feel so happy to turn it over to her very capable hands.

I guess the thing we wanted to leave you all with as we bow out and let a new leader take over is--thank you. Thank you for sharing your time and your talent with us.  Thank you for sharing yourself and your children with us.  Thank you for your thoughts and your creativity and your inspiration.   We love you all and have been so amazed at the supportive community that this little piece of the internet has held for us and for so many of you.  Project Run and Play is an adventure that we will never forget.

With love,
Elizabeth and liZ
Simple Simon and Company

Please leave your farewell messages for Elizabeth and liZ in the comments below.  These lovely ladies have made Project Run & Play into the well loved event it is today.  They have agreed to answer my questions and give advice as we proceed forward, so expect their wonderful influence to continue in the Seasons to come!  Feel free to contact me with your thoughts about Project Run & Play's future at: projectrunandplay (at) gmail (dot) com
Monday, December 4, 2017

December News Link Up

December is here, we can hardly believe how fast 2018 has sped past!  This month we're celebrating YOU!  We're so thankful for everyone's support and participation this year.

In fact, we were thinking about how so many people have supported and participated in Project Run & Play through the years.   With that appreciation in mind, for the month of December, we are going to be featuring one past creation made for Project Run & Play every day over on Instagram.  Please follow us there so we can walk down memory lane together!  If you're not on Instagram, we plan to do a weekly roundup here.

Now let's talk about YOU some more, we want to know what you're sewing!

Holiday Sewing...we know you're doing it, and we are too!  So we thought for the December's link up it would be awesome if everyone would share what you're sewing for the holidays.  Are you sewing pajamas for all your kids?  Are you making special occasion dresses?  Gifts for your little ones?  Share it with us below...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Season 14 Sew Along Results

Did you see the link up?  You all gave our panel of judges the terrifically difficult job of choosing a first place and runner up for the sew along!  Every single one of you who linked up is a winner...just look at the amazing garments you created.  

Thanks to our generous sponsor Raspberry Creek Fabrics, the first place winner will get a $100 shopping spree!  

And our judges have fallen head over heals in love with:

Made of Starlight with her Buffalo Plaid Pinafore and Playsuit entry!

Also, a first for this season and thanks to Hawthorne Fabrics, we have a runner up who will get a $25 shopping spree!

And the runner up is:


Chickadee Chickadee with her 5 Sugary Sweet Halloween looks!

Thanks so much to everyone for you participation and continued support of Project Run & Play during Season 14.  Stay tuned for what's next...
Friday, November 10, 2017

Season 14 Results

Wasn't Season 14 spectacular?  Didn't the designers go above and beyond and create the most inspiring looks?  Do you want to know the results?  

The Season 14 first place winner is:

Sherri of Mami de Sofiona

Thanks to our generous sponsors she will receive:
6 month subscription ($102 value) to Stash Builder Box 
$100 fabric bundle from Riley Blake Designs
$75 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
5 patterns ($80 value) from Oliver + S
8 patterns ($70 value) from Violette Field Threads
$50 gift certificate from Jo Totes
3 patterns ($30 value) from Petit a Petit & family

The Season 14 second place winner is:

Thanks to our generous sponsors she will receive:
$75 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
$75 fabric bundle from Riley Blake Designs
$50 gift certificate from Jo Totes
5 patterns ($50 value) from Hey June Handmade
5 patterns ($45 value) from Violette Field Threads
$25 gift certificate from Hawthorne Threads
2 patterns ($20 value) from Petit a Petit & family

The Season 14 third place winner is:

Thanks to our generous sponsors she will receive:
$75 fabric bundle from Riley Blake Designs
$50 gift certificate from Jo Totes
$50 gift certificate from Urban Sew
3 patterns ($30 value) from Violette Field Threads
3 patterns ($28 value) Paisley Roots
$25 gift certificate from Stylish Fabric
1 month subscription ($18 value) to Stash Builder Box
1 pattern ($10 value) from Petit a Petit & family

Please help up thank our sponsors with your patronage whenever you have fabric and sewing needs!  Also, be sure to visit the designers from Season 14 and us on Instagram as we have a special thank you giveaway for YOU starting this afternoon.  

Finally, come back Monday when we'll announce the winner of the sew along...
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Signature Style-- Time to Vote

And then there were three! I cannot believe we are on the final week of this Season, already!! Seriously. Where does time go?
 Check out what the remaining Designers came up with as their own unique Signature Styles.
Don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite, below.

Mami de Sofiona- Snowy Holidays


It is the final week and it almost feels strange that this is my last chance to chat with you all! I'd love to continue our friendship, though, so we could keep this up over on my IG or my blog, if you like!! That is where you'll also find out about the special GIVEAWAY that we contestants have organized for you as a thank you for all your votes and joining in on the fun ride!! First, we still have some business to take care of! Our signature look. This week is "signature" for me on so many levels. I love making dresses and I love taking a pattern to a different place. This is going to be my daughter's Christmas dress this year and I started off with the Glitz pattern from Little Lizard King. I dropped the waist a few inches and lengthened the sleeves so I could add this ruffle and a little bow at the wrist. I added a lot of width to the skirt by adding a ruffled underskirt and the 2 rows of ruffles stitched onto the outside of the skirt towards the bottom. Most noticeable difference is the back. I cut it into a V so I could play around with eyelets and leather string for a lace-up back. This reverse side of this dress is another aspect that clearly makes this signature for me. I'm a huge fan of unique and fun back details on shirts or dresses. The flower eyelets were a fun find and worked perfectly with this Art Gallery voile by Pat Bravo. (AGF is also pretty signature!) I, with much trembling and a near disastrous mishap, added them in some flower-like clusters around the neckline in the front for a bit of a decorative touch. Jewellery without the jewellery. Using the eyelets was another way that I love elevating my own makes. As is using leather, right? That should be obvious by now. 

PRP collage 

I also make my girls' winter dress coats and this year my oldest was due for a next size up. I found this vintage wool in a store closing event last spring and decided on something a bit brighter than I would normally do, but I think it's a fun detour from the norm. I used the Moiano Coat by Straight Grain as my start. I dropped that horizontal seam a few inches, added some super soft "fur" inside the hood, changed the pleats on the front and back, added some in-seam piping and created the whole jacket as a winter coat instead of the spring coat it's designed for. Following some tips from a blog post I lined the inside with batting for warmth and chose the zipper closure. Signature elements on this piece were the embroidery on the back and the beading on the design. I embroider something on every coat I make for the girls. 


And that is the Cole's notes version of this week's look! You can find more over on the full post A huge thanks to Project Run and Play for bringing me into this journey. It's been a load of work, but the kind I thrive on. Thanks also to those who have had such kind words throughout and for those that say I've inspired you. That's a true accomplishment for sure! I won't look at this competition the same from now on knowing what's behind it. :)

Bonnie and Blithe- Gold + Glitter

Hey all! I'm geeking out over still being here for the 4th and final week of Project Run and Play! I'm so honored to have made it into the top 3 and hope this week's signature look doesn't disappoint anyone. When I began thinking of my own signature style, I started dreaming about all the gold and glittery special occasion wear. I love dramatic looks and if I could only sew one thing for the rest of my life, it'd be fancy dresses! Even though I wasn't sure if print mixing would work with such over-the-top sparkly fabrics, I couldn't tear these two fabrics apart in my mind; I just loved how they worked together. I created a basic bodice (from the Infinite A-line Pattern)out of this gold & cream checked special occasion fabric (I'm actually not exactly sure what it is! But it's itchy so a full lining was required) only I flipped it around so that the front neckline was high and the back was low. I added a peter pan collar to the front and really loved hand-sewing some sequined trim to the edges. It just helps tie the top fabric in with the bottom, I think. I added a zipper to the back and my daughter requested a high-low hem on the skirt. I actually also made a tulle underskirt at first because she really wanted a "poofy" skirt. But I just didn't love how it laid under the sequins so we scrapped it. I would've loved to have made this a high low circle skirt (kind of like I did here) but that would've required spending a bunch more money on already pricey fabric so we kept it simple!

The jacket was a last minute addition because I also thought this faux leather added a cute and tough-girl vibe to a very feminine outfit. The fabric has a floral design both stitched and cut into it and it was super easy to sew with! I just widened and lengthened my Infinite A-line bodice pattern, added a lining and voila! A simple but really fun addition, especially for a dress designed to be worn for winter holidays, even though our winters here in Phoenix can hardly be classified as such :) That's it for me! Thank you all SO much for following along and be sure to vote for your favorite. And now I'm off to try catching up on about 4 weeks worth of lost sleep!
Check out lots more photos and construction details here!


The College Seamstress- Totally Turquoise

I am so excited and so happy to be back for the final week of Project Run and Play! This has been an amazing experience and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you to everyone who has commented, voted, and supported me these past few weeks! Signature style was a hard challenge for me. I drew up six different designs before scrapping them all and coming up with this look. Turquoise is my favorite color and I knew it had to be part of my design. 

I love circle skirts and skirts in general, so I wanted that to be a part of my design. I used the circle skirt from the Janie dress pattern to make this beautiful turquoise wool skirt. It is lined in a bright pink floral because my sister loves pink just as much as I love turquoise. I enclosed all the seams, so the skirt can be reversible if she wants to wear the pink side facing out. The floral fabric also inspired me to do some embroidery on the wool side. The solid turquoise was the perfect blank canvas to add some floral. I used some basic embroidery stitching to add some of the floral designs along the hem of the skirt. The grey shirt also started from the Janie dress pattern. I lengthened the bodice a few inches to make it shirt length. I also widened the neckline to add some gathering for a subtle detail. 

I also made a simple infinity scarf using two rectangles from rayon challis. My signature style look was going to end with the shirt, skirt, and scarf. However, the Minnesota fall weather decided to turn more winter-like and I knew my sister would need something to keep her warm! I started with the Friday dress bodice and an old sweater. I kept the sleeve cuffs and collar as is - resizing as needed. I added snaps to the placket to make it easy for my sister to dress herself. Finally, I made a simple earwarmer using fleece and wool using the pattern from this Sew Serendipity book, resizing it to fit my sister. 

Thank you so much for reading! As always, head over to my blog here for more pictures and details.