Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween Link Party

Today we get to start what is always my favorite linky party of the year....the kids Halloweeen Costume linky party!

It is always so much fun to see what costumes are being made and how amazing they turn out.
We can't wait to see what gets linked up!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Season 12 Prizes

Today is the day we get to announce the prize packages for our Season 12 winners!!!
(I still can't believe that the season is already over...)
So let's get to it!

Our first place winner will receive:

One of their winning looks made into a PATTERN from Up Craft Club  (Upwards of $500!)
$100 Gift Card to Fat Quarter Shop
$100 Fabric Bundle from Riley Blake Designs
$50 5 yard Fabric Bundle from Free Spirit Fabrics
$25 Gift Certificate to Hey June Patterns
$25 Gift Certificate to Sew Like My Mom Patterns
3 Children's Patterns from Blank Slate Patterns
2 Patterns from Simple Simon and Company

Our second and third place winners will receive:

$100 Fabric Bundle from Riley Blake Designs
$50 Gift Card to Fat Quarter Shop
$50 5 yard Fabric Bundle from Free Spirit Fabrics
$25 Gift Certificate to Hey June Patterns
$25 Gift Certificate to Sew Like My Mom Patterns
3 Children's Patterns from Blank Slate Patterns
2 Patterns from Simple Simon and Company

And our other designers and sew along winners will each receive a $25 gift card!

And speaking of sew along winners we need to announce the winner of the Signature Style Sew Along and that winner is...

Karly from Paisley Roots


And thank you to all of you who have followed along, voted, commented, emailed, sewn along and made this such an enjoyable season.  We couldn't do this without all of you so thank you!

(Stay tuned this week as well for announcements and what happens next!)
Friday, October 7, 2016

Project Run and Play Season 12 Results!

After the votes were counted and the contestants scores were tallied the winner of Project Run and Play Season 12 is....

Gracious Threads!!!!

And a turn of events that has never happened on PRP before....we have a tie for second place....not only did Wild and Wanderful and The Sew and Tell Project get the same total from the contestant scoring but they got the EXACT same number of votes!

But cool!

And I think, a perfect way to end a season that has been so delightful to watch.

Join us back here on Monday where we will share the prize packages with all of you as well as the Signature Style sew along results.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Time to Vote: Signature Style Challenge

Gracious Threads--Country Chic


 I feel absolutely honoured to be here at the finals for Project Run and Play. It has been a crazy ride, full of late nights sewing and mad dashes to the fabric store, but I've enjoyed every minute of it. I hope you enjoy reading about my signature style. We live on a dairy farm (these pictures are taken in our 'front yard') and our clothing reflects our rural lifestyle. Clothes need to be comfortable to wear while playing or working and wash well after a long day outside. Fall comes early to northern Canada, and this outfit was inspired by the beautiful seasonal colours. At the same time, I like to include trendy details and we enjoy window shopping, at the mall or online, to discover what's 'in' for the current season. This outfit was a collaboration between my 9 year old and myself. She provided input on the cut and style of each garment as well as the fabric. The pants she is wearing are sewn from a super soft cotton lycra velvet. I started with Jalie 3461 (Eleonore stretch pants). In addition to some fit alterations, I added back pocket flaps, changed the front pockets from faux pockets to real ones, and added a double zipper welt pocket to the side of her leg. The raglan tee is sewn from a cotton lycra pinapple print and a heavy rib knit for the navy and cream stripes. I began with New Horizons' Streamline Tee, but modified the neckline, lowered and curved the hem line, added side slits and inserted flat piping in the raglan seams.


I wish I had more space to share photographs of the coat, because this was an epic project that took more time than the other outfits combined! The fishtail parka is a trendy look for fall, but I gave it a military twist. I started with Ottobre 4/2013#21 but made substantial modifications to the design and fit. I drafted a split style hood that opens up like a wide collar when it is unzipped. The hood is lined with cozy sherpa fleece. I added military style patch pockets to the front, and there are also a set of single welt pockets on the front bodice. All the hardware (snaps, zippers, and grommets) is antique brass and it took quite a few shopping trips to find it all! The waist and bottom hem are cinched with elastic shock cord and oversized barrel locks. The original jacket calls for a full lining, but instead I chose to keep it unlined and bind each seam with cotton bias binding for a hong kong finish. The jacket is as beautiful on the inside as the outside! I added a back yoke, and hand embroidered a special message for my daughter: 'You are loved'. My favourite part of the coat: the removable sherpa liner! It gets cold here quickly, and I wanted her to be able to wear this coat for a while, so I drafted a vest style liner that buttons into the coat. The buttons at the front are hidden under the front facing, so you only see the three buttons at the neckline, but it is all securely held in place, and can be removed for warmer temperatures in seconds! Thank you so much for all your votes and kind comments over the past 4 weeks! You can see more photographs, and read in depth about each of the pieces, on my blog.


Wild + Wanderful--You Need a Pilot

Oh my gosh! Thank you so much for keeping me around for the final week. This has been so much fun! And I excited to share my signature look with you. If you follow my blog at all, I think my style shouts loudly at you. High contrast, heavy on Marvel/Star Wars/nerd culture, and classic silhouettes with little twists. I think the best way to describe it is "Everyday Cosplay". Clothes that are wearable but are still like dressup are my favorite things to make for Louis. I'll admit that, though I knew that I wanted to do an everyday cosplay look, it took me a while to figure out exactly what we wanted to make. I didn't want to fabric shop for this last look. I thought it'd be a fun challenge to stash-bust. So I stared at my fabric, saw the orange, and immediately wanted to make Louis a Rebel Alliance-esque outfit. Louis said it's Luke Skywalker's pilot jacket. But I have a giant crush on Poe Dameron so....he can think what he wants but this is totally a Poe jacket. Ha! Poe has some of my favorite moments in Episode 7. He's so cocky and loveable at the same time. And I feel like Louis embodied that personality in these photos.

The jacket was a labor of love. Holy cow. Color blocking and quilting all of those pieces was a time drain but I'm so excited about how it turned out! I took the Patterns for Pirates (P4P) Lumberjack shirt, added the little details, hacked the front into a zipper closure, and added side-seam pockets. I also reverse appliqued the hood to have those classic racing stripes that you find on the Rebel pilots' helmets. A litle heat transfer detail with the Alliance Starbird and our pilot was ready to fly! To ensure balance to the Force, I lined the jacket with "Dark Side" and Imperial flannel. Smushed between those two layers is also a lining of fleece so Lou can keep warm and rock this jacket all winter! To complete a full outfit, Louis is also wearing some P4P Cpt. Comfort Jeans, upcycled from a pair of his Daddy's old jeans, so they've already got that worn in look that I love. And a P4P Jolly Roger Raglan with a fun "I Can Fly Anything" graphic, to round out the Poe look. We took SO MANY fun pictures of my little guy and we'd love to have you head over to MY BLOG and check them out! Thank you so much!

Sew and Tell Project--Signature Sweetness


 When you are nine years old and ready for adventure, your signature look needs to be ready to go anywhere. I decided to focus on sweet and delicate details for my daughter's head-to-toe style. I hand-crafted six coordinating items to complete her sweet but edgy look. Her jacket is the Moto Jacket from Jennuine Designs which I hacked to include a partial zip down the center back seam. I chose the rose twill based on the Pantone 2016 Color of the Year. The feminine rose quartz color is such a wonderful neutral that pairs well with many items in her wardrobe. The jacket features welt pockets, a shawl collar, and an asymmetrical front zip. I lined it with a soft ponte knit and used organic rib for the sleeves so she could have sweatshirt comfort but high fashion style. The back zip I included adds feminine edginess and can be worn closed or open as a back vent to reveal her top underneath. For her top, I used a beautiful Birch knit print that showcases a young girl in a woodland scene. The print is whimsical but not cartoonish which allows it to be an age-appropriate choice. I modified the Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Flutterby top to include triangle color blocking at the side seams. To highlight the triangles and provide a delicate detail, I trimmed the triangle seams with vintage ivory lace leftover from my mother's bridesmaids' dresses. The triangles and upper ruffles are made with a light coral sweater knit for some added softness and flow.


 My daughter loves mama-made skinny jeans for go-anywhere comfort and fit. I made my usual adjustments for height to the rise and inseam on the Emilya Skinny Pants from Simple Life Pattern Company and embellished the sides with gold piping to coordinate with the gold zippers in the moto jacket. I also stabilized the Birch knit print from her top so I could use it as accent pockets on the pants. I designed a cross-body bag with an adjustable strap to hold her sketch book and pencils and applied a cheeky "Take a Hike" gold HTV that I designed and cut out on my Cricut. I added little details such as suede accents, brass hardware, and lace trim along the zipper in the lining. The bag was sewn flat with a center seam to create two zip compartments. Between the compartments, I added a secret organizer to hold her colored pencils. Strong magnetic snaps hold the two compartments closed when she is carrying the bag so she can access both zippered compartments. I wanted her to coordinate from head-to-toe so I also made a wool felt floral barrette. I cut the flowers out on my Cricut and assembled with a hot glue gun and embellished with a mother of pearl button. I love the polish it adds to her wavy bob cut. To complete her look, I used leftover ribbing from the jacket sleeves and woven vintage trim to make fashionable perfect-fit boot cuffs. There are so many details in the six pieces I have to share with you today that I hope you will head on over to the Sew and Tell Project to read more about my entry "Signature Sweetness" and watch for upcoming tutorials based on some of these creations! Thank you Project Run and Play, fellow contestants, and all the followers for making this season such a fun challenge!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Week 3 Results and Week 4: Signature Style Link Up

Wow. Time really flies.
(And each season always seems to come to an end all too soon!!!)

It is time to link up your creations, for the last time this season.
Here is the week 4 theme:
Week 4:  (October 3)  Signature Style
Create a children's outfit that best showcases your unique skills and style.

We need to announce the winner from last weeks link up.
And that winner is...
The Athena Costume

by Ropp Originals
We will be sending you a $25 JoAnn Fabrics gift card!

Friday, September 30, 2016

And the results are in....

This was one of the closest weeks ever in Project Run and Play!!!  Phew....that's because they were all so fantastic....but let's get right to the results.

The winner of our Halloween Challenge is The Sew and Tell Project!  Congrats ladies on your Zorro Costumes!!!

And we are sadly saying goodbye to Sew Sophie Lynn. Tamera did such a phenomenal job this whole season.....thank you so much for being a part of Project Run and Play!

We will see you on Monday for the final week!!!  And we will get to announce all the wonderful prizes that our contestants will be receiving!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Time to Vote: Halloween Costume Challenge

It is time to vote on the Halloween Costume challenge! Remember that voting starts today and goes through Thursday night at 8 pm. All the looks have so many details so be sure to see them all!!! Good luck contestants!

  Wild + Wanderful--Dracu-Lou

Thank you so much for having me back for another round! Holy cow has this been an inspiring sewing month to be a part of! I'm super excited that I get to share my little vampire with you...and as you can tell, he's very excited to be Dracu-Lou. Louis went to a Halloween party last year and saw a little girl dressed up as a vampire, and has wanted to be one since then. But how do you take such a classic costume and make it sewing-showdown worthy? With little bits of details here and there, of course!

This outfit consists of four total pieces. The basic, black pants (with room underneath for layering in case it's cold outside during Trick or Treating!) are the Patterns for Pirates Playground Pants in a black ponte. The white button-down is the Patterns for Pirates Lumberjack Shirt, of which I shortened the sleeves a bit and added a Victorian-esque bell sleeve. I wanted to keep them shorter than Louis' wrists because he's a kiddo who is constantly pushing his sleeves up, no matter what he wears, and I didn't want them to bother him if they were actually wrist-length. Plus, once Halloween is over, I can chop those sleeves off and he has a staple white button-down in his closet! The most vampirey pieces were both self-drafted. I created Louis a vest with a cascading bat detail, and dramatically curved/pointed bits on the hem. The bats are actually appliqued fabric that I fused onto the vest. The final piece was his cape. I love the striped inner lining and the traditional stand-up collar. And I added extra long, thick ties so it would almost create the ascot-look that we see in traditional vampire styling. If you'd like to see more photos of my theatrical kiddo, I'd love for you to pop over to MY BLOG and check it all out! Thank you so much!

Sew and Tell Project--Zorro


This Halloween you can rest easy because Zorro is back to save the day! With the beautiful senorita cheering him on, this iconic hero of Spanish California will be striding through his neighborhood watching out for injustice and collecting candy to share with all. I am so lucky that these kids love dressing up as much as I love sewing costumes for them! Watching how costumes spark their imagination and transport us all to a different time and place never ceases to amaze me. They have so much fun wearing the costumes to all of the Halloween festivities in addition to playing dress up year-round! Both of these costumes started with considerable research so that they would have an air of authenticity. For Zorro, I used thick black ponte and Love Notion’s Moto Maxx pants pattern to create a pair of pants that are both slim fitting for horseback riding and yet allow for a great range of movement for tricky sword fighting. Top-stitching down the sides creates a polished look. The shirt was made using my grandma’s vintage Butterick costume pattern and features a stiff collar, gathers where the shirt body attaches to the front and back yokes, a facing, hand-stitching along the inside of the collar, and a blind hem. The encased elastic at the cuff of the sleeve allows for the upper portion of the gloves to be tucked in so no skin shows. The cape, mask and sash were all self-drafted. The sash has buttonholes along the center back edges so that the laces can be adjusted for a custom fit. I also drafted the hat myself, hand-stitched it using layers of felt fused together and then embellished it with a band of faux leather and small medallions.
 Zorro Costume - Costume Week for Project Run & Play

 For the lovely senorita’s costume, I modified the skirt portion of the SLPCo Cora Dress (maxi option with double ruffle), assembled it with French seams, and added a waistband. The voluminous petticoat that I drafted has an elastic waistband encased in soft knit and a lining to keep the scratchiness of the petticoat netting and tulle away from the skin. The petticoat netting and tulle were hand gathered – all 40 yards of strips! Fortunately, I was able to gather some of the layers together at the same time. For the senorita’s blouse, I used the Daphne top from Made for Mermaids. I added an eyelet lace trim and embroidery around the bottom edge of the shoulder ruffle. The gold, self-drafted sash also has embroidery in addition to gold tassel trim at the ends of the sash. To finish off her outfit, this little senorita wore antique screw-on cameo earrings that I inherited from my grandma. We paired them with this outfit as a special tribute to a woman who loved to sew both clothes and costumes and in turn shared that love with me. For more pictures and details, come on over to the Sew and Tell Project!

  Lovely Senorita Costume from Zorro - Project Run & Play

Sew Sophie Lynn--Greetings from Africa


 Yay! It's week three and we're so excited to share our Halloween look today! We got a little sentimental with our costumes this year. My amazing in-laws have been living in South Africa and Zimbabwe for the last 21 months as humanitarian missionaries. We miss them terribly but have enjoyed learning about all the service they've been doing and all the grand adventures they've been on. They will return home just a few days after Halloween and we thought we'd dress up this year as a little tribute to them.


 My oldest is our safari guide and ready to lead us into the savanna. Her outfit features a jumpsuit made using the Sew Straight and Gather Cafe Romper with added pockets and details. In a faux suede, it's luxurious and soft. For a chilly Halloween night she can throw on her quilted knit bomber jacket made using the Ollie Bomber pattern from Sew A Little Seam. Her purse is a souvenir Grandma sent from Africa. My youngest couldn't wait to be a leopard. I had planned a skin suit until I realized it wouldn't be the most bathroom friendly when she wore it to her school party- got to plan ahead! Instead I slimmed down a Flashback Skinny tee and added a mock-neck and thumb-hole cuffs and paired it with Love Notions Leggins'. Her tail is a simple belt that can easily be taken on and off. Her jacket is a self-drafted scarf neck cardigan with pockets all made from a bargain blanket from Wal-Mart! Throw on some cute handmade faux leather cat ear clips and her outfit is complete. I love Halloween costumes that are cute, simple, and don't cost a fortune! I also love that these outfits can be worn long after the holiday. The leopard separates will pair well with jeans and a cardigan or under a dress or tunic and the romper looks so cute with a scarf or bright belt and sneakers. To see more of our safari adventure looks head over to SewSophieLynn!


  Gracious Threads--Bo Beep and Her Sheep


Thank you so much for having me back for a third week! It's been an incredible ride and I hope you'll enjoy reading about my costumes. This week I'm sewing for my two kiddos that you haven't seen yet in this competition. {Please excuse my 15 month old's nose; he is learning to walk and had a run in with the sidewalk}. I chose to sew Little Bo Peep and her sheep costumes, inspired by the Toy Story version. For my daughter's dress, I used the bodice from the Precious Dress by Scientific Seamstress. It is sewn from pink microfibre satin and white bridal satin. The bodice has a lace inset with piping and soutache trim. The bodice is fully lined and closes with an invisible zipper. The skirt has a gathered chiffon overskirt, a satin circle peplum, and a floor length satin skirt trimmed with lace. I appliqued each of the pink satin circles onto the skirt. Under the dress is a 3 layer tulle crinoline to give it volume. To complete the look, my daughter is also wearing a self drafted bonnet (also fully lined) and carries a shepherd's staff, made from a thrift store cane that I painted blue.


My son's sheep costume is loosely based on an Ottobre snowsuit pattern. I added ears (borrowed from my free Sheep Purse pattern), a shaped face edge, and a satin tummy panel. I changed the side zipper to a front opening and hand sewed snap tape to the center front because I didn't want any fur getting caught in zippers or velcro. There are also appliqued hooves on the feet and the hands flip over (although my baby refused to let me cover his hands with them!). A blue satin ribbon ties a bell around his neck. The costume is fully lined with interlock knit, and is super warm, especially with the hands folded over (very important for trick or treating in northern Canada!). I would love to invite you over to my blog this week; not only do I share more photographs and pattern details, I've also given a honest account of what it is like to compete on Project Run and Play, and what I've learned in the process. Thank you for following along!