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.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Last Week Sew-Along Feature

I cannot believe how fast time is flying!
Check out this entry from Positively Bridget for the "All Buttoned Up" theme. Goodness I am in love with those birds. The clever use of buttons is a must-see!

YOU still have time to link up one of your creations inspired by any of the four themes, to our link party. Here they are, again, to refresh your memory:
Week 1: "All Buttoned Up" 
Use buttons to highlight your look!

Week 2:  "Buffalo Gals or Guys!"
Buffalo checked prints or buffalo plaids are super popular right now...use 'em!

Week 3:  "Candy Coated Challenge"
Let yourself be inspired by a favorite Halloween candy!

Week 4:  "Signature Style"
Design a look that best represents your own unique style, taste, and best showcases your skill set.
 Also, if you haven't already, take a look at the Prizes we have for the Winner and Runner up, here

We can't wait to see what you all come up with!
Friday, November 3, 2017

Candy Coated Challenge - Results

How SWEET were the designers' Candy Coated Challenge creations?  (Say that fast 5 times...)  The scores have been counted, and this week's winner is:

Sherri of Mami de Sofiona with Starbursts and Nerds

And sadly, our least favorite part of each season, we have to say goodbye to one designer and send them home.  This week, by a very close margin, we're waving goodbye to:

Teronia of Sew Haute Blog with Candy Coated Chic

But she's not going home empty-handed, our wonderful sponsor Stylish Fabric is awarding her some shopping time with a $25 gift certificate.

Have you entered the link up yet?  It's filling up with so many of your darling makes!  We're going to feature one of them Monday, so hurry and link up your latest makes that fit our themes. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Candy Coated Challenge -- Time to Vote

Can you believe it is week 3 already??! Let's take a look at what the remaining 4 designers came up with for the next theme:
Candy Coated Challenge 
where we asked them to be inpsired by their favorite Halloween Candy.
Make sure to cast your vote at the bottom of this post for YOUR favorite.

The College Seamstress- An Ode to Reese's

I am so excited to be back for another week! This week was one of the hardest for me because I couldn't decide on a candy! However, once I finished, it turned out to be my favorite outfit for my little sister! My inspiration started with some orange stretch denim and my favorite candy of all time - the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. I decided that an orange denim jacket with yellow snaps would be perfect for my little sister! The jacket started with the Friday dress from Petit a Petit Patterns. I lengthened the bodice pieces since I wouldn't be adding a skirt. I added welt pockets and used this tutorial as a reference. I also added cuffs and a placket to the sleeves for a classic denim jacket style. 

To make the shirt, I started with my favorite shirt pattern for kids, the School Bus T-Shirt from Oliver + S. I was inspired by the ruffled edge of the Reese's peanut butter cup and wanted to use that in my design, so I added strips of ruffles in various sizes to the front bodice. I also added a ruffle to each sleeve.  I used a light brown knit for the shirt and a dark brown knit for the skirt to represent the chocolate and the peanut butter. I made the skirt by cutting two rectangles based on my sister's waist and length measurements. The top edge is gathered and attached to a double folded yoga waistband resulting in a cute and comfortable skirt that she will be able to wear with many different outfits! 

Thank you so much for reading! Head over to my blog here for more details and a peak inside an amazing candy store! 
Mami de Sofiona- Starbursts and Nerds


This is turning out to be quite the ride! Very rarely have my plans or my expectations turned out like I thought. Some things have been so much better than I thought and it's amazing how many ideas can change while I'm in the middle of a project! And what an honour to have the winning look from last week! Now it's time to move to the next theme and with a lot of vulnerability I say, I don't know when I'll ever beat that jacket from last week. However, the challenge is out there for me to eventually tackle. For the candy week in our house we have Starbursts first and I pulled out the quilting techniques. The lone star quilt was a great pattern for Starbursts! I used some mystery fabric that I can only guess is a type of scuba knit. Definitely does NOT hold a crease! I had to apply interfacing to each piece for the front of the shirt. First, so that my sewing machine needle would actually sew it and second, so that it would iron well and allow me to match my corners. I created the star and then drafted the shirt around the star.. The skirt is some very special AGF cotton that I've been hoarding for awhile now. It is so candy coloured! I drafted a pleated skirt using a curved waistband so that it would sit nicely on her hips. I inserted an invisible zipper and, just to be difficult, I also added some inseam pockets. A pocket right in the same seam as an invisible zip was new to me!! To finish off the look I used some more black glitter heat transfer for some stars. I think this skirt is going to look very cool with a black top! More details about the inside of that shirt will be over on my blog. Too much for this space here. 

Starbursts collage 

 Our second look is Nerds!! All "nerd" inspired looks are very much about the school uniform. That means pleated skirts! So I made another one using the same ideas I used for the first skirt except no pockets this time. Instead I added a tiny ruffle at the waist and some trim at the hem. It's so perfect with knee socks!! Again this week I used only one pattern. It's the Sunki Tunic by Figgy's and it inspired the shoulders and the sleeve pleats of this top. I kept those details, but went rogue on the rest of it. I redrafted the body of the pattern into a shirt and added a collar because I needed something that would suit a bowtie. Then I sliced the back so I could insert a mini ruffle and some trim. I kept it curved so it followed the line of the collar. The "bow tie" is simply a ribbon attached just inside the collar. I really love how this still has that bow tie feel, but in such a way that it doesn't end up being a costume and is rather something very wearable for many occasions. And can we just talk about how perfect that fabric is? I jumped at this Riley Blake fabric because it was one that had scattered dots instead of dots lined up in rows AND the dots aren't exactly round. Nerds aren't round and they definitely don't fall out of the box in neat little rows! I love it! 

 Nerds collage.jpg 

Please come on over to my blog for more details and, of course, I am super grateful for your votes, should they come my way!

Bonnie and Blithe- Sew the Rainbow 

Hi friends! Thank you SO much for having me back this week! I've loved every week's challenge so far and I'm hoping to hang on for the final round because I have some awesome stuff in the works for signature week. Fingers crossed! I was initially really excited at the prospect of designing a look inspired by candy, but then when the last two weeks were done, my brain started slacking. I was having THE hardest time getting inspired for this week, until...Skittles. When I think of candy, I think COLOR, and in my mind, Skittles are the best representation of a colorful, sweet, candy-filled world! Once I grabbed onto that rainbow theme, I had a great time pulling these looks together. I began with my daughter's dress (which started as an Infinite A-line hack but turned into a tunic; read my full post to hear about the second catastrophe in my PR&P experience!) because this fabric just screamed Skittles to me. I added a rainbow array of buttons in the back and paired it with some colorful leggings in a textured knit. 


My son's look was a little trickier to coordinate because I knew he wasn't going to go for a super bright look (especially if there was any pink in there. He is a 4 year old boy, after all!) but when I snagged this burgundy linen, I knew I could work it in without looking too girly. The chambray pocket and yoke are my favorite part! I used Peek-a-Boo Pattern's Classic Oxford as a start and then added the colorblocking and went with a Mandarin collar instead of the traditional one to keep it casual. I made the flat front shorts using Made Everyday's Kid Shorts pattern and then shortened them and added trim, decorative buttons on the front and suspenders (with matching trim). I wasn't really sure about how they'd turn out for most of the process but when I put it all together I loved it! And my son loves them too, which in all honesty, is the only thing that matters. Thanks again for having me and I hope to see you all for the final week! 


Sew Haute Blog- Candy Coated Chic
Hey, I can’t believe that I made it to Week 3 of Project Run and Play! This week our challenge was to make something inspired by our favorite Halloween candy and what a perfect day to post. My all-time favorite Halloween candy is candy corn which most people hate. As inspiration for clothing I am also not a fan, but I wanted to show that candy corn doesn’t have to be without class. So, I muted the signature white, orange and yellow to give it a fall vibe. I attempted a trendy peplum top and skinny pant for my little fashionista. 

The Azure Dress by Ainslee Fox has this great bodice that was begging to be appliqued. Since I don’t embroider or have a machine for it I free-handed a free motion applique candy corn. Checkout those art skills. ;-) I also turned it into a peplum top.


For the bottoms I used the Jocole Skinny Minnie pants pattern and added pretty exposed ankle zippers. I thought they added a little je'n sais que. Let's all pretend to ignore the fact that I put the zippers in upside down and say that it adds character. The pant fabric is a calico woven from Joann Fabrics and the zippers are from Hobby Lobby. 

For more details you can head over to my blog, but don't forget to vote for your favorite! I hope you enjoyed my take on candy corn. See you next week and Happy Halloween!