Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Time to Vote! 80's Cartoon Inspired Outfits

Imagine Gnats--I Pity the Fool
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Woo-hoo!! I'm so excited that today is finally here and I get to share my first look with you! I am super in love with this outfit, and I hope you will be too. When I heard the theme, it took me a little time to settle on a cartoon... and then my dear friend Kat reminded me about this, "Catch the action! Catch the mystery! On my show! The best show! Mister T!" That's right, my friends, today we are celebrating Mr. T. More accurately, a pre-teen-girl-Mr-T-inspired look. I wanted all of the pieces of this outfit to relate back to the classic Mr. T wardrobe, but be totally wearable at the same time, either together or separately. If there's one sewing thing that drives me batty, it's spending a bunch of time of garments that I know won't be worn more than once. pity the fool collage 1
So, let's dive into the details of this outfit, shall we? The pants are self-drafted elastic-waist pants with elastic also at the hem (inspired by the Papercut Patterns Anima Pant), made with a funky brown and green animal print. The shirt is my own pattern, the imagine gnats tumble tee, with a modified neckline and fully lined so that it is two comfy layers of natural double gauze, double hemmed, and the arms are finished with gold bias tape. On the back neckline of the shirt is hand embroidered "I pity the fool" in gold metallic thread. I also started with the tumble tee pattern for the vest, drafting an updated and more feminine version of this Mr. T staple but keeping the denim look by using bradford herringbone twill and accenting the back with a piece of metallic gold pleather. But the thing I love the most about this vest is the amazing lining, which is white silk (yes, silk!!) with metallic gold feathers printed on it. I wanted to interpret Mr. T's bling in a wearable way, but was totally stuck on how to do that until I found this amazing gold lamé quilted fabric, and bam! I knew that a chunky infinity scarf (made using this tutorial) would be perfection. The final accessory is a pair of clip-on feather earrings, a super simple jewelry project using feathers from the craft store and basic clip-on earring posts.
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Come check out more pictures and details from the photo shoot on my blog, imagine gnats, but don't forget to vote first!
Spiegelstiksels - A dress for Cheetara
Hello everyone! How I loved the first theme for this season! I’m sure I wasn’t the only one having a very hard time choosing the 80’s cartoon I loved most. Finally I chose ThunderCats to be my inspiration. It was the character Cheetara who drew my attention, especially those figures around her eyes. Thinking about what Cheetara would look like in a dress, I decided to take these red figures as my starting point. The figures were drawn into the bodice pattern and from there on I simply added more lines, to end up with this pieced dress. Well, actually it wasn’t that simple. I needed to be sure that the basic pattern had a perfect fit before adding the lines, because once the pieces were cut I couldn’t make any more adjustments. Otherwise the corners of the different pieces wouldn’t turn out crisp. So some muslin dresses were involved in the process.
Of course Cheetara would need a jacket for chilly evenings. What else could I choose then a faux fur as the main fabric? For the lining I was actually looking for a dotted fabric (a cheetah is basically a large beige cat with black dots, don’t you think?), when I remembered a beautiful off-white lawn in my stash with little black cats printed on it. Don’t they remind you of Cheetara’s hair as well? The jacket is a very basic pattern. It’s simply a bodice with a little extra width and length, of which all darts are eliminated, and a basic sleeve pattern. Finally, I made a headband with cat ears out of the faux fur and the lawn, added to a piece of gold-like bias tape. I ended up crimping my daughter’s hair for the pictures. After all, these were the 80s.

Head over to the blog to see more pictures!

Lily Shine Boutique--Shine Brite

I'm a proud 80's baby and when I first read what Week 1's theme was, I literally squealed out loud with excitement! My first reaction was Rainbow Brite, and then all of my other favorites came to mind- My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, TMNT, and so many more. I currently live in the "rainbow state," with a horse-obsessed four year old so I stuck with my gut and started drafting my Rainbow Brite inspired entry: a flutter sleeve jumpsuit and rainbow parachute/circle skirt.

Immediately following the welcome email, I left for a three week vacation on the mainland with my two girls. I had to be creative and flexible with my design so that it wouldn't keep me tied down to a machine all night, and made from supplies I could easily pick up at a local fabric store. I wanted to somehow incorporate rainbow colors without being too cheesy. One of my favorite memories as a child was when we got to play with the parachute in gym class (you know you loved that day the most too!). I thought to make a circle skirt from iridescent sheer organza, with a soft knit waistband to keep it light for parachute play and functional for wear. I adored wearing jumpsuits as a kid, so comfy and easy (especially those MC Hammer styles!). I drafted a triple flutter sleeve woven top, inspired by the pinafore style worn by Rainbow Brite, and a roomy pleated knit pant together to create a playful romper that would be perfect for a bare-back horse ride. Jumpsuits and rompers are super in style right now, and I loved to create a unique take on a hot trend. I hand dyed the material to a subtle rose pink, knowing she would be modeling on a pristine white horse. I hand beaded each of the three flutters and across the top of the bodice to emulate rainbows and to add a pop of color. And thanks to some wonderful friends at Hardy Farms, my daughter got to play with a beautiful white horse, Doc, just like Rainbow Brite! The jumpsuit is the perfect ode to the 80s and the parachute/circle skirt will be a well loved novelty for my girls. The entire ensemble is a view into my joyous childhood. It was wonderful to share a flashback to my youth with my daughter and see her beaming with delight at the experience. Head over to the blog to see more!

Compagnie M.--Super Mario
Hello I’m Marte from Compagnie M. and I’m proud to present you my first PR&P outfit. When I received the ‘80s cartoons theme, I started digging into my memories. I can remember that my sister and I got our very first Gameboy with the iconic game Super Mario in the late ‘80s! I must not tell you that this present was a special one to me? My very first computer game! As I’m totally into dungarees at the moment, Super Mario and his friend Luigi became my inspiration for this first challenge.
I paired my own new Charles pants / dungarees pattern with the Ole cardigan by Zonen09. This way the total outfit is designed in Belgium! Hooray! :) I added some small details like the button badge, an ‘80s hair tie and look at those sneakers. We love them! For the Charles I choose a dark blue denim, that matches with one of my all time favourite Petit Pan fabrics perfectly well. I don’t have to tell you anymore that I’m a big fan of piping? Especially white one. Always matches and it’s a beautiful contrast with the dark blue. The buttons were sewn on in a ‘flower shape’. The Ole pattern is a reversible cardigan, sewn with nicky velours and some stretch terry with a very light golden sparkle. For true stars! Just like the ‘golden kamsnaps’. When you pair this Ole with my Charles, the orange colour is perfect. But what if you want to pair it with a more subtle outfit? Just turn it inside out and this Ole can be matched with all your favourite garments. Extra soft and warm to wear for the coming winter.
Want to read more about my first PR&P outfit: I have a lot of pictures waiting for you over at Compagnie M.

Shaffer Sisters--Top Duck
We spent most of the 80s in diapers and toddler-hood, so we were introduced to the cartoons of the 80s in after school reruns in the 90s. A favorite after school catch was Duck Tales. To 3 girls from a small town the global experience of 4 little ducks, their uncle and his pilot Launchpad was one of intrigue and excitement. But even with the most extreme situations they always returned home safely. In a small way the story line of duck tales illuminates the essence of childhood dreams; making big plans, having adventures, and returning safely home.

The outfit was based off the aviator style of character of Launchpad. The blousiness of the tunic sleeves is a nod to the sleeve of Launchpad's jacket. The asymmetrical quilting on the aviator style vest  is representative of the unexpected twists and turns the characters experienced in each episode. The colors of Huey is reflected in the red tuxedo strip running down the leg, Dewey is found in the blue of the jegging, Louie in the color of the tunic, the pink flowers in the scarf are represent the character of Webbie. Scrooge and his love of the monetary is represented in the brass V on the side of the pants. Come check out the complete look and reflections at Shaffer Sisters.
Patterns used and modified:
Tunic - Simplicity 3668
Vest- Simplicity 2907
Fishsticks Designs--Go, Go Gadget Fashion!
I grew up in the 1980s, so I was really excited about the theme for Week 1, until I realized I had to pick just one 1980s cartoon! What a hard choice! I knew that I wanted to make this an everyday outfit, so with that in mind, I narrowed it down to a few choices. Since I was sewing for my seven-year-old, I enlisted his help to make the final decision. Jamie's choice? Inspector Gadget! Here's my Go, Go Gadget Fashion ensemble, an everyday outfit inspired by Gadget's own classic inspector's wardrobe with hidden accents that represent his robotic gadgets!
The set is made up of three pieces - jacket, top and pants. I designed the jacket with a trench coat style fit, but with a shorter length to make it more practical for my little guy. Sewn with gray cotton twill and lined with a cotton/linen blend, the jacket is pieced together in the front with plenty of matching topstitching, and it has two huge buttoned pockets for storing notepads and magnifying glasses. The Henley-style top is sewn with cotton pique fabric and cotton/spandex ribbing with cotton/linen accent on the placket. Finally, the royal blue corduroy pants feature double knees, a zipper fly, an elastic back waist, belt loops and a back yoke. For lots more pictures of Inspector Jamie and more details about all three pieces, click over to my blog: Fishsticks Designs.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Week #1: 80's--Cartoon Inspired Looks!

It's here, it's here.  It's finally here!  We are ready to welcome another season on Project Run and Play this week.  And this week---well, it' all about 80's cartoon inspiration.  We can't wait to see your inspiration---Inspector Gadget, Gummy Bears, Muppet Babies, Gem, GI Joe---the possibilities are endless!

Also, here is quick run-down of what the week looks like, in case you are just joining us this time (or keep forgetting the schedule like me!)

Monday-Thursday at 8 pm (MT)--the linky party is open for you to add your version of your 80's inspired look.

Tuesday-Thursday at 8 pm (MT)--the Designer's looks are revealed and the voting is open to choose your favorite look. 

Friday--the votes are tallied (half readers' poll and half judges' scores) to get our results.

Monday--our Sew-Along winner is announced and Week #2 begins!

And now---here's the linky party!    Let's see what you have been up to....

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Meet the Designers: Cassie from Lily Shine Boutique


Hey there! I'm Cassie, owner and designer of  Lily Shine Boutrique. I am originally from Michigan but am currently residing on the island of Oahu. I am a wife to an amazing US Marine and a mom to two beautiful girls. When I'm not sewing or crafting, I am shopping, teaching group exercises classes, co-coordinating a local Military MOPS group or playing with my kiddos!

Growing up, I learned to sew from my mom as I helped design and create halloween costumes each year and handmade gifts for my friends and family. I am so thankful that she passed on her knowledge, and I look forward to my girls learning the art of sewing and designing.

When my first daughter was born, I began sewing boutique style clothing for her and refining my skills through reading blogs, many of which were written by past PRP contestants! Friends and family took interest in purchasing items for their own children, and thus Lily Shine Boutique was born! I love to create custom dresses and outfits for special occasions, sewing cute and quirky everyday wear and recently broadened my work to creating custom pieces for photographers.

I've followed Project Run and Play from the beginning and am absolutely geeked out to actually be a part of the designer team this season! I am more than thrilled to share my passion for designing and sewing with you all and look forward to what this season will bring!
Monday, September 8, 2014

Meet the Designers: Bonnie from Fishsticks Designs

Hello, there, fellow sewing enthusiasts! I’m Bonnie Ferguson from Fishsticks Designs, and I’m absolutely thrilled to get to introduce myself at Project Run & Play! I live a constantly busy life that I absolutely adore as a pattern designer and business owner, and a homeschooling mom to six children. I’m also GiGi to a sweet 3-year-old granddaughter!


My children range in age from 24 all the way down to four. (Yes! I had a one-year-old when my first grandchild was born. I totally recommend it. It makes the transition from mom to grandmom so much easier!) Two of our children are all grown up and living on their own, but we have four still at home – a 16-year-old knitting-genius daughter, a 15-year-old theatre-crazy son, a 7-year-old lego-building-mastermind, and our 4-year-old climb-all-the-things-and-jump-off-of-them boy.  

I love to sew, and sew almost every single day. I have a tendency to sew things that are practical and useful, but still creative and fun to sew! The majority of my sewing is for my two youngest boys. I appreciate the challenge of making things for boys that are modern, cute and easy-to-wear. Now that I have a granddaughter, though, I’m enjoying sewing for her, too! Little girl stuff is too much fun!   I can’t wait to see all of the things sewn for this season of PR&P! Aren’t the themes amazing?! This is going to be so much fun!
Friday, September 5, 2014

Meet the Designers: Nele from Spiegelstiksels

Hello everyone!

I’m Nele and I live in Belgium in the beautiful city of Ghent. I’m a 37 year old sewing perfectionist, who loves prints, color, flowers, collars, pockets, crisp seams, pleats and much more. I’m the wife of a husband who wears me-made Liberty shirts and a mother of 2 girls and 2 boys who place more clothes orders than I can handle. I have been sewing since university, when a friend asked me if I cared to join her to sewing classes in our free time. Before then, it never really occurred to me that I was able to actually make something with my own hands, although the feel of different fabrics have always appealed to me. I was immediately interested in the technical aspects of sewing and pattern drafting. Being the granddaughter of a tailor and a seamstress, and with some relatives in the weaving business, maybe the sewing was already going through my veins. In my mid-twenties, I started doing some costume design for street performances, but once the children came, I have been making clothes for them. I love to make dresses for the girls, shirts for the boys and husband, but also more challenging projects like jackets and coats. From September 2011 until December 2013 I took classes in pattern drafting. My big dream is to – one day – design and make something for myself ;-).

In daily life I work as a staff member for a children’s rights organization and teach at the university college of Antwerp in the department of Teacher Training. I could call my jobs ‘rather demanding’, but I love them. As my perfectionism in sewing is also very time consuming, I hardly get enough sleep from time to time. You can probably guess that I’m a little nervous about participating in Project Run and Play, especially to get everything done in time. But I’m also excited to try. I’ve never really made anything inspired by a given theme, so this is new to me and fun to try. I think this season will be inspiring and I hope that being a contestant will challenge me to try new things.

Of course, you’re very welcome to visit my blog Spiegelstiksels anytime.

Good luck to all the participants of the season!
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Meet the Designers: Rachael from Imagine Gnats

I'm Rachael Gander... all-around crafty lady, fabric enthusiast, blogger, and designer. I have an incredible (and perhaps, at times, compulsive) desire to express myself.

I first learned to sew alongside my mom, but lost interest in the craft until my early twenties when i got my own machine. Over those last fifteen (plus) years, I've experimented with modern quilting, accessories and garment sewing, pattern design, hand-printed fabric, and textile design.

imagine gnats started as a little etsy shop, selling small sewn items to help support my family and also to give me a creative outlet in a corporate world. It's come a long way in just five years... from a hobby to a full-time job. My love of sewing and design has grown as well, and now my own sewing patterns help and inspire others to create.

I aim to inspire others to create, to dream, and to never stop imagining the possibilities that exist within each of us, and I'm so excited to have this opportunity to be a part of Project Run and Play!! I can't wait to see what the other amazing competitors stitch up and to share my inspiration and creations with you!
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Meet the Designers: The Shaffer Sisters

Hi Project Run & Play Readers,

We are three Sisters who, while growing up, shared a room, clothes, and lots of late nights giggling. Out of this tight space developed 3 unusual nicknames (Al, Jo & Scary) and friendship of a lifetime. Growing up we were introduced to the thrill of a last minute sewing project as we spent the 2 weeks leading up to the fair, racing through all 3 labor intensive 4-H sewing projects. This rigorous training exercise prepared us for our future career of blogging as it has helped us reach number of blogging deadlines in the most inopportune moments. We have improved since those elementary days on trimming strings and pressing our items before showcasing (for which we always got docked down by the judges).

Through the births of nearly a dozen children and several cross-state moves we find ourselves still as close as we were in that small space. Two years and 10 moves ago, Al and Scary were sitting around feeding their newborn babies talking about sewing projects and their favorite blogs. Scary said to Al, "Someday, I want to compete on Project Run & Play." Al said, "Well what would it take to do that?" We determined that we should see if we could handle the pressure by sewing along with each of the six weeks. We had a number of close calls, but in that short time we were hooked. We went to work trying to make it happen. Since that fall, no matter how busy we are with kids, moving, cooking, laundry it is not uncommon to hear a sewing machine humming in the background of a phone conversation.
Jo is the oldest and she is the mom of 6, 5 boys (11,9,8,5, almost 1) & 1 girl (3). Her great artistic mind reminds us to keep pushing until the masterpiece is done. She approaches every sewing project from an out-of-the-box perspective and she shows no fear when approaching any project. Scary is the middle and is a mom of 2, 1 boy (4) & 1 girl (2). She is the fuel to the fire of our blog, she never stops working and pushing us to the next level. She is the sewing academic, enjoys learning new techniques. Al is the youngest and mom of 3, 2 girls (4, newborn) & 1 boy (2). She is our perfectionist, she never approaches a project unless she can knock it out of the park. Her mathematical/science driven mind help her understand the most complex design elements.

We are so grateful to the great community of Project Run & Play. Through the encouragement of so many of you, we have grown. We feel as though our sisterhood has been extended beyond our dynamic trio to sisters around the globe.

With Love,
Al, Jo & Scary