Monday, November 16, 2015

Textile Manipulation Design Challenge

This month's link up is ready to go for the Textile Manipulation Design Challenge.  You will have until Friday December 11th to link up and then voting for the Challenge will begin on December 14th.  We can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

November's Challenge

Danielle is back today with her challenge for you this month...and it's a good one!!

I've made quite few different garments over the years, but if I had to choose one element that unified most of them, it would be textile manipulation. If you want to know the truth, sewing isn't always super relaxing for me. But I LOVE hand-dying, painting with dye, stamping with fabric paint, digitally designing and printing fabric, embroidering, quilting, appliqueing, or any other method you can think of that changes basic fabric in some way! In terms of designing, these are all things that can further personalize your vision of exactly what you want to create, and the part of the design process that makes me feel totally zen! I see textile manipulation as a critical element to my design process and hope you will be excited to implement it too!

So the rules are pretty loose on this challenge. Create a garment that incorporates at least one element of textile manipulation, that enhances your design in a meaningful way. It doesn't have to be elaborate. Just meaningful in that it adds to the overall aesthetic of your look.  With the Holidays coming up and many of you making special outfits or jammies, this is a chance to go crazy and be creative! I don't have a specific tutorial for you to follow, because we've already established I am a rotten blogger, but I've created a pinterest page with resources to get you started. In addition, Dharma Trading Co is a where I buy most of my supplies and they have many tutorials and how-to's. Also, feel free to just go off the beaten path here and come up with your own thing. As long as you manipulate your textile in some way, it's fair game! Good luck and I can't wait to see what you create!

And don't forget to wear gloves!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November's Guest: Danielle from My Sparkle

Today we are happy to welcome back Danielle from My Sparkle as our November guest of the month!

Tomorrow she will give you the challenge for the month but today we get to find out what she has been up to since being on Project Run and Play!

Hello! It's great to be back here at Project Run and Play! It's been so long since I participated that I am sure most of you will have no idea who I am.  I'm Danielle Wilson, and this "Every Color in the Box" dress is probably the most memorable thing I made while participating in PR&P season 3.  I grew up sewing with my mother and have always had an interest in clothing design and love being able to create the things that I imagine in my head! I have been a pretty terrible blogger, but I really love this online creative and sewing community. Things in my personal life have made it hard to participate as fully as I would have liked to throughout the past few years, but I really love the connections with amazing people and opportunities that I've had because of it. I used to blog at My Sparkle, which I started like many people as a way to post photos of my kids and projects, but was never super serious about it. I recently launched a new more streamlined website, Danielle Wilson Design.

I hope it will be an avenue to stay connected and share more of the upcoming projects I hope to put out into the world! Through the years I have taken pattern making classes at a local college and several different online classes to learn Adobe Illustrator and PDF pattern making. I really love learning new things, and appreciate a new challenge, so it's hard to for me to focus! In the years since I was on Project Run and Play I have dabbled in many sewing and design related things. Here are a few that I'm most proud of:

Photo courtesy of Merrilee Liddiard

A couple years ago I got to help Merrilee Liddiard with a few of her sewing projects for her Children's craft book "Playful". Merrilee is quite a good seamstress herself and one of the most creative people I've met, but when you are writing a book you don't have time to do everything!  So I helped her develop sewing patterns and directions for a couple of her designs, and sewed a few of the photographed samples (like these dolls and their clothes) for the book. It's a gorgeously creative book with clever ideas and beautiful styling and though I helped in a tiny way, I am really proud to have had any part in it!

Photos by Chaunté Vaughn

Through working with Merrilee, I met Brittany Watson Jepsen, the creative genius behind The House That Lars Built, who was one of the stylists for the book. I was able to collaborate with her and photographer Chaunté Vaughn on an editorial project for Milk Magazine, and create 4 custom dresses inspired by birds! It was a fun and crazy experience and the kind of creative project that gets me really excited.  Milk Magazine is such a huge inspiration for me so contributing there was a dream! You can read more about it here.

I also recently worked with my friend and the mastermind behind kids' clothing brand Rags to Raches, Rachel Nilsson. Rachel worked super hard on her own to develop the adorable and unique romper that has made her brand so successful. I had the opportunity to do some pattern work for her and take her original pattern and remake it into a cropped, tank top version with some added fold-over elastic details. It was such a great experience to take some of my pattern-making and digital drafting knowledge, and work back and forth with her to ensure I was getting the exact fit and detail that she envisioned for her design, and then see it translated into her actual factory produced good. The behind-the-scenes education was so valuable and Rachel was so generous in sharing her knowledge and experience about the process.

I have so many ideas and such a strong desire to put some kind of creative product out into the world, but haven't been able to narrow down exactly what I want to do. I have dabbled in PDF pattern making over the years, and have a few in my very neglected Etsy shop. I'd love to revamp it and really explore this avenue more when I get the time.

Also, I recently launched a little handmade kid's clothing shop called Wandercraft, selling hand-dyed pom-pom trimmed skirts, through Instagram. I am kind of dipping my toe in the waters of my own clothing line, and though sewing everything myself is not sustainable, I am currently exploring having things manufactured. Working with, and having the support and trust of other people who are putting themselves out there creatively has been a boost to my confidence. When the time is right for me and my family, I hope to start a company of my own! We will see what form it takes. I currently spend a lot of time reading books and listening to podcasts about business and entrepreneurship, and sewing the occasional outfit for my kids.

Monday, November 9, 2015

What's Coming!

Tomorrow we get to announce our last challenge for the entire year!

And along the way we will announce what will be happening next year!
(Old format, new seasons, new weekly challenges....and all new you!)

See you tomorrow!

Friday, November 6, 2015

(Finally) The Winner of September's Back to School Challenge!

And the (belated) winner of September's Challenge is....

Courtney from Sweeter than Cupcakes with her modified Avery dress.
Congratulations Courtney!

As the winner she will receive some fantastic prizes from the sponsors of Project Run and Play!

$25 fabric bundle from Riley Blake Designs

$25 gift certificate from Fabric Mart

and a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

Thank you amazing sponsors!!!!  We so appreciate their willingness to donate prizes each month!

And we will see you back here on Monday with some fun announcements!

Monday, November 2, 2015

The top ten...

Alright, FINALLY we have the back to school looks up to be voted on.
(And it's going to be a tough choice...all of these looks are FANTASTIC!)
So, look through all 10 of the entries below and then vote for your favorite!

1. Sweeter Than Cupcakes: Free Motion Applique and the Avery Hack

8.  Lilypadmontana:  Watercolor Floral Peplum

Like I's a tough choice!  Good luck on only choosing just one!
Voting closes on Friday at midnight and the winner will be announced on Monday.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Voting for September in November?


First of please know that we do appreciate your time, your support, and all of you sharing your talents with us...even though right now it may not seem like it.

Over the past 6 weeks Elizabeth and I have dropped off of the face of the planet.  We don't often come out from behind the curtains over here but Elizabeth and I (also named liZ) are the ones who run Project Run and Play and we also run another blog called Simple Simon and Company.

Simple Simon and Company has been limping along during our disappearance (thanks to friends and fellow bloggers) but poor Project Run and Play has suffered.  And we apologize.

Now, I know what you all really want to know is:  Will there be voting on the September entries?  And will Project Run and Play be continuing?  So I will spare you the details of what has taken us away from the time we usually spend on our blogs (becoming foster parents, funerals, home remodeling disasters, physical therapy, and the return of a blood disorder) and tell you that the answer to both questions is YES!

Voting on the top 10 looks from September will begin on Monday, November 2nd and end on Thursday, November 5th.

Then our final round for the year will begin on Monday, November 9th.

During this time we will also be announcing the plans for 2016 and how you can be involved.  (And 2016 is going to be wicked fun...for reals!)

Ok.  The word is will finally start Monday.
Have a fun and safe Halloween weekend with your little ones and we will see you back here again on Monday!