Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Time to Vote! Signature Style Week

It's week 4 and that means signature style week!!! Congrats to our final three but now it's time to vote for who comes in what place...scroll down to the bottom of the post to vote and don't forget to visit their blogs and let them know how well they've done!

PA Country Crafts--The Last Easter Dress


My mother-in-law sewed coordinating Easter dresses for her girls and I thought that was a neat tradition. When my first daughter was a year old I decided to try it, too. I NEVER thought that I would have FIVE daughters to sew dresses for each Easter! It has certainly given me a lot of practice and my sewing skills have come a long way! My daughters often give their input or draw pictures to design their own dresses and I do my best to make them happy. I don’t sew a lot of clothes for them, but they can count on one new dress each spring. So, clearly, Easter dresses are my "signature style.”


Instead of frantically sewing all five dresses in one week as I usually do, I decided to sew a dress for just my oldest daughter. She just turned 13 and I think that this will be the last dress that I make for her. I wanted to make it really special. I let her choose the fabric and she also requested a high-low hem. She LOVES ombre and aqua/teal and everything fabulous, so this dress suits her personality really well! The dress is made from ombre chiffon with a soft rayon lining. I used a lot of french seams and hand stitching because chiffon is a pain to work with! It has a crossover halter bodice which has a pleated chiffon overlay, so I pleated the skirt portion as well. I made a matching hair clip with some scraps that has a great ombre effect, too. Finally, I took scraps from each Easter dress I have made her and made a charm bracelet! I surprised her with it during the photo shoot so it is a really special keepsake. You can see more details and pictures of the first dress that I made on my blog.

 



Duchess & Hare--Into the Blue

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I can't believe I'm here for the final week of Project Run and Play! Thank you, everyone for your support! Signature week has always been my favorite week and I am happy to share with you my signature look. My signature color is definitely blue and I love adding an unexpected pop of color to an otherwise monochromatic scheme. I love to embroider as well so I incorporated embroidery with my pop color on the bodice of my dress.

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The bodice of my self drafted dress features hand embroidered dark rain clouds and rainbow colored rain drops and flowers. I chose a hand dyed indigo cotton as the base of my dress. I love the minor imperfections in the cloth. I feel like it gives the dress more character. I love to use fabric with imperfections and often it doesn't photograph well, but the pieces have so much character in person.

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 My daughter loves the petticoat I drafted and sewed up to wear under this fairly sheer dress. I used batiste and didn't starch it so it stays subtle. The dress has a deep V back and side zip which reminds me so much of the 50s fashion that I love.   Head over to my blog to see more photos of my entry.



 I Married Superman - Peaches & Cream

Shucks guys. Never in a million years would I have believed that I'd be in the final round. I'm so flattered/nervous that I'm simultaneously wanting to hug you all and hide in a box. :) But alas, no time. So let's talk signature style! Truly my signature style is usually to sew wherever the wind takes me, although I tend to like to keep things simple and classic. I find inspiration all over the place, but primarily in the personalities of my kids. And tucked right in the middle of said kids, are my two precious middle girls, Madelyn and Sophia. We like to call them our middies, our little peaches and cream. I can't imagine that being squeezed in the middle of 6 little duckies could be easy, but these girls hold their own in the personality department. So this look is my little tribute to my Peaches and Cream. I love to sew for them. They appreciate all things girly. In the end, I combined my simple style with their fancy feminine tastes and came up with some classic, pretty dresses perfectly suited to my middle girls.

 


 

If you know me at all, you know that I avoid enclosures like the plague. If I can figure out a way not to use zippers, buttons, and what not, I will. That's why neither of these dresses have them. Instead, I sewed Madelyn's dress with a criss-cross back detail that attaches to the gathered bodice. The opening let's her head in easily. I made the dress a maxi dress (per Madelyn's request) and because I didn't want to detract from that pretty peachy/blush flower detail at the bottom, I kept the short sleeves simple and hemmed them and the neckline with homemade bias-tape. Sophia's dress has a wide enough opening at the neckline and flared ties in the back, thus rendering buttons and zippers useless. Hip hip hooray for that. I made big ruffly sleeves and attached it to a gathered scalloped skirt. It's so soft and feminine--perfect for my little sweet cream Sophia. Come over to my blog to see all the pictures, fabric, and pattern modification deets! Thanks for having me friends!
Monday, March 27, 2017

Week 3 Results and Week 4 Sew Along: Signature Style

We sure loved seeing all your sewing interpretations of the Boho Chic theme!  After some super difficult judging, we have a winner: 


Boho Chic by Ma Moose

She wins a $25 gift certificate to Cali Fabrics!



And now we can hardly believe we're to the last week of Project Run & Play...but you all know what that means...

Week 4 (March27):-- "Signature style"

    Design a look that best represents your own unique style, taste, and best showcases your skill set.

Friday, March 24, 2017

And the results are in....

It's Friday and that means it's time for the results....and because all of the projects were so amazing we had one of the closest results we have had in a long time!

So, let's get to it. Our winner this week is I Married Superman with her Country Boho look! Congratulations Bethany for all your efforts!


And sadly we are losing Pear Berry Lane (after a super close call!!). Thank you so much Cassy for being here and for sharing your talents with the world. Your looks have inspired us all to sew and sew and sew!


We will see you back here on Monday with our 4th and final week and the sew-along winner....happy weekend!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Time to Vote!!! Boho

It's Tuesday morning and another week to vote for who will make it to the final three!!! I am kind of in love with the boho trend this spring and seeing all of these outfits makes me want to just make more and more boho looks. Make sure you look at all 4 and then cast your vote! Good luck contestants!


Duchess & Hare--Bohemian Minikin

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I was born in the 70s and was influenced by 70s fashion (and hand me downs) during my impressionable youth. When I think of boho, I always think of maxi dresses, patchwork, high collars and Gunnesax. So, when I saw the prompt for this week, I had to do some serious research to learn what modern boho meant. 

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My mini dress is self drafted and influenced by the boho chic fashion. It has a curved bodice and the hem is lower in the front and back than on the sides. It's made of a white swiss dot fabric with floral borders. All edges are hemmed using a 1/8" rolled hem. I made some tassles and sewed them to bodice to bring in more of the modern boho influence. 

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The vest was also self drafted and definitely 70's influenced. It's open front and patchwork denim added a fun twist to the more modern look of the dress. I think the most fun thing about the boho look is accessorizing! I found a great pair of sunglasses, a big hat, and fringe boots to complete the look. Take a look at my blog post here to see more.

I Married Superman - Country Boho


I feel like "boho" falls into that "difficult" word category where I find myself in the predicament of knowing exactly what I mean without being able to describe at all what I mean to my husband. "What's boho?" he asks. "Um," my mind goes blank. "Like free and flowy?" "What?" "You know. Like sort of modern hippy-ish?" And that's when he knows to just nod his head and say, "I'm sure I'll understand when I see it." Because he just gets me like that. :) But you all know what I mean, right? Sort of wild and free, coachella-esque? Here I go with my excellent descriptive skills again.) Regardless of my inability to explain it, I went with what was in my head on this one. I grew up down a dirt lane out in the country in a little orange brick house built in the early 1900's. Right next to it is an original pioneer log cabin. I love that old country home--it was my main inspiration as I sewed for this round. I actually used said log cabin as the backdrop for my photos.




 
 

For Lila's dress, I designed a maxi-dress in a bold floral print with a loose and flowy, ruffled skirt. I added ruffled bell sleeves for a fun touch. I also added a front keyhole detail to the neck of the dress that I'm kind loving so much. And of course I had to make a flower crown because that's boho. Right? Right??? ;) For Ezra's look, I opted for a cozy fleece/wool sweater with a side placket detailing on one side. I've been saving these little wooden buttons for a few years and I loved the challenge of figuring out how to add them in a fun way. Ezra's pants are jogger style pants with a tie in the front. And pockets always. They're perfect and just loose and stretchy enough for him to hop fences on. Pop over to my blog to see more pics and fabric/pattern modification details!



PA Country Crafts--Sweet Caroline

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My great-grandmother, Caroline, was Bohemian; so “boho” means a little something different to me. She was inspiring! Always resourceful, she made baby quilts from flour sacks and stuffed pigs from polyester scraps. She rose to challenges and made the best out of any situation. That is a bit of what I tried to do this week. We had 2 feet of snow and 3 snow days, so I had to "make do" with what I had on hand. 

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I still tried to incorporate the modern "boho" style in my designs. First, I made a tunic from an old shirt and a pair of leggings from some knit that I had on hand. I drafted my own patterns and created a high-low hem and loose, flutter sleeves. I added embroidery along the neckline to coordinate the two outfits. For the second, my daughter wanted a maxi dress and I found a sheet stuffed under my sewing table that I had picked up on clearance a few years ago. I drafted the pattern to have a drop waist and long, gathered tiers. It also has braided straps that cross in the back, with elastic added to ensure a better fit. The best detail, though, is the hand embroidered placket on the front with buttons my husband and I made from a dowel rod! You can see more pictures and read about my great-grandmother's legacy and a funny ending to our photo shoot on my blog HERE

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Pear Berry Lane--Gone Boho

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Well, another week is here and this week we've gone boho. I really struggled with settling on a plan this week because my oldest (and my husband) spent the week with the flu. I wasn't quite sure if I used her as my model if she would be back in the world of the living or if they clothes I stitched up would fit her by then, bless her heart. Well, she came around and we ended up with a sassy fashionable boho set for the two of my ladies this week. For my oldest I started with the fishtail kimono from Chalk and Notch. The back of this kimono usually has two pieces, including a gathered lower bodice. I blended the two pieces into one and removed the gathered section. I thought it was an appropriate style move for the look I wanted. This fine, drapey fabric gave me a slight fear of serging, so I went ahead used french seams during construction. It was totally worth it. The inside looks as nice as the outside. Next, I used the Lily Shorts from Violette Field Threads. I modified only slightly to get a better fit for my model because she is between sizes. The fun trim was something I grabbed from JoAnn's and I almost didn't use it, but I'm so glad I did. I think it totally sells the boho look with this outfit. The green dolman top was made by tracing an old t-shirt. A dolman shirt paired well with the dolman sleeve of the kimono. I cut the neckband on the bias to give it a little pizzazz. I love doing this with horizontal lines in print. 

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 For my second look I wanted to bring in the handkerchief hemline. I utilized the Boheme Sky pattern from Striped Swallow designs to make this sassy mini dress for my dress loving lady. The bodice features a higher front neckline and a modest scoop back. For this make, rather than focusing on adding trims I wanted to allow the fabric to be the feature, as it is its own artwork. I spent a lot of time fussy cutting the bodice and sleeves to be sure to feature the bold colors in the design. Even without trims it appears to have extra goodies. I'm loving these two combos together. They pair well together with the hints of navy and gold, but aren't too matchy-matchy at the same time. I've have a lot more photos for you to check out of these makes! Be sure to swing by Pear Berry Lane for the entire scoop of this weeks theme. 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Week 2 Results and Week 3 Sew Along: Boho

Wow, you all sure made the color green inspirational!  Huge thanks to all who linked up.  
Last week's sew along winner is:
"Emerald City" by Made of Starlight




She wins a $25 gift certificate to Cali Fabrics!

And now for the week MANY of you said was your favorite theme:

Week 3 (March 20):-- "Boho chic"

Get out the fringe and scarves, this challenge is all about the very hip bohemian style.
Get linking your Boho looks below!


Friday, March 17, 2017

And the Winner is....

This week we've had a contestant who had to drop out for some personal reasons....we always say that family comes first around here...so we wish her well!!!

So, with that said, we just have a winner this week!  And it is Pearberry Lane with her two darling Spring Greenery outfits!! Congratulations!


We will see you Monday for week #3!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Time to Vote!!! Greenery

Thank  you everyone for your patience as we solved our technical problems this morning!  Now you get to see our designer's Greenery looks...and you'll see why we said it was worth the wait!!!


I Married Superman--Greenhouse Girls

I loved how this weeks "greenery" theme challenged me to think outside the box. I mean, green is great and all but the last thing I wanted to do was make a bunch of little outfits only fit for leprechauns to wear. :) My main focus was to showcase how truly beautiful green can be. Especially Pantone's 2017 color of the year "greenery." It really can enhance other colors and make things pop. My Dad is a florist and a horticulture professor. He teaches floral design at a local university and one of my favorite things to do as a child was to go to his classroom after he was finished teaching a class. I loved to gather the leftover greenery and unused flower scraps from the floor and make my own "kid" arrangements. Dad taught me how to see beauty in old rose stems, ferns, and leaves--basically, what would have been garbage. He showed me that the "greenery" was just as important as the flowers and that it could really enrich and compliment an arrangement. 


My object as I sewed was to use the green like I would in a floral arrangement. Adding little pops of it here and there on each dress. Look for green buttons, ric rac, scallops, a green sash and even green leaves on some of the fabric. As far as the style of each dress, I tried to make everything simple, light and understated, with fun little twists and details. You'll find ruffles, french seams, blind hems, elastic, matched up stripes, pleats, piping, invisible zippers, capped sleeves, lined 3/4 length sleeves with a little puff, and lots of layers to make each dress flouncy and fluffy. Nothing looks prettier to me than a classic white dress with a little pop of green in the sash. And lemon fabric? Yes please! It all just screams fresh springtime. We took these pictures in a beautiful jungle themed greenhouse. It was the perfect place for a little lemon/lime picnic. Come see more pictures and details or just come drool over my adorable twin babies (you know you want to) over on my blog



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Some of us have been frustrated with the weather lately, but when we got a little bit of snow on Friday, I realized that it perfectly mirrored what I was trying to create. Like the bits of green grass and daffodils peeking up out of the cold snow to bring new life, I aimed to create something beautiful out of things that were unwanted. 

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When we got the challenge of greenery, I immediately pictured a piece of vintage fabric that I had stored in my shed. It came from someone's attic and had been used for something else a long time ago. I wanted to take something that was long forgotten and give it new life - a full, vintage style skirt. I paired it with a crisp, white swiss dot shirt that has vintage bias tape trims to add a hint of color from within. To take it a step further, I created a matching doll outfit from the scraps. For the second outfit, I used two old t-shirts and some vintage lace to create a new shirt in the same color scheme. The beautiful lace eyelet skirt used to be part of a dress I found at the thrift store. So, even though things may be looking like a winter mess where I live today, I know that it is going to be OK: spring and all of the beauty that comes with it will be here soon. (P.S. You can read more on my blog HERE.)

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Pear Berry Lane



Spring Greenery only exists in our dreams currently, but I just know it will be coming soon! We are currently surrounded by the deadliness of winter. I designed looks for my twins inspired by the green and floral colors I know be just around the corner. To start off our first look I have a hi-lo dress. This dress started with a fitted bodice from the Lil Luxe Dress and I designed the gathered hi-lo skirt with tulle underlay. For this week I really wanted to focus on what makes quality high-end pieces. This dress features under-stitching throughout the bodice and sleeves along with an enclosed seam at the waist which I hand-stitched to get a clean finish. I also included french seams on the four layers of green tulle skirting. The hi-lo skirt is finished with a matching green bias tape facing. It was a great choice for finishing the curved lines of the skirt. The back bodice includes a deep feminine scoop with a hidden button closure, but I added two decorative over sized buttons for a nice pop in the back. To finish of this look I made a floral fabric hair piece featuring the same fabric and tulle as the dress with a button accent.

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For my second look I went with a skirt and shirt combo. I started with a beautiful green and pink floral for the skirt. I began with a pattern from Violette Field Threads, however I wanted a fitted skirt rather than an elastic back. I modified the back by removing the elastic, adjusting the waistline to my models measurements and adding a button placket. Again, I was sure to give the insides a clean finished by using an enclosed seam at the waist. I found some fancy buttons that matched the pink in the floral perfectly. I designed the four pocket apron myself and added some decorative stitching across the top as well as some pink ruffle trim along the bottom. I just think an apron screams spring because my girls will just fill those pockets with all the little flowers (namely dandelions and clovers) they can find. Collecting flowers and berries are two things they really enjoy doing. For the top I started with the bodice of the Isla Dress from Simple Life Pattern Company. I extended the bodice and then scooped out the back neckline to mimic that of the first outfit. Lastly, I created the ruched center panel. The ruching is my way of incorporating the vibes of leafy greens...in a pink shirt. Maybe I'm reaching here. To finish off this floral spring look I made a bow-tie necklace and a headband. The bow of the necklace is from 421 Meyers Studio boys bow-tie pattern. I left off the neckband and attached some hardware to create the necklace. I LOVE the bow as a necklace and even got to break into my husband's toolbox for hardware tools. These looks pair together beautifully to represent the bright spring greenery and florals we are looking forward to when spring finally arrives. For even more photos and details, stop by my blog, Pear Berry Lane for the entire story of these spring greenery creations.

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Duchess & Hare--Forest Ferns
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Thank you so much for your support last week! I'm so happy to be back for Week 2! To me, greenery is more than just the color green. It's the color of plants. It's the color of new life. It's the color of spring! I knew my look would have to incorporate botanicals somehow and the easiest way to do that was with a crown. I used some lovely ferns for most of the crown and accented it with ranunculus, an early spring flower, to add some color. This is the first time I've made a crown and I think there will be more in my future!

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The necklace is made from some lovely pieces of moss-like green jasper, glass seed beads and silver findings. I loved the addition of the mossy beads to the neckline to bring more nature to the look.

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I found a botanical fabric featuring limes and greenery that I used as a base dress for my look. Over the top, I layered a lovely green shot cotton. The overlay is hand smocked and hand beaded with fresh water pearls and the back of the dress is hand draped to show off more of the under dress. For more about my look, head over to my blog here.

Beside the technical difficulties this morning, we've received word that one contestant has had to drop out due to a personal crisis.  We are so sorry to see her go, and ask that you would keep her in your thoughts.
That means this week, we will have a winning entry, but NO ONE will be eliminated!  Cast your vote below.  Voting is extended to noon on Friday due to the delay this morning...



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