Friday, February 5, 2016

Season 11 Prize Package

Wasn't it a great week?  I am so inspired to sew up some cute knits for spring now and I LOVE how you could see everyone's personalities and design styles in each of their outfits!  We are going to make you wait a few days longer for the results but in the meantime let's talk about prizes! (And we do have a new one to talk about....)

The prizes for Season 11 are amazing, as usual, thanks to our sponsors---and we are so grateful for them!  We actually do have some giveaways for you along the way too.

The NEW prize this season comes to us from Up Craft Club----and the winner of Season 11 will have the opportunity to have one of their designs made into a REAL LIVE GRADED PDF PATTERN that will be for sale at Up Craft Club under the Project Run and Play Design as well as in some retail stores across the country.  We are so excited to work with Up Craft Club on this new adventure for PR&P and hope that there will be many designs made for all of us at home to re-create some of our favorite looks from this and future seasons!
Season 11 Prizes

First Place Winner
Up Craft Club's PATTERN made from one of the winning designer's look!!! (Upwards of $500!)
$100 Gift Card to Fabric Mart
$100 Gift Card to Fat Quarter Shop
$100 Fabric Bundle from Riley Blake Designs
$50 Gift Card to Ananemone Clothing Labels 

Second Place Winner
$75 Fabric Bundle from Riley Blake Designs
$50 Gift Card to Fat Quarter Shop
$50 Gift Card to Fabric Mart
$35 Gift Card to Ananemone Clothing Labels 
$25 Gift Card to Blank Slate Patterns
$20 Gift Card to Peek-A-Book Pattern Shop
Pattern of Choice from Hey June Handmade

Third Place Winner
$75 Fabric Bundle from Riley Blake Designs
$50 Gift Card to Fat Quarter Shop
$50 Gift Card to Fabric Mart
$35 Gift Card to Ananemone Clothing Labels
$25 Gift Card to Sew Much Ado
$20 Gift Card to Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop
Pattern of Choice from Hey June Handmade

And not to leave out our other contestants who have worked so long and hard....they will be getting a sewing bundle filled with fabrics and supplies from a variety of sponsors that we will show you on Monday!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Time to Vote--Nothing But Knit Challenge!

Today is voting day and we are so excited for this new season of Project Run and Play! Please be sure to share with all your friends that we are back and this is going to be a great year!

Remember to scroll through to see and read about all six contestants' looks and then vote for your favorite at the bottom of the post.  The voting is a little different this season---50% comes from your votes and 50% of their total scores come from how they rank each other (not including their own look) so make sure you vote.....they need you!  It is one vote per computer/IP address....and good luck to all of our designers...we love them so!!!!

Sewing Mama RaeAnna--Once Upon a Dream

PRP week 1 Aurora
Working with knit is one of my guilty pleasures. No fraying, comfortable weight, and forgiving in sizing! There's always the occasional annoying raw edge that likes to curl too much, but I do prefer to work with knit over wovens for our wardrobe! I loved seeing the challenge prompt and quickly got to work in my sketchbook to create some ideas of the outfit for week 1! My inspiration for what I came up with is Disney and Princess Aurora! 4 years ago when I started my blog I could have only DREAMED that I would be selected to participate in a Project Run & Play season! I'm so excited to be here and share my Disney inspired looks! PRP week 1 Aurora
 PRP week 1 Aurora
The patterns I modified were:
  1. Go-To Leggings
  2. Sew Like My Mom Snapdragon Dress
  3. See Kate Sew Explorer Hoodiez
I did a little modification on all the patterns, but the biggest change I made was to the Explorer Hoodie. I omitted the front zipper and instead of a kangaroo pocket on the front, I created side seam pockets! I needed to have room on the hoodie for my applique and embroidery obsession. (I live in the south. We go by the motto of "must.monogram.all.the.things.") If you'd like the cut files for free, or see an easy tutorial on how to add seam pockets, come check out my blog post for details and more pictures! (Oh, and as an added bonus, I also included a picture of my mishap - I actually pricked my finger while sewing the leggings! If that doesn't make for a good story of an inspired Sleeping Beauty outfit, I don't know what does!? LOL!)

Sweeter Than Cupcakes - Athleisure: Blurring the Lines
Athleisure apparel is the new business casual of 2016. The trend blurs the lines between athletic wear and your daily wardrobe. For a sewing challenge that is all about knits, applying this style to kids seemed to be the perfect fit. I created a look that could easily transition from soccer practice to a movie date with Daddy. The cardigan is the key accessory that takes the look from just function to trendy fashion. Using a pattern from a Japanese sewing book, I lengthened and slimmed the design slightly for the fit I was looking for. Because I love the look of quilted sweatshirt fabric, I incorporated quilted details for the oversized collar and pockets.
The knit pieces underneath are all about function, but they still have plenty of style. Swap the boots for tennis shoes, and she's off and running. The colors of gray, navy, coral, and aqua keep it fresh without being overly sporty. For the top, I started with the Cecille Peplum by Lilygiggle. I omitted the overskirt, redrafted the sleeve to be fitted instead of bishop style, and had some fun with color blocking. The curved lines come together for a nice, sleek look. For the leggings, I used the basic Dressage Leggings by Jennuine Design. I split the pattern just to the outside of the knee to include a strip of faux piping. 
I hope you will stop by Sweeter Than Cupcakes for a closer look!

Naeh--Connection--Let's Go Fishing
  Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week1: Let's go Fishing (header) by Näh-Connection
Nothing but knit is basically the perfect theme for me. 90% of my sewing is knit, so I loved that theme right away. I chose to sew for both of my kids. I didn't want them to be too matchy-matchy, but still chose to work with the same color scheme: blue/white with a pop of pink and mint. My daughter's dress is inspired by a dress that I saw some time ago. I'm a real sucker for boatnecks and I love how the pleats (instead of the gathers that are commonly used in knit dresses) give it a bit more polished look. I started of with the Beachy Boatneck by Blank Slate Patterns, cut it at the waist and added a self-drafted skirt with nice big pockets and those cute pleats. To finish her look and to make it winter appropriate I sewed a color-blocked cardigan out of 3 different sweater knits with drop-down shoulders based on the New York Sweater pattern by Rapantinchen. I cut off some length of the sweater, drafted the front pieces and finished the edges with a facing that goes all around the cardigan (neckline, front and hem). I edgestitched the facing in place in place, changing thread color according to the color of the respective part of the cardigan (pink front, blue back) to get a clean look. I was planning to add a blue button to the front, but my daughter had a very strong opinion about it: „If you add a button, I will never wear it“, so no button it was. Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week1: Let's go Fishing (collage 1) by Näh-Connection
 My son's outfit consists of three pieces to achieve a fun layered look. For his sweater and pants I altered an Ottobre (4/2015) pattern to include two separate front panels with pockets. I used a blue/white striped interlock to create a chevron effect at the front panels. The pants have an elasticized waist, so the drawstring isn't really necessary to keep them in place, but adds some cuteness. I used two square pieces of SnapPap under the grommets to stabilize the knit and on the knee patches. The button-up is a gingham that is often used in German clothing. I used the Prepster Pullover from Blank Slate Patterns for the shirt: I added a chest welt-pocket, a collar and changed the sleeve placket. I love how the details make it unique and different. The last piece is a Polo Shirt. I used the Hemlock Top by E&E Patterns and added the button placket and collar and divided the front and back pattern pieces into four pieces (white, blue, mint, blue) by cutting them diagonally with varying angles. The last detail of the Polo Shirt is a pink octopus-applique that adds that little bit of fun. The octopus has a "3" as my son's  look was also his birthday outfit last week. I've made it a tradition to sew my kids birthday shirts and love that this one here isn't too obvious. For more photos and details, please head over to my blog and leave me a (nice) comment.

Sew Like My Mom--Little Boxes
Sew Like My Mom | Little Boxes
 When I saw the theme this week was Nothing but Knit, I immediately knew I wanted to do a simple little dress with some fun embroidery. So I drafted this basic a-line with a back button placket and side seam pockets and got to sewing! I'm on an aqua kick these days and when I saw this ponte in the store it was calling my name. The math on the embroidery was pretty easy, but the sewing of the embroidery took me several days. I just LOVE how it all came together! I drafted and made her little striped socks, too, and they added the perfect graphic touch to our outfit.
  Sew Like My Mom | Little Boxes
 Ella loves the song "Little Boxes" and asked me how many boxes I was going to sew on the front, so really, she named her dress! She's coming up with every excuse under the sun to wear it and it has already made several trips to the grocery store and the playground. I can't wait for it to warm enough for her to wear it more, and I can't wait to do more large graphic embroidery!
  Sew Like My Mom | Little Boxes

Glitter + Wit--Winter Brights
Winter Brights by Glitter+Wit

The Story: My 'Nothing but Knit' look is inspired by that strange time between seasons. Is it still Winter? Is Spring here already? Is 'Sprinter' a season? Our Missouri winter has been incredibly mild this year--I took these photos on a sixty degree day! Even so, it is not quite time to pack up the cold-weather wardrobe. This week, I bring you an eclectic outfit highlighting the best of both seasons: Winter Brights. I've sewn some cozy closet staples and "Springed" them up by pairing them with bright colors, a floral print, and yes--even sandals! I committed myself to strict adherence to the theme; the only thing that doesn't stretch is the thread!

  Winter Brights 2

The Sewing: I chose to create two main garments and two accessories. I suppose I shall start at the top and work my way down. The reversible eared hat (my own pattern) features a cream-colored knit faux-fur and a contrast textured nylon/lycra reverse, finished with gold ties at the chin. Next is the relaxed-fit sweater. I modified the Rowan Tee pattern (Titchy Threads) to include a turtle neck (tutorial via Petit a Petit and Family), a slight drop in the shoulder, and cuffed three quarter length sleeves. I also sized up for a more relaxed fit, and to accommodate the stretch of the sweater knit fabric. My favorite part of the sweater can't even be seen when worn--I finished all seams by enclosing them in matching fold-over elastic. The jumper is the Mont Blanc pattern (Sew What Club), modified to eliminate the separate waistband, and to include an interesting hemline. The high-low hem has a slit in the center back, creating a coattail-ish effect. I lined the floral scuba knit completely with a neon nylon/lycra activewear fabric, and fashioned knit fabrics into tassels to add interest to the bodice. No changes were made to the tights pattern (Abby's Footed Tights by The Wolf and the Tree), except to match my daughter's measurements. I used the same textured fabric to add balance to the outfit as a whole (and they are nice and warm, too). Last, the look is complete with the addition of neon jelly sandals. Why? Because if anyone can pull off a sock+sandal look, it's this kid! To see and read more, visit my blog.

Winter Brights 3

The Inspired Wren--Plum Perfect

Plum Perfect by The Inspired Wren for Project Run & Play, Season 11 Week 1: Knits!

Yay knits! My daughter, The Peanut, lives in them. I sewed with them for years before I even owned a serger. I couldn't wait to get sewing for this challenge! This seemingly simple A-line is sporty yet feminine, sophisticated yet youthful, and a dress with a lot of attention to details. Let's break them down. I drafted the dress off a slim-fit knit tee-shirt block that was already adjusted to size 5 wide by 6-7 long. The bodice features a contrast back yoke with the shoulder seam shifted off the top of the shoulder forward to the collarbone -- bringing a touch of that plum color to the front. The fully lined dress has an under-stitched neckline and includes a hoodie made from a fine sweater knit. The hood is constructed with a french-seam sewn down with a stretch stitch; it's a faux flat-felled center seam. The delicate sweater knit is repeated in the extended sleeve cuffs. The bottom finish is a reverse hem, sewn with a visible stretch stitch, creating a band of contrast from the lining fabric.

Plum Perfect by The Inspired Wren for Project Run & Play, Season 11 Week 1: Knits!

The outfit is kept playful with a pair striped footless tights. The tights began as GoTo Leggings drafted size 4 wide by 6 long then cut and sewn to be extra slim. My model insists on shorts under dresses, so I appeased her comfort by color-blocking the legs with the solid plum from waist to thigh, and stripes down the remainder of the leg. Ta da! Built in "shorts."

Plum Perfect by The Inspired Wren for Project Run & Play, Season 11 Week 1: Knits!

Come see and learn more about this Plum Perfect outfit at The Inspired Wren: including the fabric (that variegated floral is a sheer over the solid lining and the delicate sweater knit wouldn't stop running); the finishing on the innards; and the outtakes of a certain uncooperative model, too.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Project Run and Play Season 11 Begins Today!!!

Today we are so excited to start Season 11 of Project Run and Play!!!

Just for a quick review....this is a sewing and designing contest FOR CHILDREN'S CLOTHING with 4 weeks, 6 contestants, voting, and a sew along!

Today we announce this weeks challenge which is "Nothing but Knit". (Now even though it's called "Nothing but Knit" you can use other fabric as well...but the majority of your look should be made using knit.)

And we also get to open the linky party for the sew along where you are invited to share your looks for this weeks challenge.  (And each week one lucky sew along look will be chosen for a prize!)

Tomorrow we reveal the contestants looks and voting will begin and end on Thursday night at 8 pm.

Friday we will be having a fun giveaway!
Then Monday we will be back with the results for both the contestants and the sew along/linky party ladies!

So there is the line up!
We are so excited to get started and see what all of you create!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Meet The Designers: Courtney from Sweeter Than Cupcakes

I’m still pinching myself that my name is on the designers list for Project Run & Play!! I’ve been sewing along for years. In fact, I have caught myself talking about it to non-sewing friends as if Project Run and Play is common knowledge in all walks of life. Well, I’ve been spreading the word, so between all of us maybe one day it will be a regular topic in neighborhood coffee shops!

My name is Courtney, and I blog over at Sweeter Than Cupcakes. When I left the corporate world to stay home with two daughters, I found my strengths as a structural engineer lent themselves to an even greater joy found in the technical, mathematical, and artistic demands of sewing. A six month old daughter, an encouraging Mom, and a very old hand-me-down sewing machine came together at the perfect time providing inspiration for what is now a passionate hobby. Over 6 years later, with updated machines, a supply of tools, and endless motivation from favorite designers, I am sewing daily and always looking for new challenges. I love to blog about my sewing adventures. More recently, I became a social media coordinator for MODKID where I host sew-alongs, provide tutorials, and share lots of Modkid inspiration. 

I am looking forward to contributing my own style and stepping up to the challenges of Project Run & Play.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Meet The Designer: RaeAnna from Sewing Mama RaeAnna

I'm RaeAnna from Sewing Mama RaeAnna and I'm ecstatic to be a contestant this season!  I've followed PR&P for years and it's hard to believe I am actually competing!  I'm still waiting for someone to pinch me!  I started my blog in 2011 when my daughter was born and I've been sewing since 2009.  Like so many friends I've met in our virtual sewing circles, the bug hit me when I became a mommy and wanted to create clothes for my kids!  I started off with Children's Corner patterns and still consider myself a person drawn to the classic Southern style in kids clothes.  I love my embroidery machine and my Silhouette Cameo for embellishing outfits with embroidery or vinyl and you'll see that a lot in my looks!  
The past couple years I haven't been as active on my blog as when my kids were younger.  Outside of sewing, I teach private piano lessons, Music with Mommie classes, and I homeschool my kiddos!  I am amazed at the growth in the sewing community - especially online!  It's great to see so many moms, grandmas, aunts, dads, etc. taking up the art of sewing and expressing creativity through making clothes and other handmade items!  I would love to connect with you online!  You can find me at, on FaceBook and Instagram @sewingmamaraeanna!  
Monday, January 25, 2016

Meet The Designer: Natasha from Glitter+Wit

My name is Tasha Early, and I am pretty much obsessed with sewing (you may know me better as Glitter+Wit). I live in Springfield, Missouri with my husband of eight years and two kiddos: Emerson (age 4) and Felix (age 2). I am a SAHM turned WAHM--I love sewing so much that I actually design and manufacture my own children's clothing and accessory line in my home studio! I have been sewing for eight years-- in that time I taught myself the basics, enrolled in university sewing courses, worked for two years as an alterations seamstress, and sewed every single thing my daughter wore for over a year. I started a sewing blog, made friends with many amazing seamstresses around the world, sewed and blogged like crazy, and eventually stopped blogging altogether when I realized I could actually make a business out of sewing. I started selling my handmade clothing and accessories a little less than two years ago, via my online shop and at indie craft fairs in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri. I eat+breathe+live sewing--any and all hobbies I have revolve around sewing. I love shopping (for fabric). I love watching movies+television (while I sew).

My sewing style is very eclectic. Much of my inspiration is derived from the fabrics in my studio--I love working with different textures and mixing prints. My sewing skill is certainly fine, but I feel my real strength comes from my eye for color and the unexpected way I combine fabrics, textures, prints, and techniques. If you click around my poor, neglected blog you'll get a feel for my core sewing aesthetic. And if you have a peek at my shop, you'll find the kind of sewing I've been up to more recently. I have always been competitive, so naturally competing in Project Run and Play has been a dream of mine for years! This season is going to be crazy good. Crazy, because I always procrastinate. Good, because THOSE THEMES + THESE COMPETITORS. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Meet The Designer: Ren from The Inspired Wren

Hello Project Run & Play! I’m Ren Murphy a sewer, crocheter, designer, and blogger. While my husband's at work and my daughter's in school, I fill my time by scattering random threads into every corner of my home and by sharing inspired sewing, crochet, and crafts at The Inspired Wren. I’m so very excited to be here this season.
Ren is short for Renée and I'll answer to either and probably not even notice which you use. I had a career as a graphic designer for 12+ years until my daughter, The Peanut, was born. The online sewing community and sewing blogs inspired me to get back into sewing after a decade and half hiatus. They introduced me to PDF patterns and changed my game by teaching me to go off-pattern—to completely alter a pattern into something else, to mash two patterns together, and to draft my own patterns—before that I would never have dreamed of straying from the directions of the Big Four.
I began The Inspired Wren two years ago in part because I was inspired by contestants on Project Run & Play and I wanted to join in. I can’t believe I’m here! Now I blog to inspire in turn: showcasing what I’ve made and learned; producing engaging tutorials and patterns; and being an active part of the on-line sewing community (like this group of amazing, talented women in Season 11—how lucky am I right now?!).
When I sew I’m thrilled by clean lines, neutral colors with bright accents, femininity without twee, and youth without ruffles. I’m excited to see what everyone produces and I cannot wait to show you what I’ve been inspired to create for each of the challenges this season on Project Run & Play. Until then, come visit The Inspired Wren for a look back at previous PRP sews and maybe a few sneak peeks of this season, too.

Here’s to a great season for all of us!