Friday, August 14, 2020

Designer Interview: Kari of That's Sew Kari

 It's time for another Designer Interview!  This week we go to ask Kari of That's Sew Kari a few questions.  She was a designer on the most recent Season, Season 23.

What have you been doing since your Season on Project Run & Play?

I have been sewing up a storm (promoting fabrics and patterns) and really enjoying keeping busy with it. My girls are also loving all the new clothes!!


What was your favorite part of your experience on Project Run & Play?

My favorite part of PRP was seeing everything come together each week, albeit sometimes at the very last minute. My presentation of Fairytale Week was probably the most fun when I made up fake social media to show the pictures.

What would you have done differently on your Season if you could do it over?

I wish I had heeded the advice to start early!! HAHA. I literally sewed like crazy to make each deadline.


What did you learn sewing skill-wise from your challenge?

I got really good at inserting zippers! I used 7 zippers in 3 of the 4 weeks.

How did your family react/help during your experience?

They were very supportive! I was lucky my girls indulged me for all the photos and countless fittings. (It helped that I compensated them...haha!!)

Any make-it-work moments?

I couldn't find any stretch denim in the color I wanted for Week 3 so I turned the denim inside out so it was a lighter color.

Advice for future competitors?

Don't overthink the themes. I spent way too much time second-guessing whether I was headed in the right direction with the prompts.

Did you have any ideas that totally bombed and you had to switch gears?

I switched gears every single week. LOL I literally had a pile of "discarded" projects by the end of the four weeks. My biggest was changing the entire color scheme of Week 1 a few days before it was due.


Anything else you want to share?

This was the craziest, stressful, most fun whirlwind of 4 weeks, but I'm glad I took a chance. I'd definitely do it all over again!!

Thank you so much, Kari! Besides following along on That's Sew Kari, you can be inspired by her on Instagram here.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Take Me Back with LBG Studio

Thank you all so much for your delightful response to our new series:

Take Me Back Tuesday!

We love diving into the details of a look, so let's examine another creation.  This look is by Vanessa of LBG Studio from Season 6 Week 1: The Party Dress pattern remix.


 Everything about this iconic look is SO AMAZING! 

This little gal is wearing 3 pieces.  A woven top, fun shorts, and that adorable cardigan.  Let's break it down:


Woven top pattern: The Maria Blouse pattern would work very nicely here.  It has the button front, and would be very simple to eliminate the collar and those tiny flutter sleeves.  

Woven top fabric: So many fabrics could really shine here, but this adorable cotton lawn from Cotton + Steel would steal the show for sure!  The color scheme is the same, and the comfort level would be through the roof!!!


Woven Shorts pattern: The Seed Pattern has a shorts option, did you know that?  And of course they're adorable!  They would add just the right touch here for sure.

Woven shorts fabric: Chambray is not only the perfect weight fabric for these cute shorts, but would make a very comfortable garment too!  


Cardigan pattern: After Vanessa drafted this cute cardigan, so many people begged her to make it into a pattern that (fortunately for us!!!) she obliged!  You can get the Aster Cardigan pattern here in the shop.  

Cardigan fabric: This mustard jersey fabric would be perfect weight for fall layering.  And the pop of color makes this outfit really shine!

Alright, here it is all together:



Location & Photography: Vanessa took these photos on a blank white background and it's the perfect choice for letting this outfit pop.  The striped tights are such a fun addition to this look, don't you think?

What else did you notice about this look?

See what the other designers created for the Party Dress Remix theme here.
More details on Vanessa's site here.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Designer Interview: Anne of Sofilantjes

We're back with another installment of the Designer Interviews series.  We LOVE the designers of Project Run & Play Seasons so much, that we bring them back occasionally and ask them questions.  

Today's featured designer is Anne of Sofilantjes.  She was a designer on Season 20.

What have you been doing since your Season on Project Run & Play?

Working, designing. Mostly still enjoying the full creative process. I’ve also released a pattern (the Via Top, Tunic and Dress) in the Project Street Style collection.

What was your favorite part of your experience on Project Run & Play?

I loved being challenged and sewing out of my comfort zone. It also helps the other participants were all so sweet and so talented!


What would you have done differently on your Season if you could do it over?

Nothing to be honest. I still love everything I made.


Funny behind the scenes story?

We did a photo shoot with the little one and it ended up With her eating the rose petals.

How did your family react/help during your experience?

They were all so excited. My husband helped me brainstorm on new ideas.


Advice for future competitors?

Enjoy the full process and plan ahead.


Did you have any ideas that totally bombed and you had to switch gears?

Yes! I totally messed up the finals. I guess I was lucky that was the week I dropped out. I would have never made it without skipping a few night’s sleep!


Thank you so much, Anne! Besides following along with her on Sofilantjes, you can find Anne on Instagram too.

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