This weeks challenge was all about stripes and polka dots and how to incorporate them into a design. Today we are excited to share with you all the different directions that our designers went with this challenge.
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The Crafty Cupboard-- Stripe a Cord
My inspiration for this “Stripe a Cord” (short for corduroy!) outfit stemmed from necessity! My daughter has very particular taste when it comes to clothes, especially the material and the fit. I had to carefully pick every item, but now this little drama queen is ready for an evening out with her daddy, looking fashionable in her jeggings, cowl-neck dolman tunic, and stylish corduroy jacket. Comfort is key for this outfit, and the stretchy jeggings (made using an existing pair of leggings as a pattern) are her current favorite, especially since she can put her boots on without worrying about her pants bunching in the boot!
The sweet striped dolman top is made out of lightweight jersey knit. It had the perfect drape for adding a cowl neck, so with a few alterations to a pattern made from an existing shirt, the shirt hangs maturely at the front in a little cowl while keeping the stripes horizontal. A band at the bottom of the shirt and at each sleeve opening finished it off, making it much more than a regular t-shirt! The material is super soft (VERY important to the little fashionista!) and such a cheerful yellow. The neckline was finished with a serger and then hemmed using a double needle for a professional finishing touch. Because a cowl neck dips lower than a regular t-shirt neckline, I made an undershirt from her dad’s t-shirt to keep it modest.
The crème de la crème of this outfit is the cute and comfy corduroy jacket. Based off of Simplicity 2526, I altered the pattern to create a more full (almost “skirted”) bottom with pleated front panels, and a pleated back panel. I also added a polka-dot pleated lining to the jacket, polka-dot side pockets, and the front faux pockets have the same polka-dot fabric on the underside. I completed the look with a row of yellow and white polka-dot fabric-covered buttons down the front. She loved this jacket so much and insisted on wearing it everywhere, including napping on the way to the photo shoot and adding her own touch of wrinkles and drool to the ensemble ;)
To see more photos and learn more about the construction, visit my blog, The Crafty Cupboard!
Cathgrace--Polka Dot Art Smock
www.cathgrace.com) for more photos and details, as there is just too much to really capture here.
Winter W3--Collegiate Cool
This week's challenge was one I looked forward to stretching me out of my comfort zone. I rarely use mixed prints in my designs... so this was the perfect challenge to push me past my fears and to dive into mixing prints in a wearable way. I thought about it and immediately remembered that my favorite outfit on baby girl last summer was a subtle very pale pink on white striped onesie with a polka dot skirt in the same subtle tones - both pieces were hand-me-downs from different people and alone were 'ok', but when paired together became WOW! Of course I didn't want to recreate this look so I decided I was making something for the BOYS ;o) But the idea of subtle patterns mixed together stuck and was my starting point for this look - a starting point that then had to get shaken up with the addition of my very loud, very non-subtle, very most favorite color ~ RED!
I made every piece you see here (except the shoes and cell phone ;op). And every piece incorporates at least one stripe or polka dot.
Button Up Collared Shirt: White on White Dot - Check
Tie: Shades of Grey Dot w/ Red &White Dot lining - Check
V neck Sweater: Shades of Grey Dot internal neck binding - Check
Blazer: Black&White Stripe w/ White&Red Dot - Red&White Stripe lining and Shades of Grey Dot Trim - Check
Pants: Black&White Stripe and Shades of Grey Dot detailing on front and back pockets and fly - Check
I love how this look turned out, and I love how my little man looks in it!!! Check out the many many more photos and details HERE at my blog.
Woohoo! It's week 2 of Project Run and Play and it's been quite the week! Lots of late nights and 'make it work' moments. Ok, down to business...this week's challenge was to incorporate dots and stripes into our design. That was actually kind of tough for me. I really wanted to use the aqua/white stripe french terry in my design and needed to work around that. Since it's pretty bold, I wanted to combine it with something subtle and that's where the polka dot skinny jeans come into the picture. Polka dot denim is definitely on trend at the moment and I thought it would be a good fit for the stripe-y v neck pullover. I used french terry cloth for the entire pullover and added a small jersey knit pocket for a pop of color. Again, I used Rae's Skinny Tee pattern as a sloper for drafting my pattern. This was my first time sewing a v neck style top and found a helpful tutorial here.
Polka dot denim is not something I could just pick up at my local fabric store (boo!). I thought about trying to paint or print my own but luckily I struck gold at Old Navy's clearance rack. I found a pair of women's size 0 polka dot skinny jeans and figured I might just be able to get enough fabric to create my own pair for the kiddo. I do want to clarify that the jeans I made were not a re-fashion project but made from scratch using "salvaged" fabric. I used a pair of Syd's toddler skinny jeans and used the rub off method to create a pattern. I then took the purchased jeans apart at the seams and cut my pattern pieces from the available fabric. I did not use any existing features from the jeans in making the new smaller pair of pull-on, elastic waist skinnies. All in all I'm happy with this cute outfit and think it will be a great addition to the kiddo's wardrobe! For more photos and details, head over to my blog! Thanks :)
Dots are second nature to me. I grew up in the south of Spain where girls have flamenco dresses even before they can walk. Sewing a flamenco dress was the easy option for me but I wanted to take it further. I got a typical polka dot popelin from my local store, a special kind of fabric sold for flamenco dresses because is stiff, crisp but light (also cheap). And then I spent days asking myself: What would be the opposite of a flamenco dress? ha! capri pants, a T-shirt and a A line jacket.
I made the pants entirely with the polka dot fabric, except for the pockets piping and the inside of the waist, where I used a tiny flower print. The pattern is by Burda Style Magazine. Because red polka dots can be quite overpowering and may turn the outfit into a Minni Mouse costume, I decided to smart it up a little by adding a clean and simple black band to the jacket for contrast. The red buttons were a must because if I don´t sew a red button I´m not happy. The pattern is Oliver and S Firefly jacket.
Under the jacket there´s a white T-shirt to which I stitched black ric rac forming the stripes. The pattern is Rae Flashback Skinny Tee, modified to add volume to the body. It´s tight in the chest but wider at the bottom. I´m not good with the serger so for the neck band I pretended I was sewing with woven and added a facing with a slit and a button loop instead. (My daughter picked her T shirt button.)
I love the vintage look of capri pants paired with a cropped jacket! If you do too there are more pics in my blog la inglesita
Have a nice weekend!
Little Kids Grow--Vintage Flavors
I love experimenting with pattern and texture. I'm also a big fan of vintage style and tailoring. For this week's polka dots and stripes challenge, I wanted to combine some of my favorite "flavors" into a vintage inspired, tailored look. By using a monochromatic color palette of soft greens, balanced with tans, and browns, I was able to play around with pattern proportion (hopefully, without overwhelming the senses :)) The neutral color scheme also helped soften the edges of the "big boy" tailoring to make it more age flattering.LittleKidsGrow for details.