Friday, May 29, 2020

Project Watercolor Beach with Saskia: Abby's Marigold Pants


My name is Saskia and I am the designer behind The Wolf and the Tree. I was born in Germany where I learned how to sew using paper patterns - with newspaper and needle point tracing wheel on the kitchen floor - under the guidance of my mother.

I hand drafted my first clothing patterns when I was in High School. My course work in college using CAD software made the switch from hand drafting to precision digital drafting quite seamless. After my children were born I made them everything from sleep sacks to snow boots and winter coats.
My dearest sewing machine is an early 1970s Elna, gifted to me from my children’s honorary great-grandmother, and named in her memory - Peggy. I am a firm believer that everything beyond the old fashioned straight and zig zag stitches is beautiful but not a necessity. Don’t be discouraged if your machine lacks features that the modern machines have - you can create lasting beauty with anything, as long as you put care and love into the making of your garments.

We strive to provide ‘Patterns for your Family’. Our designs allow you to create straight forward wardrobe staples as well as more elaborate eye catchers, all of which you are sure to adore - because you made it and it is made to fit you.


Inspo: I wanted to make Abby's Marigold Pants to be palazzo reminiscent pants that are comfortable yet gorgeous to wear. The optional side ruffle is just like a petal of beautiful Marigolds - which are in season right now! The tie band lends a bit more of sailor-esque allure to these beach and plaza pants.

Project Watercolor Beach is a collection of 10 patterns full of options and details, perfect for summer fun for both boys and girls.

These 10 patterns come in tops and bottoms, wovens and knits, layering pieces, separates, dresses, swimwear, and more!  The patterns have a wide selection of sizes available, from newborn through teen.  

Come back tomorrow to meet the next designer and get a sneak peek of some more patterns!

And be sure to follow Project Run & Play on Instagram for a chance to win Project Watercolor Beach before you can buy it!!
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Project Watercolor Beach with Jenn: Viridian Swimsuit & Cobalt Boardshorts


Hi, I'm Jenn of Jennuine Design.  I'm an accountant by degree and I've taken my love of logic and precision and mashed it up with my creative side to grow into a designer.  Originally from Michigan, my husband and two daughters now call New Jersey home.


I designed the Viridian Swimsuit with my two daughters in mind. Hadley always wants a skirt on her swimsuits which I really like for the extra coverage.  Arden likes a good ruffle, but she's a tween now and it has to be a "mature" ruffle.  I love the sun coverage and ease of a one piece, but as my girls get older and I'm no longer helping them into or out of wet one pieces I definitely appreciate separates. The ironic part is that after their input Arden wanted a skirt and no ruffles and Hadley didn't want a skirt!


The Cobalt Boardshorts are my answer to beach or pool fun.  A simple silhouette, but loaded with options to take them from really basic to more advanced.  I made two lengths - above the knee Bermuda and mid-thigh Jamaica lengths.

We live about an hour from some amazing beaches along the Jersey Shore, but we haven't really taken advantage of them!  I took the girls to Sandy Hook the first Spring Break after we moved here and last year I took them to Jenkinson's Boardwalk.  Both times were early in the season so we didn't really "do" the shore.  Maybe now that they have a beach-ready wardrobe we'll make the effort to go! I hope you enjoy this amazing collection of patterns we have put together for you and can't wait to see what you make!

Project Watercolor Beach is a collection of 10 patterns full of options and details, perfect for summer fun for both boys and girls.

These 10 patterns come in tops and bottoms, wovens and knits, layering pieces, separates, dresses, swimwear, and more!  The patterns have a wide selection of sizes available, from newborn through teen.  

Come back tomorrow to meet the next designer and get a sneak peek of some more patterns!

And be sure to follow Project Run & Play on Instagram for a chance to win Project Watercolor Beach before you can buy it!!
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Project Watercolor Beach with Ajaire: Chromium Cropped Hoodie & Ultramarine Cover-Up



I'm Ajaire from Call Ajaire and I'm super excited about collaborating with these amazing designers for this new collection!  The last time I was here was in 2018 for Season 15 and there's so much that has happened since then.  We moved into a new home with a large property last summer and thank goodness we have all of this space to explore during this stay at home order.  I was also actually pregnant during Season 15 and had our second daughter in the fall of 2018 so I took time off from releasing patterns to focus on the pregnancy and baby.  I was still designing, however because I make all of the clothes our girls wear so there's always something for inspiration.  For this collaboration I used two of those previously drafted patterns and beefed them up to finally get them ready for release.  If you follow me on Instagram (@callajaire), then I'm sure you've seen iterations of both designs over the past two to three years.


The first is the Chromium Cropped Hoodie.  I designed this years ago so Bean would have something to throw over her Crossroads dresses and it's basically the style she wore for a solid year: a sleeveless plain front Crossroads Dress with a Cropped Hoodie on top.  Ears were added two Halloweens ago so she could be a kitty haha.  I love the cropped look, but added a full length (to hip) view which is a more unisex shape last fall so she could have a sweatshirt to wear that wasn't cropped.  The vented hem view was added for this collaboration to give an extra option for wearing over leggings (covering the bum) and it's quickly becoming a favorite.  


The second pattern I contributed is the Ultramarine Cover-Up, which was also designed years ago, but never released.  This was actually where the neckline and raglan style of my Raglan Party Dress was first conceived, but I decided at the time to make it more of a fitted party dress over a cover-up and the design took off from there.  I always came back to the Ultramarine Cover-Up because I designed it for wovens AND knits which means it can be used with so many fun fabrics.  To get the design ready for release I added an oversized hood which is perfect for throwing over some crazy beach hair on a windy day.  I also added options for cinching the waist which don't use elastic (and are actually my favorite!) since I know it can be tough to get your hands on elastic right now.  There is always the option for no cinching at the waist as well and I know first hand that view A without the hood and with no cinching is the perfect pattern for cozy sleepshirts made in a variety of fabrics.

Both patterns are sizes nb-16 years, including the elusive sizes 9 and 11, so they're great tween patterns to have in your collection.  I can't wait for you to get yours hands on them!

Project Watercolor Beach is a collection of 10 patterns full of options and details, perfect for summer fun for both boys and girls.

These 10 patterns come in tops and bottoms, wovens and knits, layering pieces, separates, dresses, swimwear, and more!  The patterns have a wide selection of sizes available, from newborn through teen.  

Come back tomorrow to meet the next designer and get a sneak peek of some more patterns!