Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Mini Season 2 Week 3: Comfort Encapsulated

 Are you ready???  It's time for some C.O.M.F.O.R.T. don't you agree?

Before we show you the designer creations for this theme, we are delighted to tell you about what they'll be winning!  This week's sponsor is new to supporting Project Run & Play, so we encourage you to give them a warm welcome (and do thank them with your business!)  Surge Fabric Shop has some of the most beautiful fabrics for COMFORT sewing!  They will be rewarding this week's designers with $100 and $75 gift certificates.

Personally, I've got this fabric in my cart for my kids, and this one for myself!

Now let's see what Carin and Tami did with the Week 3 theme.

Colorblocked Comfort - Art Bella Creates

I am so glad to be here this week. It's been a rough past couple of weeks full of loss but here I am and sewing always has the ability to put me in a better mood. Creating helps me process things too. I am going to jump right in....
Here was my challenge:

Comfort Encapsulated - No one knows what 2021 will bring, so prepare to be comfortable no matter what happens! With the Project Lounge Library patterns as your paints, and fabric as your canvas, art will soon appear!

The very first thing that came to my mind for comfort was a jumper in soft terry fabric. Bella child loves a good jumper and would live in them if she cans. The patterns I picked was the Prose and poetry jogger pattern for the bottom and the Biography bomigan pattern for the top.

There were quite a bit of thinking and taking my time in assembling the jumpsuit but there were no major issues and both my daughter and myself is in love. I would love to have a version like this for myself. I already knew the fit of both the patterns which made things easier. I omitted the waistband of both the jacket and pants. I added pockets where the fabric meets between the bottom and top part and used mint green fabric for the inside of the pockets. I added elastic on the inside of the middle, bronze grommets and a mint green shoelace for the string around the middle. I added a zipper to the raglan shoulder seam with a folded over lining flap so the zipper's teeth doesn't bother her on the inside. the neck was finished with bias binding that was folded in and stitched around.

The color-blocking took some thinking so I cut and sewed part by part to make sure all my pink is on the one side and my mustard on the other.

The jacket is a flip on the Story top pattern. Another favorite from the library lounge pattern collection. I used an active knit I had ordered way too much from and quilted the bodice pieces together with fleece and diamond top stitching. The jacket is fully lined with a minty green knit on the inside. I split the story in the front and added a zipper. The hood is from the George hoodie and it worked out perfect. A mint green shoelace is threaded through the bottom so she can cinch it in the waist if she wants to.

I love it when an idea I have in my head turn out just like I imagined. My favorite parts are the pop of mint everywhere. She can easily hang out at the house or out shopping . Style and Comfort all in one.  Please head over to Art Bella Creates for more details and photos!

Easy Like Sunday Mornin' - SewSophieLynn

When Audrey asked me to step in for Gemia this week, I was full of emotions. My heart aches for the Carroll family and I wanted to be able to pay tribute to the incredible friend and seamstress that Gemia is. It really was a pleasure to sew alongside her in Season 15 and I'm in awe of her talent. That said, with just a weekend to sew, I was so grateful for the theme this week, Comfort Encapsulated. Through all my sewing adventures, comfort is always top priority, especially this last year. This theme was meant for us! First step, I headed to Raspberry Creek Fabrics: headquarters of ALL the comfy fabrics. The most important element in comfortable clothes is fabric and RCF carries all of my kids favorites. For these looks I used a combination of silky double brushed polyester, cozy waffle knit, plush sweatshirt fleece, and soft ribbed knit. With fabrics in hand, the Project Lounge Library patterns came to life so easy!

I created three looks- one for each of my three youngest kids. They have very different personalities and these pieces are just perfect for them. My youngest lives in casual, sporty clothes and won't wear anything even remotely itchy. His whole wardrobe is really Comfort Encapsulated. I used a denim look dbp for a pair of Joseph Joggers. I stuck with the pattern, only changing the waistband to use a wider elastic and adding extra top-stitching. For his top, I used the Theodor Raglan (also in the PRP shop) and added the hood from the George Hoodie. Those two patterns have become my go-to's for him and it was fun to combine them. He also got a Bookish Beanie in ribbing to complete his look. This outfit is the perfect little boy outfit and he may or may not be going on wearing it two days straight (don't judge!). Pretty sure I'm going to have to peel it off of him! My cute little tween is obsessed with all things rib knit and I knew I could make her dreams come true with a head to toe rib knit look. I used the Story Top and Nini Noni Pajama bottoms to create this dreamy lounge set. For the top, I created a mockneck (another current trend she can't get enough of) and cropped the length about 4 inches. For the bottoms, I added a yoga waistband to really up the comfort factor. I love that she can wear these pieces separately and she's already dying to wear the top with her favorite jeans.

My oldest daughter is my style idol. Any trend that I'm loving, I can guarantee she's already got it on her radar. She really wanted a sporty sweatsuit and it was so fun to plan this one out with her. I used the George Hoodie and Joseph Joggers to easily create this look. I color blocked the bodice pieces and cropped and added a drawstring hem. The joggers got a wide side stripe. I used a cuff ribbing on the pants and sleeve cuffs to tie the two pieces together. I'm seriously coveting this whole outfit and I'm looking forward to the day (coming all too soon!) when we can share wardrobes! For more details and tons more photos head over to SewSophieLynn. Thanks for your support of Project Run and Play and I hope you join in the sewalong fun!


Now it's your turn!  Please use the voting form below to support these incredible designers with your VOTE!


This is how the scores are being determined for Mini Season 2:

50% of the designers scores are determined by YOUR vote!

50% of the designers scores are determined by the other 4 designers!

Some reminders:

Grab the Nini Noni Nightwear Pattern ON SALE here in the shop!!!

Grab the FREE 18" Doll Nini Noni Nightwear pattern here.

Remember to get your FREE tote bag pattern here.

Inspired?  Link up YOUR creations here for a chance to win.  (P.S. EVERYONE who links up will win the Bookish Beanie and two will win bigger prizes!!)


Monday, January 25, 2021

Meet the Week 3 Designers: Carin of Art Bella Creates and Tami of SewSophieLynn

 We're really sad to announce that Gemia of Phat Quarters/Pier Avenue Patterns is unable to participate in Week 3 of Mini Season 2.  Gemia and her family have suffered a truly heartbreaking loss and can use your support, thoughts and prayers.

However, we're awed by Tami of SewSophieLynn who agreed to step in at the last minute and participate.  

After each of these talented designers introduce themselves, we have a SURPRISE for you...stay tuned!  These ladies have been challenged with this theme: 

Week 3: Comfort Encapsulated - No one knows what 2021 will bring, so prepare to be comfortable no matter what happens!  With the Project Lounge Library patterns as your paints, and fabric as your canvas, art will soon appear!

Let's get to know Tami and Carin better:


Hi all!  I'm Tami from SewSophieLynn and I'm humbled to be stepping in for Gemia this week.  I was lucky enough to compete alongside Gemia in Season 15 and my heart goes out to her and her family.  I love our Project Run and Play family and the community that surrounds us.  I am a mom of 5, ages 18-8, and just sent my oldest son off to North Carolina to serve a mission for our church.  I have loved the slower pace this past year and all of the extra family time we've had.  I still shuttle all the kiddos between soccer practices and dance lessons but we also manage to throw in lots of movie and game nights too (The Game of Things always gets us laughing)!  I started sewing in high school but didn't really get into it until my oldest daughter was born.  I've learned lots through pattern testing and working my way through my massive pdf pattern collection.  You can follow me at SewSophieLynn on Instagram.

My name is Carin and I am wife, mom to two and live in Illinois. I currently homeschool both my children and we are loving it. Both my hubby and myself were born in South Africa , lived in Switzerland for 2 years after we got married and have been living all across the USA for the past 16 years.

My love of Sewing? The phrase “I got it from my Mama” rings very true here. I grew up in my Mom’s sewing room. She is a self-taught amazing seamstress that went from sewing for herself, us and many other people into teaching sewing classes out of her garage. I have a B.Sc in Home Economics and even though the art of sewing, designing etc. was a huge part of it, my love and skill comes from my wonderful Mom.

I grew up in my mom's sewing room. I didn't sew for a while after college but after my now 10 year old was born, I started and haven't stopped since.

My style includes lots and lots of color, I love technique and always try to improve on my own. I love old-fashioned sewing with a modern twist. I view every item I sew as a piece of Art – from the moment I put it together in my head, to picking out fabrics, sewing and pressing the very last hem.

I love flipping a well designed pattern and putting my own twist on it. Sharing my craft with people is always a blessing.

You can follow my makes  on FB here and my blog here on IG at carinberg


Surprise Freebie and Deal of the week:

We are delighted to present the FREE 18" Doll Nini Noni Nightwear pattern.  

The 18" Doll Nini Noni Nightwear pattern is for a set of pajama pieces that are perfect for dolly's lounging or sleeping. There are options from a classic maxi length nightgown all the way to a casual top and bottom sweat set that is super cozy and appropriate for everyday wear. Made with knit fabrics with moderate stretch, the 18" Doll Nini Noni Nightwear pattern pieces are perfect for use in any season.

Each of the four tops (including the two nightgowns) can use any of the four sleeves: short, long, gathered head (pued) short, or gathered head (pued) long. Using dierent sleeves is a great way to extend the use of this pattern.  There is also the option for a functional or decorative drawstring on the waistband.

The 18" Doll Nini Noni Nightwear pattern was designed by Ajaire of Call Ajaire, so you know it's going to be packed with options!  We're going to celebrate this NEW FREE release by offering a sale of the Nini Noni Nightwear pattern!  

The Nini Noni Nightwear pattern is on a huge 25% off sale.  (No code necessary.  This is the biggest sale ever on this pattern, and the ONLY sale on them this month!   Sale ends February 1 at midnight Eastern Time Zone.)

The Nini Noni Nightwear PDF pattern is for a set of pajama pieces that are perfect for either lounging or sleeping. There are options from a classic maxi length nightgown all the way to a casual top and bottom sweat set that is super cozy and appropriate for everyday wear. Made with knit fabrics with moderate stretch, the Nini Noni Nightwear pieces are perfect for use in any season.


Each of the four tops (including the two nightgowns) can use any of the four sleeves: short, long, gathered head (pued) short, or gathered head (pued) long. Using dierent sleeves is a great way to extend the use of this pattern.  There is also the option for a functional or decorative drawstring on the waistband.


Grab the FREE 18" Doll Nini Noni Nightwear pattern here.

Grab the Nini Noni Nightwear pattern on sale here.

Remember to grab your FREE tote bag pattern here.

See you tomorrow when we reveal the Week 3 designers creations!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Mini Season 2 Week 2 RESULTS!!

 Now be honest...how many of those Linguistics of Alteration patterns could you even recognize?  Didn't the designers do a fantastic job?  Before we share the results, we have 2 quick announcements:

1: If you're inspired to sew along please link up here.  And here's the announcement part: EVERYONE who links up a sew along creation will WIN the Bookish Beanie pattern!!!  (This is in addition to the other 2 larger prizes!)  Yay, go link up!

2 - Our Week 1 sponsor, CaliFabrics, just added a bunch new fabrics to their shop.  Hurry and go see before I buy it all!!!

Okay, now for the results!


1st place - Cool Kids with Style by Naeh Connection

She will receive $100 gift certificate from CaliFabrics


2nd place - Somewhere over the Rainbow by Made of Starlite

She will receive $75 gift certificate from CaliFabrics

Final reminders:

All of the Project Lounge Library digital designs are on a HUGE sale for 50% off this week only!!!  (No code necessary, sale ends next Monday when we announce the next deal of the week.)

Remember to grab your FREE tote bag pattern here in the shop.