Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Candy Coated Challenge -- Time to Vote

Can you believe it is week 3 already??! Let's take a look at what the remaining 4 designers came up with for the next theme:
Candy Coated Challenge 
where we asked them to be inpsired by their favorite Halloween Candy.
Make sure to cast your vote at the bottom of this post for YOUR favorite.

The College Seamstress- An Ode to Reese's

I am so excited to be back for another week! This week was one of the hardest for me because I couldn't decide on a candy! However, once I finished, it turned out to be my favorite outfit for my little sister! My inspiration started with some orange stretch denim and my favorite candy of all time - the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. I decided that an orange denim jacket with yellow snaps would be perfect for my little sister! The jacket started with the Friday dress from Petit a Petit Patterns. I lengthened the bodice pieces since I wouldn't be adding a skirt. I added welt pockets and used this tutorial as a reference. I also added cuffs and a placket to the sleeves for a classic denim jacket style. 

To make the shirt, I started with my favorite shirt pattern for kids, the School Bus T-Shirt from Oliver + S. I was inspired by the ruffled edge of the Reese's peanut butter cup and wanted to use that in my design, so I added strips of ruffles in various sizes to the front bodice. I also added a ruffle to each sleeve.  I used a light brown knit for the shirt and a dark brown knit for the skirt to represent the chocolate and the peanut butter. I made the skirt by cutting two rectangles based on my sister's waist and length measurements. The top edge is gathered and attached to a double folded yoga waistband resulting in a cute and comfortable skirt that she will be able to wear with many different outfits! 

Thank you so much for reading! Head over to my blog here for more details and a peak inside an amazing candy store! 
Mami de Sofiona- Starbursts and Nerds


This is turning out to be quite the ride! Very rarely have my plans or my expectations turned out like I thought. Some things have been so much better than I thought and it's amazing how many ideas can change while I'm in the middle of a project! And what an honour to have the winning look from last week! Now it's time to move to the next theme and with a lot of vulnerability I say, I don't know when I'll ever beat that jacket from last week. However, the challenge is out there for me to eventually tackle. For the candy week in our house we have Starbursts first and I pulled out the quilting techniques. The lone star quilt was a great pattern for Starbursts! I used some mystery fabric that I can only guess is a type of scuba knit. Definitely does NOT hold a crease! I had to apply interfacing to each piece for the front of the shirt. First, so that my sewing machine needle would actually sew it and second, so that it would iron well and allow me to match my corners. I created the star and then drafted the shirt around the star.. The skirt is some very special AGF cotton that I've been hoarding for awhile now. It is so candy coloured! I drafted a pleated skirt using a curved waistband so that it would sit nicely on her hips. I inserted an invisible zipper and, just to be difficult, I also added some inseam pockets. A pocket right in the same seam as an invisible zip was new to me!! To finish off the look I used some more black glitter heat transfer for some stars. I think this skirt is going to look very cool with a black top! More details about the inside of that shirt will be over on my blog. Too much for this space here. 

Starbursts collage 

 Our second look is Nerds!! All "nerd" inspired looks are very much about the school uniform. That means pleated skirts! So I made another one using the same ideas I used for the first skirt except no pockets this time. Instead I added a tiny ruffle at the waist and some trim at the hem. It's so perfect with knee socks!! Again this week I used only one pattern. It's the Sunki Tunic by Figgy's and it inspired the shoulders and the sleeve pleats of this top. I kept those details, but went rogue on the rest of it. I redrafted the body of the pattern into a shirt and added a collar because I needed something that would suit a bowtie. Then I sliced the back so I could insert a mini ruffle and some trim. I kept it curved so it followed the line of the collar. The "bow tie" is simply a ribbon attached just inside the collar. I really love how this still has that bow tie feel, but in such a way that it doesn't end up being a costume and is rather something very wearable for many occasions. And can we just talk about how perfect that fabric is? I jumped at this Riley Blake fabric because it was one that had scattered dots instead of dots lined up in rows AND the dots aren't exactly round. Nerds aren't round and they definitely don't fall out of the box in neat little rows! I love it! 

 Nerds collage.jpg 

Please come on over to my blog for more details and, of course, I am super grateful for your votes, should they come my way!

Bonnie and Blithe- Sew the Rainbow 

Hi friends! Thank you SO much for having me back this week! I've loved every week's challenge so far and I'm hoping to hang on for the final round because I have some awesome stuff in the works for signature week. Fingers crossed! I was initially really excited at the prospect of designing a look inspired by candy, but then when the last two weeks were done, my brain started slacking. I was having THE hardest time getting inspired for this week, until...Skittles. When I think of candy, I think COLOR, and in my mind, Skittles are the best representation of a colorful, sweet, candy-filled world! Once I grabbed onto that rainbow theme, I had a great time pulling these looks together. I began with my daughter's dress (which started as an Infinite A-line hack but turned into a tunic; read my full post to hear about the second catastrophe in my PR&P experience!) because this fabric just screamed Skittles to me. I added a rainbow array of buttons in the back and paired it with some colorful leggings in a textured knit. 


My son's look was a little trickier to coordinate because I knew he wasn't going to go for a super bright look (especially if there was any pink in there. He is a 4 year old boy, after all!) but when I snagged this burgundy linen, I knew I could work it in without looking too girly. The chambray pocket and yoke are my favorite part! I used Peek-a-Boo Pattern's Classic Oxford as a start and then added the colorblocking and went with a Mandarin collar instead of the traditional one to keep it casual. I made the flat front shorts using Made Everyday's Kid Shorts pattern and then shortened them and added trim, decorative buttons on the front and suspenders (with matching trim). I wasn't really sure about how they'd turn out for most of the process but when I put it all together I loved it! And my son loves them too, which in all honesty, is the only thing that matters. Thanks again for having me and I hope to see you all for the final week! 


Sew Haute Blog- Candy Coated Chic
Hey, I can’t believe that I made it to Week 3 of Project Run and Play! This week our challenge was to make something inspired by our favorite Halloween candy and what a perfect day to post. My all-time favorite Halloween candy is candy corn which most people hate. As inspiration for clothing I am also not a fan, but I wanted to show that candy corn doesn’t have to be without class. So, I muted the signature white, orange and yellow to give it a fall vibe. I attempted a trendy peplum top and skinny pant for my little fashionista. 

The Azure Dress by Ainslee Fox has this great bodice that was begging to be appliqued. Since I don’t embroider or have a machine for it I free-handed a free motion applique candy corn. Checkout those art skills. ;-) I also turned it into a peplum top.


For the bottoms I used the Jocole Skinny Minnie pants pattern and added pretty exposed ankle zippers. I thought they added a little je'n sais que. Let's all pretend to ignore the fact that I put the zippers in upside down and say that it adds character. The pant fabric is a calico woven from Joann Fabrics and the zippers are from Hobby Lobby. 

For more details you can head over to my blog, but don't forget to vote for your favorite! I hope you enjoyed my take on candy corn. See you next week and Happy Halloween!

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