Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Season 20 Week 4

How time flies!  And now it's time for the last week (can you believe it??) and the theme that is a crowd favorite: Signature Style!  Now our top 3 designers from Europe are here to share their Signature Style...and keep this theme a favorite for sure!

Iris May Patterns - Mix and Match


 It has been going through my mind for a long time to make a 'capsule wardrobe' for my girls.  A capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe with a few items that you can combine with each other: mix and match.  This challenge was therefore the ideal project for the final of Project Run & Play.  I can hardly put a name on my style.  I make both romantic clothes and casual, cool clothing.  I love the combination of the two.  For spring and summer I like to chose fabrics with light shades and a floral print here and there.  Also jeans cannot be missed in our wardrobe.

My kids capsule wardrobe was made of different two piece outfits that can be combined with a jacket or cardigan.  The tops and bottom pieces can be mixed and matched in different ways.  I already experimented with my own pattern for a jacket and used this pattern as the basis for this one.  I slightly deepened the neckline and I drew a hood.  The jacket is fully lined and closes with handy press buttons.  The outer, floral fabric is a slightly stiffer fabric.  For the lining I chose a supple cotton.  For the cardigan I used my Josephine as a base and adjusted it as in week 2 of project run and play (shortened the body, widened and shortened the sleeves.)  I chose a green viscose fabric with a pink floral print.  For the tops I used different patterns as a basis:
  • For the basis of the romantic top in the soft pink cotton I used the Sybille dress from LMV.  I shortened the dress and narrowed the ruffle to get the top.
  • I used my May-Belle dress as the basis for the blouse with collar.  I extended the top and curved the hem to the side seam.  The sleeves were extended and closed with push buttons on the cuffs.
  • I also used my May-belle dress as the basis for drawing the pink shirt.  I omitted the button placket and drew the front piece on the fold.  The neck was finished with biais.  As a fabric, I chose an ultra-soft tencel.
  • The last top piece was made in a beautiful, supple linen.  For this piece I used the Vitablouse from Beletoile and Kaatjesnaaisels.  As an adjustment, I extended the blouse and omitted the elastic.  That way the blouse can be worn both in and out of trousers or skirts.

 I also used different patterns as a base for the bottom parts:
  • For the dungaree dress I used a pattern I drew before.  This time I adjusted it by adding central buttons.  In addition, I also provided large pockets and dungaree buckles.
  • My Tintin was used as the basis for the jeans trousers.  I shortened the basic pattern and straightened the model.
  • As a pattern for the linen short I used the Tintin without adjustments.  I chose the option with cuffs and ribbon.
  • The skirt was made in a stiffer linen.  I drew pockets in the front and curved the side seam, creating a nice side slit.
I hope you like my capsule wardrobe!  If you want to see more pictures and details, Click HERE to go to my blog!


Käferlgschaft - Colour Your Life

So here it is: The last week of Project Run and play Season 20.  Time flew by so fast and I really wouldn’t have imagined to make it into the finals.  I am so thankful for all your support!

My last outfit was well planned.  It may not be the fanciest or most complicated one, but one with a message.  I have three boys and there came something to my mind, which always leaves me curious.  Why is fashion for boys so limited?  Limited in colours, in patterns and as well as in designs?  I try to raise my boys with self-confidence.  Colours and designs are for everybody. P ink and purple also look gorgeous on boys as well as blue, green, red, yellow and all the other beautiful colours in the world.  If you love flowers, please wear it on your shirt.  If you like rainbows, go get that rainbow sweater.  And if you want to have your nails painted, grab your favourite color.
I would never ever forbid my boys something, because it is a “girl´s thing”.

I chose a lot of colors in M's Outfit intentionally.  I know, that the latest fashion is quite clean with lots of white, grey and rose.  But hey, kids love colors and they love to mix it.  So if M chose his outfit in the morning, he would exactly have chosen it like this.  And I think, that is the greatest compliment.
For Ms outfit, I chose a regular Raglan-Shirt from Klimperklein.  I used a stunning French terry fabric with rainbows, which M liked very much.  I sewed some contrasting piping between the seams and also added a special window pocket, which is described in the “Lausejunge shirt” from Lotte&Ludwig.  As background of this pocket, I chose a beautiful knit fabric with flying birds in coral, which gives the sweater that certain something.  Some of my favourite hacks is “Color blocking”, so I divided the sweater in three parts and added the color “forest green” and mint as it is found in one of the rainbows.  The trousers are made of jeans knit fabric, which is very comfortable and lightweight.  I chose the pattern “Lounge shorts” of Brindille and Twig and changed the pockets slightly into bigger ones.  I also added a little loop near one pocket, so I can install that little pendant, I created from a little rest of the fabric.  I also found some beautiful colorful buttons, which are matching the colors of the rainbows.  I longend the hems and rolled the endings up to get a casual look.  The kid´s gym bag is created by me, but is very easy.  You just have to cut out two rectangles and add a drawstring for the cord.  The corners are reinforced by artificial leather inserts.  I also added a porthole on the bag, which I saw on “Radiokopf”.  This porthole is made of artificial leather and vinyl foil, so it is possible to hide some colorful beads in it.  Behind the porthole, you can spot a swimming turtle and a rainbow.  This design is created by two friends of mine (Selbermachen macht glücklich) and I like it very much.

To round up the look, I also sewed a beanie for M.  I saw this beanie on pinterest and it was not too difficult to construct.  I used a checkered knit fabric and the Jeans knit fabric and added a a small emblem of a small rainbow on  top to pick up the pattern of the sweater again.
What do you think about M´s look?  Would you dare to sew colorful or will you stay in the comfort zone and sew again with typical “boys´colors”?  Please let me know.

You can have a look on more photos on my fb site. www.facebook.de/kaeferlgschaeft or on instagram www.instagram.com/kaeferlgschaeft 

MaMeMiMo - Let's Play

I'm in the final!  Am I dreaming?  Maybe that’s possible, but it doesn’t matter to me... I will continue to enjoy this unique experience that is bringing me so much joy.  In this week's design we must show what makes us unique while using our best skills.  After thinking and thinking about this issue without getting any ideas I decided to create this week's outfit in a completely different way.  I have tried to forget that I am participating in a contest and have bought some knit fabrics that I have liked for a long time.  I have sewn something that my children need and I know that they will use and enjoy.  This way, I'm sure I can show my style without forcing it.

As soon as I received the fabrics my brain told me: Let's play! and that was what I did: I played with the knits in different textures, played stripe matching, played with the colors, and played with some crayons, too.  I have sewn these garments for both my son and my baby.  They are all knit fabric garments that share the base colors: white, black and pink.  I have incorporated some contrasting touches in my son's clothes in orange and for the little one some details in green.  I wanted them to be harmonic garments in colors without matching exactly.  He wears super comfortable fitted pants with pockets applied on both sides with a drawstring at the waist.  The sleeveless shirt also has a patch pocket and a print that he loves.  I have drafted both patterns from RTW clothes from their wardrobe and the fabrics are both french terry from Fabrics and Friends.  It seems simple but has thoughtful details, to my style, like the Kraftex imitating leather.  In case it cools down on summer nights I have sewn a gray sweatshirt with grey pique knit that includes an crayon iron-on transfer with the words “Let's play” on the sleeves (pattern from an Ottobre Design.)  I decided to use this method so he could get involved in the design and creation of the sweatshirt.

My toddler is wearing a pink romper made of a knit fabric with relief dots, I drafted it from a RTW romper that fits her perfectly.  The green border of the neck and pocket stand out a lot from the pink and they manage to lend some happiness to the romper.  It has a patch pocket on one side.  I have also sewn a gray sweatshirt in grey knit pique that says “Skate” (pattern from Ottobre Design.)


Both words represent what this week's designs convey to me. When you look at the garments I think they scream, “Play!”, “Let's have fun!”, “Bring your skates and go to the park!”


I hope you liked my proposal.  I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have supported, encouraged and voted for me these weeks.  Hopefully the designs that we have been showing you have been very inspiring.  There are more pictures and details on my blog, don’t miss it!

And now it's your turn!  Please support these talented European designers with your VOTE!  Their scores (and the prizes!) will be determined based on the following:
1/3 of the score is based on YOUR vote
 1/3 of the score by this week's celebrity guest judge An of StraightGrain
1/3 of the score comes from the panel of judges

If you're inspired to link up your Truth or Dare creations for a chance to win some great prizes, you can do so right here.

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