Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Mini Season 3: Round 3

 The final round of Mini Season 3 has arrived! This season has been so much fun and we have lots more "Copy that Look" inspiration headed your way!

Don't forget about our sewalong! You have until 9/14/23 to enter! Get the details HERE!

Now let's get to the good stuff... the looks for our final round!

Cherry Berry Cute! - The College Seamstress

Project Run and Play Mini Season

I am so excited to be here for this mini season and to be sewing for my kids! “Copy that Look” was such a fun challenge. I decided to browse some children’s clothing websites and found my inspiration from “Janie and Jack”, a children’s clothing company with classic but modern designs. My whole look started from the “American Honey” fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I knew I wanted to make a dress for my toddler so when I found the Every Day Puff Sleeve Dress I knew it would be perfect. It had everything a little girl could want - puff sleeves, a scoop back, and a twirly tiered skirt. To make it I started with the Janie Dress pattern from the Project Run & Play shop. I used the bodice with the scoop back view but I made a neck binding and changed the sleeves to be puffed using a tutorial from Elizabeth Made This blog. I went all out on the puffs making them something Anne Shirley would be proud to wear. The skirt is two tiers and I measured my daughter to figure out how long I wanted the skirt to be from waist to hem. I divided that up into two pieces and made the top tier a little bit wider than the bottom tier based on my inspiration photo. I doubled the length so there was plenty of gathering making a very twirly skirt!

Toddler Girls Dress

The denim jacket was a labor of love and the piece I am most proud of. I was first inspired by the Janie and Jack Ruffle Trim Denim Jacket. The ruffle reminded me of the Sofiona Designs Raven Dress so I started with that and used the back yoke piece to redraw my own yoke onto the front and back bodice of a Friday Dress. I made a ruffle twice the length I needed for the yoke and collar and gathered it. The bottom of the jacket is the Fashionista Jean Jacket but I cut it apart several times and redrew the back and front panels to look more like my inspiration jacket. The sleeves are a mash of the Friday Dress and the Fashionista Jacket. The only original pattern pieces are the plackets, sleeve cuffs, welt pockets, and bottom band. The back yoke is also something I am proud of. I decided to tie in the cherries from the dress to the back of the jacket by hand embroidering some cherries. I found a free template from Oh Sew Bootiful and traced that onto my yoke before I started sewing. I embroidered the cherries and love the pop of color against the denim jacket. My daughter loves it too and says "look at my cherries!" every time she wears the jacket. I was able to get some custom print fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics so I could match the inside yoke and inside cuff to my daughter's dress. I love the little details even though no one will see them. The hat is a Monet Beret from the Project Run and Play shop and I added a bow. I wanted to use a sweater but the best I could find was this cable look fabric from Etsy. It is a knit so I interfaced the outer fabric before sewing so it wouldn't flop around. I love how it really completes the look. 

Toddler Boy Overalls Outfit

My baby boy’s look was also inspired by pieces from Janie and Jack. I first found the embroidered overalls and thought I would embroider the same cherry pattern I used for his sister onto the Flying Fox Overalls. I omitted the front pockets but added a little back pocket. The fabric for the overalls was my husband’s old work pants and I love seeing our son wear it now. I added some embroidery to the back to cover up some holes in the fabric too. I wanted to make a Henley shirt to go under the overalls but instead of a real placket I did a faux placket. I used the Oliver + S School Bus T-shirt but made the neckline wider for my little boy’s big head and added the faux placket. I also added sleeve cuffs instead of hemming. The fabric for the shirt is also upcycled as it was my husband’s shirt. I was able to use the cuffs and neckband from the original shirt too. Finally, since my daughter had a hat I wanted to make my son a hat as well. I used the Fell & Dale Cap from the Project Run and Play shop. I used a corduroy fabric from my stash to make it similar to my inspiration photo. 

Janie & Jack Copy that Look

Thank you so much for letting me share this and thank you to the Project Run and Play team for asking me to be apart of this mini season! I had so much fun creating these outfits. You can see more photos of my look on my blog HERE

Janie and Jack Knock-Offs

Roblox Avatar - The Wolf and The Tree

I was excited to be part of this mini season. I haven't sewn much lately and this was my way of getting back in front of the machine. It worked!

My girl wanted an outfit inspired by her Roblox character. Her character has a cardigan, shorts, a sweater and a t-shirt. As accessories she wanted the mask and hat that she also has in game. 

With a whole shopping list of things to accomplish I looked in my own pattern files for hacks to achieve these looks:

The sock design is the Just Sew It Socks - she is now in a Women's Medium - gasp!

For the T-Shirt I modified the Abby's Rippled Pearl. Instead of the signature waterfall like neckline I created a U-Boat shaped neckline and I used the accent sleeves instead of the short sleeves. She loves it and says it is so comfortable!

The Cardigan was the first big challenge. I used a lace knit and hand dipped it in fabric paint. I then painted the stripes of and left the edges raw, (with the bottom having a beautiful scalloped hem) just like the picture, as it has frayed edges. The pattern I used was the 
Abby's Ballerina Tie Top, turned into a cardigan.

The shorts were the Abby's Overalls, the shorts length. I used stripey fabric but created the casual plaid look, as well as the requested paint drips with self made templates and fabric paint.

Lastly the jacket was both the biggest challenge and biggest surprise. It was a mystery fabric I had picked up from Walmart that came in a tube. I wasn't sure if it would work because it wanted to roll a lot, but my girl had chosen it, so there was no budging. After giving it a thorough press it laid beautifully and the stripes were transferred with infusible ink rather smoothly. The back features a V-Neck, which I particularly love, and on the front is the paw print that could not be left out, made from iron-on vinyl. I used Abby's Road Trip Tunic as a starting point to create the jacket.

I couldn't be happier with the outcome! It turned out exactly how I had envisioned and my girl wants to wear it without the mask to school, and with the mask to Halloween! Win, win! 

I hope you enjoy the look as much as I enjoyed making it!

Now it is up to you to vote for your favorite! You may only vote once and the poll closes on 9/7/23 at 8:00 pm EST.

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