Thursday, October 3, 2013

pr&p - signature look

I don't have a signature look - there, I said it!

I'm pretty sure this is supposed to be the most anticipated week on Project Run & Play.  After all, you get to do whatever you like without any limitations.  And you get to do what you do best.  So what if you don't have one particular thing that you do best?

I looked back through my blog posts and some of the things I made pre-blog, and they don't seem to have much in common. However, I did notice that I modify pretty much every pattern I can get my hands on and I love to try out things I've never done before so I decided I don't have a signature style.  It's more like a signature method :)

I started with my basic bodice pattern and made it look absolutely nothing like my basic bodice pattern ...  I think I can safely call it a whole new pattern :)  Here's a (long!) list of the changes I made:
  1. Made the neckline more of a boatneck shape
  2. Added sleeves
  3. Added length to make a tunic
  4. Divided the top into four panels eliminating the side seams
  5. Added a lot of width to all the panels by gathering the tops of the panels and making them an aline shape
  6. Added flat binding in between the panels
  7. Added giant pockets to the side panels
  8. Finished the neck with bias binding

Then, to continue the signature "method" I tried something new and drafted a skinny jeans pattern.  I generally steer clear of pants patterns since they never seem to fit right when I'm done.  And this pair was no exception!  They look pretty good and the fit is exceptional ... as long as Mae doesn't need to bend her legs too much :)  Actually, the pattern fits fine, but the chambray I used had absolutely no stretch.  I also fully lined the pants since we live in Michigan and extra layers are always appreciated, but that made the pants a bit too tight.  I may try this pattern again in a stretch denim or sweatshirt fleece (without a lining!) and see if I like it better.

It seems like Mae doesn't have a signature style either.  Here she is as a builder.  Or this is a rather ineffective attempt to be a demolitionist :)  I'm not sure which.

Again, I'm not exactly sure if Mae was going for ferocious bear or if she is just trying to "raise the roof" ... after all, she does love to dance!

Here's the classic poet/dreamer, finding inspiration in the clouds ... or more likely longing for the berries on the tree that I said she wasn't allowed to eat.

And my personal favorite, the impersonator.  Who needs to masquerade as Elvis when you can be a pole!  I may be slightly incredibly biased, but I think she pulls it off pretty well :)  She is positively the prettiest pole I have ever seen.

This is what I got when I told Mae to say cheese and smile.  Needless to say, this was just about the last picture I took of her today :)

Top - Rosette by Fabric Traditions from Joann's
Piping - Rendezvous by Modkid Studio from Joann's
Pants - Grey broadcloth


  1. Love this! You did a great job and I think this is definitely your signature style:-) Love the piping and giant pockets!

    1. Thanks! I figure my signature style must be whatever I feel like making at the moment since that is how I always sew :)

  2. I feel the same about my signature style... still trying to find out!

    1. I don't think I'll ever have one. I've been sewing for 15 years and my tastes change all the time. Plus, my kids' tastes greatly influence what I sew as well :)

  3. I absolutely love the piping you put in...such a darling detail!

    1. Thanks! That's one of the few details I use consistently, so I figured it must be part of my signature style :)