Thursday, January 30, 2014

pr&p week 3 - the refashion challenge

I just made it with my Project Run & Play look this week!  I think I actually have a few more hours so maybe I should procrastinate a bit longer :)


Just in case you don't know, this week's theme was refashioning.  And although I love a good refashion, I rarely have much extra clothing laying around.  Luckily I had just been to a local thrift shop a couple of weeks ago on 5 for $5 day and picked up a couple of turtlenecks and a sweater in this lovely coral color.  I also raided the last of the maternity items I have stored in the basement just for this purpose and came up with a pair of grey jeans and a dark coral t-shirt.  The last item pictured is a velour dress that Ruthie outgrew last year. 


And now I have to explain why you will never see that coral sweater in any of these pictures :)  I cut right into the ribbed sweater with reckless abandon and pretty much watched it fall apart right before my eyes.  I tried to salvage it with clear elastic along the edges, but it was a lost cause.  So on to plan B which happened to be the navy velour dress.  And it turns out I like this look better anyway :)


For the cardigan I use the Greenpoint Cardigan by Hey June which was part of the SewFab bundle earlier this year.  I sized down to a size 1 (but kept the size 2 length) since I wanted a slightly more fitted look.  I used the existing hem of the dress and omitted the bottom band called for in the pattern.  I was impressed with how quickly this went together and plan to make a few more!  The cardigan has the only non refashioned component - the grey velour that I used on the sleeves and neck trim came from my existing fabric stash :)


Both the sleeveless top and the jeans were self drafted patterns.  For the jeans, I traced a pair of pants that fits Mae well ... which is just about the only pair that fits her newly potty trained booty :)  And the top is just a variation of my Basic Bodice pattern sized down to an 18 months with bands added to the neck and sleeves.  I did end up using a grey jersey fabric for the top that was a stretchy baby carrier in it's former life :)


When I first decided to only make practical clothes at the beginning of the year, I was afraid I would get bored.  But instead I discovered that I have a lot of fun designing and making things that Mae will wear every day, not just on special occasions :)


Do you every wonder what your kids are thinking when they give you weird looks?  Sometimes I wish I could read their minds, but then most of the time I'm sure I don't want to know!


18 comments :

  1. love this outift. Great everyday wear with a touch of style ;)

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    1. Thank you! That is exactly what I was going for :)

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    1. Thanks! Mae is more stylish than me any day :)

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  3. So cute! I love how you did that shirt!

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    1. Thanks! I really just winged it for the shirt pattern and was pleasantly surprised with the result :)

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  4. So cute! I love how you put everything together. Very talented!
    Naomi
    http://sewknitcreate.com

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    1. Thanks! I love your red dress this week! You certainly had more success with refashioning a sweater than I did :)

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  5. Love this! I have the cardigan pattern and I have yet to make it. Yours certainly makes be want to!

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    1. It's such an easy pattern. I have no idea why I waited so long to use it. You should definitely sew one!

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  6. I can't tell what I like best, if it is the top or the cardigan. But all together look just great!

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    1. Thanks! I like the cardigan best. In fact, I'm making another one right now :)

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  7. Love the whole ensemble! Great job! Now if I could only transform the huge discard stash of clothing sitting in my sewing room into such great outfits!

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    1. I learned long ago not to keep a huge discard stash because then I never knew where to start :)

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  8. That cardigan is really lovely! Actually the whole outfit is!

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    1. Thanks! The cardigan is my favorite piece!

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  9. Love this so much - the color combos, the styling, everything! Well done mama!

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    1. Thanks! This color combination is a favorite of mine :)

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