Thursday, February 6, 2014

pr&p week 4 - signature style

This week is the one that stumps me the most when it comes to the themes on Project Run & Play.  I just have absolutely no idea what my signature style is, especially since I'm rather fickle when it comes to what I like to sew :)  One week it may be a fancy dress and the next some basic knit pajama shorts for my boys.  So this season I decided my signature style is simply what I enjoy sewing right now ... which happens to be fun, versatile, practical, mix & match pieces.


I've had this fun mustard and cream wide stripe knit from Girl Charlee for a couple of months now, but I just hadn't found the right project for it.  Since I am currently focusing on using fabric I already have, I decided this would be my starting point.  I used pattern R from this Japanese sewing book (which I also used here) and then appliqued a truck on the front.  Why a truck, you may ask?  Because this is Mae's current favorite toy:


My favorite part of the entire outfit is the car seat poncho!  I almost didn't make this, but I'm so happy I did.  However, I don't think Mae shares my enthusiasm :)


A few weeks ago I decided Mae needs a poncho to wear while she's in her car seat.  It's such a pain to carry her out to the car, remove her coat before buckling her in (while -10 degree wind blows right through the car!) and then hurry to get her coat back on once we get where we are going.  I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted, so I looked where I always do ... Pinterest!  And I found this pin which is absolutely perfect.  I really didn't think there was a pattern anywhere so I drafted my own, minus the hood which is too bulky in the car seat.  27 pieces later and I was ready to assemble it :)


Although I knew I wanted a truck on Mae's shirt, I couldn't find a picture anywhere of exactly what I wanted.  Mae's little play farm truck is loosely based on a 1950's Ford pickup, but it has a more cartoon-y (I'm sure that's not a word!) appearance.  So I sat at my kitchen table, looking pretty silly I'm sure while I over analyzed a toy, and drew (digitally) a truck.  Then my confidence got a real boost when at least three family members told me I better keep trying :)  Art in general is not really my forte, but after more time than I care to admit to, I finally managed to draw a truck. 


Since the top is kind of busy, I wanted to keep the bottoms pretty simple.  For the shorts, I started with the Made Kid Shorts pattern.  I cut a size 4T (Mae normally wears a 2T) for a loose fit.  I added pleats to the front flat waistband and used elastic in the back.  Then I gathered the bottoms and added cuffs since they were really wide on Mae's legs.  I was going to just hem them at first, but the fabric is pretty stiff and Mae looked like she was wearing parachute shorts which wasn't quite the look I was going for :)


For the leggings, I just traced a pair that currently fits Mae to make a basic pattern.  The fabric is the wrong side of a burnout rayon knit that happened to be metallic gold.  The construction was super simple, but unfortunately I learned the hard way that you can't iron this particular metallic fabric or it won't be metallic any more!  Luckily I bought extra :)


This was a fun project, although it's more pieces than I normally make at one time so it was a bit time consuming.  However, every piece is practical, versatile and can be easily mixed and matched, so I'm calling the whole outfit a success!


Dora the Explorer has a special place in my heart after this photo shoot.  Mae was having a bunch of fun acting out some of her favorite parts and was content to take pictures for quite a bit longer than normal :)


And this picture is how I know Mae was done taking pictures and Dora would no longer work.  I'm pretty sure those fingers weren't coming out of mouth for anything short of me offering her candy or ice cream :)


Materials:
Top - Girl Charlee
Shorts - Uncut corduroy from Joann's
Leggings - Gold metallic rayon jersey from Joann's
Poncho - Cotton sherpa from Nature's Fabrics
Poncho lining/Truck applique - Elsies's Kitchen by Anna Griffin for Windham Fabrics
Snaps - Kamsnaps
Boots - H&M

36 comments :

  1. Love the whole look! Very stylish yet comfortable and practical!

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    1. Thanks! That's exactly what I was going for :)

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  2. Oh, I absolutely love the whole thing! Perfect! :)
    Kristi - kopykat

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  3. Love this little outfit. The shirt and shorts are adorable. And the coat, what a great idea!!

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    1. Thanks Kerry! The coat should get lots of use this year with the brutal winter we're having :)

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  4. So cute! I love your truck applique; great fabric choices.

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad that Mae loves trucks! My boys are too old and won't let me sew trucks on their shirts any more ;)

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  5. This is all SO cute!! I love the car seat poncho idea - new pattern in the future maybe?? ;)

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    1. I'm not too sure about that :) I made so many little changes to the pattern while I was sewing that I don't even remember them all!

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  6. LOVE the fabrics you used!!! Such a cute outfit!

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    1. Thanks! The color choices were unusual for me ... I don't think I've ever sewn anything mustard colored before :)

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  7. Looks great! I especially like the carseat poncho as we have the exact same issues here. I usually put the kids in a think fleece or flannel sweatshirt and let them grab a blanket. I think the poncho is a much better plan!
    Oh, and I like your daughters name! ;)

    Mae
    The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter

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    1. You have a lovely name too ;)

      I have tried many solutions in the car seat in the past, but it took me 6 kids and 15 years to realize that I could just make something!

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  8. Love the poncho (and the whole outfit of course)!

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  9. This is very cute! Comfortable and stylish!

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    1. If it's not comfortable, Mae won't wear it! In fact, she would prefer no clothes at all so I try to make things she will actually wear :)

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  10. Comfort is on top of the list of adjectives that must describe clothes that are sewn for my granddaughter too. My favorite piece is the striped top!
    Deborah
    sewmuchtogive

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    1. My girls will waste no time telling me if something isn't comfortable. And if it isn't comfortable, it doesn't get worn!

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  11. I love the snaps on the shirt--and the mustard stripe fabric. mustard with blue=perfection . And I love shorts with leggings! I only wish I could get my girls to love that look as much as I do...:)

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    1. My older girls don't like the leggings with shorts look either, but Mae is two, so she gets to like what I like for at least a little bit longer :)

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  12. This really turned out great! I love the bright blue, the poncho and the cute applique!

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  13. Great idea, and love how you got her to cooperate! We'll have to keep that in mind on future photo shoots. Love the truck...exactly what Annie would have wanted at that age.

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    1. It's amazing what compromises I am willing to make in order to get good pictures :)

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  14. That poncho looks as if it was from some high end kids brand - so well done!!

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  15. Love the entire outfit and especially the car-seat cape. I really hope that you will make that pattern available. The shorts are darling.

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    1. I doubt I will get around to making a pattern before it's warm out ... maybe next year :)

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  16. !!!

    Okay #1. I am spook glad you made the car seat poncho. It's fabulous to know I'm not the only.one getting the *omg you child abuser!* stares as I RUN from the car to the store with my toddler wrapped snugly in a blanket. Getting her coat on her in the car seat is like trying to put an octopus in a lingerie sack. While comical, about the 7th time I tried that, I just started throwing the blanket I made her over her head, yank ing her out, wrapping as I pulled her up to me, and make. Run for it. She's got her.gloves and hat on, and a fleece or wool sweater. If she ever wasn't sweating by the time we got her inside, I wouldn't do it this way. But I'm disabled so I have the closes t spots anyway. And the coldest days, those -30℉ wind chill days (wtf Michigan??) We just don't leave the house. I've seen pictures of sometht similar to your poncho. Any chance for a tutorial from you? I might look less.like a child abuser than an octopus wrestler.

    #2 I love LOVE that the top has a CAR and that it's jot PINK. Lol

    Good job!

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    1. So many typos. Please chalk them up to typing on my cell... I promise I'm functionally literate. Lol

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    2. My mom and I were going into a furniture store the other day with Mae. It was all of 15 feet to the door and Mae was wearing a sweatshirt and hat, and my mom warned me that I was going to get nasty looks since she wasn't wearing a coat. It's not like I made her walk a mile in subzero temperatures, but sure enough, the woman working there looked at Mae and gave me a dirty look when I walked into the store :) Some people just need to mind their own business. There are real problems in the world, and my toddler being safely exposed to cold weather is not one of them :)

      I happen to come from a car loving family, and none of them have ever been pink, so it didn't even cross my mind to make the car out of a girly color :) Although that would probably be cute too!

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    1. Thanks! Mae is fun and I think her clothes should be too ;)

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  18. love. love. love.
    I've made that pattern before, but as the dress. Never thought to shorten it to a top - you've inspired me!! It looks just adorable with the shorts and tights!

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