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 :)
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