Week two is here and I’m so thrilled to be back again. I can’t thank you guys enough for all the love and support last week! What an amazing week it was and I know you’re going to be amazed at what my competitors have to offer this week as well. So much crazy talent! Make sure you head over to Project Run and Play to vote!
The theme this week is Crafting a Story, weaving elements of your favorite story book into this weeks project. So fun, right?!! My kids and I sat down and came up with a huge list of all of our favorite books and characters. We kept coming back to Charlotte’s Web, a book I’d read as a child and read to my oldest boys years ago and again just last summer to these two cuties. We loved it a ton and so much of the story resonated with us. The character’s friendship is inspiring and teaches us to look past our physical differences. The message that a tiny spider can bring about great things is so important for our kids to hear. I want them to know that they can do anything and that simply being a good friend can make all the difference in the world.
For our looks this week, I really wanted something classic and keeping with the charm of the book. I used a ton of our favorite patterns and created looks that are reminiscent of Charlotte and her friends but that will also get worn in heavy rotation long after the competition is over.
All of my fabric this week was provided by Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love that I was able to grab the linen for the overalls and pants and the perfect knit solids and prints all in one stop. I knew I wanted to use the spider-web print from their CLUB line and built the rest of the look around that. The fabrics were so perfect for creating just the look I was after!
I knew we needed to do overalls but wanted to do a little twist on the classic denim pair. I used a soft rayon linen blend for a modern take. I used the Linville Romper pants from Hey June Handmade. I went down a size and slimmed them a bit more for a straight leg fit. I trimmed the waist to hit at her hips and added a wide waistband. The pockets are lined in the same fun polka dot print used for her headband. We played around with the bib to get just the size we both liked and added a pocket to the front.
My favorite feature of the overalls is the drawstring tie in the back. I did buttonholes on the inside of the waistband and a pair of buttonholes on the outside as well. The straps go in through the inside holes, crossover and come out the outside to be tied in a bow. It was a fun construction element that will also let these grow with her since they’re so easy to adjust.
The clean lines and topstitching make me so happy. She needed a slim, simple top to wear underneath so we did a sleek bodysuit to layer under.
This pretty Riley Blake print just ties the looks together and is reminiscent of spring- when Wilbur was born!
For the bodysuit I mashed two patterns- the Camilla Swimsuit from Made for Mermaids with the Boo! Designs Sleeved Leotard. I love the modest cut of the legs and fit through the body of the Camilla. Combined with the sleeves and neckline of the Boo! leotard it’s the perfect fit! I did knit bands instead of elastic in the legs for comfort.
I finished off the look with a self drafted knotted headband. The perfect accessory for this vintage inspired outfit.
My little guy got an outfit just perfect for him! I went with clean lines and colors so the pieces will get worn easily with the rest of his wardrobe. I tried to stick with the old fashioned vibe with a bit of a modern feel. His look features a bomber jacket, ringer tee, and woven joggers in comfortable fabrics like jersey, french terry, and rayon linen.
For the jacket I used my favorite raglan sweatshirt pattern, the Samson Sweater from Love Notions. I used the construction techniques from the Ollie Bomber jacket from Sew A Little Seam to create this fully lined, cozy layering piece. Those welt pockets are a must and I love how this turned out!
The inside is lined in a spider web print jersey and I couldn’t help but add a little secret pocket with the saying, “With the right words, you can change the world.” Charlotte sure taught us that!
I used the Oliver + S School Bus tee pattern for his shirt. I love the slim fit and it was super easy to modify for this retro look. I added white rib knit to the neckline and sleeves (I trimmed off a couple inches for this sleeve length).
I wanted a 70’s feel for the graphic and created that by using strips of vinyl in white, goldenrod, orange, and charcoal and cutting it with my Cricut. We did ‘Terrific”, one of the words Charlotte wrote in her web, because this kid is pretty terrific in my book!
These pants are seriously my favorite thing I’ve made him! So simple but so him too! He HATES jeans and only wear ‘soft pants’ if he can help it so these are just too perfect for him. I used the True Bias Hudson pants with just a few modifications since they’re made for knit fabrics.
I sized up one size but took in the crotch area quite a bit to keep the slim look. I love the pocket detail the pattern uses and used a longer piece cut on the bias to get it to fit. I skipped the real drawstring but added a faux piece that won’t come out in the wash (seriously, why does that happen EVERY time!).
I drafted cargo pockets to hold even more treasures. The topstitching on these pants really helps these pants feel more ready-to-wear. I’m adding a version of these pants to my selfish sewing list because I know I’d wear them just as much as he does!
These kiddos were troopers again, braving the chilly Utah temperatures for this fun photo shoot. We have to plan around snowstorms and they are so good at humoring their mama as I try to get ‘the shot’. My girly cracked me up as I told her to do a closed mouth smile and she replied, “Hashtag Mona Lisa!”. These shoots are my favorite part of the competition as we laugh and I get to see their cute personalities shine through. Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to head back to vote for your favorite look at Project Run and Play!