Wow! I can’t believe I’m here on week three! This competition has been so fun and I’m so lucky to be doing it with such amazing, fun ladies. They’ve been knocking it out of the park and keeping me on my toes.
This weeks theme is Halloween Costumes. I have a confession- I HATE sewing costumes! So much work for something that gets worn once or twice. I’m far too practical for that. In the past my handmade costumes have been quick, easy projects. This competition pushed me to spend a lot more time on their looks BUT I also stayed true to myself and made pieces that can be worn long after the last piece of Halloween candy has been eaten.
Their costumes this year are a little tribute to their Grandma and Grandpa who are serving a humanitarian mission in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Some of us were lucky enough to get to visit them and a highlight of our trip was an amazing three-day safari. We thought it would be a special homage to them to plan our Halloween costumes around an African theme. (Little brother will also be wearing his favorite RTW lion costume-roar!)
Sophie’s outfit is one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever done. I used the Cafe Romper from Sew Straight and Gather. This girl loves rompers but can never find one that fits her tall, skinny body. I added two inches to both the bodice and pants to get the perfect fit for her. We skipped the hidden button placket in order to showcase these brushed gold buttons. I added cargo pockets to the bodice and also to the pants. She loves ALL the pockets!
A faux button sleeve tab and leather pocket tab are little details that really elevate this outfit. I used a faux suede from Joann’s for this romper. I love the look and she loves how soft and comfortable it is.
For those chilly Halloween nights she can throw on her cozy quilted knit bomber jacket, made using the Ollie Bomber Jacket from Sew A Little Seam. The quilted knit is from Hobby Lobby. It’s such a great jacket- chic and so on trend. She will get lots and lots of wear out of this piece.
This girl is ready to hit the savanna!
Payton is comfy and cute in her leopard costume. I went simple and easy and made pieces that will mix and match into her wardrobe when Halloween is over. I used this fabric from CaliFabrics and it was perfect! My original plan was to make a one-piece skinsuit with a built-in tail. Then the practical side of me kicked in 😉 This is much easier to wear and going to the bathroom will actually be doable, haha!
Her top is a slimmed down Flashback Skinny Tee modified to have a mock-neck and thumb-hole cuffs.
Her leggings are our favorite pattern- the Love Notions free Leggins’. They fit my girls like a glove!
Her tail is a simple belt that can easily be taken on and off.
To keep her warm on Halloween night I did a self drafted scarf-neck cardigan using sleeves from the Hatteras Hoodie from Hey June. I used a cheap blanket from Wal-Mart that is both comfy and warm. I added pockets to keep her treasures too!
We had such a blast shooting these looks. We headed to our little slice of savanna and it was just amazing!
We’ve had such a blast sharing our creations with you during this competition. It’s really been a dream come true and I’ve had so much fun working with my kids on these looks. I hope to stick around for next week so we can show you our ‘Signature Looks’. Take a quick minute to head over and vote over at Project Run and Play. Thanks for stopping by!
18 thoughts on “Project Run and Play- Week Three:On Safari”
This is such a fun theme!
My secret is that I ADORE leopard print and am given such a hard time for it by my friends. But leopard is totally a neutral, right?
I love that these are neat costumes but that the pieces can be reused in a regular wardrobe. Great job, Tami!
Thanks so much Eleri! I totally think leopard is a neutral! My leopard print sneakers are my most worn 😉
Amazing job on both!
Thanks so much Kate!
This is so much fun! I really enjoyed seeing all your pictures, it looks like the girls had a blast at the photo shoot!
Thanks so much Jess! I think the photo shoots have been my favorite part of this competition!
My favorite part of this for you is that you stayed true to your practical self! These costumes are adorable and the pieces can definitely be put into the everyday wear rotation. The girls looked like that had a great time with the photos too!
Thanks Cassie! I love that after this competition my kids have lots of new things in their wardrobes that are getting so much wear!
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What a fun shoot! I adore all those pictures and your costumes are adorable! I’m very practical too and basically said the exact same thing on my post! LOL
Thanks Karly! Why must we be so practical?! 😉
Tami!!! I have no words — beautiful work. Not that I’m surprised! Keep up the work I see a winner in the midst!
Thank you, thank you Terri! I’m blushing!
Oh gosh, no kidding you said you took so many pictures for this. How could you not? The girls look like they had a blast! I’m glad that you went with visible buttons on the romper because they are super cute. And suede? Hello soft and comfy! I giggled a little at the mention of needing bathroom accessibility. That’s the biggest seller on practicality! So much fun, I love it all!
My granddaughter is quite slim too. I’m going to check out that leggings pattern.I must confess that I don’t enjoy make Halloween costumes either. I like your practical slant on this challenge.
Thanks so much Deborah! I’m glad there are others who share my practicality!
These are so fun! You really can see how much your girls are enjoying themselves. I love animal prints, and I don’t deny it! 🙂 Great work!!
Seriously these looks are so brilliant! They’re great to look at with a quick glance but all those additional details that you put in are so great. I love the belt tail?! so much