Project Run and Play: Project Street Style

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Project Run and Play’s latest collaboration is here.  Project Street Style is a collection of patterns for kids with a cool downtown vibe.  I was thrilled to get to work with Lisa of Mabey She Made It again on a photoshoot for the latest lookbook.  These fun photoshoots are really my absolute favorite.  Cute kids, cool clothes, good friends- yes, please!

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Project Street Style includes 7 new patterns from past PRP designers.  I love that they all have multiple options to them making this a super versatile bundle.  There are three unisex patterns, the Senpai Bomber Jacket, the Easy Street Tee, and the City Lights Cape.  Then there are two bottoms patterns; the Stoplight Skirt and the Metro Pants and Shorts. Rounding out the collection is two girl patterns with loads of options, the Via Top, Tunic and Dress, and the Indigo Dress and Romper.

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The Via pattern by Sofilantjes is a showstopper.  It’s a color-blocked tee, tunic, or dress with loads of sleeve options as well.  I chose the dress with long sleeves since we’re moving into cooler weather here.  I used scuba knit paired with faux leather accent pieces.  This pattern is perfect for using up all those fabric scraps.

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My tween was thrilled with the theme of this collection.  She’s a huge trend follower and is loving all things 90’s right now.  For her birthday, she saved her money and splurged on a pair of boots.  They were absolutely perfect for this look and were the jumping-off point to picking fabrics and pattern options.  She is wearing patterns by Audrey, the amazing woman behind Project Run and Play.  The Stoplight Skirt has three options; a pencil skirt, midi, and maxi all with unique details.  I sewed up the pencil skirt in faux leather and ponte for a great structured look.  I love how quickly it sewed up and the color-blocked sides give you lots of choices to spice things up a bit.

The top is the Easy Street Tee, a relaxed dolman style tee with cuffs and a long-sleeve option too.  I used a fun ribbed velvet for a little texture and color.  I made her size according to her chest measurements and like that I can size up or down for different looks.

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The final pattern I sewed up from this collection was the Senpai Bomber jacket from Sew Chibi Designs.  I love Kat’s playful style and it was fun to take her pattern and make it our own.  The jacket is a boxier style, slightly cropped and comes with loads of extras.  There are fun numbers and letter templates for a true letterman style jacket.  You can add a lining, pockets, and go with a collar or hood neckline.  My little man wanted an easy to wear hoodie that he could keep on all day.  I used a french terry/sweatshirt fleece combo for a light layer that he has worn constantly since it came off my machine.  He wanted a tiger graphic for the back (thank you Cricut Design Space) and picked his favorite number for the front.  I used a flocked vinyl to really up the cool factor.

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This collection was so fun to work on.  It brought back so many memories from my own childhood of exploring new cities and the excitement that was in the air.  There’s just something about heading downtown.  The food, the sights, the people… the energy is so invigorating!

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What pattern will you sew up first?  With so many to choose from, the sweet kiddos in your lives will be set and will be the coolest kids around!

JillyAtlanta Agatha Dress

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One of my favorite school projects has always been the 5th-grade wax museum.  It’s a chance for students to pick someone from U.S. history to learn about and really get to know more about the amazing people in our country past and present.  Sophie came home so excited and immediately googled “important women in the United States”.  She wanted someone strong who really made a difference in our nation.  I’m not gonna lie but her fashion sense was also key.  Knowing she’d get to dress up like her subject really got this fashionista excited!

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She stumbled across a few articles on Nancy Reagan and knew that she’d be a unique choice.  After reading about her work with the ‘Just Say No’ initiative and scrolling through countless glamorous pictures, she’d found her match!  We used this iconic picture as our inspiration for her wax figure day look.

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I turned to the JillyAtlanta Agatha Dress to recreate the pussy bow dress in the photo.  The pattern is full of options and I loved the timeless style of it.  I used a red linen blend from Joann’s (I would have loved to find a more lightweight solid red but you work with what you can get).  Simple red buttons really keep with the classic style.

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The details with this pattern are incredible.  I love JillyAtlanta’s aesthetic and hope I can sew up more of them.  The back pleated bodice and bishop sleeves are my favorites!

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We happened upon the Healing Field while out doing photos and it was the perfect backdrop for this dress.  Our city sets up a field full of American flags, one for each person lost on 9/11.  It’s a humbling sight to see and was such a great opportunity to share the events of that day with my kids.  It opened up a conversation about love, healing, and the incredible people of this country.

I told her this photo could be her campaign picture when she runs for president!  It captures her heart and represents so much love and hope for our future.

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And this one is just her… trying to hold in her smile as she quietly glides through life.  She’s destined for greatness and I’m thrilled to be along for her ride!

 

Riley Blake Paper Daisies

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Riley Blake Paper Daisies is a new fabric line from one of my favorite designers at Riley Blake, Sue Daley.  I always fall in love with the colors and prints in Sue’s collections and Paper Daisies is no exception.

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My partnership with Riley Blake is such that they send me fabric in exchange for posting and promoting.  I love to sit down with my kids and look at the upcoming lines and see what jumps out at them.  This pretty geometric print immediately caught my daughter’s eye.  She’s always looking for unique designs and prefers anything but florals and this is right up her alley.  When it arrived at our house we both fell in love with the tiny scale and gorgeous colors.

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Payton on the other hand still loves florals and anything cheerful and fun.  This sweet grey floral reads both precious and cute and also kinda vintage 60’s boho too.  I was leaning towards a fun midi length version of this skirt to play up that 60’s vibe but she really wanted a shorter version.  In the end, she’s the one wearing it so she wins 😉

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There are so many adorable prints in this line from the bold main floral to the subtle dandelion.  The gorgeous color palette of peach, coral, pinks, and grey is so pretty.  They’re colors I’m drawn to again and again.

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For my Sophie’s dress, I used the Spencer from Violette Fields Threads.  I sewed one up for my cute little niece and have been wanting to make one for my girls ever since.  It’s a classic style with a few options to choose from.  I did the sleeveless version with a straight skirt (there are puff 3/4 sleeves and an optional tiered skirt).  We wanted something classic and simple.  Honestly though, before we picked buttons it was looking very much like a nightgown.  The style is a little young for her and it was tricky to style it to her liking.  I sewed up a size 8 width and added 3 inches to the 9/10 length.  It still ended up ‘vintage’ length (also known as pretty darn short).  She loves it paired with sneakers but will most likely wear it with tights, boots, and a cardigan as the weather cools off here.  I think this style is adorable but will probably not make it again for her.  It’s so sweet and I do think I’ll try it for little sis but maybe in a more lightweight fabric.

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Payton’s skirt is the Soliel Skirt from Lil Luxe Collection (also in the Project Run and Play Shop).  It’s a quick and fun pattern for a faux button front skirt, elastic back waistband in knee, midi, and maxi lengths.  There are optional suspender straps and pockets.  I will make this pattern over and over again until my kids no longer fit it.  It’s such a timeless style and is so easy to wear.  I paired it here with a Modkid Perfect Tee in Riley Blake Aqua knit.  It’s an outfit she can wear to school, church, or on weekends.  She likes things comfortable and this is perfection in her book.

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Thanks for stopping by!  We hope you love this adorable new line as much as we do!

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Love Notions Game Day Jersey

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The Love Notions Game Day Jersey released today and it’s just in time!  It’s such a versatile pattern.  Perfect for representing your school or favorite professional team.  It’s also so on-trend and works great for upcycling old t-shirts or just creating great vintage style tees.

Both the Kid’s and Women’s versions are chock full of options.  They both have a scoop or v-neckline, short or 3/4 sleeve, tee or dress length, and optional sleeve stripes.

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The kids version is a unisex tee in sizes 2t-16.  I love that I can make tees for most of my kids out of one pattern.  Big sis already has one cut out and waiting and big bro is eyeing to upcycle some of his old tees into jerseys.

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Charlie is anxious for me to up the cool factor on this version with a little Denver Broncos vinyl.  This pattern is just itching for some great vinyl creativity!

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Both are tees are made using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Charlie is wearing a solid cotton lycra.  Mine is luscious modal spandex jersey in light grey and deep mauve.  This fabric hit the shop early this summer and I’ve been dying for a tee in it ever since.  This tee totally lives up to my dreams.  It’s so soft and relaxed.  I know grey is a bit boring but I can never have too many grey tees.  I always reach for them first!

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I’m so excited about the possibilities with this pattern.  I have a couple of cool vintage tees saved on my phone that I’m dying to recreate.  Think cool colors using the color blocking and adding a few stripes across the chest.  I’m loving all the tester versions that used a print on the shoulders and sleeves too.  So many choices!

 

Leopard Print Sabrina Slims, oh my!

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See that face?  That’s my  ‘Oh my goodness, I made leopard print pants!!” face.  When I saw this amazing leopard print ponte my first thought was that my girls would totally rock this print.   A cute pencil skit or a fitted dress would look darling on my Sophie and Payton would LOVE a fit and flare Made for Mermaids Joy dress in this.  Then I had a ‘Hold up’ moment.  I wanted this stuff!  I wanted to feel like a rock star momma!  This print is subtle enough that I can wear it to a PTA meeting, running errands, or on a hot date.  Gone is the stigma that leopard pants MUST be paired with a black leather motorcycle jacket and be worn by someone 20-years younger than me.  This pair can go classy, hip, or super casual.  I’m thrilled I claimed this fabric for myself and had so much fun styling it with some of my wardrobe staples.

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First let’s talk about the pattern I used.  I first sewed up the Love Notions Sabrina Slims during testing years ago.  I was at my fittest and loved how they fit my then athletic build.  Since then my weight and level of fitness has fluctuated and those once beloved pants have been donated.  It was definetely time to revisit the pattern.  Made in a soft, stretchy ponte these pants will be forgiving as my body inevitably grows and changes.  I love that they are fitted but not too tight and the straight leg is so comfortable and flattering.

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I sewed up a size 6 graded out at the waist to a size 8.  The pattern is FULL of tips for alterations to get a great fit.  Since I used a more forgiving knit I only made one real alteration, taking a wedge out of the back center waist seam to bring in the back waist.  After wearing them a bit more, I may notice more fit issues that I can address in future pairs if I use more stable fabric.  And yes, there will be future pairs!

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I am 5’7″ and started with the longest inseam but after trying them on I realized I really liked them ankle length.  I trimmed them to the mid-length 28″ inseam and love the versatility of this length.  They worked great with sandals, sneakers, flats, and booties.  I also skipped the back welt pockets and used the free front pocket add-in from the sew-along.

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I headed to Pinterest for loads of inspiration on what to wear with my new pants.  Holy cow!  I could wear these a different way everyday for a month after seeing just how versatile they could be.  This first look is a real ‘everyday’ fall transition look for me.  I paired it with a ready-to-wear olive tencel top for a relaxed, but still pulled together outfit that I could wear no matter what the day held.

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This is my take on sweats.  These pants feel like comfy leggings or sweatpants but look a bit more grown-up.  This is another great outfit for those days when it’s starting to get a little cooler.

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I think I’m most excited for fall so I can wear all the cozy cardigans again.  I love, love these pants paired with a button-up or tee and a nice long sweater.  This outfit is for those real adult days- you know when you need to look like a grown-up.  It’s still easy to wear and comfortable but classy at the same time.

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Ditch the sweater and tie the top and I’m ready for dinner and a movie with the hubs.  I love that these pants can make me feel sporty and cool and also sexy and chic.

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Ok, that’s enough gushing about one pair of pants.  I really am so excited about them and think they were the perfect piece to kick off my fall sewing for myself.  They fit me and my personality to a tee.  A little classy, a subtle little bit of sass, and super easy going.  I’m so glad I took a chance on this print and know I’m going to love wearing these!

Back to School Tour 2019

sophie14I love a good blog tour filled with friends, awesome giveaways, and any excuse to get behind my sewing machines.  The Back to School Blog Tour hosted by Karly of Paisley Roots was the perfect reason to drop everything and sew up a few back to school pieces.

sophie5This little miss starts middle school this year, sob sob.  Her actual first day is TODAY and while you are reading this I just might be having a mini-meltdown.  Middle School!  How did that happen?!  She’s so ready and I know she’ll rock it but when did my little girl get to be such an amazing young woman?!

titleShe’s getting to be very picky and very particular about what she wears.  She definitely follows teenage trends.  She’s such a shy girl that she likes to fit right in and not be too flashy.  For her back to school wardrobe, she shopped at her favorite stores, Tilly’s and H&M, and then we threw in three handmade pieces that would really compliment and work well with her store-bought items.   What resulted is a cute mix and match mini capsule wardrobe that she loves!

 

I used three patterns from my favorite pattern designers that cater to tween and teen sizing.  Modkid Boutique has an ever expanding catalog of tween patterns that are so on-trend.  Hey June Handmades Hey Junior line is a collection of basic pieces that can be hacked into a million different looks.  It’s a great starting point for classic patterns you can use again and again.  I also turn to Love Notions Patterns because their patterns go from size 2t-16 which means I can use them for my girls and my nieces.  I love a great size range!

sophie7The first handmade piece is a hacked Brooklyn from Modkid in a super fun Retro Stripe from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  For this look, I took the dress piece and just shortened it to top length.  She loves mock necks and this pattern fits her well.  It’s slim fitting and has multiple sleeve options.  I used the long sleeve pattern piece and shortened it to hit mid bicep.

sophie8Her leggings are our go-to Love Notions Leggins’.  They are a nice slim cut and always fit her so well.  I used a mid-weight cotton lycra from CaliFabrics.  I absolutely love the weight of this fabric for leggings.  I’ve been on the quest for great leggings fabrics since this girl would live in them and I will be ordering more colors of this for sure!

sophie13Her last handmade item is a Morrison Tee from Hey June Handmade in a yummy modal stripe from CaliFabrics.  This fabric is my absolute favorite for tees and if it looks familiar it could be because I’ve made a handful of other tops out of it in multiple colorways for her and I.  It’s so soft and that drape is amazing!

The Morrison Tee is another pattern that I turn to over and over again.  That back curved hem and the oversized fit just make me happy!  I did an extra-wide cuff and folded it up and tacked it in multiple places.  I just love a cuffed sleeve.

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Her store-bought pieces:

Mustard Jeggings from H&M

Black Jacket from Tilly’s

Yellow Vans

White Slip-Ons

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Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you head to the other stops on the tour for some adorable back to school looks.  Head to the end of this post for a super fun giveaway too!

Giveaway!
10% off all patterns from DIBY Club with code: B2Sblogtour (expires Aug 25, 2019)
2 patterns of choice from DIBY Club (bundles excluded)
 2 patterns of choice from Rad Patterns
2 patterns of choice from Paisley Roots
1 pattern of choice from Sisboom
1 pattern of choice from Little Lizard King
1 pattern of choice from Titchy Threads
1 pattern of choice from New Horizons Designs 


 

 

Back to School with Project Run and Play

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Summer is coming to an end and my kiddos are headed back to school next week.   Making and buying new school clothes and supplies is one way we make it a little less painful.  It’s hard to be sad when you’ve got a cute outfit on, lol!  To help with your back to school sewing, Project Run and Play is introducing four new patterns to the shop and you can grab these patterns on sale for 20% off through Sunday, August 18th.

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I sewed up the Odeline Blouse and Dress from Iris May Patterns.   I loved all the options that come with the pattern and it was so fun brainstorming different ideas.  A cute gathered sleeve dress in plaid flannel?  I simple solid version with ALL the ruffles?  A striped linen dress for the last bit of summer weather?  One look at all the listing pictures really had my mind reeling.  So.Many.Options!

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We settled on a short sleeve blouse in this fantastic pineapple print crepe that I picked up in the LA Fabric District.  We’ve got a couple more months of nice weather and I wanted something she could wear the first few days of school.  She’s loving the pineapple trend and this colorway feels like something that will work well into fall.  Short sleeves are so great for layering once the weather gets cooler too.

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This pattern features both blouse and dress lengths.  There are short, 3/4, and long sleeve options and you can pick a plain or puff sleeve.  You can also choose to add a ruffle to the neckline, bodice, and chest.  Mixing and matching all the options gives you so many different looks.  I chose the neckline ruffle, plain short sleeve and blouse length.

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This was one of my first patterns that does not include a seam allowance.  I’ve got to admit- I was terrified I’d screw it up!  I watched a couple of YouTube videos to refresh my memory and just went for it.  I used the two pencils stuck together method and it worked out great- so quick and easy!  I’m glad I won’t have to be so intimidated in the future.

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I love how this turned out and I’m so glad I still have enough of this fabric left so we can be twinning.  It’s such a versatile piece and will work so well for those hot first school days.

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Want to win and sew a dream back to school wardrobe?  Every purchase in the Project Run and Play shop during the Back to School event will be entered to win 5 patterns of your choice from the shop.  Such a fun giveaway!

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This little miss attitude is ready to head back to school in style!  Head to the Project Run and Play shop to grab the newest patterns on sale!