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!

Flying Fox Dungarees from Puzzle Patterns

flyingfox6The Project Run and Play shop just got a whole slew of new patterns! There’s a little something for everyone from rough and tumble jeans to pretty dresses.  I’m joining in the fun today and sharing the Flying Fox Overalls from Puzzle Patterns.

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The Flying Fox Overalls are a unisex pattern that starts at 12-18 months and goes all the way to size 10.  It’s a classic staple that features both short length or full pant length.  There is a back elastic casing that gives these a cute, slim comfortable silhouette.

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My daughter is an overall collector, lol, and was thrilled when I showed her the pattern.  She fit right in the size 9 width-wise but was 6 inches taller than the size chart goes.  Luckily she really wanted capri length so the adjustments I made were very minimal.  I added a little length to the straps and the hem and we were golden.  I added a little faux drawstring for detail.

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I used a pretty Robert Kaufman Essex striped linen from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s lightweight but has enough structure to hold the shape of the overalls.  I love playing with stripes and it was fun mixing directions on the pattern pieces.

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I love that this black and ivory stripe will work so well with a lot of her tees and tanks.  We debated between blush, mustard, or red tops for this shoot with the soft sweet blush winning.  I think these look fantastic with tanks or long sleeves too, making them a year-round piece.  How cute will they be with boots in the fall?!

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The Project Run and Play shop is celebrating the new arrivals with a site-wide sale.  You can save 20% on any purchase with the code newpatterns20.  You can also save 25% off your purchase of 3 or more patterns with the code newpatterns25.

Finally, want to win a pattern of your choice from the PRP shop?  Head over to my Instagram and click on the picture of these overalls for your chance to win!

This post was sponsored by Project Run and Play and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Project Run and Play:Project Farmer’s Market

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Project Run and Play is an institution in the children’s sewing community.  The talent that makes up the PRP alumni is staggering.  When I heard that a group of past designers was putting together a capsule wardrobe collection, Project Farmer’s Market, I jumped at the chance to be a part of it!  I was honored to be able to sew up a few pieces of the collection and to get together with a couple of past PRP contestants for an epic photo shoot was like a dream come true.

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For our shoot, I joined Lisa of Mabey She Made It and Sabra of Sew A Straight Line.  My kids had met theirs at past photo shoots or park playdates and it was so fun to see them instantly get comfortable with each other.  You could tell this wasn’t their first rodeo as they turned on the charm and smiles and nailed whatever us crazy moms told them to do.  Totally blogger kids and such cuties!

A HUGE shout out to Raspberry Creek Fabrics for sponsoring this photo shoot.  All of my fabrics are from the shop.

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For my looks I sewed up 5 pieces from the collection (and one freebie!).  I sewed the Banana Boat Tee, Soleil Skirt, Turnip Up Trousers, Up Beet Tee, and Jonagold Jumper.  The collection is full of both girl and unisex patterns and a huge size range making them something you can use for years to come.  I really love patterns that I can use for multiple views and more than one kid.  These patterns checked all my boxes.

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Charlie got a pair of Turnip Up short and an Up Beet Tee from Celina of Petit a Petite.  This is such a great summer outfit.

Charlie2The Up Beet Tee has such a unique construction.  The sleeve piece extends to the back yoke for such a cool look.  I love the stripe and solid pairing- it really highlights the shoulder detail.  Of course I had to throw on a little vinyl.  This little guy is looking so ‘fresh’ it was totally appropriate 😉  I used a font and image available in Cricut Design Space for a tee that was perfect for our produce themed shoot.

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The Turnip Up Trousers are so full of amazing details.  I love the bound seams and he loves the knit waistband.  With multiple pockets these are perfect for those little treasure hunters out there.

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I love this easy tee and shorts combo.  It’s comfy but definetely not boring.  With unconventional details these patterns are great additions to my pattern collection.

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My Sophie is at the top of most kids sizing and I was thrilled to see she could squeeze into this look by Jess from Lil Luxe Collection.  The Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt were just perfect for this fashion forward tween.

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The Banana Boat Tee is so darn cute!  I want it in my size!  Sleeve cuffs, button tabs, side drawstring rouching, and a wide boat neckline take this tee over the top.  So many darling details!

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In a drapey rayon spandex, it pairs perfectly with the Soleil Skirt but also looks so cute with jeans.

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The Soleil Skirt has a faux front button placket, back elastic waist, pockets, three lengths and optional suspender straps.  It’s one I can see turning to again and again.

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The Jonagold Jumper was the one I was most excited to sew up.  My girls have been begging for overalls and it’s just so hard to get them that fit them both in the length and width.  Shortalls can be soooo short on their long legs and long overalls tend to be capris 😉  This pattern is so full of options they can have a closetful now!

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I sewed up the squared bib, shorts version but there are also pant and skirt options.  You can add patch pockets to the bib and front hips too.

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This simple chambray version will get worn to death this summer!  I sewed up the free Seed headscarf and it adds the perfect touch to this outfit.

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I’m so thrilled to be able to share this amazing collection with you.  What a pleasure it was to be back in PRP mode for this shoot!  For some serious eye candy, sit back and relax with the brilliant Lookbook– so much goodness in one place.

You can get the whole Project Farmer’s Market Collection here, the unisex mini collection here, and the girls mini collection here.  All individual patterns are available in the PRP shop.

 

Project Run and Play Pattern Shop

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There’s a new pattern shop in town and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  I hold a special place in my heart for all things Project Run and Play and now you can get patterns inspired by past contestant entries in one place- The Project Run and Play Pattern Shop!

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As designers on Project Run and Play you pour your whole heart into each week’s creations.  The level of creativity and craftmanship is amazing.  And don’t forget the HUGE amount of blood, sweat, and tears that goes into each look.  It’s only fitting that these looks get turned into patterns by so many of the designers.  All that hard work needs to be shared with the world!

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This week’s featured patterns are the accessories.  I sewed up The Tie pattern created by Shannon of Little Kids Grow for season 6.   This pattern has kids and adult sizes and is on sale right now!

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I was so excited to see some of my other favorite patterns in the shop!  The Janie Dress is a staple in our house.  It’s the perfect skater dress pattern with loads of options.

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The Sydney Pinafore is so unique and beyond cute!  These little shorties were worn constantly last summer by this girly and reluctantly were passed on to little sister this summer.  Lil sis has loved them just as much!  Such a fun pattern!

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Dressage Leggings are another staple in our house.  I love the color blocking option so much!  It’s so fun to mix prints and they fit my girls so well.

There are so many patterns in the shop on my to-sew list too!  I’m ashamed to admit I’ve had a Thyme Vest cut and ready to sew since last fall (it’s top of my list once my kiddos head back to school!).  My little guy needs a Puffin Vest paired with some sk8 Skinnies for back to school too!

What’s catching your eye?!  Make sure to check out all the past contestants who sewed up all the amazing patterns in the shop.

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Make sure to enter the Rafflecopter too!

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Project Run and Play Week Four: Signature Style

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It’s the final week of Project Run and Play and I can’t believe I’m here at the end.  It’s been such an amazing experience full of so many ups and downs.  To be here with Cassie of Pear Berry Lane and Gemia of Phat Quarters is truly the icing on the cake.  These two ladies have been with me on my sewing journey from my early pattern tester days and I’ll be thrilled no matter what the outcome of this contest is.  These women are so incredibly talented and both deserve all the prizes in the world for their hard work and determination these last few weeks!  It’s been an honor to compete with all five ladies and I know they make this sewing community a better place.

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The theme this week is Signature Style- my favorite week yet!  The pressure was off and I got to sew what I felt really expresses our styles.  I wanted to highlight my own design aesthetic but also play up the girl’s tastes and personalities too.  These two outfits really are such a great mix of the three of us and I love how they turned out.  I lean towards classic styles with clean lines and simple silhouettes but I love to give them a contemporary twist.  These pieces will integrate easily into their wardrobes, will get lots of wear, and really showcase who we are style-wise.

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This dress is the highlight of our look.  I’ve had this fabric for years and have just been waiting for the right project.  This competition has been just what I needed to cut into all my beloved stash fabrics!  This particular fabric came from Hancock Fabrics in their clearance section (that was always my favorite local place for unique, inexpensive apparel fabrics).  I absolutely love the colors as I’m all over anything blush, olive, grey, or black these days.  I’m usually drawn to stripes and florals but this bold geometric print is different and so incredible.  Sometimes the design comes first and sometimes the fabric just knows what it needs to become.  This fabric screamed to become a classic pleated dress so of course I had to oblige.

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I used a favorite pattern of ours as the starting point, the Blake Dress from Mingo and Grace.  I used this pattern for our Pokemon look in our first trip to PRP and it just seemed so right to used it for our final look as well.  This time around I added sleeves and a peter pan collar.  I always look for dresses with sleeves to make them more church appropriate and to give it more wearability in our ever-changing Utah weather.  I used the sleeve and armscye of another pattern and was surprised at how easy an alteration it was.  I will definitely be doing it more often in the future!  There was a ton of hand sewing involved with this dress from the fully lined bodice to the hand tacked hem.  All things that make this dress one that will be worn and cherished for as long as possible

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One of my favorite features of this pattern and one I needed to keep were the hidden pockets.  I love this design element and while it’s a little tricky to figure out it’s always a happy little surprise for my girls.

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The collar is made from the same pleather as last week’s pants.  I love the edge it gives the dress and knew she would too.  She adores her pants from last week and thinks this collar is pretty cool.  Little rockstar touches are always welcome with this girly.  I wanted to add a little ribbon belt and this leather trim was too perfect.

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I finished the dress with a lace exposed zipper.  I had this one in my stash and loved the feminine feel it brings to an otherwise modern look.  It suits my daughter so well.  She’s full of spunk and sass but still sweet and girly too.  It’s always so fun when you can sum up their eclectic personalities in one garment!

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My older daughter is a mini me through and through.  I always apologize to her for all the little things she’s inherited from me from my quiet personality to my funny teeth.  Good or bad, she’s just like her mom.  I know when I sew for her that if I would wear it she’ll love it too.  I wanted to recreate one of my favorite makes for myself because I knew she’d adore it too.  This top is my take on my own gingham Willamette Top from Hey June Handmade.  We paired it with a classic blush twill skirt for a simply chic look!

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For this top I started with Simplicity 1043, a pajama pattern.  I used the wide collar but then almost completely redrafted it.  I wanted it to be as close to the original inspiration as possible.  I made a dolman sleeve and cuff, added a back yolk and pleat, and added in all the seam details.

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The Willamette is such an on-trend top and I love all the unique features it has.  That back pleat is just lovely in gingham!  This fabric is a beautiful Robert Kaufman one inch gingham I picked up at my local quilt shop but is readily available online (in case you need some for yourself, hint hint!).

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The seaming makes it so fun to play with the directions of the gingham.  I cut the yoke, cuffs, collar, and bottom pieces all on the bias.  I love the effect!  I used all the same clean finishes of the Willamette pattern to create a garment that’s as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside.  French seams, a magic burrito rolled yoke and hidden seams in the cuff make this top look so high end.

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I used the Linden Shorts and Skirt pattern for the skirt changing up a few things for this look.  I slimmed it down a bit and did my own slash pockets.  I also drafted my own waistband and used an invisible side zipper for closure.  This skirt is a prime example of why I sew for this girl.  She measured an 8 waist and 12 length and I still needed to bring in the back middle seam a couple of inches and customize the width even more.  Ready to wear bottoms are always so short on her and skirts are near impossible to get in a decent length! So glad we can create a garment that fits her tall, tiny frame!

This fabric is a shiny sateen I got in LA but I chose to use the wrong side of the fabric for everything but the pocket bag.  She’s seriously lacking in skirts and this color will work so well with her existing wardrobe.  I was happy to create a great basic piece that will get worn and loved!

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This week’s looks are simple and timeless with fun details that bring them into the present day.  It was so rewarding making garments that not only highlight my own style but also bring out my daughter’s unique personalities as well.  Isn’t that why we sew moms?  After a long month of sewing, this week’s pieces truly reflect who we are and why I sew.

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For this week’s shoot we headed to my favorite location, a quaint old town street not too far from us.  I love the dirty alleys, gorgeous wood wall, and aged brick buildings.  So many options for amazing backdrops in one easy location.  We were racing the sunset and these girls have become experts these last few weeks at nailing poses and hamming it up as quickly as possible.  For once, the sun was shining and I didn’t need to edit out goosebumps, lol!  These two have earned a good break from blog pictures that’s for sure!

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Thanks so much for bringing us this far in the competition.  I’m so grateful for the sewing community and all my real life family and friends who have been cheering me on through this adventure!  Make sure you head over to Project Run and Play to see all the looks and to vote for your favorite.  I’m sure you’re in for some serious eye candy!

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Project Run and Play Week Three: Shine Bright

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It’s week three! What a ride it’s been!  I’m thrilled to have made it this far in the competition and have been loving my competitors creation’s each week.  Make sure you head over to Project Run and Play to check out their looks and to vote for your favorite.

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The theme for this week is “Astronomical Proportions’.   I really, really struggled with this one.  I love that this competition pushes me to try new things and to be adventurous but I also want to be true to my own design aesthetic and style.  As designers we pondered the double meaning of the theme; outer space and also big dramatic proportions or style elements.   Trying to go with both meanings and stay practical and wearable was my big hang up.  I decided to go ‘big’ in my own way.

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I kept thinking of the stars- both in the sky and on the silver screen.  We are channeling the bright, shining stars in the sky and also our favorite Hollywood movie stars.  It made for a fun week sewing and an especially fun photo shoot.

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Fabric played a huge part in this week’s look.  I used mostly fabric I’ve had forever and that I picked up for a steal.  The sequins, lining knit, and neon pink scuba knit are from LA that I grabbed last year.  The sequins were a screaming deal at $5/yard and the scuba was a remnant that I got to dig for ;).  The faux leather knit came from a local home decor warehouse for $3/yard and the space knit was a Joann remnant for a couple of dollars as well.  Serious savings!  While it was amazing finding just the right fabrics in my stash it also meant I had to work with the yardage I had.  It proved a bit challenging on the main pieces but worked out in the end.

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This dress was such a learning experience.  It was only my second time working with sequins and my first big project with them.  I only broke ten needles in the process- haha!  The sparkle and shine are so worth it though!

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The real showstopper is that skirt!  I added fairy lights for extra wow factor and love the results.

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I wanted this dress to be both playful and sophisticated and to really suit her style.  I loved this dress and this one as well and wanted to use elements of them in our look.  I love the blouson top and wanted a circle skirt to really showcase those twinkling lights.  I love the bishop sleeve of the second dress but unfortunately didn’t have enough fabric for long sleeves.  The slight flutter sleeve is my compromise!

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The dress is lined in a super soft grey rayon jersey knit.  It’s comfortable and helps retain the drapiness of the sequins.  I did an elastic casing on the bodice lining only to avoid an extra seam on the sequins.  The elastic had to be nice and snug to hold up the weight of the sequins and battery pack.

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The lights are removable and took a lot of time to figure out.

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I created a zipper pouch in the pocket to hold the battery pack.  There is a buttonhole on the other side of the pocket for the light strand to feed out of.  The lights are hand tacked to the inside of the sequins and are just loose enough that they can be removed easily.

If I were to create this dress again (hello, future me!) I’d do a couple of things differently.  This was my first time making a light up sequin dress after all!  Hopefully someone else can use these tips to make their little princess’s dreams come true.  The battery pack is a little too heavy and bulky in her pocket and I think I’d either do a separate pocket in the back of the bodice or since I knew she’d be wearing shorts underneath it would be ideal to put the battery pack in a pocket there then do a buttonhole on the skirt lining for the lights to feed through.  The fairy lights were lightweight and the wire was pliable and worked well with the weight of the sequins.  The lights add just a bit of fullness to the skirt which worked well for this application.  How fun would a light up dress be for a night of fireworks at your favorite theme park?  I think there are lots of possibilities with these fun lights!

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The spin factor with the lights is our favorite! I love that she picked Chucks to really play up the playfulness of this look.  Perfectly suits my soccer loving, book-worm, old soul of a daughter!

sophie4.1I used the Nina Blouse from Coffee + Threads as my basic bodice pattern again.  I eliminated all closures and did a slight boatneck to fit over her head.  I redrafted the sleeve to have as much flutter as I could fit on my remaining fabric.  I just love that drape!

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I used the Love Notions Leggins’ pattern to make a pair of shorties to wear underneath to allow her to spin to her heart’s content!  I added height to the waistband and cut them to hit mid-thigh for coverage but to stay hidden too.  This fun space print was perfect for the theme and I love when they peek out a bit as she twirls!

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Overall, I’m so happy for the push Project Run and Play gave me to cut into my beloved sequins.  It was worth all the broken needles in the world to see this little miss feel like a star!

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This girl is my little sassy one.  She’s full of spunk and I wanted an outfit that captured that.  A neon pink top with faux leather leggings sure did the trick!

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For her blouse I used the Hey June City Park tee as my base.  I sized up and redrafted the body for a boxy, loose fit.  I added wide blouson sleeves for our take on ‘astronomical proportions’.  I love the drama of the sleeves and finishing them with an elastic cuff keeps them a little more practical.

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Just about as puffy as this simple mama gets 😉  She’s in love though!

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I did a slight high low hem to add to the dramatic feel.

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Gold foil stars add the finishing touch.  My Cricut and I are becoming BFF’s this competition too.  As I searched for star fabric all over the internet it hit me that my Cricut could give me just the look I wanted.  I was able to use the bright fabric I wanted and add just a spattering of stars to tie it in with the theme.

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Her pants are simple leggings with a few modifications for a sleek fit.  I used the Peony Leggings from Sew Like My Mom.  I slimmed the legs even more for a second skin close fit.  I added height to the waistband for a high-waisted silhouette.

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Our shoot day was another one for the books.  After six soccer games and a birthday party, we had a fun shoot planned in front of this cool wall.   Mother Nature had other plans as the skies turned grey and it started raining then turned to slushy snow.  Perfect photo conditions!

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Luckily I had a backup plan and we headed to a ‘fancy’ parking garage for a high fashion photo shoot- complete with natural wind machines and an audience.  These girls loved getting glammed up and really turned on their inner movie stars.  A little makeup and a rocking hairdo go a long way in making them feel confident and really bring them out of their shells.  Yet again, the photo shoot turned out to be my favorite part of the process.  These girls crack me up and we just have a blast each time!

Make sure you head over to Project Run and Play to vote for your favorite look!  Voting is open until 8pm EST Thursday, March 29th.

Project Run and Play Week One: Modern Mayan

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It’s week one of Season 15 of Project Run and Play and I’m thrilled to be back!  I had so much fun last time and learned so much.  This go around I’m so happy to be joining some of my favorite seamstresses and know you’re going to be blown away by their creations.

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The theme for this week is the 7 Wonders of the World.  I hit the internet and was immediately drawn to one of our favorite sites we’ve ever visited- Chichen Itza, Mexico.  If you’ve followed me for very long you know we have a huge place in our hearts for Mexico and love our vacations there.  We love learning about the culture and people and I wanted to celebrate that in our look this week.

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Our first vacation post kids was with my husband’s family to Cancun, Mexico (that’s me with the bob kneeling in front- we were so young!).  We toured the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza and it was such an amazing experience.  Back then you could climb to the top of El Castillo, the iconic pyramid.  It was at the top that my fear of heights kicked in and I seriously contemplated what life would be like living in that big stone room since there was no way in the world I was going back down those steeeeeeeeep stairs!  Lucky for you I conquered my fears so I could be here today to share with you our first look!

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I love the bright colors of Mexico, from the turquoise ocean waters, to the lush green jungles and the clear blue skies.  The vibrant colors really bring our look to life.  I did three different pieces and topped it all off with a fun felt floral headband.

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My main piece is a woven front bodice dress, designed to mimic the stairs of El Castillo.  To create this look I used a reverse applique technique and fabric weaving.  A little geometry came in handy to get this just right.  I love that this dress is perfect for the theme but also totally wearable and not too costume-y.

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I brought the same staircase look to the back of the bodice too.  I love the subtle detail!

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I did a split sleeve with a built in bow because I simply can’t get enough of the statement sleeves!

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A hi-low hemmed skirt and pockets finish off the dress.  I used the Lil Luxe Collection Lil Luxe Dress as a base for the bodice then drafted a new neckline, sleeve, skirt and pockets.  The fabric for this dress came from our sponsor CaliFabrics.  This ocean blue chambray was just perfect for this dress.

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Little sis is rocking my take on tourist chic.  I wanted to bring in the vibrant greens of the jungles that surround Chichen Itza and also wanted to use a print that would be reminiscent of the gorgeous flowers that you find there too.  This floral was a LA find and the twill for the shorts was a Joann’s score.  I really want this outfit for myself!

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I used the Nina Blouse from Coffee + Thread as my base for the top.  I cut the front on the fold and added facings instead of the collar and bias binding.  I added a flounce to the sleeve and chose to keep the hem raw to preserve the movement of the fabric.  This fabric is pure heaven- it has the drape of a rayon with quite a bit of stretch and doesn’t fray when cut.  I’d buy a million more yards if I could!

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I added a big bold exposed zipper to the back.  I’m always drawn to exposed zippers and try to keep a bunch of pretty ones on hand just so I can bring a bit of drama to a garment.  The bias bound hem adds a little stability to the hem and I love the contrast it gives too.

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I used the Linden Shorts from Sew A Little Seam for the shorts.  I drafted a new waistband and added a ruffle to the top.  I also used a side invisible zipper as closure.

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I drafted new, longer and wider pockets and brought the angle closer to the side seam.  I lined the pockets with sarape stripe fabric that I wanted to incorporate into our look somehow.

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I did a longer gaucho style length so hopefully she’ll get to wear these to school and through the summer.  My kids and their crazy long legs make buying shorts near impossible so I know I’ll be making many more of these this year!

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The felt floral headband was just the right finishing touch.  I used wool felt from Etsy and had a blast trying out different flowers.  The bold colors and big flowers are such a fun addition to this look.  Their shoes were Target finds and couldn’t be more perfect!

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These girls made this shoot so much fun!  It wasn’t easy to find a ‘Mayan-looking’ backdrop in the middle of a Utah winter.  We headed to our State Capital Building and these girls did their best pretending it was a balmy 80 degrees instead of the frigid 30 degrees it was the evening of our pictures.

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Thanks for stopping by and make sure you head back to Project Run and Play to check out the other looks and to vote for your favorite!  Voting ends Thursday at 8pm EST so run on over!