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!

One Thimble Issue 13 Blog Tour

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The newest issue of One Thimble is here!  It’s packed full of unique and fun kids patterns and so much sewing inspiration.  I’m excited to join in the release day fun and share two of my makes from Issue 13.

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I was immediately drawn to these two bottom patterns- the Peg Shorts by Tadah Patterns and the Orbis Skinny Harems from Sofilantjes.  I love that they both come with a ton of options!

charlie4The Orbis Skinny’s are a unisex pattern in sizes 12 months to 14 years.  They are loose in the hips then almost legging tight through the calf- such a hip silhouette!  You can make them in 3/4 or long length.

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The pocket is one big piece that is so unique and such a great place to use those fun scraps.

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The asymmetrical faux fly is such a show stopper!  My little guy wanted snaps instead of buttons and I love the finished pants.

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Those pockets and the amazing french terry have won this guy over.  He has worn them constantly since I made them!

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I was loving the Peg Shorts pattern and was excited to make them work with our quickly dropping temperatures.  In a gorgeous red cordoroy layered over tights, these are just perfect!

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I love the buttons on the front and the classic style.

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Gold details make these a fab choice for the upcoming holidays.

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They come in sizes 3-10 and have a ton of adorable features.  You can do back welt pockets and Kawaii ruffles or a skirt front as well.  The back elastic waistband makes these super comfy too!

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We struggled to get photos in after school one day.  Anyone else struggling with Daylight Savings?  I love the sunshine in the morning but it seems like it gets dark so quickly these days!

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This tour is full of amazing bloggers and so, so much inspiration.  Make sure you check it all out and pick up your issue here.

11/10 Pattern Revolution, Beri Bee Designs, The Sew and Tell Project, SewSophieLynn

11/11 Create 3.5, GAAFMACHINE

11/12 Tales of a Tester, Little Cumquat, Call Ajaire

11/13 Happy Okapi, Sunflower Seams, Stitches by Laura

11/14 Made by Sara, Candice Ayala, Filles a Maman

11/15 House of Estrela, Snickerdoodle Stew, Swoodson Says

11/16 The Lady and the Gents, Lulu & Celeste, Pear Berry Lane

11/17 Finn’s Door, Blue Wren Handmade, Once Upon a Sewing Machine, Just Add Fabric

I’ll leave you with this cutie 😉  Pants not pictured just luscious blonde locks in need of a haircut.  Everytime I cut his hair he looks years older and it just about kills me.  This mama is struggling letting go of her ‘baby’.

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Sofilantjes Anniversary Tour

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Sofilantjes is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary and I’m so happy I get to join in the party!

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So many amazing bloggers and sponsors and HUGE giveaways you won’t want to miss!

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For my stop on the tour I’ve got a simple hack on the Omni Tempore.  With it’s crossover hood and kangaroo pocket, I knew it would make the perfect swim cover-up for my girls.

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They have a hand-me-down cover-up in french terry that is constantly fought over.  It’s the coziest, comfiest of all their covers and I knew I could recreate it in this yummy french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

I’ll share my simple tutorial so you can recreate this look for your little one.  You can use a regular knit to make a cute summer dress too!  I’m still new to tutorials so don’t expect too much 😉

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Grab your pattern and supplies and let’s get started!  You are only altering the bodice pieces.

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It helps if your ruler isn’t broken but if you have kids I’m sure a few of your supplies have met this fate too!  Make sure you measure from the top of the pattern piece (not shown to protect the designer).  I lined my top up with the top of my cutting mat so I measured down on my center seam also.

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Easy peasy, right?  All we are doing is lengthening and adding a slight a-line to our bodice pieces.  From there we sew it up following the pattern tutorial.  Nothing mind blowing and easy enough for a beginner to do.

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And you will have one happy girly when you are done!

It’s perfect for after swimming when we grab our favorite treat.  The first snow cone of the season means summer is right around the corner!  I dislike all things fruity- can’t even stand it, so my snow cone choices are limited but my kiddos sure love them!  What’s your favorite flavor?

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We’re ready to hit the pool!

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Make sure to check out the other stops on the tour for some more great twists on your favorite Sofilantjes patterns.  Use code CELEBRATE to take 25% off all patterns during the blog tour.  Join the Facebook Group to keep up to date on all the latest shop happenings and to be filled with inspiration!
From a Box Paisley RootsPattern Revolution SewSophieLynnBeri Bee DesignsSprouting Jube JubeCoral and Co.Create 3.5Jennifer for SofilantjesBellevi Vaahtokarkkimonsteri Sew JournersInspinration MoonStar Lucky MieNononsonsmoms Pienkel Tales of a Tester Adventures with Bubba and BugAll things Katy Candice AyalaRebel and MaliceLiesellove

We’ve also got an amazing Rafflecopter Giveaway for you today.  Enter to win 11 patterns!!! It will run until May 25, 12.00 AM (GMT+1) (Amsterdam time)

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Thanks for joining me!