PR&P Sew-along: Whistlers Mother

I guess this will be my first official sewing post in blog-o-boggo land.

So here's the thing.  I am not a good seamstress by any stretch of the imagination.  I like little, easy projects that take very little time. I enjoy sewing for my kids and occasionally myself.  When I try things that are too elaborate, I end up crying and my whole household ends up regretting the fact that my sewing machine ever hit the kitchen table.  So if I'm feeling in the mood to sew, the project must be easy or I have to be extra motivated.  {And it's hard to be motivated when Target is beckoning with it's addictive dollar bin section and clothing sales.}

Anyway, I've been following the Project Run & Play blog for a while now.  If you've never heard of it, it's a spin off of Project Runway, only for bloggers who sew kid clothes. Savvy?  I got really into voting a few seasons ago and I enjoy seeing what people create. And they have a sew along that I've always been too scared to join up with.  First, because I didn't have an actual blog to share more than one picture; second, because of my inability to sew; and third, because what if I get made fun of? Sometimes the crafting/sewing blog world feels like lunchtime in middle school and I feel like the loser sitting by myself at the lunch table in the lunchroom while all the popular kids are eating together at the cool kid table. Ya, that's how I feel when it comes to sharing my projects with others.  There are all the cool bloggers who go to conferences together and know each other and can actually sew and then their are the peon bloggers who lack skills {mostly just myself.} 

But I feel brave this week. I mean, really, who even cares?! So I got sewing, started up this blog, and now I present my spin on Whistlers Mother or An Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1:
Ya.  It's not amazing.  But I kinda like it anyway.
When I asked Superman what piece of art I should do, he confidently suggested Whistlers Mother.  I was surprised that he could name off a painting so quickly.  {I am usually the lover of art and humanities in this house.} And then I asked him if he knew what Whistlers Mother even looked like.  And he said, "Um.....no."  That's what I figured, but I just had to make sure.  {I appreciate that he was trying to care.}  :)
But Whistlers Mother stuck with me.  Not because it's my favorite piece of artwork {far from it, in fact, I think it's a bit creepy} but mostly because I'm trying to use up my stash of black stripe knit I bought at $1 per yard.  I bought a lot of it.  So Whistler's Mother fit the bill.  :) And it seemed like a good project to use the old doily that I've been wondering what to do with for, like, three years.  Win win.
It's a touch wintry and I sewed it a little big, so Lou could grow into it for fall and winter.  {She has plenty of summer clothes, believe me.} I'm kinda lovin' the pockets and the doily collar {so adorably grandma-ish.}
I dunno, Whistler is probably turning over in his grave {his Mom probably is too, for that matter} at my take on his art, but I like it, and so does Lou and that's enough for me!
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  1. You did a great job! Your daughter is just adorable and looks great in her new outfit! :D

  2. Cute outfit; I like the doily collar!

  3. So adorable. This is my first time sewing along with project run and play as well. I only planned to do one of the challenges but it was fun so I am thinking of doing another.

  4. I use to teach middle school students how to sew. I would always say, "If you don't practice those skills, how will you ever get better?" So by sewing this adorable outfit... you just got better! Your next outfit will be easier. I suggest you stick to easy to make patterns until you start thinking...."I have the basic skills, and now I'll try that one technique that will challenge me today...like pleats or gathers. I still take classes from others as I like to challenge myself, but only 1 CHALLENGE at a time please! I fall back on the skills that I am comfortable with, and add 1 challenge. That's how I improved my skills without tears.

  5. Loved your concept... and now I got Mr. Bean stuck on my head! hahaha

  6. Okay I clicked through from PR&P because your thumbnail was really intriguing, and I'm super glad I did! LOVE this look - I love the moody vibe and style of it all, you really nailed the inspiration!

    As for the whole "middle school" thing, I definitely felt that way too starting out. I couldn't even believe it when I was asked to do PR&P, I felt like I was way too small of a blog and not a good enough seamstress for it. But if you keep challenging yourself, you'll always keep learning and rise to the occasion! It's always great to add your voice to the mix, everyone inspires (and encourages!) each other in sewing blog land. Great little corner of the internet to join. You should do elsie marley's kid's clothes week, seriously so fun and a great community-building thing too! :D

    Welcome. Glad to have ya. Hope to see your stuff popping up more!

  7. Fantastic look! And great interpretation!!

  8. Lovely collar! Such a great interpretation.

  9. Looks great! I love the outfit. You did a great job interpreting the artwork. Great!

  10. Such a sweet collar. I want one! It's lovely. I hope you'll stop by and link up to Make It Wear It link party at TheTrainToCrazy.com!

  11. Yea you for jumping in to the Project Run and Play Sew-Along!! The positive feedback it provides is truly addicting....get ready to be sucked in to the madness.... What a sweet outfit to begin your blogging adventure as well. Great 'take' on art inspiration!!

  12. Very clever! I like how you interpreted this and made the outfit, it's so cute!!!

    -Ash P

  13. I feel the same as Kristin: your link on pr&p intrigued me so I clicked over. Very cool photo and lovely outfit! I hope to see more of your posts in the linky in the coming weeks :)

  14. Anonymous3/31/2013

    Love this creation! That collar is the best, and I love the inspiration and beautiful lighting in that shot... I'm new to the neighborhood, too, but sewing is quite the little addiction!

  15. I have to say this was one of my very favorite photos this week. Absolutely love it! Thanks for joining in with us!

  16. Bethany! I was over at The Train to Crazy's blog and was thinking I recognized your beautiful girl, and I was right! Woo hoo for your blog! I loved reading your posts and I think your outfit you sewed is great. So cool to run into your blog like that. I wish you the best with it! I think you will be so pleasantly surprised at how very nice and kind people are in the craft blogging world (not all categories of blogging are like that). I've blogged for over 3 years and can count on one hand the not so nice comments, so really, it's an awesome community! :) Blogging has it's learning curves for sure, but it has been a blessing in my life. K, enough blabbing on! Hope you had a great Easter!!!

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