3.28.2017

Project Run & Play Final Week: Peaches & Cream

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Shucks guys. Never in a million years would I have believed that I'd be in the final round. I'm so flattered/nervous that I'm simultaneously wanting to hug you all and hide in a box. :) But alas, no time. So let's talk signature style! Truly my signature style is usually to sew wherever the wind takes me, although I tend to like to keep things simple and classic. I find inspiration all over the place, but primarily in the personalities of my kids. And tucked right in the middle of said kids, are my two precious middle girls, Madelyn and Sophia. We like to call them our middies, our little peaches and cream. I can't imagine that being squeezed in the middle of 6 little duckies could be easy, but these girls hold their own in the personality department. So this look is my little tribute to my Peaches and Cream. I love to sew for them. They appreciate all things girly. In the end, I combined my simple style with their fancy feminine tastes and came up with some classic, pretty dresses perfectly suited to my middle girls.





Oh ya know, just dressed up in fancy dresses, casually playing with a ball made out of sticks. A day outta the glamorous life. ;)

 
 
 
 
 
If you know me at all, you know that I avoid enclosures like the plague. If I can figure out a way not to use zippers, buttons, and what not, I will. That's why neither of these dresses have them. Instead, I sewed Madelyn's dress with a criss-cross back detail that attaches to the gathered bodice. The opening let's her head in easily. I made the dress a maxi dress (per Madelyn's request) and because I didn't want to detract from that pretty peachy/blush flower detail at the bottom, I kept the short sleeves simple and hemmed them and the neckline with homemade bias-tape.












Sophia's dress has a wide enough opening at the neckline and flared ties in the back, thus rendering buttons and zippers useless. Hip hip hooray for that. I made big ruffly sleeves and attached it to a gathered scalloped skirt. It's so soft and feminine--perfect for my little sweet cream Sophia.








This little face. :)



 
 




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Madelyn's Look: Started with the Geranium Dress by Made by Rae. Modified the neckline and lengthened the back at a 45 degree angle to create a criss cross back to enable the head to get in and out easily. Added self drafted sleeves, and hemmed neck and sleeves with bias tape. Made and attached a self drafted gathered maxi skirt. Larger hem at the bottom. Fabric from Joann. So sorry, I can't find the link!

Sophia's Look: Started with the Mori Dress by Elegance & Elephants. Modified the sleeve and made self drafted ruffle sleeves instead. Modified the original "back tie" measurements and created a flared tie for the back instead. Adjust skirt width and length of gathered skirt based on Sophia's measurements.  Fabric from Joann. So sorry, I can't find the link!

3.21.2017

Project Run & Play Week 3: Country Boho

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I feel like "boho" falls into that "difficult" word category where I find myself in the predicament of knowing exactly what I mean without being able to describe at all what I mean to my husband. "What's boho?" he asks. "Um," my mind goes blank. "Like free and flowy?" "What?" "You know. Like sort of modern hippy-ish?" And that's when he knows to just nod his head and say, "I'm sure I'll understand when I see it." Because he just gets me like that. :) But you all know what I mean, right? Sort of wild and free, coachella-esque? Here I go with my excellent descriptive skills again.) Regardless of my inability to explain it, I went with what was in my head on this one. I grew up down a dirt lane out in the country in a little orange brick house built in the early 1900's. Right next to it is an original pioneer log cabin. I love that old country home--it was my main inspiration as I sewed for this round. I actually used said log cabin as the backdrop for my photos. It's also where Jonathon and I took my senior pictures and our engagement photos. I love it that much.

 


For Lila's dress, I designed a maxi-dress in a bold floral print with a loose and flowy ruffled skirt. I added ruffled bell sleeves for a fun touch. I also added a front keyhole detail to the neck of the dress that I'm kind loving so much. This fabric had just enough stretch to keep the neckline intact without adding any enclosures. Always a win in my book. And of course I had to add a flower crown because that's boho. Right? Right??? ;)














For Ezra's look I opted for a cozy fleece/wool sweater with a side placket detailing on one side. I've been saving these little wooden buttons for a few years and I loved the challenge of figuring out how to add them in a fun way. Ezra's pants are simple jogger style pants with a tie in the front. And of course pockets. They're perfect and just loose and stretchy enough for him to hop fences on.











I opted to have the kids go shoeless for a more earthy vibe. I just wish you could have heard them. You cant, so I'll just tell you how it sounded. Something like, "Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow!" over and over again. Oh the joys of childhood. Still this ended up being a pretty fun shoot. Mostly because these two really know how to crack each other up. I rarely had a picture without one of them laughing. Little goonies. :)







I leave you with this. Bohemian Gothic guys. I'm like a modern day Grant Wood over here. I was seriously dying over these. The stick was all their idea. :)


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Lila's Look: I traced an existing shirt to create the pattern for Lila's dress. I made the sleeves half sleeves with a ruffle at the end to create a bell sleeve. I added a keyhole to the front while keeping the neckline in tact. I also added a ruffled/flowy skirt to create a maxi dress. All hemmed with a double needle.
Fabric: From Joanns but I can't for the life of me find it online!!! Similar

Ezra's Look: Used an existing raglan sweater to make a pattern. Added a placket down one side. Added cuffs to the arms and bottom. Changed the neckline to allow placket to open. For the pants, I upcycled an adult pair of pants. I started with the Skinny Jean pattern by Peekaboo Patterns and extended the length and width so their would be more room to move in the pants. I omitted the fly stitching and back pockets. I also omitted the original waistband and created a waistband with elastic, a shoelace, and eyelets. I also added a band around the bottom and omitted the original hem.
Sweater fabric
Wood buttons: old originally from Joanns (similar here)
Pants fabric: Upcycled adult pants
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