Hi everyone! I’m hanging out with the lovely Shaffer Sisters today for some “mommy sewing”. Woo!!! Stop by and say, “Hi!”.
My favorite part of creating patterns for kids has to be the research. I love looking at clothes from the past up to the present and trying to figure out how I can twist them up to add a bit of today or yesteryear to them. Today I’m thrilled to be participating in Heidi’s Knock It Off series again. Last time I created a “mirror” knock off of Axel and Fore’s adorable polo shirt, but this time around I thought it might be fun to play around with the knock off a bit. When I saw these coveralls from Blu Pony Vintage, I knew I’d found my blank canvas.
Blue Pony Vintage’s clothing for kids has a very soft, 20s – 40s kind of feel to me (Their last season and current one.) I thought it would be fun to change the silhouette, fabric, and details just enough to make this knock off fit the personality of my 7-year-old: Fun, energetic, and super “cool” with lots of personality. Ha! Ha! Sounds like the 70s to me.
I started off by redrawing the coveralls, trimming the silhouette to give it more structure.
I went back and forth on the fabric. The original design is in a lightweight denim. I decided to forgo the denim and opted for a medium weight, sturdy cotton. It gave more “body” to the design and made the lines more crisp.
While I kept a lot of the design elements the same like the pockets, collar, and waistband, I did add the following:
- Shortened the sleeves and added tabs
- Changed out the buttons from contrasting to neutral to “dress up” the look
- Slimmed the silhouette
- Added a functional hidden button fly
Both the coveralls “jumpsuit” and the hat were self-drafted. The original design is $156. I used fabric from my stash and had everything else on hand, so $0. Yay! My favorite kind of knock off! My son loved it. Now my littlest one wants one in green.
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Happy Tuesday everyone!
It’s Knock Off time again! Heidi over at Elegance and Elephants is hosting a spring Knock It Off series that’s going to be so much fun. Just like the last series, there will be a Flickr Group for you to showcase your amazing talent as well as tons of awesome creations by some of my (and your) favorite sewing bloggers. I’m excited to be participating again, too.
Here’s what I did in the last Knock It Off series:
I’m really excited about this season’s knock off. I hope you will join me and share your amazing talent.
The fun begins this May and runs the entire month.
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Voting has started at Project Run & Play! Go and vote for your favorite.
Let me start off by saying that Miss Taffeta and Miss Organza were my fabric enemies at the start of this project, but by the end, we worked out our differences and we are now the best of friends. (So are the following tools of the trade: tissue paper, spray adhesive, pinking shears, Fray check, extra small needles, light thread & a ton of patience.) My seam ripper and I are also really close. I joked with a friend recently that as much time as my seam ripper and I were together these days, we might as well throw formality out the window. I now call him, “Seam” and he calls me Miss S. (Ha!!) Join me on this coming Tutorial Tuesday for a Working with Slippery Fabrics tutorial.
So anyway my friends, after a good two weeks of pattern drafting, cutting, and sewing, I finished two dresses for this weeks challenge for Project Run & Play. My girls are always asking me for a princess dress, so I thought that the Party Dress Remix would be a great opportunity to give them something they’ve been asking for. This was the original dress by Lindsay over at The Cottage Home that we were supposed to “remix” and make our own:
My girls are definitely girly girls but they have absolutely no problem climbing a tree, getting dirty or wrestling with their brothers if they “get out of line”. Yep! So, I felt that it was only befitting to create a dress that they could feel “princessy” in, but one that they could easily transform into something less girly if the mood struck.
When I first sketched out my design, my initial thought was a dress with a detachable skirt, but the dress eventually morphed into a pant set.
Once I sketched out my design, I selected my fabrics. When I found the two toned taffeta and embroidered organza, I was hooked.
My design process began with a drafted bodice block. Thankfully, my girls measured the same (within a centimeter or two), so I only had to create one bodice and pant block, but because they’re proportions are changing, I had to add darts to their bodice(2) and pant (4) blocks.
This was a very labor intensive project for my first week at Project Run & Play, but it was well worth the effort. Here are some our pictures from our photo shoot. The girls were perfect models, even braving the chilly weather in their sleeveless dresses.
I wanted a color contrast for the back closure of the bodice, but I didn’t want the look of a standard zipper. I used an invisible zipper in a contrasting color but installed it using a standard zipper installation so that it would peek through.
The detachable skirts are very easy for the girls to tie and untie themselves.
It wasn’t long before the girls were ready to detach their skirt:
And, then they danced.
And, then they ran.
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I learned this morning that I’m one of 5 finalists in the Project Run & Play designer selection (Yay!). If you’re not familiar with Project Run & Play, it’s the online version of Project Runway, except it’s for kids clothing, the competitors are a lot nicer , and you can design at home along with the designers and win prizes, too. They are looking for their last two designers and are asking for your vote.
Voting begins today, Friday, December 7th and ends this Sunday, December 9th. So, go and vote for your favorite (The voting bar is in the top left column of the website). If you sew, don’t forget to participate in the sew-a-along group in January when the competition starts. I’d love to know if you voted. Leave a comment here or send me an email: littlekidsgrow (at) gmail (dot) com.
Have an awesome weekend!
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