Project Run & Play: Sugar & Spice


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This week at Project Run & Play we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day early (Yay!!!) My initial concept was a dress, jacket and beret, and that’s what I actually made at first. But then there were fitting issues with the dress. When it was all said and done, my girls weren’t feeling it and neither was I. So, we kept the hat and jacket and scratched the dress. But, all was not lost. I learned a great lesson in fit and proportion this week: Everything that looks good on paper doesn’t always translate well in the real world (sigh).PR&P Week 4 Love is in the Air Sketch LittleKidsGrow

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This jacket was great fun to create. I purchased a few yards of woven silk at an estate sale some years ago. Every time I reached into my stash to make something, the silk was staring back at me with the look of, “Oh, when will it be our turn to shine?” Soon beautiful one. I’d say. Soon. (smile) The fabric is very soft to the touch with an excellent drape. I lined the inside front panels with a yellow silk (same estate sale!) and the sleeves with brown (super slippery) lining fabric. I love the shawl (roll) collar on this jacket because she can wear it flat or pull it up around her neck for a dramatic effect. Oddly enough, this style collar made my daughter’s shoulders disappear. It was all collar . .Β  and then arms. No shoulders. Interesting, huh? I went back in and added light padding in the shoulder area for shaping. My favorite part of the jacket is the “bubble” peplum added to balance the jacket’s shape.

For the shirt I wanted a simple bodice that would lay neatly under the jacket, but I wanted it to have character. I cut out about 75 flower petals and appliqued each individual petal to the front of the shirt. Do you know how long it takes to applique 75 flower petals to a shirt? Why didn’t anyone tell me? (LOL). And, finally, the pants. I didn’t want to stray too far away from the simple lines of the silhouette, so I started with a simple straight-legged pant but added a high waist and a tiny pocket on the front left hip. The attached belt wraps around the waist and attaches to the right side with a single button. This week was a challenging one for sure, but oh so much fun! (Oops, almost forgot. The beret is another super quick pattern that I’m working on that I hope to have for you all a little later).

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  • Max California says:

    That silk is soooo nice! You always go to a crazy amount of effort & your pieces really show that! It’s always so classy and pretty!

  • Ajaire says:

    Your girl looks so good in hats. That outfit is perfect styling.

  • Karly Nelson says:

    I love the fabric you chose! I’m excited for the beret pattern. It’s a gorgeous outfit!

  • Sally says:

    Very lovely! I love that jacket and what a find for the fabric and that you held on to it till the perfect time. Just beautiful!

    • Shannon_CC says:

      Thank you. I ended up with 2 separate yardages of the fabric. I cut into, but I’m glad I waited on the 2nd. πŸ™‚

  • Stacy @ The Land of K.A. says:

    Great job! I love the design and it not too over the top about Valentine’s day. Very romantic. She looks wonderful in it, too. πŸ™‚

  • Tamika says:

    The color palette for this look is SO nice! I love a jacket that can be worn with a high collar. And I must make my little one a beret when your tut comes out.

  • Gina says:

    Wow!! That was a lot of work with a gorgeous result!! I love how you always walk us through your process and your drawings/swatches are phenomenal!! You are an amazing seamstress with great problem solving skills!!

  • Suzanne Winter says:

    your daughter is gorgeous, what a model! I love the hat – you are phenomenal at hats my dear friend! I wish I could see the whole outfit from the front – because I think I love the jacket and now want to make one for me ;o) and 75 petals – wow, just WOW!

  • Olga Becker (Kid Approved) says:

    Your daughter is so pretty! I love the beret. The jacket is amazing too.

  • scary.shaffer says:

    I love the color scheme. It is a beautiful outfit to match a beautiful girl, Last season I cut a bunch of leafs out which took so much time. I can’t even imagine how long it took to do the applique for the petals, but it is such a beautiful detail. Great job!

    • Shannon_CC says:

      Thank you, thank you! I still laugh at just how long it took. For some reason (even after cutting out all of those petals) it didn’t occur to me that it might take a while to applique. (Ha!Ha!) I’m glad I did it, but wow, it took a long time.

  • louise says:

    Fantastic again! I love the fabric! Lucky estate sale for you! And I love your sketches. They are fantastic. I agree, I think my favorite part is the peplum skirt on the jacket. I think the pants help the jacket stand out as such an eye catcher and that might not have happened with the skirt. Love it!

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