Classic Comfort

It’s the final week of Project Run and Play! I am so excited I made it this far. This has been such a challenging and rewarding experience and I had so much fun! I’m sad that it’s coming to and end, but I’m also looking forward to some sleep! Don’t forget to vote for your two favorites on the Project Run and Play website!

This week is based off of our signature style. I struggled a bit trying to pinpoint what my signature style is. When looking back at my makes I found that I’m drawn to classic looks with little details to make them unique. I love making comfortable essentials that my kids will love to wear and get lots of use out of.

For my daughter I like soft colors and ruffles with just a bit of edge thrown in, and she loves dresses with twirl factor. So this week I used the Willow dress as my base in a pretty peach fabric from The Styled Magnolia. I’ve been saving this fabric for a special project.
I love pintucks, so I added six rows to the front bodice. This was the second version of the bodice I made, because as I was giving the first version a final press my iron left a big smudge along the neckline! I tried to save it by washing it and bleaching it, but no matter what I did the stain wouldn’t come out. I cried a little, made a new one, and hopefully learned my lesson to clean my iron more often or use a pressing cloth. I also narrowed the shoulders a bit, added the tie from the Brynn pattern, and raised the back.
To make the skirt super twirly I divided it into three layers, each layer double the size of the last. That was a lot of gathering! She was so excited to try it on and didn’t want to take it off. This was a definite winner for optimum spin factor.
Jackets are also a big part of my style, so I used the Ollie Bomber Jacket pattern to make a utility jacket from a soft French terry and fully lined with a striped cotton jersey. I added a gathered sleeve cap, a placket for snaps, a stand collar, flap pockets, and elastic waist. I removed the bottom waistband and made the sleeves longer so they could be rolled to show the contrasting fabric.
Since I knew she was going to be doing a lot of spinning, running, and jumping, I used the Movie Night Pajama bottoms to make a pair of shorts to wear under the dress.
To finish the look, I made a little striped bag and a pair of hair clips. For the purse I used the striped fabric lined with a peach woven. I cut out a peach from the fabric and fused it to the front of the purse then added glitter around the outside edge. The strap is braided leather trim.
For the clips, I hot glued glitter faux leather to the clips. Then I added a heavy interfacing to the peaches before gluing them on. I finished the edges with glitter glue.
For my son I love classic looks that are a bit preppy, and he still likes whatever I make him. I used the Constance pattern as a base for his hoodie. I added a button placket and altered the hood to have a high collar in the front. The fabric is a French terry and I was worried about how thick it was for adding buttonholes, but my machine didn’t hate me that day.
I added grommets and a drawstring to the sides of the hood for a fun detail. I had a thick rib knit that matched the French terry perfectly to use for the waistband and cuffs.
I layered the hoodie over a Birch Button Up shirt in a chambray, patterned fabric. The button up has a traditional full button placket for the front and tower plackets on the sleeves. All seams are flat felled for a nice finish inside.
The shorts are the Grady pattern with some modifications. I made them slightly wider through the legs and added the cargo pockets from the free Linden add on pack.
Each pocket is closed with Velcro to make them easy to open. I added a secret pocket at the side seam and also one inside the cargo pocket. My son thought that was really fun! I added grommets and drawstring to the waistband and I also added grommets to the inside hem of both legs to add a drawstring that shows for a little extra detail.
I’ve really had so much fun this past month and my kids did too. They are big fans of The British Baking Show and my son especially liked to compare me to the bakers. Thank you for reading along and please don’t forget to vote