Whimsically Wishing {Project Run and Play Finale}

Well, can you believe we are at the end of Project Run and Play?  These last few weeks have flown by. I can’t say thank you enough for the sweet comments and support you have given me throughout this competition. Today I have 2 freebies for you, so stick around until the end! I also have a fun giveaway once you have voted..Read about it at the bottom.:)

 This week is all about our signature style. I thought for awhile about how to word my style. I find it hard to put into words my style but this outfit embodies it completely!

I find my style to be bold with whimsy. What is that? I LOVE to make interchangeable pieces…pieces that can be mixed and matched to make a lot of outfits. I love funky color combinations, bold patterns and LOTS of little details to make the outfit come alive. (note: don’t you LOVE this picture?! As soon as we started the photo shoot, my daughter found the dandelions and started blowing the seeds to make a wish. Don’t you love how you can see the little seeds as they are just blown off..so fun! This is the shot that inspired the name of the outfit.)

I started this outfit by making the chevron fabric..the color combo is one of my favorites and I love it paired against the white.  I made the slightly flaired swing top from a modified  bodice pattern.  I added a simple ruffled sleeve to the shirt to soften it up just a bit. I have been a long time fan of chevron, so it was fun to incorporate this pattern into my design.

I love the added flower brooch. I think it is so fun to add little details like this. I love the texture it brings and adds that quick pop of color to add to the shirt.  The shorts have sweet buttons up the leg and I added some ruffles and pink piping at the bottom  to give the shorts some character and make the outfit more cohesive. They also have deep pockets..perfect for my daughter who likes to carry little “things” around with her all day.

She was so fun during the shoot..and as you can probably tell, she was obsessed with blowing dandelions over and over!

I also made a bolero jacket to coordinate with the outfit..and added the same ruffle and piping as on the shorts to help it all come together. It really adds a bit of sophistication and femininity to the outfit, which I love having the option of! It also adds a bit of detailing to the back of the outfit..

You know how much I love details, so lets look at a few:

After getting the outfit done, I stepped back and looked at it and decided I would accessorize with gold as the colors in the outfit are all warm and wanted to keep it cohesive. I added some sweet trim to make some bracelets…

In her hair, I added gold cording to her braids and then strung two feathers  on it as well..I LOVE how the feathers looked…so magical! I added a head band made out of gold trim.

One of Maizies favorite pieces were the gold glittered boots. I simply used mod podge on some old cowboy boots I had laying around, poured on the glitter and then sealed it with mod podge again. Such a fun way to personalize shoes! The lacy boot socks were really simple to make and added a sweet little detail coming out of the boots.

And that is it!(phew..breathe a sigh of relief). There are many things I am looking forward to …getting my house in order, doing my dishes, making good, nutritious dinners again and continuing to sew!  This competition has encouraged me to show more sewing on my blog, and I hope you will stick around with me to see it!  Sewing has been such a great outlet for me in my creative life, but it is most importantly SO fun to head into my sewing room and sew up something  unique and cute and full of personality for my daughter and my sons (yes, i do have 3 of those as well!)…and the bonus being that I don’t have to spend a lot of money doing it as well as know that no one will have the same outfit.

I also cannot end without thanking my amazing husband and kids for being patient and supportive, my friends and family, Melynda, from Sweet as Honey Photography for all of the pictures and especially my sweet daughter, who modeled for me each and every week and acted like a pro..I think you can all tell why it is so fun to dress her through the pictures, but she also endured the countless fitting sessions..all of the time without complaining. She has made this whole experience SO fun and rewarding.

To celebrate the finale of the competition, I have two special freebies for you. First is  a special edition Maizie doll…the clothes to match my final outfit, complete with feathers in her hair.

You can find the doll here.

Here is the lineup of all of the dolls and outfits so far..You can find the outfits HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE and the dolls HERE.

And second, I have two sweet reminders in 4×6 print form.  If you remember, I was scared to death to participate in this competition. I cannot tell you how great it has been. It is SO great for us to find opportunities that scare us and make us uncomfortable and go after them. It doesn’t matter if it is a health goal, work goal, family goal, etc. GO FOR IT. Great things can only come if you try.

My print freebies are now for subscribers of my newsletter ONLY! Simply add your email to the box over on the right hand sidebar and the print is yours! It will be sent to you with the first free newsletter this weekend!

NOW go and vote! This is the finals and I would SO appreciate your vote! Thanks.

Once you vote, head on back and leave a comment…when you do you will be entered to win 1 of 5 print packages worth over $100!

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White Ruffles- Project Run and Play {Free Download}

Welcome to another week of Project Run and Play! I am so happy to have you here at my new site and hope you will take a minute to look around!  This week I was so excited when I found out we would be celebrating Earth day with an upcycling/recycling/green week.  Going into this week, the only restriction I gave myself was not to spend a penny on fabric. And I didn’t!

So where was this outfit inspired from?

My Knock Off Urban Outfitters duvet cover was cut up and I made her jacket, shirt and shoes from it! The best part was not having to ruffle ANY of those ruffles!

I could not be more pleased with how the pieces turned out. The jacket is perfect for spring…sturdy, but light and having it be all white is so fun as it goes with so many things! I love the elbow length sleeves and the ruffle at the bottom of them. I know you might thing white is a horrible color for a child, but I can’t tell you how nice it is to be able to just toss it in the washing machine with some bleach and have it come out pristine!

I love the assymetrical look when it comes to coats and sewing a ruffle all the way around the bottom of the jacket finished it off.

This shirt was actually going to be a skirt until I sewed it into a shirt! The green trim came from an older shirt of mine and the ruffling around the neck was super easy, but I think it added just the perfect touch to the shirt.

I added a green zig-zag stitch on the front ruffles to give them just a little pop of color.

The jeans were fashioned from some older Maternity pants of mine and they fit her so great..in fact, they are now my favorite jeans to put her in.

Lastly, I added some ruffles to her shoes and made a big blossom hair accesory to go in her hair. So fun, right?!

And that is a wrap on this week’s outfit that cost me a grand total of $0. That has to be my favorite part of upcycling!

all photography by Sweet as Honey Photography.

I would appreciate your vote over at Project Run and Play. Voting is open until Sunday evening. Thanks!


As always, here is your free paper doll outfit for the week. You can find it HERE.

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I’m A Fox Dress..Project Run and Play

For those of you here from Project Run and Play, welcome! It is so fun to have made some new friends from this experience already and can’t wait to meet more.  For those who don’t know, I was invited to take part in an online sewing competition for children, Project Run and Play, where each week designers have a theme to design an outfit around and then are voted on each Friday and Saturday to determine the winner!  Head on over to Project Run and Play and check it out and VOTE! I’d love your vote, but know there are a lot of talented designers this season, so head on over for some great inspiration.
This week our theme was to remix the Circle Skirt by Dana from Made.
The circle skirt is such a great skirt to sew…for all sewers, but is a great beginning project for someone just learning to sew.  I LOVE the drape on this skirt and as part of my design, that is one thing that I knew I wanted to keep. Here is my original design in sketch format:

and here is what it turned into: 

My daughter is bursting to the brim with personality and  I love to make outfits to show it off. She was so funny for this photo shoot as you can see, but it really was perfect for the feel I was going for!
In remixing the pattern, I kept the skirt base the same, but added large scallops along the bottom.  The skirt is made from a denim and lined with a cotton, which made the scallops so easy to make. You will laugh when you hear how I do things sometimes. (My husband laughs a lot!):) To make the scallops, I searched my house high and low for every circle we had and found the perfect bowl that fit the size scallop I needed to make an even amount of scallops. Unconventional? Certainly. Did it work? Yes, it did!  I made a simple band for a waistband with a plain front and added elastic to the back. 2″ suspenders were made and attached in the back, criss crossed and then snap close in the front. The large buttons were must haves for me (I even had them in my original sketch!) And lastly, we have the fox pockets. I LOVE foxes right now and the love of them were my main inspiration for this skirt. The thing I love about this is that you can change the color of this dress and add ANY kind of animal/person/etc. and make it completely personal for your child to wear.
After making the dress, I knew I wanted a little more texture under the dress, so I made a really simple ruffled slip to go under the dress.
The shirt was so fun to make.  I started out with a really simple tank top pattern, added some sleeves. I gave them two small pleats at the shoulder (which I am in love with..like I need to make ME one!). I added a ruffle around the neck. Snaps close the shirt all the way down the back and I added 3 simple black buttons and off centered them in the front.
She loved it to pieces and asks me daily when she can wear her fox dress again!
I thought this was such a sweet moment caught at the end of the shoot. Proof that it really is a dress you can move in!
That is a wrap on this week’s outfit!
As a bonus, I also have some fun paper dolls to dress in the clothes from this season of Project Run and Play.  You can read about the dolls and download them HERE.
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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed a brief look into my design this week.  Remember to jump over and vote for your favorite design…and hope I will be around next week to show you outfit #2!
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