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Zebra in a grassy field

Another season of Project Run & Play has commenced.  It is something about sewing along with this competition that gets the creative juices flowing.  I was happy to jump on board for week 1.  The theme is “Put me in the zoo”, and we were to create a design inspired by a favorite animal.  Curly Cutie chose the zebra and after a quick search I found inspiration.


I took to my stash as this would be another refashioned garment.

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The items used were either 100% linen or a linen blend, and I thought the colors captured the essence of the inspiration pic.  This dress has a nice fit and drape.  I think I can add linen to the list of my new faves.


I thought it would be neat to go with  stripes for this theme.  The black and white stripes give me the zebra feel.  The blue stripe represents the sky, and the bottom stripe is a light oatmeal color similar to the grassy field.  It’s so light it almost gets lost, but adds a nice touch in my opinion.

Pattern is self-drafted (modified Simplicity 3859), and 4″ or 5″ strips were pieced together to make fabric big enough to cut dress pieces.

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dress front pieced fabric


For the back we went with a simple exposed metal zip, and I’m pleased with the results.  Easy on and off.

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Girl's striped dress refashion







Dapper Plaid Trapper

We are in the 3rd week of Project Run and Play.

This week’s theme is “mad for plaid”.  I decided to sew for baby boy this week.  CC gets most of my sewing energy it seems.  For these four weeks I wanted to sew things the kids can wear in the upcoming cold weather.

I decided to make baby boy a winter hat and coat.  The pattern I used for the coat is the Jude Jacket from Shwin and Shwin.  CC has an outgrown fleece hat I used to make a hat pattern.

I had some plaid fabric on hand I knew I wanted to use for the hat.  I was going for a trapper style hat.  Something to keep him nice and warm and handsome.  I did not meet my goal this week to only use from my stash as I needed wanted the soft sherpa-like fabric.  I guess that’s what it’s called.  It turned out exactly how I wanted it to!


And yes, these pics are taken in the kids’ bathroom.  All I can say is, “It’s real out here!”.  I needed a place to keep him contained.  Lol.

Initially I was torn about using the fabric for the coat.  I wondered if it would give the coat a  feminine feel because of the light fabric combined with the sherpa.  So, I did what I could to make it more manly by adding a few elements (dark buttons, sleeve patch, plaid pocket flap).


DSC00889Pockets are nice, roomy and can hold baby boy’s favorite toys…….cars!

trap4The ears can be flipped up too!  I just used a string and clasp thingy from a purse we had around the house.  See, nothing is safe.  The sleeve patches are from an old winter coat of mine that is too through.  And the buttons are from one of dad’s old coats.



DSC00910Baby boy likes the coat.  I think it’s so funny when kids want to put or leave certain clothes on even if they are in total opposition to the current weather.  Hilarious.

Let’s see if we can make it happen for the last week which is a signature look.

It doesn’t matter what you make, just create!

Strawberry Twist

This is week 2 of 4 over at Project Run & Play.

We were to create a design inspired by one of my all time faves……..CANDY!!!!  It didn’t take me long to figure out strawberry twists would be my inspiration.  You already know my favorite without me even having to say the name.  This is about the closest I can get to this stuff since I have stopped eating it.

candy twistsI took to my stash to see if I had any fabric I could work with and found a nice little fleece airline travel blanket. Perfect.

Inspiration can hit at some of the weirdest times for me.  I was sure we would miss this week.  I had one thing in mind, then realized I couldn’t get enough fabric from the blanket to go with that idea.  I told CC I didn’t think we would make it.  She said, “Nooooooo, we can make it.”  Inspiration hit immediately.  And here we are.

So, I made CC a drop waist bubble skirt accented with fabric twists.  My husband saw me in the process and said, “Let me guess, you’re going to put a bow on that.”  He knows me all too well.

Side note:  I just realized that I’ve done some type of “drop” style these first two weeks.   Stay tuned to see what’s dropping next week.  Just kidding.  Lol.

No pattern was used.  Just simple rectangles using CC’s measurements.  The twists were cut from 1″ fabric strips.  Another winner for CC.  Her only qualm…..”the twists don’t dangle”.  It’s like that sometimes.









That’s a wrap!

Popover Tunic

It’s that time again.  The ladies over at Project Run & Play are up to their goodness again! Season 7 has begun, and we have 4 opportunities to sew along with the weekly themes.  I am so excited to be participating a second time, and we’ll see if I can keep up.  As I did last season I will not be purchasing anything, but will sew from my stash only.

The first week’s theme is a pattern remix.  Pattern on the table, oliver + s Popover Sundress (free download too).  And what do ya know?  I’ve used this pattern once before,

cc and dollso I was excited to see if I could put a different spin on it.  My excitement began to wane as I could not find inspiration for a new design.  The lines are so clean and simple.  I finally did find inspiration.  I saw a shirt that had what is called a “dropped shoulder” and I was smitten.  I had never seen this technique before and instantly had a desire to recreate it on a smaller scale.  I cannot find the picture that sparked the flame, but for the sake of providing a visual here is one I found with a quick search.

old-navy-longsleeve-tops-womens-dropshoulder-jersey-topsI knew I wanted to do some color-blocking and took to my stash to see what I could find.

cb shirtsNext, I needed to revamp the pattern.  I thought this pattern would translate well with knit fabric, so these t-shirts and knit yardage were just right. I wanted to keep the same A-line shape of the original pattern yet shorten it to be the length of a tunic.  For Curly Cutie, I cut a size 4 with the length of a size 2.  I extended the pattern up and over to create a curved neckline and the dropped shoulder.  I wasn’t sure if my lines would translate to an acceptable finished garment, but surprisingly they did.

o+s remixI wanted to stick with a contrasting yoke area, and I went ahead a drew the lines for the other two color blocks.  I cut the pattern on all lines and made sure to be careful to add seam allowance when I cut from the actual fabric.

I ended up cutting the neckline wider than the pattern was drawn to accommodate a cowl neck.  I wanted to add bias binding somewhere on the top and decided to make the cowl neck a drawstring around the very top.

Presenting the Drop-shoulder Popover tunic with a drawstring cowl neck that looks like a faux hood.  Lol!  I just laughed at myself.

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The cool thing about the drop-shoulder is the fact that you don’t have to set in a sleeve, because there is no shoulder curve to accommodate.  So, the remainder of the sleeve is a simple rectangle.

I had a fun time making this top, and feel like I learned so much.  Curly Cutie had me laughing so hard.  She was so excited to have the shirt on, she didn’t even change her pj bottoms (handmade also) to take pictures.  She told me to trust her that it would work out.  When I sat down to write this post she said the following…..

CC:  Mom, just tell them that you like it and I like it and you hope they like it and you’re done.  And there’s your post.

me:  LOL!  It doesn’t really matter if anybody else likes it though, right?  It’s for you and you’re pleased. 

CC:  That’s right mom.  So just say you like it, I like it and you don’t care if they like it or not.

me:  Agggghhhhh!  We can’t say that!  Lol!

CC:  Lol.  Oh, ok.  Well you can just go ahead and write what you want then.

Of course the conversation went on, but I was too through! It’s nice when people like the stuff we make, but it shouldn’t necessarily be our motivation for creating. We don’t all find beauty in the same things and that’s ok.

Hope you’re having a great day.  It doesn’t matter what you’re creating, just create!

Fab Collab

Are you kidding me?  It’s the final week of season 6 over at Project Run and Play.  I made it through the sew along.  This is huge for me.  I set a goal and I achieved it.

I have a teench of joy to share.  So, my shirt from week 5 won the sew along judges vote.  That means I won a little prize.  Yaaayyy!

This has been so much fun, and let me tell you, the other women in the main competition as well as the sew along are amazing!  So many different styles.  So many beautiful fabrics.  It was just great.


Well, I guess I’ll finish this thing up by sharing the look I created for my signature style.  Honestly, I have no clue what my style is at this point.  I feel like I’m too new in the game.  I don’t know.  Maybe some kind soul out there can shed some light.  I will tell you this, I am particularly fond of a few things.  For this design, I decided to use a collaboration of things I’ve found to be fabulous.  Black & White, denim, lace, and pearls.  Not to mention, my appreciation for upcycling is growing exponentially.  Oh, and I love the art of layering.  If you can make any sense of this please do, and then tell me.

The items upcycled for this look were a pair of denim capris and a vintage lace curtain.

denim and lace

Put these two together and what do we get?

cropped jacketPattern was self-drafted for this project.  I took my inspiration from a cropped jacket given to me by one of my dearest friends several years ago.  Thanks Sally!  Collar can be worn down, but for Curly Cutie I went ahead and popped it!  Aggghhhh!  Lol!  The knit tank underneath was store bought last summer.

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I have been itching to try my hand at a circle skirt.  I have wanted to make one since my look for week 2 when I found out I didn’t have enough fabric.  I thought this would be the perfect time to crank one out.  I found a tutorial from Dana to be quite helpful in making this type of skirt.  I opted for a fabric waistband in place of the elastic one in the tutorial.

circle skirt top view

I can see why these skirts are well loved.  Simple and cute.  This certainly will not be my last.  CC gave me a huge hug after we put on her outfit.  She was soooo happy.  She told me that she is very proud that we made it all 6 weeks and that we make a great team.  *Cue waterworks.  I didn’t really cry, but my heart was deeply moved.

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signature collageHow about those purple and pink footies?

And that’s a wrap!  I am linking up to Project Run and Play and The Train To Crazy this week.  Thanks to all that left me such sweet comments and words of encouragement throughout the sew along.  It is truly appreciated.  Why am I sounding like I just won an award?  Well, maybe I have in my own mind.

Goal #1 – Join sew along and upload a design weekly – check

Goal #2 – Do not purchase any items to complete designs – check


Goal #3 – Keep up with house chores – epic fail

I’m off to clean.  Onward sewing soldiers!!!!!


Men’s shirt refashion

We are in week 5 of Project Run and Play Season 6.  This week we were to take a men’s shrit and transform it into a children’s clothing item.  Would you believe that I did not have a men’s button down shirt in my entire stash?  What was a girl to do?  Hit up the husband.  Problem with that was, he had already cleaned his closet and given away all unwanted items.  Just my luck blessing, while visiting the husbands parents, papa (paw-paw) saved the day.

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Woot!  I knew I wouldn’t have enough material for an outfit considering the shirt idea I had in mind, so I just went with a shirt.  I used a Butterick pattern (B5020) and made a few modifications to account for the shirt buttons.




topfront2I think the shirt turned out nice.  I like to see a bit more skin covered up, so Curly Cutie will not be wearing this top without something like a bolero or little jacket.

And that’s five weeks down.  Grandpa never knew his shirt could look so shaaaarp!

A heart for MY heart

Well, it’s week 4 of Project Run and Play Season 6.  This week we were to create a Valentine inspired look.

I definitely wanted to go with a shirt and skirt for Curly Cutie.  I learned from making this outfit that CC looks good in stripes.  I decided on a striped tank and a paper bag skirt.

paper bag waist

I had no clue this style was called a paper bag skirt.  The name works.  It takes me back to the days of going to the corner store to get penny candy.  $1 went a mighty long way.  Lol.  And my paper bag would get all crumpled towards the top.  No folding, trying to be prim and proper, was necessary.  You just snatched that bag up and went on to enjoy your cavity inducing goodness.

I did have one problem with this outfit idea though.  No striped fabric on hand to use.  So, I set out to make some.  Maybe this was me being a little extra, I don’t know, but I had to see if I could make it happen.  So, quite naturally, I went through my stash to find my next victims.

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Pink and white would be used for the stripes and yellow for the accent color.  I cut the pink and white shirts into 1″ strips.  Alternating colors, I joined them together using a serger.  I discovered two cool things.  One, when I flipped the sewn strips over and pressed the seams in towards the pink strip it created a smooth front and back.  Two, when the stripes were facing right side up the pink stripes look slightly raised creating a bit of texture.  I continued joining strips together until it was long enough to make a shirt front.  I knew I wouldn’t have enough to make a back too because the pink shirt had applique details on the front.  I was cool with that.  So, I decided to make the back of the shirt yellow.

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The yellow shirt was also used for the heart applique on the front of the tank.  I knew I didn’t want a design with a lot of hearts on it, so I kept it simple and added a single heart.  Curly Cutie is definitely MY heart, so this design is fitting.

skirt collage

I used this easy tutorial of Kim’s over at Oh, Sweet Joy to make the skirt.  I salvaged the fabric from a pair of denim capris.  This is a light weight denim, so it’s not bulky at all.  I almost looked over this pair because of the print towards the bottom of the legs.  I knew I would need most of the material to make the skirt and that print was throwing me off.  I decided to go ahead with making the skirt and I just positioned the fabric so the design would show through at the back of the skirt and not the front.  I also used the inside of the capris for the outside of the skirt.  I think it turned out decent.  I used some yardage I had on hand for the belt which I think is such a cute accent.

This outfit is a definite winner for CC.  She said, “Mom, I am so loving my Valentine’s day outfit.  Thank you so much!”  I was too thrilled.


full body collage

I just can’t get enough of upcycling.  That’s a wrap!

*Extra:  I made CC a dark gray one too.  A girl needs options, right?

gray paper bag skirt

My Chocolate Drop

Week #3 of Project Run and Play Season 6 is here.  The theme for this week is a boy look.  So quite naturally I used the tot I have on hand.  This theme was quite intimidating if I may say so.  I had not yet ventured into making clothes for my sweet baby boy just yet.  I am really enjoying this sew along because it’s forcing me to go where I have not traveled.

I am all about simplicity, so I decided on a simple sweater, pair of pants, and a hooded sweater vest.  And you already know where my fabric came from.  My stash.

boy look fabric

Golden sweater is 100% cotton.  Tan sweater is a soft wool.  Dark chocolate pants are a stretch corduroy.  AV baby’s outfit is comfortable and moveable.  Just perfect for bringing all his stuffed animals into submission.  Lol!


I ended up using clothes he already wears as patterns.  They seemed to work out just fine.  I definitely knew I needed to make a pair of pants to cover the largeness of his bottom with a cloth diaper on.  We are still going strong.  Well, maybe slightly weakened.  I need to find another solution as this little guy is an extremely heavy wetter.  These diapers just don’t stand a chance for more than an hour.  I digress.  Here are more pics of my guy.


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Doesn’t he just look like a little peanut butter and chocolate morsel of goodness?  My husband loathes when I refer to colors as food items.  I’m sorry babe, but I just can’t help it.  Lol.  No matter what color he’s wearing, he’ll always be my chocolate drop!

Patchwork stripes

Second week of Project Run and Play‘s Season 6 sew-along is here.  I made it through week #1 alive.  We’ll just take this thing a day at a time.

This week’s theme is Stripes and Polka dots.

And again, my goal was to use items I already had on hand.  I thought I would kick things up several notches in the color department, as my last week’s design was monochromatic.  Not only did I bring in some color, but I tried a new technique……patchwork stripes.  I don’t think I can throw myself into the “quilter” category just yet, but I’m headin’ in that direction.  I had to figure out some way to create stripes since I don’t have any striped fabric.  If you look closely you can find dots in some of the stripes.  I decided to go with a tiered skirt, simple tank-style shirt , and asymmetrical sleeveless cardigan.


For the skirt I used material from a couple of charm packs, and a couple of fat-quarter batik prints.  The shirt is made from a curtain remnant.  Cardigan is made from a ribbed knit.  Pattern for shirt and cardigan were self drafted (shirt using instructions from improv sewing book).  I used Ashley’s tutorial over at Make It & Love It for the skirt.

Timeless Treasures Tonga Treat Gelato
Timeless Treasures Tonga Treat Gelato
Jennifer Paganelli (West Indies)
Jennifer Paganelli (West Indies)
Fat Quarter Batiks
Fat Quarter Batiks
curtain remnant
curtain remnant

This was such a fun outfit to make.  I was very surprised at how the skirt turned out.  I really think it’s an art how quilters are able to choose fabrics the work well together.  I don’t know all of the rules and am kinda glad about that.  I just go with the flow.  I also go with what I have.  I really wanted to make a circle skirt, but quickly learned I didn’t have enough fabric for that.  Tiered skirt it is!

patchwork5I ended up using pretty long strips of fabric, so it kinda gave me the full effect of a circle skirt.  I love that the soft elastic band around the waist of the skirt will give Curly Cutie several seasons of wear in this piece.  She was very cooperative while allowing me to take pictures of her.  And had a little fun along the way.  It was cold, but she was glad to be outside for a few minutes.

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patchwork collage

She likes it and I’m glad!