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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.

zoo collage

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.

pieced strips
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.

zoo5zoo5bThat’s a wrap.

Girl's striped dress refashion







Popover Sundress

How is it that Curly Cutie has pretty much taken over the blog?

How could I not jump on the oliver + s Popover Sundress train?  I just had to!  The Popover Sundress is a free pattern released by oliver + s.

It seemed like it would be an easy sew, and it was.  For Curly Cutie, I cut a size 4 with the length of a size 8.  I used a little bit of piping to accent the front of the dress.  The length hit above the knee, so we threw on leggings underneath.



This freebie also comes with a doll-sized dress pattern.  So, we had to make one for Curly Cutie’s baby too.


DSC00209Ha!  The pattern is sized for an 18″ doll, and this doll is about 14″ or 15″.  I chopped off about an inch from the pattern, which wasn’t really enough.  But hey, we have more like a popover maxi.  That’s just fine with CC.  She was pretty excited about her mini-me.


I should also mention that I thought it would be cool to share about the summer clothes I’ve made for CC using other free and self-drafted patterns.  So, I’ll be sharing some of those items here soon.  It has been a pretty fun journey.  I am enjoying the learning process as  well as the final products.  Maybe I’ll get serious about making some items for myself.

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.

denim and lace2

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.

pic 79

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!!!!!