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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







Summer knit dress

Here we are with another installment of Summer Clothes for Curly Cutie.

I’m starting to venture out into knit fabrics (outside of my refashioning ventures) and I must admit……I’m having fun!

I knew I wanted to try my hand at another circle skirt.

Back down memory Lane:  First circle skirt

polka dot circle skirtI pretty much fell for circle skirts after this one and knew I had to make more.  There are plenty tutorials out now that help with making these skirts.  I happened upon this one where I learned the basic principles for making them out of woven fabrics.  Since I wanted to make one from knit fabric I knew the measurements would have to be slightly adjusted.  For CC’s skirt, I just winged it.  I kept cutting away at the waist area until it fit her.  For others that need a more detailed method for making a circle skirt from knit fabric, this tutorial may be helpful.

Then I found Rae’s Angel Top where you use actual measurements to construct the garment.  I thought if I combined this top with a circle skirt that we would have a cute little dress on our hands.

dress front

dress side

dress back

And a little something she made for me.


We both like this dress.  CC says it so comfortable.  Initially, I wasn’t really sold on the fabric.  It kinda played with my eyes, you know with the neon pink and gray stripes.  It did grow on me though.  Besides, the fabric was on clearance.  I like having this stuff on hand for when I come across projects I want to try.  I surely wouldn’t want to cut into expensive fabric to do a test run.  Just so happens, this test worked out for us.  If I make it again, I will make the top a little bigger so it’s not as close fitting.  I do like that the sleeves are incorporated into the design and don’t have to be put on separately.

This is how we’re clothing Curly Cutie for the summer!



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.

shirt collage

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.

shirt collage2

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

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!