We were sitting at the table going over a lesson for school when inspiration hit. On the table, my daughter (age 6) pointed out a green piece of fabric, green toy car and a green crayon. She looked at me and said, “Mom, look at this color palette. I have an idea. We can make several of these using different colors. This would help baby boy (age 2) learn his colors.” What a sweet idea. I told her it was fabulous and we should work on it during quiet time. That was a pretty big deal for me, because I do enjoy my down time but saw this as an opportunity to encourage her creativity. I suggested we take photos of her creations (to the best of our ability of course). We scoured the house for items that fit into the color categories she chose. She would arrange the items for one color while I took pics of another. We went back and forth in that manner until each color had been photographed. I’m learning so much about how she processes information and what she values about her work process. I did make suggestions about object placement for the photos. We had lots of fun. Now we just have to figure out what to do with the pictures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?