Boho Chic: Project Run and Play Week 3

I was so excited about this week’s challenge:  Boho Chic!  I’m not sure if I truly met the challenge but I sure had fun trying.  It was a great excuse to use a Liberty of London fabric that I had purchased from Mood Fabrics in NYC a few years ago. I used the Oliver + S Hide and Seek dress pattern with a few modifications.  Here’s a picture on the form, and I hope to take some on my daughter and post them later.


I loved this pattern for the sheer reason that it had such a great yoke that had so many options.  I debated weather to use decorative stitches or lace on it and landed on some fun lace I found.  IMG_4401

The sleeves just called for some additional gathers and lace to go along with the free spirit boho feel.  And an added bonus is that this dress has pockets (slightly hidden with the pattern of the fabric.)

It’s not easy being green

Greenery is the second challenge for this season of Project Run and Play.  I ended up making a tunic using Oliver +S Building Block Dress book.  My daughter  loves the tassels on it. To go with the top I modified the Sunny Days short pattern to make a spring/cruise-wear type of outfit.  If I were to do it again, I’d probably lengthen the shirt just a bit more and line it as well as use a thicker fabric for the shorts.  Overall, my daughter and I were pleased with the outcome.


It’s All about That Place

I’m so excited that Project Run and Play to be happening again.  I feel like I could have done so many things for this challenge, but it was the fabric I had found that determined what I decided to make.  The result was a bit literal for the challenge, but I fell in love this Rifle Paper Co fabric.  So this represents the world I’d like to travel (a few of which I’ve been to) and the places I hope my children get to see.  Of course, Paris is on the top of her list so she was upset that Eiffel Tower wasn’t centered on the dress.  I used one of my favorite patterns, the Fairy Tale dress pattern from Oliver + S.   I just added a little more fullness to the skirt.


The most difficult decision was what to do with the waist as to not distract from the gorgeous fabric.  I originally wanted a simple ribbon waistband with a small bow but opted for just the small bow in the end.

My daughter has already gotten a chance to wear the dress when her class went to see the Seattle Symphony.FullSizeRender

The Bubble Skirt: Project Run and Play


When Project Run and Play announced the latest challenge, a play on “bubble dress”, I was so excited.  My daughter had a birthday party she was going to be attending and I was already planning on making her a bubble skirt to wear.  Even better, the theme of the party was “French Bakery” with American Girl Dolls.  So I found the perfect Michael Miller French inspired fabric and went to work making the skirt and a blouse to go with it.  The blouse is a Lisette pattern where I replaced the ruffle with a collar.  And of course, my daughter’s doll got a matching outfit.  I’m pretty happy with the result.

Be warned the pictures are not the best quality because I was in a time crunch.  I hope to replace these later.

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Here are some more images of the clothes.



Bright and sunny vacation dreams

Living in the Pacific Northwest, thoughts drift to warmth and sunshine this time of year.  So I dreamt of going to a little brunch in the sunny area of Palm Springs.


I was inspired by this Crew Cuts dress that I’ve wanted to make a version of for a year now.


I love the Liberty of London pattern so I found a Robert Kauffman “London Calling” fabric that is similar to the Liberty fabric but has a more vintage appeal, even a little art deco feel.  The dress is made from the Oliver + S roller skate dress pattern (yes, Oliver + S has some of my favorite patterns, but make recommendations of new ones to try if you have any!)  I just added a pleat in the front and used a ribbon instead of elastic in the waist.  This would even look adorable with more pleats or gathers at the top instead.  And honestly, it would also have been cute without the gathered waist.

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I had great aspirations to make more for the outfit such as capri leggings, headband, purse and maybe even a little cardigan, but as so often happens I ran out of time.  I still hope to add these later and am very happy with the outcome of the dress!


Put Me in the Zoo


This is my first blog post which I was motivated to create by the desire to participate in Project Run & Play.  My daughter has always loved giraffes and still has her giraffe lovey from her infant years.  I decided to make her outfit inspired by giraffes.  This was slightly more challenging than I expected and definitely took far longer than I expected.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any time for fancy settings for the pictures.

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I started with the using the giraffe pattern (a little literal, but felt right) to make a cape from Oliver + S to represent the soft cover of the sweet animal.  The pants have an elasticized cuff to help accentuate the small ankles and make her look longer.  They also have contrasting tan stitching to add a little more detail.  I wanted the blouse to be more flowing and just show softness and gentleness.  It’s made from the peasant blouse pattern by Aesthetic Nest.

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Until next time!