Friday, September 2, 2011

Project Run and Play Challenge #1- Back to School

Don't forget to go vote at Project Run and Play this weekend!!!

This is Ella's first year of Kindergarten which means getting the girl used to wearing pants. You guys know Boo wants to live in skirts and dresses, but pants are so much more practical for back to school activities, like sitting criss-cross-applesauce, P.E., and playing on the playground.

What better way to convince her to love her pants than to girly them up with some ruffles, rouching, appliques, and pockets- of course.

These pants were REALLY fun to make but very time consuming, too.
I used the Dortje pants pattern from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love.

Adding all those ruffles, appliques, pockets, bar tacks, and subtle details really make the pants fun to make and look great, too.

I also love that they look like real pants with the faux fly- but there's actually a hidden soft elastic waistband.

The fabric for the pants is some lightweight twill that I inherited from Mom at some point and the owl fabric was just a half yard that I bought at one of my trips to JoAnn's in Dallas. I thought the combination of the owls and apples was perfect for 'Back to School'.

Back to school also means layering. I remember being so freezing in class when it was hot outside. That's what inspired the vest with matching owl applique and hand made bias.

See how I make yards of bias tape with only a fat quarter.
I love how handmade bias can punch up a simple garment, like this inexpensive fleece vest.

I got the design file for the applique on etsy and it stitched out wonderfully. I love when I find 'made to match'
files for the fabrics I have.

And I loved using this old desk I found at Granny and Grandaddy's for our photo shoot!


jellaan said...

What a cute little outfit for Boo!! I was just recently looking at that pants patter and thinking about making a pair for my how long did it take to make a pair?

BConky said...

The perfect back to school outfit. I love it all.

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

Wow - it looks like you put so much hard work into this! It really took a while to construct, you can tell!

Is that vest your own creation? I love the design of it, the angles and how it wraps over itself in the front. Very clever.

Amanda S. said...

WHAT a cute outfit!!! I have that book too, although it will be years before my peanut will be ready for it. (Or big enough.) You just reminded me that I want one of those bias making tools too. They really jazz up a simple little garment, don't they?!

Luch said...

Love your outfit for project randp. Came to your blog to see if they were djorte pants...I've got this great book too, and have made two pair for my daughters...without ruffles though...they are so cute, and I think the pattern is great and not difficult. Good luck!

Kimberly said...

You probably already know this, but I thought I'd let you know that JoAnne's has all their notions 50% off this weekend, which includes the embroidery stabilizers and spray.

Alida L. said...

What a cute outfit! I love owls. I would totally buy this outfit for my girls!

I was reading your last post and I am right there with you about going back and forth on this challenge. I wanted to make something that Charlotte could truly wear to school but it's really hard to do that when they have to wear uniforms! I just hope I'm not kicked out this go 'round, y'all are some tough competition!

elizabeth said...


You are an applique queen (which sewers know is not an easy skill)! Seriously...Amazing work!