Wow! It’s week 2 of Project Run & Play, can you believe it? When I was invited to participate in the competition my greatest fear was not being able to make it to the second week…. All the ladies in season 20 are so talented, it is going to be hard work to reach the final. It was really difficult for me to find inspiration when I heard about the topic proposed for the first week but when I read this week’s topic immediately blue popped into my brain. Blue is my favorite color and I use it in all its shades: from blue/green aqua to dark blue. Then I saw the new spring-summer fabric collection from Katia, that includes some extraordinary denim fabrics and I thought it would be fun to play a little bit with them. They all share the same background color and have different print designs in white which allow me to freely mix and match. I have created three complete outfits for my three kids. For my daughter I drafted a classic styled and clean dress using the book “Building Block Dress” from Liesl Gibson. It is an A-line dress with short sleeves, boat neckline, in-seam pockets, a skirt panel gathered to the bodice and a back keyhole opening. I used a self fabric covered button and a thread chain buttonhole and it has also a mini chest pocket (with her brother’s shirt fabric).
For my son I sewed an outfit that includes shirt and trousers. I used the Oliver and S Sunny Day Shorts free pattern and added two back “chameleon” pockets. Can you find them? The trousers seem to be rolled up but the hem is permanent and has the seam allowances hidden in the inside and are not exposed. I love it because you can see the inside of the fabric that has an extraordinary texture. I used an Ottobre Design magazine pattern for his shirt. I have changed the design a little bit to create a high-low hem with a side vent at the hem. The main feature is that I sewed it with the wrong side of the fabric on the outside. That is a little joke with my son that every single day wears a garment backward or with the fabric’s wrong side out. He doesn’t pretend to draw attention. He just doesn’t care about the clothes at all and just wants to cover his body. He and his sister are so different! When I first explained it to him he thought it was a really funny idea, his sister instead had a brain short circuit and she is still trying to understand the crazy idea that mummy had. All the buttons I used are self fabric covered buttons, too.
For my sweet toddler, I have designed an overall from a basic bloomer. It has a mini chest patch pocket, too, that I sewed using her sister’s dress fabric. I moved the side seams to the front to create a central pattern piece with the bib.
We did the photo shoot indoors, at our dinning room. I though it would be a less stressful one and could use the white wall with no interference on my chromatic range.
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