Design Your Fabric Challenge

Design Your Fabric Challenge {{FriendsStitchedTogether.Wordpress.com}}I knew when I saw the challenges for this season of Project Run & Play that I wanted to set aside two weeks for my nieces and nephew. You can see last week’s challenge with Blaine and Sydney here. This week is Cass, Ali, and Abby.

Instead of coming up with a design that they may not like (sewing for kids gets harder when they have opinions :P) I bought three yards of ivory knit and had the girls come over and paint it themselves.

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Of course, John had to get in on the fun. He loves his cousins and there’s no way they could do something like this without him being involved! I ended up making a lot of pieces, so there are a ton of pictures coming up – unfortunately, it was windy and bright the day we did pictures, so they’re squinting in almost all of them…

First up is Cass:

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When I met Andy (her uncle, my husband), Cass was five and to see her now, almost a teenager and so pretty is just amazing! She’s also quite the sweetheart: she let John take over her painting. I used my own doodles as the front of her shirt and did some careful cutting to get the back with her own design. This is the Lucy Slope Tank in an XS. It’s still a little big (that’s her pink tank underneath), but not too bad. I lettuce hemmed the bottom to give it a bit more flow.

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I started with the Small Fry Skinnies in size 12 for her bubble shorts. Design Your Fabric Challenge {{FriendsStitchedTogether.Wordpress.com}}

I widened the leg, gathered the bottom, and added a band. I used this fantastic mustard and metallic gold polk-a-dot from JoAnn’s for the cuff and belt and I used a remnant of something for the actual shorts – it’s lightweight and slightly stretchy with a subtle paisley pattern woven in.

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You can see the paisley a little better here (it was hard to get pictures of!) – also the swirls on the front of her shirt. I added a rounded pocket to this side with elastic at the top to gather it and a tiny gold bow. I guess I didn’t so much “design” this fabric as do some pattern matching :)

Ali is almost ten.

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She painted a shield on her part of the fabric. On the front, I used red paint and a Lego as a stamp. Naturally I forgot to get a close up of that. I used the Beachy Boatneck with a bit of width added and modified into a tank.Design Your Fabric Challenge {{FriendsStitchedTogether.Wordpress.com}}I think that extra brown splotch was probably from John :) She used silver to outline the shield, so¬† I used the blue and silver version of Cass’s mustard and gold to embellish her Small Fries.

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I also cut out circles and appliqued them on using a wide zig zag stitch. And I used the eyelet function on my machine to get random polk-a-dots on the back pockets. I like the effect of all the different size dots!

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And that brings us to Abby. She’s five and into dresses of all kinds!

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I used a dress from Ottobre 1/13 for her. Left off the sleeves and added a little ruffle accent to the front.

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Normally I would never have used black as an accent for this princess girl, but the more I played with colors, the more I really like it. It makes the purples, teals, and greens she (and her mom) used pop!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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18 comments

  1. Shawnta says:

    Nice mod to the Skinny jeans! I have got to get those made up soon. Good idea in letting them do all the dirty work and paint their own fabric.

  2. Ajaire says:

    The black definitely makes the pattern pop so good choice! Great job on incorporating them into the design. It’s sweet of you to sew for your nieces and nephews. I love the eyelet stitching on those pockets too. Really cool idea.

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