Mystery Challenge – Arabian Nights

We have a new series of our Mystery Challenge (my previous challenge themes were Edwardian England and History of Flight) running for the next couple weeks! The basic idea is that everyone in the group is assigned a random person and they give that person a theme to sew/craft for! It’s a ton of fun every time and I love seeing what everyone comes up with! At the end of the post, you can find a list of all the bloggers participating and the theme they were given.

Mystery Challenge - Arabian Nights Theme {{Friends Stitched Together}}

My theme this time is Arabian Nights and I took my inspiration from the pins I added to my “Blog sewing things” board.

Mystery Challenge - Arabian Nights Theme {{Friends Stitched Together}}

If you know me, you know I prefer to sew practical outfits for my boys, but this time I decided to have a bit of fun!

Mystery Challenge - Arabian Nights Theme {{Friends Stitched Together}}

I used the “Let’s Pretend” velvet from JoAnn’s to make three modified Seaside Summer Tops (affiliate link). The biggest change I made (except to the blue one obviously) was to split the fronts so I could add in a collar and short slit.

Mystery Challenge - Arabian Nights Theme {{Friends Stitched Together}}

John got two that I layered over each other. The longer orange shirt has thumbholes (using OUSM’s totally awesome tutorial!), but high enough in the cuff that the rest covers his hand.

Mystery Challenge - Arabian Nights Theme {{Friends Stitched Together}}

Even though I intended these clothes as more dress-up items, John has worn this orange shirt for three days running now!

Mystery Challenge - Arabian Nights Theme {{Friends Stitched Together}}

For Tim’s I appliqued on some brown patched to give it a bit more interest.

Mystery Challenge - Arabian Nights Theme {{Friends Stitched Together}}

The pants are self-drafted. I’m taking the Pattern Workshop (affiliate link) and this was my first go at drafting, modifying, and tiling strictly on the computer. I’m pretty excited that they actually worked!

Mystery Challenge - Arabian Nights Theme {{Friends Stitched Together}}

My favorite part – and the part that took the most time! – is the turbans!

Mystery Challenge - Arabian Nights Theme {{Friends Stitched Together}}

I started with some plastic “Army hats” from the dollar store and pulled off the fabric covering them. Then I used my glue gun to wrap 3″ strips of velvet around, more or less the same way you wrap a turban (at least according to YouTube…). Then I added leather cording and metal studs, feathers, and a medallion (on John’s) until I was happy with them.

Mystery Challenge - Arabian Nights Theme {{Friends Stitched Together}}

The boys think they are so fun to wear and I have to hide them when it’s time to run errands in town!

Mystery Challenge - Arabian Nights Theme {{Friends Stitched Together}}

This challenge was so much fun! Be sure to check out the rest of the ladies playing along – there are going to be some pretty awesome looks over the next couple weeks! If you’re a blogger and want to join in the fun, please shoot me an email!

 

Mystery Challenge

2/22: Amy – Friends Stitched Together – Arabian Nights

2/23: Alicia – Felt with Love Designs – Monochrome

2/24: Melissa – Rebel & Malice – Rockabilly

2/25: Jessica – The Berry Bunch – Black&White

2/26: Amanda – Mandy K Designs – Audrey Hepburn

2/27: Tasha – Friends Stitched Together – The Great Barrier Reef

2/28: Maartje – Huisje Boompje Boefjes – Broadway

3/1: Jonie – Knot Sew Normal – French Revolution

Danica – The Sewing Sparrow – Nature

3/2: Sara – Made by Sara – Under the Big Top

3/3: Fenna – FABulous Home Sewn  – Jane Austen

3/4: Ula – Lulu & Celeste – Woodstock ’69

3/5: Maegen – Mae & K – 1970’s Cartoons

Starly – Sew Starly – Mythical Creatures

3/6: Tisha – Milileke – WWII/1940’s

Roxanne – Pen Seb Rox – Paper Airplanes

3/7: Meriel – create3.5 – Nursery Rhymes

3/8: Barbara – Country Bella – Steampunk

17 comments

  1. Barbara Jean says:

    what a fantastic duo you put together! Lol my kids would never take this off. Thank you for sharing all your great links as well!!!

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Thanks Barbara Jean! I love that they turned out like I had in my head – it’s always a relief when that happens!! :)

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