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.
My theme this time is Arabian Nights and I took my inspiration from the pins I added to my “Blog sewing things” board.
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!
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.
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.
Even though I intended these clothes as more dress-up items, John has worn this orange shirt for three days running now!
For Tim’s I appliqued on some brown patched to give it a bit more interest.
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!
My favorite part – and the part that took the most time! – is the turbans!
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.
The boys think they are so fun to wear and I have to hide them when it’s time to run errands in town!
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!
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