Spring Break Week

Spring Break Week on Project Run and Play! Your favorite vacation or your dream vacation spot. My look works for both :) As long as I’ve know my husband’s family, we’ve been vacationing on the Oregon coast. And, since this June is our fifth anniversary, we’ve been talking about vacation places and have almost decided on the Mediterranean. I used this Greek clothing line for most of my inspiration and my twin niece and nephew as models. I’m just going to apologize right here for the five billion pictures coming up… But if you make it all the way to the end, you can see one of my favorite pictures I have taken so far :)

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Let’s start with the coats. Both are from Ottobre 1/13. The theme of the shoot is Traveling Around the World and as soon as I saw this on the page with these coats, I knew I had to make them!

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Blaine’s has elastic around his face and a visor on the hood. Trying to get that elastic in there nearly broke my brain. I finally did it my own way instead of trying to follow the directions in the book (with no pictures!).

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There are four pockets on the front (they’re kind of hard to see in the pictures, but there are two on his chest) and I used a parka zipper so it can un-zip from the bottom too – that was a joy and a half to put in with the zipper shield and the way it folds over on the top, but it’s one of my favorite features.  The shell is a bottomweight from JoAnn’s and is fully lined with quilting cotton with inner cuffs out of gold rib knit.

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Sydney’s is also made from bottomweight fabric and lined with quilting cotton. It’s such an pretty spring-y green and the lining looks amazing with it! I love the dropped waist with the ruffle on the bottom. (This is the coat I used in my Coat Sleeve Magic Trick post)

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I used silver accents on the welt pockets and for the belt loops. The buttons are from JoAnn and match perfectly.

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I did not realize how spoiled I was learning to make welt pockets from Melissa Mora until I tried these ones! It took three practice pockets before I got it! I added a fake vent on the back with a box pleat in the middle.

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Sydney’s dress started as the Beachy Boatneck. I slashed and chopped and added until I had this:

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It’s an A-line silhouette with each strip being just slightly larger than the one above it. I used the stretch of the knit to match them up instead of gathering.

I used this tutorial for the fabric butterflies. I should have done a different color on one side because they look like bows until you get up close. Oh well – I still think they’re gorgeous and how often do I get to play with butterflies?

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I used my double needle for the first time on the top and around the arm of Sydney’s dress. I had a strip of the yellow to bind it and I knew I wanted just a little to show from the outside. I didn’t really feel like going around twice to tack everything down, so I dug that thing out. With as many times as it bound up and I had to re-thread, I might as well have done it twice! Since then I’ve talked to Tasha and I think I know what I did wrong, but I almost threw the needle in the trash :P

The dress and Blaine’s shirt are made with ponte de roma from Girl Charlee. It’s a little thicker than I thought it would be and feels almost like a sports jersey, but the kids didn’t seem to mind. Good thing since I still have a couple yards left for my boys and I love the Navy and mustard combo.

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Blaine’s shirt is the from Ottobre 3/12 – can you tell I’m getting good use out of the two books I ordered? It was a pain getting used to the directions and adding seam allowance, but I’m getting the hang of it now and loving all the patterns! I modified the neckline, added a slanted contrast panel on the bottom – also from Girl Charlee – and a KAM snap placket, using Melissa’s continuous placket tutorial. Man I’ve learned a lot from that lady! The snaps on the sleeve are also KAMs from ILoveBigButtons.

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You will never guess what pattern I used for his shorts. Oh you got me. Small Fry Skinnies (I made these a few weeks ago and he just asked for more, so it was a total win and the reason I sew this pattern all the time!). They’re dark wash stretch denim and I used the cotton from his jacket inside the fly and to line the back pockets – one of them is a double pocket – and they both have some fun olive green stitching.

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It’s lucky we live on a lake that was just perfect for these pictures :)

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His coat’s not really that fluffy – it was just really windy!

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I would totally claim this as my house, but my mother-in-law reads my posts and it’s actually hers :) And of course, I can’t take any pictures without John being involved. He absolutely loves his cousins – I’m just lucky he was only in these two!

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Sydney wouldn’t take her coat off – yay!

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Ready for my favorite picture?

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Yes? Yes!

It was kind of nerve wracking to sew for ‘big’ kids (they’re almost ten) who actually have opinions on what they wear and how things fit. And then a photo shoot where I can’t bribe/threaten them into doing what I want? I was starting to second-guess my decisions, there! But they seemed happy and have requested more things, and didn’t need threats or bribes, so that made me feel pretty good! Plus every time I look at these pictures, I have to remind myself they’re wearing things I made.

Now I’m ready for vacation! Thanks for making it all the way down here :)

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  1. hpickett183 says:

    Amy, you’re absolutely amazing! These clothes are fantastic, I love all the little details. Sewing for bigger kids scares me, but you did a fantastic job!

  2. JessiBerry says:

    These outfits are Ah-Mazing!! Brave you for tackling big kids clothing! Just lovely outfits! I think that last picture is my favorite too! It just turned out perfect!

  3. Stacy @ The Land of K.A. says:

    You did a great job and they are very tween friendly! Ottobre can be a bit of a pain to trace and sew, but they have such nice looks for older kids.

    One thing I have noticed with Ponte is there are several different kinds. Some are really for making sports uniforms, and some are nice supple knits. Look at the lycra/rayon content vs. 100% polyester, which is what some are geared for athletic wear.

    • Tasha and Amy says:

      Thanks Stacy! I love the Ottobre size range :) That is good to know about the ponte! I’ll definitely check on that before ordering more. Although I haven’t touched a jersey in years so it could just be my imagination :)

  4. Megan Jo says:

    Amy! Excellent job! I enjoyed seeing all of the photographs. I can’t wait for school to be done, so I can start sewing again. I hope you enjoy your vacation, the Mediterranean is a wonderful place.

  5. Ajaire says:

    Ooh I love how you slashed up the neckline of the beachy boatneck. So clever! And yes, I too was spoiled learning welt pockets and working zip flies from Melissa :)

  6. Sarah says:

    I love these outfits, but the details on those jackets? Fantastic! The cuffs on the brown jacket are such a great feature and the ruffle on the green is perfect!

  7. Kathy says:

    I have a big kid and sew for her and can tell you that you did a great job here! These outfits are awesome! The jeans look amazing and I love the dress with the butterflies. I am very impressed!

  8. Sara Soares says:

    OMG! What an amazing sewing work! I can’t tell what I loved most! The coats are awesome, the dress is lovely, the boy’s outfit is so cool! I was one of the lucky testers of the Small Fry Skinny jeans pattern and I have to say they are the best pants/trousers/shorts pattern ever!…

  9. Ren says:

    Oh my! I love the asymmetrical collar on that dress. What a great set. I’d love to see you join us this week at the Inspire Us Thursdays! link party.

  10. Major Moma says:

    What wonderful sewing! I sew for a 10 year old and I totally understand the difficulties in getting them to model. Mine hates modeling so I just let her make goofy faces and try to get some good shots of the clothes.

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