February 4, 2014

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Signature Style.
This look has me written all over it.
The colors, the shapes, the texture, and the small details to make things interesting.
All that but still comfortable and practical for two boys who never.stop.moving.
I started with a look for Case.
The flannel was my challenge this week. My fabric of choice is definitely knit but I told myself when I committed to Run and Play this season that I needed to choose one thing that would push me out of my comfort zone each week. This week it was working with some wovens. For the flannel I started with the O + S Sailboat Top and the hood from this raincoat and the bimaa hood. I redrafted the front to add a snap placket and spent way too much time to make sure the plaid pattern would line up across the pieces. I added the black tee underneath, which was made using the Made by Rae Skinny Tee.  To add some interest I flat locked the seams with yellow and added a rib knit printed with helicopters for the cuffs.

The pants were the same pattern (same size) as these pants I made for Mae in week one. The kid had asked for a candy pocket in the front- which became a teeny welt pocket. The zip pocket and back pocket were added to create more visual interest, and of course an adjustable waistband.  He had specifically asked for a super backpack so I pulled a canvas jacket out of my reuse pile and cut it to pieces. We have an American Apparel backpack that I used as a reference but did a lot of my own interpretation as well. The pink zipper and pink hang tab were to add interest and pull out the subtle pink in the canvas. Having not made a cargo pocket before I added one to the front and finished the flap with heavy duty snaps. All hardware was bought at Seattle Fabrics. 

Mae was next- my child who is perpetually cold. He has been asking for a scarf all winter but I couldn't figure out a way to make it practical and masculine. Enter this cozy fleece with a subtle print and I created a snap cowl: a collar for the jacket or an accessory for anytime. As soon as I put it on him he asked if he could wear it the rest of the day. Hoping to mimic a poncho I drafted an oversized jacket, adding arm holes to allow for movement. I started with the flashback tee for this jacket as well and then altered the pattern to get the oversized look. I wanted a vertical stripe but could only find this grey sweatshirt knit in my stash. So I pulled out a grey knit tee and cut one inch strips which I folded, ironed, and sewed in place to create the pinstripes. I wanted pockets that popped so left them grey and added a bias dark grey trim to add some definition.

The top, also a sweatshirt fleece, got a bias stripe across the front in his favorite color and a green zip pocket. The nice part about the stripe across the front it allow a seam to anchor the pocket, so it doesn't just float around inside the shirt. I used a freezer paper stencil to add the elephants marching. For the pants, also a pinstripe, I redrafted the waist to include both a traditional and knit waistband. This gives the finished look of ready-to-wear pants but allows ease of self-dressing for my boy.

There is it. A little bit of creativity from my boys and a whole lot of quirk.
Make sure you head over to Project Run and Play and vote for your favorite!

29 comments:

  1. I love your boy style, the colours, the zips, the batman details! Congrats on making it to the end and good luck.

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  2. You totally rock the boy's style! Amazing!

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  3. I think your boys are the best dressed boys I have ever seen! All the details and interesting designs with practicality and comfort in mid... your style is AMAZING!

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  4. Wow, everything is amazing! I love all the thoughtful details. (I had some issues posting this, hopefully I'm not double posting!)

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    1. thanks so much for supporting me through this whole process!

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  5. Those elephants are so precious! I can't believe all the different pieces you made! They look great :)
    Amy

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    1. yea I worried those pieces might clash but loved the outcome

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  6. So many fun details! I love all the hints of fun fabrics, the elephants, extra pockets everywhere and stripes that you created on the grey sweatshirt. I really love that yellow plaid hoodie, with the side zip. Great job!

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    1. the plaid hoodie was my favorite...he has worn it nonstop since i completely it.

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  7. Sweet stenciled elephants....my favorite part!! And, I laughed at the backpack --- CL is OBSESSED with backpacks now....we foresee one in our sewing future SOON!

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  8. I love quirky. My son would love all of these pieces. I really like that backpack - great job!

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    1. this backpack has been so nice for quick trips out of the house.
      very much a proponent of "carry your own" these days :)

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  9. You make such awesome boy clothes!!! The flannel hood is just perfect. Your boy pants with a pocket for Skittles?? Genius. All the hardware pieces are a great touch. I like the diagonal line on the blue sweater that breaks up the vertical lines from the jacket and pinstripe pants. It shows thought and creates movement with your lines, just like your boys!

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  10. CLEVER. . . CREATIVE. . . COLORFUL. . . so many details in your sons' clothes to reveal ALL THE MOTHER'S LOVE SEWN into these. INDEED, UNIQUE outfits for your 2 little boys! And a backpack, grey stripes with a HOT PINK zipper! WOW!!!! I voted for you today, so I hope you're the PROJECT RUN AND PLAY winner! Sarah Helene, Minneapolis, MN

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  11. I love every thing you make, Jacq! Best of luck!!

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  12. Love everything you make... wish I had a boy... I really want to make Mae's poncho and a top! Those elephants are too cute!!

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  13. Wonderful boys clothing with fabulous details! Wow! Your boys must turn heads when they are out and about in your creations. Bravo!

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    1. ha. turn heads they do....but usually for the fact that there is a pack of three of them.

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  14. Such a great Job, Jacq! Every week--so many details and so much originality! I loved it all--and it inspires me to make more for my two boys! Thanks!

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    1. yeah! would love to see what you make for them!!

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  15. Congrats on being the 3rd place winner of PROJECT RUN AND PLAY! You showed so much CREATIVITY in your boys' outfits! Sarah Helene, Minneapolis

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    1. yes I was very much happy with 3rd!

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  16. These are seriously cool - I love your sense of style. The elephants, the piping, the airplane cuffs and yellow stitching on the t-shirt. Really awesome, and really original. I find it hard to make boys' clothes interesting sometimes, and now I want to follow your example!

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    1. I spent a lot of time just sitting and thinking of how to add interest so thanks for recognizing that!!

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