Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PRP January Challenge

Hi! I'm back from a big long blog break. Jacob is 20 months now and starting to be a little less crazy, hopefully that means I can do more blogging, and fun things like PROJECT RUN AND PLAY!!! Those of you who have been following me for a while know that I have been a fan of Project Run and Play from day one, and I've sewn along with a few of the challenges throughout the seasons. This year they are changing things up though, each month there will be a challenge inspired by a tutorial from one of the past competitors. This month the inspiration is Alida's Bubble Skirt Tutorial. The guidelines are very loose. Sew is up as is/flip it/ just in some way be INSPIRED by it.

I decided that I wanted to make an entire outfit inspired by the dress. I went straight to my Winter 2014 pinterest board and was drawn to these two outfits. The elements I liked were the bold stripes, the floral details, the volume of the skirts, and the adorable cardigan. 
Let's start with the skirt. The skirt is entirely based on Alida's dress tutorial minus the straps and bubble hem, and of course shortened to be a skirt instead of a dress. I LOVE the paper bag waist. I think it's adorable and  Christine is obsessed with skirts right now so I know she's going to wear it a ton. 
The striped fabric is from Hobby Lobby. I totally meant to cut the fabric so that the stripes were going horizontal like the inspiration photo above, but I simply forgot. Way to go Angela! Oh well it's still cute.
Next up, the shirt. The pattern is #9 Rascal from Ottobre Autumn 2013 issue. (My subscriptions is about to expire and I need to sew up a bunch from my old issues to justify the expense to renew another year!) It's simply a black knit raglan tee, but with a great sleeve cuff detail in a contrasting gray knit fabric upcycled from an old maternity tee of mine.
Lastly, the cardigan. My original plan was to just sew up a CINO slouchy cardigan but at the time I was wearing my favorite slouchy cardigan and Christine told me she wanted one JUST like mine. So I drafted a little slouchy cardigan and I even took pictures of the process so look for that tutorial next week!
The floral spandex knit is from Girl Charlee (sorry it's sold out) and let me tell you that fabric is SO soft! The sleeves are a little long so I need to re-hem them, but we had SUCH nice weather yesterday I didn't want to miss a good photo opportunity. This cardigan is going to be a great wardrobe staple. Christine already wore her cardigan to preschool today with pink jeggings and a mint green heart tee, she looked so cute.
So there you have it. Three separates, perfect for the winter to spring transition.

Check out more of the January challenge HERE


  1. I love that skirt fabric--the gold dot accent is perfect! And I love your mix of prints.

  2. Love your mix of prints! Such a fun outfit!

  3. I'm going to have to keep an eye on this blog - that cardigan is adorable!! I want to make one for my little girl too!

  4. Beautiful fabric combination! You knocked this one out of the park!

  5. I love the stripes and floral together but am never bold enough to try! You really did wonderful!

  6. That skirt, that fabric, LOVE!!!

  7. Thank you everyone for your nice comments! I love the fabric combination too! It's a little bold for me, a little outside of my comfort zone, but that's what I love about Project Run and Play. It always helps me push by boundaries.