Stripes and Polka Dots – sewing along with PR&P

Have you been following along with Project Run and Play? If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s an online sewing/design competition for kids’ clothing. It’s super fun and introduces you to lots of fabulous kids’ clothing designers/bloggers.

Along with the competitors, they have a weekly Sew Along where those of us not part of the competition can enter our own outfits. The outfits should go along with the theme for the week. This week the theme is Stripes and Polka Dots.


If you’ve read my blog… well, ever… you probably know my love for stripes. For myself, for my boys. Especially for my boys. I have a ridiculous amount of striped fabric in my stash right now – especially knits. [seriously, someone may need to come over for an intervention soon]


The pants have both stripes and polka dots – the teeny polka dots are tucked away in the pockets and waistband. I love the two together.


The pants are loosely taken off Shwin & Shwin’s Nowhere Man Pants [which I've made before and love]. I say loosely, because I just traced this pair and made it a slimmer fit and didn’t pull out my pattern pieces at all. I also lowered the pocket pieces down a bit, to show off the polka dots a bit more.


The shirt is a self-drafted pattern, and the polka dots were painted on using a jelly jar. I kind of want to paint everything this way now, that’s how much I love how it turned out.


I’m also in love with the mustard knit I used for the neckline and cuffs.

DSCF7340I don’t think I would have paired stripes and polka dots together without the Project Run and Play inspiration, and I’m so happy with how it turned out.


Have you been sewing along? I think next week is Boy Week, so I’m hoping to have time to sew an outfit to join in on the fun again!


*Linking up to Make it Wear it at The Train to Crazy*

You Are My Sunshine

Awhile back, I was totally and completely shocked to wake up to an email telling me I had won a Silhouette SD from the Tatertots and Jello blog!

These machines are amazing.  They are cutting machines that cut… well, everything.  I finally had the chance to give it a try.  And I just might be in love.

My little sunshine, in his new upcycled tee. [This is my favorite face that he makes, trying to hold back his smile. He could get anything from me with this face.]

I made the T-Shirt from my own pattern, upcycled from an old tee of mine.

Cutting out the words with the Silhouette was amazingly easy and fast. It looks so awesome – I am totally and completely hooked. The sun was just a simple machine-stitched applique (not cut with the Silhouette – and upcycled from another old T-shirt, of course!)

And he lets out the full smile, to completely melt my heart.

I’m linking up with these parties!

Maternity Tank

In the middle of KCWC, I decided to make a little something for myself.  Something just a teeny bit fancier than my typical T-shirt. :)

And no, do not adjust your screen… I really am that pasty white.  I live in Wisconsin.  I was freezing outside while I took this picture.

This top is made from a jersey knit I bought quite awhile ago at Joann’s, from my own pattern.  I made sure to make this one long enough that it will definitely last through my pregnancy.  It will probably even be a good post-partum shirt.

I’m finishing up a couple things for my boys to round out KCWC, and then I have a few non-clothing posts coming up next week!

Long Sleeved Maternity Tee!

I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it many times again…  I’m a T-shirt kind of girl.  Since I spend my days chasing my very active boys, I like to be comfy.  Add into that my 27 week prego belly, and comfort is 100% necessary!

(We have my three-year-old to thank for these pictures, by the way.  Which explains why they’re a little grainy and not the greatest… oh well, make it work, right?  And he was quite proud of himself, which makes it totally worth it.)

This tee is made from my own pattern, using a maternity t-shirt I had on hand as my starting point.  It’s also similar to this tee I made awhile back.

This shirt is actually [gasp!] not upcycled.  I made it from a super soft and cozy knit I found at Joann’s (purchased with a coupon, of course…. I never buy anything full price at Joann’s!)  I hadn’t originally intended to sew the band on the bottom of the shirt, but after sewing the rest of it together, I didn’t think the shirt would last through the next 13 weeks. [only 13 weeks??!! eek!]

I’m working on another maternity shirt that I had hoped to enter into Spring Top Week at Made by Rae, but I doubt I’ll get it finished.  Though she did just extend the deadline…. so we’ll see!  I’ve also got some KCWC sewing to do.  Oh my sewing machines are getting a workout this week!

And p.s. don’t forget to enter the giveaway I’m doing over at Shwin&Shwin!