Project Run & Play: Signature Style

*UPDATE: I won 3rd place!!! YAY! Thanks so much for your votes! See the winners and prizes here.

I’ve entered this look into a little contest over at Compagnie M’s blog. You can vote for me here. I’d appreciate it a whole bunch! Just click the little heart symbol!

This is it – the last week of Project Run & Play! I have enjoyed it immensely, although I haven’t done this much sewing since my tailor shop days! I love that I have cranked out some useful and versatile garments. This final week was all about our personal, signature style. As I was thinking through what I like and wear, and what I dress my kids in, I came up with this: classic, practical, with a little trendy mixed in. DSC_0631 DSC_0703 I like to take classic pieces/patterns and make them my own. I rarely use a pattern as-is. Also, I like to upcycle other things to make new things :) This is how most of this look started out: DSC_0070



This skirt was bought specifically for remaking into a dress :)

I started with the coat. I used up every available inch from that polka dot skirt! In fact, I had to patch one pocket together because I just couldn’t squeak out a whole 5″ x 5″ square! I used the Downton Duffle pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop, but modified it to include a rounded yoke with gathering in the front and a pleat in the back.



I made some piping and added that to the yoke and pocket flaps.



The lining is made from another skirt that I love! I knew it would be perfect since plaid is classic. I quilted the lining to a mid-weight felt interlining.



The hood is lined with a super cozy fleece. The sleeves were finished with a traditional lined-sleeve hem. 



Next I made a dress. I decided to go with a classic drop-waist style. I used the Mara blouse but lengthened it about 8 inches. Also, I combined the round yoke to make a one piece bodice. I used the continuous placket tutorial by Melly Sews to add the button placket. I didn’t like any of the buttons that I had, so I went with Kam Snaps instead. I LOVE the colour it adds!!! Then I made a casing and threaded a ribbon through to cinch it in at the waist.



I drafted a peter pan collar too :) I’m noticing that chambray is hard to photograph….it shows up as so many shades of blue!





….and then the bag. Last night I decided she needed something else to tie it all together. Also, she’s been such a trooper putting up with so many photos for me! I thought I’d whip up a little messenger-style bag. Well, “whip up” turned into three hours….anyway, it turned out cute, and she loves it :) It’s leather lined in a woven.


I did a reverse applique for the initial on the front, and added a fun little vintage zipper too!



I think this outfit brings together everything I like: classic silhouettes, timeless fabric and versatile colours! Here are a BUNCH of outfit pictures.








She was digging for her rockets….gotta love a good bribe :) I hope you’ve enjoyed this past month as much as I have! Check out all the sewalong entries here!

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66 thoughts on “Project Run & Play: Signature Style

  1. Deborah

    Beautifully sewn, just like the other outfits that you have submitted. The jacket is a very cute design, and I’ve always loved polka dots :)

  2. Courtney

    Unbelievably cute! Love the jacket details and the cute bag. The bag itself would take me days. I can’t believe you sewed it up in 3 hours plus all the other stuff.

  3. Anne S.

    Wow! That coat is beautiful! I am usually a quiet stalker on blogs, but I just HAD to tell you how much I love it! Well done! The rest of the outfit is lovely too. :)

    1. thecrazytailor

      I am so pleased with how the coat turned out. I had a vision in my mind, but making such revisions without any extra fabric had me wondering if I was being creative or going insane. Glad it worked!!

  4. Sally

    Love the whole look, but that bag is really darling and the initial is genius! Well done indeed…I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of you on PR&P, but in a more formal role, sometime in the future!

  5. dottedwhale

    Love it Sarah!!! She looks so happy in her new dress.
    And congratulations, you won the last challenge again!!

  6. erickmarnae

    Sarah, are you sure you’re not a contestant on PR&P??? Your outfits have been incredible every single week. Kudos to you!

  7. Jenn AJennuineLife

    So great! I’ve loved seeing your Instagram peeks turn into these fabulous outfits throughout this season! I knew those polka dots were becoming fabulousness and your design certainly didn’t disappoint!

  8. Mae

    Yep, I really hope I see you as a contestant in this here competition (in the near future) … you’ve done some simply amazing sewalong entries and this one tops them all. The details you add are lovely and I really like looking at your beautifully even stitching- <3!

  9. Froo & Boo

    Your style, fabric/colour choices, fit, design elements, polka dots (yay!!!) and practical sensibility with the fuzzy lining–all speak volumes to me!! I LOVE each piece and put together, it makes a beautiful outfit for your beautiful daughter!

  10. Elizabeth

    I just love that coat! Do you have a tutorial on how you made the alterations to the original pattern? I just spent some time browsing your pattern shop and I am blown away!

    1. Sarah

      Thanks so much! I was in such a hurry when I was making it, that I didn’t bother to take any photos. I think I’ll have to do some illustrations and try and put a little tutorial together. It wasn’t terribly difficult, just a bit of a nail-biter since I wasn’t working with any extra fabric! Amy’s patterns are fabulous – easy to follow and she’s always there to help!

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