Project Run & Play, Week One: Buffalo, baby!

March 25, 2014


If you’re coming over from Project Run & Play, welcome! Feel free to poke around and ask questions! This week’s theme was Put Me in the Zoo and it had me stumped for a bit. I’m not much for animal themed/printed/inspired clothing, so I knew I had to really think outside the box on this one! I decided to do a boy look (because there simply isn’t enough boy sewing out there!) and was inspired more by a fabric choice, buffalo check (or buffalo plaid). If you head to the Calgary Zoo you can see some Buffalo (or Wood Bison, as they’re also called). We went this past summer, and the kids enjoyed it so much – especially the peacocks! If you can’t make it there (wait!? You don’t want to brave the -20c for some sight-seeing?), here’s a picture for you of some buffalo. Photograph by my mother-in-law over near the Saskatchewan-Alberta border. Aren’t they huge creatures?


Here’s a summary of the complete “Put Me in the Zoo!” look:


So I started out with some buffalo check shirting….from a shirt. Yup, if we could do an upcycle week EVERY week I wouldn’t have any problem with that! 


I drafted a bodysuit-styled shirt for little E. He has one that I just love – no more untucked shirts! This was a originally a men’s shirt, so I was able to reuse the buttons and some of the contrast fabric (for lining the collar stand) from the original! The bottom has three Kam snaps to make diaper changes easy-peasy! I love the classic feature of the forward shoulder seam (although it’s extremely hard to see it on my very energetic 15-month old!).




Then I went with some Buffalo-inspired jeans, using the Titchy Threads Small Fry pattern. I originally made these with a jersey/elasticized waistband, but the denim was just too stiff for it to look right. So I went back to the original design with an adjustable waistband. The jeans have a faux fly and faux front pockets. I reused some belt loops since I wanted to keep that authentic look. I also used a Kam snap for the fly closure. I LOVE Kam snaps!!! This was my first time making jeans, and I must say, as time-consuming as they are, what a great result!!




 I just realized I don’t have any action shots of the front of the jeans….I was seriously working up a sweat chasing after this boy, and he doesn’t even walk yet!

Keeping with the whole Buffalo Theme, I decided on a sweater with a leather buffalo head applique. I mashed up the Peekaboo Grand Slam raglan tee with the Hangout Hoodie placket idea and added a collar instead of the hood. I used Kam Snaps again πŸ™‚ This was upcycled from a huge sweater I scored at the thrift store! Lots left for other projects!


I absolutely LOVE how this turned out!!! My husband is a hunter, so obviously this garment was a winner in his books πŸ™‚


Um, could he get any cuter???!!



And to round out his buffalo-inspired outfit, I finished with a camel-coloured corduroy blazer. Sorry…no buffalo here. Camels…they’re at the zoo too!


This was vaguely taken from the Peekaboo Lily Knit Blazer pattern, but I changed it up to include a back vent, 2-piece sleeves with vents and buttons, and bias-trimmed seams inside. Also, I added elbow patches and patch pockets. The faux-leather buttons were perfect to match the buffalo applique!




He found the buttons and was showing them to me πŸ™‚


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 I love how I can layer all the pieces together or use them separately…function is just as important as style to me.





Checking out a buffalo book at the library!


Thanks so much for reading, and if you made it this far (I’m sorry, this was an extremely photo-heavy post!) congratulations! Check out all of the contestant entries and sewalong entries over at Project Run & Play and don’t forget to cast your vote (scroll down to the bottom of the page and just click on the one you want to vote for – buffalo baby is hoping it’s him!). 

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  1. You did an incredible job! I always love seeing more sewing for boys. You’ve added so many amazing details and I love all the pieces. Your son is adorable too.

  2. Sarah he is so adorable! This outfit makes an already cute baby look so snuggly. I want to climb through my screen haha. All of the details in this outfit are so well done. I’m very impressed!

  3. Great Job, Sarah! I love the outfit..and your little guy looks a lot like mine (he’s 14 months) but has a little less hair:) I love the sweater and that blazer is awesome!

    1. Haha! I love the little man look too! The aviators make him look hilarious and charming all at once πŸ˜‰

  4. Everything about this outfit is impeccable. Such a great job! I am sure photographing a crawler is just as difficult as sewing 4 articles of perfection too, ha ha!

    1. Well, I gave him a wide open space (the library) and he was thrilled πŸ˜‰ I even had a friend come along to help but he just would not be contained!

  5. All I have to say is WOW! You have inspired me to start sewing more for my littles. I wish to someday have a small percentage of your talent! πŸ™‚

    1. Do it!!! It’s so much more fun than adult clothing (in my opinion πŸ˜‰ and anything that little always looks extra cute!

  6. This is so adorable! I voted for you at project run and play! There are so many little details. WOW. I absolutely love the little plaid shirt onesies, and I was wonderin’ if you would think about doing a tutorial on how you made yours sometime. Oh, and your little boy is so handsomely adorable!!!

    1. I could certainly do a tutorial πŸ™‚ I worked off a ready-to-wear onesie for sizing and such, but it would be a cinch to modify a classic oxford pattern!

  7. This is darling Sarah! And I love that you started out with a boy look – we need more of that! (How fun would that be for a season: All Boy?) I especially love the jacket πŸ™‚

  8. Oh I just adore this whole outfit – and what a cutie pie! Love seeing what others make for boys as it’s often hard to find good inspiration / examples!!!

    1. Yes, boy sewing is much harder….which is why I’m more than likely only doing one boy look this season! I am trying to make more stuff for him though πŸ™‚

  9. What a snazzy look for such a cute little guy! Well done with the inspiration behind it all! And I love all of the upcyling! You don’t have relatives in Idaho do you? My sister married a thought I’d ask.

  10. I love every single item in this look, but my favorite is the little mini man blazer! And as adorable as the outfit is, it doesn’t even hold a candle to that darling little boy of yours πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ Yes, we’ve had that book for a while, so I knew it had to get used in the photoshoot somehow!

  11. This is just SO AWESOME! The details are great! I have an active 16month old girl, so I know just where you are at. They are hard to get a good picture of! You did a great job!

  12. Absolutely adorable!! I love that it’s such a handsome outfit that fits the theme beautifully, but it’s so very practical, too. (Your model sort of makes the outfit, though. What a cutie!)

    1. I’m all for classy and practical! I hate it when I make something that doesn’t get worn! This outfit has already been worn numerous times, so it’s a winner πŸ™‚

    1. I plan on doing a tutorial for the onesie, but for the jacket I just used a few different tutorials. This one for the back vent: and this one for the sleeve vents: and this nifty trick for getting the patch pockets the same: (excellent blog, by the way – some really great tips on there!). Hope that helps!

  13. All I can say is WOW! I love Project Run and Play and this is one of my favorite projects so far. Great job!

  14. Wow!!! This is just amazing! I think this outfit might be the most amazing outfit I have ever seen sewn! Wow! Wow! Wow! I’m in complete awe!

    1. Thanks Justine! No, I’m not even close to being professional – but I have worked with some professionally-trained seamstresses in the past and they have taught me a LOT! πŸ™‚

  15. Wow! These pieces look great and your little boy is such a cutie! Wish I had an inkling of your talent. Thanks for this inspiration. I better start working on something for my kids!

  16. I love every single piece of clothing!!!! I have 3 boys so I’m always looking for cute boys patterns. Love them all. Would love you to do a tutorial on the buffalo check shirt! That is a great idea

  17. This is absolutely amazing and unbelievable and perfect and I love it!!! I want it. I mostly want the buffalo plaid shirt. It would be so perfect for my son’s first birthday party this month. Is it something you might want to sell since your son is bigger now? I would buy it from you (or rent it???) if you are willing….seriously. Please let me know. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Grant Clifford
    MuchAdo330 (at) hotmail (dot) com
    Thank you!!!

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