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


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 I originally made these with a jersey/elasticized waistband, but the denim was just too stiff for it to look right.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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