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Project Run & Play, Week Two: Springtime in Paris

Have you voted yet? This race is going to be a close one! Head on over to Project Run & Play to vote for your favorite (I hope it’s me!) and then come back here to read all about my Springtime in Paris look!

You guys, thanks for all the love! I made it through to the second week and I’m SO EXCITED to share my “Springtime in Paris” look with you!


This week’s theme was all about Spring Break, whether it’s some place you have visited/plan to visit, or somewhere you DREAM about visiting….I went the dream route. Ha. My ideal Spring Break (aka vacation – when you have an almost 3 year old and a 15 month old) would be somewhere off this continent. So as I was contemplating that, and thinking through my style ideas, Paris kept coming to mind. I love Kelly’s photography over at Wild Wandering…always something beautiful to see, not to mention her cute kids that are always so well-dressed in their European clothes. So there you have it. I love European children’s fashion and Paris in general. Springtime in Paris – it was meant to be! 


I started off by drafting this cute little pleated skirt.


I had envisioned it in a heavier cotton, but when I found this crepe in the bargain bin at Fabricland, and in the perfect color, I snagged a meter of it. It drapes so beautifully, and washes up well, so it’s perfect for a little girl’s skirt! Also, it hardly wrinkles. 



The front and back yokes of the skirt are lined in a cotton, and the pockets are integrated with the button-down front yoke. The little pleats give enough room to run and play, as evidenced by these photos:


Also, I think she liked those shoes πŸ™‚ This whole outfit can be dressed down or up depending on the shoes. That just gives me more reasons to buy her more shoes….

Then I went with another twist on the good ‘ole Raglan. I used the Peekaboo Grand Slam (affiliate link) again, but modified it with a cute little Peter Pan collar. Also, I embellished the front with some sequins, which little E promptly started pulling on as soon as he saw his sister. Those will likely be temporary. 



I also added binding to the sleeves and the hem. This is such an easy-breezy look, and so kid-friendly! The Grand Slam is quickly becoming my new favorite pattern…


Then, to finish off the outfit, I drafted a classic trench coat. This has most of the signature elements of a trench coat; storm flap, double-breasted, wrist straps…and then my proudest accomplishment: bound button holes! These are well worth the trouble. There is a small amount of anxiety when you’re cutting into a piece of clothing…but when you flip it around and they work? BEAUTIFUL! I used this tutorial, in case you’re interested in trying it yourself!




The bubble hem just adds some fun πŸ™‚ I used a beautiful hexagonal print cotton (Top Shelf, I think?) from Low Price Fabrics…using up some of my winnings from last season’s Project Run & Play!



I love how this all came together! Very classy, very practical, and very much a Springtime in Paris look! Now, about that Eiffel Tower?


It’s drawn on my wall with white chalk. I had originally tried using masking tape, but that didn’t work. So after two attempts to get the proportions right, I settled for this. It’s clearly the Eiffel Tower, but it does have a bit of a Pisa-like lean. 


And in case you’re wondering, yes, it did wash off πŸ™‚ And I have eggshell painted walls. 


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And now for the gratuitous barrage of photos…

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Head on over to Project Run & Play to check out the rest of the entries and then vote on your favorite…I’d love to share my Design Your Own Fabric Challenge with you next week!

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