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Project Run & Play, Week Two: Springtime in Paris

April 1, 2014

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!

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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! 

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I started off by drafting this cute little pleated skirt.

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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. 

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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:

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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. 

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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…

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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!

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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!

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

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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. 

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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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  1. We NEED that coat pattern {hint, hint}! I was crossing my fingers you just altered a pattern :)!

    1. Eek! I veered so far from the original, that I totally forgot to cite my pattern use! I started with the Lily Knit Blazer pattern from Peekaboo for the shoulder slope and armscye but from there, it’s all my own….so yes. It’s altered….A LOT! One of these days I’m going to work up my own pattern blocks and start designing….;)

      1. I, for one, would totally buy the pattern for the jacket and the skirt. They are just too adorable! Great outfit.

        1. The skirt I would LOVE to draft into a PDF one of these days….once I figure out what I’m doing πŸ™‚

  2. Completely stunning! Every detail is perfect – I love the colors, the sequins and collar on the top, the adorable skirt, and every single thing about that amazing jacket. Wow! This is perfect.

  3. Great Job Sarah! I love the coat–and those buttonholes–wow! I love how clean they are–I hate how buttonholes fray, so these are perfect!

    1. I love how neat these are too! They are a bit more involved, but nothing terrible, and the result is just so professional!

    1. I really need to start working from pattern blocks! When I grow up, I’m going to be a pattern designer…..

  4. I love every piece. It’s stunning Sarah. Did you draw the Eifel Tower too? You are a mommy with a lot of talents!!!

    1. Thanks Carolina! I drew that Eiffel tower on my kitchen wall with chalk! It washed off though πŸ™‚

  5. Beautiful work! Did you say you drafted the skirt pattern yourself? If so, wil it ever be available as a PDF? I LOVE it!!!

    1. We shall see! I’d love to learn the pdf-pattern-making stuff…I have a friend who is learning, and she’s given me some tips, but I have yet to jump in!

  6. Oh my Pete!! I’m just dying over that jacket. The details are spectacular, you did a beautiful job. I’m just completely blown away by it. What type of fabric did you use for the outer?

    1. Thanks! It’s actually a poly upholstery bargain fabric I bought to reupholster a couch….which hasn’t happened yet. So I decided to cut a chunk off and make a jacket πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks! A friend of mine told me that I really should start drafting from blocks….but I’m a sucker for an already proven armscye and sleeve πŸ˜‰ One of these days….

  7. I have to admit the jacket is my favorite piece too! And the whole look is very European…
    You DREW an Eiffel tower? And it stayed on the whole photo shoot with two small kids? Wow!

    1. Haha! Well, the smallest one was in the play pen watching while we snapped away. But yes, once I gave her the umbrella, she was totally distracted!

  8. That eiffel tower was such a good idea! Your photography is amazing; the details photos are just perfect. I love the bound button holes. How does the inside look? I’ll have to check the link you gave. I just ADORE the jacket. It’s so perfect.

    1. Oh, I forgot pictures of the inside! It’s very neat and tidy…albeit a bit of a pain since hand-sewing is involved (I know, don’t complain to you about hand sewing..those pandas! AaAHAHHGG! Would have drove me CRAZY.)

  9. wow. just wow. simply stunning outfit! I’m a big fan of that skirt – looks adorable on your daughter!

    1. Well, I definitely did a few trial runs before cutting into the jacket πŸ™‚ Once you’ve made a few, they’re not too scary!

  10. This jacket is just about the cutest piece of clothing I’ve ever seen! Please draft the pattern so I don’t have to figure it out for myself πŸ™‚

    1. Haha!! You guys are killing me!! Anyone want to volunteer to teach me how to convert my vague modifications, measurements and sketches to a PDF…anyone? πŸ˜‰

    1. Me too!! It might be my new second favourite closure (I think my Kam snaps will always be first πŸ˜‰ )

  11. This is probably my favourite outfit you’ve made yet. I LOVE it! And, the tower. And, your model. Everything is just beautiful πŸ˜€
    [PS. I know you’re getting lots of requests to make PDF patterns, but…..can you just make me one in my size? I’d love you forever ;)]

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