Well, today was the day I was supposed to urge you to vote for me in round 2 of Project Run and Play – but I didn’t even make it through round 1!! My aunt summed it up: “Well that’s embarrassing—but you got a prize anyway, and don’t have to think!” - – yep, it is kind of embarrassing to go out the first week – but yep, now I don’t have to think about the upcoming themes anymore.
So anyways, I’m telling you all that because I thought I’d make it to week 2 – - and so I already made a whole set of outfits for “SPORTSWEAR” — I realize sportswear is more like active wear, mix and match pieces, but I focused on the “sports” aspect:
We are planning to run as a family in the “Color Run” where you wear white and get sprayed with colored powder as you run. So I made the kids a whole set of matching running clothes.
True to my style, I think my design is simple, practical, and fun. The kids LOVE wearing them – they will for sure get use. My toddler has already slept in his because he didn’t want to take it off.
Some Highlights about the Sewing Project:
–it’s all sewn by me, except my oldest son’s shirt. I drafted all the patterns myself.
–the white fabric is a mesh-type fabric – perfect for sportwear. But as most mesh with mini-holes all over it, it’s a little see through so I lined all the shorts and the fronts of the girls shirts.
–the bias tape is handmade. There are double rows on the girls shorts and side strips on the boy shirt.
–I hand-dyed the elastic for that awesome pop of color on the waistband.
–pocket added for more color pop.
–for the girls, matching hairbows and headband.
The piping is the star of the show on this set of clothes. I handmade all the bias tape – - the fabric for it was Robert Kaufman. The fabric is stripped so when it’s cut on the bias and made into bias tape, the slanted lines look awesome. I knew the white outfits would need a pop of color and this was perfect. I will do a whole about the how-to soon…
I also will include on that post how to do the bias tape on the girls’ shorts – super fun and super easy. The waistband is a wide piece of elastic that’s dyed.
For my little boy’s, I added a pocket, because all little boys need big pockets on their pants. His shirt also got a couple of racing stripes down the front.
I thought I got awesome pictures, in a super short amount of time – which is hard to do with a group of 4 kids…. the trick?? I told them all if there were good I’d give them each $1 – - best $4 I’ve spent in a while…