April 20, 2012
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...
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