Thursday, May 17, 2012

Project Run and Play Recap--Things I learned

When I set out to 'play' along with Project Run and Play Season 4, I had some goals in mind to help me keep my focus and not get carried away.  They were first, to only make things that my girls would wear regularly and second, teach myself something new each week.  I figured that with those two goals in mind I would be productive and increase my sewing skills, which I think it the object of the game.  So here is my recap of all of the outfits I made, which I am happy to say, are worn regularly.

This week I learned a little geometry and not to be afraid to cut up much loved fabric (or in this case handkerchiefs).  It was also fun to learn a new and fast way to make a skirt.
This week I taught myself some pattern drafting (accurate measuring is key), created a new design element on some basic shorts and learned to sew side seam pockets.  I also did a full yoke on a shirt for the first time. Oh and I accidently taught myself how to make sure the pattern on the fabric lines up.

This week I experimented with the stitches on my machine when it comes to what works best when sewing with knits.  I also came up with the pattern for the dress.
For this week I taught myself how to do make continuous bias tape out of fabric using Katy Dill's tutorial.  I also designed this pattern.
This week I taught myself how to do ribbon embroidery...not as easy as I thought it would be, but oh so lovely.  I also experimented with gathering fabric and then cutting out the pattern piece for this dress. 
Sophia's dress is the first thing I ever did without using any patterns as a guide.  I learned a little about pattern drafting when it comes to adding details, like pleats and the petal sleeves.  I also figured out about using old shirts and keeping the placket in place to use on the new outfit.  Finally, I learned how to spell signature...I pretty much spelled it signiture every time and am grateful for spell check to remind me that is not how it is spelled:)
The girls are sad that this season of Project Run and Play is over.  They had fun getting new outfits and modeling them for me.


  1. Gorgeous outfits!! I especially love the petal sleeves and the embroidery and your drafted patterns (which look fantastic)!

  2. Thanks for stopping by! Those are some of my favorite things too. It's the little details...



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