PR+P - week 2: Once in a blue moon

Gepubliceerd op 29 maart 2022 om 14:35

 

So before I begin to tell you all about the items I created this week, I want to start by saying two things.

 

First I want to sincerely thank everyone for the love I felt in week 1 and the kind and warm words I received, thank you all so much!!

 

And secondly (as you will see in the pictures) my little girl currently has chicken pox… Hence my title for this week because I feel like having the opportunity to be in this competition is a once in a blue moon’s chance and then her getting chicken pox at the exact same time…Well that’s just ridiculously coincidental 😉 Luckily her fever broke before Sunday so I felt comfortable taking some pictures but I can’t say she was feeling completely like herself… But I’m very happy I get to show you some modelled pictures of what I made!

 

Blue is also the colour I chose to work with for this second week. And because it’s the second challenge, I thought it would be fun to make something for my second boy. And you can’t really say pleats, pintucks & gathers without thinking of a girls’ dress, right?! So my little girl also got a new outfit!

 

So onto the things I made and first my boys outfit. The last couple of weeks I have been racking my brain on how I could make this theme match for boys and the idea for his shorts came pretty quickly. He only wants to wear shorts, no pants (but he does make an exception when it’s snowing 😉). So for his shorts I just added a pintuck at the middle of the front and at the bottom hem. I used the TinTin shorts from Iris May Patterns as a starting point and added the mentioned details and added length so it would hit at his knees. The fabric I used also has some structure, which I thought matches this week’s theme too.

 

I love flowers and I love fabric with flowers even more. I know not everyone is convinced to use flower-fabric for boys, but I definitely am! And luckily, so is my little boy 😊 My original idea was to use the same fabric for his shirt & Marilou her dress, but I got a firm NO from Noah… way to much pink in his opinion. But when I showed him the blue flower fabric he got really excited! The fact that his dad has a similar shirt might have something to do with that 😉

 

 

 

I used Alder from Sunflower Seams as a starting point because I love the fit of that one! And then I changed the front panels so I could add a single pintuck left & right from the button plackets. I also added some pintucks to the pockets & added trim (in the same fabric as Marilou her jacket) to that pocket. I did the same thing with the sleeves: added a pintuck & trim. At the back of his shirt there’s a pleat. Because of my choice of fabric I changed the shape of the collar to a more wingtip shape so it would fit the floral-vintage-vibe more.

 

For his sweater I got inspired by a post I saw on Instagram a while back. I couldn’t find it anymore, but a google search learned me that honeycomb smocking was what I was looking for. I thought it would be fun to try it on French terry and turn it into a sweater for my boy. I loved the process of making it and really had a lot of fun. I just made a simple sweater so the focus would go the extra dimension created on the front panel. I moved the side seam more towards the front so the excess fabric wouldn’t be uncomfortable under the arm when wearing.

For my girl I wanted to create something that has all the details I love and fits this pleats, pintucks & gathers theme. I used Lane from Little Lizard King as a starting point because I wanted a basic dress I knew would fit well and I could make the changes to I had in mind. First I turned the neckline into a boatneck because I think this looks so feminine and cute. Secondly I made the bodice shorter so I could add a waistband to it. For the waistband I added plain pintucks at the back and pintucks with a twist to the front. I wanted a really full skirt for this dress so I started at the top of it with a gathered circle skirt, then I added a gathered skirt underneath with a hemband. And between the gathered skirt & the hemband I put a ruffle. I cut the gathered skirt parts the width of fabric (so 150cm) and used 3 pieces and for the ruffle I doubled that. Which means that in total I gathered more than 15 metres (!!!) of fabric to create the skirt! But luckily I'm one of those people who loves to gather fabric and finds it a really relaxing process. But you still don’t want to know how long this one took, but seeing it finished I’m in love with it and I couldn’t be happier! :-D

 

 

 

For her little and very lightweight jacket I chose to use the same type of fabric as the shorts of my boy. It’s a soft cotton with a linen look and felt perfect for this week’s challenge (creating texture to your design). Making this little jacket made me realise I didn’t want to take any attention away from the skirt of her dress, so I turned it into a crop jacket 😉

 

 

 

For her little and very lightweight jacket I chose to use the same type of fabric as the shorts of my boy. It’s a soft cotton with a linen look and felt perfect for this week’s challenge (creating texture to your design). Making this little jacket made me realise I didn’t want to take any attention away from the skirt of her dress, so I turned it into a crop jacket 😉

 

 

 

If you have read this far, thank you so much! You can also hop over to the Project Run & Play blog and vote for your two favourite creations of this week’s challenge!

 

 

And lastly I sincerely hope I can show you my project of next week in this competition 😉 But please feel free to contact me with any thoughts, questions or remarks you might have or leave a respons! 

 

 

Love 

Nele

 

 

 

 

For who’s interested in the fabrics I used, here’s a list of the fabrics and the places I bought them (they’re all situated in Belgium).

Marilou:

 

Noah:

 


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Delia
6 maanden geleden

You took this week's theme to heart and I LOVE it! The honeycomb smocking is incredible. I appreciate that you incorporated pleating in every piece and you made two cohesive, beautiful looks.

Nele
6 maanden geleden

Thank you SO much! I really had my fun playing with the pleats and creating the textures! Thanks!!