Project Run and Play – Upcycle




“You’re a Wizard, Harry”

When Project Run and Play announced this week as “Let’s Go to the Movies,” a couple things went through my mind.  First, I knew that I didn’t want to make a costume.  Second, my mind started racing through movies that we love (I use the word “we” very loosely.  Molly hasn’t shown any real love of any movie or show, expect Sofia the First).  I first landed on Peter Pan, which is one of my all time favorite movies, but fell short on ideas to make an outfit inspired by the movie without making a costume.  Then, I thought of Stardust, another favorite, but still, I couldn’t think of a good way to portray that movie.  This went on and on for quite sometime before I finally went to the movie series that I watch (at least one of) once a week, the book series that I have read more times than I’m willing to admit.  Harry Potter.


I knew I could make an outfit that is not to costume-y but instead, takes it’s inspiration from the film.


I pulled a handful of things out of the movies that I knew I wanted to use for the outfit; things from quidditch, Hagrid’s furry coat, something of Gryffindor colors and Hedwig, of course.

The Shirt: I drafted a shirt pattern from an existing shirt that fits her well and then, used freezer paper stencils to paint on Hedwig and the cage.  I later realized that the shirt was shorter than I wanted it to be so I added a ruffle to make it more of a tunic.

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The Pants: I used The Art Museum Trousers pattern from Oliver + S.  I made a quick pocket for the back instead of the welted pockets because I knew that would be a great place for a little quidditch embroidery.

detail 1 pants

The Vest: This is another self drafted pattern.  I wanted to make something furry to resemble Hagrid’s furry coat.  I even included a pocket since Hagrid is known for having many pockets in his jacket.

detail 3 vest

After the outfit was all done, my husband, Ed, took Molly outside without and somehow got the most amazing pictures of her EVER!  I think it’s because I wasn’t there stressing everyone out 😉

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And of course, the picture where she run up close and stares at the camera…


Hahahaha!!! Thanks for stopping by!

Winter Wonderland: The Classic Winter Tunic and Bloomers

Winter Wonderland! And unfortunately, I’m not talking about how it looks outside here.  Every week since Christmas, we have been promised snow but alas, no snow!


I am, however, talking about week 1 of Project Run and Play.  I started following Project Run and Play when I first gave birth to Molly and kept promising myself that I would sew along with a season once Molly was walking (because clothes get so much cuter once the baby can stand up!).  On that note, I never knew how hard it was to try to motivate a toddler to pose for a picture. She kept wanting to get her face as close to the camera as possible.  We have lots of face close ups.


Now about the outfit.


For the tunic, I started with the Oliver + S Puppet Show pattern and made many changes.  First, I joined the yoke and skirt to make one smooth front and then took some of the width out of the bottom to give it a more a-line shape.  Then I changed the button down back to a zipper and lengthened the sleeves to 3/4 length.  I chose a warm, rich, grey flannel since the texture really felt wintery to me.  The button detail (which apparently Molly hates because she was determined to rip them off) was added to give the dress a touch of color since a chose a creamy cotton fabric for the collar and to finish the sleeve edges.


Now for the bloomer story: My original idea used a tutu to go underneath the tunic.  I made the tutu using the Oliver + S Little Things to Sew book and I loved it.  It wasn’t until I finished the tutu and got her dressed for the photo shoot that I realized that the tutu just didn’t look right underneath the tunic.  So it was back to the drawing board.  I drafted the bloomers using a pair of leggings that fit her well and adding lots of ease so they will be nice and puffy!