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Oh how fun it was to create our look for the kids for Week 1 of Project Run and Play - Patriotic Parade! Our brief to create something that showcased our wonderful country got me thinking about things I truly love. I love our landscape, big wide open spaces, dry and hot summers, our native plants and of course, our unique animals. It was also important to me to find a way to incorporate some amazing Australian talent too, as far as fabrics and accessories go. With those things in mind I set off to design each pattern to create these three outfits for Ellie, Zara and Jack.
For Ellie, I designed a pattern for a sweet baby doll style sundress. The dress has 3 gathered tiers, elastic back and flutter sleeves. Ellie is all about comfort, so I made this using a super soft double gauze - the native Golden Wattle floral print was just perfect. In a former life this was a muslin wrap from an Aussie mums baby bedding business, One Harper Lane.
For Jack I decided to design a fitted retro style t-shirt, with raglan sleeves and a Henley placket. I'm fairly new to sewing knits, so this was my first raglan, and first Henley placket and I gotta say, I am hooked on making this style! I opted to finish the sleeve and neckline with binding, adding to the retro feel! How cute is the kangaroo knit????
I loved the quality of this Elvelyckan knit, and the co-ord for the sleeves and placket matched up beautifully - this was from Sems Fabrics.
His shorts were a true challenge... I was aiming for a nice slim fit, and wanted to make sure they had all the features in shorts to make them boyish and tailored. All the seams were reinforced, front pockets and welt pockets on the butt, and a fly! I used a linen to make these, and even though they wrinkle like nobody's business they turned out pretty cute!
For Zara, I designed a two piece outfit, consisting of a cotton blend tank top (with a Henley packet too because at this point, I think I have an addiction to this style) but also with a lovely deep scoop on the back. I finished the arms and neckline with a self made bias binding. To match the top, I created a midi skirt with waistband and waist ruffle.
The skirt was made from a really gorgeous cotton linen blend, designed by an Australian textile designer Annette from Thats Graphic Design. She designs some of the most stunning native Australian floral prints I have seen, and I'm so pleased she now has a fabric line about to release! I added in some belt loops to house the gorgeous bovine leather belt I made. Yes... I made the belt.. and the ties are kangaroo leather!!! Never in a million years did I ever imagine to be working with leather.
In January I did a leather making workshop with someone I admired greatly - Annie Zorzo - and learned how to cut, sew and plait with leather. Annie is a leather master, her bags are like no other, and spending some time in her studio was a huge learning experience and a tonne of fun!
Week 1 of Project Run and Play has just been incredible, I have truly enjoyed creating these outfits from scratch and hope that you guys like them too! Don't forget to vote for you fave designer HERE.