When I began teaching myself to sew, I relied heavily on the help of the online craft community. Although the platforms have evolved from forums and yahoo groups to blogs, YouTube, and Instagram, the sense of community has remained. I started my own blog as a way to give back. After all, I learned through the help of online tutorials, so it was only fair to share my own knowledge with others.
I never thought that I was good enough to compete in Project Run and Play, but eventually I gave it a shot. It was an amazing challenge and exercise in creativity. It was exhausting and rewarding. Most of all, the support I received was overwhelming.
Project Run and Play is about more than just competition. It is a community. We are all brought together in our creativity and love of sewing children’s clothing. It is incredible to see what the designers are able to create each week. When they all work together, the possibilities are endless!
That is what the newest Project Run and Play collaboration is all about. Using the theme of “Farmer’s Market” everyone worked together to design a pattern collection that is perfect for creating a capsule wardrobe. They even staged phenomenal photo shoots to create a lookbook that will knock your socks off!
I chose to try the Seed Pattern and added cotton lace trim for a vintage style. My 5yo now calls it her “Farmer Dress” and it is her new favorite item of clothing.
She wore it to school with cowgirl boots and pigtails last week and got so many compliments! She especially loves the pockets!
The pattern also has options for a romper, jumpsuit, shorts, or pants. Unfortunately, I ran out of time to sew the Caraway Cardigan to go with it. She was cold. It was not our best photo shoot.
(Fun fact: she is holding an egg that one of our turkeys laid!)
Then, I decided to make a hand embroidered apron, too. For the flowers, I copied a drawing by my 10yo, changing the colors to coordinate with the lookbook.
Finally, I made a market basket (I learned in 4H as a kid) and sewed a liner. You can get the tutorial for the basket liner HERE. It is my way of giving back to the sewing community.
I think everything went together pretty well for my “vintage farm girl” look. I love how these patterns can yield such different styles, depending on the options, fabric, and trims you chose!
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