We are in WEEK FOUR of Project Run + Play. Can you believe it? Never in a million years did I think I'd see the finale and here we are. Thank you so much for all of your support during all of this! Trust me when I say that this sewing contest is not for the weak. Whew, these ladies have really put my sewing and photography skills through the ringer!
If you're stopping here before you've voted, make sure to head over to PROJECT RUN + PLAY to cast a quick vote for your favorite look this week! The theme was "signature style" and I'm sure the ladies from Gracious Threads and Project Sew & Tell have brought out the big guns! So much talent in this contest!
Signature Style sounds easy. But when you really start to think about it...analyzing yourself is tough. Like, super tough. Well, until you look through the summary page of what you've sewn for Louis and you get all "duh" on yourself. My sewing style for Louis is pretty much summed up as: Everyday Cosplay.
I like to create wearable, everyday clothes, that double as dressup. So Louis and his big imagination can go anywhere he wants to take it...without having actual costume-like clothes. I took the challenge a step further and decided to stash-bust. I didn't go shopping for fabric for this look. I just used what I had in my mess of a fabric stash (including cutting up a pair of Bennett's old jeans).
Okay, but before we get too into details. Let me tell you why I chose what I chose. We are HUGE Star Wars fans in this house. You can find a bunch of stuff blogged HERE in case you were curious about it all. When I saw the orange fabric in my pile/hot mess of a space, I knew that whatever I made had to be a reference to a Rebel Pilot. And what better pilot to reference in all of this than Poe Dameron himself?
I mean. COME ON. Oscar Isaac is crazy dreamy. And as Poe. SWOON. He's so cocky and loveable at the same time. I die. Anyway, I thought it'd be fun to see if Louis could embody this amazing character from Episode 7....and I believe he did. Get this kiddo an agent.
So let's start with the basic pieces for Louis. I love classic silhouettes for him. A raglan tee and some jeans are such a sweet little boy style and I can't get enough of it. So I decided to keep these pieces simple and easy to pair with basically anything in his closet. The shirt is the Jolly Roger Raglan from Patterns for Pirates, which I created a fun Poe quote with an X-Wing graphic out of some heat transfer vinyl for the front.
The pants are also Patterns for Pirates, with the Cpt. Comfort Jeans. My favorite place to shop for denim fabric is Bennett's throw-away pile. Seriously. Pre-worn in denim doesn't get any better and I love making sure to place the knees in just the right spot so it's already got that cool, worn-in, never-going-to-be-clean-again-but-that's-okay, look.
Sewing doesn't always have to be these exclusive pieces that you'll never find in a store. They can also include simple, basic things....that fit your child to a t and you don't have to regret spending money on because it's too short/wide/long/weird fitting. Raglans and denim jeans, man. Totally my jam.
Of course, my favorite piece is the jacket I made for Lou. I hated myself for deciding to quilt all of those details into it. But now that it's finished...I'm totally in love with it.
Details, dude. This jacket was a labor of love and was nothing but details.
I used the Patterns for Pirates Lumberjack Shirt as a base and went from there. I wanted to make sure to winterize this jacket for Louis...so what you can't see is that I smushed a third layer of fleece fabric between the outer layer and lining, to provide extra warmth for the cold months ahead. I also adjusted the pattern to add a separating zipper (my first time ever using one of those so be kind!) and added some inseam pockets.
The fleece insulation really helped with the quilting on the front, back and sleeves to pop out. And I had fun throwing a reverse applique onto the hood for those classic racing stripes that you see on the Rebel Pilot's helmets. The final touch was a simple HTV Alliance Starbird on his chest, and either side of his hood.
In order to bring true balance to the Force, I made sure to bring in a little Dark Side to Louis' jacket. I lined the whole thing with a flannel that featured Storm Troopers, the Imperial Cog, and one of the Inquisitors. Louis was very happy that this detail existed.
Kiddo loves the bad guys in the Star Wars Universe. I shouldn't be too worried....right? RIGHT?!
I think the biggest person to thank during this entire four weeks of Project Run + Play is this little stud of mine. Louis has been nothing but an incredible supporter of his Momma, and an even more incredible model. I've interrupted several days worth of other activities he could have been doing to pull him outside for some photos and there's not been a single complaint from him. So thanks Lou! You're the best!
Also. Can we talk about this picture? HELLO GORGEOUS! Oh my gosh I love this boy so much (though I fear his teenage years and all the hearts he's going to break along the way).
Okay. Now for the patterns. They've all been used already in this contest! But that's the beauty of a good, easy-fit, classic pattern. You can use it a million times and it still produces new pieces for you! They are all Patterns for Pirates designs too (no shocker there, I'm sure.)
Thanks again for all of the amazing support we've received for the last four weeks! And a huge round of applause to the PR+P team for putting on such an awesome sewing showdown!
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