Hey there! This week is week 2 of Project Run and Play, a blog event where the very skilled and impressive sewing-blogger competitors have a kids' clothes sew-off, and the rest of us normal sewers vote and maybe participate in the sew-along. I decided to pick one week to sew along, and chose the week whose theme is Candy! Yum.
The idea of Candy just invites over-the-topness, I think - like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Katy Perry outfits. I had some elaborate ideas but eventually settled on something that will be more wearable. I invite you to visit our candy shop....
Sorry, the kids already ate all of our wares.
First off, our candy counter attendant Mr. N.:
N wears a shirt with Baby Star Wars characters I made and blogged about here. The apron was made by his friend's mom, and decorated by him as a Christmas craft. Pants are model's own.
I made his 50's style diner hat using Simplicity 3836. The pattern didn't have head measurements and so I guessed and made a medium for this 6 year old, which was too small. Ay yai yai. But he took one for the team and wore it for the phptoshoot. (Anything for candy!)
Now, the candy inspiration for the dress was...
colourful candy sprinkles!
I used the Tinny dress pattern by StraightGrain, and did some splatter-painting to make a sprinkles-inspired look.
I'm a big StraightGrain fan, and this pattern was very impressive. The engineering that must have been involved in getting the measurements to work out so precisely, especially with the collar, dress and facing, is impressive. And in following the instructions, I sewed what I think was the first decent zipper ever. I almost wimped out and put on buttons, but I'm glad I tried it because now I feel much more confident about zippers. I followed the pattern but added a slightly longer blue skirt layer underneath.
How (Not) To splatter paint:
1. Pick a rainy day to do your project. Decide it is a good idea to start this when the rain stops and it is dark outside but soaking wet everywhere and windy.
2. Place pattern pieces on old waterproof-ish tablecloth outside. Start splattering fabric paint onto pieces. As pieces blow away, keep weighing them down with various items you have around, only to have the other sides of the pieces blow away and spread paint everywhere.
3. Eventually realise that painter's tape would solve this problem. Tape down the pieces and have more success in splatter painting. This part is fun. Find that Tulip-brand fabric paints make better sprinkles, and the thicker screen printing fabric paint makes better long streaks.
4. Come back two hours later. Discover that the wet ground soaked through your (presumably) waterproof tablecloth and soaked the fabric. The paint has started to spread out into diluted circles. Fortunately, I liked this effect.
5. Find that snail has taken up residence on your bodice piece. Try to remove snail without touching it (due to personal squeamishness) by shaking it off, getting paint everywhere. Bring tablecloth inside, along with numerous earwigs. Kill earwigs and squeal a bit.
6. Let dry.
I hope you enjoyed your visit to our candy shop! Please come again when the staff stops eating the merchandise.