Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Project Run and Play, week three. The Little Queen of Plaid.

Wow, the emotional roller coaster also called Project Run & Play has come to week three and I am still on board.  Phew. A big thank you to those who voted and to the judges who gave me some scores for the last challenge that made me blush and VERY proud. Thanks!



This week the theme is PLAID and I proudly present my Little Queen of Plaid.


When I think of plaid, I think wool, autumn, cosiness and warmth but also country life, horses, fields aaaaand a gold crown - naturally! So what is it with that gold crown? Well, I once saw a documentary about the British Queen's (extra) castle in Scotland and the whole thing just had plaid all over it - not the actual castle but like the vibe. And that documentary just popped up from a far, far place in my brain when I was thinking about what to make for this week.


Working on her queen face.....or something like that.


So what have I made?
Yup, Queen Evelyn is exciting about it in case you wondered.


I found this great dusty lilac wool plaid at Hancock Fabrics and worked from there.
The fabric screams pants with lots of great details to me BUT since this little Queen does not wear pants (unless it is leggings and under a skirt or dress) I knew that would be a waste of time and quite possibly a painful photo shoot. 
SO what is pants (shorts) but looks and feels like a skirt....yeeeees, culottes.
I have a post about drafting culottes HERE.


And of course they needed pockets. I have been obsessed with these ruffled welt pockets ever since I saw them the first time on The Sturdy Hall Jacket From Go To Patterns. And I think they fit wool culottes perfectly. And if you are interested in making these side seam welt pockets I have a tutorial for the non ruffled version HERE


They also have a comfortable and toddler friendly elastic waist and belt loops.
I fully lined them plus I made the inside of the waistband with a cotton so there is no scratching on the sensitive skin that all kids have. For the same reason I made cotton facings to hem the pants so there is absolutely no wool on the inside. The lining is slightly longer and closed up with the hem facings the same way you would close up a winter coat. That way the lining will have some 'streching' abilities and not pull the outer layer out of shape.


To compliment the culottes I made a shirt and a vest.
Let's talk about the shirt first, shall we.


This shirt is made from a self drafted pattern and it is one of my favorite shirt patterns.
This is one of the patterns I had in my women's collection, you know, way back when I did such thing back in Denmark. And I have since made it into a kids pattern (shirt and dress).
I absolutely love love love the shirring around the neck.
It is kind of a simple detail but with such a big effect. 
There is also a single row of shirring in the end of the sleeve to add volume to the sleeve.
The shirt have darts in the back and a front buttoned placket.


Here is a closer look at the neck shirring.
When you are wearing it, your shoulder will of course stretch out the shirring and the weird v-shape the shoulder seam have now will disappear, promise! 


And then we got the vest with ruffles in this very queen worthy pre quilted gold fabric.



Even though I have drafted this pattern myself I am not going to pretend that I have invented this model at all. I have seen this vest on other blogs. Plus adding ruffles instead of a small sleeve is used a lot in Japanese sewing books. BUT I still totally love it.
And I really really love that my vision, about having the piping follow the arm hole and then continue on the outer edge of the ruffle, succeeded. 
To do it this way I had to first sew my ruffles on the fabric and the cotton lining. Then the piping and then the outer and lining together. 
Touch down in the geeky sewing department, yay!


Here is a look inside the ruffle lined with this really lovely woven striped cotton fabric I have had for years (in other words I have no idea where I got it from, ahem). It is the same fabric that is used for inside the waistband and the hem facings for the culottes plus inside the crown hat.


A look inside the vest. Again, like the culottes, the lining is a bit longer to avoid it pulling the outer fabric when wearing it. And gold facings all the way around for sturdy edges and a nice look. The neck facing is nice and big with room for a label if this was going to be produced. Not that I have any plans of that....but you know, ha. Old habit I guess.


And then the crown hat.
It is made from the Oliver + s' Bucket hat pattern.
I narrowed the brim to make it more 'real' hat and less soft sun hat looking and then I extended the sides to make the crown shape and made a pattern part for the short inside part of the triangles where the oval top got sewed onto. 
I added the black piping to make it more sturdy and of course to accentuate the crown shape and simply make it more visible.


And there you have it....The Little Queen of Plaid.



Again thank you to Celina for giving me advice before taking these photos, helping me edit them afterwards and basically gather my thoughts on theme and inspiration - in other words being my mentor. And to Olga for moral support, hilarious commentary and general cheering. And to ALL OF YOU for voting and leaving comments I will cherish FOREVER. Seriously THANK YOU!!!!



And speaking of voting...what are you waiting for...the voting is over at Project Run and Play
Vote for me, please!

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46 comments:

  1. This is AMAZING Mie!!!! Definitely my favourite of yours so far!!! Your daughter looks so sweet in her outfit. I love all of it and the photos are so beautiful. such a lot of hard work! Well done!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Have put in two votes so far... I just think this is so amazing and you really must have worked so hard to get such a professional and gorgeous look!! All the details are so great:))

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  2. I love the ruffle pocket culottes. And I am glad you showed a shot of the shirt alone. It has detail that is missed with the gold vest. Great outfit!

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    1. Thank you!! Yeah, you don't want to miss that shirt...it is a good one ;-)

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  3. I kind of want the gold jacket in my size. I would probably look ridiculous, but I still want it. Th e whole thing is so unbelievable cute. You nailed it. As always, I am in awe of your workmanship! Great job, Mie!

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    1. Awww, thank you Olga. Thank you! You would look precious in that vest for sure ;-)

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  4. I bow down to you Mie, the queen of perfection. All the little details are amazing as well as the overall look. And that face... such a cutie. I am so happy for you and proud. I am also very honored to be a little part of it as well. Same time next week, right? Off with their heads!!! ;)

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    1. Haha, queen of perfection - ahem, sure sure. Thanks though! And thanks to you for all your hard work!

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  5. Your endless attention to detail and perfection when it comes to sewing techniques amazes me every week! If Olga gets the vest, can I have the shirt in my size? I love the style and fabric you chose!

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    1. Thank you SO much. I LOVE when people appreciate the details...and you can totally have the shirt in your size. This shirt started out as in a women size and I still have the pattern....just saying ;-) I have a dress pattern too with the same neck detail.
      I have even blogged about it in an old PR&P sew along post where I am showing the adult versions too.
      http://www.sewinglikemad.blogspot.com/2012/05/project-run-play-week-6-signature-look.html

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  6. I am so glad you showed pics of the inside of your garments because girl you are so dang talented! Every stitch you make is perfection. There are a lot of people who can make professional looking garments, but to mix that with your crazy good style... you are one of a kind!

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    1. Awww, Chelise!!! you are making me blush....THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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  7. Wow! I love this outfit! And the pictures are phenomenal! Great work!

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  8. Absolutely loved your look!!!! Would love a tutorial/pattern for that shirt. It's amazing. I think you are spot on with mix and max different prints and textiles.
    Emily

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    1. Thank you Emily. I love this combination too.

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  9. I love, love this outfit.. Your talent is definitely showing through.. But , I have to say.. that absolutely beautiful model
    would win in vote.. She is the perfect model for this lovely outfit.. Happy sewing and best wishes in the next garment.

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    1. Thank you SO much. I agree my little girl did great! So proud of her!!

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  10. Oh wow Mie this is so fabulous!!! You have my vote :-)

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  11. Mie - It is Soooo beautiful and fun and happy - and perfect for the theme - and Evelyn, model in spe - she is just adorable. And thank you for showing all the details - your workmanship is flawless to even the smallest detail! Lots of kisse and hugs, Rikke

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    1. My sweet friend Rikke, thank you. THANK YOU! Miss you and our geeky sewing conversations :-)

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  12. This outfit is so incredible, Mie! I am so amazed at your talent. Thank you so much for sharing it all with us!!

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    1. Oh stop it Caila....you are too sweet! Loved you look this week! So sweet and fresh!

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  13. This one was so fun! I LOVE that gold jacket, and the swingin' bottoms are adorable, something my girls would totally wear. Love it!

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  14. Can I please have a sewing day with you? The attention to detail and your amazing sewing skills just blow my mind. Teach me!!! Seriously, incredible!

    Alexia

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    1. Ha, Alexia you are sweet.... But it looks to me like you are doing GREAT on your own!! But please come and give me a photography course!!

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  15. This is beautiful Mie. Shirt is my favorite. Your plaid look gets my vote. Your things are beautifully made!

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    1. Thank you thank you thank you Carin for your vote and all your kind words!!

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  16. You made a good job. I love the association of fabrics. Bravo.
    Ally

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  17. You have done it again! Your attention to the details are amazing. This outfit is so beautiful, I am in love!

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    1. Awww Annie you are too sweet! Thank you!!!

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  18. Oh, she is so cute! I love all the details in your outfit and that skirt is darling!

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  19. Awwww, my vote is for you again. Love your outfits.
    OMG, the shirt! What plans do you have for it? I want one for me!!!
    ;)

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  20. Wow Mie!! Hvor et det bare et fantastisk smukt og gennemført sæt. Jeg er vild med det hele!
    Fantastic outfit you brillant woman - love every little detail!

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  21. This is such a beautiful outfit, so full of gorgeous details. Great job!

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  22. Mie, I absolutely LOVE this! I want those culottes and vest for my girls! So darling! And that gold fabric is fantastic! So impressed!

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  23. I am seriously loving that shirt!! I hope you have plans for it cause I want both the adult and kid version!! So glad that you're still in!

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  24. I love this! I am completely rooting for you to win this whole thing!

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  25. Now that I've looked through all of your shirred neck shirts, I'm dying to try one. Do you think it would work if I used a peasant style top pattern but cut open the front and bound the neck? You NEED to do a pattern for this for the rest of us!!

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  26. love the shirt and especially the shorts with ruffled pockets~

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