Friday, January 13, 2012

Playdate with Snowflakes



Projects without much direction are hard for me.  The theme was "boy week" but that makes the possibilities endless.  Do any of you feel that way?  I decided to create a look for my boy.  I wanted to reflect his personality and make something that he can re-wear.  I drew inspiration from JCrew Crewcuts. I love the style of adult sophistication with some childhood fun, so that's what I went for.



This hat was my favorite part of the outfit, actually being my starting point.  I knew I wanted a fun accessory and decided on a huge fur hat.  I have deconstructed many dress shirts so recreating one was not too terribly difficult.  Using a lightweight cotton plaid, I simplified the pattern from dress shirts I usually make for my husband.  



This shirt has a continuous back and rather than creating a placket on the sleeve, I used a continuous lap. The shirt fits Ephraim perfectly and I really love it on him.  It's a bit dressy for his everyday wear but still fun enough he can wear with some shorts when it warms up.







The sweater was re-constructed from a hooded, pullover sweater that used to be mine, coincidentally from J. Crew.  I used the bottom of the original sweater to start this one, turned it into a cardigan, gave it a V neck and created the large collar from the hood of the original sweater.  Using the original hems from sweaters creates convincing reconstructions!  I wanted to add a bit of personality to the sweater and decided to go with gold elbow pads.  I painted the gold fabric paint onto felt, giving it a thicker appearance.  I love the look when it dried because it had a similar texture to leather.   



The pants are made from a gray suiting fabric, with pockets lined in navy gingham re-purposed from an old crib sheet. I love being able to re-purose things into new garments.




















11 comments:

  1. for the elbow pads you painted gold on felt !?! & it gave a faux leather look? I'll have to remember that clever idea !!

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  2. for the elbow pads you painted gold on felt !?! & it gave a faux leather look? I'll have to remember that clever idea !!

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  3. I love this look! And wow you made three entire garments. Amazing work. He looks like just walked right of the pages of a jcrew catalogue. Well done!

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  4. I love that hat! super cute boy look :)

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  5. Love the whole look! Would be super to have tips on how you made the hat and the sweater, they look super professional! Good luck!

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  6. this is totally adorable. I just love the J Crew look, and I can actually see it in your outfit. well done!

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  7. He looks so happy playing in the snow and modeling for his momma! Love it! I think my favorite part is the shirt - love the plaid! Good job!!

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  8. I just wanted to tell you I really loved your outfit this week. Voting was CRAZY this round. What an exhausting weekend!

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  9. I love this cardigan! Its mantastic!

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  10. Hey Jessica, I just wanted to say I am so sad you are leaving Project Run and Play. I thought your boy's outfit was far and away the best! I am pretty traditional when IT comes to children's clothes, I like little boys to look like little boys, not little men, so I tend to be pretty picky. I am just so shocked you were eliminated on this challenge! You did such a great job of being fashion forward (for a little boy) yet capturing the spirit of a little boy, and not creating a little man! Don't be discouraged! You did an awesome job!
    Kim

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  11. I thought yours was DARLING! The voting really was crazy. Who knows what people were thinking. But yours was great. I loved it.

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