Project Run and Play: Nothing But Knit

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Welcome Project Run and Play fans!! I am so thrilled to be a part of this season's competition. This is the only week I am guaranteed to be here, so I'm hoping to make the most of it. The challenge of Nothing But Knit is sure to bring out the best of each competitor. Eager doesn't begin to explain the excitement I have in sharing my look with you!



Wikipedia defines Athleisure as, "a trend in fashion in which clothing designed for athletic workouts at a gymnasium, sometimes termed activewear, is worn outside of the gym to go to the office or shopping or other social occasions." Spinning off of the athleisure apparel trend, I created a design that would transition from soccer practice to a movie date with Daddy. 

The cardigan is the key accessory that takes the look from just function to trendy fashion. I used a pattern from a Japanese sewing book, lengthening and slimming for the fit I wanted.





Because I love the look of quilted sweatshirt fabric, I incorporated this special touch on the oversized collar and pockets. I drew my design on some fusible stabilizer then ironed it to the right side of the fabric. Stitching over my lines and tearing away the stabilizer revealed the patterned design.



Color blocking just makes me happy. So do these colors!! All of the knits except for the sweatshirt fabric are Art Gallery Solids from Imagine Gnats. The stretch and recovery of these fabrics are perfect for an outfit that needs to move with an active girl making the pieces work for the athletic side. The top is a heavily modified Cecille Peplum from Lilygiggle. In addition to the color blocking, I redrafted the sleeves to be straight and fitted. 


The leggings started with the Dressage Leggings from Jennuine Design. I inserted a seam to the outside of the knee to add a strip of faux piping. I made sure to serge all of the seams using stretch thread for maximum strength and stretch.


The voting has begun over at Project Run and Play. The lineup of designers is incredible, so I am sure each look will not disappoint. I hope to be back next week to show you my cos play designs!

28 comments:

  1. Gah, I want this outfit for myself (although I would not look as cute in it haha). I absolutely love all the details and that cardigan is AMAZING!!!

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    1. Thank you Mie! I loved everything about making the cardigan except putting the giant buttonholes in knit fabric. I was seriously holding my breath with each pass!

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  2. I LOVE the topstitching and color blocking! Wonderful job!!!

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  3. I saw the tease of the sweatshirt quilting on Instagram and knew I would love this one! It's really a great combination of patterns, and fabrics (especially colorway), and model.

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  4. I love this whole look! I would totally wear every piece if it were in my size.

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    1. Someone way more talented than me needs to make that cardi pattern in adult sizing!

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  5. So Trend!!! Love your work always and forever!! Beautiful!

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  6. So Trend!!! Love your work always and forever!! Beautiful!

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  7. This is fabulous! You have my vote and you've gained a new blog follower. Nice work!

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  8. This is so, SO good!

    -Tasha @ Glitter+Wit

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  9. This is so incredible. I'd like one in my size. All of it -- the color blocking, the piping on the leggings, the jacket -- excellent excellent work!

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  10. LOVE this outfit. There is something very "equestrian" about this look. Maybe it's the piping in the leggings? Either way, I would totally wear this outfit if it were in my size ;)

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    1. Equestrian style boots would cute with this too! Thank you!

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  11. I love this outfit. That top is so pretty, love the colours in it. Those leggings are awesome too.

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    1. Thank you Ula! I had fun searching for just the right color combo.

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  13. Absolutely fantastic! It looks like something I would find in one of the high-end children's boutiques. Great job - you got my vote.

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    1. Thank you Trudy!! I love the idea of someone asking where did you get that instead of did you make that! Thanks for your support!

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  14. I adore this look! The cardi coat is especially awesome. I want to make one for my girls and for me!

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  15. I really love your cardigan. It looks comfy but stylish. So good.

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  16. This is so great, Courtney! Everything about it is just perfect!

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  17. I love everything about all of these pieces!! Congrats on a fabulous outfit!! Just voted, best of luck to you :)

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    1. Thank you Carrie! I'll be both excited and nervous to make it to next week!

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  18. The cardigan is my favorite too! (Maybe because I went with at navy blue cardigan this week too?) I love the color blocked top too. Everything is so good, from just the right amount of details without too much.

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  19. The colorblocking on that top is fantastic... and I love the quilting on the cardigan!

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  20. I absolutely adore this! My Aevs wants me to copy the top for her so we will have to do that! I want that card I for me! Haha

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