Project Run & Play Sew Along–Week 6

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I’ve officially had the most frustrating week sewing ever. After the high of last week’s outfit, I just crashed. It started with an outfit for Tandy in which I was working as a pattern tester for a designer. Nothing was really working for me. Then over half way through, I tried it on Tandy, and it was just too small. I don’t usually give up in the middle of a project, but this one I did.

With the wind blown out of my sails, I started my Project Run & Play outfit for this week. The finale is supposed to be a design based on your signature style. I was trying to tackle the challenge and Avery’s birthday outfit all in one. As far as how this fits with my signature style, I would say it’s all about the ruffles. I also love to try out new styles and techniques. This outfit is a combination of knit and quilting cotton which are my favorite mediums to work with. I’m not going to say these results are a complete failure, but I was hoping for something a bit better. It just wasn’t my week.

I read about this technique for fabric ribbon dying over on Pinterest, and knew I would end up applying it to clothing. Here are my dip-dyed bias strips ready to lay out to dry. I bought a four pack of fabric paint, so the orange and purple are hand mixed.


I used the petti romper pattern by Snazziedrawers. The rainbow look is meant to go with Avery’s request for a unicorn birthday party this year.


The ruffles ended up a little stiff even though the package of paint ensured it would not be. I’m in love with this rainbow fold over elastic from Fabric Hound. The sequin flower is actually one of Avery’s hair clips I grabbed on the way out the door.


I may not be super thrilled with these results, but I’m beyond excited that I completed each of the Project Run & Play challenge weeks. I tried new things and got creative in new ways. The challenge of completing each outfit, getting it photographed, and then posting for all of you pushed me as well. (Especially this week, since Avery’s Mother’s Morning Out class has ended for the year. Insert sad face here!) Be sure to check out the final contestant’s outfits tomorrow and the other sew along participants for this last week of submissions.


  1. I am beyond proud of you! For your perseverance, creativity and attention to detail, you deserve to move to the head of the class!

  2. Hi, I liked your idea and think you did a great job. I have been having trouble finding a review of snazzie drawers sewing patterns. I was wondering if they run true to size or larger or smaller. Just wondering what your experience was and any tips would be appreciated. Congratulations on a great series!

  3. Nelissa, Thank you! I've sewed most of the Snazziedrawers clothing patterns, so I'm glad you asked. In my experience, they run small. My daughter turns 4 in a month, and I made this pattern in a 4 width and 5 length. She is tall for her age, but this romper just barely fits. Joy does not include a sizing guide on the patterns. She does write the patterns very well with great photos. My favorite, especially for beginners, would be the Ma Cherie. The fit worked out well for me with that one. Send me an email (link in the sidebar) if you have any questions or want more details. I am always happy to help.


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