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!

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