Project run and play colloboration – Write your own story!

I’m so excited to finally share what I’ve been working on for the last few months. Let me tell you the story….

Back in July I was contacted by Audrey who runs Project run and play to see if I was interested in being part of a design collaboration. The plan…. to design a pattern or patterns around a theme to contribute to a lookbook. To then be published and tie in with the launch of all the patterns on the Project run and play website.

The theme for the lookbook is called Lounge library and is based around story books and reading. I got to work alongside four very talented designers Elegance and Elephants, Call Ajaire, A Jeannuine life and Audrey herself for Project run and play. The completed lookbook will go live on 30th November but I am now allowed to reveal my patterns.

Reading stories has always been special family time in our house. I still read to my kids every day. Over the years the stories have changed. In the early days we had bright story books with simple messages. Now we read thought provoking novels and adventures. We have also read some all time classics and some of my childhood favourites like Alice in Wonderland. We love this story, it always amazes me that the story is so old yet so fresh and inspiring.

For my story theme I wanted to celebrate creativity and imagination two key ingredients to all good stories. We decided to create our own adventure with some inspiration from Wonderland and some wisdom and curiosity from Alice….

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Every author starts with a blank page!

Luckily for me my designers blank page already had some ink on it. I was part way through the development of two new patterns. The George pattern and Joseph pattern. I decided to divert these to the new project.

George is a super comfy hooded sweatshirt with a large front pouch pocket. This is a great stable for girls and boys, ideal to wear when exploring new ideas! Its so simple to pull on as an extra layer or to wear on its own. George is designed to be made in jersey fabrics with at least 30% stretch. French terry, alpine fleece and sweatshirt fabrics all make great choices. The hem and cuffs are made in rib fabric. The size range for George is 12 months to 12 years.

Making George is very easy. You can line the hood with a lighter weight jersey or leave it unlined. If you are an overlocking fan this is a great project to whizz up with an overlocker. You still need a regular sewing machine if you want to add the pocket and I recommend using a sewing machine to attach the hood but the rest can be overlocked.

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

George is a versatile style with so many options for playing with colour blocking, prints, mixing print and plain or other embellishment. I decided to add a bit of Alice wisdom to the hood in this version. I found a great way to transfer text for free-motion embroidery. A tutorial on that coming soon!

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Where ever you may be when musing new ideas George is a great partner to the Joseph joggers. The Joseph joggers have been in existence for some time. First developed when my little boy used to return from nursery never without holes in the knees of his jeans/trousers/joggers/leggings!

The Joseph joggers have optional knee patches which can be stitched to the outside or the inside of the trouser leg. This gives you the option of a streamlined seamless look or a contrast patch. You can make the joggers in similar fabrics to the George hoody. Again french terry and sweatshirt jersey fabrics are a great choice. The Joseph pattern size range is 12 months to 14 years. Great for girls and boys too.

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Looking for inspiration:

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

George can take on a whole new sense when made in plush organic velvet. Shown here with Frances leggings and another new pattern called Becky.

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

I used a printed jersey for the hood lining of this khaki French terry George hoody. Picking out the dark navy for contrast ribs on both the George hoody and the Joseph joggers. I used navy thread to top stitch some lines across the knee patches that I applied internally on these joggers.

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Discovering magic:

Becky is the next new pattern. I’ve always wanted to add a twirling whirling magic filled skirt to the range of patterns. Watching a three year old girl twirl in a twirly skirt is just the best magic. I loved that phase! One of the last skirts I made for a girl was actually for my 17 year old (at the time) niece. In fact I made the pattern and she made the skirt. This was really the inspiration for this shape. Something that would appeal to girls from the twirling age up until teenage.

Becky is designed to be made in stable jersey knits. Shown here in raspberry marl French terry. It would also work in light cotton/elastane jersey or fabrics like Ponte Roma. The size range for the Becky skirt is 12 months to 14 years.

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

There is just enough twirl power in Becky to conjure magic when needed! Depending on your fabric choice and styling ideas you can dress Alice up for comfortable party wear or low key for everyday.  Becky worn here with Frances leggings and an Alice 3/4 sleeve top.

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

The last pattern in the collection had to have the spirit of Alice. The Alice dress and top nods to the original character with her girlish charm demonstrated with deep ruffles on a tree quarter sleeved or sleeveless dress or top.

The Alice dress and top is the style to encounter your magical adventure in. Alice is designed to be made in woven fabrics. You can make it in crisp fabrics like cotton poplin or broadcloth for sharp statement frills. For a softer gentle look try it in double gauze or cotton voile.

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

This version of Alice is made in glitter broadcloth the pattern size range is from 12 months to 13 years. Alice is a semi fitted style that can be made with or without the frills. You could use the front and back panelling as an opportunity for mixing prints or colours. The tops fasten with a keyhole and little button and loop at the back neck. The dress has a centre back invisible zipper. You can make both the top and dress with or without the sleeves.

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Illuminate the page:

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

This dress version of Alice is made in gold foil spot double gauze. The dress features integrated seam line pockets. Using a soft fabric like double gauze is the perfect opportunity to use your overlocker for rolled hem edges on the frills.

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

For something a bit extra you could make Alice in a luxe fabric like these sequins. I edged the the frills in a tonal satin bias binding which I also used on the hem. Wear with joggers for everyday sparkle or maybe mix with a Becky skirt if the adventure takes you that way.

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

We had so much fun creating our adventure. I hope you like our story. Head over to Project run and play on 30th November to see the full lookbook.

Project run and play collaboration - Bobbins and Buttons patterns

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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