Project Run and Play – season 22 is about to start.

I was very excited to receive an email inviting me to participate as a contestant in Project run and Play. Of course I jumped at the opportunity, I really love a design challenge and also love making kids clothing too. 

If you haven’t heard of Project run and play it is an online Sewing Bee style competition. A number of designers are invited to take part. This season there are five designers. We are all given the same brief and asked to design, make and photograph childrens wear garments based on a set theme.

The themes have been announced and the entries for the first theme are going to be published next week. I know we have all been working super hard as we formed a designers facebook group. We are not allowed to share ideas or discuss our designs but we have been sharing some of our making stories, wobbles and late night tales!

Each week one of us will be knocked out. I am now starting to understand how it must be for the sewing bees. I already don’t want anyone to leave and nothing is even published yet.

 It has to be said it is officially taking over my life and hopefully my blog for the next few weeks (if I’m lucky). I am truly loving it. Part of the competition is the public vote which stands for 33.3% of the overall vote.  Hopefully you will spare a few minutes to take a look at all the entries and place a vote. 

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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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