Friday, April 4, 2014

Project Run & Play: Season 9, Week 2 - Spring Break

I've thought about this week's look for weeks.
I had everything decided in my head and even sketched the designs in my notebook.
However it took me forever to finalize all the items and had to post a rough photo of the outfit at the very last minute to make the deadline.

Good news is that I kept my promise and was able to photograph the outfit at the daylight 
and here they are!

I've been dreaming about Key West, Florida vacation and
imagining all the beautiful sea creatures I'd see when scuba diving over natural coral reef formations.
These thoughts brought me to my inspiration for the today's look - coral reefs!

I love the colors of the sea creatures swimming over the coral reefs;
I love all the intricate shapes one can find under water.
Still, when it comes to the garments, I tend to levitate towards solid and understated pallets.
So when I found this beautiful coral color cotton (in Joann's!), which has coral shaped sheerness, I knew I had hit the jackpot!

My plan was to create outfit suitable for the trip to the beach. 
First, I drafted this simple silhouette swim suit cover up. It's such an easy pattern (a rectangle with neck opening and stitching lines to separate bodice and sleeves.

At the waist, I added buttonholes and created a simple fabric belt with crocheted coral-like details.
I just love mint and coral together!!

The neckline is definitely my favorite part of this tunic. 
The neck opening as well as the slit at the front are trimmed with continues ruffle piece and bound with a bias tape. It closes with a small clip hidden by the cute little bow.

The sun hat was inspired by ruffly cabbage coral. 
I used his adorable FREE tulip sun hat pattern & tutorial and added width and length to the petals making the hat more ruffly. I attached more crocheted coral, shells and star fish to match it to my concept for the week! 
This hat will serve so well during sunny summer days... if they every come!...

Next on the list was a new swim suit for my almost 4 year old. 

She is learning to swim and often wears a training vest in the swimming pool. 
With these vests, a rush guard is a must, otherwise delicate skin gets rubbed against the vest.
So I made her a rush guard with a twist  - a peter pan collar.
(The pattern is an adaptation of McCall's 6393)

For the bikini, I flipped a simple pattern to include cute little ruffles at the sides 
(The initial pattern is McCall's 6729 - highly recommend! I did go up a size for a little more roomier fit.)

The fit of both of these pieces is pretty spot on!
I get nervous when attaching elastic to the swimwear leg/waist openings, because it stretches so much.
But I had nothing to fear here!

Phew... I'm sooo glad I made it this week.
I had grand plans for the next week, but I double I have enough time...
So maybe I should start on the Week 4 instead.... We'll see if that happens!


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you! It's such a fun way to make anything a little bit more special, right?! I've added more photos, so those details are more visible now!

  2. Love the whole outfit! As usual, the details are impeccable! Love the crochet designs

  3. THis is really clever. I love the coral look belt!

  4. Lovely details! I'd love to see you join us this week at the Inspire Us Thursdays! link party.

  5. That fabric is fantastic! And the hat just tops it off perfectly. Nice job!

  6. That's adorable. I want that in my size!

  7. I love the crocheted 'coral' you added.... it's perfect for this outfit!

  8. i love the little collar on the rashie!