Monday, September 22, 2014

Project Run & Play Wk 2 - Refashion of Hand-me-downs

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I am Elena and I am 3. My big sister is 16 and loves clothes - so that makes me really lucky. My mom made her clean out her room just before school started in August. She piled Mom's bed high with lots of good stuff she didn't want anymore. There was a plaid jacket she got at the thrift store but never wore once. There was a mint green t-shirt with a really low neckline. I'm not sure what "modest" means but I think it's the opposite of this shirt. (I'm learning opposites in preschool.) And there was a polka dot sweater my sister wore a few times but too many other people at school wore it too so that meant she couldn't wear it anymore, I guess. 

Can you believe that I am skinny enough that my mom made me a pair of pants out of just the sleeves of this jacket?! She says that if I was any bigger at all she couldn't have done it. It's this nice soft and stretchy material, and if that wasn't comfy enough, she also put some really soft, stretchy knit fabric around my ankles and tummy so they are really comfy and I can put them on and off myself! I love these pants. She said she used her own leggings pattern.

So I needed a new shirt and liked this soft green one. Mom won herself a copy of the GYCT Tinley Tee last week so we tried that one out and it's great. But Mom says this rib knit is too stretchy and she didn't like sewing it. I think it turned out nice and my favorite part is the beads around the neck. I had to promise not to pick at them because I did do that once before to a shirt Mom spent a lot of time on and she looked at me reeeeeaaal mean for that. But that's when I was 2 and, like I said, I'm 3 now so you can trust me Mom.

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Now this sweater was just a plain pullover and Mom used a pattern called the Aster Cardigan to change it. She says that's is a really nice pattern and she plans on making me a lot more of these kinds of sweaters for this winter. I did hear her complaining again about this thin super stretchy fabric while I was drawing on the chalkboard. But hey Mom, get over it. And, I can do the buttons myself so that tells you how big and smart I am getting. (Also Mom says to tell you she was afraid the fabric would stretch and wave too much at the front placket if she sewed it normally, so she used hem tape and hand sewed it.)

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I told Mom I like hats now so she whipped up this fun one after I went to bed. She says she can't crochet with me around because I'm like a kitty cat. I'm not sure what she means by that, but I do like to play with the yarn and practice tying knots so I was sad I missed out. Also, Mom usually makes my hats really super big so I'm glad this one just fits and doesn't swamp my little face.

So I got a new sweater, t-shirt, and pants thanks to my sister, plus a hat . And did you notice my awesome shoes my dad's friend gave me? My mom says she had some like that back in the late 70's when she was a kid. 


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So one last thing about taking pictures - I don't really like doing it so I didn't want to when Mom asked after dinner. But later, I remembered she would give me a marshmallow, so I said, "Ok, let's go do pictures." But it got dark while Mom drove around saying, "Where is that black wall? I thought it was on this block." I got a marshmallow just for putting on the clothes and going for a drive. Then we tried again in the morning, but I wasn't being very good. I just can't help playing with the rocks and there were so many of them! Plus this wall faces east and I guess that's a problem with the sun or something. I think we both felt like hitting our heads against a brick wall so we went home. 


Maybe Mom should sew for herself for a little while.



13 comments:

  1. I love the whole outfit! The colors and prints look so modern all together.

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  2. Great post and outfit--and lucky you, it's selfish sewing week now so you can make something for yourself!

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  3. I love how you were able to make pants from sleeves! How awesome is that? I'd be nervous about the little beads too, but I'm sure she'll be fine, she IS mature now, at 3 ;)

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  4. super cute outfit and a fun post to read!

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  5. I like the combination of polka dot and plaid. Great closet finds!
    Deborah @ Sew Much To Give

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  6. Loved the story of this refashion! And the pattern combo of dots and plaid is great:) So beautiful.

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  7. This is absolutely adorable! Every piece of it. And oh! how I know the frustration of getting all ready to do pictures, loading up the kid, and not having it work out. UGH. blogging is kind of the worst that way, like these extra steps to your sewing that are ridiculous, but fun at the same time :) Anyway, great look, adorable model.

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  8. Dear Elana, We love you! The End. Come over and play some day!

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  9. The pants are my favorite, ever. Super cute! Nice beadwork too...bet your mom is proud!!

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  10. Love this outfit! You did a great job. Those pants are my favorite.

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  11. AMAZING refashion! Cute and fun post too!!

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