2014-01-12

PR&P S8 week 1: Winter Wonderland


I love red. Don't you love red? I mean, who on earth wouldn't like red? 
And I love a girl's red coat... or jacket... and what about velvet? 
Do you like like velvet? 
I do. 
A lot!

Now, imagine how happy I was when someone gave me a bag of clothes they didn't want - and wouldn't fit me of course - so I could refashion, and I found these:


... a pair of red velvet pants! I started imagining all I could do from them, but I after all I knew what I could turned them into. Actually it was with that idea in mind that I went looking for them, after checking my fabric stash a few days ago only to find none of the reds I had was satisfying enough for what I wanted.


What little girl (and big to be real) wouldn't love a red jacket? A red velvet jacket? I know I'd like one for myself, I know I think all girl's should have one. It's one of those things I always almost buy in stores, but always stop myself from doing it when I look at their prices. I do have a red cardigan though. lol

These buttons were meant for a daddy's coat many many moons ago. I even asked him if it was okay to use them. I promissed him a coat years ago, but that has been an unfinished project ever since. It was these or bigger (3 then) black ones. I guess daddy's got a taste!

So, having Project Run & Play, season 8 themes in mind, and knowing what piece I wanted to make, I had to decided in which week theme would I sew it for. I went with the first week's theme Winter Wonderland. I made plans for a jacket, a pair of skinnies and a sweater. Of course I was dreaming when I thought I could get that all done for the first week. Only the jacket came to life. Those previous too long, too wide pants that did not fit me at all, turned into the most beautiful little red jacket I could imagine for my little miss. I am in love with it, and so proud of how it turned out. 

I love the collar and even my tag looks so much cuter!

While constructing it, I told her I was making her a jacket. She was all excited about it, and told me "now you make one for the baby too", I melted, she's already sharing with the baby. As for the jacket, she really liked it too, last night I told her we would be out taking pictures today and she was all happy and excited about it. 

Sorry, bad weather, a bad photographer (that's me of course) and red velvet aren't really a good mix for photos. 

I used a Burda's pattern, smallest size they had was a 98 cm child measurement, which is a 3 years size here. I thought it'd be too big on her yet, but this girl keeps tricking me, she's always bigger than I think. I made the smallest size, believing it would fit perfectly by next winter, but it does fir her already. It is only a bit too long on the sleeves, all the rest isn't that bad. And did I enjoy seeing her modeling this for me? 

The original jacket from Burda's wasn't lined, but I wanted it to be warm enough for the colder days, so I used a full flannel linning for my own. The flannel was, of course, in my stash already and I actually had to sew together 2 little scraps so that I had enough fabric for the collar, but you can't tell. After finishing the jacket, I didn't get anything worth saving from the pants either, too bad... I could have made her a bag or something, she's really into bags lately. It feels great to have such a beautiful piece done for free. everything was from my stash. 


And, just in case you're wondering: yes! She's also wearing the Sad Cat Dress I designed for the All Stars edition of Project Run & Play. Still fits and surely will for a bit longer. She's even wearing the same leggings she used for last year's photo shooting. The dress was just about her knees last year!


35 comments:

  1. Beautifully done!
    It reminds me of the Beatles (and I love the Beatles).
    ~Michelle

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  2. The jacket is lovely! The big bow detail in the back is my favorite. It still amazes me that kids clothes can take so little fabric. My girl is just starting to get big enough that some of the refashion clothes need to be combined to have enough fabric. :)

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  3. What a beautiful jacket! I love how it turned out! It looks so luxurious and fun! and I love the little bow on the back!

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  4. I'm loving the red bow in back, and so glad the buttons were relinquished because they are perfect!

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    1. Thank you. The bow was not featured on the original pattern, but I had the bow idea in mind since the start so I had to use it. I agree, no other buttons would have looked better.

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  5. Love the velvet coat! It reminds me just a little of a circus ringleader, but in a very good way!

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    1. Thank you... hehe, now that you mention it, and she even walked around with that stick in her hands!

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  6. I love that dress! The cat is just darling and I've always been in awe of it! That jacket is darling too! It really does look like you bought it in a store!

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  7. That jacket is so great! Love that you repurposed your pants to make it!

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  8. The jacket is gorgeous! I love red coats - I have one and I made one for one of my daughters -, I agree with you: every girl should have one! I love the bow in the back. You are great at repurposing and refashioning - I have to learn from you!

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    1. Thank you Sara! i think I might have to finally make a red coat for myself, not for this year though, you know why! wow, such a nice compliment, if you need any help you know you can count on me! =D

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  9. Well done, Magda. The jacket is beautiful!

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  10. So beautiful coat! Love the colour and the bow. And I still remember how I admired the cat dress last season. It is so artistic.

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    1. Thank you Kirsi.The cat dress had a LOT of views so I decided to bring it back for the jacket photoshoot, they go so well together.

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  11. I can't believe the jacket is from the pants! It's beautiful and the buttons complete it.

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  12. The box on the jacket is just adorable! And I love the dress as well. Such a great refashion from those pants.

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  13. The red velvet jacket is so sweet! Looks perfect with the sad cat dress too :)

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    1. Thank you! I like both pieces together...

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  14. I'm obsessed with this jacket! And I totally agree with Michelle that it reminds me of the Beatles. I was going to comment that when I saw she said it already!

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  15. Yes, a red jacket for a little girl is a must! :D Your velvet jacket is beautiful, love the bow in the back!

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  16. That is an awesome refashion! The red looks great on your little girl.

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    1. Thank you Agy. She wears a lot of red because I just adore it.

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  17. I can not believe you got that whole jacket out of pants! That is so awesome! I love the style too :)

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  18. Wow. This jacket is amazing, Magda! I'm always blown away by your talent. It looks so incredibly crisp and clean. I adore the collar and the buttons...and then I saw the bow on the back! I'm not a big fan of bows, but I love the way you used it here! Beautiful...simply beautiful!

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  19. Oh my gosh! I can't believe that gorgeous jacket came from a pair of pants! You are so talented. I absolutely love it and the dress.

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  20. The sad cat came back! Adorable. The bow in the back is so sweet, and the fact that you got that much fabric from a pair of pants is incredible to me! Great job Momma!
    with love,
    Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo! It's such a pleasure for me to realise that a lot of people still remember the sad cat dress from last year! The fabric was just enough for this, I was so lucky!!!

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  21. What a wonderful repurposing/recycling job! That beautiful red velvet was meant to be that lovely jacket for your little sweetie!

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  22. Oh this coat is perfect in every way...from the repurposing to the beauty of the red velvet! Love it!

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  23. the whole outfit is amazing, but that jacket is just perfection!! What a great outfit for the winter theme! I also linked up to Project Run and Play... a bathrobe I made for my son! Emily@nap-timecreations.com

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  24. I just want to gush!!! It's so beautiful, she looks so cute in it, that color is amazing! Velvet!!! SWEET!!! Now I'm seriously considering cutting up my seldom worn cobalt blue corduroy pants. :o)

    www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Mmmm go on and cut, we never regret those things! =D

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  25. Her jacket is so cute! I love the bow on the back, it's a sweet touch. And you have your own labels! Wow.

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    1. Thank you Rachel. Yes, I do have my labels for a few years now. They're pretty easy to make., the design was crested by my hubby, he's a former designer.

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  26. Just beautiful, Magda!!! A fabulous refashion.

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