2014-03-25

House full of Pandas |PR&P9#1|

Season 9 of Project Run & Play has kicked yesterday with the first theme being Take me to the Zoo. Goal: create an outfit inspired on our/our kid's favourite animal, trying to stay away from costumes though. 


Ever since I saw the themes, I've spent a while thinking about it. I wanted to make something for the baby, then something for G. and just couldn't decide. I thought about the elephant shirt idea (maybe later, because it's really cute), then cats because we've got two, the shark hoddies and then I kept seeing teenagers wearing cute Panda hoodies... 

And it hit me! I want to make Panda inspired clothes for my kids too. They are just too cute and sweet, and they are black and white and G. loves Pandas because of Canal Panda. I only had to decide what to do. I wanted to do something quick and easy because, you know, I've been having lots to sew (with a couple pattern testing in the middle too). So, I didn't get to be that creative. I used other's creativity and just made my takes on some things I had seen online.


First thing on the list. I had to get that Panda hoodie done for one of my kids. Which one? Well, let's start with the baby, shall we?! Now, if you still don't know it... because I have mentioned it to some friends but haven't said it clear out here, the baby that's on the way is a... roll drum... baby BOY! And my first sewing project for him and him only was this hoodie. You can imagine how much I love it, right?!


Especially because I have used one of his sister's shirt that doesn't fit anymore and I wasn't going to put him on. It was all fury, with finishing details in pink, such as the ruffles in the sleeves and hem, the pink bias in the collar and the flower embroidery in the front. 


So, the first thing I did was to deconstruct everything. I used the back of the original one to make my hoodie's front. Lucky for me, instead of pink too, the snaps on it were white. I then used the sleeves to draft new, without the puffiness of the original ones (another girly feature I wanted to get rid of). Those original white sleeves were transformed into the Panda's head. For the black parts I used some velvet I had in my stash for years. And I used rib knit for the cuffs that I had saved from previously refashioned (men) hoodies. 


When I was done with it, I just knew I had to make something for my big girl. I had seen an online Panda look that I loved and wanted to re-create that too. I was running out of any refashionable item to make the mismatched striped leggings, but I had this t-shirt from dad in my pile, and the word fashion standing out caugh my attention. I still could make a mismatched pair of leggings for her. 


But before I made the leggings, I finally made an Izzy top (free PDF pattern). I've been wanting to try this pattern since the day I first saw it over Climbing the Willow. I've seen wonderful pieces created with it, but was always postponing it. No more. I finally tried it myself and am a fan. I didn't line mine though, I used a white t-shirt from my stash to refashion, and the black ribbon knit for the bias again. I also made mine about 2-3 inches longer than the pattern. So it looks more like a dress than a top. I still haven't tried it on my girl.


I followed instructions and used the button tab and everything. But I forgot I wasn't lining, I was using bias instead and the tab had to go over it. I don't dislike it though, looks different but in a good way. I should have made the button tab just a bit longer for it to look better. It almost didn't have enough lengh to actually close. I've used a metallic snap.


For the eyes and ears of the Panda, I used sequined fabric I had in my stash, I added interface to make it stiffer. I embroidered the muzzle in a light pink. Half way through it I thought I could use a slightly darker thread but was too lazy to undo and redo it all over.

And that's it from me. There's a lot more inspiration for kids animal inspired clothes at the link party over PR&P. 

24 comments:

  1. Fabulous leggings & the refashioning aspect makes it even better. Panda jacket is great too.
    http://xoxograndma.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Joy. I did the leggings in about 15 minutes, using some existing ones to quickly draft a pattern and sew.

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  2. Oh my gosh they are adorable Magda! Of course I did pandas too, but I'm in love with your Panda Izzy. That face is so cool :)

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    1. Thank you Ajaire! i just wished I had thought of the darker thread sooner... hahaha... yeah, we both did Pandas, I loved your look, still have to go and see it in your blog. =D

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  3. These pieces are SO CUTE, Magda! Your little girl will love hers (so will your baby boy, but he won't be able to tell you). When we had our baby girl to add to the boy we already had in our family, it seemed like everybody said the same thing - you have a millionaire's family - I guess because you have one of each, you have everything you'd ever want ... Have fun anticipating the new addition :)

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  4. I'm in love with the hoodie and top!

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    1. Thank you! My daughter wanted to put it on as soon as she saw it. A bonus, I'd say.

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  5. Tão tão tão giro, Magda! Como é que tens tempo para tudo?... Eu também ando numa de pattern testings (uns atrás dos outros... literalmente!) e não vou ter tempo para fazer nada para esta season do PR&P... pelo menos esta semana e na próxima... :( Fico à espera dos teus próximos looks e das roupinhas para o pirata que aí vem! :)

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  6. These both are so very cute! I love the leggings. and I think the light pink muzzle will be like a little surprise for people to notice when they begin to see the face.
    Sandy in the UK
    Ps all the best for your health and for your little boy to come!

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  7. Magda- You truly amaze me!
    Where do you get all this energy and creativity- and can I have some?
    LOL
    Can't wait to see what you made for yourself.
    Nice job for you babies!!

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  8. Love the outfits Magda :) I must admit I had a huge grin reading about and looking at pix of the very first outfit for your little boy :)

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  9. I LOVE this Magda! The shirt is perfect and the leggings are very cool. Great job!

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  10. Both are so cute for your kids! I love the upcycling aspect of it, too. :)

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  11. They are so cute! Your kids are going to be super adorable wearing them together!

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  12. Thank you Stacy. Most of the things I make are refashions from clothes I get for free or really cheap. and I love it!!! =D

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  13. Slowly working my way through the PR&P entries I finally make it to you! I adore that baby panda hoodie!

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    1. I too still have a few entries to check... Too much to do lately, too little time. I showed it to my mom yesterday when she came visiting and she melted for it. Can't wait to see my little boy in it.

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  14. Love all these pieces...especially those leggings!!!

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  15. Magda, I love pandas!! I've had a panda addiction lately, actually. And those leggings are completely awesome! - Deanna {sewmccool}

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    1. Thank you Deanna. I have to fix the leggings though. She tried it on, they fit but are too tight.

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  16. Wow great refashions. God's grace, peace, light, and love always In Jesus' service Doreen ✞ ✞ ✞

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