The theme for the first week of Project Run & Play is “Put Me in the Zoo.” They described this challenge as, “Take inspiration from your favorite (or your child’s favorite animal) and design and construct an outfit. Remember to make it “inspired by” and not a literal costume.” So I began by asking Annie what was her favorite animal at the zoo. She didn’t even take a second to think about it and cried, “Flamingo!” I know that it’s the flamingo because it’s the only PINK animal at the zoo, and pink is her favorite color. So with that in mind I started thinking. Now almost all my inspiration for this zoo outfit came from Frances Suzanne. They have some reverse appliqué on their Pinterest board and I’ve been wanting to try it for a while. Also, they host Flip This Pattern, and for the month of April, the pattern to be flipped is Heidi & Finn’s color block dress. Since Challenge Create: Adult Edition will be running during the month of April, we decided to get a little jump start. But like the Spring Break challenge, I wasn’t ready to dive right in, so enter David’s zoo outfit! I asked David what was his favorite animal at the zoo, and he too knew right what he liked, “Zebra!” I started by downloading the free toddler t-shirt pattern from Melly Sews.
Well, truth be told, first I added the hood wrong, and sewed the neck the exact size on the pattern. Then it wouldn’t fit over his (very large) head, so I modified the neck when I took apart the top of the shirt to fix the hood. I would have given up and thrown the whole thing in the mending (read: never to be touched again!) pile, but David had already seen it and was talking about wearing it and asking me if it was ready yet!
I lined the underside of the front with Daddy’s old white t-shirt to encase the zebra print fabric because it was a heavier, scratchier home decorating type fabric, and I didn’t want it to itch David.
For Annie’s flamingo zoo outfit, I started with the Heidi & Finn color block dress, but felt free to “flip” it. Although this PDF pattern is so cute, we may just make it again exactly as printed!
I gathered a flamingo silhouette, some pink fabric, some contrasting fabric, and an old skirt of Annie’s that was not wearable as it was. And a pink feather boa and Allegra’s embroidery skills! Put all those together and you get…
I made the top and middle sections of the color block dress pretty much with no flip, but added the flutter sleeves from the Josephine blouse. For the bottom block, we used the bottom tiers of Annie’s skirt, after we fixed a few holes!
Since this pattern is fully lined, it was very easy to add some reverse appliqué between the two layers before sewing them together. I love how the floral accent from the top color block section is echoed behind the flamingo. Allegra embroidered the flamingo’s legs, beak and eye.
Since I am only a few weeks away from giving birth, and the zoo with zebras and flamingos is a couple of hours away, we opted for letting these animals out of the zoo at a park instead of going to the real zoo!
Now go over to Project Run & Play to see all the great zoo outfits!
Make it beautiful,
We will also be linking this post up to Frances Suzanne’s Flip This Pattern later in April!