It’s with great delight that I share my makes for the Project Run & Play Pantone Party! Today I’m sharing an overview, and then throughout the next little while, I’ll be sharing a couple of tutorials on how I created these looks.
Special thanks to Kalli June Photography for the breathtaking photos of my kids in this post.
I had the honor of working with Art Gallery Fabric garment substrates in shades of yellow and grey to create my looks. The Pantone 2021 colors for the year are Illuminating (a bright cheery yellow) and Ultimate Grey. The overall theme of my makes is Prairie or Cottagecore which my teenage daughters tell me is very on trend right now!
Let’s start with Annie’s look. Annie is wearing a Novella Pinafore sewn with Soda Straws canvas fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics. Let me just say here that I LOVE working with Art Gallery Fabric canvas. It’s soft and supple and you can use a pattern with ruffles, gathers, pleats, and it works great! One change we made to this Novella Pinafore was to add 1/2” length to the 1st tier, 1” length to the 2nd tier, and 2.5” to the 3rd tier for Annie’s tall, growing frame. The other change we made was to move the buttons from the back waistband to the front bib so those cute yellow buttons could be front and center. A pinafore is smack dab on trend in the Prairie style, but the bright diagonal stripes resembling soda straws give the perfect modern nod to the year 2021!
Underneath the Novella Pinafore, Annie is wearing an Aurora Raglan. For this basic tee, we used two solid Art Gallery Fabric knits, Tin Tint for the main body, and Graphite for the sleeves and neckband. Then we used Bloom Wild Magnolia Zest cotton fabric for the ties.
To top it all off, we decided to go all out and make a quilted jacket for Annie. Quilted jackets are ALL. THE. RAGE. but we wanted to elevate ours to a more modern look! So we chose to combine quilting with a modern paper pieced design on the back.
You can also see that Magnolia Zest fabric in the lining of the quilted moto jacket. This is the Moto Jacket pattern, and we made some changes which we’ll do a tutorial about soon. The main jacket fabric is Art Gallery Fabric Charcoal Powder denim, and the sleeves are Tin Tint knit fabric. We started with Charcoal Powder denim and spend a few hours quilting it before making the jacket. Just check out the back…
Next up, we have our sweet Lowell. Totally throwback and totally on trend! Lowell is wearing 4 pieces to complete his Prairie look. Starting from the top, he is wearing a Fell & Dale cap in Art Gallery Fabric Charcoal Powder denim. This denim fabric is very lightweight and a delight to work with!
Next he sports a Thyme Shirt (tutorial on how to make it a full button front with a collar coming soon) made using Art Gallery Fabrics Canary cotton fabric. Tucked under his chin sits a bowtie made using Wicked Sky denim fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics.
His pants are Morocco Pants, and they use both Wicked Sky and Charcoal Powder denim fabrics as well as some black rayon/linen fabric from my stash. A while back I sewed Lowell a pair of Metro Pants that he wore and wore until they were completely threadbare. He has been requesting a pair of “soft pants” like them ever since, and I’m happy to report that these fill that request! The Art Gallery Fabrics denim is so very, very soft! He’s a pure and complete heartbreaker, am I right?
Our next little love is Tina. She’s wearing a dramatic Odeline Dress made up from Cactus Bloom Moonlight rayon by Art Gallery Fabric. The only change I made to this pattern was to add a ruffled tier extending the dress to maxi length.
The little Canary cotton ruffle at the neck is just the right pop of color, don’t you think? Her dress is totally on trend for the Prairie look, but the bold, modern. large-scale print brings it right into the present century!
She did such a good job trying to be serious with no smiles in these photos. You can see that she’s about to bust into a smile at any second in several of them! (More on that no smiles vibe in a minute…)
Finally we have our Baby. He’s wearing a Journal Jumpsuit, sewn up using Buck Forest Moonstone Art Gallery Fabric knit fabric. The pop of yellow trim on the kangaroo pocket and placket and hood are Art Gallery Fabrics Canary cotton fabric.
We used the same yellow buttons throughout to add another element of continuity throughout their looks. And we used bright yellow thread for topstitching everywhere on this Journal Jumpsuit.
The one change I made was to add sleeves…I just grabbed them from the Lemon Tee pattern and made it work! A baby in a romper is a classic and modern ubiquitous look, isn’t it!
Special thanks once again to Kalli June Photography for the stunning photographs of my kids. Before the photo shoot, we talked about how in old time photos, the people never smiled because it took so long to take the photo, and because that was just the paradigm.
My kids thought it was GREAT fun to try not to smile in the photos but be serious. There were only a few times that giggles were caught on camera!
We chose a restored barn for our moody photos, and the lighting was absolutely perfect for this. Plus the texture and old time feel of the photos are just stunning! Please head over to Project Run & Play all month long to see what other designers created with yellow and grey fabric.
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