I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for the first Project Run & Play pattern collection–Farmer’s Market inspired. As you know, Project Run & Play was a huge part of my sewing for 2018, and helped me grow as a designer and sewist. So being part of this project in this aspect was icing on the cake.
I started by testing two of the patterns–the Jonagold Jumper and the Rosemary and Thyme Shirt. They both turned out so cute that when I was asked if I wanted to join in with Tami at Sew Sophie Lynn and Sabra from Sew a Straight Line, I immediately said yes. How could you not want to collaborate with those two amazing ladies?
So we divided the patterns up so that the whole collection was covered and then added in some extras so that our kids were all wearing outfits from the collection. Since Diana from Raspberry Creek Fabrics sponsored us, most of the fabric from this whole shoot came from her shop. She has some amazing fabric and is my favorite fabric lady. Go visit her!
Then we took those patterns and fabric and turned them into a swoon-worthy capsule wardrobe for eight cute kids. We did a fun hour-long whirlwind of a photoshoot (including setting up and taking down a Farmer’s Market booth) that you’ve been able to see in the look book. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look of our setup and getting everyone ready.
Now what about these patterns? I think I’ll take you through each girl’s outfits and the patterns I used to create them, starting with my oldest. I can really see us perusing a farmer’s market this summer wearing these fun, breezy pieces.
Saige is wearing the Jonagold Jumper designed by Jenn from Jennuine Design in an aqua linen that I bought a long time ago and used on these pants. But it was perfect for this jumper. This pattern has the option to make pants, shorts, or a skirt and has patch pockets on the bodice or the skirt. I also love the knotted straps option. It’s meant to be loose and boxy, so but since Saige has such a defined waist, I took hers in a little. But it looks super cute with the straighter side seams as well.
Banana Boat Tee
The Banana Boat Tee designed by Jess of Lil Luxe Collection was a fun pattern to put under the jumper. Although it’s even more darling on its own, and deserves to be shown off. This boat-neck tee has lots of fun details like the shoulder tabs, cuffed sleeve, ruched sides, and faced neckline that’s a little fancier than your regular banded tee. I used white jersey knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for this one and another for Maya.
I also made the Caraway Cardigan designed by Delia of Delia Creates in a fun scalloped french terry. The weight of the french terry made this fun cropped cardigan feel a little more structured. I’d love to make it again in a sweater knit to see more drape. This cardigan has three different lengths (cropped, hip, and tunic) so you can really get a custom sweater for your kids.
Rosemary and Thyme Shirt
Take your basic popover shirt, and add some fun details for both boys and girls and you’ve got the Rosemary and Thyme Shirt designed by Audrey from Project Run & Play.
I opted to do the sleeve ruffle and keep the other options simple since I was using this fabulous Joel Dewberry rayon challis that just needed to shine on its own. But there are also tie-sleeves, placket ruffles, and other fun goodies and can be made so many ways.
Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts
I knew the Rosemary shirt needed some shorts to go with it, and the Turnip Up Trousers & Shorts by Celina of Petit a Petit & Family has some fun details as well that you can play up or keep understated.
I used a teal linen blend from Cali Fabrics (that I used in my week 2 Project Run & Play look last summer) because it was the perfect match for the shirt. These shorts have an exposed drawstring casing that’s really unique and is the perfect place to add a pop of color if you want. You can also add color via the bias trim you add to the cuff for a beautiful Hong Kong finish.
I had some beautiful wide elastic and chose to use that instead of the regular waistband (because it matched so well with my bias finish!). That’s one of the things I love about sewing–you can do whatever you want.
This is how she feels about lemons, and I couldn’t agree more. ;)
Also, I can’t leave these two patterns without showing you this next photo. Brynley and Jonas are wearing outfits using the exact same patterns, but you’d never guess because there are so many great options.
And now on to Miss Maya in her D’Anjou dress.
The D’Anjou Dress by Bernadette of Duchess and Hare is a great little dress that you can make super girly or keep it simple. The pattern has flutters, bodice tucks, skirt tucks, or just the basic dress. I love a good tuck, but they wouldn’t have shown much with this fabric.
I kept it more simple, only using the underskirt for contrast color. But I’d love to sew another with tucks and flutters. The straps attach by double sets of functional buttons, but the dress is put on via an invisible zipper. This way you get a great fit AND cute buttons.
I sewed it up in rayon challis from Raspberry Creek, and LOVE how it drapes. The rayon moves with her, and the overall effect is so perfect. Definitely try it in rayon. She’s wearing a simple white Banana Boat tee underneath, although a Caraway Cardigan over top would be divine as well.
So if you’re keeping track, that’s six of the 10 patterns in the Farmer’s Market collection. It was a furious week of sewing; but man, it was so fun to be part of this shoot. If you haven’t already picked up some of your favorites, do it before all the farmer’s markets start popping up in your area.
Like what you see? Take a look at the whole Look Book–you’ll be amazed!