Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Project Run and Play Week 1

Project Run & Play Week One
Willy Wonka

I am so crazy excited to share my week one look for Project Run & Play!
This week, we were given the theme "Willy Wonka". Such a fun theme that could go so many different directions. It was hard to decide what to do! But inspiration hit me and I couldn't let go of my idea. So, I present to you..........

The Golden Tickets

We are all so familiar with the story of Willa Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but not many know the story that took place after the tour. It's a story of friendship, fun, and of course, music! Join me as I tell you the tale of what happened when Charlie, Mike and Veruca all went home after that magical day at the Chocolate Factory.

When Charlie inherited the Chocolate Factory, Wonka also gave him a purple velour jacket of his own. Charlie wore that jacket with pride! Using the Driftwood Tee as a base, I drafted a woven block by adjusting the ease and reshaping the neckline, shoulder, armscye, and sleeve cap. Then, I drafted a collar and gave it everything a sleek, modern blazer should have; side vents to allow for free movement, and gorgeous details like buttons lining the placket on the sleeve and metal snaps for a modern feel. The two piece sleeve allows for a great range of movement for bowing his cello. Fully lined with silvery gray satin, it's comfy and easy to layer. Charlie was styling in his very own purple jacket!

A classic white tee, sewn from my Driftwood pattern, features the inspiration of my look, "We are the makers of music and the dreamers of dreams," a spin on the quote from Willy Wonka, acts as the base of Charlie's outfit. Paired with black denim shorts, Charlie can rock all night, well, till bedtime, and stay cool while doing it.

Thomas, I mean Charlie, absolutely adores his new jacket. He declared he would be wearing it for school pictures this year! Score!!! He was super concerned with getting his jacket dirty in this shot. Hence the stressed smile on his face.

Charlie adored the floral shirt Mr. Wonka wore, so he made it his own with a cool vest that features a small welt pocket at the chest, buttons in the back and a slight curved front hem.
Awesome floral fabric courtesy of a thrift store score of a women's button up shirt. I designed the vest using the woven block I created off the Driftwood Tee. The vest is fully lined with a black satin from my stash.

The black denim jean shorts are a modification of the Moto Maxx. I created a back yoke and faux fly, to give them more of a jeans look. I also changed up the shape of the front pockets. They are designed for a knit fabric, so I added, and a modern detail, some ease with some side panels.

Charlie, Mike and Veruca really hit it off while on the tour. So well, that they decided to form a band. And what better name, than The Golden Tickets! Charlie rocked out on his cello. Mike played a mean violin. While Veruca jammed on the guitar. The trio decided to take their jam on the road with The Candy Shop Tour.

The band had a unique string rock vibe. Mike held onto his cowboy dreams, though. His fringed button down got a modern Western make over. Using Peek-a-Boo Pattern's Classic Oxford as a starting point, I designed a curved front yoke, changed the shape of the back yoke and removed the pleat in the back.

 Adding pocket flaps and a separate button placket help keep the classic Western style. To keep the look clean, I stuck with thick topstitching in a matching yellow to bring out the lines of the seams and classic metal snaps. Rolled short sleeves keep him cool while he fiddles the evening away.

And, any great cowboy outfit needs a pair of worn jeans. Using Peek-a-Boo's Classic Chinos as my stepping stone, I removed the back darts, added a back yoke, reshaped the front pockets, added back patch pockets, and slimmed down the leg. Using the existing hem, waistband and belt loops of my husband's old jeans really gave the jeans a worn in look. 

Veruca stayed true to herself with a red outfit perfect for any rock star. A fitted screen printed concert tee, with a design after her own heart, was paired with a super twirly circle skirt featuring an exposed elastic waist. Veruca can sing and dance with no regrets in this cool number!

I had waaaay too much fun designing Veruca's concert tee!!

Veruca's skirt was made using Love Notions Skater Skirt as a base. I knew I wanted a super twirly, light weight skirt. So, I added 16" to the center of the skirt. Then, I gathered it and attached to the right side of the exposed elastic, creating that cute detailing at the waist that mimics the black belt on the original outfit. I left the skirt unhemmed to allow the poly knit to keep it's drape.

For the shirt, I started with my Driftwood pattern. I slimmed it up by reducing the ease in the body and sleeve. Next, I drafted a cap sleeve. Adding a couple layers of necklaces and a cuff bracelet I made from an old belt, gave Veruca the rocker edge I was going for.

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  1. Great job! That purple jacket is amazing!

  2. Super job!! That jacket is awesome!! They all look fantastic!!

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  4. Great craftsmanship Kelly! I'm always impressed by your work. I feel like you remained true to your style while creating this themed package. Way to go!

  5. What a great story and pictures. I really love both pairs of pants!

  6. I love this whole look! I really like how you refashioned old jeans into new jeans! Totally doing that. Such a good Job Kelly!!


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