The Preppy Princess: Project Run and Play Week #2

I am still here!  Week #2 of `Project Run and Play, yo!  πŸ™‚
This week’s challenge was to pick a fashion icon and design an outfit for a cute little kid using that inspiration.

Me and Fashion???  HAHAHAHA.
Let’s just say that I am not exactly a “fashionista” πŸ™‚

It was SO hard for me to pick a fashion icon that represented the way I like to dress my daughter:  classic, conservative, and stylish but still cute, comfortable, and fresh.   Lots of fashion icons were fairly predictable and also really dressy (after my State of Grace Dress I definitely wanted something more casual).


Inspired by
Princess Kate Middleton:
Fashion Icon

I went with it!
Classic Navy Blue with Red Accents, Stripes, and Yellow:
Comfortable, Adorable, and Super Stylish

I created 5 different pieces:

* cropped navy blue twill blazer
*yellow gingham shirt dress featuring pin tucking
*navy blue large bow headband
*rib knit boatneck shirt with red accent buttons
*skinny style navy blue knit pants with red accent buttons

Promise not to laugh?
Here are the original sketches with my ideas 
(I never claimed to be good at drawing:)
That picture in the upper left was supposed to be a headband, not devil horns, I swear.

The blazer is adorable and a modified version of Melly Sews Blazer.  I would like to say I “girly-fied” it a bit… cropped it about 4 inches, created a pleated back, and rounded the front a lot… it was a wonderful pattern to work with!
For some reason, this is the only picture I got of the back pleat:

I made a shirt using my own pattern out of navy and white stripe rib knit creating a boat neck nautical-style shirt.

I used a lettuce-edging technique for some interest on the sleeves and bottom hem.  So cute!
Then, there is also the tie neck that can be worn so many ways.

The yellow shirt dress has a nice full collar, pin tucking on the front and a sash to cinch it all together.

The blazer is a perfect layering item!

And just because she is cute….
LOTS more photos!

So, there you have it!  
My “Week #2 Entry:  Fashion Icon”
I would love to hear what you think about it!
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Hayley Crouse is a wife, mother and multifaceted designer. Her love of sewing, crafting, cooking and interior design infuses her daily life and naturally spills over into her online presence. She pushes the envelope of her creativity and hopes that others will be inspired to do the same. She currently authors the Welcome to the Mouse House Blog, is the pattern designer behind Mouse House Creations and is a collaborative designer with Willow & Co. Patterns.
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22 Responses to The Preppy Princess: Project Run and Play Week #2

  1. Lindsay @ September 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    So cute! I think the yellow dress is my favorite. I love that everything is interchangeable. Nice work!

  2. Melissa September 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Great job! But I want to see the pleated blazer back πŸ˜‰

  3. Jill Frank September 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    LOVE these pieces! I too would like to see the pleated blazer back. Great work!

  4. The Mouse House September 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Wow, HOW did I forget to get a picture of the pleated back??? I will do that later today. In the one picture of the lining, you can see the pleating detail, but I still can’t believe I forgot the back!

  5. Angel September 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Love everything about this!! I need a little girl just so she can wear that blazer. πŸ™‚ amazing job,as usual.

  6. Chelise September 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    So many pieces to add to her wardrobe, I love them all. You really achieved Kate Middleton!

  7. Shelley September 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Well done again! Love the look with the matching headband and cropped blazer. The pretty lining of the blazer and the turned cuffs are a really nice touch. And I love the skinny pants with the red buttons…too cute! The yellow dress is so sweet…I have so many favorites! The whole look is so well thought out and a great interpretation of Kate’s style. Hope you win this week!

  8. Kimberly F September 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Amazing job! Love every piece, including her hair tie!

  9. Mae September 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    I had to become a follower, after watching you the last two weeks on project run&play I can’t even begin to tell you how gorgeous your pieces are! such a great inspiration& ALSO I was completely considering melly sews blazer jack for MY icon style outfit. too funny! Good luck on PR&P!!

  10. kiki comin September 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    that yellow dress is to die for! great job.:)

  11. Gina September 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Adorable outfits!! My favorite piece is the yellows gingham dress… I love the collar and pintucks!

  12. Emily September 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Your Ainsley is adorable! I love the blazer (and the lining!) and the yellow dress! Did I miss pattern info about the dress?

  13. Carrie77 September 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    I love every piece… and you have such an adorable model!

  14. Anonymous September 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    My name is Jennifer and I am a regular reader but have never commented before. I must tell you though that you are SO talented. I would buy all of those pieces for my own 3 year old girl. Do you sell them? Do you take commissions? Only half kidding!

  15. 2littlehooligans September 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    oh i love her little smile:) that little yellow dress is the cutest! great job, i cant wait to see whatcha make next week!

  16. Delia September 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    You knocked it out of the park this week. great pieces and so perfect for children’s wear. I agree…even though the jacket is amazing, the dress is my favorite!

  17. Marnie September 23, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    That is adorable. Which pattern did you use for the yellow dress?

  18. Frances Suzanne September 23, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Love this look….you can’t go wrong with stripes, BUT, the yellow gingham dress is awesome! LOVE the collar and pintuck details!!

  19. Joy September 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    I love your outfits!! I was not sure I wanted to sew this fall but you have definetly want to now. I loved everything you made!! Great Job!!

  20. Fancy That Notion September 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    Oh my goodness! These pieces are so adorable! I love Kate’s style too, and it translated perfectly to your little girl. Great job!

  21. Fancy That Notion September 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    Oh my goodness! These pieces are so adorable! I love Kate’s style too, and it translated perfectly to your little girl. Great job!

  22. Anonymous September 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    You are truely amazing!! Your pieces or priceless! Great job!

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