I might be cutting it close but I did actually manage to complete my sew-along idea for this week’s Project Run and Play theme: Cosplay. Believe me I had plenty of ideas but my goal to seriously do some stash busting over the next few months narrowed things down to projects I could do with stash fabric. Making a Little Orphan Annie inspired look seemed to be the best use of my stash.
I’m no stranger to making character inspired looks for the kids. For Craftingcon I’ve so far created a dashing Captain Jack Harkness inspired outfit for Seb, channeled Pen’s inner beast with a Road Warrior look, and sent Pen where no baby has gone before with a Star Trek uniform (and wig) of her very own. Not to mention I randomly make geeky things when the inspiration hits.
Jacket: Sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee and a heart print quilting cotton that I bought last year and have completely forgotten where. White quilting cotton scraps for collar.
Shirt: Various scraps including the Rainfall print that you keep seeing I purchased from Mabel Madison and a 1/2 stripe knit from Fabrics Universe.Pants: Upcycled the material from an ill-fitting dress.
The tale in brief…
About the project…
Totally dating myself here… I loved the Annie movie of the early 1980’s so much as a kid, that I wore out the soundtrack RECORD listening to it a billion times a day.
The iconic red dress with white socks and black mary janes heavily influenced my fabric choices for the jacket and pants. A big splash of bright red paired with contrasting black and white.
I even used heart prints for the jacket lining and orphan tee as a nod to Annie’s locket that featured so prominently in the film.
Hacking the Jane Top & Dress into a little jacket was something of an experiment. The version you see is version 1.o. I think the jacket is completely wearable as-is but if I were to do this again I would make several changes including adding a facing to the neckline.
One of the biggest changes to the pattern was sticking the front gathers on the back.
Making an eclectic shirt for the orphan look was fun and a great knit scrap buster. A lot of the fabrics used featured in outfits on the blog before. For a decorative touch I added applique patches.
I found the perfect color yarn at a local store but the weight was wrong for the texture I was planning. I ended up using 3 strands of the worsted weight yarn and size 15 circular needles. This was a quick knit and thanks to muscle memory I was able to knit most of it while dozing off. I’d like to get into fine knitting projects more in the future but nothing can beat the thrill of knitting a hat in an hour or so.
I’m quite happy with the overall look of this Little Orphan Annie inspired outfit. I think all the pieces will work great in Pen’s wardrobe. I will confess, I’m sure if Pen could string more than two words together, she would of insisted on a Rey inspired outfit. She is a big Star Wars fan!
For the upcoming Project Run and Play theme “All that glitters”, I plan on switching gears and sewing for Seb. Yes, a boy outfit that fits a “glitter” theme.