We are now on week 3 of Project Run and Play and the current challenge is “All That Glitters”. Now it is Seb’s time to SHINE! With “all that glitters” being the theme for this week, I brainstormed places where you would see shiny materials in male fashion. One of the things that came to mind was a Bowie-esque intergalactic rocker. Not only would such theme be perfect for metallic fabric but both a rockstar and space are things often considered “glittering”.
Earlier in the month I actually planned on making Pen the outfit. Mainly because she is more in need of clothes than her brother. I have part of her dresser filled with the overflow from Seb’s! The fact that sewing something suiting the theme for a boy would be a lot more fun eventually won over my mind.
Gray star print is from Mabel Madison
Metallic Silver Pleather I ordered from Amazon
The rest is scraps or upcycled from old clothes
About the project…
I did not want this project to turn into glam rock cosplay and wanted something Seb could wear everyday. It also seemed fitting since Bowie always adapted his style to each decade that I’d adapt my inspiration to a modern boy’s outfit.
Everything fell into place once I decided to use the pants from the Moto Max Set. The way the front is assembled I thought it would be perfect for combing different fabrics and the knees were the perfect spot to use a metallic faux leather.
I let Seb pick most of the materials I used in this look and I was secretly rooting for him to go with the polka dots and he did! Yay! It strikes me a bit strange that you don’t see more polka dots in boy’s clothing when there is really nothing particularly feminine about the design. I salvaged the polka dot fabric from a pair of my own ill-fitting pants.
With the pants being pieced together, I got the inspiration to also piece together the shirt design. Several different fabrics around a silver pleather lightening bolt acts as the shirt graphic.
I realized a bit late into the process that since I’m not a quilter, I really had no idea how you piece points neatly and not being able to iron the pleather also made things a bit tricky. There was definitely a point in this project when I was kicking myself for not using applique lightening bolt!
While laying in bed waiting to fall asleep, I had the bright idea that I could use a hair dryer to heat up the pleather and that allowed me to finger press the seams involving that material more neatly.
Yes, sewing for a boy can definitely be a lot more fun. I might even prefer it, just don’t tell Pen!
The last sew-a-long for Project Run and Play is “Signature Style”. I’ll be combing that with another project since they both work together so beautifully. I also have THREE ideas for Kids Clothes Week but who knows if I’ll get to them all…