20 April 2012

American Sportswear


American Sportswear

The brief for Project Run & Play(PR&P) this week was American Sportswear. But, I'm looking at the picture of Zoë in her outfit and wondering if we have ended up with more of a French thing going on....?!


Zoë and I initially read "sportswear" and she was keen on lycra with sports shoes and gymnastic poses... but when we checked the definition of American Sportswear on Wikipedia we found it was something quite different, but could cover a huge range of looks.

Slightly baffled, we Googled for images to give us some ideas. Since Zoë has to actually wear these clothes (PR&P is a great excuse to fill her drawers this spring) I was after something practical as well as fun. The sailor-inspired styles from the 1930's caught my eye. It was a start.


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So, I rifled though my stash and found some stripy lightweight muslin inherited from my mum, and some soft jersey knit in red (left over from the Jubilee Outfit) and white. Sailor-ish.


The shorts came first. I was keen on culottes but Zoë had other ideas, so we whipped them in under the knees with a band of red jersey and called them harem pants.

They've got a comfy jersey knit waistband (our favourite kind!) which folds over double for a snazzy look.
The pants themselves are very full with a low crotch. Roomy and lightweight; perfect for hot days and great for racing around.

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The top is my favourite piece.

White jersey knit, with a red jersey and dotty crisp cotton trim.

I cut around another of Zoë's t-shirts to get the right size and shape (much like I did for the hoodies). The overlocker (serger) made quick work of sewing it up, but the real fun was in the details.

The sleeve cuff is prettily gathered up with a nifty little band. Do you see? It ends up looking a bit like a bow and it just lifts an otherwise boring sleeve.

I did the neck twice... I wasn't going to - but something wouldn't let me leave it alone. So it ended up a little big. But she'll grow!
The first neck band was red jersey knit but it just didn't sit right. It kept riding up at the back and quite frankly, looked yuck.
So, I took it off and had another go with the dots. This time I slightly stretched the neck of the T-shirt as I sewed the collar on. Once it was flipped over, the collar sat much flatter. I was disappointed that the knot at the front didn't fall as well as the jersey knit but remedied this by making a wee jersey toggle.


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And, lastly, the hat. That wee freckly nose needs to be covered. This hat is reversible; french navy on one side and red and white dots on the other. I've topped stitched it in white. Super cute.

It's based on a pattern in the sweet book making children's clothes by Emma Hardy. It's a lovely book, the clothing is practical and fun. The patterns are brilliant for a novice sewer, but even a seasoned seamstress will be inspired by the pretty fabrics and fun details.

The patterns in the book are only for sizes 0 - 5, so for Zoë's hat I cut the pieces a little bit bigger, and away I went.

The hat whipped up in no time and with no exposed seams it looks very professional. Very satisfying.

American Sportswear

It was freezing when I took these pictures! We had to click super fast.


And, there you have it.
American Sportswear - Truly Myrtle style!


35 comments:

  1. That is one of the cutest outfits I've seen in a long time! I love the '30s feel.

    And your daughter is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Dorothy, I am really pleased with the final look - it suits her :)

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  2. So very cute! You are a truly talented designer!

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    1. You've made my day Lynn :)
      A designer! X

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  3. Super Cute ! I love that hat.

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    1. Thanks Kevin - I might steal the hat off her - it sort of fits me too :)

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  4. Wow, this is gorgeous, every little detail, and so is your daughter!
    My favourite thing are the pants, so cool!

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  5. Really gorgeous! What a great outfit, I would have loved something like that when I was a child :-)

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  6. That outfit is beyond perfect!
    I love it!

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  7. Wow, what an inventive and creative outfit! It is definitely unlike anything I have ever seen before. I also love the pants, I could use a pair of those!

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  8. Another goodie...I love reading the comments!! And Yes, you are definitely a designer!
    xx

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    1. Thanks Rachel - I email my reply back when I can - so not so many here....
      Designer!!!! I am feeling over the moon....the pressure!!! ;)

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  9. The outfit is amazing, but what really delights me is how 'game' your little model is!! My daughters will pose for me now, as adults...erm...under duress :), but I cannot imagine them acquiescing to this as little ones! She is adorable and everything fits perfectly. You are a sewing rock star!! XXO-

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  10. lovely you are very talented. Your model is cute too

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  11. I know exactly what you mean about having to rework the neck. I can never stop fiddling with things. I just redid a collar this morning myself :)
    I love love love the bow trim.

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  12. I want a pair of those pants for myself! They are absolutely fantastic and look really comfortable!

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  13. I would absolutely love that outfit for myself. I have always loved the "sailor" look. Fantastic job!!

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    1. Me too - and the red/white/blue thing!

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  14. Wow! You did great! I have that Child clothing book, it's one of my favourites.

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    1. Isn't it cool - I have adapted a few of the patterns too - they are a great starting point.

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  15. Wow, you are so talented. I'd love to be able to make children's clothes like you. Do you have any recommendations for any easy starting project?

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    1. Thanks Dillytante. Boys/girls?
      Skirts are great to start with - the circle skirt I made last week is super quick and easy. The tutorial I used is great :)
      The book I mentioned in this post is really good for a beginner sewer and the projects are very cute - mostly girls but a couple of boys things too.
      When I first started sewing clothes I made myself skirts and shorts, from patterns mostly. You learn quite a lot that way :)

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  16. Great outfit! Definitely appropriate for the seashore. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. Adorable! Zoë looks very sweet and to be having fun even though she must had been chilly.

    So nice stopping by to visit with you!
    Kindly, Lorraine

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  18. Beautiful outfit, and veeeeeeeeeery cute model :)
    I admire your talent and creativity

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    1. Thanks Winnie - she takes a good picture this one - provided she decides how she is going to stand/sit ...!

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  19. Wow that outfit is so cool. Your girl is so cute in it, I love the first pose. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Round Up. Can't wait to see what you share next week.
    Rose
    @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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  20. Wow!!! This is amazing. I love the outfit, the style, and your daughter is such a cute model for it. You both did a great job.

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  21. She looks gorgeous in the outfit. I love the whole thing!

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  22. A fun and totally practical outfit!!! LOVE it!!!

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  23. Oh that's so cute! Thanks for sharing it over at The Winthrop Chronicles!

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    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/04/show-your-stuff-21-sloppy-dave-recipe.html

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  25. This is awesome,you have great talent! i would love to try something like this.
    www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

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  26. Your blog post is really helpful for my apparel market 2012 Research and Development.

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