project run and play recap

Didja hear? I won Spring Formal Wear Week! Cue jaw to drop…wow…can’t believe it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, it’s over. Project Run and Play All-Stars was SO much fun. I had a blast-you know me and a good theme….so I was in heaven! Not to say I didn’t feel the stress of competition and deadlines (definitely did!), but it was so fun to be pushed creatively, sewing and photography-wise.ย 

I had a blast competing with a FANTASTIC group of ladies, and true friends. Each one of those gals are super talented, sweet, and soo nice. It was an honor to sew along with them. Also, a huge THANK YOU to the awesome gals over at Simple Simon for all their hard work on this season! They always do an awesome job, love those ladies ๐Ÿ™‚

ย I sewed a few things for the first time during PR&P-a cardigan (can you believe I’ve never done one of those? That I can remember at least…), lace (now that was a pain), a lined and exposed zipper, notched sleeve, circle bubble skirt, etc…the list goes on. I also had a Lot of muslins and cast offs-lol. See above. Missing 2 tops from the pile, actually….

I also couldn’t have done it without my idea-bouncer-offer-person…. Kristin! Thanks for listening to my rambling emails and texts about, among other things, the Wonder Woman bodice and fabric and design choices….and then dishing out advice like the sewing rock star you are. ๐Ÿ˜€ Also my BFF Cassy for her advice, and letting me vent to her about sewing frustrations and failures!

Exhibit A: Wonder Woman bodice. Most crappily sewn thing eva made in this here sewing room. I blame the fabric…and laziness. Mostly the peach fabric though….it was twitchy stuff.

Also, although she has no idea I’m writing this, and will maybe only see it when she’s older-I want to say thank you to my little Sadester. She was SUCH a trooper with all this sewing. Many, MANY fittings, photo shoots, and bribes went into PR&P. And of course the requisite blood sweat and tears. (all mine, don’t worry. I never poked her with a pin, as afraid of that as she was.) She handled it like a champ….with some whining and stubborn moments of course..but what do you expect from a 4 year old?

Oh mom, not ANOTHER photo shoot so you can email Kristin your progress.

Also, I don’t really have any tutorials prepared-I was sewing by the seat of my pants most of the time. :} Sorry bout that. I do have one for the notched sleeve, and I’ll try to get that up soon. Maybe some patterns down the line….we will see!

Most of all, thanks to YOU for your support throughout this amazing month. (well, longer than that for me…lol) Thank you for your votes, and your amazing comments with encouraging words and compliments. You all made my day twenty times over every Friday. THANK you. ๐Ÿ˜€


Next on my list: the Kids Clothes Week Challenge! Sadie is in desperate need of certain items so I am already busily sewing. Can’t wait to show you! Stay tuned for a giveaway this week too!


  1. Congratulations!!! Every outfit you made was so adorable and amazing! I’m anxious for the notched sleeve tutorial. By the way, your tutorials have been so helpful to me over the last few years. I hate the perfection required from a printed pattern (there’s so much pressure-ha ha). I was afraid of sleeves for so long and you made them so easy!!! Thanks for sharing your talents!!!

  2. congrats on winning the spring look! So cute and what a great line up you ended up with this season. Can’t wait to see what you make for kcwc!

  3. Congrats congrats congrats, Jess! You all did such a wonderful job. It was so fun to see such amazing inspiration from you.

  4. I love how all of your outfits turned out!

  5. Patterns, pretty please.
    Those outfits were awesome.
    You are one amazing momma, and your girls are some lucky girls!

  6. Jess- You truly are amazing. Congrats on your win!

  7. When I saw the results this morning I did a little happy dance for you! You did such an amazing job!!! Winning three out of four challenges is spectacular! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  8. I’m not surprised you won the round, your dress was fantastic! You are on my list of how… HOW does she pump out so much awesomeness? (And you are right, your model is a professional!)


  9. Congrats! Kristin is such a awesome Tim Gunn isn’t she? :)You rocked it this season…as expected. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Congrats again on another win this week!

  10. You rock and you so deserved to win! Congratulations, you’re amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ x
    p.s. don’t email me back and be all modest and all, “no I’m not” cos you are. So there. Ner ๐Ÿ˜›

  11. Congrats! I loved every single one of your looks! You did a really wonderful job!

  12. Jess, you did a truly amazing job with every one of your looks. Sadie is truly a lucky little girl with a very talented mama!

  13. Congrats!! It was an amazing dress =)
    I voted for you, obviously!!


  14. You are so awesome! The pile of cast-offs is my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved seeing your outfits every week, it was so fun! Good for you, sewing more clothes right away. I needed a 2-month breather. lol!

  15. Great job!! You sewed so many awesome outfits!! What a die hard you re; I can’t believe you are off and sewing again for kids clothes week. Go, Jessica, go!!

  16. Congratulations!!!

  17. I love these outfits, every one. You did an amazing job!
    The pile of cast-offs is fun… good to know that I’m not the only one who makes things that don’t turn out like I was imagining. =)
    That wonder woman bodice… still 10 times as nice as what I see being made elsewhere. =)

  18. Woot!Woot! Seriously AH-mazing stuff. I am so happy for you. Completely professional and totally sell worthy clothing. Great job!

  19. I LOVE all of your looks so much! And you have a beautiful model to work with too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. And once again, congrats my dear! I’m so proud that you overcame your initial nervousness and made such really inspiring and beautiful garments! You totally stretched yourself and it showed! Congrats, Jess! Thanks for letting me into your creative process, that was fun. Em loved all the Sadie pics too, for sure. ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. You are simply amazing and such an inspiration. I can’t tell you just how much you/your blog have inspired me.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Katie x

  22. Brittany Pelletier says

    I just wanted to say you are the best!! I love everything you make, and I read your blog every morning!! Your little ladies are just so adorable and I really am inspired by all of your creative awesomeness! Thank you for sharing all of your brillance with the rest of us!!

  23. Very cute! Super love the hot air balloon printing. Do you have a preferred fabric paint?

  24. Congrats! You have such amazing talent and the cutest little model for your work ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Are there tutorials for these outfits? I love the chevron skirt and the cardigan sweater!! I would love to make them for my daughter and I love love love your tutorials so much. I am not joking when I tell you that I did not understand sewing whatsoever until I learned from your website.

    • there is one for the cardigan, under my tutorials tab, but not the skirt ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks so much, that means a lot!

  26. We’ll if you ever make that skirt again please share the steps!! I will look up the sweater, yay!

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