|Finals Week -Signature Style – “Teatime”|
So, after a very busy season, Project Run and Play is over! It was definitely my biggest undertaking as a seamstress thus far and it was a wild ride both physically and emotionally. I’m walking away with third place and a generous prize package, and I am so proud of myself! It was an incredible learning experience and the new relationships that I have made are the best part. I am so grateful to have been included in this adventure, with some really wonderful and talented people.
|Week 1 – Junebug Dress Remix – “The Little Mommy and Me Dress”|
Before I move on with the million other blog posts swarming in my head, I want to do a little picture recap on the season. Having received the themes well before the January 2 start date, I have been working on these projects since November and I was sewing right up until the last day; it has really been all-consuming! My house is in complete disarray and I am anxious to regain some order in my life. I’m also jotting down some of my thoughts so that I can remember how I was feeling throughout this process. If you’d rather skip on my long-winded, slightly scattered, somewhat sappy summary, I’ll totally understand.
|Week 2 – Boy Week – “Mr. Carpenter”|
- Before this competition, I was overly concerned with “right” and “wrong” as a seamstress. I’ve never taken a sewing class of any kind and I haven’t been sewing all that long, so I always wonder about the things I don’t know, or worse, the things I don’t know I don’t know. Designing without patterns was REALLY challenging, but also sorta liberating once I realized I was supposed to be making it up!
- I made a whole lotta stuff in the past two months, all in the name of Project Run and Play (it didn’t all make my final cut, but it’s sitting in my house) – let’s count, just for fun.
- seven dresses
- four jackets
- a vest
- two shirts
- three pairs of pants
- a skirt/skort
- a pettiskirt
- a baby doll dress
- two hats
- two hair clips, one headband, a pile of crowns
- four shoe make-overs
- one tool belt
- one umbrella
- one tent
|Week 3 – Sewing Through the Decades – “Totally 80s”|
- My readers, my friends, my family rock! Seriously. Reading your comments each week really gave me the motivation to keep going. I didn’t anticipate how vulnerable I would feel putting my stuff out there each week, but there were so many people who took the time to leave the most heartfelt comments. I think you guys are special and unique.
- My husband is a numbers junkie. I thought he wrote down every contraction of my 42 hour labor with Grace for the sentimentality. But now I know he just really likes tracking numbers. As soon as the voting opened each week, he was waking me up in the middle of the night, reading off the numbers. Date night? Reading off the numbers. At the pool in Hawaii? Reading off the numbers. Good thing his profession is in numbers – otherwise, I don’t know what we’d do with the competition being over and all!
- Seriously, though. I love that man. He may have invested himself in this competition even more than me…and that’s a lot. And it means a lot.
|Week 4 – Outerwear – “Sunday’s Child”|
- I don’t talk very much about my blog or my freaky craft addiction in real life. It really meant more than words can express to have my family and friends show their support week after week throughout this competition. A special thank you to my mom, who always encourages me to do my best, and who stayed at my house past 4 am one week because I wanted company and an ongoing opinion, and who put in countless hours as my sounding board, and who always makes me laugh. And to my sister, who would rather do ANYTHING than craft, but who followed the competition almost as diligently as my husband, and who always makes my girls laugh (and me!)
- “My style” has become so much more clear to me through this competition. I’ve become more in tune with the types of clothes I want to spend my time sewing and the types of clothes I want to pay someone else to sew! I LOVE having clear direction.
- I like what I make. I’m proud of every single thing I put out there. My confidence and my sewing skills during this process have grown immeasurably.
- Not everyone is going to like what I make. And that’s okay. And I’ll keep telling myself that over and over until I believe it.
- My girls like what I make. This is the most important thing. This is my inspiration.
|Week 5 – Special Occasion – “Dancing on a Cloud”|