Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Sheet That Wasn't...

So Project Runway's week 3 challenge is the white sheet challenge.

I LOVE this challenge (in theory):  I mean it is right up my ally, upcycling, total creative freedom, not something girly that is hard to adapt for a boy... this should be a breeze, RIGHT?!?!?  But here's the thing - it is a white sheet.  The opportunities are endless, how to pick what to do???

Well for Operation: Project $0, I said I was making suits (WHAT WAS I THINKING????)  But I figured, this was as good a time as any to at least do a sports coat if not a full suit.  I of course didn't want it to be WHITE.  So then came my foray into dying... ummm, poly cotton doesn't dye well, according to my sister- Rit sucks, and I have three children and very little time for experimentation.  After a long complicated process I finally got it to work!!! (don't worry I'll post a separate tut on the magic of forcing a poly cotton blend to take dye!)

Luckily I had a white sheet in my stash - my sister got cheap white sheets for my bridal shower to do the 'create your own gown for the bride' game.  Most people use toilet paper, or trash bags, but my sister is AWESOME and she got sheets ;o)

I've never made a sports coat - I was going to buy Melly's blank slate pattern (go buy it!), but then my friend gave me a little suit that fit A and B to a T.  So I, in my infinite(ly stupid) wisdom, decided to pattern the coat -by some miracle it fit beautifully, but I had no instructions... instructions are good, instructions are helpful, instructions can save you from ripping out seams umpteen million times.

But let's step away form my idiot-ness and simply enjoy the adorable end result.  It isn't perfect, I can see all the flaws (the uneven dye, the piping -gahhhhh don't get me started on the PIPING), but then I look at that happy boy - who hates modeling for me - and I'm satisfied!

 JUMP!  (see, see - I told you my kids wear shoes!)
 (this button was in my stash button jar)

 Look B, I can put things in my pockets!!!

 'My turn mama - I'll take some pictures!' ummmmm... I think this photo session is over ;op

Here are some 'making of' pics:

Making a white sheet -not white...
 These are the secret to dyeing Poly-cotton blend, you need BOTH to get the rich color

 detail of the center back of the coat - not every line matched perfectly, but most of them did!

 Pieces for the lining
 Lining of the coat - I really love the grey&orange combo, but was terrified when I was starting out.
 Pocket Details

Hope you enjoyed my white sheet ;o)

*Hopefully by some miracle I will finish Baby girl's skirt today and be able to enter it as well - it was a joint effort with my mom and I really want it to be in the running too!



  1. Super cute! I love the details on the pockets. I am getting ready to pipe my sweatshirt blazer to turn it into the Mad Hatter's jacket and am a little nervous. If it looks half as good as yours I'll be satisfied!

  2. Oh my goodness!!! As much as I would love to win a week of sew along, I reeeaallly hope you win!!! This is amazing! I LOVE the topstitching and I am totally stealing the idea! :) I bought Blank Slates and used it for the next week (boys wear) - it's a wonderful e-book and the pictures are really good quality! You should get it! :)

  3. Adorable and dashing! I love the topstitching and the piping-it really makes such a cool look for any little boy!
    Bonnie MS

  4. Wow, that looks great! I would never guess it was a white sheet! And the orange top-stitching- superb!

  5. Great job with the pattern! Love the orange top stitching and the fun piping.

  6. wow- i love it! The stiching & piping are so clever. A looks so adorable, too.

  7. Oh, I LOVE it! The pockets are great. Please add it to my Flickr group here:

  8. Great blazer! Love your pictures too. Coming over from WKWW.

  9. The evenly sewed lines on the pocket and back are amazing! Great job!

  10. This project sounded doomed from the start and it really turned out amazing! I am so impressed. Way to tackle it! Thanks for sharing!


  11. You are very talented and you are applying yourself! Go you! I love the chevron detail on the pockets and back. And I love that mottled gray; it looks intentional! Thanks for contributing to Eat Make Grow.

  12. This is crazy cute! I'm your new follower now.

  13. Such an adorably cute jacket. Nice job!

  14. This is so cute. I love the bright orange piping! If you get a chance I would love for you to come link up your tutorial at my Pin Party.

  15. Absolutely adorable!! And your little model is quite the cutie!! Thanks so much for linking up with Mop It Up Monday!