First I want to say thank you to everyone here for helping me make it to the finals, I really never thought I would be here with all the amazing talent this season and I am humbled and honored.
Ok - Signature style - I'm going to tell you a little secret here, but you have to promise not to tell anyone ok? I still don't know 'exactly' what my signature style is. I know that I love classic lines, that I want clothes that are wearable, and that if I am going to spend time making clothes for my kids - I want them to LOVE them. I hope my look is always a little classic, a little cool, and always evolving!!!
A few weeks ago, my husband asked me to make Yo Gabba Gabba shirts for the boys for their 2nd birthday (which is the 25th) because they are a wee bit obsessed with the show - which they call 'Gabba Ga!'. I looked at him with a scowl, I am not a fan of 'character' garments - NOT my style. But then I looked at my boys, dancing and singing along with their favorite show, sighed, and told my husband the following: 'If by some miracle I make it into the finals of PR&P, I will use YGG as the inspiration for my signature look'. Well, here I am ;o)
I present to you my version of Muno and Brobee - in a non-character/costume way. This week I was working entirely in real time - oh how fast it flies by!!! Each look has three pieces. They go together but are different - just like my boys!
BREAK IT DOWN!
Muno: B's pants were my first 'A-ha' moment and I love the way they turned out. They are made of an old sweatshirt that my mom donated to my stash. The two round pockets have functioning zippers - I wanted to create bumps without them being all over.
That circle motif is continued with the half circle pockets on his hooded vest. The pockets are made and lined with vermilion knit and match the lining of the hood and trim of the arm holes. (I honestly had to look up what color Muno is - Red or Orange, my husband is the genius who said he was in fact 'Vermilion' or Red-Orange).
The main body of the hoodie is made of grey fleece, but the hood is made of the same grey knit as the shirt yolk and sleeves, so the sleeves tie into the hood when worn together.
Brobee: For this one it was always all about the hoodie. The main green is made from an old maternity top of mine. The dark green is the only purchased yardage used in either outfit, sadly I was a little last minute in making decisions about this look so I didn't have time to order any fabric and was limited to what my local fabric store has in stock - not so much, but it all worked out in the end. The horizontal seams are top stitched with contrasting thread to tie into the lining using a twin needle.
The middle stripe forms a pocket for all sorts of treasures. The hood is lined with the same vermilion knit from B's Tshirt to allude to the horns and large mouth that detail Brobee's character.
His pants are so cool, they have double drawstrings that go up both legs so that they can be shortened in the spring for puddle jumping. One side has a cargo pocket, and the other has two tabs for a stripe-y detail. The bottoms of the legs have stitched on stripes to follow through with the main visual element of Brobee.
I wanted both boys to have matching T's and I created the piecing based on the head shape of both characters - I draw a lot of Munos and Brobees for the boys and I always start with an upside down U for their heads. The pieced seams are top stitched with the twin needle.
Roll the Credits:
Shirts - adapted from my basic long sleeve T pattern
Brobee Pants - I used the same pattern I created for the elephant pants, I added the side pocket, tabs, and stitching detail along with the super cool leg drawstrings.
Muno Pants - same basic pants pattern adapted to gave a separate waist band and the bum seam. Added the circle zipper pockets.
Hoodies - Both are variations on my basic hoodie pattern, the Brobee one adds the shoulder yolk and stripe pockets along with a zipper closure. The Muno one becomes sleeveless and adds the half circle pockets.
I almost thought our photo shoot wouldn't happen as 3 inches of snow fell Wednesday night. Luckily they are really quick at clearing sidewalks and streets downtown, and that was where this amazing mural is located - I KNEW this was the perfect 'Gabba Land' location! B of course took off running and wiped out on some ice about 2 minutes into the shoot, but you can't tell too badly.
(showing off his dancy-dance skills)
'Animal crackers want to go to the Party in my tummy, so yummy, so yummy'
'You take some baby steps, baby steps... little tiny baby steps'
("Run run run, it's fun fun fun" - still running - yeah photographing 2 almost 2 year olds is fun ;op)
Running off side by side ;o)
Goodbye from all of us here in Gabba Land!!! And don't forget to VOTE!!!
PS - thank you everyone for your well wishes, we are finally a healthy family again!!!