Since I have limited space on the Project Run & Play site to tell you about each piece, every week I’m going to post here to give you all the details and information you’re looking for!
When I first saw week 1’s theme: Pokemon, I started to get worried. My only memories of Pokemon were watching my brother battle his cards with his friends when we were kids. But, I did some market research, google searches, watched youtube videoes, and even tried to catch some Pokemon myself! It was actually a ton of fun and I soon felt confident to put this look together.
First of all, the vest!
Because I didn’t want to create an outright costume, I used the idea of Ash’s vest to create my own look. I drafted the vest portion myself, but borrowed the hood from Ottobre 4/2015 # 19 (it’s a lovely softshell coat pattern). The hood is removable with large metal snaps and its 4 piece construction means that it fits the head very well.
I created a slight hi-lo hem and there is a decorative faux leather yoke at the shoulders. The leather is repeated as trim on the patch pockets, which also close with a metal snap. The vest closes with a double ended plastic zipper; this allows you to open it up from the bottom to sit more comfortably.
I really lucked out with the fabric. I had planned on quilting some rip stop nylon myself, but found some prequilted at Marshall Fabrics, my local store. It did mean I had to be very careful matching up the stitching lines however. The vest is lined with a wool flannel that I felted in the dryer. Altogether, it is a super warm piece that I’m sure my son will get a lot of use out of!
Next up is the jeans. I sew a lot of jeans for my kids, but I really went all out with this pair. I created the look by mashing the Titchy Threads Skinny Jeans with my own Everest Pants. I just love how the darts form the articulated knees and allow for comfortable movement. The waistband has buttonhole elastic and I also added large cuffs so that they can be worn for a while. For a flash of colour and for a clean finish, the outseams are finished with red bias tape. I created a 2 piece back pocket and embellished it with a stitched lightening bolt, drawing inspiration from Pikachu’s tail.
These jeans include many other details that make them look like ‘real’ jeans: metal button, rivets, belt loops and contrasting double topstitching. After each seam was sewn, I lightly distressed the denim with sand paper to give it a worn in look. The fabric is a medium weight stretch denim and the waistband and pockets are lined with a grey quilting cotton.
The tee is a simple long sleeve crew neck tee. I used my own Chestnut Tee pattern, it works well for a boy too! The fabric is from a great Canadian custom printing shop: Crookshanks Custom Textiles. I was offered the opportunity to sew a strike off before the themes for PRP were announced and it was an amazing coincidence that their next round was Pokemon themed! You can read more about them, and place an order for fabric, by following the links in their group.
I think my favourite part of the look is the Poke Ball Backpack. I drafted it myself based on the measurements of a toddler size backpack we own. The poke ball is appliqued to the front of the backpack. I sewed the bag out of a heavy weight cotton twill and interfaced it with decor bond. The bag is sturdy and stands up completely on its own.
The seams all have piping inserted to make the colours pop. I’m really happy with how the straps turned out. I inserted 1/2″ foam into the straps and they are finished with webbing, adjustable strap buckles, and some reflective trim.
The bag opens with a zipper and is fully lined with a grey and white quilting cotton. The bag was technically the most difficult piece to execute since the seams were so thick and bulky; I broke quite a few needles while stitching it together.
Finally, as a bonus for the whole look, I designed a cute little Pikachu stuffie for my toddler to carry around in his backpack. The toy is sewn out of regular fleece, with the face detailed appliqued on. This is my son’s favourite part of the outfit, and he deemed it sufficient payment for the photography session.
As a thank you to you all for encouraging and supporting me, the Poke Ball Backpack will be available as a FREE pattern this fall!
I’d love for you to hop on over to the PRP site and vote for your favourite look; I would love to be back next week to share another look with you all!