April 22, 2014

Spring Mini-Collection Mix & Match

Project Run and Play, Season 9 has come to a close. I had a great time designing and sewing (along) toward specific challenges. There is something wonderful about defined limits on a project that makes my creativity stretch. I knew in advance I wanted the pieces I produced for PRP to mix and match (and be truly wearable), so I've been referring to it as a mini-collection. Five looks, four challenges. Casual to formal-dressy.

Spring Green, a mix and match collection of children's separates created throughout Project Run and Play, Season 9. | The Inspired Wren
Project Run & Play, Season 9 Mini-Collection -- Spring Green




In the last four weeks I created 4 tops, 4 bottoms, 2 sweaters, 1 formal dress, and 1 beret. Wow! No wonder I'm feeling a tad burned out.

Spring Green, a mix and match collection of children's separates created throughout Project Run and Play, Season 9. | The Inspired Wren
So much...and the dress isn't even here!

I tied the collection together with color: spring-green, black & white, pops of teal; with pattern: stripes, polka dots, solids; and with shape: bell shirts, color-blocked yokes. I put thought into each piece and how it could relate back to the others. I'll admit there's more black than I intended, but I fell in love with the denim + green combo and let it inspire me. That green creates the strongest through-line. If I were going to be pretentious and actually name this collection, I'd totally call it "Spring Green." 

So how well does it mix and match? Even better than I hoped. Here are just a few of the many possible combinations that The Peanut can pull out of her wardrobe and still look put together.

Spring Green, a mix and match collection of children's separates created throughout Project Run and Play, Season 9. | The Inspired Wren
Spring Green Layered: Week 2 Blouse and Week 2 Leggings with Week 3 Cardigan


Spring Green, a mix and match collection of children's separates created throughout Project Run and Play, Season 9. | The Inspired Wren
Spring Green Casual: Week 1 Raglan Tee and Week 4 Cropped Jeans


Spring Green, a mix and match collection of children's separates created throughout Project Run and Play, Season 9. | The Inspired Wren
Spring Green Summery: Week 4 Blouse with Week 2 Shorts


Spring Green, a mix and match collection of children's separates created throughout Project Run and Play, Season 9. | The Inspired Wren
Spring Green Leggy: Week 2 Tee and Shorts


Spring Green, a mix and match collection of children's separates created throughout Project Run and Play, Season 9. | The Inspired Wren
Spring Green Relaxed: Week 2 Tee with Week 1 Pants


I could keep going like this. The tops and bottoms really mix and match well. And that Elephant and Piggie Jacket? We've already shown you how well it can top it all!


Spring Green, a mix and match collection of children's separates created throughout Project Run and Play, Season 9. | The Inspired Wren


If you'd like more details about each of the pieces (including patterns and materials) be sure to read my original Project Run and Play posts...
Week 4: Signature Style


Signature Style week calls for just one outfit, but in truth this post best sums up my current signature style: easy to wear for everyday use with clean lines and lovely details. It's a happy bonus that my work to create mix & match children's separates paid off so handsomely.


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17 comments:

  1. You did a great job mixing and matching! They all look great together and cute on her :)

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    1. Thanks! I had fun doing this. It was nice to reflect back.

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  2. they all look great and works so perfectly together. I LOOOOVE the green and blue together. I think that dress were my favorite. Such a Great job.

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  3. It all works so well as a collection! I love the dress and the color combo is absolutely wonderful :)

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  4. I love it all! Great work there. Just an amazing wardrobe.

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  5. This really is a wonderful group of clothes. So cute and so useful!

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    1. Thanks! That's important to me -- that it's useful/wearable. I don't want to spend all the time and energy for pretty pictures or one-time events.

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  6. I was trying to think of what it was about this collection that I loved most and couldn't pin point a single piece that I liked more than the other, I't all works so well together.
    You've inspired me to create my own collection (for me to ware) and down size my wardrobe.
    Thanks for sharing and the inspiration.

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    1. WOO HOO! I need to do it for myself (pare down my wardrobe to good, wearable pieces), too.

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  7. Another great outfit - thanks for sharing and linking up again with us at the #WWDParty - have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. Such darling clothes Ren. You have an adorable little model there too, lol!!! Thanks for linking up to my Weekend Link Party too.

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  9. She is so adorable, I would love to take her home and feed her chocolate all day lol :) I love how you do all this mix and match, I need you to do my wardrobe sometime!

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