February 20, 2015

Project Run & Play: Mademoiselle February

The January Challenge for Project Run & Play 2015: Color-blocked muscle tee paired with culottes and flowing cardigan | The Inspired Wren

Here at The Inspired Wren chateau we've been discussing a trip to Paris. How timely that the February challenge for Project Run & Play is the Mademoiselle Muscle Tee by Susan from Living with Punks.

As I set out to create this outfit, I had an image of cycling the French countryside with flowers and a baguette in the bike's basket. I also saw a middle-school production of Grease this month, so I may have landed a little more '50s sock-hop -- a wing-tip with laces probably would have fixed that, but we have more use for Converse. Either way, I still love the ensemble; she'll be an adorable little American in Paris. 

The January Challenge for Project Run & Play 2015: Color-blocked muscle tee paired with culottes and flowing cardigan | The Inspired Wren


I sewed up the size 5T Muscle Tee from the challenge without altering the size or the wide width of the neck- and arm-bindings. I created a subtle color-blocking on the tee with narrow side panels of black & white dots breaking up the slub jersey knit and then used a floral black & white for the bindings.

The January Challenge for Project Run & Play 2015: Color-blocked muscle tee with black & white detailing  | The Inspired Wren



I pulled the coral-y pink color from the stockings of January's look-- the January blue is proving hard to match. I also left the A-line volume on the bottom, as I did in January, in the form of Oliver + S Culottes. I added more black & white and a callback to the houndstooth flannel of January with more houndstooth flannel on the waistband and pocket linings of the culottes.

The January Challenge for Project Run & Play 2015: Color-blocked muscle tee paired with culottes and flowing cardigan | The Inspired Wren


Finally I created a super drapey and flowy (and, ultimately, probably impractical) long-lined cardigan to cover The Peanut's arms. It's the softest of pinks, in the finest of knits, and I want it for myself. I made it using a Flashback Skinny Tee as the foundation (you should not be at all surprised by that if you read this blog -- clearly my most frequently used pattern), and added a collar based on the Oslo Cardigan I made for myself.


The January Challenge for Project Run & Play 2015: Color-blocked muscle tee paired with culottes and flowing cardigan | The Inspired Wren


The cardigan currently fits The Peanut the best. The tee and culottes both are loose with room to grow. I'm never a fan of that in pictures for the blog, but I'm definitely a fan of that in real world practicality. [Random anecdote: I once told The Peanut I was going to get a fan for her room, and she replied she wasn't "a fan of fans" -- and then giggled herself into hiccups.]

Pattern

Tee: Mademoiselle Muscle Tee by Susan from Living with Punks, size 5T with modifications
Culottes: Lunchbox Culottes by Oliver + S, size 5T
Cardigan: Self-Drafted (foundation: Flashback Skinny Tee by Rae Hoekstra, size 5T)

Fabric

Tee: Doodles Two-Tone Jersey Slub; Fashion Knit Fabric, Reversible Stripe Black Dot (both, Joann's Fabric); Floral Print upcycled
Culottes: Sew Classic Bottom Weights, Black Solid Twill; Snuggle Flannel, Black Houndstooth (both, Joann's Fabric)
Cardigan: Famous Maker Solid Knit, (Joann's Fabric)

Note

I would have preferred to sew the culottes in a size 4 wide, size 5 long, however Oliver + S breaks its patterns by size and, sadly, that's right where the break falls. I could have purchased the smaller pattern and added length, but clearly I'll get more use out of the larger pattern now.

Love

I like the balance of volume on the bottom and lean lines on the top -- I think it calls back to my PRP January solution nicely. And even though they're typically American, I really love the styling of these B&W Converse paired with these culottes and repeating the B&W from the tee.
The January Challenge for Project Run & Play 2015: Color-blocked muscle tee with black & white detailing and culottes | The Inspired Wren
Looking for that pocket chocolate as specified in her contract.


Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.

___________________________________________________
   
You should really see all that goes into each project!
From my marathon sewing sessions, to all that I do when I #shouldhavebeensewing catch daily updates on Instagram (and Flickr) of works-in-progress. Get that behind the scenes view you’re looking for, and sneak peeks of upcoming tutorials, too.
___________________________________________________

The Inspired Wren is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

11 comments:

  1. I love how you mixed in the floral and dot black & white colors in the tee! Super cute.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow! You really knocked this challenge out of the park! I can totally see her in this outfit cycling on the streets of Paris. Okay, so I've never been to Paris, but maybe that's why I can picture it so well?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, again. Well...it's our American idea of Paris, at least. :)

      Delete
  3. I love this outfit :-D such an awesome finish. Your colour choices are great.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Caitlin. I really love the way this one turned out, too.

      Delete
  4. Superb! The whole outfit goes together very well.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Very cute! I love the culottes; room to grow is great and I love huge pants anyways, they look cute on her now as well.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I don't know which piece of the outfit I like best! They are all fabulous!!!
    -liZ

    ReplyDelete