Monday, March 31, 2014

Project run and play week #2, season 9: Spring Break Vacation!






What do you know! It is spring break around these parts! So, what did I dream up for the PRAP Sewalong this week:  Glamping across the USA!  My dream vacation is to own or rent a trailer or RV and take several months, at least, to glamp our way around the country.  We live in an amazing country and I dream of driving down the Pacific Coast to the Redwoods, heading inland through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, crossing the desert to the Grand Canyon, and heading east to Taos, Austin, and New Orleans. From NO, we would head to the Carolina Coast to compare beaches. From there, we could spend a few days in DC seeing the Smithsonian and the sights. Then, on to Pennsylvania dutch country to see where my grandparents were born. Into upper New York state we would go to see Niagara Falls and the Adirondack mountains, and then to Montreal.  From Montreal, we would drive around the great lakes and explores some of that area before heading west again towards Washington state, where we live.  The drive from the Great Lakes to Washington will take us at least a week, if not more, so we can see all the fabulous natural and significant sights along the way. 

Glamping, to me, means camping that is a bit more glamorous than living in a tent and using a porta-potty. So, in my dream, we would have a vintage Airstream like the one my grandparents had when I was a kid!I always love that thing! It had a bed and a fold down table and it was so stylin' in it's looks. Even in the 70s, it was fab-U-lous to see. In my vision, we store cool chairs, rugs, flowers, the antenna so we can stream NPR, and everything else we need to camp in style. We would, of course, stop at lovely retro motels every few days so we could shower, swim, wash our clothes, and enjoy the amenities. 


You are thinking CRAZY!  This girl is CRAZY!! Her dream vacation is an RV trip across the USA? Yep! That is my dream trip. I looooove car trips. My parents have been taking me on long car camping trips since I was three months old. I am an excellent passenger and I love seeing the sights.  Plus, I've already been to Europe.
 



So, with out further adieu, here is my week #2, season #9 Spring Break Vacation sew-a-long outfit.

It started with the fabric and the idea of using my friend Amy's Brownie Goose patterns. I knew they would be perfect for summer fun.  See sidebar for link =======>


Google camping fabric and you get Moda Glamping. 



*THUD*

 I fell off my chair. How CUTE IS THIS!! 




So, I added Robert Kaufman Carolina Chambray, the perfect summer fabric. (learned that from Amy of BG) and a few bits of this and that and Voila!
 


The coat is Brownie Goose Pepper with serious modifications.  Pepper is supposed to be a dress but it can be done reversible as a coat.  I not only did it reversible, following Amy's tute, but I shortened it for summer and added a pocket and appliques. I purposely lined up the coat so it would show a bit of the Blondie tunic and I made the sleeve trim match the Blondie body so they would look CA-UTE together.  I googled "camping tent applique" and "vintage trailer applique" to get ideas and winged it (wung it?) from there.  I think they turned out super duper cute!! Since this will be a layering item, I made the size 7 and it turned out great. My E has broad shoulders so 7 fit her great.


Then, I made BG Blondie top and Darby shorts.  Since E is a size 4 wide and 7 long, this took some tinkering. I made the size 7 Blondie but I had to do some serious tailoring to get those armpits not to stick out.  My seam ripper was my BFF for this top.  The yoke also gave me fits, but that is another story. The 7 fit her great, once I got the armpits to work. (remember, she is a 4 wide) The Darby shorts are a size 4 wide but I added length to them at waist and leg. So, they turned out great! 


 Here are some details.  I have done about 2 (??) applique projects before this but I found this awesome-sauce tute from Sew Like my Mom and followed it like no tomorrow and practiced first and I think things look pretty good!   Several years ago, I bought these gigantic red buttons and hey! They look good here!  



 Here are some more photos.





Check it out at

http://www.projectrunplay.com/2014/03/week-2-spring-break-challenge-and-week.html



32 comments:

  1. Gosh beautiful creations Kathy!! Love those cute RV prints, we don't have that here, the RV trips must sounds fun!

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    1. Thank you Zura! I have never actually been RVing other than visiting my grandparents' during the day! LOL But it does look fun.

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  2. That jacket is adorable!!! Love that it feels like a picnic and a summer vacay all in one. Perfect for a cooler night, roasting marshmallows next to the RV! :)

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  3. I am pretty sure this is the most awesome ever! Love how that jacket is reversible! Great job

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  4. Thank you so much for the compliments! This outfit was a lot of work and I appreciate the recognition!!

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  5. Kathy,
    Darling and SO much fun. I like that it is reversible.
    Deborah @sewmuchtogive.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh my goodness, you knocked yourself out on that outfit & what a dream trip...it would be a torture trip for me. Give me a plane ride & a 3 hour drive or less & I can handle it! Amazing momma award for this outfit.
    http://xoxograndma.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aw, thank you for the amazing momma award!

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  7. I really like the appliques, Kathy! Very cute and so is your daughter :)
    Amy

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  8. Love, love, love the reversible jacket! Ca-ute to be sure!

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  9. This so so darling! And your appliques are great! Love the trailer too! We used to live by the "Washington Land Yacht Club" and there are tons of the cool vintage air streams there - it looks awesome when they all roll out together for a summer get-away.

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    1. I would love to find this club! LOL Will have to google.

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  10. Cute! I love that the jacket is reversible!

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  11. oh my, so fun!! I love the camper fabric!! Adorable ;o) I love this weeks theme! I linked up a beachy outfit! Emily@nap-timecreations.com

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    1. I saw your outfit! Adorable. And thanks for loving mine.

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  12. How gorgeous is this? I love Brownie Goose patterns too. And I really love what you've created Kathy. Congrats on a great job with the appliques too. I'm a huge fan of applique and these little pieces fit the project so well. Such a fun look and so road-trip ready! Lauren x

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  13. I can't remember if my comment went through last night - amazing job! I love all the details.

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  14. Love the silhouette of the reversible(!) jacket! Perfect.

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  15. It's the end of the week of the PRP contest...and I thought that I would tell you that I like your outfit the BEST of ALL.
    Deborah @ Sew Much To Give

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  16. The details are so lovely and whats not to love about a reversible jacket!!!

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  17. Thanks for linking up at Inspire Us Thursdays!

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