Monday, March 24, 2014

PR&P Season 9: Put Me in the Zoo


First off, we love the zoo!!  We have a season pass to our local zoo and go a lot!  So when season 9's themes came up I knew this one had our name on it.


My son LOVES the penguins.  So much so we stop there for probably 10 minutes every time we go.  He is fascinated with them.  I knew right from the beginning our inspiration would be a penguin.


We decided to make a three piece outfit (4 if you count the belt that isn't pictured here but he has to have or all his pants fall off!  You can get the tutorial HERE).


It is still chilly in March and April where we live.  So I knew I wanted to make a sweater or jacket.  I wanted to start with my color scheme which was mainly black and white and then add just a little pop of color just like the penguins in our zoo.  So I chose to use the Reversible Zippy Jacket by Kitschy Coo and make the main side black jersey while the inside was Angry Bird Fabric.


Not only does my son love Angry Birds, but the fabric had just the right pop of color.  Reds and yellows!!  The best part is that it is reversible.  So he has some choices when getting dressed.  And he loves it!


For the inside, we wanted to address the signature look of the penguin.  We decided on making a simple v-neck t-shirt but doing a little color blocking.  (We did something similar to this a couple seasons ago for the Candy Challenge.)



We used the Vintage V-Neck by Blank Slate Patterns as our starting point.  Then we slashed the pattern and split it into the two color blocks.  (see tutorial here)


It might not be as decorative as an actual penguin, but it gives you the idea.


Finally, the jeans.  We used the Classic Chinos Pattern from Peek-a-Boo Patterns. (affiliate) They are an upcycle of Dad's old jeans.  I changed the pockets to a patch pocket using THIS TUTORIAL.


In the end, I feel like we did a pretty good job.  A nice classic outfit with a little color.
 

30 comments:

  1. I would've never guessed you made the jeans, it all looks great! Love the picture backdrop too :)

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! The jeans were a labor of love. I even recycled the zipper from Dad's pants. But they turned out. :)

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  2. I agree with Stephanie! Never would have noticed the jeans were sewn by you had you not pointed it out. And I LOVE the penguin tee. Great job!

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    1. Thanks Ren. I think the t-shirt is my favorite part!

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  3. That is super cute and I love that Angry Bird hoodie. Great job!

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    1. Thanks Stacy! We love us some angry birds around here.

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  4. The entire outfit is excellent! Ben would love a sweatshirt like that one... :-)

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    1. Now we know what they boys will enjoy doing during the summer together! ;)

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  5. What a great outfit. It fits perfectly and I really like that the hoodie is reversible. Well done!

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    1. I love that it is reversible too! Great right now during the cold spring. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Very nice! I like that it's a subtle take on an animal that could have ended up very costume-y :) And I love the reversible jacket.
    Amy

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    1. Thanks Amy! We really wanted to make it something he could wear over and over again. Plus Dad had to approve, so it worked out great!

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  7. Cute! We LOVE penguins in our house, too (though Daddy is the main penguin lover..... we just all HAVE to love them by default!) :) The outfit is great and perfect for an active boy! Found you through the blogger group on FB!

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    1. Glad to have you drop by Kim! I understand the whole loving something because of Dad. We have several things at our house that Dad has convinced us all we love too!

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  8. Love the jeans! Great job! I love that you actually got to the zoo for the photos! It's toooo cold here to go to my zoo..lol

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    1. Oh we LOVE the zoo! We were just lucky enough to get a nice day to go.

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  9. Love this!!! I am so jealous you have penguins at your zoo!!! Oh my gosh! I am excited I love all those patterns and I have all 3 of them.. hmmm... some ideas are stirring...

    The angry birds fabric is so fun, what little boy would not be so excited to wear that? And the color blocking is suprisingly simple, but it is so perfect!

    We have the annual pass to our zoo too. The kids love it and sometimes we even feed the giraffes...

    Such a fun outfit! :)

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    1. Thanks Jessica! It was a fun project to put together for the little man. You should sew along too!! I'd love to see what you came up with for your little man.

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  10. What a great everyday outfit! I love handmade clothes that can be worn for any occasion :)

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  11. The reversible jacket is my favorite! And you're the first one with a zoo backdrop on PR&P!

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  12. Great outfit! It fits the challenge, but can be worn anytime! The reversible jacket is awesome.

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  13. Wow, this is perfect!! Love the reversible jacket and the colorblocked black/white shirt - adorable, comfortable, and perfect for a little boy. Lots of applause! -Deanna {sewmccool}

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  14. Wow, I wouldn't have guessed that you made those jeans either! Nice work. I like the color blocking on the tee!

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  15. Wow, Nice work!! Great inspiration-I love penguins (and apparently so does my 20 month old daughter, she steals all my penguin stuffed animals and has claimed them as her own)

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  16. Nice work on the hoody Chelsea! I love that pattern and your fabric choices are perfect for him. :)

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    1. Thanks Ajaire. Can't wait to see all of next weeks creations

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  17. Love every piece...but the upcycled jeans look great with the variety of denim colors!
    liZ

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    1. Thanks. I loved how the jeans turned out. Always fun to experiment a bit!

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