Vintage All-Star

This week’s challenge for Project Run & Play was Sportswear.  Like a total dork, I interpreted that as “athletic wear” even though I read the definition they gave us here.  But you know, I don’t care anymore because I really like how the outfit came out.  And sportswear is such a crazy broad category that technically this outfit still fits the theme.

So when I thought the theme was athletic wear, I had no problem thinking of what I wanted to make.  We’d been looking for a track jacket for Yuki for some time, but it was hard to find one that was cute and affordable.  I knew it would be challenging to make, but I thought I’d give it a try.  I was inspired by vintage tracksuits in color, material (100% polyester baby!) and style, but added my own little touches here and there.  It certainly isn’t an original idea, by any means, but we’re excited because it’s something we’ve been looking for and we knew she’d love wearing it!  So without further ado, here’s my Vintage All-Star Tracksuit!

The jacket came together a lot smoother than I expected (though I won’t call it easy).  I love this color, it was my favorite in college and it screams vintage tracksuit to me!  I used twill tape to make the trademark white stripes down the sleeves and pants and paired it with a touch of colorblocking and a subtle chevron shape with the gray.  I appliqued a star on the chest since that is Yuki’s favorite thing right now and kind of her trademark.

My favorite feature of the pants are the tiny pleats down the front of each leg.  Simple touch but it adds such an authentic feel, no?

I’m also pretty proud that both pieces have pockets!  I’m learning so much!!

Doing some stretching . . .

Gotta warm up!

And we’re off!

This is what she looks like when she really gets going.

She’s unstoppable!

Time for a break.

Phew!  Time to go home after a long work out.

Haha, I think I’m having too much fun with this.  We had such a good time during this photoshoot!  I love that the sun is going down so late – we headed to the track at 7:30 after I got home from work!  And we found a new fun place to take Yuki that is free.  She LOVED running on the track with all the adults.  We just had to make sure she didn’t get in anyone’s way.

Anyways, I totally blew all my goals.  I was a bit ambitious with this outfit – did NOT keep it simple.  And I had to buy ALL new fabric – not a piece of it is from something I already owned.

But how could I resist??

Now off to prepare for KCWC!

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This week

I had things I wanted to blog about this week, but I’ve been so busy sewing!  I’m psyched that I finished my Sportswear outfit for the Project Run & Play Sewalong!  Here’s a sneak peek.

I can’t wait to see my little monkey wearing it!  I’ll try show you the rest later this week.  I have to say upfront though, I totally FAILED at all of my goals.  Oops.

Last night, I got to meet up with Kristin from skirtastop who was in town for work.  She’s even more awesome in person than she seemed online (if that’s possible) and now I can say I’ve met my first bloggy friend in person!  She’s kind of been my sewing and blogging mentor, so it was really fun to talk about EVERYTHING.  Too bad we forgot to take a picture together!

Our first stop?  Britex.

4 floors of fabric, ribbons, buttons and every other sewing supply you can think of.  And not just a little of everything, A LOT of everything.  It was a bit overwhelming but I was able to find some fabric that I’m going to use next week for KCWC.  The fabric there is pricey, but I feel like a whole new world was just opened for me.  My bank account better watch out!

Last weekend was the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival.  The weather was great and the blossoms and blossomed!  It really feels like spring is here (which means summer is just around the corner!!).

Like my Instagram pics? :)

Hope you’re having a great week too!