Monday, March 24, 2014

Kingfisher shirt

Project Run and Play has started again. I really like the themes of this season, so decided to give it a try to sew along. Let's see if I can make it through all four weeks... Anyway, I decided to keep things 'simple', and only sew one item per week. This week's challenge was to create an outfit inspired by your favorite animal. 
I decided to make a color-blocked shirt inspired by the colours of the kingfisher. They have an amazing blue colour. I used to row when I was a student, and sometimes (very rarely) we would see a blue flash speeding just above the water. That's the most I've seen of them in real life. Fortunately, the web is abundant with beautiful pictures of these birds.  
The shirt was very easy to make. I simply took a blue onesie that J had outgrown lengthwise. I cut off the bottom half about 1 inch below the armpits. Then I created the bottom half of the shirt from greyish brown jersey and added it to the remainder of the onesie. To create the pocket I reused an old t-shirt, using the existing hem as the top of the pocket (next time, I will line it or back it with some interfacing, to give it a bit more stability). Add a waistband, a little tag, and done!
The shirt is paired with basic brown knit pants that I made a while ago. That makes it a complete handmade outfit after all. 
 
During the photoshoot, J decided to do some good kingfisher imitations. He wouldn't sit still for one single second. Instead, he speeded through the room on hands and knees and tried to dive headfirst from the couch to catch a fish (ehm, toy). So most of my photos contained nothing more than a blue hazy flash...

23 comments:

  1. Oh! Prachtig! Dit komt op mijn pinterest borden. Superknap gerecykleerd trouwens ;-)

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    1. Dankjewel! Ja, ik ben fan van recycleren. Scheelt een boel tijd in de details, en het is superleuk om door je stapel oude shirts te gaan en nieuwe combinaties te maken.

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  2. Love those colours! I have also something to show for this week's PR&P. Love all the themes this time, but won't be able to sew along all the time...

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    1. Thanks Annika. I love the colours too. Curious to see what you'll be making.

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  3. supertof gedaan! wat leuk om je te laten inspireren door een vogel.

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  4. Dankjewel! Ik ben heel benieuwd naar de andere PR&P creaties

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  5. So cute! Love the accent pocket!

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    1. Thanks. I love the pocket too. This colour block design allows for real fun color combinations.

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  6. Great colors!! Love the inspiration!

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  7. Perfectly matching colours... you did a great job here.

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  8. Beautiful colors! What a lovely idea!

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  9. That's very creative and cute.

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  10. So cute and colorful. We used to see kingfishers sometimes when we used to go canoeing in a local river. Thanks for bringing back that memory for me.

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  11. Gorgeous inspiration! It would have been hard to interpret a kingfisher any other way than beautiful, and your little boy is soooo cute!

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  12. You did a great job on using the Kingfisher as inspiration. Very cute shirt. :)

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  13. Absolutely perfect, love the inspiration and the end result!

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  14. Very nice! I love the colors!

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  15. love it!! That's my favorite one for this week, such a great way to put the inspiration into real life!

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  16. Great job capturing the colours of your inspiration!

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  17. Love the inspiration...and this top!
    -liZ

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