Monday, February 7, 2011

I'm a Project Toddler Runway Drop Out

Last week was happy and exciting with my first Project Toddler Runway win and making the top 15 on American Crafter.  I was excited and ready to go with my crafty competitions even if my husband was completely annoyed with me .

On PTR the theme was denim and I had been planning on making a James Dean style jacket and giving it a leather finish.  I found a tutorial on how to do this it and looked pretty simple!  So I got to work cutting my pattern pieces and painting them.  When it came time to put my little jacket together I realized it was way to stiff!  So I tried again with a much lighter denim.  Hmmmm... same result.  The fabric looked like leather and felt like leather but it just didn't move like leather.  I started thinking up a plan B but wasn't ready to give up on my James Dean Jacket just yet.  I tried washing it and it looked like it would work but when it dried it was just as stiff.

I had 2 ideas floating in my head... use my faux leather differently (think slouchy leather boots or a hat or belt) or scrap it make a cute little denim jumpsuit or romper. 

I decided to go with a denim jumpsuit.  The looked super cute and seemed simple enough.  I decided to take an early night so I could tackle it first thing in the morning.

I woke up a handful of hours later in my bed, freezing my tush off!  We had lost power at some point during the night and had no heat thanks to Snowpocalypse!

I spent the rest of my day trying to keep my 5 kids warm and entertained (no school for my 2 big kids).  The power would come back on for 15 minutes and I would run to check emails, send emails and microwave a bunch of hot dogs.

Thursday morning I woke up and had power and kids had school for part of the day and I told myself I would work as hard as I could to get something, anything turned in for both of my competitions.  I scrapped my earlier plans to make appliqued Valentine shirts for the American Crafter competition and I'm so glad I did!  I'm still not sure how exactly the idea came to me but I made my boys the cutest Valentine shirts using binary code and freezer paper stencils.  I was a little worried it would be too simple but was still in love with these shirts!  I submitted my pictures with less than an hour to spare!

With American Crafter behind me I could focus on PTR that was due by midnight.  I started on my little jumpsuit.  I gathered pictures online for inspiration and hunted for some tutorials or patterns but couldn't find anything!  I was just going to have to wing it.

The first jumpsuit I made... that's right... I made more than one.... looked dreadful. 

I made the legs to full and the top part fit all crazy.  I tried bringing the pants in and remaking the top but eventually I just decided to start over.  The second jumpsuit was off to a much better start.  The pants looked great and fit perfectly but the top was a different story.  I was almost all out of fabric and time and energy.  It was 10pm and I was in tears but told myself I couldn't quit until midnight.  And so I worked and worked and worked until about 12:15 and finally gave in and sent my email admitting defeat, giving up and dropping out.

I know I should be proud of myself for all of my designs and projects I created for PTR and proud that I worked so hard but I can't help but feel like a big fat quiter! 

So I'll still be working to make that James Dean jacket because I don't think I'll be able to sleep at night until I do.  AND did everyone see that Kelly from Sewing in No Man's Land posted a pattern and tutorial for a romper TODAY!  Ahhh just a few days to late for me but you'd better believe Miss Livi Lu will be getting one of those very soon!


  1. So bummed things didn't work out for you on PTR, even after you worked so hard. I loved the binary shirts and voted for them in the American crafter contest. What a great idea!

  2. You will be so missed! I also loved your valentine shirts and you got my vote! They are so cute! Great job! I am sorry the ptr projects didn't go as planned, I totally understand when that happens and have scrapped many projects myself... Don't feel like a quitter you did great!

  3. I am so bummed about PTR. Seriously. First day you were my fav and through the weeks too. I had a fit when she said someone had to drop out, thinking, NOT BREE!. Wouldn't you know, it was you. Hmph. Well, you're still on my blog-feed, so I'll definitely be watching your projects here. :) LOVE the binary code idea! Looks like a great idea for my nephew's soon-to-be-upon me 3rd bday!

  4. I'm so sorry. This story makes me even more sad for you than I already was. We've all been at that breaking point and I can just imagine your struggles. I wish I could've helped! Good job for taking care of your kids and keeping them warm! I'm proud of all your hard work and that binary shirt rocks!! Such a clever idea!

  5. That's too bad! I so fell in love with the Victorian bustle coat. I don't have a little girl, so my wonderful mom is gearing up to help me make one for me. If I have a little girl, you bet she'll get one! Can't wait to see what you design next, no matter what you're on. :)


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