Project Run & Play: The Dapper Punk

By ari - January 25, 2013

Edit: The tutorial for the dripping pocket is here. The pattern for the bow tie is at the bottom of this post. 
You can find the Project Run & Play entry for this look here

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This week's theme for Project Run & Play was Boys Week! I know right? This has always been my favourite week in seasons past, it's so rad to see fresh ideas for boyswear!

I had a hard time deciding on something for Boys Week, most of my sewing has been for my main man - Vincent! I decided to go with something definitely his style, with a few little twists for his personality. Vincent is going through a stage where he will not wear something if it doesn't have a superhero on it. Actually, it has to be more involved than that. It has to make him feel like a superhero. That blue shirt I made him last week? Yeh apparently that is Obi-Wan Kenobi shirt.

I don't even.

I want him to wear things that aren't emblazoned with labels or licensed products, but when he wants to wear his Superman tee for 3 days in a row, sometimes we end up getting a bit rowdy at each other. Tim and I have gotten to the point where we will put a shirt on him and tell him that it is Bane shirt, or a Joker shirt, or Lex Luthor.

So when I sewed these up for him, I decided to add some little secrets for him. The outfit was inspired by {don't laugh} One Direction. Before you flip out and think I've gone crazy, I actually think they're adorable and I like that they dress so well! Whoever their stylist is has totally nailed it. I wanted to do a suit, but casual it up. I infused punk-fashion into it, and turned it into something my little guy would wear.

Punk Jeans
Inspired by jeans I have made in the past for friends, and myself, I decided to make Vince a pair of dual-tone jeans. The hardest part of these jeans was trying to decide on a tartan! I have about 6 or 7 tartans in my stash, but I finally settled on this green tartan which is made from a brushed cotton. Using black drill, one of the staple fabrics in most things I have made, I used the Skinny Jeans pattern* from the Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. Because I wasn't using stretch fabric, I cut my drill on the bias {the brushed cotton already had a bit of give to it} and added 2.5cm on the side seams.

The pockets on the butt were going to be pockets on the jacket, but I didn't want the whole look being so busy busy, so I made the blazer plain {on the outside} and the shirt plain-ish {except for what is hidden under the blazer} and made the pants the busy focal point!

One leg is tartan, the other is black drill. I made the pockets contrasting and added brass zippers at the ankles. I didn't make these as skinny as they should be because I wanted him to be comfortable in them. I made sure to match up the tartan on the green leg; my cheap thrill is successfully matching up tartans or stripes, plus it makes everything look way more polished.

These jeans are fondly called {by me} the Toothpaste Jeans. Vincent is convince that the Batman villain Two-Face is called Toothpaste. At first, I thought I was being clever that I named them after Harvey Dent. But apparently it was a bad bad move. Vincent was horrified. He didn't want to be a villain! He was Robin!


I did add a secret to the pockets though. The pocket lining is part of some my precious Batman fabric, and I made sure when I cut the pieces out that there was a Two-Face on both of them.

After the photoshoot though, he was well pleased with the jeans, and wanted to wear them for the rest of the day. Fist pump!

This blazer was a lot of fun. I got to return to what I learned in fashion school and redrafted the collar of the Basic Blazer* pattern by Blank Slate Patterns. Why yes, you may have noticed I used both this pattern & the jeans pattern last week. They are my staple patterns! {I actually have an upcoming post about my go-to patterns for sewing for Vincent!}

I changed the revere collar to a shawl collar, which had me pulling moves I haven't used since 2006! I'm happy I have my pattern-drafting book as a reference. I bought this book off Amazon, and I'm not sure if it is suitable for a beginner pattern drafter, but it is perfect for me to help brush up on techniques I have forgotten. It's a fantastic resource and I love it!

I made the blazer in basic black drill {ha}, but the lining is the fun part! I used the same green tartan brushed cotton, to pull the look together, but I mean it's lining. No one is going to see that when he is wearing it, which makes this little black blazer the perfect staple for Vincent's wardrobe!

And even though it is lining, yep, I matched up the tartans! I added two welt pockets on the inside, but these are called Lego Pockets. Vincent is obsessed with his little Lego Minifigures, especially Jango Fett, and he takes them with him everywhere. To stop him from losing them, I make him put them in his pockets.

His Lego Pockets have a secret too. The fun is always in the lining you know?

In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil will escape Green Lantern's sight! Those lego mandalorians are safe in these pockets!

Oh and by the way, the sleeves are full length! I had them pushed up for the photos and totally spaced.

Dripping Pocket Shirt
So I was stuck for a shirt. For ages. Even at the start of this week I still had no idea what shirt I was going to make. I knew it would be a t-shirt, because I wanted to start casualing the look up, and I knew it couldn't be too crazy because of the tartan going on {and the idea I had for a bow tie}. I had a few ideas, and thought I knew what I wanted but then when I thought of the bow-tie I also wanted to make, none of the ideas I had would work.

I've got a few Tim Gunn-esque mentors this season, and they are so helpful and renew my confidence in my designs when I feel like I'm failing. Darling Kat from Sew Chibi has been a daily cheerleader for me, and she suggested a white t-shirt with a  leather patch pocket. That spun my brain cogs into gear and I decided on a V-neck shirt and somehow I decided on a pocket that looked like it was melting.

Making the shirt was easy, I've made a tonne of t-shirts and I made the sleeves a little longer. Sewing the patch pocket was a bit scary. I DO have a tutorial all ready ready for how I did the pocket! So whether I win this week or not, next week you will be seeing that tutorial.

I made a pattern for the patch pocket, then freehanded some drips using photos of dripping paint as a guide. Then I cut it out of pleather from an offcut of a faux leather mini skirt I had shortened for my sister. Using baking paper and a long stitch length it was surprisingly easy to attach the pocket to the shirt!'

Expect more leather patches or details soon, I love the look!

Bow Tie
Last weekend I was talking to Kat and telling her how I wanted to do a lego bowtie! I knew it wouldn't work with the Signature Look I had planned, and the next two looks aren't for Vincent {if I get that far!}, so I wanted to somehow incorporate it into this week's outfit.

I wasn't holding my breath. I didn't want to make the whole look turn out stupid just because I really really wanted a lego bow tie.

I sat and played with Vincent's lego for a while, I SWEAR I was designing and not playing, and came up with a few bow tie ideas. I thought of spraypainting them black to make them go with the look better, but it just wasn't working. Not with this outfit anyway.

So I decided to do the next best thing. Perler beads! I've been playing with perler beads a lot lately, just to try and zen out and Vincent likes to 'help'. I made up my own pattern and made a mini bow in black and greens. When it had cooled I glued a brooch back to it, and now he can wear it as a bow-tie on his shirts, or also I was thinking as like a manly brooch on his blazer ^_^

I made a pattern up for you if you want a small bow!

What is fun about this competition is that the pieces I have designed for each of the weeks slowly evolve into what you get to see. It's fun, I'm pushing myself A LOT and making sure everything is absolutely perfect.

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  1. This is soooo cool!! Impossible that you're not winning this week! I've already voted ;)

  2. great job my friend - love every aspect!!! I love the 'toothpaste' pants, but I applaud your boy for wanting to only be a hero ;o)

  3. The pixelated tie is such a fun idea! Good Job!!!

  4. Great job! I love this look! My favorites are the pixel looking bowtie and colorblocked pants!

  5. So much fun! My boys would be thrilled with the secret superheroes hidden inside!

  6. Love the pants and the pocket is awesome. He looks so edgy and fashionable. Love it!

  7. So so cute. I have some similar green and orange tartan that I'm going to make into some bondage shorts for my little of these days. Looks like you are in the lead this round!

  8. You are amazing and so so so creative. Great job!

  9. Batman! My favorite superhero. I like how you switched up the collar on the blazer, the whole look is incredible!

  10. Oh I really enjoy this look! I love that your boy looks are more unexpected and not so typical. I especially love the blazer - the secret fabrics are perfect. My boys are SO into super heroes too. I actually buy my 3yo character pajamas so that he's motivated to get dressed and "be spiderman" or whoever. :) Great job! I posted my "grandpa" look for my 3yo yesterday.

  11. I love this outfit! First that pocket is insane- and that bow tie! Your boy is pulling off this look way to well. You know who I voted for ;) How funny, I made secret pocket in my sons pants too... great minds think alike! Wishing you good luck. XX

  12. I love your style. I've been working on ideas for my nephews birthday outfit and your boys style is an awesome inspiration. Thanks!

  13. You are amazing! Creative. Fearless. And all that other good stuff. Lol! A perler bead bow tie brooch, really? You are so fab.

  14. Where do I even begin? This look! The pocket, I think, is my favorite. So unexpected, and totally ties everything together. Amazing.

  15. Awesome as always, Max. So much talent!

  16. Oh honey! It ain't no thang! You know I have much love for you and I am having a blast watching you in the competition!! So smug that you used my pocket idea and just adore that you made it into an even cooler and original idea (I probably wouldn't have come up with the drips... I LOVE THAT!!!!) We make such a good team, lol. I love watching how much you've grown in your sewing for the competition... You are executing each of the challenges PERFECTLY and I am just so unbelievably proud of you!!! Much love and kisses!!!!!!!!!!!! We'll talk more when you wake up I'm sure ;-)

  17. This is so effing cool. You rocked it! I LOVE the dripping pocket.

  18. Love the two tone jeans Max! And the little surprises you incorporated especially for Vincent. Another beautiful look.

  19. OMGOSH!! I LOOOOOVE this!! The colors, the style, EVERYTHING!!!

  20. I love this outfit. You did a wonderful job. I've been following Project Run and Play, and just came to your site today. Have now added you to my list of blogs to read.

  21. Really great look! I love those pants!

  22. I love it! Especially the pants. And the pocket lining surprise. And the bow tie. Oh I just love it all.

  23. I love it! Especially the pants. And the pocket surprise. And the bow tie. I love it all!

  24. I absolutely love the tartan! With my mum being from Scotland I have a soft spot for them. I love your style for your little guy!

  25. this is the most awesome little boy outfit I've seen in a long time. The details are amazing. Just wow!!!

  26. I think this outfit is so fun, unique, and YOU, but what i especially love about it is the fit - you got the proportions just right - his pants fit like a dream (and so does that jacket). And what really sold me was the level of detail and restraint - white t-shirt was perfect, but so was the pixel bowtie and comic book lining and drippy pocket and's all great. Carry on!

  27. I don't know where to begin. The pocket is so inspired and I looooove the bow tie. So so good. You're amazing.

  28. super great villainous look. and i just love the dripping pocket

  29. love the dual-tone pants!!
    I have this skinny pant pattern but have yet to make it!
    I need to get on it.
    lovely work yet again this week!

  30. It all ties together beautifully, Max!!! I especially love the jeans, the surprise fabric in the pockets and the bow tie. Great job!!!

  31. Great job, Mama! I love the edgy feel you put into kids clothes!

  32. Oh my goodness, this is KILLER! And it looks like a ton of work. I'm blown away! Those jeans! The blazer! Wow!

  33. This outfit turned out so great. I love the pocket. I hope to make a shirt like that for myself!

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  35. This is the kind of blazer I have been looking for! With the sleeves scrunched up and everything! I'm still a bit of a beginner sewer. How do you change the neck line? Would the neckline be more similar to the Berkshire blazer by blank slate? Would it be easier for me to do that pattern instead? Thanks!


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