oliver + s creations on project run & play

You’re familiar with Project Run & Play, right? It’s an online competition modeled after Project Runway, but for kids. Each week, the designers compete to create their best outfit based on a theme. The competition has been running for several years and Oliver + S is proud to continue to be a sponsor. They just recently finished up Season 14 during which a few Oliver + S creations were made by the designers and we wanted to share them with you today.

Oliver + S creations on Project Run & Play

First up we have two School Bus T-shirts made by Elizabeth. Here she is.

The School Bus T-shirt is one of my favorite shirt patterns to sew for my little siblings because it covers a wide variety of sizes! It is easy to change it up too as I did for my Project Run and Play outfits.

For my little brother’s School Bus T-shirt, I wasn’t intending to color block, but I only had enough plaid knit for the front of the shirt. I cut the front pattern piece right under the armscye and added seam allowance. Then I used my plaid to cut out the bottom part of the shirt and I used a plain grey knit to cut out the top part. It was an easy change, but it’s perfect for using up scraps of knit from your stash!

Oliver + S School Bus T-shirt

My little sister’s shirt was fun to make. It was for candy inspired week on Project Run and Play, and I wanted to make something to represent peanut butter cups. I used a tan knit and cut out all the pattern pieces as directed. Then before sewing the shirt together I cut strips of fabric to make ruffles and added them to the front of the shirt. I layered the ruffles as I went and topstitched them down. I made the ruffle widths various sizes to add some interest. I also added a ruffle to the middle of each sleeve. Then I sewed the shirt as directed in the pattern. The ruffles were a simple addition but I love the outcome!

Oliver + S School Bus T-shirt

Thank you for having me!

Oliver + S School Bus T-shirt

Next up, this creation goes to show you that the Building Block Dress can be very versatile. It was designed by Raphaëlle.

Oliver + S Bluilding Block Dress bodice made into a shirt

When I came up with the idea for this shirt, I knew I needed it to be partly knit for comfort. Otherwise my daughter would never wear it! I started with the Building Block Dress bodice and sleeves because I knew I could trust the drafting and fit. I switched the opening from back to front and added a button band to the front. I lengthened the bodice and shaped the side seam to follow my daughter’s waist and hip measurements. I shaped the bottom to form a shirttail hem. I split the back into two pieces, roughly at the armscye notches. I added 2″ to the width of the lower back to form a pleat. Sleeves were split into three pieces lengthwise, also at the notches. I shortened them by 2″ in order to add a cuff. The whole shirt was constructed in typical shirt manner, with two upper back pieces, and a bound placket on sleeves. The back and underarm parts of the sleeves were made from jersey and the rest from a lightweight cotton. Neckline was finished with bias strips.

Oliver + S Building Block dress made into a shirt

Raphaëlle did mention that she thinks a similar style could also be accomplished with the new Buttoned-Up Button-Down Shirt pattern. It might even be easier for people who are afraid of making a lot of modifications.

Thanks so much ladies!

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