Sewing along with another season of Project Run and Play and this weeks theme was to create an outfit inspired by a zoo animal. I really wanted to pick Finnley’s favourite animal which happens to be a unicorn. Now I realize that the unicorn is not actually an animal, but rather a mystical creature, but I decided to go with it anyway. So what do you think of when you think of a unicorn? For me rainbows and magic jump to the front of my mind. The starting point for this outfit was the skirt. I knew that I wanted to incorporate a rainbow and this dress from Caila made came to mind. I used the idea of the ombre flying geese, but instead I made a rainbow and used that for the side panels on a the skirt. I especially liked this idea because the triangles reminded me of a unicorns horn. The flying geese are made from broadcloth and the pink is a solid quilting cotton. The actual skirt is a simple gathered elastic waist skirt, but when gathering I made sure to not gather the side panels. I used this tutorial for the flying geese. I love how this detail turned out. It was my first time trying any sort of quilting technique and it was much easier than I expected. The only difficulty was that my machine did not handle all the layers when assembling the skirt and after more skipped stitches then I have ever seen and every adjustment I could think of making, I just used my serger and hoped everything lined up correctly!
Next I wanted to try and incorporate the idea of magic, which makes me think of sparkles and shine. This is where the sequins come in. Sticking with the rainbow theme I used a rainbow of sequins to add some sparkle and colour to a basic t-shirt. I spent a couple hours hand sewing a ton of sequins to spell the word “einhorn” which is unicorn in German. No special significance other than I wanted to incorporate unicorn without being too literal and this was my favourite way to spell unicorn in all the other languages. The shirt is the Anytime At All tee by Shwin Designs made with 3/4 sleeves and about a 1/2 of width taken from the sleeves and body to make a slightly slimmer fit.
To bring it all together I wanted to add an actual unicorn somewhere and decided to do so on an accessory that Finnley would enjoy using. What little girl doesn’t love a purse?! The purse was trial and error and it actually ended up working better than expected for my first attempt. Not quite a perfect circle, but otherwise I am happy with how it turned out. The purse is made from black linen and the unicorn was added using freezer paper and fabric paint. I had meant to add some hot pink piping around the purse, but forgot so instead managed to find some pink leather cording at Michael’s which I used for a strap.
This outfit turned out pretty much exactly how I had envisioned it in my head which makes me super happy. Plus Finnley told me she loves everything about the outfit and that makes sewing for her so much fun!