Monday, March 24, 2014

Packy the Elephant Outfit

Hello everyone! I've challenged myself to participate in Season 9 of Project Run and Play.  (Project Run and Play, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, is the blogger's version of Project Runway, only all the sewing projects are created for children only).  

I hope you'll join me every Monday for the next four weeks as I post a new outfit, which I've created for one of my grandchildren, based on that week's theme.  

Week one's theme:   "Put Me In the Zoo"


Inspiration:

As a first grader back in 1962, I remember going on my first school field trip to the Portland Zoo.  This was the year that Packy the elephant was born. He was the first elephant born in North America in 44 years.  He is still alive today but unfortunately, he's having a few health issues - who doesn't at his age? As a souvenir on that field trip, I purchased this miniature cup and plate set depicting Packy and his mother, Belle.
I embroidered this design depicting Packy and two of his zoo buddies.

Besides the white cotton I embroidered on, I used two other fabrics to create this design:  
  • Yellow gingham to portray happiness - because the zoo is a happy place to visit!
  • Black and white stripes, which are reminiscent of the old bars that use to be on the zoo cages... yup, I'm old enough to remember some of the cages that had those bars, just feeling my age today!
Here's the pattern I used: Simplicity #9220
Here's my creation:  front view


Back view:
Here's a link to the stuffed baby elephant my granddaughter is holding - she named him Packy after I told her my story.  Here's the link to the free pattern so you can make a little Packy too out of scraps of gray fabric.

Thanks for joining me today as I reminisce.
xoxo Grandma
Linked at: Project Run and Play, Diana RamblesThe Dedicated House
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