Saturday, June 6, 2015

Who doesn't just love a good challenge?!?!?

I LOVE a good challenge! Give me a puzzle and I will make it work! So when I saw the invitation to join a group of  crafting bloggers who do a "Mystery Craft Challenge"... I knew I had found the perfect group for me!

The theme for this round was Moments and People Throughout History.
Anne Jacobs of Sofilantjes assigned me with "The Moon Landing" and I couldn't have been more excited!

The trick for me was to figure out how exactly to get this challenge to mesh with Pretty Little Parties. With costuming as my primary background and one of my first sewing loves, it seemed to obvious to make a Vintage Space Suit costume. However, with it being a challenge I knew I needed to think outside the box. Time to do some research and put my thinking cap on!

The 1960's was an amazing time for Space Exploration. To reach for the stars was one of Man's greatest accomplishments of the 20th Century. Children went from playing Cowboys and Indians to playing Astronauts and Aliens. It became a national pastime to gather around the television and watch the next Space Mission take flight! Everyone around the World was anxious to see who would be the frist to land and walk on the moon.

On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 launched from the Kennedy Space Center. Just four days later, Neil Armstrong would become the first man to set foot on the Moon. Imagine the awe and excitement that was created in children's hearts and souls! A new hero was born! Many more have come along since then and Space Exploration has changed quite a bit, but the idea that someday we will all be traveling in space has never ceased to create wonder and amazement in children. "Never Give Up! Never Surrender!" - Dr. Lazarus, Galaxy Quest

Every day play is a natural part of childhood. As children we have crazy creative imaginations! We don't always have the exact outfit to dress up in and play our favorite role playing activities. We look at what we have and throw something together! As long as we are having fun, it doesn't matter!

So how does this translate to Pretty Little Parties? It occurred to me that the things that would get the most use from a matching party outfit would be something that could be worn again later. So every day play clothes for a Future Astronaut would be just the thing!!!

Silver & Grey became my colors of focus for this project. 

I wanted a Hooded Sweatshirt that could slip on easily to start with. I chose to use Peek-a-boo Pattern Shops Boardwalk Henley & Hoodie because I liked the way the hoodie snapped around the head more like a space helmet would.

Next was what to do with the bottom. I knew that I wanted to have both boy and girl versions available, but with being short on time (darn me for not being able to say NO!), I was only able to make something for a girl, but I will share my boy option in a moment. My daughter loves skirts and dresses, so I chose Create Kids Couture's Brewster's Bubble Pocket Skirt. It was comfy and easy to put on!

The combination made for the perfect Space Girl outfit! My daughter practiced her anti-gravity walk this morning in it! More pics to come later!

Now for a boy's option, I would use the same top, but would suggest Rabbit Rabbit Creations Weekend Pants. I hope to update this eventually with pictures of what this looks like.

Now to come full circle and bring you back to the party world... these could both be paired up with either one of these party themes!

This has been such a blast to work along side such creative and talented bloggers! Thank you for letting me be a part of this!

"TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!" - Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story

Be sure to check out the other AMAZING crafty blogger to what how they incorporated their craft into their assigned themes!
5/26 │ Create 3.5 - George Sand
5/27│ Zoe and Ted - Suffragetes
6/3│ Mae & K - Tesla │ Pretty Little Blog - Moon Landing │ Knot Sew Normal - Lutie Eugenia Sterns