This week is Kids Clothes Week where lots of people sew clothes for their kids! Since ALL the sewing I’m doing this week for kids is secret sewing that I can’t share on the blog yet, I thought I’d bring home some posts we’ve published elsewhere. That way I can sew to my heart’s content! Please enjoy this post first published on Crafting Con for the Games theme.
Hello Crafting Con fans! We’re the gals from Skirt Fixation, and we’re delighted to be here today with our Board Games look. When we saw who our fellow competitors were going to be, we got really scared and knew we were going to have to up our game. So we opted for the oldest, most thought provoking board game to ever challenge mankind, CHESS! We knew this was going to be intense, and we had to make every move count or we would find ourselves checkmated. Chess is always played by 2 people, so we needed 2 outfits for our 2 players. A black one vs a white one. Check. A boy vs a girl. Check.Since white always goes first, and our girl is representing white, we’ll start with her outfit. Plus it includes a skirt, and skirts is what we do! Since we are currently sewing up ALL the Oliver + S skirts, we were looking for an excuse to sew the free Lazy Days skirt. This skirt is the perfect palette for a game of chess. Check.After sewing on a strip of checkered fabric, we stenciled on two complete white chess sets, one on each the front and the back, in the proper setup order. After all, this is Crafting Con, which is for nerds, and nerds would immediately notice if the chess pieces weren’t in the right set up. So proper chess order it was. Check.
For her top, we sewed up a simple staple piece, the Oliver + S Metro shirt. Chess is all about strategy, and our girl was very strategic in trying to create an outfit she could wear everyday after the photo shoot. Check.Our boy is representing the black chess pieces. It was pretty obvious he needed a Knight Hoodie, and so to settle the chess theme once and for all, we used our tutorial to reverse appliqué the knight chess piece onto the back of his Knight Hoodie. Check. A boy can’t go around pant-less, so we sewed him a pair of Oliver+S Field Trip Cargo Pants. These pants are very labor intensive, and require the seamstress to slow down and think; just like chess. Check. All the topstitching is doubled to echo the chess dual happening. Check.Next came the photo shoot. Chess has been around for so long that it’s a reoccurring theme in many books, movies, and events. Think of the chess scenes in 2 Harry Potter movies, R2D2 vs Chewbacca, the mysterious opponent in The Westing Game, Alice In Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.
We threw around location ideas; a castle to represent the rook, a church to represent the bishop, a concrete parking garage to represent modern day chess. But we finally narrowed it down to an Alice In Wonderland feel. Check. Since the outfits were all in black and white, of course, we felt a red clover field would add some color and texture and interest to the photos. A caricature of the seriousness of chess and the players black and white outfits. Fiction vs. Reality. Check.
All that was left was to determine which chess board to use. (We have three!) In the end, the players felt the American Revolution chess set would play off the Ancient vs. Modern theme we had going on. Check.
These two got very competitive (after all, the stage had been set!) and they didn’t even notice the way I moved them around as if they were my pawns; turn this way, stand there, sit here, move to the left, step forward, put your leg back. In the end, and it was very, very close, this time white triumphed over black. Checkmate.Please visit us over at Skirt Fixation where we have the free chess pieces templates so you can make your own chess themed clothing. And more photos, and a detailed review of each of these patterns.
Black Chess Look:
Top Pattern: Knight Hoodie from Charming Doodle
Top Fabric: Gray sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee
Pants Pattern: Oliver+S Field Trip Cargo Pants
Pants Fabric: Lightweight black twill from our stash
White Chess Look:
Top Pattern: Oliver+S women’s Metro T-shirt
Top Fabric: Black jersey knit from Girl Charlee
Skirt Pattern: Oliver+S Lazy Days skirt
Skirt Fabric: Black cotton from the stash