See Busy Philipps and Constance Zimmer’s Stylish School Projects

02/04/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Who knew Busy Philipps and Constance Zimmer had such sartorial skills? To help their daughters Birdie Leigh, 4, and Colette Zoe, 5, (who attend the same preschool in Los Angeles) with a school project, the resourceful moms tried their hand at fashion designing — D.I.Y-style.

“I have to make a dress out of recycled materials for my kid’s preschool Project Runway like assignment. I’m currently fusing plastic bags,” the Cougar Town star Tweeted.

After Philipps announced she had already started whipping up her creation, Zimmer replied that she was also hard at work surrounded by piles of newspapers, bubble wrap and plastic bags.

And with that, the competition was officially on! “Watch it Zimmer, I’m planning to win. We win something, right? Right?” Philipps joked.

Busy Philipps Constance Zimmer Recycled School Project Outfits Twitter
Courtesy Busy Philipps; Courtesy Constance Zimmer. Insets: Getty; Filmmagic

In our book, both designs earned an A. Philipps’s matching skirt and blouse combo featuring Target’s bulls eye print — complete with an oversize bow and chic red and white rosettes — made Birdie the cutest bag lady we’ve ever seen.

And Zimmer’s braided plastic bag belt, newspaper pleated skirt and whimsical bubble wrap top is an avant garde ensemble we’d expect to see on the runway.

It seems we weren’t the only ones in awe of their skills. The actresses’s celeb pals were also impressed.

“[Constance you’re] very talented. You acted and make crafts,” Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo quipped of costar Zimmer’s creation.

“That’s amazing,” fellow mom Autumn Reeser Tweeted to Philipps. “Birdie’s preschool is so hip!”

Busy Philipps Target Dress Twitter
Courtesy Busy Phillips

— Anya Leon

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pep on

way too much time on their hands…. Im sure they would never allow their child walk around in the outfit unless they got paid for it .. but it is a cute for sure

Sierra H on

Shouldn’t the point of your CHILD having an assignment, be them having the assignment? I never do my daughter’s homework, she gets the grade (and gratification) she deserves from her OWN work. Ugh! Yes, helping your child a small smal amount with their project, and of course running them to the store to get the supplies is understandable, but doing their assignment for them? Sorry, no. As a teacher and a mom, it’s just sad to me. Everyone knows a preschooler can’t make a Target bag dress. It also makes the other kids who worked hard on their projects and SHOULD feel proud of their work feel bad. So congrats, celeb moms.

Okay. Rant over. Surely someone else agrees????

josy0710 on

um’s a school assignment they didn’t get paid and too mcuh time on their hands? IT’S THEIR CHILDREN..I have all the time in the world for my daughter and I don’t have the time I make the time.

Heidi on

It was an assignment for THE PARENTS! Read her twitter page. Don’t jump to conclusions, ridiculous rant….

Mavs2980 on

Sierra, normally I’d agree with you. However in this instance I think the project was designed for Parent participation. It’s a preschool and there’s no way a 4 and 5 year old would be able to make an outfit in their own. And too much time in their hands, must be a joke! I agree with Josy, this is for their children, and I would devote all the time in the world to help my children with something