Wednesday, September 11, 2013

pr&p - popover bow dress

Before I get into my post for Project Run & Play week 1, I want to take a moment to remember all those who lost their lives on 9/11 and all those who serve our country now or have served in the past.  Like most people, I remember exactly what I was doing that day, and when I stop to really think about the experience, I find myself not remembering it, but reliving it.  My oldest (who had just turned three a couple of weeks before 9/11) is supposed to interview me tonight for his history class to find out what I was doing on 9/11 and my memories of that day.  I don't believe there is any way to put into words what I was feeling at that time, especially the gut-wrenching fear that overwhelmed me as I looked at my 3-year-old son and held my 9-month-old daughter and wondered what kind of world I was raising them in.  Then, in the days following 9/11, I watched the country come together, I remembered that Christ is the center of our home, and my hope and optimism returned.  And it must have returned with a vengeance, because I went on to have four more kids :)

So one more giant Thank You to those currently serving in the military or in public service and to all those (and their families) who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom!!!!


On to Project Run & Play!

This week marks the beginning of season 7 of PR&P, and the theme for week 1 is to remix the Oliver & S Popover sundress, pattern found here.  Link up your own project here!


I was inspired by this pin and wanted to create something similar.  I love the bow shaped bodice and the polka dots, although I did want something sleeveless rather than short sleeved so Mae can wear it now and then with a sweater in the fall/winter.  I think I would like to try the pattern again but out of a knit like the original.


I made a few changes to the original pattern to suit my needs.  I used the original bodice but changed the shape to make it look like a bow and lengthened it so the shoulders can close with snaps.  It took a couple of tries to get it right, but it was actually easier than I thought, which is always a good thing!  I also added some width to the skirt portion to make the dress a little fuller and I shortened the length to be more of a tunic than a dress.

I was originally planning on stopping at that point, but the front of the dress needed something to distinguish it from the back.  Otherwise, my husband would never be able to figure out which way it goes on and Mae would never get to wear it :)  So I drafted a ruffled kangaroo pocket pattern and attached it to the front.  Tomorrow I will share the pattern and a quick and easy tutorial to add a kangaroo pocket to any dress or top :)

Update: The pattern and tutorial are now available HERE


I have no idea what Mae was doing in this picture :)  I looked at the other pictures I took to see if there were any clues, but I'm at a loss.  Whatever it was, she never stopped walking :)


Mae kept putting her hand over her ear ... not ears :) ... she only covered the left one for some reason.  I guess she didn't like the loud bugs and frogs along the path at the park!  And I have to admit that the noise was almost overwhelming.


Mae loved going down the little slides.  She also walked up to edge of the bigger slides, looked down, shook her head and said "no" at each one.  But she was fearless if they were less than four feet tall!  And take a look at her hair!  What can I say, Mae has an electric personality :)


Mae and I took a little trip to a local park to take pictures today.  It's a lovely place, and lots of fun for the kids, but it was so hot today that we were the only people there!  I found out really quickly that Mae likes the park much better when it's full of kids :)  Usually I have to drag her back to the car, but today all I had to do was mention a cookie and she was ready to leave!  Store bought cookies are a rare treat in our house, but somehow, my not yet two-year-old knows how to open an Oreo and lick the frosting just like on the commercials :)


Materials:
Polka dot -Summer in the City by Urban Chiks
Yellow accent - Cotton Broadcloth
Snaps - Kamsnaps

12 comments :

  1. Oh mine! This is so cute! I love your remix. The polka dotted fabric and the yellow accents look so good together! Great job!

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    1. Thanks! I wasn't sure about the fabric combo, but then I remembered that Mae is one and she's supposed to be cute not sophisticated :) I'm glad you commented because I was able to follow you back to your blog which I love!

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  2. great job! Love the bodice/bow...and I have to say I love all your posts (and I just recently found your blog via your flip this pattern entries) because I can totally relate! I have 5 kids (my oldest is 8, youngest is 8 months) and I have a crazy, busy, imperfect household...the cleaning of which I sometimes neglect ever so slightly when I NEED to finish a sewing project :)

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    1. Thanks! I understand the NEED to finish sewing projects, but sometimes I think my husband doesn't :) I remember when my oldest was 8 and my youngest (Gracie at the time) was 8 months ... and when I say I remember, I mean I have blurry recollections of barely controlled chaos. I'm pretty sure the house was never clean but everyone was happy, and that's all that matters :)

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    1. Sorry, I didn't mean to remove your content! It's way too easy to hit the wrong button in Blogger. I was going to reply and say that it's nice to know my husband's no the only one who can't figure out which side is the front :)

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  4. The bow shape of the bodice is adorable! I love how cute it looks in the polka dots.

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    1. Thanks! Your rugby shirt is adorable too! I may have to try that soon :)

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  5. Love this remix! The ruffled kangaroo pocket and the bow! So adorable!

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    1. Thanks so much! I took a look at your blog and love your version of the popover sundress also :)

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  6. The bow detail and the color choices make the outfit pop!!!! SO DARLING!!!

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    1. Thanks! I was just really in the mood to make something fun and whimsical and these colors just scream happy to me :)

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