Wednesday, April 2, 2014

project run & play week 2 - the french countryside

Since we already traveled (literally) to Florida for winter break, Mae and I needed a change of pace for spring break, so we ventured (figuratively) into the French countryside :)


As soon as I saw this Impressionist, Monet inspired print at Joann's I knew it would make a perfect Easter dress for Mae!  At first I had no idea what dress style I wanted so I literally just started cutting a bodice using the Beachy Boat Neck by Blank Slate Patterns.  I chose this pattern simply because I liked the boat neck and I was too lazy to draft my own :)  I sizes down to an 18 months for a fitted bodice (this fabric has some stretch to it) but I left extra length because I thought I might make a drop waist dress. And then I cut off the extra length because I decided to make a puffy layered skirt instead :)  The fabric was just too dark and heavy for Mae and I thought a bright poof of a skirt might brighten it up a bit!


After I cut out the bodice I added a scoop back.  And although I loved the scoop back, it still seemed a little too simple, and simple was definitely not the look I was going for, so I added a ruffled collar and sleeves because, after all, who doesn't love a two year old in ruffles!  Once I finished the top half of the dress, I left it alone for about a week since I didn't have time to get to the store to buy fabric for the bottom half anyway :)


For my birthday I decided to ignore any obligations I may have had and instead treat myself to a trip to Joann's to pick up everything I needed to finish this dress (and perhaps a few other things as well!)  I knew I wanted a poofy skirt, and I had pink or maybe sapphire in my head, although I wasn't set on any one thing in particular.  Well, my Joann's doesn't exactly have the largest selection, and sapphire was no where to be found, so pink it was!  In retrospect I'm glad I got the pick because the contrast with the green really makes the dress :)


The skirt is made from two layers of organza with rolled hems layered over a single layer of costume satin.  I have to be honest here ... I really hate gathering skirts, so I really found this dress to be a chore since I needed to gather three skirts rather than just one :)  I know I could have gathered them all as one layer, but I wanted all the volume I could get so I attached them separately.


This dress is way out in left field compared to most things I sew, but every once in a while I need a project like this to remind me that sewing is supposed to be fun!  Besides, Mae won't be this little forever so I should dress her up like my own life sized doll as often as I can :)


Materials:
Top - Stretch sateen from Joann's
Waistband (& skirt lining) - Costume Satin from Joann's
Skirt - Organza from Joann's
Snaps - Kamsnaps
Tights - Old Navy
Shoes - Target

23 comments :

  1. So pretty! She does look like a little doll in that, good call on the pink for the skirt! It's a perfect girly-girl dress :)

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    1. Thanks Meriel! I'm glad I ended up going with the pink. It wouldn't have been as girly with any other color :)

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  2. This is kind of out of your element:) but I'm sure she loves it and she sure looks cute in it!

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    1. I used to sew girly things all the time, so this is more of a blast from the past for me :)

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  3. I adore the back line! It is so perfectly dramatic. Great job!

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  4. Love the look! I bought this fabric also and thought it would be perfect for a french outfit with the monet painting-like print. So pretty with the puffy pink skirt.

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    1. I love the print! I'm trying to decide if I want to go back and get the knit version also :)

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  5. The fabric is gorgeous and the bright pink skirt is perfect for it! I used the Beachy Boat Neck top too! :) Oh, and the French countryside is really beautiful at this time...

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    1. Thanks Sara! I love your version of the beachy boat neck too :) I've always been a huge fan of red gingham dresses! In fact, that was one of the first items of clothing I made for my oldest daughter when I first started sewing :)

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  6. So pretty. Love the neckline and the pretty pink skirt!

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  7. This is gorgeous! I love the sophistication of the top and the girliness of the skirt. Perfect combo :)

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    1. Thanks Amy! I'm pretty sure I would never use the word sophisticated to describe any of my kids, but at least their clothing can be :)

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  8. This is so sweet!! I absolutely adore the neckline ruffles!!

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  9. How pretty is this! I love it! The neckline is gorgeous!

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  10. We vote for toddlers in ruffles too! And we used the Beachy Boatneck for our creations this week too! Right on?

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    1. It seems like a lot of people used the Beachy Boat Neck this week :)

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  11. So very sweet! Thanks for linking up at Inspire Us Thursdays!

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