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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Project Run & Play Week 1: Party Dress

Hi! I am so excited to be participating in Project Run & Play for the first time! I first learned of it on the Frances Suzanne blog and I always love a challenge. It's a great way to make something different and I love to have a deadline to motivate me!
 
The pattern for this challenge is the Party Dress by The Cottage Home. I wanted to do something elegant and I was happy to find these 2 fabrics that look great together! The bodice is pin-tucked taffeta and the skirt is flocked taffeta. The skirt fabric is very "crisp". It makes a wonderful swishy sound when it moves. The bodice is lined in a soft gray broadcloth. I made a size 5 because I felt the design of the fabric was too big for a small child.
 I thought about all sorts of belts I could make, but in the end I opted for a simple black velvet ribbon sash and it looks perfect!
 The skirt fabric is 54" wide and I used the whole width to make a very full skirt. It is gathered as much as possible, but I love the way the skirt looks and if I had a model, I'm sure it would be great for twirling!
 A challenge is a great time to try something new. I've seen dresses with "tutu" hems, but had never done one. I bought 4 yards of tulle and used almost every inch! I cut strips 4" wide, gathered down the center, folded them over, and stitched them to peek out from under the hem. So, the ruffle is 4 thicknesses of tulle and very full. I would definitely do this again!

I am planning to participate in all 6 weeks of Project Run & Play if I can! I have already planned weeks 2, 5, & 6 and I'm very eager to start sewing!!  

13 comments:

Dianna said...

Ooh, a fancy dress like that would make any little girl feel special. Impressive!

Deborah Devine said...

Your dress is just LOVELY! I especially love the hem detail. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your upcoming outfits.
Deborah
http://sewmuchtogive.blogspot.com

Frances Suzanne said...

YEA YOU!!! We were thrilled to see you sewing along in the linky party...and what a GREAT first entry. It's a LOT of fun; we hope you enjoy as much as we do...

sallyavena said...

Very elegant! Great job on the construction of the dress. I love the look.

Deb said...

Oh my! This dress is absolutely stunning!

Deb said...

Oh my! This dress is absolutely stunning!

Deb said...

Oh my! This dress is absolutely stunning!

Elisabeth Rose said...

Wow, this is the most comments I've ever had! What fun to hear from you and even some fellow bloggers whose blogs I love to read!! Thanks for leaving comments- this PR&P is going to be fun!!

nest full of eggs said...

welcome to the PR&P challenges, I love the dress you sewed, so fancy & I love the black velvet ribbon. I cannot wait to see what you sew for the future challenges :)

Suzanne Winter said...

the flocked taffeta is gorgeous! Such a pretty dress.

Jo said...

Your remix is just stunning! Did you use the fabric loops on the back? I just love being challenged to try new things!

Elisabeth Rose said...

Jo, yes, I did use the loops and some really pretty black buttons. I forgot to take a picture, but I'll try to add one soon. Thanks!

Bobi Jensen said...

New follower here! That dress is gorgeous!

Bobi
http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

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