Thursday, January 31, 2013

Valentine's Duds.

This week's challenge over at Project Run and Play is to create an outfit inspired by Valentine's Day.  I love Valentine's Day. I mean I LOOOOVE it.  So I just didn't want to pass this opportunity up.  For my look, I created a spring coat and a simple flutter sleeved dress that is perfect for a chilly Valentine's Day party.   

I picked up the blue plaid suiting fabric at the clearance section at Joann's months ago.  I thought it was a perfect subtle nod to the red of Valentine's Day.... so to the sewing table it went.   The coat ended up with an exaggerated collar, heart lined hidden side pockets, gathered waist, and two gold buttons.   I hate to admit this, but looking at the coat the lyrics to "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore  kept running through my head (the clean version of course! ; )).  Sing it with me..."I'll wear your grandad's clothes. I'll look incredible. I got this big ole coat from the thrift store down the road."   Yes, I'm aware the coat boarder-lines grandad's clothes.  But I kinda love that about it.  What do you think? 

The dress I sewed was something I wanted to make for a long time it's simple, flowy, and ultra feminine. It's the PERFECT play dress or dress up dress in my opinion.  I love it's understated simplicity.  The dress was made from a pair of old lightweight cotton curtains that has a lovely drape, so it was perfect for the gathered neckline and it was FREE.  My daughter has not taken this dress off since I finished it two days ago. Needless to say, I will make a million more of these. : )  If you love it as much as I do, I have a tutorial for a version of this dress coming soon.. so stay tuned! : )

Enough chatter.. here are the details...

Two gold buttons are better than one. Yeah? 

I added a sweet little wool heart to the inside of the coat to give it a bit of whimsy; in addition the heart is added proof that this is not Grandad's coat. ; ) 

Fully lined coats are where it's at. 
 The dress front:

Tiny details, two red vintage buttons on the front. 
 Two more vintage buttons on the back. 

 This is an amazing dress to twirl in. Makes my little Babes happy. 

 Put it all together now.

Little hands fit in big pockets. 

As an added bonus, here's how Babes would style the ensemble. 
Clothes pin earrings. 
Pink princess bag 
Glass angel in tow. 

The girl's got style. 


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Project Run and Play Party Dress Remix

Why hello! It's been a while. I've missed posting on this little blog. 

Life is finally settling down in our little household. Thankfully. 

And what that means is I have some free time to whittle away at my fabric stash. : )  Project Run and Play has started up again and I plan on sewing along for a few of the challenges. 

This week's challenge is to remix Lindsey of the Cottage Home's The Party Dress Pattern.  

This is a GREAT basic pattern.  With a little creativity you can do so much with a basic pattern like this.  I almost sewed up a plaid coat with the pattern but opted to go for this Brocade dress instead (Winters just aren't long enough in Texas!), and my oh my I'm so glad that I did.  I'll get to that coat soon enough... maybe.
The fabric is a brocade-type purchased from Joann's (purchased for around $10 with a coupon). It has a lovely aqua blue hue with gorgeous gold running through it.  It is a little itchy so I opted to line the whole thing with a light weight cotton.  I must admit, when I purchased this fabric from Joann's a few months ago, I told the lady at the cutting counter I was making a dress for my Little One. She looked at me and then looked at the fabric and said, "I hope it will be a costume."  I quickly and ashamedly lied and said it was indeed for a costume of sorts (no judging! haha!).  I did doubt my fabric choice for a while so in my fabric stash this sat for quite a while.  : )

The truth was as soon as I laid eyes on that fabric I knew it was destined for a short and sweet party dress.  So when PR&P had this challenge it gave me a great chance to sew the design I had in mind and to use that darn fabric. I love the finished product and so does the Little One. 

For those of you who care, I have detailed the changes I did to Lindsey's pattern to make this sweet little number.

I wanted a shorter waistline and a lower neckline then what Lindsey's pattern called for so I just shortened the bodice pieces and used a bowl to trace a larger neckline.

Lindsey's dress pattern is a sleeveless pattern, but I felt this design really needed short sleeves.  So I drafted some sleeves and sew that to the bodice pieces.

Because the fabric is so busy and ornate, I wanted a very simple narrow sash in the front that would widen to make a nice bow in the back.  I also attached the sash to the front of the bodice.  It was a pretty simple change from Lindsey's original pattern.

Also, for the buttons I decided to not use her technique for button holes. I will use that in the future, but for this dress simple was better.

The only other change was that on all my seams I used flat felled seams which gave this dress a professional finish from the inside out. 

That's it. : )  A party dress for the Little One, thank you to Lindsey from the Cottage Home, you rock!


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