April 9, 2014

Designing for Easter

Finally! Done. And photographed. Project Run & Play Week #3, Design My Own Fabric:

Child's Easter dress & cardi sewn as solution to Project Run & Play Season 9's Week 3 "Design Your Own Fabric" Challenge. | The Inspired Wren
She really wanted this week's photo-session chocolate and was willing to be posed like a delicate lady in order to get it.

Project Run & Play Week #3, Design Your Own Fabric Challenge: Print, dye, color, paint, stencil or whatever else you can think of to design a fabric that is all you and then use that material to create an outfit!


For my final solution (aka: back-up plan because my original attempt to create white sheer plaid didn't work in the time allotted) I created my own irregular-striped fabric for a lovely spring-green Easter dress. [Be sure to check out the bottom of the post for all the usual pattern and fabric details.]

Child's Easter dress & cardi sewn as solution to Project Run & Play Season 9's Week 3 "Design Your Own Fabric" Challenge. | The Inspired Wren
For a back-up solution, I'm pretty pleased with the final result.

I was worried that the green and white alone would be too flat even after I color-blocked the bodice. So I reached into the palette of my Project Run & Play Mini-Collection and added the turquoise in the piping, the buttons, the bow, and the underskirt. I love the way the lined bodice plus the underskirt make the inside of the dress so beautifully finished.

Child's Easter dress & cardi sewn as solution to Project Run & Play Season 9's Week 3 "Design Your Own Fabric" Challenge. | The Inspired Wren
I almost left the bow off to keep a truly tailored look; but I'm glad I didn't. I like the shine of the ribbon next to the texture of the linen.

Child's Easter dress & cardi sewn as solution to Project Run & Play Season 9's Week 3 "Design Your Own Fabric" Challenge. | The Inspired Wren
Obligatory, artsy up-skirt shot.

Child's Easter dress & cardi sewn as solution to Project Run & Play Season 9's Week 3 "Design Your Own Fabric" Challenge. | The Inspired Wren
The innards of the dress look great; this could almost be reversible, no?

Since it only stopped snowing last week(!), I thought it would be wise to be prepared with a cover for those sleeve-less arms. At the last minute (ahem, today, in case you were wondering how I spent my Kids Clothes Week time), I swapped out the planned green-crochet sweater for this pop-of-color in the form of a ruffled cardigan. Still thinking of mix & match separates throughout all of Project Run & Play, I made sure this cardi could easily top the white blouse from Week 2.

Child's Easter dress & cardi sewn as solution to Project Run & Play Season 9's Week 3 "Design Your Own Fabric" Challenge. | The Inspired Wren
I typically eschew ruffles, but I like the contrast (and softness they add) next the the hard stripes.

Child's Easter dress & cardi sewn as solution to Project Run & Play Season 9's Week 3 "Design Your Own Fabric" Challenge. | The Inspired Wren
Luckily, the cardi came together quickly.


Unfortunately my model has been a bit under the weather this week, but she perked up at the idea of surprises in the eggs. And will always sit still for a good read.


Child's Easter dress & cardi sewn as solution to Project Run & Play Season 9's Week 3 "Design Your Own Fabric" Challenge. | The Inspired Wren
The blue skirt, white tights, and black shoes unexpectedly read Alice in Wonderland to me -- in a darling way.

Child's Easter dress & cardi sewn as solution to Project Run & Play Season 9's Week 3 "Design Your Own Fabric" Challenge. | The Inspired Wren
No pockets meant the chocolate was hidden among the eggs. She was determined.

Child's Easter dress & cardi sewn as solution to Project Run & Play Season 9's Week 3 "Design Your Own Fabric" Challenge. | The Inspired Wren
...and then I lost her to her books.


Project Run & Play Sew Along: Season 9, Week 1
Click here to see all the great sew along entries!

Pattern

Dress: The Perfect Party Dress, by Tie Dye Diva [affiliate link], size 5T with modifications
Cardi: Girls Cropped Ruffle Cardigan, by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, size 5

Fabric

Dress: Random green Linen with no label on bolt found at Wal-Mart (though it's magical in that it doesn't wrinkle like true linen); white bed sheet from my linen closest.
Cardi: Sew Classic Knits Interlock, Tile Blue (Joann's Fabric)

Love

The full skirt plus bow of The Perfect Party Dress pattern. It's so very Little Girl perfect.

Note

Plaid can work on sheer, if you have impeccable craftsmanship and more time than imaginable. I will still tackle it...someday.



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You should really see all that goes into each project!
From my model preferring to wear washi tape on her belly button instead of the clothes I've sewn for her, to the ingenious way that I’ve re-purposed my favorite sewing tool, a chopstick, into a spool pin for double needle sewing on my machine. Daily updates on Instagram (and Flickr) of works-in-progress will give you that behind the scenes view you’re looking for, and sneak peeks of First Tuesday Tutorials, too.
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56 comments:

  1. Okay this is beautiful. You did a great job! I love the dimensions this gives & the color combo is awesome!

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  2. I love this. The blue goes so beautiful with the green! great job. Love the stripes on the skirt.

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  3. I love the color combination that you used!
    Deborah @ Sew Much To Give

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  4. I love the colors! It looks like Spring.

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    1. Thanks! I wanted to shoot outside among the green, but The Peanut just wasn't up to it.

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  5. oh love love love LOVE it! The ruffled cardi is perfect. you did such a great job this week. I LOVE IT!! Sent you an email, too

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  6. this is so great! very spring-y but not your typical floral. I love it!

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    1. It's funny you say that, I'm sticking to this color way for the moment, but I've been eyeing florals a lot lately.

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  7. Simply gorgeous! I love it!

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  8. I love this dress set! So pretty...love your color choices!

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    1. The are apparently inspired by my iron board cover (purchased just before Christmas) -- I didn't notice I had been using the same colorway on the last three projects until I was in the middle of this dress! (You can see it in the "innards" pic above.)

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  9. Absolutely stunning...dress, model, and photography! :)

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    1. Thank you for that. I still feel like I'm bumbling when it comes to the camera.

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  10. The entire outfit is absolutely adorable and I'm so glad that cardigan tutorial worked for you!
    ~ Jamie

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    1. Seriously! I can't thank you enough. And the tute was perfect.

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  11. I love it! The colors are awesome!!!! What a great look and a beautiful model :)

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  12. Wowsers! The outfit is beautiful down to each and every meticulous detail. You have an adorable model too.

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  13. This is gorgeous! I love the color combination, and dress interior is just beautiful... as is your little model. =)

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    1. Thanks. I saw the innards and thought it would make a great version of this dress with some added detail on the bodice.

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  14. Love the vibrant colours of this dress. Great job.

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    1. Thank you! We're not really pastel (or pink) people here, so I'm happy it still reads Spring.

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  15. Really pretty dress! Love the colors together and the piping is super sweet. Hope she's feeling back to her normal self again!

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  16. The blue accents are awesome! Your model is adorbs! Great job with this theme...we had to use a back up plan too due to weather!

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  17. This is adorable! You did such a great job constructing it!

    Mandi
    thepaisleybarn.com

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  18. Wow, very nice dress!! I love the green!

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  19. What a beautiful young lady. Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty. Have a wonderful week ahead, Happy Easter!

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  20. Beautiful work Ren!n I just LOVE the colors! It is sooo pretty!

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  21. Such a pretty dress ... thanks so much sharing at #EmptyYourArchive - Alice @ Mums Make Lists

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  22. love this outfit! I would not have picked teal to go with it but wow looks awesome!!

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    1. Check out my ironing board cover (the background for the insides of the dress pic) -- I totally, subconsciously lifted my color scheme from there. But I love how it works, too!

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  23. This dress is one of the cutest little girl dresses I have seen! :) I wish I could sew so good!
    Great job!

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    1. Thanks so much! It may look complicated, but the stripes and color blocking are all straight line sewing and the rest of the dress is following the very clear direction on the pattern (Tie Dyed Diva, The Perfect Party)! It's totally doable.

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  24. This is a stunning outfit! So beautiful! I'm dying to make my kids Easter outfits, but I'm too chicken.

    I'm hosting a series right now all about yarn projects. I'd love for you to come link up anything you've made using yarn or twine or the like to the link party!
    Yarn it All! Link Party on Bugaboo Blog

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    1. You can do it! There are some gorgeous special occasion dresses and handsome vest & ties that are very simple patterns. I'll go check out your party now...

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  25. I'm in love with your fabrics!

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    1. Thanks! Sometime simple solids can have a really strong impact.

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