[Runs in, throws arms up in the air...] WAIT! I'm here! Don't let January slip away yet! My small Holiday blogging break that I hoped would be barely noticeable kinda grew into a large, obvious break thanks to inertia: a body in motion stays in motion, and this body at rest will definitely STAY at rest unless external forces act upon it. As always the best external force to push me into action is a good challenge. I present to you: Project Run & Play, January!
I tend to create some of my best and favorite projects within very confined parameters. The more limits you set on it, the more I can problem-solve and play. Bring it.
The January challenge for Project Run & Play is The Bubble Dress Tutorial from Alida Makes. My solution combines three things I've never tackled in sewing before: the bubble silhouette, the tee-shirt dress, and the paper-bag waist. I wanted to add a large cowl collar to balance the proportions, but anything near this model's mouth inevitably still ends up in this model's mouth. Since I always aim for true wearability/usability, I opted for a removable infinity scarf instead.
|Tee-shirt dress with a high paper-bag waist and removable infinity scarf.|
|Dress details: tab at the neckline; twin-needle hem at the wrist; bubble hem at the knee|
The Bubble Dress tutorial is my kind of tutorial; it's the kind that encases all the seams and leaves a lovely finish inside and out. I cut the sides to angle-in at the waist and switched out the shirring along the bottom for narrow elastic but otherwise completed the skirt following the tutorial's directions. Then I stitched up a Flashback Skinny Tee with a call-back to the skirt in the form of a simple tab at the neckline in the skirt's flannel fabric. I joined the tee and the skirt at a high-waist point and stitched them together with a zig-zag along both stitched lines of the elastic casing.
|The dress innards in all their non-scratchy glory.|
|There's that simple neckline with the flannel tag.|
Project Run & Play is one of the reasons I began blogging. I wanted to play along and show off my solutions. This year's new format (monthly challenges) is great for me! I plan on sewing for each challenge, creating a 2015 Collection as I go. Of course I can't predict shape and line of the yet-to-be-announced tutorials, so I'll attempt to tie the collection together through color, fabric, and proportion. I'll be collecting all those looks in one place, you'll find them up on the menu bar under the Collections 2015 tab.
|The Peanut happily tap-danced all over my new seamless background and still managed to negotiate for a higher rate of pay (ice cream instead of chocolate for this shoot).|
PatternBodice: Flashback Skinny Tee by Rae Hoekstra, size 4T with modifications
Skirt: The Bubble Dress Tutorial from Alida Makes with modifications
Scarf: Self-Drafted (actually, Made-Up-As-I-Went-with-No-Planning)
FabricBodice: Sew Classic Knits Interlock, Black (Joann's Fabric)
Skirt & Scarf: Blue Houndstooth Flannel labeled simply "Brushed Plaid" (Walmart)
Skirt Lining: Symphony Broadcloth Solid Quilt Fabric, Black (Joann's Fabric)
I angled the side-seams in by 2" on each side when cutting the skirt -- this gives a slightly different silhouette than the original tutorial.
LoveI struggled to make it look high-end (as opposed to home-made), but I think I found the look I was going for. To my eye the balance of proportions between the bubble and the scarf elevate it. I'm also happy I was able to work with my own love of dark neutrals and yet excite The Peanut with her favorite blue in a stylish houndstooth. I gave her the choice between purple and corral tights and she picked the corral. Once again her choice makes the look -- I'm always a sucker for a bright, popping accent color!
Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.
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