Thursday, January 10, 2013

Project Run And Play: Pattern Remix

  Have you heard of Project Run And Play? It's a fun blog-based sewing competition. I'm not a competitor, but there is a sew-along for every challenge. This week the challenge is to remix the Party Dress Pattern from The Cottage Home... I wasn't planning on entering this week, since I forgot about it until Tuesday, and was still feeling pretty sick. But then, I had a remix idea that I just couldn't pass up. In spite of the time constraints, I just had to sew it! Here's my version:

  I put the button placket in the front and made it asymmetrical, added a floral-inspired set of reverse appliques, added flat piping, and removed the sash. I kept the full, gathered skirt, the contrast band, the covered buttons, and the button loops. Since I made the dress out of dark, stiff denim, those gathers were really difficult!
  I think Booper likes it! =) She is at that lovely age where she wants me to sew things for her... every time I sit down at my machine she asks if I am sewing her a dress. And she is also happy to wear it all once I've made it. I really love it! =)


  I am actually a little surprised that this dress is finished... after working on it all day Tuesday, most of Wednesday, and all day today, it was starting to feel like I would never be done! I had some trouble getting the flat piping to lay just the way I wanted it, but I'm glad I added it.

All of the pink is some knit that I initially bought for hoodie linings, but I found something else I'd rather use for that. The denim is leftover from the first maternity skirt I ever made... back when I was pregnant with Booper! It looked a lot like this skirt, but had a stretch waistband instead of the snaps.


  The back of this dress looks a little plain... I'm kind of wishing I had kept the sash and just sewed it into the side seams so the back would be more fun. Next time! =)

  And that is my entry into the Project Run And Play Pattern Remix sew-along!

Thanks for stopping by,



PS: I know I said I had plans for a shirt for myself... It is cut out, but I'm not liking the color. I think I'm going to add some paint to it before I sew it up. At any rate, it won't take too much longer to complete.

24 comments:

  1. The dress is adorable, I love It!

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  2. Glad to see you jump in the mix of sew-along entries!!! I like your use of covered buttons and the asymmetrical look!

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    1. I love your entry too, I'm looking forward to seeing it once you get those zippers. =)

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  3. Very cute take on the dress. I like the bodice a lot. You did a great job on making it your own!

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    1. Thank you! It's a very fun challenge. =)

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  4. I love the asymmetrical buttons up the front.

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    1. Thank you! That was the idea that I just had to sew up. =)

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  5. This is beautiful! The piping really pops on that denim!

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    1. I love the piping too... my husband thought it was too much contrast, but I'm so glad I kept it! =)

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    1. Thank you! It was fun, if a little frustrating, to put them all in. =)

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  7. WOW!!! What a great idea to use the loop buttons in that way. I also love the solid fabric with the contrasting patterned fabric. Awesome job!!

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    1. I really love your original design too, thank you for letting us all remix it!

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  8. Your daughter is precious in her new dress! I really like the floral contrast fabric with the denim and the covered buttons. I also like the cross-over bodice. You are a very talented young lady!

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    1. I love how happy it makes her to have a new dress. Thank you for the sweet comment. =)

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  9. Love the piping with the denim

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    1. It always amazes me how much difference one little detail can make. Thank you. =)

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  10. Seriously. Love it!!! The piping and the angle are so perfect.

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  11. This dress is so cute, the asymmetrical buttons and front is really nice. I love that you took a dark fabric and made it work for a girl. I'm sure you won't mind if I make this for my girls :-). Will link back to you though. Regards

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    1. Thank you! There is just one thing I'd change if I were to make this again... I'd add a small hidden snap at the top of the center knit shape, to help it stay closed when being worn. I wouldn't mind at all if you copied this, I'd be quite flattered. =)

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