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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Project Run and Play Week 1 - Pleated Party

 
Woo hoo!!! It's Project Run and Play time!!!!



This is my second season sewing along - I think I missed one or two weeks last season and we'll see how this year goes - hopefully I'll be able to create something each week!!!  We'll see how crazy life gets!
This week the challenge is to remix the pattern The Party Dress by Lindsay at the Cottage Home!

I chose to change up the way the bodice ties at the shoulder and the bottom sash!
 

To show you how I created the finished product I'll start with the skirt:

I made the bottom contrast band longer so I could pleat at approximately 2-3 inches away from each other.  Just iron and pin along starting from the center of the skirt material.
 
After attaching the contrast band hem the bottom and top stitch the seam.

Here's what the skirt looks like before attaching to the bodice!
 
Now for the changes in the bodice:

 I kept the concept of the lining and button ties the same but I added about 4-5 inches in length in the shoulders.  First, sew the bodice front and back together at the underarm seam.  Do the same for the lining.  Then, put the bodice and lining right sides together and sew from one end, up the top of the shoulders, arm and neck curves - LEAVE THE BOTTOM OPEN!  Make sure your ties are encased on the inside (right sides together) when you're sewing!  Then, turn the whole bodice right side out from the bottom.  Press well!
 
Follow all the other instructions on Lindsay's site to attach the bodice to the skirt!

 
I'm in love with all the little details like the pleats at the bottom (kind of reminds me of a tennis skirt!)


And the button ties are just darling!


And the shoulder ties give it a cute whimsical look! 


And of course my sweet little Southern Belle needs a matching bow!  If you haven't seen my boutique bow tutorial click here
 
Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you'll stop by each week for another post on Project Run and Play!  Check out all my fellow "at home sewers" that are sewing along during each week of challenges!

 
 
 
 
 

28 comments:

  1. How precious! I love all the details you added -- I never would have thought to pleat the contrasting fabric at the bottom. It's lovely!

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    1. Thank you!!! I was going to do a bustle skirt until I saw it was already done! haha! On my way to go leave some comment love on your blog! I love the collar!!! I just started following you too! :)

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    1. Thank you!!! Your Heidi dress is adorable!!!

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  3. Oh.My.Word!! Really, it turned out adorable!! You're finish work looks great too :). And that baby..don't even get me started!

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    1. lol! Thank you so much!!! She is a ham!

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    1. Thanks so much! :) I absolutely love your 2 in 1 dress!!! The petals are adorable!

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  5. Darling! Both the beautiful baby and the dress!

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  6. You're super creative! I love the tie shoulders and the pleated ruffle.

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  7. Your dress and the model is so lovely!

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  8. I don't know what's more adorable - the dress or the gorgeous little girl!

    I host a link party each Thursday and would love for you to share this.

    Thanks for the great post!

    -Angie
    www.easylivingmom.com

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    1. Thank you!!! I will!!! You are so sweet to comment!

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  9. What a gorgeous dress! I'd love it if you stopped by my weekly link party and shared this. http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-24.html

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    1. Awesome!!! I just did! Thank you for telling me! I'll subscribe so I can see when the next one comes up! :)

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  10. awww - she is so sweet, and I love those pleats! Great job ;o)

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  11. I love the pleat detail, I haven't tackled pleats yet might have to try.

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  12. Hey! thanks for your visit! Your dressed turned out just adorable! And your kid?! She's gorgeous!!! Congratulations. Can't wait to see what more will you share. <3

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  13. What a great dress! I love all the changes you made. Your daughter looks adorable in it. Thanks for linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday!

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  14. Nice added touch with the pleated bias band!! Excellent detail...

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  15. Darling!! I love the ties at the shoulder and the little pleats. Too cute!

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  16. ADORABLE! I love the buttons on the back and the fabric! Great work Rae Anna!

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  17. Cute! I love that button closure detail as well.

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  18. I love your fabric choice. So delicate and sweet.

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  19. Beautiful dress and super cute model. I featured it here:
    http://sewprettysewfree.blogspot.com/2013/04/party-dress-sewing-tutorial.html

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