“Let’s Play School” Dress

Do you ever see a piece of fabric and you just have to have it, even though you have no idea what you’ll use it for? This alphabet print spoke to me when I saw it, but I wasn’t inspired yet. It’s sat around for a couple months. Then finally, when I saw the challenge for Week 1 of Project Run and Play, I knew exactly what I’d be using it for – my Party Dress remix design! In honor of the alphabets, but since my daughter is still years away from formal schooling, I’m naming it the “Lets Play School” dress.

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Let me break my design down for you:

Original Elements:

  • Overall silhouette
  • Skirt, including hem band
  • Wide sash
  • Basic construction

Remixed Elements:

  • Overall feel: play instead of party
  • Ruffle sleeves
  • Exposed back zipper
  • Sash end detail
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To create my remix, I used my own basic bodice pattern, the ruffle sleeve from here, and the skirt tutorial from the assigned pattern. As soon as I slipped it on, Grace yelled out, “Ohhh! Pretty!” She loved the fullness of the skirt most of all – she used her feet to play with the hem as we were photographing.

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I have one last special touch to share about this dress. On the lining of the bodice, I hand embroidered the size and the date into the dress. Now I’ll always know, and it can’t get washed out. I love those little extras that elevate a garment from homemade to handmade.

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PS: If you want to join in Project Run and Play, new challenges are posted each Monday. There’s a prize offered for the top home sewer, and you can follow along with the blog-celebrity seamstress competition!

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