Project Run & Play sew along {week 4: color challenge}

This weeks theme over at Project Run & Play was a color challenge. I knew right away I was going to make something with orange. (I’m pretty sure you could have guess that as well.) I searched a few stores but I couldn’t find the right color orange, so I decided to dye some fabric orange. I planned on making two dresses that coordinated with both oranges in each. Once I got started I realized I didn’t have nearly enough fabric, so another trip to the fabric store. Then while in JoAnns I saw those pretty orange beads that just so happened to match my orange fabric perfectly. Then right next to the orange beads were the tealish ones and it got me thinking about dying my other fabric two shades of teal instead of more orange. So I headed to the dye section and found the two shades of teal…that not only matched the beads perfectly but also my orange fabric. I have to admit I was nervous about dyeing the teal colors but the moment I saw the two colors in the buckets I knew they would be perfect.I knew I wanted to try and make a messy ruffled bodice with tiered twirly skirts, but besides that the rest of the dresses just came together as I went along. I’m also trying to keep in mind what my little girls like to wear. Right now they love twirly skirts and dresses. My girls are not too girly-girly, but they love to twirl! And really, I think these dresses say who they are perfectly. 

To make the messy ruffled bodice I just ruffled my fabric and then sewed the bodice pieces right sides together with it. I wasn’t sure if I would like them once done, but I really like their uneven imperfect look. I’m just wishing now that I would have done unfinished edges instead of finished ones to go along with the messy bodice.But then again, I kinda like the messy and finished edges together. It’s more us.The little cap sleeves were made by using the little center circles that I cut out  from the center of all the circle skirts. I can’t help but LOVE these colors together! And what is more perfect for a color challenge then to make your own colors!I made the bracelets by stringing the beads onto stretchy clear string. Super easy and quick . The girls LOVE them and I think that they make the dresses that much prettier.They loved that each of them had one bead that matched.

Next weeks challenge is all about the movies. I cannot wait! I will be taking a break from sewing for the girls and will be making something for that little boy of mine.

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  1. I love everything about these dresses! Great job!

  2. I am dying Christina! This is so stinking cute! I love them!!!

    • Christina says:

      thanks! see why your raincoat would be so perfect to go along with the dresses? the colors couldnt be any better together:)

  3. These are absolutely AWESOME! I LOVE the messy bodices and the finished edges. They are perfect! And all those ruffles! I hope you win this challenge!

    • Christina says:

      geez, thanks! did you make something this week? guess i will just have to stop by and see:)

  4. These are gorgeous! I love them from the top to the bottom. Good work, mama!

  5. Those little dresses are sooo cute! I love both of the colors, they look great together. :)


  6. They are perfect!!! I am so in love with them–I wouldn’t change anything!

  7. I came by here earlier today & saw these gorgeous tiered dresses and thought: holy hems! Did you get a hemming foot or were you a glutton for your hemming punishment? I love the colors sooo much & the detailing of the bodices, and just this week I pinned a tutorial for those same shoulders, so it’s awesome to see them implemented. You are so prolific in your sewing: I have enough trouble sewing just one outfit & you seem to do two on a regular basis!

    • Christina says:

      i totally bought a hemming foot:) thanks! still tough to get perfect hems on circle skirts though. know of any good tricks or tips? what tutorial for the sleeves? i totally just wong it. now im wondering if there is an easier way to do it. im challenging myself by making two each week. plus my girls need dresses and they just end up fighting over the ones i make:) i just barely started making kids clothes so making two makes me get better at them. thanks for stopping by:)

  8. Love, love, love these sleeves. I want to start a project just so I can use some.

  9. I don’t know of any good tricks for coming full circle with a hemming foot…on the circle skirt I did, I just left the last bit and then did it old-school. So, tell me…was it magical the first time you used it? 😉 Here’s the post I pinned…probably the same technique you discovered, I’m guessing:

  10. These are so cute, Christina! I love how you just put your patterns together as you go. Super cute on your girls together, too!

  11. Just darling!!!! And the photos ~ fabulous!! Thanks for sharing these adorable dresses!

  12. Gosh, these are so gorgeous! I would love to have one for my little darling. Man, I’ve got to learn how to sew!

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