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.