Well it is finally here…the 5th season of Project Run and Play! Our first weeks challenge was to remix the Very Biased Skirt tutorial from No Big Dill. If you have never used this technique before I highly recommend it. I will admit this was a new technique to me and I will definitely be using it again! Not having to finish off edges is a glorious thing, plus I love the looks of the slightly frayed edges. In Katy’s design she used sheer fabrics, linings and thin cotton fabrics but I chose to use what we wear most…good ole cheap cotton fabrics. I will admit, I was not sure if these cotton fabrics were going to work until I got them home, but thankfully they did. As usual both dresses are very different but coordinate one another. I realize that it is much harder for the judges to judge two looks and it may work against me in the long run, but that is kinda how my brain works. I can’t help it, I create in pairs. The ruffled dress was made by cutting various lengths and widths of the three fabrics on the bias and then ruffling them by hand. Then I started adding the ruffles to a skirt that I made out of a cheap white cotton fabric. No rhyme or reason for placement of the ruffles, just what looked good to the eye. I worked all around the skirt layering and layering all of the ruffles until it was finished. Then I attached the skirt to a simple bodice that was also cut on the bias with flutter sleeves. I wanted to keep the bodice simple and not to take away from the craziness of the skirt. I made the button closures by using white fabric with teal lace layered on top. I used the same white fabric with teal lace throughout the dress. I can’t help but love the way the slightly frayed edges look with the uneven messy ruffled rows. The idea for the other flowered dress came to me when I saw all of the ruffled strips laying on the table. They looked like a bunch of flowers just laying there. I made a basic A-line dress and just played around with the fabric placement on the bodice. Instead of making the shoulder pieces part of the bodice I chose to make straps and expose them over the bodice. I have done this in the past and just love the contrast it gives. To make the flowers on the dress I simply used the ruffled strips that were cut on the bias and sewed them into circles on top of the dress. For some of the flowers I added a little extra detail in the middle, while others I left plain. Matching Du-rag and flowered headband were made using the same methods as in their dresses. I did have one more piece that never made it into the pictures. It was a really cute little cropped jacket, but apparently it was not cute enough for either of these two to wear it. These little girls of mine are tough I tell ya! A total of $24 was spent to make both dresses and I still have some materials left over, not bad huh?! I am still in shock by how much fabric I used on the ruffled dress though and so thankful I bought extra just in case. Now PLEASE head on over to Project Run and Play and vote for your favorite look. They are all so amazing…you must see them all for yourselves!
September 14, 2012