A Trip to Italy
“You may have the universe if I may have Italy”
― Giuseppe Verdi
The challenge for Project Run & Play this week was “Spring Break.” We were to be inspired by a favorite vacation spot and create an outfit representing that.
After a couple brief thoughts of the beach (because that is easy in Florida) I remembered that I actually don’t like going to the beach. So, I changed my thought process to be more along the lines of where I would love to go, if I could go anywhere and that led me almost immediately to Italy. I was able to go on a whirlwind trip to Europe with a good friend and her family in 2004 and our time spent in Italy was definitely my favorite. I daydream quite a bit of going back with Christian and of taking my girls there to show them where our family came from.
Italy is the perfect inspiration for this challenge. I had a general idea of what I wanted to create, but I did a ton of research on Rome street wear and classic outfits associated with Italian travel. I had a lot of fun with my Pinterest board with this one and now I want to visit again ASAP! What I found were a lot of sundresses and striped shirts with a pop of color.
These styles were really easy to replicate for my girls and the result was a new sundress for Dinah and the cutest nautical-inspired outfit for Esther. I also am lucky in that I actually got to take my pictures in Italy…well, in the Italian pavilion at Epcot at least. I knew were were visiting Disney for Dinah’s birthday during spring break and made this photoshoot one of the things to do while we were there.
Okay, let’s break these down. Dinah first…
I found this knit a few weeks ago at Joann and bought it because I thought it would make the cutest dress for Dinah. So, it was the natural choice for this theme. Based on the halter dresses that I have made previously I drafted up this cross-front bodice. I bound the edges in a peachy-pink knit including making the halter dress ties. The skirt is a half circle (for spinability) trimmed with an unhemmed knit ruffle.
For Esther, I knew she could pull of this preppy, nautical look (although, I also knew she would be jealous of Dinah’s dress…). I altered the Flashback Skinny Tee to be a boatneck shirt with 3/4 sleeves. (I made the 3T size, but it is on the large side…lots of room to grow!) I attached a pink bow to the shirt for a little detail and to also make it more appealing for my girly-girl to wear. For her pants I created a “Franken-pattern” with the Kid Shorts pattern by Dana at MADE and the skinny jeans pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. I added a cute divided cuff to the legs as well as accented them with sweet, little bows.
I had so much fun taking these pictures that I started thinking of how I could create outfits inspired by all the Epcot country pavilions. Maybe I’ll do a series someday…when life isn’t so nuts!