A Trip to Italy

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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18 Comments on “A Trip to Italy

  1.  by  Ajaire

    A disney italy photo shoot! So smart. I love that you let us into your creative process with the pinterest board too. 🙂

    •  by  Harmony

      Thanks! I always like to see where everyone gets their inspiration, so I thought I would share too.

  2.  by  Kathy

    These are darling outfits and I love that you just happened to be near Disney Italy for the photos!

    •  by  Harmony

      Thanks, Kathy! We are lucky to be passholders so it is easy to run down for something like this. 🙂

    •  by  Harmony

      Thanks! This week’s theme was really great. Just checked out your look. Love those shorts!

    •  by  Harmony

      Thanks! It actually was really simple. I’ve been pushing myself to work with knits more and more…definitely not as hard as I once thought.

  3.  by  Ren

    I was totally thinking of making the Flashback Skinny Tee into a boat-neck, too! In the end I was afraid it would slip of the shoulders too much and went with a color-blocked version. Love it paired with the petal-pushers.

    •  by  Harmony

      The boatneck actually worked really well…I did have some shoulder slipping, but that was more because the shirt was a bit on the big size.

    •  by  Ren

      I’d love to see you join us this week at the Inspire Us Thursdays! link party.

    •  by  Harmony

      I know, right? The more I think about it, the more I want to do it. Some countries would be really easy, but there would be some real challenges that would be fun to try. I just don’t know when I would ever be able to! Might have to wait until after I’m done with babies. 🙂

    •  by  Harmony

      Thanks! It was really fun..sometimes the girls really get into the spirit of modeling. Although it was a challenge to get pictures without a million people in the background! 🙂

  4.  by  Magda Estrela

    It really feels like Italy to look at these photos. I really liked both outfits but I love stripes so one I like better than the other.

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