Baby, Take a Bow!
This week’s challenge for Project Run & Play was Let’s Go to the Movies! We were to be inspired by something or someone in the movies. Awhile back my dad noticed the similarity between my Dinah and Shirley Temple, so when this challenge was announced I just knew that I had to make her a Shirley Temple Dress.
I started by doing some research and found lots of great images of Shirley Temple and I just love the style of 1930s girls’ clothes.
My original thought was to do something like this:
But I couldn’t find fabric like this anywhere and decided it wasn’t very practical. So I settled on something like this, from the movie “Baby, Take a Bow”:
Joann actually had a cotton in this sweet tiny dot that was perfect. And I found a pattern with all these knife pleats and huge puffy sleeves that was almost perfect.
I modified the pattern in a couple ways. One, I wanted the buttons in the back and two, I didn’t like the button placket. So, I just used the same pattern piece for the front and the back and simply lowered the neckline for the front piece. For all the pleating detail the dress was actually very easy to make. It was just fairly time-consuming with all the hand-sewing it required.
I finished the outfit off with an eyelet trimmed slip,
a pair of bloomers and…
…lots of pin curls!
We had a fun photo shoot this morning. We went to an amphitheater nearby and let her play on the stage. She had a blast singing and twirling and skipping about.
Next week is our final challenge…our signature look. Honestly, I feel like this IS my signature look, but I do have something else great to show you next week.
For now, I have to go. I’ve got two Minnie Mouse dresses to create for our Disney trip this weekend. (!)