Grape Soda Dresses

Grape Soda Dresses-Running 7

This week’s Project Run & Play challenge was all about color.  We were tasked to pick a color and design something around that color.  Sound vauge and nebulous?  You betcha!  At first I was stumped and then I started looking through my stash and I found a bunch of purple fabric I had purchased for another project.  I had four different complimentary shades of purple and I was immediately inspired.

Looking at the colors together in “order” reminded me of a freshly poured glass of grape soda.  So, that is the effect I was going for here.  A fresh, fizzy grape soda…perfect for summer.

I toyed with a couple different silhouettes before settling on this one in the sketch below.

Here are a few details about the dresses:

The top is a bodice pattern that I drafted up myself.  Jess over at Craftiness is Not Optional has several great tutorials on how to do this easily.  I drew a square neckline and cut off the bodice about an inch and a half under the armhole.


I made a little peek-a-boo opening at the back of the bodice.  The dresses close at the top with a button and a ribbon loop.

The skirt of the dresses are tiered ruffles.  I used the tutorial over at MADE for the Layered Skirt. (I love her stuff, in case you haven’t noticed.)  I love how float-y the dresses look with all those ruffles.


For the hems I simply serged a rolled hem with some woolly nylon in the upper looper.  I love the clean edge each of the ruffles have.  The white tips also helped to lighten up some of the darker layers of purple.


And of course I had to make them hair accessories.  They each got little rolled rose hair clippies made from the dress scraps.


My original idea for our photo shoot was to go to a little ice cream shop or something.  However, I ran out of time and I was not going to try to do a location shoot by myself.  So, the backyard it was.  Unfortunately, three minutes after we got outside our lawn guy showed up.  Back inside we went to wait it out.  By the time we got outside again everyone was stir crazy.  It was impossible to get a picture of them standing still!


Running, running, running!


Luckily for me the dresses looked great while they were running.


And now she is worn out from all that running.


Next week is movie inspiration week.  I am so excited about this next challenge!  I am basing the outfit for my curly top on the style of the original Curly Top: Shirley Temple.  I’ve got an awesome vintage dress planned.

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8 Comments on “Grape Soda Dresses

  1.  by  sam

    Your dresses are gorgeous! I wish I could sketch my ideas out like that.

    •  by  Harmony

      Thanks! It helps that I did a good amount of costume design in college. 🙂

    •  by  Harmony

      Thanks, Grandma! I’ll need to make them violet dresses sometime soon. 🙂

  2.  by  Emily

    Wow! These are beautiful dresses! The ruffles are the perfect fullness and I love the shades of purple. The last picture is totally frame worthy too. PS I’m also a big fan of CINO and MADE and not doing location photo shoots by myself. 🙂

    •  by  Harmony

      Thanks, Emily! I love that last picture too…I particularly like the purple against the green grass. Just lovely and colorful. We did a location shoot today, but hubby came along to herd the cats. 🙂

  3.  by  Shannon Ming

    omgoodness…..I love love love the grape soda dresses! You are awesome! So enjoyed seeing all of your talent. I love creating all kids of sewing projects. you have inspired me!

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