Iris Dress

Iris Dress-Featured Image

Project Run & Play is back!  This time around is only four weeks and I have vowed to work ahead a little bit…just so things don’t get out of control and I miss out on entering my submissions.

Week one is: Inspired by Art—Choose an artist, art movement, or artwork and create a children’s look inspired by your choice.

When I read the themes I knew I immediately wanted to do something based on the Impressionists…they are generally my favorites.  I was feeling particularly drawn to Van Gogh’s work.  (Probably because I just recently watched the “Vincent and the Doctor” episode of Doctor Who…there is just something moving about the way Vincent describes how he sees the world at the end of the episode.  I know, I know…nerd alert.)  Irises are one of my favorite flowers and I have always loved his interpretation of their beauty.


So, with that awesome image in mind I set out looking for fabric and a dress shape that would evoke the fluidity of his strokes and the shapes of the irises.  A normal “smooth” fabric just wouldn’t work for the feel I wanted and I eventually thought of using gauze.  It is a semi-sheer, wrinkly fabric with a ton of body and movement and I knew it would be perfect.  And then in the process of searching for something else altogether I ran across this pattern.


I love the circle skirt on it and the way the tiers can look like petals.  Perfect!

Iris Dress

I altered the pattern in a couple ways…first, I decided not to mess with doing a zipper.  I thought it would be too fiddly with this slippery fabric.  And then because the fabric is so light I felt it would be too heavy.  I just added a loop of elastic cord and a single yellow button at the top to be the closure.  This created a cute little peek-a-boo at the back.

Iris Dress-Back

It also made the skirt be two true circles which was perfect for spinning!

Iris Dress-Spinning

So, one thing I forgot to count on after I had painstakingly ironed and hemmed both skirt tiers is that this gauze fabric would fall out differently on the bias.  And now my circle skirt is rather asymmetrical.  I mean, it works for the feel of petals of an iris, but just something to keep in mind for the future.

Iris Dress-Little Flower

Dinah did love her new dress…which is great, because she is quickly growing out of everything and I lost my main provider of hand-me-downs last year.  So, she will be getting the majority of the new clothes this time around since Esther has a TON of dresses that I just pulled out of storage.

Iris Dress-Shape

And I had to share this picture.  Whenever we say, “Smile, Dinah!” she does this.

Iris Dress-Crazy Face

No one knows why.  Weirdo.

And one final story about this dress…it is probably my most beautiful dress on the inside.  I used french seams on the skirt and I actually took the time to hand stitch the bodice lining down.  It was a lot of work, but I was really happy with how it turned out.  And then Esther broke into the sewing room and got a hold of a Sharpie and thought that Dinah’s dress needed some decoration.  Ack!  There was a huge black mark along the back shoulder of her dress.  Christian broke out the Carbona and scrubbed and scrubbed and now you can barely tell it was there!  Whew!


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9 Comments on “Iris Dress

  1.  by  Karly

    lol Love her “Smile!” face! It’s a lovely dress and I’m like you, I hate dealing with zippers and will avoid them whenever I can

    •  by  Harmony

      Thanks, Karly! Zippers are a pain…especially when you have to match seams. Ugh!

  2.  by  Erika

    very fun! I love it, and I love that you didn’t take it so literally, it is a cool twist. Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

    •  by  Harmony

      Thanks, Erika! Those irises were easy to be inspired by. 🙂

    •  by  Harmony

      Thanks, Maegen! The asymmetrical skirt definitely grew on me. And congrats to you! Your dress was so awesome. 🙂

    •  by  Harmony

      Thanks! Every now and then I can get a few good ones from her…I didn’t even have to bribe this time! 😉

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