Here we are…the final week of this cycle of Project Run & Play! Traditionally the final week is the “Signature Style Week.”
My signature style really hasn’t changed since the first time I thought this through…age-appropriate, classic, solids or subtle prints, simple embellishments.
I actually started these dresses way back last spring when I was trying to participate in the last cycle’s sew-a-long. They were for the “All in the Details” challenge. I’ve been wanting to do a major embroidery project like this for awhile and I was really inspired last spring by strawberries. We have great strawberries here in Florida.
I loved the idea of strawberry vines and blossoms on delicate white dresses. Now, is this practical? Of course not. But, I wanted to go ahead and do it anyways…I mean it is only time and fabric right?
Although I will say that during this photoshoot I was a crazy person about them getting dirty…as long as I got a good picture first! (Please note that I did not let them pose with actual strawberries.)
I think the girls will be wearing them on Sunday, so they can be normal on that day…although I will probably bring them a change of clothes for lunch. So, maybe not that normal.
So, some details about the dresses…
I adapted the Oliver + S Popover Sundress again. Way back in March my plan was to make them the traditional way (minus the yoke) with the two ties. But after I made the halter-style butterfly shirts I just fell in love with that look and I decided to do these the same way again.
They ties are WAY long, but I actually really like them like that.
The dresses are made from a cotton lawn fabric that was perfectly light and airy. I did have to line the dresses to keep them from being completely see through.
Once the dresses were completely made including the hem (but excluding the ties) I started embroidering my design.
Let me tell you, this took FOR-EV-ER. I mean, it looks awesome and I love it so much, but yeah, this is not a task to undertake lightly.
It has been fun sewing along with Project Run & Play again! It has been the perfect boost to get myself blogging again. And I really enjoy seeing the work that all the other super-talented ladies submit. There is such a fun community surrounding this little online competition…I’m glad to be making my way as a part of it again.