Sunday, April 7, 2013

Project Run and Play - Week 3 - Details

Today marks Week 3 in project Run & Play. It's all in the details my friends.

We were asked to, "Choose a favorite detail to showcase in a children's wear design. (Such as piping, embroidery, pin tucks, etc.)"
I have to say just as I was about to start a project with piping all over the place I changed my mind.
Instead, I went with RUFFLES, gathers, ...whatever you want to call them!!!
For all the beginner seamstresses out there, ruffles are SO hard to figure out. (When I got back into sewing it took me months to figure them out. Everyone does them differently.) Either they can't get the tension and stitch length on their machine to ruffle the fabric for them correctly, or they just don't get the concept.
Well this week I decided to showcase ruffles/gathers because darn it, ruffles are difficult for some folks, and I am not going to discount that! Amen!

 Now onto my design!
I haven't sewn with seersucker very much in my sewing career, but dude, the stuff it awesome!!! It gathers nicely without fraying too much, and it was perfect for this project.  
Here is the look:

The assembly of this dress is quite easy all you do is cut squares/rectangles for the body and the sleeves of the dress. Then long rectangles for the ruffles on the sleeves. An easy way to figure out how to make a full ruffle is to lay your fabric down next to the edge of the sleeve and make you ruffle portion of the fabric 4 times as wide. This way you have plenty of fabric to gather.
Then all you need to cut out is your "j's" on the body and the sleeves: From there you assemble the dress with a simple zig zag stitch or you can use french seams, then attach your ruffles. I have found that gathering is easiest if you put your stich length on the longest length and your tension on the highest level. SUPER EASY!

 Ruffles at the sleeves.
Ruffles at the skirt.
The neck line gathers its self because there is an elastic casing with elastic in it.
I finished it off with two front pockets with pink quilters cotton as an accent on the top of the pocket.
What do y 'all think?

I LOVE IT! It can even be worn with this super cute belt! You can find the pattern for the belt in my shop, here.

This is totally a Hannah outfit too, she would so say, "Mom, can I wear this for the rest of the day?"
Sure you can!
 XO- L  

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  1. Love the color, fabric choice, dress, and photos---all darling!

  2. Thanks Liz!!! You are too sweet!

  3. Yellow is so great for the spring. You have a lucky little girl to have such a fun new dress.

  4. Hey Lauren, I usually answer comments on my blog but since you made a question and I'd like to make sure you'd read the answer. I made my own pattern for the blazer. After I'm off of the competition, I will turn it into PDF and have it free on my blog, but I only drafted size 2T. Oh, and by the way, this is a sweet dress =)

  5. the dress is DARLING... and I have to say... that overhead shot from the top of her head? I love that shot....

    your daughter is beautiful ans shows your creations perfectly!

    (new follower, found you thru PR&P)
    Melle @

  6. Thank you so much everyone!!! And Mel- so nice to see you here!!!

    Magda- looking forward to seeing your PDF pattern! Super cute!!

  7. Fun colors and style. It looks super comfortable!
    with love,

  8. What a great comfy looking dress! Love it!