Monday, April 15, 2013

Project Run and Play - Week 4

Wow that was a good run!

I had so much fun sewing along with my first season of Project Run and Play. It was a challenge in some areas, and in others just pure creativity time! I loved it! I am so thankful for the folks I met along the way!

This final week was all about formal wear, an Easter dress perhaps... I actually had half of this done a while ago, I just had to come up with something coordinating for Emmie....

I knew I wanted the girls to match a bit for Easter but I am not the matchy-matchy type so I just use some of the same fabric for each and used a different dress design for each of them too... I want them to have their own personalities and while I like them to match a little it isn't necessary for them to wear the SAME thing. :)
 I am not your typical frilly dress type person either- unless my daughter begs for a huge twirl type situation. I like little girls in dresses but I don't like all the crazy details that people sometimes put on them, just unnecessary in my opinion. I like simple and clean, or boho/trendy. The stuff you can find at your typical department store just makes me ill sometimes. Lace/polka dots/buttons/embellishments make me think, "who would by that dress?" I love having the freedom to sew whatever I want!
So this spring my daugthers would get a few coordinating dresses without the frill but that would satisfy that Easter attire that they needed.
Below is Hannah's. I used Anna Maria Horner's Paper Fan Dress Pattern as inspiration on this dress. I used her bodice pattern piece, and then decided to add some of my own details and leave out the paper fan detail around the skirt, (sorry Anna, I didn't have time for that!) then added a belt and a lovely ruffle around the neck.
It came out gorgeous, and the pictures were to die for, actually taken on my iphone! My sweetie was so willing to model on this day! One of my all time favs of Hannah!

I want one in my size! Well, maybe something coordinating.  And little bitty Emmie has something coordinating that Mommy whipped up too....

They both have Anna Maria Horner and Jennifer Paganelli prints in their dresses but they don't have the same style. They age gap between my girls is almost 5 years... so it isn't like a totally matchy-matchy dress would work for each of them anyways.

I really love the detail on the back of Hannahs, and it was a quick sew! Sorta! My machine got all sorts of mixed up when I did these button holes. Normally she is great a button holes but on this day she was like uh, I forget how to sew a darn button hole! Argh!

Emmaline's.... well hers is just a knot dress pattern that I have had forever but instead of a sash, I made her a ruffle around the waist. ADORBS!
 I don't like the knots/straps hanging down on little babies so I made her straps extra long so they could be tied in the back. She seems happy about that too.
I just love how they turned out.

I am just going to leave you with some baby love.....Emmie had an outdoor photo shoot, and some of her shots came out great... too great, not to share!

Babies are SO hard to photograph!

Oh, no you don't,...... not crawling away from me. I am remember Hannah being difficult to photograph too but this little Emmie will take off at 50mph at any moment so you gotta watch out.

Ahhhh so sweet.
Thank goodness for the grass and mulch laying around, perfect distraction, and the cars driving by.
Thank you to EVERYONE who took a little visit to my little old blog the past 4 weeks, and read along as I showed what I came up with this season.
I really appreciate all of your comments and wonderful feedback!


  1. Beautiful dresses! I love your fabric choices and the simplicity of each dress.

  2. I love it. Especially that green fabric on Hannah's dress. What kind of fabric is it (crinkle maybe)? They turned out super cute. I hate when sewing machines decide to boycott! Especially when you're moments from done. I've had many a time when I've tried to do a button hole and it decides to boycott on me and tie knots instead. This is what I made for my little boy this week (
    Great job!

  3. I love your older daughter's dress. It is so incredibly elegant. Both girls are beautiful. :)

  4. I like your fabric combinations.

  5. Beautiful dresses are beautiful little girls! The fabrics go together beautifully! The ruffle around the little ones bodice seam is something I need to remember. Charming!