Project Run and Play is back and for the first week, the challenge is a remix of a pattern. The pattern they picked was the party dress by Cottage Home. And I can honestly say the dress did not inspire me, however, there were some elements of it that I did like. I decided to take those and run with it. The two things I did like were the covered buttons and the contrasting band at the bottom, so I incorporated them into this skirt. Sophia is more of a skirt gal than a dress gal and that style of dress seems more for a little girl (her words), so a skirt was a good alternative.
I present my color blocked/covered button take on the party dress.
The skirt is made from white and red linen. I made the waistband the contrasting color to mimic the sash from the original pattern, because Sophia really didn't want the sash.
I really like the contrast of the two bands and buttons against the white.
There are 13 covered buttons, of the smallest size that I could find. It brought back memories of making satin covered buttons for my wedding dress. My mom made mine, so I was delegated the task of covering 50 buttons.
Here's the fun part...the loops were made from 1/2 inch strips of fabric that I turned into bias tape. I put the pin there to give you an idea of the size. Those are 1/8 inch strips made from fabric, not ribbon, and not an easy task.
I also included an underlay/panel to go under the buttons just in case there's separation from the front and back while she's walking.
I originally had planned a cute white shirt with red fabric covered buttons on it somewhere, but was not able to get that finished. That is because I picked up my sewing machine from getting a tune-up late Wednesday morning. Throw in all of the other stuff a mom of 4 has to do and I barely got this skirt done in time to get pictures tonight.
This is just a fun picture from messing around in Picasa. It kind of has that retro feel that the whole outfit has.