Project Run & Play Season 7: Week 1//The Oliver + S Popover dress remixSeptember 10, 2013
I am very excited to share my outfit for Week 1 of Season 7 of Project Run & Play!! The Cloudehill Dress is my creation for the Oliver + S Popover Dress remix challenge!
The Popover Dress pattern is a sweet and simple A-line dress with lovely bias straps and accent strip across the front and back bodice. I loved the straps and did not want to forego them by adding sleeves. I also loved the accent piece at the top of the bodice and didn't want to give that up....hmmm...so how was I going to remix this pattern?
Here you can see I pleated the fabric before cutting out the dress.
The rectangles were cut with a rotary cutter, pieced and pressed. The excess I cut from the bottom of the pieces became the side panels.
Here you can see the lining - which is not pleated or pieced at the top of the bodice.
The popover dress pattern comes with a pattern for dolly too...and since I made this doll for Isabella (and one for Juliette too which is currently undergoing repair) a couple of years ago, and it happened to be exactly the right size to fit into the dolly dress, how could I resist making a mini popover?
Juliette thought it was a great idea and would not let her doll go for the entire photoshoot!!
I also wanted to make something for Juliette to wear in her new bob hairdo... so I made an origami butterfly hairclip (using this tutorial - I omitted the top stitching and instead hand stitched the opening shut). I added a beaded body and antennae and just slipped the butterfly onto an alligator hairclip. Perfect for our Aussie spring!
The Cloudehill Dress is named after the beautiful gardens where we ventured out to photograph Juliette in her dress (thank you to my sister Jules for helping with fending the kids away from me and the camera!!). When I started imagining how I would remix the Popover dress, I knew I wanted to have some lovely gardens as a backdrop. I found Cloudehill following a google search of my (semi) local area. Cloudehill Gardens are located about half an hour's drive from our home. They are looking lovely now...really beginning to bloom.
I purchased all the fabrics I used for The Cloudehill Dress from a local quilting shop (in my hometown of Warrnambool) called Periwinkle's Patchwork. With my Mum and three sisters in tow (who graciously endured my indecision, mixing and matching until I finally chose the fabrics!!), it was a good excuse for us to have some time together without children!
- Green spotted fabric - a gorgeous print, but unfortunately it had no name on the selvage;
- Bright floral - by Kate Spain for Moda (print # 27141);
- Coral red and cream 'fly wire' pattern - from A day in the country range (Palette Pleasure);
- Cream and larger blue spot - Kei honeycomb dot - blue on white.
- Lemon and tiny blue spot - selvage read: Cream Basic, XLN pty ltd;
- The gunmetal blue/grey bias binding was also from Periwinkles. I picked up the lining of the dress (a simple green cotton lawn) from Spotlight.
Now...how to vote!!! If you would like to vote for my Cloudehill Dress, I would be so grateful!!! It really is very quick...just pop over to Project Run & Play and mark the box titled: sewpony - The Cloudehill Dress at the bottom of the post, and then click 'vote'. You can vote from any web device (or more than one if you have one!!). While you are there, make sure you check out all the sew along entries so far...they are fab!! (Just click on 'home' to show previous blog posts).
Voting closes at 8pm Thursday 12 September (US - Mountain Standard Time), which is around midday Friday 13 September for East Coast Australians.
**If voting from I-phone, you will need to select to 'view web version' to show the full site and the voting box.