My Signature Style

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  So this is week 4 of Project Run and Play, and the theme is “My signature style”. Which translates to Millie’s signature style. But I really love it too :)

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I was really excited to sew for Millie this week. It really has been a while since I made a little dress. Probably about a month, which is CRAZY for me. She seemed to be getting a little jealous that everything I was making was for Quinn lately, too. I decided to elaborate on the typical dress that I usually make for Millie, which is a simple bodice with flutter sleeves and a gathered skirt. I have made her a bunch of this style dress and it always seems to be her favorite.

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I started drafting different versions of the typical “princess dress” I make for Millie. I decided on a double flutter sleeve with scalloped edges and a tiered skirt. I found this super sweet fabric at Joanne’s that was pink with gold pin stripes, I totally fell in love with it and knew it was going to be her dress.

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This took me a lot longer than it should have, I am still at my parent’s house and was again faced with the challenge of sewing in the middle of the kitchen with 2 crazy kids and a baby and lots of screaming traffic back and forth. Sewing is usually relaxing for me, it certainly wasn’t these past couple weeks! But I had committed to following this sew along before I knew I was going to New Jersey and I persevered :)

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I am also really happy that: A. nobody hurt themselves and B. not ALL my fabric was cut into strips when one of the kids found the rotary cutters and went to town :/

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So back to the dress :) I used the Figgy’s Scirocco dress pattern for the flouncy skirt part in a size 6/7 so it would be a little bigger and poofier on my 4 year old and then self drafted the top. The top is fully lined, I used some leftover sateen from Quinn’s shirt I made last week for the inside so it would be nice and soft.I wanted to be precise about lining up the stripes and I’m actually pretty proud of myself.

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It came out so nice mostly!

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Even at the shoulders!

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I love the look of the scalloped edges, I had actually never used this stitch before and I was excited to use some shiny gold thread to match the gold in the stripes.

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Also, my sister’s machine has a million feet that it came with, including a narrow edge hem foot. I actually had never used one before and I LOVE it! Now I’m going to have to buy one myself!

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So nice and clean looking!

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I embellished it with this lovely ribbon I found and used it as a belt, I sewed it right on using the gold thread and I used this awesome gold trim I bought while I was fabric shopping in NY. I finished it off with these perfectly matching gold buttons. I don’t know why, but I have really been into gold lately so it was really fun playing off these pin stripes.

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I found these amazing gold star buttons and that is what I used for the closures in the back.

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Millie TOTALLY loves this dress, which of course is the best part. Her cousin called it her ballerina dress and Millie corrected her saying “No, it’s not a ballerina dress, it is a PRINCESS dress.”

That is a success in my book!

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As much as I had some logistic challenges during this sew-along, I had SO much fun being a part of it! There have been SO many impressive and inspiring creations that other people have sewn and I have really enjoyed every bit of being involved  :) Everyone who didn’t sew along should go check out the link up parties and the amazing contestants of this challenge. Project Run and Play, I can’t wait for a new season already!!

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My other Project Run and Play creations:

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Popover Sundress Flip

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Inspired by Candy

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Mad for Plaid

14 thoughts on “My Signature Style

  1. What a cute dress! Gorgeous details! Totally impressed by perfectly aligned stripes. I can totally relate to sewing on the kitchen table, since that’s what I do. Glad the dress was not destroyed with the rotary cutter. :)

  2. I am so glad that you showed a close up of the fabric…it’s AWESOME!!! And the dress is lovely…and your comment about your kids finding the rotary cutter SCARED me!!! I’m always afraid of that happening!!!-liZ

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