You guys. It’s the first week of Project Run & Play (and hopefully not my last!) I can’t even believe it. I still feel like someone is going to be like, oops, we didn’t mean to invite you to compete; the other ladies are so talented, it is humbling!
But it is here, so I thought I would share a bit about my look for this week. The theme was Pattern Remix using the Popover Dress from Oliver + S.
Before I even figured out what I was going to do, I started getting the ideas for these photos. That kind of inspired my design for the Popover Remix. Once I had some visuals of the photo setting in my head, I knew right away that I wanted to give the dress a more full look than the original pattern calls for. I did this by adding on about four inches of width to the pattern when I cut it out. My first thought was to gather the body of the dress into the yoke, but then I decided that a pleat might be a more interesting alternative.
Since the feel of the dress was going to be sort of feminine and sweet, I thought adding in some lace detail would help achieve that. I covered the yoke in lace, and added some big lace pockets.
I also decided to add some long sleeves made out of lace. I used this tutorial from My Measuring Tape to help me draft the sleeves. It was my first ever sleeve drafting! I had to add straps to the dress to attach the sleeves to.
The last detail that I added was a slit down the back of the dress to assist with getting the dress on and off since I had changed from tie straps to fixed straps with sleeves.
I used a lightweight cotton that is very sheer, and has small stripes of silver running through it. It is incredibly soft! Since the material is so sheer, I lined the body of the dress with muslin. The lace is stretchy, and since I couldn’t find any on the bolt anywhere, I hacked up a lace t-shirt. It worked great! I bought the button before I knew what the themes were going to be – just in case – and it was perfect for this dress! The outfit was finished off with some darling slouchy boots,
and a headband that I made using flowers, rosettes out of the silver striped cotton, and a large silver bead. The lace was used for the band part to tie it all together.
You know, sometimes when you have an idea, you aren’t totally sure how it is going to translate once it’s out of your head. I was super worried about that! But once we got out to take pictures, I totally fell in love with the entire look!
It doesn’t hurt that I have such a beautiful girl to model for me! (Well, I actually have three beautiful girls to model for me, but two of them don’t really like to!)
Here are just a few more pictures from our photo shoot; I just want to share them all!
What do you think of my remix?
I hope you like it enough to head over to Project Run & Play and vote!
How would you remix the Popover?