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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

.:Ribbons & Ruffles–Project Run & Play–Candy:.

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Whew! So relieved and excited to be back for another week on Project Run & Play! All of the designs from last week were amazing, don’t you think? Thank you SO MUCH for your support keeping me in the competition!

So the theme this week is candy. Since candy is sweet and sometimes decadent, I decided to go with a dress that is sweet and decadent: Ribbons & Ruffles was born out of my love for all things sweet and traditional ribbon candy.

I love drop waist dresses, and thought that would be the perfect look for this dress. I don’t really know why, but I just love the way a drop waist looks on a little lady.

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Ribbon candy equates into ruffles for me, so I figured a fun bustle should be in the back, made to look like ribbon candy with vertical ruffles instead of horizontal ruffles. With the bustle, I knew the skirt couldn’t be too full, so I kept the width of the skirt more narrow.

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The front of the dress was meant to be more plain so that there wasn’t so much going on everywhere, but I ended up having a bit of fun with the sleeves using this tutorial for rose sleeves from Julia Bobbin; they give a little interest to the front of the dress without being too busy.

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I also decided to add a corset in back to use more contrasting color and ribbon. For the loops on the ribbon, I used the ribbon again; I figure the more places I can weave it in, the better!

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In my mind, this was going to be a dressier dress, and I thought taffeta would be a great fabric to work with. I like that it is a bit more firm and holds shape. It is perfect for everything, especially the sleeves! Those babies took a long time to put together, but come on….isn’t it worth it? The taffeta really helps hold the shape of the sleeves ruffles, giving them a nice full look.

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The ruffles of ribbons in the bustle were made out of strips of taffeta hemmed on each side, with a piece of ribbon sewn down the middle. I layered a piece of taffeta over the bustle so that they would be peeking out.

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Since the dress is full of so many details, I decided to put my daughter’s hair up so that it wouldn’t take away from the dress. I made a sock bun, and then braided some ribbon into her hair to crown the bun. It is the perfect touch!

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Isn’t this the most girly dress ever? Reece was pretty much in pink ruffle heaven when she put it on!

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It didn’t hurt that there was some sampling of the photo props involved.

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I really enjoyed putting this dress together. It was seriously a TON of work; I stopped keeping track of the hours after awhile, but it was really worth it. I tried a new technique, and created this beautiful dress!

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I hope you enjoyed my candy inspired, Ribbons & Ruffles dress. Now get on over to Project Run & Play and VOTE!

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6 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love the dropped waist, it's such a sweet silhouette! Also, those SLEEVES! How long did that take you?!

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    1. Thanks Alida! The first sleeve took me about three hours, cutting, ironing, and sewing time! I was a bit faster on the second sleeve, thank goodness! :)

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  2. Such a beautiful dress!! Wow! All those details!!! Just amazing! Your daughter is SO incredibly cute by the way! Perfect little model!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment! I'm glad you like the dress!

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  3. Wowsers the dress is so perfect! Your daughter looks amazing and I'm so glad you used the tutorial! The pink fabric really takes on depth with the ruffled sleeves. Thanks so much for sharing, you've made my day!! xxx

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    1. Ah! Thank you for coming to see my dress! I really enjoyed your tutorial, and the sleeves were the perfect finishing touch. And so glad to be able to follow you now! :)

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