It's here! The first week of Project Run and Play begins tomorrow!
*out of breath from jumping up and down*
Okay. I'm calm now. And I promise that's the extent of my effusiveness over PR&P. For today.
The first week's challenge is to remix the lovely Popover Sundress from Oliver + S. My first attempt - found HERE - was the vision I had in mind, but it needed a few tweaks.
Here's the final result!
The first version had a tendency to slide off her shoulders at times. I took the advice of a lovely reader and widened the shoulder straps. Problem solved! Fortunately I didn't need any kind of opening in the back as it still (barely) slipped over her head. (She has to raise both her arms and slide into it wedding-dress style, but it works.)
Also, I narrowed the depth of the flutter sleeves to make them shorter and to make it easier to sew the main body to the lining.
The last thing I changed in this version was to make it fully reversible and a little longer in length.
Here are a few pictures I took along the way to show you how I manipulated the yoke.
First I folded it in half length-wise along the dotted fold line already present on the pattern. Then I folded it again width-wise.
Finally I laid tracing paper over the folded pattern piece and added a seam allowance and shoulder strap.
Here are some detailed shots. The blue piping doesn't stand out too much, but I like the subtlety of it. The flutter sleeves are a modified version of the ones included with the Georgia Vintage Dress pattern from The Cottage Mama.
This time as I was finishing the hem I decided to let a little of the gingham lining peep through.
Here's the reversed side's sleeve and yoke.
Pattern: Modified Popover Sundress by Oliver + S (free!)
Fabric: green gingham and vintage feed sack from my grandmother's stash.
My grandmother has supplied me with enough gorgeous fabric to make my 6-month-fabric-buying-abstinence pledge realistic. You will all hear me wail when my feed sacks are gone. Wail. I. Will.
Modifications: Modified yoke, shortened length, added ruffle sleeves, added piping below yoke, made it reversible.
Thoughts: Two other patterns have come out recently that have a similar style: The Sally Dress by Shannon of luvinthemommyhood and the Fly Girl Pattern from Little Lizard King. I didn't see those before I designed/made my first version, but they're similar! They're both really cute patterns with lots of details and options for customizing.
The Project Run and Play blog will be FULL of inspiration this week -- the contestants and sew-alongers will be sharing their makes. Hop over and visit!