(update) WOOHOO!! I was the First Place Winner!!!
When I saw Pattern Revolution’s Over the top Challenge, I couldn’t help myself but to want to participate even though I was in the middle of my Holiday blog tour and had already sewn two of every pattern I’ve designed this year. I work well under pressure, so finished up all my sewing, drafted the rest of my blogs for the tour and got to thinking about what I would do for my Over the Top Look.
Pause…Over the top?! I’m not an over the top person! What am I going to make? You can tell from my designs that I like clean lines, not a lot fussiness…definitely not a ruffles kinda gal. Years of critiques from design professors telling me to “edit, edit, edit…less is more!” left me feeling like I was at an impasse. So I turned to my four and two year old design assistants. I asked Abigail, my youngest “what kind of dress would you like?” She replied, “a spinny dress!” I asked Olivia, my oldest, the same question. She replied “I want a big dress for dance class with lots of sparkles and feathers!” LOL, maybe asking them was a bad idea 😉
One thing did jump out…dance class! They’ve been dancing to holiday music in ballet with songs from The Nutracracker!! Enter: IDEA! I would make them a ballet dress! Oddly enough our local cultural center is performing The Nutracker so they’ll get to wear their dresses to dance class and we’re going to surprise them by taking them (well maybe just Olivia) to the theater. Yay, that got the ball rolling!!
Here are the details of the dress:
Pattern – I used the bodice of The Alley Cat Romper. The ballet inspired scoop back was just what I needed. I’m currently working on a long sleeve version for the romper so this was a perfect time to test the bodice pattern. I shortened the sleeves to make room for the thumbhole cuffs from The Peek A Boo Hoodie. For the perfect spin, I added a high low circle skirt to the bodice. And for that extra bit of high fashion, I made a tulle bolero to go around her neck, under her arms with a bow tie in the back. Sweet!
Fabric – I got lucky and found everything I needed at my local Joann’s. Skirt: 8 yards of black tulle, 1 yard of tule with bow sequins, 3 yards of feather trim, 1 yard of skirt lining. Bodice: 20″ of pique performance knit, three bow buttons.
I’m in love with how it turned out!! Get ready for picture overload!
I didn’t go over the top with Abigail’s dress, but I couldn’t leave her out so I made a scaled down version for her