Project Run & Play Sew Along – Eclipse Dress

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Despite my best efforts, those ladies over at Project Run & Play sucked me back into sewing along with another “season”. They announced this season’s themes and I couldn’t stop myself from brainstorming. Once it’s in my brain, I can’t seem to help but bring it to life.

This week’s theme is “Inspired by Art.” Since my days of photography on the high school yearbook staff, where I destroyed more film strips in the darkroom than actually printed photos, I’ve been fascinated by Ansel Adams. I think in our day of digital photography, respect for Ansel Adams’ type of art can only grow. The man captured light like no other. It was a bit hard for me to narrow down which piece to use, but after a few sketches this one made the final cut.

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Eclipse, Cantonville, CA, by Ansel Adams ca 1924

I chose the Farbenmix Roxy pattern to transform the side panels into the shades of darkness. I am totally in love with this Carolina Chambray fabric that I used for the sleeves and middle panel of the dress. The textured look and the softness of it will work well for dresses as well as pants.

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The eclipse is actually a round pocket trimmed in white piping since every kid seems to love pockets.

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I finally found the perfect use for the number buttons I picked up a while back in NYC.

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At first, I wasn’t sure Avery would be crazy about a black and gray dress, but it was fun showing her the inspiration and teaching her about what an eclipse is. She is actually pretty excited about her eclipse dress now. Wearing my high heels just made her feel fancy.

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23 comments:

  1. Very artsy....buy completely appropriate! I love the lines on this dress, and incorporating an eclipsed pocket - genius!

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    1. Thank you so much! I knew there would be a way to make that circle useful.

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  2. Yours is actually one of my favourite interpretations of the sewalong! Congratulations! =D

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  3. Love this dress! I'm wanting to make one for my Aevarie! :D

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  4. I think your fabric choices and colors really show off the beautiful lines of this dress. Love the buttons and pocket too! Great job!

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  5. Very unique and beautiful!
    And how cute is she wearing high heels :)

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  6. Beautiful, original and innovative!

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  7. Love this! What a fun and unique dress. The inspiration to outfit is awesome.

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  8. everything about this dress is awesome!!! the pocket, the 1-4 numbered buttons down the back, the whole silhouette AND it fits her perfect !

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  9. This is such a great dress! I love the lines, the inspiration behind it, that pocket...so well done!

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  10. Love your idea. The dress looks fun, even though it is done in muted colors! Great job!

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  11. Cute dress; did you use a pattern? I love those buttons!!

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  12. Gorgeous. Roxy looks so lovely made so simply. It really accentuates those beautiful lines. I might have to get inspired by this.
    I love the eclipse pocket, too.
    A fellow Ansel Adams fan,

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  13. Those number buttons are inspired! Well done it looks fantastic! I'm a huge fan of adult clothing styles being reworked for children in an age appropriate manner and this is just that. Love it!
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  14. hat a great dress!
    Love the pocket!
    My favorite!

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    1. I've tried to reply to you each individually via email. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments!

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  15. Love the style and that pocket is awesome! I hope you'll link it up to Make It Wear It at TheTrainToCrazy.com!

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  16. This is adorable! What a great choice of inspiration too! I love that pocket!

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  17. This is gorgeous! I reall love it. The dress shape itself is so adorable. Those sleeves! And the eclipse pocket is inspired.

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  18. I adore ADORE this dress...such a great interpretation! And so well executed. WELL DONE!-liZ

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  19. Really, really cute.
    Love the interpretation.
    Pattern's cute too!
    designdreamer

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    1. Thank you so much. I certainly had fun with this challenge.

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