Spring Break Challenge–Project Run and Play

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This week’s challenge for Project Run and Play is to design an outfit around a favorite place to travel. Well for me, New York City is one of those favorite places. I look forward to the day I can take my daughters on a girls trip to NYC just like my mom did with my sister and I. (You can read all about that trip here.) As a former structural engineer, I’m drawn to the iconic building designs found throughout the city. One such building is the Chrysler Building.

Chrysler Building seen from Bryant Park

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The piecing I did on this dress is directly inspired by those shiny arcs. The solid blue fabric by Kona Cotton is appropriately named “Fog”.  Both the fabric name and the color perfectly define what I see in my mind’s eye as I recall the tops of the unforgettable sky scrapers in New York City disappearing gradually into the fog. 

NYC dress Heidi & Finn Colorblock dress

I started with the Heidi and Finn Colorblock dress. (I happen to be competing in the Flip This Pattern Challenge this month involving this dress pattern, but this is not that flip. Stay tuned for a totally different look from the same pattern!) For the NYC dress, I inserted a curved pieced color block at the bodice.

NYC dress Heidi & Finn Colorblock dress

Those are the sewing details, now on to the travel plans! There would be tons of window shopping of course.

NYC dress Heidi & Finn Colorblock dress

Gazing into the sky at buildings like the Chrysler Building, the Empire State building, and Grand Central Station.

NYC dress Heidi & Finn Colorblock dress

We’d have to catch some theatre, people watch, and just be fabulous!

NYC dress Heidi & Finn Colorblock dress

Wish I could pack my bags right this minute!

16 comments:

  1. Oh gosh, that is perfect! Beautiful dress, girl, and photos!

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  2. Loving the lines on this dress--Great interpretation of the theme!

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  3. Stunning dress. Very elegant, just like the building. And I love the colors you chose.

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  4. Cuteness!! **And, I so need to get some Kona Cotton "fog".....a perfect color!!

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  5. Love the simplicity that calls back to the source inspiration. Very well done.

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    1. I'd love to see you join us this week at the Inspire Us Thursdays! link party.

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  6. This is so simplistically beautiful!

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  7. I saw this on instagram and instantly thought of the Chrysler building. It's adorable!

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  8. I also love to visit NYC! What a great inspiration and interpretation. Such a lovely dress without being "costume-y."

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  9. So clever! I've never visited NYC, but would love to some day...

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  10. Really fun idea! I love NYC and I can see how it inspired the dress!

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  11. I love how you brought this inspiration to life...simple elegance!

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  12. Such an elegant dress. I love how you used your inspiration.

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  13. I love the geometric pattern to represent the building! Reminds me of a Project Runway Challenge a few years ago.

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  14. Oh, what a sweet dress. I love your flip of the pattern to the tennis outfit too!

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