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


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!

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