here we go – the new season of project run and play is underway! i’ve been so nervous not having any idea what the other designers’ looks are (that’s the project runway advantage – they can see what others are making and have an idea of where they stand…well that and they have tim gunn to guide them, of course!). but i think i’ve been true to my aesthetic, stretched a bit, and i’m really excited about my dress!
here’s a little more about my “sweet tartan” junebug remix…
i’ve been wanting to try the junebug pattern for a while, so i was pumped that it was the remix challenge this season. it’s a different method of thinking to truly remix a pattern rather than just tweaking a detail here or there like i normally do. i wanted to keep enough of the original dress to remain identifiable, while still making it my own. i sketched a few ideas, getting progressively farther away from the pattern itself though still not “remixed” enough for my likes. and then, a breakthrough! switch the cute button bodice detail to the back! after that, and deciding that i wanted to use a plaid print, the rest sort of came. here’s my sketch – got pretty close, eh?
as i sketched, a little lightbulb went off – hadn’t i seen a wrap plaid dress before? didn’t sarah jessica parker wear one once? wasn’t it designed by alexander mcqueen? the answer to all three questions – yes!
so that was fun. apparently i had some deep-seated inspiration from an instyle magazine that i read way back in 2006. i went with it, obviously a lot more 3-year-old-friendly in cotton plaid and cream batiste. i chose the pink and yellow tartan because i thought Em would like it. she did! i tried to do a photoshoot at powell’s books, and the little squirt wouldn’t stop running and dancing!
normally, rampant dancing is a sign of a successful dress and something i’d be excited about, but in this case it was pretty frustrating, since i’m actually being JUDGED on this project. i took about 100 photos and didn’t get a good one of just her standing still showing the front of the dress! photoshoot number two was taken in Em’s bedroom with her best friend modeling. thankfully they’re the same size and she’s not used to these blog photoshoot dealies, so she was much calmer. isn’t she sweet? :)
okay, guys, if you haven’t yet, head on over to project run and play and vote for your fave! you have until sunday evening. my sweet tartan dress needs you!
**Voting is now closed**
UPDATE: You can find my tutorial for this dress right here! Happy sewing!