First off, a really big thank you for continuing to support me at Project Run and Play. I made it through Special Occasion week and am working this week on my “Signature Look” for the final project – be sure to stop in Friday to see what I’ve made!
I’m hoping to squeeze in a couple things before Friday. To start, I wanted to share pictures of Olivia’s gown that she wore for Grace’s princess party (Are you tired of the Princess Party yet?? A couple more things, including a fabulous giveaway, okay?)
Olivia’s dress was made using three full yards of a stretchy, bouncy satin. I have no specific information on this fabric – I picked it up in a flurry of sewing and party planning right after Christmas. Those two weeks between Christmas and Grace’s birthday party were CRAZY!! I sewed and photographed Addie’s entire ensemble for the first week of Project Run and Play (that was the brown silk dress), little Oliver’s entire boy look, three princess gowns for Grace’s party, AND did all the decorations and baking for the party. Again, CRAZY!! So when it was two days until party and Olivia’s dress still wasn’t done, I ran to Joann’s and bought a pile of several different pink synthetics, ran home, and this dress is what I ended the night with.
It is HEAVY and TWIRLY!!
The bodice is basically a lined tube, cut a couple inches smaller than her chest since there is so much stretch in the satin. The floorlength skirt is very full and tightly gathered, then stitched to the tube bodice. The hem of the skirt is finished with a very ruffly ruffle. I finally bought a ruffling foot for my sewing machine and it definitely made this hemline ruffle a million times quicker to do!!
The flower on the bodice that wraps over into a single strap makes this dress extra special. I’ll do a tutorial at some point – remind me if you find yourself waiting too long! It’s basically a long ruffle, wound around and stitched down into a flower spiral. Then I added a few singed petals and a thrifted pearl earring to the center to finish it. Olivia was begging for the dress to be strapless, but 1) it was too heavy, and 2) her daddy was having a heart attack over his little girl wearing something so “grown up.” The flower strap helped on the first front, but probably not much on the second.
Nevertheless, this princess is definitely happy with her fancy dress and loved dressing up for her sister’s birthday party.