Signature Style - Project Run and Play Final Week

Posted by Ellies Handmade on


Wow, can you believe its the final week already? Project Run and Play has been an extremely fun challenge, pushing all of the entrants to be creative, and sew outside of our ''normal'' styles. One of the things I have loved most about taking part in this season, is getting to know the other girls, supporting one another and seeing our Australian talent shine!
This weeks theme is ''Signature Style'' - what a hard thing to decide on, I wondered how on earth I could possibly even know what  mine is. So I set to work on this grand tulle dress, it took me quite a long time to do, I hand gathered around 80m of tulle into a layered tulle skirt, took one look at it finished and thought, well, this is not my signature style. (cue tears here). A good friend confirmed that it definitely wasn't my signature style, thanks girl, and reminded me to go back to what I truly loved about sewing and why. Then it was clear. I loved sweet, pretty, feminine dresses, that little girls would love to wear. Styles that could be worn at home, out and about, or to a party, and my signature style has always been beautiful florals and pretty fabrics. 

For Ellie, I drafted a classic styled bodice, with a slightly wider front neckline, and v shaped back with a 2 button closure. I wanted to create a really pretty umbrella style sleeve, and set to work on drafting the sleeve so that when sitting over the shoulder, it would fall in that gorgeous shape. Embroidered fabrics have always been my absolute weakness, I go slightly crazy when I come across them, especially if they have amazing scalloped borders or cut out features. The blue broderie I had in my stash was just perfect for this dress, it was lightweight enough that the sleeves sat beautifully and the hem was the perfect feature - when The Styled Magnolia released this fabric range, I might of bought it in every single colour - whoops! I lined the sleeves so that from every there was no seams or hems visible. I understitched the neckline and encased the bodice seam.
For Ellie's friend, Ariana, who is slightly younger than her, I drafted a pinafore style dress with a rounded neck and shallow scooped back, with a little twist. I love pinafores, but always feel conscious that the sides are open, so I worked in a little piece that connects the front to the back of the bodice, with an elastic casing that keeps the bodice sitting gently on the body. 
Of course this style needed some ruffles, which were lined in a co-ordinating light pink so that if you looked from the side you would catch it. I used a gorgeous floral print that I had been saving for just the right dress!
I am so grateful to have been included in this round of Project Run and Play and wish everyone the best in this round! To cast your vote for your favourite designer click HERE.