It's hard believe with all the talent this season, that I'm still a competitor in Season 5 of Project Run & Play! Thank you so much to each one of you who have voted for me and for all the lovely comments. The encouragement and commendations are appreciated more than you know!
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The challenge for week 5 was to pick a Fall Holiday and create a look inspired by it. I didn't have to think very long before deciding to choose Thanksgiving. Two years ago, my baby girl was due Hallowe'en, but I hoped and prayed she'd been born Thanksgiving...and wouldn't you know it!? Exactly three weeks early, there she came, and I was one happy mama! (Here in Canada Thanksgiving is in October) :)
So this particular holiday has extra special meaning, and was the easy choice. From there, I decided to go with outerwear for the cool, crispness in the air, and a party dress, for semi-fancy dinners.
Does this hat not look like a little apple pie with decorative stem & leaf?
The embroidery - in thinking of something unique to add to the coat, and went with an apple theme - Anja loves apple and since I wanted this look to be something special for her, it was a fit. It was a pretty painstaking process, but I'm glad I did it. There's nothing that says one-of-a-kind than hand-stitched embroidery. It was a pleasure to spend the time creating something special for my baby girl!
I decided to do something I've never done with a collar before: gathered it. I tested it out when I was fitting it to the coat and liked the effect. I also liked to allow the lining to show to add some more colour.
My sweet, newly turned two 'baby' enjoying her first lollipop! At first, she was so determined to get to the playground that she kept shoving it out of her mouth. It took several attempts before she'd actually eat it. Funny girl!
The dress: apple green linen lined, chocolate coloured velveteen, with personally made piping and hand-stitched embroidery polka dot embellishments. This dress is very typical of my personal aesthetic: clean, classic lines, a bit of colour pop, and simple, personal details. This fabric in one of my favourites to work with in terms of fall/winter clothing. It holds it's shape nicely, has a bit of stretch, plus it's naturally cotton. I went with a exaggerated a line shape and added inverted pleats around the dress.
There is one subtle, tiny pleat on each sleeve...just for a bit of shape and detail.
I made the piping from the apple green linen fabric the bodice is lined with. This is how I make my own piping. Selection for notions are often quite slim around here, but this is a blessing in disguise. I now prefer making these embellishments myself since you can really personalize your garment details.
A close-up of the embroidered detailing at the hemline of the dress.
To help support the weight of the velveteen and compliment its shape, I made this little tutu/crinoline.
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