Project Run & Play: Week 1

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Let me start off by saying that Miss Taffeta and Miss Organza were my fabric enemies at the start of this project, but by the end, we worked out our differences and we are now the best of  friends. (So are the following tools of the trade: tissue paper, spray adhesive, pinking shears, Fray check, extra small needles, light thread & a ton of patience.) My seam ripper and I are also really close. I joked with a friend recently that as much time as my seam ripper and I were together these days, we might as well throw formality out the window. I now call him, “Seam” and he calls me Miss S. (Ha!!) Join me on this coming Tutorial Tuesday for a Working with Slippery Fabrics tutorial.

So anyway my friends, after a good two weeks of pattern drafting, cutting, and sewing, I finished two dresses for this weeks challenge for Project Run & Play. My girls are always asking me for a princess dress, so I thought that the Party Dress Remix would be a great opportunity to give them something they’ve been asking for. This was the original dress by Lindsay over at The Cottage Home that we were supposed to “remix” and make our own:

My girls are definitely girly girls but they have absolutely no problem climbing a tree, getting dirty or wrestling with their brothers if they “get out of line”. Yep! So, I felt that it was only befitting to create a dress that they could feel “princessy” in, but one that they could easily transform into something less girly if the mood struck.

When I first sketched out my design, my initial thought was a dress with a detachable skirt, but the dress eventually morphed into a pant set.

Once I sketched out my design, I selected my fabrics. When I found the two toned taffeta and embroidered organza, I was hooked.

My design process began with a drafted bodice block. Thankfully, my girls measured the same (within a centimeter or two), so I only had to create one bodice and pant block, but because they’re proportions are changing, I had to add darts to their bodice(2) and pant (4) blocks.

This was a very labor intensive project for my first week at Project Run & Play, but it was well worth the effort. Here are some our pictures from our photo shoot. The girls were perfect models, even braving the chilly weather in their sleeveless dresses.


I wanted a color contrast for the back closure of the bodice, but I didn’t want the look of a standard zipper. I used an invisible zipper in a contrasting color but installed it using a standard zipper installation so that it would peek through.


The detachable skirts are very easy for the girls to tie and untie themselves.

It wasn’t long before the girls were ready to detach their skirt:

And, then they danced.

And, then they ran.

Mission accomplished!

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  • Max

    Miss S! I nearly flipped when I saw the cute pants underneath! Such a cute idea! I’m so in awe of you for your fabric choice. I hate slinky silky fabrics! But you worked it!

    • Shannon_CC

      Ha! Ha! Thanks, Max. (You already know how I feel about your adorable design!) Great work, my friend!

  • Stacy @ The Land of K.A.

    I love these sets! You did a fantastic job reworking the design to be a fun set for older girls. Great job! :)

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you, Stacy!

  • Dianna

    I am blown away by your creativity!

    • Shannon_CC

      Yay! Thank you, Dianna! I appreciate that very much!

  • Melanie

    My first thought was “She made TWO??!!” and then I realized it was out of taffeta! You are a brave soul! I love how colorful and fun this design was, it is perfect!

    • Shannon_CC

      Yep, I’m still scratching my head about the whole TWO thing myself, LOL. Thank you for the compliment, Melanie!

  • StacySewsandSchools

    WOW!!! I am in LOVE with those sets!! GORGEOUS!!!! Amazing!!

    • Shannon_CC

      Hi Homeschoolin’ mama! I remember your super cute red Christmas dress (with the ribbon Christmas tree!). Thank you for stopping by!

  • Gina

    Amazing sewing and gorgeous design. That’s how it goes with twins…you can’t make just one!! Your girls look as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. Love how you share your process. Your sketches are so awesome! Have a great weekend!

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you, Ms. Gina!

  • Suzanne Winter

    oh my goodness your girls are gorgeous!!! I love the transformative nature of these outfits (and that you made TWO). Your attention to detail is stunning. Way to go mama – no matter what, we brought our ‘A’ game ;o)

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you, Suzanne! Yes, we worked hard on this one didn’t we? Keep it going!

  • Veelana Grundner

    Absolutely fantastic!

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you, thank you, Veelana! (What a beautiful name!)

  • Lindsay – The Cottage Mama

    Beautiful, Shannon! I love all the details you worked into these looks. It looks like you spent lots of time making this pattern your own. Awesome job!

    • Shannon_CC

      Oh, thank you, Lindsay. You created a beautiful pattern!

  • Priscilla

    Love, Love, LOVE it!!!!! So talented my dear friend!

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you, Ms Priscilla!

  • K s

    Stunning outfits on two gorgeous young ladies! You did a wonderful job…times TWO!

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you!

  • cathgrace

    So cute Shannon, your girls look like they are ready to have a GREAT time in those fun outfits!

    • Shannon_CC

      Thanks, Cath!!!

  • Olga Becker (Kid Approved)

    I love how bright the colors are. Really beautiful and practical dresses. Great job!

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you, Olga!

  • Sophie B

    Wow, colourful, shiny, pretty sets!

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you, Sophie!

  • imfeelincrafty

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting your outfits!! These are beautiful! My favorite colors!!! And such beautiful work out of really hard fabrics. hard to sew and soemtimes hard to make look good fabrics. You pulled this off without a flaw! Amazing!! And p.s. I did do the ninja costume! :)

    • Shannon_CC

      No ninja costume, Louise? Now THAT’s the remix that I was really looking forward to. (So creative) Hopefully I’ll see some of your awesomeness next week!

  • Sally

    Amazing as always! Very bright and beautiful! Perfect for a winter’s day.

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you, Sally. Thankfully it wasn’t a blistery day when we took the pics. Yay for Georgia weather!

  • Emma

    I love how bright and fun those are. Your daughters make lovely models!!!

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you, Emma! (They’re going to love your comment. :))

  • la inglesita

    I just couldn´t believe it when i first saw you´ve made two dresses, and then I read you worked with taffeta and tulle and… hat off Shannon. You are amazing!!!!!!

    • Shannon_CC

      Muchas gracias, mi amiga! Tu eres AWESOME!

  • Hayley@Come to the Mouse House

    Wonderful job this week!!!

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you so much, Hayley!

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