9.09.2013

Knit Lace Havisham Sundress {PR&P Remix}

So I love a good ongoing series where people create things from inspiration in the world around them.  {Like Film Petit and Once Upon a Thread} and for the longest while, I've been trying to gather enough moxy to create a "series" of my own.  It's a little more broad and a little bit of a stretch {and it's nameless so far}, but I'm gonna go with it.  I find so many things inspiring about literary characters, art, music, and poetry.  Out comes the nerdaliciousness in me, but I love humanities {which encompasses much more than the few above mentioned things} but I just find the whole subject inspiring.  So every once in a while, I'd like to sew or create something based on that piece {book, song, poem, etc.}.  And that's how I got the inspiration for this dress:
Which leads me to today.  Now I realize that combining Miss Havisham and sundress is an oxymoron, but that crazy gal kept coming to mind when I made this dress.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, let me illuminate.  We're talking Great Expectations and more specifically this lovely lady who actually refuses to go out into the sun:
{source}

Again, it's a loose {and much less tragic} interpretation, but I'm rollin' with it.
I made it in conjunction with the Project Run & Play sew-along challenge which was to "remix" the Oliver & S Sundress Pattern.
I used knit with a polka dot lace overlay.  To say that this was challenging is an understatement.  It wasn't the knit so much as using the lace on top.
It was hard to get all those layers to "take."  I took the original pattern in quite a bit to make it fit better {since I was using stretchy knit}.
I shortened the straps and connected them so we wouldn't have to tie them and then I added several layers of fluttery sleeves.
Then a quick hem with a double needle and we were in business.
And the real reason I made this dress was so that I could pair it with this sweater I found at Gap for $6.  {Hip, hip!}
Buttons are so fascinating when you're four.  :)
And that's all I've got.  Hope your day rocks!

34 comments:

  1. Love, love, love this. Such a soft pretty look!

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  2. What a sweet dress and a fun remix. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. What a lovely yet kid friendly dress! Love the literary inspiration!

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    1. Thank you! We've gotta have "kid friendly" around these parts or the dress NEVER get worn. :)

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  4. Love the sleeves. Looks beautiful. I love the thought of using a knit. Looks great with the sweater too.
    With Love,
    Scay
    Your daughter is a doll.

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  5. Oh my goodness so lovely!

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  6. So sweet! I love the sleeves!

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    1. Oh thanks! LOVED your look this week too, btw!

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  7. I'm in love with that fabric.

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    1. I know, right? I got it from Joann's a while back and I'm wishing that I'd purchased more!

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  8. It's gorgeous and I love the sleeves:)

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  9. What a beautiful, feminine dress! I love it!

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  10. This is lovely! I love the layered sleeves!

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  11. I love those sleeves too!
    http://xoxograndma.blogspot.com/

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  12. Aww, this is so pretty. I love using knits and have thought about doing an overlay--but you may have scared me off! The end result is so nice it just might be worth it though :)

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    1. Oh shoot! Don't be scared of an overlay....although, I DID make it seem a bit foreboding, didn't I. :) I'm sure you could do it easily!

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  13. Seriously precious and adorable! I love the lace and it does go great with the sweater!

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    1. Thank you! I'm a sucker for sweaters. :)

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  14. You are seriously funny! I love your inspiration. The dress is beautiful!

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  15. I love what you did with the sleeves! And your little girl is super-cute. My little one is about the same age (almost four), so I think that's fun. :)
    --Jill, from Jill Made It

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  16. She looks so sweet and innocent in that dress(which I'm sure she is:))! Great job!

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  17. I LOVE your fabric choice, so effortless looking and so absolutely beautiful!
    Elizabeth

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  18. Nice! I like the fluttery "sleeves"

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  19. Those little lace fluttery sleeves are just lovely!

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  20. The lace & knit may have been tough...but totally worth it! And you'd never know from the finished product! Adorable.

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  21. شركة نقل عفش بالرياض وجدة والدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
    شركة نقل عفش بجدة
    شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة

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