I loved how this weeks "greenery" theme challenged me to think outside the box. I mean, green is great and all but the last thing I wanted to do was make a bunch of little outfits only fit for leprechauns to wear. :) My main focus was to showcase how truly beautiful green can be. Especially Pantone's 2017 color of the year "greenery." It really can enhance other colors and make things pop. My Dad works as a florist and a horticulture professor. He teaches floral design at a local university and one of my favorite things to do as a child was to go to his classroom after he was finished teaching a class. I loved to gather the leftover greenery and unused flower scraps from the floor and make my own "kid" arrangements. Dad taught me how to see beauty in old rose stems, ferns, and leaves--basically, what would have been garbage. He showed me that the "greenery" was just as important as the flowers and that it could really enrich and compliment an arrangement.
My object as I sewed was to use the green like I would in a floral arrangement. Adding little pops of it here and there on each dress. Look for green buttons, ric rac, scallops, a green sash and even green leaves on some of the fabric. As far as the style of each dress, I tried to make everything simple, light and understated, with fun little twists and details.
Nothing looks prettier to me than a classic white dress with a little pop of green in the sash. Actually come to think of it, green and white were my wedding colors. No wonder I liked this look! :) I loved the look of this striped white sateen, but it presented me with a bit of a challenge. You could see all the seams as I lined the dress. So to make everything look as clean on the inside as it was on the outside, I used french seams. More time consuming and took a little more thought, but I loved the results. No serger thread showing through! Getting the stripes to match up with this invisible zipper took about 10 tries, but I love the feeling of zipping up a zipper and having the stripes match. So satisfying for sewing nerds. :) I lined the 3/4 sleeves and added a little bit of a puff to them. I sewed a blind hem at the bottom of the gathered skirt. I also made the skirt extra wide and a little longer to add some extra flounce. This fabric is stiff enough that it holds the puff perfectly. I added the green sash, by folding some bias tape in half because I wanted to match the "Greenery" color. I love how it pops against the white.
For Penny's dress I used a basic peasant style dress but added a few twists. First I sewed yellow piping where the sleeves attach to the bodice for a fun pop. Then I added a gathered skirt to the waist and made a casing and threaded some elastic through. For a challenge, I attached a second skirt underneath the first. I love how flouncy it is! And I finished off the top skirt with a little pop of green ric rac.
Clementines Dress has a rounded front and back bodice with buttons in the back. I added a pleated skirt with the lemon/leaf fabric. Underneath, I added a small gathered scallop lining to peak out underneath the pleats. Scallops take a lot of patience for me, but they're always worth the time and I love the green detail.
This whole look is just asking for a fresh springtime picnic. We took these pictures in a beautiful jungle themed greenhouse full of ladybugs.
It was the perfect place to suck on a few lemons and limes. Or drink out of cups for civilized little ladies. :)
Thanks so much for browsing through! Again, vote for your favorite look here!
Sateen Stripe White
Penelope's Dress: Started with the Polly Peasant Dress by Sew Much Ado. Widened and shortened bodice, added piping, added gathered skirt and elastic casing to attach skirt. Hemmed with ric rac and lined the skirt to lengthen the dress.
Blue Lemon Fabric
Yellow Triangle Petticoat
Clementines Dress: Started with the Geranium Dress by Made by Rae. Shortened and rounded the bodice on the front and the back. Decreased the amount of buttons. Added lined capped sleeves. Pleated skirt. Added a scalloped lining underneath pleated skirt.
Black Lemon Fabric
Green scallop fabric