Mar 31, 2014

A Nautical Dress

This week is the “spring break” challenge over at Project run and play.  For this challenge, you design a look inspired by your favorite vacation spot.

My favorite vacation spot is the beach! Specifically this beach….

 

A secluded spot on the coast of Florida where we vacation with my family every year.  Not only is it a gorgeous spot, but we pretty much get miles of beach to ourselves for the better part of a week.

So taking some inspiration from my beach spot, I designed a nautical dress for Em.

 


Would you believe all of the fabrics in this dress came from Walmart?  Yep! When I saw this fabulous navy stripe I bought all that they had…which unfortunately was only 1 yard, I am going to have my eye out for when they restock!

  

I used the Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations to make this dress (which I have sewn before, I just love this pattern!)  I modified it a bit and sewed a band across the bottom of the bodice, I also did buttons and a bias placket at the back instead of a zipper so I could use these awesome gold buttons I inherited from my grandmother. 

 


Let’s take a closer look at how I used the beach to inspire this look….
First, there are the stripes.  I don’t think it gets more nautical then navy and white stripes.

 

Then the gold buttons.  I sewed two on the waistband, sailor style.

 


And finally, I picked this pretty green color for the bodice; it is almost the exact same color as the sea glass we find on the beach.

 


I made the dress a size up from what Em normally wears and left some extra fabric so I can let the hem out a bit as she grows.  That way it will fit her in August when we head to that beach.  I already have a matching outfit planned for her brother for some cute family photos!


22 comments:

  1. Em is so lovely! And the dress too!

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  2. This dress is gorgeous! I love the style and colors. So cute!

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  3. Oh SO cute! I love the fabric combination. Nautical is always so classic. Great job

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  4. This dress looks perfect & I love nautical themes too.
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  5. Gorgeous! The colors are just perfect. Nautical is so in style right now too :)

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  6. Love the fabric combination. she is beautiful in that dress!

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  7. aw, that little girl is adorable. And the dress is very well done.

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  8. So cute, love the colors and the gold buttons! Envy that you know a secluded beach spot ;)

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  9. How cute is she! The dress is beautiful too!

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  10. So sweet! What a darling dress! And you are right...that stripe really is perfect.

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  11. Super cute! I'm a huge fan of the Caroline.

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  12. So precious! I love little dresses on toddlers.

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  13. We went nautical in the sew along this week too! Love the dress...your daughter is adorable!

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  14. This dress is surely adorable!

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  15. oh so cute!! LOVE the fabric and the dress all together... such a perfect summer dress! I love this weeks Project Run and Play theme! I also linked up a beachy outfit! Emily@nap-timecreations.com

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  16. Love these colors! I'm wanting to sew everything with navy these days. It's become my favorite neutral. Great look!

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  17. Okay - that is SUPER SWEET. Love the colors, stripes, and entire nautical look!! Makes me {almost} want to swing by Walmart and see if I can stock up on some of this goodness....

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  18. The dress is gorgeous! And she is adorable! I loved that you used your grandmother's buttons - I was lucky to inherit a huge lot of vintage buttons from my grandmother too (who was a dressmaker) and I used them often when sewing garments for my kids. I love the hint of vintage and the feel that she is somehow still present in their lives...

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  19. The color combo is perfect! And the pic of your model noticing the sailor buttons as you write about them is darling.

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  20. The dress is beautiful and the fabric combinations are perfect for your beach look. Your little girl is just adorable!

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