Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Watercolor

I love watercolors. I love how the colors flow from dark to light without having to stay within the lines.

That's why I chose to use watercolor as my design inspiration for my sew along project for Challenge One from Project Run and Play.  This watercolor painting is by Rose Ann Hayes. 

This is the dress that I created from my watercolor inspiration.
It features a full lined gathered skirt with a sparkly knit pink bodice.



It all started with a gathered skirt I bought 3 years ago on the clearance rack, because the skirt matched a pair of shoes that I had purchased. I thought I would take it apart and create a shirt for myself.  I don't wear gathered skirts anymore, and I bought the biggest size available to get the most material. I couldn't resist because you know how much I love the look created by watercolors.

 I cut out a front bodice and two back bodices and sewed the edge of the waistband to the 5/8" mark. I centered the 2 back bodices on the fabric in a way to utilize the zipper. (Which was a bit tricky! ) Then I cut down the skirt and the lining to create the individual pieces




 
I finished the back with a self loop and a button. Remember that the lower skirt incorporated the existing hidden zipper from the original skirt. 
 


And that is how I created my inspiration dress.
 
 She wore it yesterday at a Community Event in a large gym.
  I saw her skipping down the aisle and heard a lady comment,"There goes a little bit of Spring.  Doesn't seeing that youthful joy just make you smile."
Deborah



13 comments:

  1. I love watercolors as well! This looks great!

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    1. Thanks Olga. I've even considered taking watercolor painting lessons I like them so much. Thanks for following my blog, by the way.
      Deborah

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  2. Beautiful!! And she does indeed look like Spring :)
    bugandsquish.blogspot.com

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    1. Gem,
      She just had to wear that dress to the Community Event. If you look closely, you can seen the snow on the ground. As I saw her merrily skipping along, I wondered if my dress felt like Spring when she was wearing it. She brought many a smile to other people that day as she skipped and twirled in her new creation.
      Deborah

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  3. For me watercolor is one of the most difficult techniques, so I have to love who does it so beautifully. Your outfit is a good interpretation of your choice!

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    1. Magda,
      Thank you. Maybe I created my watercolor painting today when I sewed my dress. Art is seen through the eyes of the creator, or so they say.
      Deborah

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  4. Beautiful dress. It definitely is a little bit of Spring! I hope you'll stop by and link up to Make It Wear It on TheTrainToCrazy.com!

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  5. That fabric is perfect! I love this dress, it's so pretty and perfect for spring!

    -Ash P
    http://distractedashley.blogspot.com

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  6. Thanks. It was fun to make this dress and problem solve how to make a Size 16 skirt into a little girls dress. I usually sew garments and "follow all the rules." Yet when you are repurposing a garment "anything goes." That is quite a switch for me.
    Deborah

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  7. So light and lovely and feminine---I agree with the lady you over heard---it does look like a little bit of spring.
    -liZ

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  8. Liz,
    My daughter from 6-7 hours away was here over Easter. We shared outgrown clothes for her daughter from her cousins. She commented that I had many pink, feminine, and lovely outfits, but that I should stretch myself by using non-traditional colors. So wait until you see what I made her daughter for the chevron challenge...not pink...but a rusty red, turquoise, and teal blue fabric.
    "How's that for stretching?" I asked her.
    "And somehow you still created something feminine, and lovely," she answered.
    Deborah

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  9. ahahah can't wait to see it then.

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