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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Project Run and Play Week 2: Flights of Fancy

It is the second week of Project Run and Play and I am beyond thrilled about this week's theme: Flights of Fancy. I love birds so much but I really had no idea what I was going to do until I was scrolling Instagram and saw my friend and her family at one of the most beautiful water fountains I'd ever seen. I knew I had to shoot there and I had a very editorial photoshoot in mind. I ended up settling on a swan because they like to swim in fountains, I think, and what bird is more elegant than a swan? I really wanted to make a gown that will stand out in front of this grandiose fountain and a white swan just wouldn't do it in my opinion which led me to the idea of doing the Black Swan. I was inspired by Natalie Portman's version of the Black Swan with the crown and the makeup, but as you'll see my gown is no tutu!

When deciding on a gown, I wanted to make sure I was making something that was reminiscent of a swan without having to spend a fortune on feathers...because I looked and believe me, I could have easily spent hundreds of dollars designing this dress!!!

After much consideration, I settled on our CKC Berlin's pattern for the dresses inspiration because I thought the skirt kind of resembled feathers and perhaps, with multiple tiers, it could really look like a swan!?!

For the bodice I used a combination of CKC Betty's and CKC Charlotte's. Specifically, I used Betty's for the bodice and Charlotte's for the straps that tie back into the corset. Also, because the skirt was so heavy I decided to shirr the back middle panel to help carry the weight.

Speaking of the weight, I had to cut 148 squares of tulle for this dress which equalled a little over 50 yards when I was done! I've never created anything like this before and working with this amount of fabric was interesting to say the least. It took me as long to sew this one dress as it did to sew all 14 pieces in last weeks theme! 

It was so worth all of the effort though. My daughter had so much fun dressing up and playing an evil character; thats why she's not smiling in any pictures, she took it very seriously!

For the base of the bodice and the skirt I used rayon challis because it has such beautiful drape and is fairly easy to sew with. I drafted a quarter circle skirt and cut it into 3 tiers to sew all of the tulle to just as its done in Berlin's with the single tier.

I used crushed tulle and free-hand draped it on the bodice. I added feathers, a handmade rayon challis flower, and a handful of rhinestones to accent the bodice. 

I'm just so pleased with how this entire week turned out from the dress to the photoshoot. Thank you so much for joining me on this journey and checking in to read more about each weeks' look. 

Happy Sewing!


  1. Very dramatic! So beautiful. I'm loving the different interpretations this week.

  2. This is so fantastic! It actually reminds me of what a former Project Run & Play designer (Danielle Wilson) did in a photoshoot for Milk Magazine. (Google it!) You're amazing, and this photoshoot is incredible too. Tell your daughter she modeled this one perfectly!

  3. So dramatic and honestly a head turner from the movie! At first glance I thought it was Natalie Portman!

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