PR&P Week 4: Shoreline Dress

Living in coastal California, the ocean is a big part of our culture.
It is a place of serenity and peace.  It is a study of opposites- rough yet gentle, hard and soft, tumultuous and calming.
For this last challenge, it is was our inspiration.
We chose to make this dress out of a beautiful matte ivory satin and layers and layers of ivory and Williamsburg blue tulle. Ocean colors.  We wanted the effect to be subtle yet elegant.

The skirt is a circle skirt cut out of the satin, with layer after layer of hand pleated tulle which was then attached to the ombre bodice.  The skirt reminds us of ocean mist.


 The bodice is deceptively simple.  To create the ombre look, varying layers of tulle were stitched down onto the satin to create this textile.

I had this idea of an ombre bodice, but hadn’t figured out the technique yet… and Autie came to my rescue.  She figured it out and explained it to me over the phone… and it was GENIUS!   

Covered buttons and a delicate bow complete the look.
This week was a bit crazy.  I was trying to make this with my sewing stuff still unpacked. I wasn’t sure I would even be able to finish it!  Then we went out for a photo shoot and it happened to be one of the windiest days ever… so we had to do it at the VERY last minute yesterday morning! (the morning the post was due) Emily was late to school but the wind was gone, thank goodness!
We hope you like our dress… go to Project Run & Play and VOTE for your favorite!
Jen & Autie