I’m so excited to kick off week 1 of Season 23 on Project Run and Play! When you’re done here, make sure you head over to the Project Run and Play blog to cast your votes.
I was so excited when I learned this weeks theme for Project Run and Play, analogous colors. The thoughts and ideas started pouring through my brain and I was SO excited to share these ideas with my little model, my 5 year old daughter Layla. I watched her face as I told her all of my ideas and I brought up a color wheel to explain what analogous colors were. She patiently waited as I finished my spiel and said to me, “Actually, mommy, I don’t like any of those ideas. We are going to do it this way.”
So, I threw out all of the ideas I had and sat down with her to come up with a plan. It is HER outfit after all! And thus, our week 1 design was born: Sherbet Chic.
Using my daughters 3 favorite colors, Yellow, Pink, and Orange, we created this chic analogous look.
We both sat down to look through all of the beautiful fabrics that Cali Fabrics has to offer. I love that they make it easy with their refined search feature. Now that we knew our colors for this look, we could filter our choices by each color.
We used a total of 4 different fabrics from Cali Fabrics to create this look.
Neon Pink Stretch Velvet, Neon Orange Midweight Stretch Ponte De Roma, White on Bright Yellow Polka Dot Bullet Liverpool Knit, and Yellow Floral Lace.
I used the Autumn Shift Dress pattern by Simple Life Pattern Company as my base for this look.
Layla insisted on lots of bows. She is very girly and if I would have let her wear a head full of bows with this look, she absolutely would have. I recently found a gorgeous runway dress that had a huge bow cascading down from the models shoulder. I knew that this was the look I wanted to achieve, while still keeping it practical for my 5 year old.
In order to create this look and have it look seamless, almost like it was crossing through the dress, I drafted a crossover bodice that I pleated at the side to give the illusion of a cinched bow center.
The bow was created using a gorgeous neon orange ponte de roma from Cali Fabrics. I added a sheer yellow lace overlay to tie the bow in with the yellow dress.
The blazer is my favorite part of this look. Layla’s as well, she says it’s the softest thing she’s ever worn!
I knew from the start that I wanted a statement jacket for my daughter to wear. It’s cold here! The tulip hemline allows the dress to peek out in the back in the most perfect way. I lined the jacket in the neon orange made my sleeves long enough that I could fold the hem up twice to give the illusion of large cuffs. I love that extra pop of color, and it helps to tie the whole look together. I was originally going to hand sew the cuffs down so they stayed folded, but then decided not to so that the jacket could be reversible.
Now onto my most favorite part of the look. The big yellow bow! I thought the big bow on the dress would be my favorite, but the yellow bow at the back of the blazer is what makes me most excited. (Okay, maybe I love bows more than my 5 year old).
The bow is hand sewn through the neon pink velvet fabric only so that my daughter could wear the jacket with either side out and no one would see the stitches. I stitched the bow down in multiple spots so that when worn it would not sag and maintain the same gorgeous shape no matter how much my daughter runs around and plays. I carefully placed it right where the blazer crosses over with each side of the tie laying on either side of the blazer.
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