Yay! I did it again! I was able to pull off another last minute entry for the sew along for Season 7 of Project Run & Play...
I was planning to skip this week because I wasn't coming up with anything inspired by candy and I refuse to sew something just to have an entry.
But then I was on a work trip to Texas and my mind started making some connections. Arden's first favorite candy was mints. The swirly kind you get as you're leaving a restaurant. It got to the point that I bought a bag to keep in my car so I could just hand her one instead of trying to put her off until I could dig through my purse or our candy stash at home. Halloween/Easter/Valentine's Day candy lasts months and months around here.
We've done tie-dying a couple of times as a family craft and the spirals you can make by twisting the fabric and then sectioning off pie-shaped areas reminded me of those candies.
So I picked up some white jersey, busted out my ball-point and twin needles and got to work as soon as I got home from Texas. The long sleeved dress is self-drafted using a similar dress as a guide but I added length to accommodate Arden's recent growth spurt. This girl grew like two inches over the summer!
I used a little bit of Rit Dye in fuchsia I had left over from a dye job where I was custom mixing to get a peachy coral color. To make the spiral pattern tie-dye, you wet the garment and then find the spot from where you want the spirals to radiate. Then twist, twist, twist until you have a "puck" of material. Tie on the rubber bands into pie sections and then squirt the dye into alternating sections. The jersey isn't 100% cotton and I think I diluted my dye a little too much, but overall I love the effect.
First stop was to our local candy store to pick up some... you guessed it - mints! I was planning to take a majority of the photos there, but two kids in a candy store was a little too much like two kids in a candy store. I also think we were preventing other people from browsing for their goodies so we quickly purchased our mints and beat it out of there.
I had scoped out this little pocket park just up the road from our house (and the candy store) and I think it might be my new favorite location for photos. Cool old brick walls, nice green grass, perfect lighting and less than a mile from our house? Perfection!
I styled it a little with a length of clear vinyl to mimic the wrapper on the peppermints and layered a skinny belt of mine over top. I used my scrapbooking embellishment punch to add a few more belt holes in the correct position and it worked like a charm! I can't tell the new holes from the original. Sharing clothes with my daughter has officially begun.
Oh, and the hair was all Arden's idea! I asked her how she wanted it done and she said "in five twisties". Okay... I think it worked pretty well for this twisty/swirly photo shoot, don't you? Perhaps a little Bjork-esque, but I think Bjork would rock this dress!