Another season of Project Run and Play has started! I will not be able to join the sew-along every week this time, but when the themes were announced there was one theme that got my attention and I just had to try. It is the very 1st week's challenge: Put Me in the Zoo.
My daughter Momo loves animals and visiting the zoo. I could have gotten the inspiration from any animals, but I choose giraffe...mainly because I already had the giraffe fabric in my stash. I am determined to reduce my stash this year! :D And giraffe is one of our favorite animals to see at the zoo. I love their gentle faces, and Momo loves feeding them :)
So how do I make the giraffe dress using the giraffe fabric, but not literally making the giraffe costume? I immediately knew I wanted a drop-waist dress and the skirt with volume to mimic the giraffe shape. I wanted to keep the dress length above knees to show off Momo's skinny legs.
I used the giraffe pattern buttons in long line to represent the giraffe's long neck. My first idea was to sew the strip of the giraffe fabric on the bodice, but I think the line of the giraffe buttons looks prettier.
I went through all the patterns I have, and found just the design I wanted in this Japanese sewing book. Momo is just about 100cm height right now, and I cut 110cm pattern size, since the Japanese patterns do not include seam allowances. I had to trim the width, it was too wide for Momo.
I changed the skirt to double layered ruffle skirt. For the layered skirt, I referred to this tutorial: The Layered Skirt -MADE
I must have had this giraffe fabric for more than 2 years. I did not know what to do with it until I saw this challenge It is light weight cotton blend and was great for the layered skirt. I did have to buy the new white fabric for this dress. The white fabric is cotton with spandex blend from Jo-Ann. The brown would have been too costume-y, so I went with white color.
I also had the giraffe pattern ribbon in my stash. I wanted a hair bow, but wanted something that is not a typical boutique style bow. A quick search and I found this tutorial: Spirit Ribbons Hair Bow Tutorial -Uncommon Designs
Is this kind of bow only for the cheerleaders? I am not familiar and do not know...well Momo can be a giraffe cheerleader ;)
Sophie the Giraffe was one of Momo's favorite toys when she was a baby. I loved watching her chewing on this little giraffe...she was so cute. It is one of Momo's baby things I am keeping.
Linking up to those fun parties.