19 February 2011

Project Run and Play Finale: O Pop!

The Grand Finale!
I knew from the beginning of this project I was going to do
 orange, but I wanted lots of different shades, 
so I pulled out the dye, of course!  
I did an ombre effect on the bodice with a pale orange 
fading into cream,
and ruffled 4 yards of fabric for the skirt.  
One of the baby dills asked if she could hear anything 
through those earbuds as we were playing photo shoot :)


The obi [the Japanese tie for a kimono] 
was purchased in a secondhand store 
in Japan and I knew the perfect project 
would eventually come up to showcase the 
elegant design.
The "O" button and tie was serendipitous.  
As I was stitching the two sides together, 
the feed dogs [ironically] chewed up the antique fabric, 
so I needed to add a little something.

The sleeves I made extra long and added 
thumb holes for a bit more interest.
Olive likes the ruffles and did a great job of strutting 
the runway as I inspected the final product, 
both front and back angles.  
I felt like the designers on Project Runway,
 as their look comes out, 
mentally analyzing the whole story.
Luckily I hadn't thrown out my dye water, 
as the dyed shoes were last minute 
[and perhaps still a bit damp!]
An Orange, Obi adorned clad Olive=O Pop!



Go and vote!

61 comments:

  1. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING as always!! I love the way the obi creates a bustle effect in the back! You got my vote! Just amazing.

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  2. Stunning. Something I would never dream. Girly, yet artistic. Katy each week you simply out do yourself. It doesn't hurt that Olive loves it so much. I have thoroughly enjoyed each week. Thank you for sharing. Smiles...Renee

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  3. Brendon and I literally ooh'ed and aah'ed as we looked at this beautiful dress! You are talented! We love it!

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  4. It is divine! I fell in love with the ruffles (I am a ruffle person too)and almost died when I saw that gorgeous antique kimono fabric!

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  5. I am so amazed by this dress! I love everything about it, and I normally dislike orange. Will you be posting a tutorial on how to make this?

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  6. Katy.... I had to came here and tell you are the best...and your dressses are so beautiful!!!! I loveevry thing...and this is absolutely adorable!!!! I hope my english is quite right!
    Very good job!!!
    Valeria

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  7. I loved this photo shoot. Olive is super cute!!! You're so creative using the ear plugs and the photo looks adorable. I love the dress! The form fitting bodice with the full puffy skirt is a perfect combination. I love the colors. You're brilliant! I voted and you're ahead.

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  8. Katy. I love the drama of your photos! Well done! The obi is such a beautiful contrast the the ruffles! OH MY!

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  9. Karen G.-Thanks for your vote!

    My Vintage Mending-Man, thank you! I admit this one is my favorite :)

    Ann-I love that Brendon likes to participate.

    Little Treasures-I know ruffles and kimono fabric don't normally go together, but I like venturing into uncharted territory ;)

    Malory-I plan to, although I didn't take a huge amount of photos. Perhaps I'll need to make another for a complete description...

    Valeria-Your English portrayed beautiful compliments, thank you!

    Susie-Olive is always fun to photograph, just need a plain background and some natural light!

    Rebecca-What can I say, I've got some pretty fantastic genes ;)

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  10. I'm in awe.
    Absolutely stunning.
    Absolutely GORGEOUS.
    Well done my lady!

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  11. I NEED this in an adult size 10, please! Fabulous.

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  12. This is absolutely my favourite of the entire competition. Love the ruffles vs geometry, the pretty and the structure. And the colour! So cool!

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  13. I can't wait for the tutorial! This is the perfect looking Easter dress! :) Both my daughters would LOVE it! Thanks (in advance) for your tutorial!

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  14. OHMYGOODNESS! Perfection Katy! Want to make me one?! :)

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  15. I just don't know what to say! this outfit is just MAGNIFIQUE again... you're the queen of ruffles and color!

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  16. Katy this is breathtaking. I love it. I admit I was like ok when I saw the picture of the front but then when I saw the obi on the back I went OOOOOOOOKAY! I got it then. It really tied everything together PERFECTLY! I mean the ombre, the ruffles and then BAM the obi in the back. I mean it was PERFECT! the little "o" for the obi was awesome too. love, love, love it.

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  17. Oh my goodness, I'm in love with all the ruffles! So beautiful & I love the back! A.MAZ.ING!

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  18. Popping back over to say you once again have amazed me with your talent. Orange: my all time favorite color. Of coarse you have my vote.
    Warmly,
    Tracey

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  19. Amazing. I'm totally jealous of the box of antique obis ;) You blew me away this week....all of your designs could go in a hall of fame ;)

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  20. amazing. so amazing. i am just in awe!

    -Erin

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  21. Wow this dress from front on...is INCREDIBLE!!! But to see the back as well...You just blew me out of the water!!! You have an amazing talent!!

    New fan!!

    Did I see you have an etsy shop....could you send me the link??

    Thanks

    Rhonda

    rvscales@gmail.com

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  22. Beautiful outfit, phototgraphy and model!

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  23. I would love to see the kimono thing from the front. All the pictures with that on are just shown from the back. Super Super cute dress!!!

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  24. Oh, Katy....you had me at ORANGE! What a juicy confection of a dress.

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  25. Amazing!!! What a beautiful creation! Love checking out your creative photo shoots also...I leave your site inspired!!
    Suzy

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  26. I LOVE those ruffles and the whole design is absolutely gorgeous!

    AMAZING.

    Went to vote for you again, and I'm really happy you are winning...

    Congrats!!!

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  27. I voted for you - again!! I LOVE this dress!! Totally amazing!!

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  28. What can I say that hasn't been said? Amazing and inspiring! You are an artist.

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  29. You are pure artist! I love your blog... like no other!!!
    All the Project Run and Play designs were pure genius. Thank you!

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  30. O-pop is a true work of art! It is so beautiful, it hurts my eyes. -Matisse

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  31. This is just beautiful!! I went to vote and sent the link to several girlfriends.

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  32. Gorgeous Katy! You've inspired me to try more orange!

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  33. lady, i have no idea how you construct the outrageously creative concepts you come up with in that inspired head of yours, so flawlessly!! really- i look at this and thing HOW?! so fresh, so happy, details so unexpected(the back!), so whimsy... it's no big dill. :OD

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  34. Amazingly beautiful! Very refreshing colors!
    Brad Fallon

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  35. Divine inspiration at work here Katy! Orange doesn't even do justice to the hues you have going on.

    The ruffles appear like water, you can sense the movement in them. I just love the line the obi creates at the back. Stunning!!!

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  36. I have been following all your entries and I keep asking myself why you make the back way nicer than the front. So why not reverse it? p.s. I hope you win.

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  37. Katy-
    Love your creations...just to give you a heads up I mentioned you on my blog-hoping for many votes to head your way!!!

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  38. yet again, absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!! I can't WAIT for the tutorial for this one!!!

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  39. I keep coming back to admire the beauty and creativity of this piece. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  40. Oh serious.... this dress is amazing. Did you take pictures for a tutorial?? Please please say you did. This dress is too amazing not to want to re-create somehow!!

    Ashlee
    ashleewright07(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. OH MY GOODNESS!!! That is incredible. I am so in love with that dress!!!

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  42. jane p-Ryan and I both had that thought as I was editing my photos. Perhaps I will do another--just backwards! It would actually be easier to do in reverse.

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  43. WOW! I'm truly speechless! Amazing Katy, really really really amazing! You definitely have my vote!!

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  44. I'm in love with this dress! The skirt with the ruffles and the obi accent. Oh my. I totally want one in my size!

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  45. I adore the Obi back! So amazing.
    Sophisticated and light hearted and strong and girlie all at once. Thanks for the eye candy!

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  46. Wow. This is gorgeous! And fun! I love all the orange and ruffles and the shoes totally make it. Your photography is just as great as your designing. Good luck.

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  47. This is crazy and I dont know if I have enough skill to make it but I WANT TOO. Fantastic. You so deserve to win.

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  48. wow! this is amazing. I absolutely adore it.

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  49. YOU ARE AMAZING! (I've always known you are!)I'm sorry I was too late to vote, but I hope your've gotten enough votes to win! I know you'll keep on creating!
    Your old friend, Emily (Kramer) Chambers

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  50. This is so absolutely stunning. I just stumbled upon your blog and seriously I feel like a little kid saying "wow I want to be you when I grow up." I love your work!

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  51. You so deserved to win! Please please someday have a sewing weekend where you can wow us all and teach us how to "never miss a trick" when sewing!
    Tasha

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  52. this is gorgeous, I want one in green and pink! My girls fave colors .)

    Congrats on winning!

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  53. Splendid. Any chance of seing the tutorial for this dress? Please pretty please.

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  54. I adore this dress! I really hope you make a tutorial for it. I have never sewn something so intricate but I am up for the challenge for something so beautiful.

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  55. I LOVE this dress and would love to have one for myself.. in shades of blue. :)

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  56. Gorgeous! I know your busy but as a few others asked any chance of a tutorial maybe just for the skirt?

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  57. My daughter is in LOVE with this dress is there a tutorial or a pattern for it?? She says she MUST have it for her Xmas dress!!
    Absolutely gorgeous!!

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