blog. It’s been a wonderful month, this season’s project run and play. Stressful at times and very intensive, but overall a delightful and inspiring experience. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
Lily Shine Boutique--Fun in the Sun
Aloha!!! Super excited to share with you the final entry for Project Run & Play, Fun in the Sun Signature Style by Lily Shine Boutique! My two girls often dictate what I make and are the source of my inspiration. They love fabric shopping with me, designing styles and picking out shoes to match! I love creating clothing that is comfy, wash and wear and allows for growing room. I love rompers and dresses, one piece looks that are hurt-your-cheeks cute. Polka dots, bright colors and bold solids are often ingredients to items I make for my shop. I adore ruffles and that my four year old will still let me put them on practically everything (I know one day this won't be the case). I big, squishy heart love big bows. As far as I'm concerned, the bigger the bow, the bigger the heart! I dig on vintage and retro influences and accessorizing outfits with quick and easy headbands. Most importantly, I love sewing clothing that is light and airy for this year round heat in Hawaii and will allow my girls to have Fun in the Sun!
Let's get into the details for each outfit in my Signature Style look. The romper is made with a collar detail and front bodice from Violette Field Threads Ginger Dress. I wanted to add some color to break up the polka dot, so I stitched in a contrast waistband with cute side ties. I used elastic casings for the legs and back bodice to allow for growing room and easy on/off wear. A detail you will often see in my shop is a big bow tie, so I made sure to make the halter ties extra large! The dress is my debut pattern, an exclusive design for Little Lizard King Patterns. It features a drop waist knit bodice, cinched sleeves, tiered ruffles and (of course) a big bow pin! I used a great Hawaiian print fabric with bicycles, snorkles, ice cream cones, fish, sunshine and palm trees in bright, bold colors (pretty much everything we love in one print!). I used sunshine yellow bias tape to hem the ruffles to really pop the color and keep the ruffles crisp. My girls had a blast playing on the beach and running up and down the path to the Aloha Tower. I adore their outfits that are truly Fun in the Sun, and my signature style look for Lily Shine Boutique. Surf over to my blog to read more about each item and see more pics of my darling kiddos! Mahalo!
for this challenge, I thought about what I love to sew for my girls, and what my girls love to wear. there are a few basic must-haves that make an outfit successful around here: comfortable for play, bold prints and colors, easy to care for, and fun to wear. these two girls are my never ending source of inspiration, and I love seeing the smiles on their faces when a new garment comes together the way we hoped. I hope that they enjoy wearing my creations for many years to come!
Brenna's dress is a lined woven tumble tee dress with an added drop-waist ruffle. the butterfly print and gold dots are both from the spring 2014 Cotton + Steel collections, the dress is lined with cotton tencel chambray, and fastens in the back with one pearl snap. Kahlin's dress is a modified Desert Rose Dress. I replaced the gathered skirt with a circle skirt, edited the bodice shapes, and added a hem facing as well. the bodice and hem facing are Cotton + Steel, the bodice is lined with mustard double gauze, and the skirt is double gauze from Ellen Luckett Baker's Framework collection. all of the topstitching was delicately done with metallic gold thread, including a triple stitched line to finish the hem. stop by my blog for all the details and lots more pics!
photo credit: Marissa Bowers * Artful Design + Photography