All that Glitters Project Run and Play entry

The theme for week three, over at Project Run and Play, is “All that Glitters“. Instantly, my mind traveled far away to India. All the brightly colored sparkly fabrics. All the beautiful adornment. I knew I wanted to make something inspired by that incredible culture.

All That Glitters India-inspired upcycled dress

All That Glitters

This is the second upcycled outfit (and third outfit total) I made for this season for PR&P.

All That Glitters India-inspired upcycled dress

I had two lovely dark green silk placemats in my stash, with this stunning embroidery on one of the edges, of each. So I completely took them apart, seperated the fronts from the backs, then sewed two fronts of the placemats together at their adorned edges to form one whole piece, and made the front of the bodice.

All That Glitters India-inspired upcycled dress

I used the backs of the placemats (which were interfaced brown cotton) for the lining.

All That Glitters India-inspired upcycled dress

The light irridescent green fabric is actually a very pretty napkin I had that I cut in half to make the band. Then I machine embroidered it with the Contessa.

All That Glitters India-inspired upcycled dress

The overlay is netting from an old canopy I had. Since it won’t fray, I didn’t bother finishing the edges.

All That Glitters India-inspired upcycled dress

I have absolutely no idea, though, where I got the lamΓ© from. I know I didn’t buy it.

All That Glitters India-inspired upcycled dress

I had enough of the fronts of the placemats left to piece together the back of the bodice.

All That Glitters India-inspired upcycled dress

I used one of my favorite patterns (you can see the ones I made in the past here, here, here, and here) by Mouse House Creations: The Caroline Party Dress (*affliate link*). The one change I made was, instead of a zipper, I made it have a loop and button closure.

All That Glitters India-inspired upcycled dress

I knew I wanted her to wear a decorative bindi, so I looked all over town, and finally found someone who carries them!

All That Glitters India-inspired upcycled dress

I sewed up one of the pink scarves with some left over fabric I had from this dress, and the other is from one of The Bee’s friends, and actually from India.

All That Glitters India-inspired upcycled dress

Despite all the giggling, this was not the easiest photo session we have ever done because my Falafel just got her palate expander in the day before, and is still quite miserable.

All That Glitters India-inspired upcycled dress

She did fake it pretty well, though.

All That Glitters India-inspired upcycled dress

The power of a sparkly dress is a strong one.

sparkly grass

Even the grass was dressed up for the occasion.

All That Glitters India-inspired upcycled dress

What have YOU made that is full of sparkle?

26 thoughts on “All that Glitters Project Run and Play entry

  1. Great job and I can definitely see the Indian influence! Very sparkly. πŸ™‚ I didn’t think I would get anything done for this week (like last week), but I ended up needing to make the girl a new outfit for her orchestra concert tonight. I had made a velvet and satin dress in December. Well, I washed it, and the polyester satin on the inside shrunk. Ugh. I worked until 11:45 last night, but got something made. Hopefully I can get some pictures tonight before we head out.

    1. Thank you:)
      Oh my goodness I cannot stand when that happens!!
      Good for you sewing until that time. My eyes would definitely be crossing by then.
      I can’t wait to see what you made!

  2. Gorgeous! Speaking of Indian machine embroidery, have you checked out Embroidery Shristi? They have lots of fun patterns, many for free.

  3. Holy Cow! (supposed to be funny, get it?) You really made a gorgeous, dress. I love your interpretation of the All That Glitters theme. Oh and by the way, the expander pain is intense but didn’t last very long for my son. Hope Falafel’s is as short lived.

    1. LOL That made me giggle!
      Thank you. I hope the pain gets better for her too! The sobbing after we turn it is almost unbearable.
      How long did your boy have it on?

  4. This is so beautiful! What an amazing use of up cycled materials! Great reminder that sometimes you have to totally deconstruct before you reconstruct.

  5. This little lady is looking so pretty.
    Aunfff I wanted to sew along all 4 weeks but so far I only managed week one. I keep going back to when I was pregnant and how on earth was I able to sew along every single thing then?

    1. Thank you Magda. They sure do grow up fast, don’t they?
      I have no idea how I even followed along and my kids are older!
      It is OK to take a break when you need it!

  6. This is so stunning!! I love that you did India inspired, and the way you used tise placemats!! Very Awesome! The dress is just gorgeous!

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