Signature Style: Project Run and Play Challenge

Well, it is the last challenge of Project Run and Play’s Season 11 and the theme is Signature Style.

I swear I think my signature style should be “where the heck did the time go, let me rush about last minute and fit it all in“. I actually came up with this idea a while ago, but the execution took longer than I remembered it would, so when I began Wednesday evening, I was stuck at “watching the glue dry” stage until Thursday afternoon. And then it was a rush against the sun setting so that I could actually photograph it and edit the photos before today.

I normally would have just let myself off the hook, especially after the week we’ve had (more about that in this week’s newsletter), but I really wanted to make this dress. So there’s that.

Signature Style for Project Run and Play. Glue Batik and sewing scraps with water soluble fabric.

Falafel and the Bee’s Signature Style

I began by asking myself, what is my signature style? The answer came in parts. The first being it had to be upcycled. I have been using tons of sheets lately,  I decided that would be a good place to start. If you know me, you know that I also love to paint on fabric. A lot.

Signature Style for Project Run and Play. Glue Batik and sewing scraps with water soluble fabric.

For this project, I did the batik method I used used years ago, (part one, part two, part three). I used Elmer’s blue school gel glue(*affiliate link*) on the white sheet to draw out a few feathers. Then I waited for it to dry. And I waited. And I waited. Finally on Thursday when it STILL wasn’t dry, I put it out into the sunshine which miraculously came out in a rare appearance. That did the trick.

Signature Style for Project Run and Play. Glue Batik and sewing scraps with water soluble fabric.

After it was finally dry, I watered down some acrylic paint, and painted over it. After THAT was dry, I rinsed the glue out. Then dried it again. I added some fine black lines with a sharpie, and then I could eventually cut out the pattern.

Signature Style for Project Run and Play. Glue Batik and sewing scraps with water soluble fabric.

For the pattern, I wanted a simple design so that I could show off some of the details of the fabric manipulation I did. I choose the Norah Dress by Mouse House Creations (*affiliate link*). Beautiful clean lined dress is just my style.

Signature Style for Project Run and Play. Glue Batik and sewing scraps with water soluble fabric.

For the collar, I tried a new (to me) technique. I found it on Pinterest and I followed the link to Just Jude’s tutorial. This was the first time I ever used water soluble fabric, and I have to tell you, this stuff is magic (*also affiliate link*)!

Signature Style for Project Run and Play. Glue Batik and sewing scraps with water soluble fabric.

I have been working on some other recycled/upcycled projects, simultaneously. Consequently, my scraps consisted of very strange materials, like weed barrier and juice pouches. Definitley adds some visual interest, doesn’t it?

Signature Style for Project Run and Play. Glue Batik and sewing scraps with water soluble fabric.

Since the scraps I used contained a little red, I thought a red button on the back would tie it together nicely.

Signature Style for Project Run and Play. Glue Batik and sewing scraps with water soluble fabric.

I do wish I had taken better photos, but I suppose I should be thankful they were taken at all! We just made it before the sun set. And my girl was such a good sport, even with a broken finger.

Whew.

OK to recap: My signature style is upcycled, simple, clean lines, fabric manipulation, with painting, trying new techniques…and sqeaking in before the deadline.

If you were to sum up YOUR signature style, what would it be?

24 thoughts on “Signature Style: Project Run and Play Challenge

  1. I simply adore the painting you did on that dress! I’ve been meaning to try batik (both the real deal and the glue sort like you did). You did beautiful work with it and the dress showcases your fabric wonderfully.

  2. The painting and the scrap fabric collar really make this dress something special! I’ve really been meaning to give making fabric out scraps using water soluble stabilizer a go. My attic is filled with fabric scraps I can not seem to part with. 😉

    1. Thanks Roxanne! You should totally play with it! I was surprised at how easy it was. I used my walking foot to get over it all and it worked well.

    1. Oh I love that! I always wonder what glue fits what project. Someone has to come up with a comprehensive list one day! Your boy looks handsome for Tolo:)

  3. Love your painted design on this dress! I used to do a lot of painting and drawing before I had kids (forever ago) and always think about doing it again. Maybe I should stop “thinking” and just do it, eh? Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  4. That is so unique and cool! good for you squeaking in before the deadline. I love what you did with the collar. I have seen that before, but never tried it. I decided for this week that my style is whatever my kids currently want to wear 🙂

  5. First of all, I hope Falafel gets better soon. Then, the dress. It really screams out your name, that painting on the fabric is just amazing. Again, I missed another week on PR&P. =C It didn’t go that well for me, this time.

  6. Oh Michelle, I had saved this in my bloglovin feed to read on the computer instead of on the phone. and it was so worth it! This dress is stunning. I love the feathers and the batiked fabric. Very smart, very beautiful!

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