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