Have you ever seen the old movie Funny Face? It stars Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire and as you would expect Audrey Hepburn is so sweet and Fred Astaire is so charming, but the reason you really need to watch the movie is for the clothing. Givenchy designed some amazingly beautiful items for the movie. You can see many of them here. The one I used as my inspiration for the final Project Run & Play challenge was the wedding dress
Isn’t it beautiful. I love how simple it is but that it has the subtle detail of the nipped in waist then skirt before the poofy skirt starts (do you like my technical description 🙂 ). Now the challenge this week was to make something for a special occasion and I obviously don’t need a wedding dress for any of my daughters right now, but we do need some Easter dresses eventually so I decided to use this dress as my inspiration. My other inspiration was a yellow and green stripped sheet I found at the thrift store. My original thought was to make a dress with a green bodice and stripped skirt, but then I thought it would really be cute to have one dress with a green bodice and one with and yellow bodice, so ya it was a crazy week but I made two dresses.
These dresses are VERY poofy, really they stand up on their own. I was going to use plain old white netting for the poofiness, but when I was at the store they had green and yellow netting and I just couldn’t resist. The colors that matched were a different kind of netting called scrubby netting or something like that. It is pretty much the stuff they use to made scrub poof things for cleaning bathtubs. This stuff is stiff, it is GREAT for poofy skirts.
I also added some contrasting piping along the sleeves and neck.
I also made elbow length gloves and yoyo hair clips.
These were SOOOOO easy to make, and cheap too. If enough people leave comments asking me I will do a tutorial for them.
So definitely not Givenchy, but my girls LOVE these dresses. My three year old started crying when I told her she had to take it off and wait until Easter to wear it again.