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The Black & White Striped Dress

As you might know by now, the lovely ladies from Project Run and Play, have recently launched a sister site that goes by Project Sewn. It's sort of a similar thing, but instead of kids sewing, this one is about selfish sewing, it is: sewing for ourselves. 

The first season/competition has started just a few days ago, and the rules are a little different from the ones over Project Run & Play. The first theme is Black and White, and here's my contribution... 

I really enjoyed all their weekly themes when I first read them last month, but I didn't mention anything about it here, because I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to sew along this time. I hoped so, and hoping was all I could do. You see, Spring is supoused to be a wonderful thing, right? But not in our home. Daddy suffers a lot with allergies, and he gets moody and stressed and it infects me too and I lose all my sewing disposal. 

So, I am really, really happy that I have finally done something I was planning for far too long. If I had made it to the 3rd week of The Sew Off competition, this is what I would have created. But I didn't and if it wasn't because of Project Sewn, I believe I wouldn't have finished (or even start it) yet. 

please just look at the dress and never mind my face... it was so windy, that all the front pictures of the dress looks awful... if not for my face, for the weird shapes the dress would get from the wind. Believe me, this was one of the best ones. 

Remember what dress was the very first I made when sewing along with Project Run & Play for the very first time? Exactly, the black and white striped dress for my daughter. Mine is a matching one. I had a lot of this fabric that I had bought like 4 years ago to make my nephew's Carnival costume (a prisioner), THIS one here. Back then I bought a large amont because I've always wanted a striped (B&W) dress. 

I used a pattern from a spanish magazine Patrones for the bodice and black band, the skirt was just gathered together and sewn to the top. It closes on the left side with an invisible ziper. The only thing I didn't like about this dress, is that the arm holes turned out too tight. They do fit me, but it gets a little uncomfortable. The problem was that I had to resize my pattern and I am almost sure I did it a size smaller. =( 

My sister saw the dress when it still was in construction the other day, and she was like "Who's pregnant?". lol She thinks it looks like a maternity dress, and honestly I do too, but I don't care. Having a second child is on my plans so I will feel pretty happy to wear it on a second pregnancy. 

Here's how it looks on the back. I just love the red of the shoes with black and white clothes. It's such a wonderful contrast. Don't you agree?!

And just because my little pie was playing around us and wanted to be part of my photoshoot, here's one of my favourite photos from today... Can you guess what's she's wearing? I'll give you a hint... soon there will be more about it. Oh, and yes... I did get my dress all wet!!!

So, now is time to go HERE to see what all the rest of the ladies are doing. 
In Project sewn you can vote for the designers but you can also vote for sew alongers. Great isn't it?
I think this is a wonderful incentive for sewing mammas that spend all their time on the little ones and forget about theirselves most of the time. 


  1. Cute! I also love the pop of red with black and white. Such a great colour combination!

    1. Thank you! I actually wear those colour frequently.

  2. nice dress. Black and white is such a classic combo. Glad to have found our blog. Official follower now.

    1. Thank you. Indeed, it always looks actual. And welcome!!!

  3. You did an amazing job! And you look adorable:)

  4. You look lovely, sand storm and all. ~Major Moma

  5. I like the neckline on this dress! Very pretty!

    1. Thank you, it came exactly as I had imagined it, so i'm happy about that!

  6. Very pretty Magda. It's perfect for a beach day. So crisp looking.

  7. What a beautiful dress! I always wanted a black and white stripped dress too. Hopefully i will get around to it one of these days. - Bethany

  8. This dress is beautiful! I absolutely LOVE the bodice and neckline. (And I don't think it looks maternity, its gorgeous!).
    Great job Magda!

  9. Que vestido giro!
    Tenho que começar a costurar para mim também...

    1. Obrigado Marta!
      Eu comecei por costurar roupa para mim quando era bem novinha, mas desde que tive a minha princesa fico sempre para 2º plano. Ainda assim, lá vou fazendo umas coisinhas.


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