Week 2 Project Run and Play – Leila and Ben Challenge

 The Sweet Ruffle Play Coat
 It’s that time again – time to vote for your favorite look for Week 2 of Project Run and Play!
For this weeks challenge each of the designers were given the basic Leila and Ben “Sweet Dress” pattern and were told to make it our own.  This pattern is a basic peasant style dress and is incredibly versatile (see picture below).  
It has been mighty cold here in Chicagoland, so I wanted to create something for my daughter to wear right now. You all know how much I LOVE dresses, but I decided to do something a little more unexpected and turned this pattern into what I like to call the “Sweet Ruffle Play Coat“.  Perfect for the transition from winter into spring! 
I have had this fabric for over two years and was just waiting for the right project to come along.  The fabric is thick, woven, and incredibly warm.  The pink, purple and white were just the right colors for my little Savannah.
I altered the sweet dress pattern quite a bit to make this coat.  I cut the pattern down the front, center leaving an additional half inch seam allowance on each side.  Then I drafted my own pattern piece for the large collar around the neck.  Instead of gathering the neckline with elastic, I used a coordinating pink and purple grosgrain ribbon that I threaded through the casing and tied in a bow in the front.  I added pink, corded piping into the collar to make it stand up a little bit and to add a bit of whimsy.  
I also added a pocket detail on the front.  I used the corded piping, grosgrain ribbon and three pink buttons to make the pocket pop.  I love how the piping stands out next to the ribbon!
I drafted a separate pattern piece for the long, wide sleeves and added an extra detail on the sleeves with the addition of the ribbon and button.  I took the length of the pattern up about four inches to make it a more appropriate coat length.
This coat would be perfect for Easter worn over a dress or works as a casual look paired with skinny jeans, a t-shirt, and black ballet flats.  However, it ends up being worn, your little lady will feel like a true princess!!
So, now it’s time for you to head over to Project Run and Play and vote for your favorite look!
Click HERE to visit Project Run and Play!  Voting will be open this weekend and through Monday at midnight (which is a change from last weekend).
PS:  Thank you to everyone who voted last week!!! We didn’t win, but it was very close and we came in second place.  I will be offering the pattern for this coat over on Project Run and Play should we win this week!!

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  1. I had to come over and tell you that you were my favorite for the second week in a row. I love your fabric I must find some. Where do you find your fabric both weeks it has been lovely and it only adds to your lovely creation I love it must attempt it.

  2. I love it! What fun details! Your model looks very pleased with the coat.

  3. That coat is AMAZING. Precious. Love it!!!

  4. Wow you totally amaze me, momma!!!! Awesome, awesome work!

  5. Adorable! Love the ruffle. You have my vote again. Best of luck!

  6. WOW!!! This is soooo adorable and such a creative use of the pattern!!! Way better then the ideas in my head when I saw the pattern for this weeks challenge 🙂

  7. So cute!! What a wonderful idea!!

    -Many Smiles!

  8. This is ADORABLE!!! And so perfect! I am going to go vote right now. Thanks for sharing your awesome inspirations with us!

  9. PS-I am super sad you did not win last week. Seriously. 🙁

  10. Loving this coat. My girl’s want one now!!!!

  11. This coat is AMAZING!!! Your interpretation of the Sweet pattern is genious! I would so buy this coat for my little pumpkin. Fingers (+ toes) crossed that you win!

  12. Beautiful! I love the color, love the collar, love the matching ribbon. And love the photo of my little friend in that middle photos! I am sure you will make it to the next round — no doubt! Good luck!

  13. It is all fabulous, especially the whimiscal collar. I adore it!

  14. so fun and unexpected! this has been such a great contest… I get to find great blogs (like yours) and see so many creative projects.

  15. also…. will you do a tutorial for this? (PLEASE!)

  16. This was such an amazing adaptation. I am so impressed. I would love to see the tutorial as well.