Sunday, 19 January 2014

Project Run & Play Week 2. Movie inspired.

I have been sewing along with Project Run and Play, found here.

First week's theme was 'Winter Wonderland' and I submitted a green pond weed hooded jacket.

This week I thought about a few different films that would be fun to sew. Some ideas included:
The Secret Garden

Despicable Me

The Book Thief

And Miss Potter (2006). Which I decided to go with.

Here are some inspiration screen shots from the movie.

The movie was set in the early 1900s. 
Lots of skirts, petticoats, over skirts, high neck lines and buttons were in for little girls.

Here is what I came up with:

Both pieces are heavily altered Geranium Dresses. You can buy the pattern here

I included a little bit of hand embroidery to make it more authentically 'Potter' related.

The base dress is fully lined. I altered the bodice making the buttons in the front, adding a stand up collar, sleeves etc. 

The collar was very easy to do and I love how it turned out. Would be so nice and snuggly with tights for winter.

Buttons detail. Unfortunately I did not have 4 the same. 

The over dress is a bit of an apron/play cover. The pieces are pretty similar - I took about 4" off the length of the skirt and about an inch off the back bodice so it would sit nice and open to show the dress underneath. My machine did not really like sewing this fabric - it was too soft and fine. I am glad I used it though as it has been in my stash quite a while and it will be such a nice lining for the dress.

Thanks for reading along!

If you would like a tutorial on adding sleeves to your geranium as well or adding the collar or putting the buttons on the front please let me know in the comments below.


  1. Oh Miss Potter!! So good. I love this little dress and the embroidery is great. You picked such a cool movie :)

    1. Thank you! I love these fashions. I am thinking of even sewing up a dozen in time for Winter :)

  2. so cute! I can see the inspiration, yet its totally modern enough to wear for play now! I also sewed along and linked up… a {movie} star dress ;o)

    1. Thank you! I cannot wait to put a little girl in it to see how it holds up with rough play :P I dont know many 'little ladies' hehe

  3. I really, really like the red dress! The collar detail with the long sleeves are perfect for winter. Lovely.

    1. Thank you, I am now in love with these long sleeved geraniums :)