Last week on Project Run & Play the contestants were asked to come up with a spin off of the Leila & Ben Sweet Dress pattern. Blog readers can play along and submit their own creations, with the chance to get featured the day before the big contestants reveal.

This was my take on the challenge:

I think it is great that we can participate in such a fun event! It gives me motivation and inspiration every week to come up with something fun and new to share with you! Its so easy for me to get stuck in a rut, but this contest has given me direction for the last 2 weeks helping me to come up with something new.

I am IN LOVE with this dress! I made it with the cutest little 2 year old girl in mind, and have therefore named it ‘Rylie’s Dress’.

As I was making the dress, I knew I should have been making the tutorial to go along with it. But in the time crunch, I decided to forgo my better judgment. Needless to say, I was kicking myself later.

So I made it again, and give you the tutorial for Rylie’s Dress HERE.

As this was a challenge coming from an existing pattern, I can’t give the pattern pieces in my tutorial. Personally, I used an old Butterick peasant shirt pattern that I had lying around and turned it into a dress (that, I did show you how to do, in case all you had was a peasant top like me).

What the tutorial will show you is how to add the lace to make Rylie’s Dress, using a peasant shirt or dress pattern that you already have. I hope this helps!

Now the question has been raised as to whether or not it is fair to reveal the blog readers submissions before the contestants. My personal opinion is that it is MORE than fair. Each contestant has been given each week’s theme way back in December to prepare for the entire competition, and we the blog readers are given the theme on Tuesday, and have until Thursday night to make a submission. I think it is safe to say there is an advantage in the home court. Lol

Anyway, I am really enjoying playing along and hope to be able to continue to do so each week. And next time…I will be sure to make the tutorial WHILE creating the project the first time around! Lol

Don’t forget to accessorize!

Happy Sewing :)