Saturday, September 8, 2018

Project Run & Play #17 Sew Along: Willy Wonka!

A Sugar Sweet Dress for Sweet Rory

Here I am being a "Last Minute Lucy" with my entry to Season #17 of Project Run & Play.  I have just about 35 minutes to get this posted to meet the deadline!  

School has started and I have 19 little five year olds in my kindergarten classroom.  It is the time of setting routines and procedures and getting to know one another.  It is one of the most exhausting times of the year!  I have been too tired to sew at night and only got this put together today.  Needless to say, I have no modeled photos of sweet three year old Rory wearing her new dress.  Perhaps next week!

The photos are not the best.  It has been raining since I completed the dress and the colors are just not right.  The closest to the green in the actual dress is in the photo of the caramel apple pocket.

Pattern:  Portabellopixie Petal Knot Dress, size 3 (1/4 inch added to bodice sides for ease)
Fabric:  Green embroidered polycotton (stash), white satin batiste, & old white sheet for skirt lining
Trims:  inherited vintage brown piping, stash scraps for appliques,
 white cotton lace edging (skirt lining)

Inspirations:  1971 version Oompa Loompas:  green hair, 
white & brown outfits, and candy, of course!

The lollypop, candied apple, and wrapped candy appliques are hand cut
 and zigzag satin stitched.  I do not have an embroidery machine. 

However, the caramel apple and the lollypop were copied from images
 on Pinterest of beautiful machine appliques from 

The wrapped candies were inspired by a gorgeous pieced quilt made by Greg Jones using "Sugar Candies" by Nadra Ridgeway.

Changes to the pattern:  
*Piped the bodice
*Piped the hem band
*Added pockets
*Added a skirt lining
*Added fullness to the skirt (72 inches around)

The dress pattern was chosen specifically for Rory because she loves a
Dr. Suess Petal Knot dress I made for her sister that she has inherited.  
She even wore that dress hiking in the mountains this summer!

Lining:  Dress on the right is inside-out.

Must link up now! :)
Please check out the other sew along entries as well as the official contestants for this fun challenge at Project Run & Play!  (HERE and HERE)


  1. Absolutely charming! I'm sure she will love it!

  2. How cute! I love how full the skirt is, and those appliques are perfect!


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