Project Run & Play Season 15 starts this week, and I’ve taken on the challenge of doing the sew along!  Make sure to check out what the actual contestants have sewn up (starting Tuesday), and don’t forget to vote for your favourite!  Week #1 has the theme “7 Wonders of the World”.

I have to admit, as much as I had a bit of an idea what those “wonders” were, I did need to look up the complete lists (and there are actually a number of lists!). Nothing was really “speaking” to me until I came across the list for The 7 Wonders of the Natural World; and wouldn’t you know it, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) made that list! This made my heart happy! We live in a more northern, remote part of Canada, and my backyard faces miles and miles of bush. Add to that the longer/darker winter nights, and the Aurora are a really common sight when I look out my back window. Breathtaking!

Just down the street from me lives a local photographer who captures incredible pictures of this “Wonder”; all in the landscape I call home.  You can check out Tony’s website here for even more amazing pictures!

So, what could I sew to depict these dancing beauties?  A dance/skating dress, of course!  Nevermind that I’ve never made one before.  Challenge accepted!  I needed to draft the basic bodice of my dress, so I started with the bottoms of the M4M Calypso swimsuit and the bodice of the SLPCo Adelyn dress (I love the scoop back on this dress!)

After trying both ‘samples’ on my girl, I determined how much space to place between the pieces when tracing my full body suit.  I also realized I’d need to make the armscye a bit shorter because I wanted a tight fitting sleeve.  I adjusted everything I needed to and drafted a narrow sleeve to fit the new opening.

Once I had my basic bodice, I drew a “Northern Lights” design on it and created pattern pieces to use for them.

Then it was time for the real deal!  I cut all my pieces and sewed them together (repeating the same process for the back bodice).

After assembling the body suit, I added the final touch to my northern night sky: stars! I love Swarovski Hotfix crystals – and this was the perfect use for them.

Does anyone recognize the constellation above the lights?  It's Orion, the hunter – and I can see it out my back window all winter long!

After this, I drafted and assembled a simple 4 layered, hi-low circle skirt out of chiffon to add to the dance/flow of the outfit.

Our local recreation centre (which includes our skating rink) is under major construction this year; but (luckily???) it’s still winter here so we have a frozen outdoor rink available for pictures.

And, because it really is/was still quite cold out there, here’s a few more indoor (ie – warm!) pics…….and yes, my wall needs re-painting, lol!

I hope you like what I came up with or, at the very least, are inspired to try something new in your own sewing adventures!  I’m off to work on my outfit for the Week 2 sew along!

5 thoughts on “What a Wonderous World!

  1. This is so gorgeous! I bet she loves this dress! Love the applique and rolled multi tiered hem.

    1. Trish says:

      Thank you! Yes, she was quite pleased. Now we just need to get our rec. center/rink back up and running so I can sign her up for proper figure skating lessons!

  2. This is stunning! I absolutely love it. What a gorgeous interpretation of the Northern Lights.

  3. phatquarters says:

    Wow! This is fantastic! Well done!

  4. So pretty! I’m in love with that skirt

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