Friday, August 17, 2012

the rainbow dash dress!

Once upon a time, long, long ago (well, maybe it was this past June) a sweet little girl dreamed of the perfect birthday dress.  As she slept, visions of her favorite thing popped into her head: horses.  The horses played and galloped and whinnied and then something magical began to happen.  Those horses began to transform into her favorite show about horses:  My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic.  When she awoke her mother asked her what she wanted her birthday, and the sweet little girl knew exactly what she wanted her dress to look like:
"RAINBOW DASH!"
she cried out!  It was certain in her mind that she must have a dress that looked just like Rainbow Dash!

So her mother went on a quest (ahem, searched the interwebs) to seek inspiration for her sweet chibi princess. In her travels which were vast with ideas, she was reminded of a dress that had always made her swoon. 
A dress by a seamstress who goes by the name, my sparkle.  
 
The maiden gave her some notes, helpful tips and encouraging words, and then bid her a fond adieu.  Without haste, mother swooped down upon her drafting table.
"I want wings!"
"Yes, of course, sweetheart."
"I want a rainbow tail. Oh please oh please oh PAAALEEEEZZZZZ!!"
"Yes, of course, sweetheart."
"Oh, thank you mommie!!  Thank you thank you... {insert xxxxxxxxxOOO}"
Deciding on how to make the dress proved a million obstacles, no less.  The first one was a tail.  She had many visions, but the one that seemed to be the perfect fit for our rainbow tail was a cascading rainbow.  She got a little help here and a little help there, but ultimately she had to figure out how to make it look "tail-like" without being un-pretty on her own.
She faced many many  challenges and scraped several ideas (and one or four bodices... perhaps cut several, several yards of fabric only to change courses completely), sought out more inspiration and found that here.  In the very end, mother couldn't be more pleased and the sweet little girl beams bright as the sun in her very own, magical dream dress.
The End
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Wait- you want to see the dress?  Well, I suppose that could be arranged!
See, the thing about Rainbow Dash is that she sleeps.  A lot.
Does it look like I'm on a cloud? :-)
Wouldn't you want to know how to make ruffles of these on your own?
how does Rainbow Dash flap her wings? video 
My shoes are supposed to have bows but one got caught on something so mommie'll have to fix it.
Teeny tiny little pintucks  :-)

Rainbow Dash on a confetti hunt!
View of the little bow.
I love the drape of the back.  You may think it would fall down (at least I thought it would)  but it stays incredibly in place!  I had a contingency plan for it but, hey, as they say if it ain't broke, am I right?!  I mean, not once in all her running and jump-twirling and generally wire-y-ness did those shoulders budge!  Epic win, I'd say!
dedicated to this sweet little disposition

Now back to resting that pretty little head of yours, Rainbow Dash!  

Please stop by tomorrow afternoon, for a Behind the Seams:  Project Rainbow Dash edition for the gruesome tale behind the dress (no pun inten you know what?  Pun most certainly intended!)

Have a Rainbow Dashian day everyone!!  Thanks for stopping by!!!
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29 comments :

  1. This just popped up on my Pinterest board. This is so sweet and so lovely.

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  2. kat, you are amazing. this dress is just gorgeous and i know my own my little pony fan would FLIP OUT for it. you are so talented!!

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  3. Wow! The pintuck details...everything... is so perfect!

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  4. Oh!!! This is so awesome. My daughter would LOVE this dress (her birthday party was Rainbow-Dash themed this year). All the other costumes online are just awful. This one is great and age-appropriate!

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  5. Wow! Thank you all so very much, ladies! It was a little hard trying to make a classic sort of dress when Rainbow Dash is your muse, lol. But I am so happy with the way it! What a fun but trying dress to make!! Wouldn't it be incredible if you all made different pony versions?! Wowwie that would be awesome ;-) I think a Twilight pony dress like this would be so beautiful!!
    Thank you again everybody!!

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  6. Wow! I'm blown away! I have a seriosly jealous 6 y.o. who's giving me her puppy dog eyes over this dress. And we agree, Twilight would be fabulous to do next. Thanks so much for sharing! I'm absolutely inspired. I'm sharing this on my fb page.

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  7. This is gorgeous! My girl is SUCH a MLP fan and she was peeking over my shoulder as I was reading this and said "Oh my GOODNESS that dress looks like Rainbow DASH!!" Job well done, mom! Found you on Sew Country Chic!

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  8. OOh!! So beautiful and fit for a pony princess. The ruffles really do reming me of a tail and I love the swirly seams in front!

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  9. Super sweet- My lil' one is too big to pull this off, but we love it! Pinned it to my rainbow board!
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  10. Wow.........!!!Awesome!!! Love the colors & pattern.
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  11. First of all I am flattered that you got a little inspiration from me but girl! This dress is completely your own creation. Its awesome! Also my little girl knew immediately that it was a rainbow dash dress. And she reeeeally wants one;) Great job. You are so creative! I love your brain and your talent. I love the little wings in the back and how they are sort of wing-esque without being literal. And that rainbow tail...perfect!

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  12. Oh my goodness!! What a FABULOUS dress!!!!!!

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  13. AMEI !!!!!
    E a carinha da modelo???Não é simplesmente linda!!!
    Se minha filha ver este vestido encantado, vai querer um....
    PARABÉNS!!
    Saúde e sorte pra esta pequena princesa!!
    Beijos
    Giselle

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  14. Gorgeous! I am a bit big(and far too old at 54) for things like that- but I love it and the tail too- makes me wish I was young again and could wear it

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    1. Never, never Chrissi! Never too old. If you need an excuse, find a local geeky convention and indulge in playing dress up. At 31, if I could get hands on something like this that fit me? In a heartbeat! (I will consider trying to make one for myself when able...)

      Never too old for fun. We just have to work around other sorts of restrictions. :)

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  15. Amazing dress! Completely and utterly FABULOUS!!

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  16. That dress is pure happiness in fabric form! How you could you see that and not just smile? Beautiful job! :)

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  17. Wow this dress is amazing! I love everything about it

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  18. is it crazy that I want to make one for myself....? This is so fun and awesome! :)

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  19. Do you sell this? I can NOT sew but I have a daughter who needs this!!!

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  20. Jessica! This particlar one was just a request made by my daughter and was a special vintage fabric I bought on etsy that I used all of :-(. It's possible I could maks another from different fabrics but it might take about month since I have some special orders right now and I may have to order fabric if I can't find it in the store! Let me know if you're still interested!! Thanks for the super sweet comment!

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  21. Absolutely amazing! I just made a Rainbow Dash jacket for my daughter, at her request -- but it comes no where near close to measuring up to this dress!

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  22. Just pinned this, by far the most girlie and pretty way to do 'my little pony dress-up'. Wish I'd seen it earlier for my little miss, but party 2 weeks away and we're going down the felt wings and rainbow tutu route.

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  23. LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress!!!! My daughter (age 4) is addicted to My Little Pony right now and she asked me the other day if she could be Rainbow Dash for Halloween. Out of all the outfits i have seen - this one BY FAR - is AMAZING. Pretty sure amazing doesn't even cover it. You actually had me laughing a few times in the blog post too. Thoroughly enjoyed....I can quilt but sewing clothes/dresses....not sure if I can even attempt this. I may try though.

    Absolutely Gorgeous though!

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  25. THANK YOU! We made three dresses; two were Rainbow Dash and the third was Twilight Sparkle! They had the cutest dresses! We were aiming to make the whole gang, but couldn't find enough girls lol

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  26. Wow this is absolutely amazing. I love this dress. Really, Great post . Thanks for sharing.
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  27. So stinkin' cute! I'm on a similar quest for rainbow dash and this is the best dress I have found.

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