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The Reveal : The Little Red Dress Project

A Mega Holiday Challenge

I came up with The Little Red Dress Project to pull the sewing community together. I wanted a kickbutt tag that would send waves through social media and share our passion for sewing. Hollie and I were chatting about her Seamstress tag back in September and this is how the challenge was born. 

Reveal Time #thelittlereddressproject

Well the moment has finally arrived and I am beyond excited to share my Red Dress. I wanted to create a look that was effortless sexy and classy. I have always had an eye on BurdaStyle 8/2010 Style 116.

This dress has everything I was looking for, that Jackie O style. Vintage with glamour written all over it. A design that would be noticed for it’s subtle allure. I wanted to feel like a LADY in my red dress, every bit feminine and beautiful, filled with life and energy. Red is not an easy  color to pull off, not everyone likes, and  still I deciding to make the challenge 90% red. I wanted to go 100% red with this dress, but after take one look, I knew it needed a little texture so I add a bit of black to the mix. 

The Look ~ #thelittlereddressproject

The Review

For this project I used Dupioni Silk and interlined with Angel Wings Organza Off White, and China Silk for the lining. I love the the simple design in the front of this dress. What makes this a winner is the awesome bow detail in the back and tulip skirt. Although this is a fairly straight forward design of bodice and skirt, the bow is the focal point and my favorite. As I said before the, I wanted to add texture to this dress and hence the reason for David Tutera Fabric. It’s a rose fabric from the wedding collection at Joann’s. With all that action in the back, I had to add the back in the front. The design was prepared for me, it knew I was going to make it my own. I put my Name on this dress and I love it.

Don’t let this pattern put you off, it’s not a tough make. Straight stitching and some gathering here and there. I lied, I take that back a lot of gathering. But it really has a simple cut, the most daunting step would be the invisible zipper (for beginners or those that just don’t like them).

A Big Thank You

I wanted to give Jessica at  Nadia Cakes a big Shout-out, in Woodbury, MN. Jessica was a most gracious hostess to my family and I. She was most helpful and happily approved my request to shoot my Reveal Video onsite, plus the Kids had an amazing time and enjoyed their yummy cupcakes. Nadia Cakes is the home of many delicious awards including The Food Network Cupcakes Wars & Holiday Baking Championship. Upon entering the cake haven, you are welcomed with smiling staff that are ready assist. 

I would also like to thank all the vloggers, bloggers, & IG’s that joined this amazing challenge. Please visit their channel and support this awesome community. Here is the link to the little red dress project announcement post, where you can find all vloggers I invited back in September.

Get Ready #Thelittlereddressproject2017 is going to be wonderful, brace yourself for an Amazing ride.

Thank You all and Merry Christmas!





  1. December 21, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    I totally have that issue of Burdastyle! The back is just beautiful, and red is a great color for you Renata! The black adds a really interesting texture as well. You did a great job organizing everyone, and I’m enjoying reading about everyone’s red dresses. I look forward to designing a sweet one for my little girl next year!

    • renata
      December 22, 2016 / 2:56 am

      Thank you, I feel next year I will have a better organized event. There is much room for improvement and I’m excited for 2017. I have a few years worth of BurdaStyle Magazines that should be used more often. These challenges are a great push to try different things, I look forward to your project for that lovely little girl.

  2. December 22, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    Thank for the challenge Renata! It was so good to be a part of something so fun and creative with other super amazing seamstresses like you. Hila.xx

    • renata
      December 24, 2016 / 2:54 am

      I am so happy that you took part. Like you said it was just an amazing event to build strong relationships in the sewing community. It continues to fill me with joy, that we sewers are not bucket dippers, but we fill eachother’s bucket with inspiration and lend a helping hand when needed. Hugs. Renata

  3. Donnalee
    December 27, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    I love this dress! It looks so original and flattering on you as well. The black panel was a great idea. Enjoy!

    • renata
      December 27, 2016 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you, I really liked how it turned out!

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