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From Rags to Riches {Project Run and Play}

Welcome to Kiki and Company! I am so happy to have you here and hope you will stick around for a bit.  So happy if you are here from Project Run and Play..and if you are not, I am STILL excited to have you here!:) This week for Project Run and Play we designed a look inspired by the movies. Growing up I had a favorite movie..Annie. I loved the story, I loved the music..I loved it all! So I have had that stuck in my mind since finding out the themes (and hoping I made it this far to show you!):)  The looks I created this week are both literally and figuratively inspired by Annie. Let me introduce you to the looks:

Does the picture on the left not scream, “Please, take me home”…and the one on the right, “I’m home!”. Let’s talk about the “Rags” portion of the title because the Annie I wanted to portray was the fiercely independent, I can do it by myself because I have had to girl. The bold patterns, exposed zipper, and leather were all meant to reflect that, while still throwing in femininity in the bubble skirt and bows.

 This is the girl who knows what she wants and has a strong, but fun, personality (which reminds me a lot of my daughter!). I even loved her dramatic stepping on her suitcases and looking on to the future where her “hard knocked life” would be put in the past.

 I had a really fun time mixing patterns and elements that showed a bit of “hardness” the zipper and the leather.


 And yes, I am in love with the real model too…she has been a real trooper the past few weeks and so FUN to work with!

 Here are a few of the details..the exposed zipper, which I absolutely am in love with (can’t wait to find other things to add these to!). I also added a structured flutter sleeve on the shirt to give it more of that strong, hard, yet playful look.

The leather accessories really came together quickly and added such a unifying element to the outfit. As you know..I LOVE the little things that pull outfits together.

And then we have the Annie that everyone recognizes…in her classic little red dress.

It was so much fun putting all the little details into this dress that I thought the original lacked. I added a tuxedo pleat with 3 red buttons on the front and even more white pleating beyond that. I added a double peter pan collar and her sleeves are just so fun with the pleating detail at the shoulder.

I, again, used the circle skirt tutorial to make the dress twirl worthy..and twirl she does!

And then I added just a simple little petticoat underneath the dress to just finish off the dress.

I LOVED the differences in doing the two outfits and how they truly speak to Annies situation change. I love how she just looks taken care of and “at home” in this outfit.

A few details on this dress…the pleating of the shoulder,

and honestly my favorite part of the dress is the tuxedo pleating, buttons and collar.

And that is it! Hopefully you enjoyed a little look into the background of the outfits..why I did what I did, and NOW IT IS TIME TO VOTE! Run on over to Project Run and Play and vote on the left hand sidebar! Voting is good until Sunday evening. Thanks so much for stopping by!

If you have been collecting the paper dolls, here are this weeks outfits. You can find them HERE.

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And don’t forget to head over and vote! You are the best.:)

All photography credit goes to Sweet as Honey Photography.

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16 thoughts on “From Rags to Riches {Project Run and Play}

  1. Maryanne says:

    Just gorgeous Kiki. I love both dresses but particularly the red one. As usual, your daughter is divine and the photography amazing. You must be thrilled with your entry this week.

  2. Caroline says:

    Two dresses?! Amazing… I love both of them (especially the red one) and your styling (as always) is fab!

  3. Jami A. says:

    You have amazing talent my friend!!

  4. Tausha says:

    Your talents are never ending! Not only are the dresses darling, but your little girl is too cute for words. Her beautiful blue eyes and covetable curls. You are awesome at making kids as well! Also-your photos look phenomenal! I am lucky to call you friend! You are one hot, rockin awesome woman! Have a fantastic mothers day my friend!

    Happy Friday!

  5. kat says:

    Not to sound creepy or anything, but I LOVE looking at the pictures of your daughter!! I could eat her all up!!!! Unbelievably cute!!! Such a cute idea too! You did an impeccable job!

  6. Britni says:

    Super cute Kiki! And your daughter is getting a whole new wardrobe with this contest….I’m sure she’s not complaining at all 🙂

  7. You can’t even call the first dress “rags” it is so stinkin cute! Love your looks again. And your daughter is so cute I can hardly stand it!

  8. Shauna says:

    That “rags” dress is one of the cutest things I have ever seen! I LOVE it! Both are so well made and the little girl is so stinking adorable! Well done!

  9. Heidi says:

    Just perfect! I love the exposed zipper (have always wanted to try that!) & green /brown combo, and the red dress is gorgeous. Bravo!

  10. Melissa says:

    Soooo cute! I love that you did the classic red dress but added a twist..

  11. Amy says:

    Incredible! Those dresses are just darling. Way to go!

  12. Nicole says:

    You had me with the leather belt!

  13. Carol Passeno says:

    Your design and sewing talent blow me away every week!!! Beautiful outfits, beautiful model, and paper dolls to match, AMAZING!! I am hoping for a tutorial on some of your designs?! Love them and thanks for the paper dolls, I collect them for my granddaughter.

  14. christina says:

    simply beautiful! and i have loved all of your looks…always my favorites:) good luck!

  15. shannon says:

    I love love love this look! your daughter is adorable, and this was one of my favorite movies when I was little too–so I love your ‘updated’ versions of Annie’s looks!
    Gorgeous and well done!

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