Heather over at Speckled Egg is hosting a fun swap, the Paper Dress Garland Swap. When she announced the sign up for this one, I jumped right in and thought "oh, this will be a snap!"
As always though when I have the pressure of a deadline looming that panic mode starts to set in.
The guidelines for the swap were to create 5 dresses on cardboard approximately 4" x 6" using paper, cloth and any type of embellishments. I made my dresses on a very thick cardboard. Fabric is my medium of choice so that is what I used.
First I came up with this pretty party dress.
I used all vintage elements here, satin jacquard, lace, rhinestones, black velvet and appliques.
Once I got this one created, I was at a momentary loss for how to continue. Then the lightbulb finally went off and I pulled out my collection of vintage patterns. Using the patterns as inspiration I have recreated those dresses using my vintage fabric scraps.
I love this one, I used a carved bone button for the belt buckle and tiny baby MOP buttons for the dress and I even topstitched the pockets.
This one is my favorite! I stitched little darts on the bodice!
This one is from new fabrics but embellished with vintage millinery flowers. More darts too!
This one is a cute little house dress.
I started my sewing career at a very young age handstitching dresses for my barbies and then started sewing my own clothes when I was 10 so this little project brought back some fond memories!
Check out all the creations for this swap on Flickr here.
I was recently tagged by my friend Susan for the middle name game and like her thankfully I have a short one, Gail.
G – Gotta Have It! I am an impluse shopper, always have been. When I decide I want or need something I zoom right to the store or the internet and pick it out. No shopping around, debating, mulling or indecision for me!
A – Anal. Ok, who isn’t just a bit. I am a Virgo, the perfectionist. Everything has it’s place and don’t you dare move it!
I – Inventive. I am pretty damn good at creatively solving design ideas. I love to take trash and turn it into a treasure. Furnished my whole house that way. Redecorated 4 houses that way.
L – Loyal. One of my finest traits.