My Creations for the Paper Dress Garland Swap

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.

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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.

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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.

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This one is my favorite!  I stitched little darts on the bodice!

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This one is from new fabrics but embellished with vintage millinery flowers.  More darts too!

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This one is a cute little house dress.

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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. 

This was a fun game, so now I am going to pass the fun along to my BFF Beth and my sister Carol.   Go girls!

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25 thoughts on “My Creations for the Paper Dress Garland Swap

  1. These are unbelievable!!!!!!!! There isn’t a day that goes by that you do not completely amaze me!

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  2. :-O
    BRILLIANT!
    I haven’t seen anyone else’s, but I’m quite sure these are the best! SO impressive Suzy! Suzy the Seamstress! 😀

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  3. I love your Paper Dress Garland dresses! They make me want to go pull my Barbie out (I’d have to dig deep)! I’m in that swap and I sure do hope I receive one of your gorgeous creations!
    (Just a question…when I clicked on your friend “Susan” I went to Speckled Egg’s blog…and I thought her name is Heather! Am I mixed up or what?)

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  4. Love, love, love your little dresses!!!
    I want to make some, too (said in a whine-y voice).
    Hmmmm…what could I use them for? A garland, or gift tags maybe?
    I’ll think of something. They are TOO CUTE!
    Kimberly 🙂

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  5. These are lovely, have been checking out some of the other swapper creations and you are deservedly in very fine company…cant wait to see more…you are very talented!!

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  6. Oh, my word those dresses are ADORABLE! Hee-hee…I’d keep ’em, not swap ’em. I was at a quilt show this past weekend & was inspired by something I saw on a quilt & thought of little Barbie type dresses – that is if I ever learn to quilt first.

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  7. Gee whiz Suzy, you sound like you could be my twin sister with those traits – plus the Virgo thing 😉
    It was so funny to see your dresses, I had been contemplating taking on that type of project with my daughter this summer but we never got around to it. Like what you came up with!

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  8. I just got an email from a friend telling me to hurry right over to your blog. Apparently I had the same idea of using vintage patterns…too funny! I love your dresses and my fingers are crossed hoping one of ’em ends up on my garland.

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  9. Boy, it took a while…but I managed to finally backtrack and found your great little dresses again! hahahha… I was blog hopping…and lost ’em for a bit several days actually…and even put an APB on my own blog…nobody had any info….Glad I got to see them again. they are beautiful.
    I am wondering if there is somewhere to see all of them in one place?… or a list of bloggers that participated ?…
    tx…..

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