Sunday, February 20, 2011

Little dresses...........

I use to sew A LOT, but I don't enjoy it so much anymore!  But, have I found a way to make dresses for little girls that I love doing!

I mentioned my new stash of art books in my last blog, well, I'm still talking about "Art at the Speed of Life", Pam Carriker is the talented author of the book.  What has inspired me, the most, is a project designed for the book by Sue Pelletier in a chapter called "Papier-Mache Dresses Collage". 

Last blog, I showed you the one I had completed for Great Granddaughter Lucy.

IMG_0238  This is a little better picture, I think.  You can see the little wire hanger.....well, the dress is a separate piece that is attached to the wire hanger and then wired to the canvas.  So, the dress stays attached but can be moved from side to side, so I tried to put something interesting under the dress, too.

IMG_0237 Lucy's has a sentence cut from a book that reads "I use a small cup when at tea".

Here is Emma's, I just finished yesterday.

IMG_0231I added paper lace to the sleeves but used real lace on the bottom and topped it off with a ribbon bow.  The background is collaged with a tape measure, a piece of a dress pattern, a flash card and....

IMG_0236a little bee button and some fabric.

The dresses are done by cutting out a form from a piece of canvas and covering it with plaster of paris and gauze.  On the first one, I added cheesecloth as the top layer, this one I used tissue paper.  I have plans for a couple more of these.....there is so much you can do to make each piece unique.

Here's the happy couple....all ready to go live with their new owners.  Lucy's first birthday is coming soon, I think I might TRY to save them until then.

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I am linking to Metamorphosis Monday, Make It Monday,

Amaze Me Monday at Dittle Dattle and Sue's Rednesday and Common Ground's Vintage Inspiration Friday, Passionately Artistic's Linking Party

19 comments:

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

You are very talented. They are lovely!!! ~~Sherry~~

elle said...

I could see that these would easily become addictive. Nice!

Kat Sloma said...

These are lovely and creative! What a wonderful way to get into "dressmaking" without sewing. :) Visiting from CED today!

Beverley Baird said...

What lovely pieces for your granddaughters!

By the Bluegrass said...

How adorable! What a great shower gift this would be! I just might give it a try. I'm a new follower.
xo,
Sena

Vee said...

These pieces are beautiful - your granddaughters are lucky little girls! Those dresses were a great idea and I love the soft color choices.

connieartz said...

These are SO sweet!! Possibilities with them would be endless... hmmm.. wheels turning here! :)

~~Carol~~ said...

I don't enjoy sewing as much as I used to either, so this looks like it's right up my alley! These are so cute, and I bet your granddaughters will treasure them forever!

LV said...

I never had the patience to sew. I took homemaking in high school, but when I had to rip something out, that was it for me. I enjoyed cooking more back then.

Halo Hill said...

LOVE your project! (I'm enjoying Pam's book too, isn't she amazing)? Hope all is well with you!

Hugs,
Sheila

Charmingdesigns said...

Ok, those are absolutely adorable...I wasn't sure I wanted to buy the book, sight unseen, but if you got your inspiration out of her book, I'm all over it!!! What other books have you gotten that you love??

Ann said...

Very creative work of art!! I really love what you did...the possibilities seem endless with the basic idea.
Thank you for sharing.
Happy Rednesday. :o)
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Wow! That is amazing! I love it! You created a wonderful family heirloom and work of art!

Donnie said...

They are just lovely.

Staci said...

Those are so sweet and fun! I am excited to see them in person, you are such a good great-grandma :)

SueLovesCherries said...

What a unique idea! So different (and funky)!

Olive Cooper said...

I have never seen this done and these are darling. I am visiting from Common Ground. ♥O

Debra@Common Ground said...

So so sweet! What a creative idea, I know your little sweeties will love them! Thanks for linking up for VIF!
hugs,
Debra

Theresa said...

These are so sweet, they will be cherished forever I'm sure! Theresa xoxo