Saturday, 17 July 2010

Dress Up - July

I thought I'd better get on and make my dress for July seeing as we're over half way through the month already!  A dress a month for the whole of this year is the challenge set by the very talented Margaret on her blog Alice and Camilla.

If you go and have a look at Margaret's blog you'll see I got the idea for my dress this month from hers (copy cat, copy cat - LOL).  You can also see links for all the other participants' dresses.

I started off by covering my card stock dress shape with a page from an old motorists atlas.  The page I chose covered the part of the Kent coast I spent many a happy holiday at when I was a child - Leysdown on the Isle of Sheppey. 

To tone the colours down I painted over a white wash of acrylic and coloured with edges with some water soluble wax pastels.

I rubber stamped an image onto tissue paper with black ink and cut out the vintage lady sunbather.  As the image was very dark I turned it over and stuck it onto the dress with some matte medium.  You'll notice she caught the sun a bit! 

The dress seemed a little bare at the top, so I made a little shell necklace to finish it off! 

The rubber stamp I used is from Crafty Individuals (CI-119) and was one I was lucky enough to win in this year's One World One Heart event from Jan - you can read about it and see the entire stamp on her blog JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY.  Thanks again Jan!

I'm off now to go and look at some of the other dresses so I can copy be inspired for next month!

Thanks for looking xx


Malissa said...

I love the dress, Sherry! And all of your other goodies in the posts below! I haven't been by in a while and there is so much new to look at! Have a great weekend!

Deborah said...

Love your nostalgic Summer dress, Sherry. The bleached out colours are perfect!

Mrs A. said...

I love the little shell necklace and letting your lady get sunburnt sheer brillance. Can't wait for August's dress.

P.S. Can't get that book for love nor money!!!

Fabric Art said...

Sherry what a great idea to use a map for your wonderful dress the necklace make the dress perfect.

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Gorgeous dress - as always Sherry!!
Love the map, and the way you have coloured it, the shell necklace finishes it off a treat!!
Thought I recognised the stamp LOL!! ;)

Jan x

Cuchy said...

Hi Sherry, and thank you for your comment on my blog.
These dresses you made look awesome.

Jenxo said...

Sherry this such a lovely dress, the dress is a beautiful style too....the colors are so soft and pretty and love how you incorporated the map from your holidays.

Ive seen a few beachy temes, seems funny when ive woken to frost this morning :)

Electra said...

Your dress is awesome and I don't think it's copied! I think you've put your own spin on it. Love the story about the map,the "sunburn", er, "suntan", and how you've explained it all. I especially love how you've shaded the top. Lovely!

Jeanie Callaghan said...

These are fantastic summer dresses!

Gez said...

Wow! Gorgeous dress as always Sherry. Love that you didn't just use any old piece of map!
Off to see what other scrummy creations I have missed on your blog.
Have a lovely Sunday. Hugs, Gez.xx

bad penny said...

It's not copying - it's being inspired and you were to make this lovely lovely dress.

I like the fact you used a piece of mapping from an area you know. I picked up an old ordenance survey map in a scondhand book shop & realised it was for where I grew up ( even though I don't live there now !

Cindy Is Crafty said...

This is so awesome, Sherry! Great!

Lynn Stevens said...

Adorable and so creative, LOVE it!!!

Esther said...

What a lovely dress..sounds like a great challenge, shame I've discovered it halfway through...thanks for following me, (and I'm with you on the distress embossing powder! not sure about it either!!)


How sweet! I love the dress!

Joanie Hoffman said...

You are a very talented copier, um, artist! ;)
Your July dress is beautiful & it even has a coordinated hanger!
good joub!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Your dress is lovely Sherry, the map paper makes a great background, I enjoy using bits of it in collage too. The necklace is a perfect touch as well ... that bathing beauty might need some sun bloc soon ;)

Margaret said...

Inspired not copied Sherry!! totally fab and I love to see the steps. Maps are such a cool starting point, great collage and beautiful finishing touch with the little necklace. Very summery and in the holiday groove! Mx
ps tried to leave a comment a few days ago, not sure what happened to it!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Imitation is the greatest for of flattery. Although, I think your lovely dress is pretty original, especially when using the map as a background.

I feel a bit sorry for your sun bather. She really did get a bit of sun. The crown on this jewel is the necklace, of course. Love that turquoise hanger, too!

Gini said...

Love the shape of your dress and it's a wonderful summer theme, a very relaxing dress to look at.
Do you think she put goose fat on her sunburn?
I wonder what the Victorian's used for after sun?
I wish I was there too!

Diana Evans said...

oh heavens!!! what a perfect dress...I love this and it is so clever to use the map...wonderful work!!! this is so much fun!!! I just found this cute challenge and I love it!!! I have my July dress complete...but will have to catch up with everyone on the previous months!!!

purplepaint said...

Oh I love this! It's perfect for July!!! Marva

Guriana said...

I love your dresss. what a great idea!!!:)))