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Thursday, 5 August 2010

Dress Up - August


How time flies - it's August already, that means dress number eight to add to my collection for the Dress Up challenge being hosted by Margaret on her blog Alice and Camilla where all participants create one dress for every month of the year.

As I'm going on holiday to Cyprus later this month my dress is based loosely on their traditional national dress. 


I cut the basic dress template from white card (extending the arms to make long sleeves) and painted with some dark red acrylic.



I cut an apron shape from some broderie anglaise fabric and did a bit of machine stitching in red and black around it and stitched it onto the card dress.  I rubber stamped some swirls in red ink along the bottom to give the look of embroidery.  It's actually a stamp from a Christmas set - the poinsettia flower may have given it away!



I did much the same at the top of the dress - not the best rubber stamping in the world, but I think it gives the effect of embroidery (well it does from a distance - if you half close your eyes - and have a good imagination - LOL).


Here's all the dresses together in their own little wardrobe - I think I'll just about be able to fit another four in!

Thanks for looking!

22 comments:

Viv's Visuals said...

You are NOT allowed to go to Cyprus..... I have to wait until next May!!! (Although I may may may sneak in a quick week in tenereefy later next month....) Anyways.... Love the frock!!! And a wardrobe too....Lucky girlie!!!!

Joanie Hoffman said...

Very pretty dress. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Jeanie Callaghan said...

SO beautiful! This dress is just magnificent!

bad penny said...

This is truly beauticul & I can just see it being worn in Cyprus. I love how you have stamped the fabric.

Artyjen said...

Pretty pretty dress :) love the fabric addition...love to visit Cyprus one day
xoxo Sioux

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Wow, you are sooo creative Sherry!
Love your inspiration behind your dress, which is awesome by the way!!
Have a Great Holiday in Cyprus!
Jan x

Lynn Stevens said...

These are so cute! I wish I would have gotten in on it when it started!

Rachelle said...

What a great challenge. I love the red, white and black together. Yummy colors!

Margaret said...

Totally gorgeous Sherry! love your inspiration, great colours and the stamping is fab! have a wonderful holiday! Margaret

Mrs A. said...

Love this dress. It does look very traditional in the red. Glad you are in the christmas swap. I have had my confirmation e-mail too. Thanks for the link to the tutorial for the laptop bag. I think I can work on that.

PetraB said...

Absolutely love this dress, it reminds me very much of a dirndl and Bavaria.

Jenxo said...

love your dress and how your holiday was inspiration for it... in years to come you will look at it and it bring back memories of you wonderful holiday... have a good time....

lettinglifeunfold said...

What a beautiful dress! I hope you have a great time in Cyprus later this month.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a gorgeous dress with lots of details. I'm not even sure where Cypress is, but it sounds so exotic. Making a traditional national dress is a lovely way to prepare for your trip. BTW, I would never have known it was a poinsettia if you hadn't pointed it out. Love how all these beauties hang together like they do.

Electra said...

This is wonderful! Love the "embrouidery" and I see no need to squint my eyes at all!

Cindy Is Crafty said...

Sherry, I love the emery board holder and this dress is so cute! Love it!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

WOW fab inspiration for you lovely dress, the long sleeves are so original too ... Beautiful creation !
oxo

Halle said...

Very pretty dress. Love that it's made to resemble a traditional costume dress...

Nan said...

What a pretty dress! Love the sewing..it really makes this stand out!

Gini said...

Wow this one is stunning Sherry another to go in your beautiful collection.
What a lovely idea to do a national costume :-)
Gini
xx

Gez said...

Very beautiful dress Sherry. Wow! don't they look great all together. What a truly beautiful collection.xx

Lynn Stevens said...

Hey Sherry, Did you ever receive your atc dress swaps back from Chris Rollins? I never got mine, just wondering!