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Monday, 17 January 2011

Dress Up 2011 - January

I came across this challenge on UKScrappers and followed the link to Angela's Blog - Sew Loquacious, to learn more. The challenge is to make a mini dress each month. Each dress will be "themed" around an artist or artistic movement. The dresses can be made from any material(s) and can be any size you prefer. There are NO rules, but for those interested in a "template" for a dress, there are a few examples on Angela's blog.

The theme For January's Dress is ...Impressionism

Angela explains: "Impressionism, French Impressionnisme, developed mostly in France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Impressionist painting comprises the work produced between about 1867 and 1886 by a group of artists who shared a set of related approaches and techniques. The impressionist style of painting is characterized mostly on the general impression produced by a scene or object and the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes to simulate actual reflected light.
The principal Impressionist painters were Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Morisot, Guillamin, and Bazille. Degas and Cezanne also painted in an Impressionist style for a time in the early 1870s. Edouard Manet adopted the Impressionist approach about 1873."

I picked Monet (these images are from Google) for my inspiration).

 I made a dressmakers dummy template and made up a dummy with flesh card fro the body, this was cut out and inked, then stitching detail added with a brown pen. I used aluminum tape to cut out a stand. Then with several shades of green and purple alcohol inks (thanks to Anita for lending me hers), I added a pattern to another piece of aluminum tape. From this I cut a bodice shape for my dress. I pulled apart a floral hair decoration purchased from Primark and used the petals to make a skirt. Where the skirt joins the bodice I added a string of purple seed beads.  

Thanks for this challenge Angela. I intend to use these little creations on cards or layouts - so watch this space!


  1. Oh gosh Lynn! This is just soooo pretty Hun. i knew you was going to start this challenge and have been looking forward to seeing the first creation. Its beautiful. Can;t wait to see what others you make..xxx

  2. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! This is the cutest thing I've ever seen....Looking forward to pink, fluffy glittery ones...

  3. How Cool is that!
    Love it Lynn.

  4. Hi Lynn,
    So very pretty! I love how your incorporated the leaves as a skirt.

    Best wishes,
    Jennie and the Pretty Pekes

  5. Great job! Your dress looks fit for a princess! I love how you used Monet as your inspiration. Thanks for participating! I can't wait to see what you do for February's theme!

  6. What a lovely way to be inspired - your interpretation is beautiful! I think the leaves as the skirt is a clever idea.

  7. lindo lindo

    ficou maravilhoso os detalhes da petalas na saia,

  8. Wow Lynn - how clever! What will you come up with next? You are forever thinking outside the frame. Love it. x


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