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.