Golden Green tattered fairy gown...

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Take one simple, knee length, plain cotton dress in a colour you really like...


Gather materials throughout your nest that look like they should be together... including the handmade soap Mr F bought me which sort of started it all off really...


Take one cotton sarong which youve been saving for ever so long, waiting to chop it up for something special... trim off that magical pea green border and set it aside. Fold the sarong up and cut it into 8 equal squares... iron...


Raid your ribbon collection for yellows and greens, satins and organza... pilfer glass beads from the beading boxes and take down your green and yellow button pots from their safe haven...


Starting at the centre front with a strip of the sarong border, start layering all manner of goodies down the bodice, up the bodice and around the bodice...


Be patient... many layers will make it all come right in the end...


Pin 6 of the squares onto skirt, 4 at each side of the skirt and another 2 on either side of the centre back. Use the long border strips to gather onto the side seams... once the bodice overlay is stitched down these can be brought together at the back to form rosettes with two trailing sash ends...


Still pinning... but it needs some stitching now!


 


Experiment with stitches on the machine and wibble wobbling some, on second thoughts never do a wibble wobble again on a ribbon, it just looks like you cant sew straight!
The masses of stitching begins, but whats really exciting is that when Ive finished this part the embroidery, beading and buttoning can begin...

I ran out of time and energy... it has to wait now for me to catch up with work first. I may tackle a little in the evenings if I have time.

I think I may look like a daffodil in this dress when its finished! I plan to wear it to a wedding in mid June so need to finish it fairly soon! I cant even begin to tell you how much fun I had doing this today! It was like stitching down the Sun...

Ren x

2 comments

  1. I'm stunned at your creativity! This dress will be amazing to wear to the wedding. It's fascinating for me to see how all those pieces came together so well once stitched down, you do have a good eye for design Ren!
    Jess xx

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  2. Completely goergeous, like all your creations, looking forward to seeing the finished dress (we're home again for a few days by the way!)I think I might have tu unashamedly steal this idea sometime in the future, x

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