Saturday, 4 May 2013


New dress, my friend Jan got me the plastic frame at the $ store.
I thought what the heck can I do with this.
I have been trying to make smaller dresses like
I got 2 of them for Christmas, they are really small,
she makes some that fit into candy cans.
Haven't achieved that yet. This form is a lot bigger.
I decided to make a form of the body then dress that.
I took plastic wrap and wrapped it around it, twirled
the two side till it was snug, I used a big clip to hold it.
I soaked some torn strips of book pages in water,
then podged them on her to shape a corset,
 leaving a small empty space down the back.
When it dried, I cut the plastic off the back and could
then slip it off the form.
I cover the top with some lovely old lace I got from my DS.
I gessoed some old book pages just over the writing
 distressed the edge with Tim's tea dye.
 I rolled the pages corner to corner glued them.
I glued them to my form to the back of the hips.
I did a running stitch on the lace gathered it to fit
around the top of the skirt.
For the beads, I had a 50 cent bin at Michael's,
they were a pumpkin, I swirled them around the top
and bottom. They were orange so I painted them
with bronze nail polish.
I had to keep a few words showing on the waist :)..
I first saw a dress made like this on my BBF pinterest.
I knew I had to make one, loving dresses like I do...
I do LOVE how it turned out..
I'm busy making up my give away bags, almost done,
can't wait to get to my desk and create something:):)
I've been visiting all my lovely Ladies and am all a
twitter from all the inspiration....
Thanks for visiting and have a fun creative weekend..
My dear friend Alison, Miss Butterfly suggested I should
enter this in the challenge from Our creative Corner
This is the first challenge I have entered and anything goes.
Scary stuff but what the heck:):)
This Challenge blog has all of my favorite Artist on the
design team, go have a look at their fabulous art, thats
who get me inspired...
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Anneke said...

Looks great! Awesome dress!

Anonymous said...

I am speechless!! It is stunning, Dianne. You are a genious!!!
Took me a little longer to come back to catch up because I am currently hosting a Steel Magnolias Mother's Day Giveaway and I made A LOT of changes to my page. From the SHOP to the TABLE. Suits me better.
I hope that perhaps you'll join in. Challenge is open thru May 12.
Off to see your other posts.

Joan Ervin said...

What a beautiful dress, Dianne...the lace at the top is sooo pretty and how clever to make the skirt out of the rolled are sooo creative!!!!

Kelly Griglione said...

Wow Dianne, all the details you mentioned are so inspiring! The corset you molded to the dress form, the words you left peeking through, and my favorite, the beads you painted with ... nail polish! Such a great idea. The rolled paper of course makes a great skirt. What a fab-u-lous piece of art!

ike said...

WoWza - that is cool !! What a lovely creation :-)

earthenmagic said...

...biggest smiles! ~ dear kindred!...(O;

Mary J said...

So pretty, Dianne! I love how you did the pleating and used the texture. I really thought this was a real life dress when I first saw it and then I saw it was on your desk, lol! Gorgeous!

butterfly said...

What an amazing piece of work, Dianne! That rolled paper skirt is just fabulous! (You could pop it into the Anything Goes at Our Creative Corner if you wanted!!)
Alison xx

Patty Sue 2 said...

I wish you could dress me...this is just lovely and such a great those Dollar stores.

Anonymous said...

Dianne, just wanted to say thank you for mentioning Messie Jessie in this post. Her work is AMAZING. Loved browsing both your pages today.

Laurart said...

This is so gorgeous Dianne! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Our Creative Corner Love from Laura xxx