Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dress Up 2011 - January Entry

Hello dear friends,
The gentle Angela of Sew Loquacious is the hostess in 2011 for the Dress Up challenge.  This is a wonderful chance to step out of my comfort zone and work on something not canvas related.  I didn't think I would love doing this as much as I do (despite the hot glue burns on my fingertips!).  Each month the challenge will be influenced by a particular artist or genre of art.  For January, our inspiration is Impressionism.  Such a beautiful art style that can be intrepreted in so many ways.  Please visit Angela's site to see examples of how others were inspired.

For me, I feel a bit like I'm in a fairy tale when looking at an Impressionist painting.  The beauty of colors and how they blend, the soft blurring of images that make me feel as if I'm slowly waking from a long sleep in a field of color.  Wow...and that was said without a single drop of wine! 

Here are front and back images of my dress.  I created a dress template on posterboard and covered with a soft blue rice paper.  I then took my favorite ribbon, (it's a sheer wire edged ribbon from "The Robert Stanley" collection you can find it at Hobby Lobby for a few dollars) and rolled it around a pencil to create loops.  I then adhered it to the dress form both on the front and back with quick dollops of glue.  Around the bodice I used a lavender velvet ribbon with a cameo broach attached.  Along the bodice I attached ceramic roses and stick-back pearls. 

I could be happy waking in a beautiful green field filled with flowers and sunlight wearing this dress. 

Best wishes and high hopes to everyone,
Jennie and the Pretty Pekes


  1. How beautiful, both your art and your post. As I read your blog I could picture this beautiful woman walking through a green, flower filled field. She was carrying a matching bonet, had the kindest eyes and warmest smile. Thanks for the post.

  2. You've done a fantastic job! Your dress is awesome!
    I'm so glad you have joined the challenge!

  3. What a very prety dress. have enjoyed reading about tis ad yourshopping. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This is a beautiful dress and yes, I think what I love most of the Impressionist artists is the romance of the work - it has a wonderful dreamy and ethereal feel - your dress really captures that!