Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Dress Up - April

Welcome to Dress Up in April!

We're still waiting on Spring so I've decided to go with the birds until the flowers arrive! My (still) unfinished wardrobe is filling up and I love how the dresses look together.


I tried to kept it simple this month and wanted to use my new found free motion skills. I whizzed around the top with random swirls then added the bars of the cage (drew them first!) with a regular stitch. I attached a little set of initials that I found at the local flea market.


I think these little birds are Goldcrests, I love their gentle colours




I glued a tiny gold ring to the top of the cage and threaded it with a plain red ribbon.



I've been back many times over the past month to admire your beautiful dresses! You are such a talented group of artists just buzzing with creativity, so many different ideas and techniques on display. Thank you once again for taking part in 'Dress Up'












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50 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

As I was posting my monthly dress, yours popped up. I love how these beauties look together. Seeing them all in a row really brings this project together.

I can't believe you "drew" that birdcage using your sewing machine. Your new found talent is simply amazing. And that dress is gorgeous. The birdcage treatment is wonderful, from the design to the little gold ring used as the bird cage holder. Even the initials and the birds are so well placed and believable. This is one stunning piece of drop dead gorgeous ART.

Happy April, dear Margaret. Thanks for allowing me to play. And thanks for this inspiring dress.

tymonsyl said...

A_M_A_Z_I_N_G! so fragile and beautiful!

Margaret said...

Elizabeth, only the top of the dress is free motion, the cage was drawn first! I need a LOT more practice before I can lay claim to a shape like that! Margaret

Heloise said...

These dresses are beautiful, the whole collection hanging together looks wonderful.

Annar said...

GORGEOUS !!!

Karen said...

ooo this is stunning Margaret!!! You are getting a real whizz with that machine. I have to thank you fo starting this all up for us...its a real delight! HUGS X

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

ahhh Margaret you've done it again
your dresses are each so gorgeous and look especially pleasing all in a row

You have such a way with simple ingredients, turning them into something splendid and now using your new found stitching talents too = brilliant!!!

Thank you for always inspiring me and for another month of your lovely Dress Up fun!

Happy April AND Happy Spring ... surey it should arrive at your door any day now :)
oxo

cve said...

so gorgeous!

romantic said...

So beautiful dress.

Sherry said...

Your dress is beautiful Margaret, what a great idea with the stitched bird cage - love it! All the dresses look great together too.

I've just added myself to the linky thing, but when I checked it, it was linking back to you, so I've added me again - so sorry, but can you delete the first 'Sherry'. Thanks

bad penny said...

Margaret this dress is divine - the sweet birdcage and all the lovely detail. Your dresses look stunning together as a collection.

Chris said...

Oh Elizabeth this is amazing... fabulous....stunning. How clever of you to draw the birdcage with your sewing machine...WOW!!

Your dresses all look so beautiful hanging up... makes me wish I'd used the same shape for all of mine now... oh well maybe I will have to make another set as well...lol

Have a great Easter

hugs
Chris xx

druga szesnaście said...

sooo beautiful!!!
I love every element - the text, the cage, the ribbon.
pure poetry!

purplepaint said...

Oh I love your dresses!!! I hope it's okay if I jump in late and start making dresses!!! I just love yours and Patty S's!!!

Riki Schumacher said...

LOVE these little dresses. It's so much fun to see what design will be next. Riki

English Vintage said...

So lovely really enjoy the work you do S x

Corinne Phillips said...

These are beautiful. Well done!

libbyquilter said...

what a delightful idea~a birdcage dress~! and you have carried it off brilliantly~!!!~!

the dresses do look so sweet all hanging together in their little cupboard ~ what an inspiration you are ~!!~

don't give up on me, i still want to give this a try~!~

:)
libbyQ

Electra said...

Oh Margaret, even if I weren't coming here each month to participate, I would have to come to ooh and ahh over your dresses. They are so delicate and romantic-you are such an inspiration! Thank you for doing all of this!

Zолушка said...

Well, finally! I can proceed to the April apparel ... I'm so tired of waiting =)

Electra said...

OK, mine is done. I really look forward to doing this, much like Zonywka (sp?), I was feeling very much impatient for April to arrive!

Electra said...

Sorry, I copied and pasted the wrong addy-the second one takes you to my dress. Duh!

Karmeleiro said...

Your dress is stunning, birds are lovely and that cage! - amazing. and finally I've made mine too :)

Jenxo said...

oh margaret how wonderful they all look hanging together....
Love your idea of using the skirt for the birdcage , your sewing is wonderful...

the little ring is such a lovely touch too...
my march one is nearly finished and features a birdcage tooo lol
when i saw yours i went aaargh but im going with it cos its different to yours!
hope you get some lovely spring weather....jenxo

Alisa said...

The cage skirt is a clever idea!

English Vintage said...

Like this one a lot, i am beginning to really like birds, i have not always...
Still very much enjoying your blog, s x

purplepaint said...

Hi Margaret, just posted my first dress for April!! These are so much fun to do!!! Your hangers are really good! I thought those would be a piece of cake since I've done wirewrapping, but they proved to be a challenge, I'll have to practice. I'm thinking I may do my January dress next - all kinds of "cool" ideas running through my head. :) Marva

Lesley said...

Hi Margaret, Happy Easter.
Love your new dress, ceases to amaze me how each of us come up with such wonderful creations from one little ol template. I worked on my belated March dress on the weekend. Hope to add it to Mr. Linky soon, then onto April's.
Thank you for letting us all join in.
Lesley xo

ale said...

hola margaret!!!!!that dress with the birds is the most sweet dress l see!!!!!! what a big inspiration!!!!!!a big kisss for you!!!!!!!!!!

Nathalie Thompson said...

Margaret, you have GOT to submit this closet-full to Somerset when you are done! This bird cage dress is too clever (the cage is reminiscent of a hoop worn under full skirts!) LOVE it!

Freetany said...

my dress http://freetany.blogspot.com/2010/04/blog-post_07.html
sank you

Annar said...

Gorgeous dress !!!

Camilla said...

all your little dresses are so adorable

raggirl said...

After seeing your little dresses I dug through my photos and found one of my favorites; a picture of me with my two sisters all dressed up for Easter. I love your work and you have definitely inspired new ideas for my work. OH and I also want to say a big thanks for introducing me to so many creative ladies through your blog links!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

I truely love this one so much Maragaret! The stitching, the sweet simple style of it all go together so beautifully! Blessings my magical friend! XO

Zолушка said...

Margaret, you have a very interesting and unusual dress =)
I've done in April to their dress, although this time and not entirely successful, but nothing ... What is being done, all the better:)

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Wow, what a stunning dress, love your bird cage idea!!
...and all your dresses look so beautiful together!

Jan x

purplepaint said...

Playing catch up - my January dress is on my blog:
http://purplepaintsmuse.blogspot.com/

Marva

purplepaint said...

Playing catch up - my January dress is on my blog:
http://purplepaintsmuse.blogspot.com/

Marva

Toni said...

Well better late than never. Glad my life is getting back on schedule... Been working on dresses for the past couple days in order to catch up... What fun !!! Everyone's wardrobe is amazing... hope you enjoy mine as well.. :)

Julia said...

These dresses are gorgeous and it's a great idea to create dresses from paper. I never thought about it before I came across this blog. I love them and I think I will start to create something of this kind :-)

Dianne said...

These are so so beautiful! You do gorgeious art!

Patricia's Paper Crafts said...

Second dress-up challenge for me. Looking at all the dress they are lovely and each one is difference I really enjoy visiting each blog.

Gini said...

Oh this one is just wonderful Margaret!
I love it.
April's dress now linked ( a little late oops)
Hope you are having a great break :-)
Gini
xx

Guriana said...

I love birds and cage...lovelly!!!:))

druga szesnaście said...

there must have been something wrong with the month of April.
I'm a bit late, too.
but still there and creating.

love you dress. simply brilliant!

Harmony Hopes Studio said...

Unique!!!!

Penny

Halle said...

I'm almost there! I made April and May today... Will post May tomorrow!

Incipient Wings said...

Hi!
I have my next dress done.Have a great day!April

Incipient Wings said...

Wow! each one of your dresses is so amazing and detailed!