Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Dress Up - June

Welcome to Dress Up in June!
It's hard to believe yet another month has gone by and we're nearly half way through our project. My still unfinished wardrobe is filling up quickly and DH's comment in January 'you'll never fit 12 of those in there' is starting to ring true!

After my recent travels I felt I had to go with a New Zealand theme this month. I took the inspiration for my dress from an ATC sent to me by my dear blogging buddy Nathalie. The backing paper is a woven basket print to which I've sewn a piece of plastic wrapping, making a bag to fill

Into my woven bag I've placed a Tiki a symbol of luck and fertility in Maori legend. I've also attached some little pieces of Paua and some frayed twine. I decorated the top with New Zealand Fern and added three old postage stamps.

I created a belt with two poi using beads wrapped in crepe paper and tied with string

To celebrate the half way point in 'Dress Up ' and your continued enthusiasm for the project I've decided to offer my June dress as a Giveaway! (I'll make myself another one!) Everyone who makes a dress and adds a June link will automatically go into the draw at the end of the month. A super big thank you to each and everyone of you!


46 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

When I first saw your dress, I thought it had a candy cane for a belt/sash. Then I read about the netting, the basket weave, and the paua, which I had never seen before. It is so sparkly. All the detail of this dress makes it very special.

All these dresses hanging together make me wish I had stuck with the original pattern instead of going off on my own. Yours are all so lovely, hanging in a row. And they look like they fit the same size model, too (grin).

I have my dress set for 1:00 AM my time, so as soon as it posts, I'll add it. I've had it done for three days, although I am not very happy with it.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I forgot to say thanks again for being such an awesome hostess. Looks like it didn't take till June to get things right. I'm having so much fun with this project and I love that you have pushed me way, way beyond my comfort zone. Thanks again for this project.

kiwicarole said...

my my you got that up quickly!! :) It must be so stressful being a trend-setting fashionista! Gorgeous work!
xP

bad penny said...

What a lovely tribute to your New Zealand trip. It looks as though it could be worn at a Mauri festival ! Fabulous & thank you for offering us the chance to win it !

Jenxo said...

Its wonderful Margaret, so clever to make a 'bag' and your nz bits !!
im way behind but intend catching up too....i did wonder whether i would fit all mine in my now destroyed wardrobe!have to find some more cigar boxes ((

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

You've gone and done it again dear M! Love all the special meaning behind your NZ dress and aren't you kind and generous to offer it as a prize. Thank you for the chance to be a lucky winner ... my dress will be out of my head soon I am hoping ;)
oxo

La Dolce Vita said...

so clever and creative and they look so great in their little closet!

Jamie said...

This dress is just beautiful. I love it! I am so far behind. I will be posting April-May-June today or tomorrow! What a lovely display all of your dresses make! Jamie V in MT

Karen said...

Awesome dress Margaret...I love the way you have incorporated the Maori traditions into it. I already know what I am doing this month just need to make it haha XXX

Riki Schumacher said...

Yippeee, another month, so another dress! Love these little sweeties. Each one is more fun than the last. Riki

Linda said...

Well, that is LOVELY! You always do the most beautiful work. I, personally, move some of my clothes seasonally...perhaps you need two suitcases!

cve said...

so creative! I like every details of it!

My name is Toni said...

Margaret... first let me welcome you back, sounds like you had a marvelous time. And your June dress is adorable, love the idea of filling the plastic with treasures :)now I have to go and make my dress... see ya later :)

Jeanie Callaghan said...

What a great idea! So much to look at and love.

anna @ frosted petunias said...

What a wonderful way to commemorate your trip! So clever and simply lovely. Thank you again for a fun challenge.

Mollye said...

Beautiful couture!

Dawn said...

It beautiful! i am seeing these little dresses all over I remember seeing the 1st one and thinking this will catch on and I love them so much! I may well join in the ATC play time with you ha ha

love Dawn xx

Melinda Cornish said...

I love the poi balls....this dress is very Maori!

Patricia's Paper Crafts said...

June dress-up challenge here I am again. Thanks for sharing your New Zealand trip. Lovely dresses I want to make dresses like you when I grow up.

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Margaret ~
This dress is so enchanting and filled with meaningful tokens that follow the theme so well. What a master you are of setting the theme. I love all of your creations, but especially your dresses! Blessings to you dear! kt

Chany said...

What a wonderful job, these dresses hanging on hangers kill me, are a treat, they remind me of my daughters into the closet when they were little, now there are only long garments, because my girls rose fairly hahaha, good is always a pleasure going through your blog Chany

purplepaint said...

Oh how fabulous!!! Well I'd better get busy, I'm way behind! Marva

Sherry said...

Margaret, your dress is wonderful, I love all the detail and thought you've put into it. Thanks also for offering it as a giveaway.
I've just added mine, I thought I was early this month, but see lots of others have already made their dresses!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

What a beautiful blog! There is a resonance here. -J

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Oh Margaret,
Lurve your June dress, and all it's elements inspired by your recent trip to NZ :)
...and wow,someone is going to be very lucky to win it too!
I'm still waiting for some inspiration to hit me here for my June dress!!

Jan x

Julia said...

Beautiful dress and a great idea to commemorate your trip!

jonaks said...

oh very inspirational! I would love to try to make a dress too!

purplepaint said...

Just finished posted my June and May dresses on my blog! I had a blast with these two, especially the one for June! I'm so glad I joined your challenge! Marva

Tracye said...

YEAH I just finished my first Dress! :) I just love your June dress! I can't wait to see what you come up with the rest of the year! :)

Electra said...

Wow, it's awesome to see so many taking part! I'd say this is a keeper, Margaret!!

romantic said...

Beautiful dress!
Sorry.I did not have free time and only today did three dresses,for april,may and june.Fanks for you project it very interesting

Melinda Cornish said...

I am caught up!!!!!

Fabric Art said...

Margaret your june dress is so beautiful, I really like these little dresses.
Anni

Sherry said...

LOVE these dresses!

My name is Toni said...

a little behind schedule but I finally got my dress finished... I just love this challenge...

My name is Toni said...

Hi Margaret... thank you for stopping by my blog... I just love your challenge for this year, and you asked how big is my dress.. it measures approx 8" long...

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

am entering late but snipping away at misc fabric and papers I have to do my first dress - planning to do these with my granddaughters as I mentioned to you earlier - not on the scale of yours, but they will love it!

Annar said...

Gorgeous dress !

Halle said...

I caught up! Now if I can only get the July dress done in a timely manner. It's going to be a busy week!

Lynn Stevens said...

I hope my dress atc's count? I added my name! Thanks for the chance!
Lynn

Gini said...

Another wonderful dress Margaret, and so much more meaningful with your explanation of all the different elements :-)
I have just managed to not miss June's dress deadline (despite having made the dress in May) and am so glad I didn't miss it, especially as you are holding such a wonderful competition. Thank you!

I love your ATC dresses as well, another fabulous twist on your original idea you clever girl!!

It's good to be back :-)
Gini
xx

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I love your playful delight in telling your story. You grace my soul with your cheerful processes. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Kia Ora! dear friend!

Guriana said...

Wonderful!!...I love every details on it...and I love all your dresses:))

peggy gatto said...

Here I am with a june bride dress!
Still need to do a lot of catching up!!!

druga szesnaście said...

I'm catching up. :)

Incipient Wings said...

Hello!
I'm working through and having a blast..kinda like the catch-up game!
my June
dress is ready.
Hope you like it.