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Monday, March 10, 2014

PaperLove Blog Hop 2014: Paper Dress

I have always wanted to make a dress out of paper, and my recent mannequin acquisition has made that dream possible. There was a pile of paper in my basement that my mom had saved from purchasing breakable items at stores, so I grabbed it and got to work.
I draped the paper over the mannequin to create the bodice, which was manageable enough to piece together. Then I had to set up a card table to accommodate the sewing of the swath of skirt-to-be. At this point, as I supported the crinkly mass being fed through the machine, I questioned my rationality but was too motivated by the fact that, yes, what I was doing was crazy yet strangely awesome. This is the kind of project I foresee myself staying up all night to create for future window displays or what have you, so I may as well get used to it now. Side note: never try to gather paper--pleats are much more effective.
Once I finished the basic dress I had the delight of embellishing it with numerous paper flowers. It was like frosting a cake! 
Ta-da!
Oh, and I got to read some poetry while I was at it. I love the versatility of paper!
The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here.
Majo Bautista / Tona Bell Louise Best Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly Jenny D'Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noël / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta / Liz Plummer Julie Reed / Michelle Reynolds / Lisa Rivas Angee Robertson / Natalie Ryan / Aisling Ryan / Elisabet Sapena / Kyrrha Sevco / Jamie Sprague / Elizabeth Steele / Terri Stephens / Juniper Stokes / Mary Tanana / Maike Thoma / Linda Tieu Gabrielle Treanor / Tammy Tutterow / Deborah Velasquez / Jordan Vinograd Kim / Cat Whipple / Brooke Witt / Katie Wood Amelia Woodbridge

18 comments:

  1. What a beautiful creation!!!

    I so love doing this blog hop. So nice to read about every once love for paper. Thank you for sharing yours.
    /Camilla Olsson - also in the blog hop www.camillaolssonart.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you Camilla! I agree--such a fun blog hop--I'm looking through the posts now!

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  2. Wow, this is amazing! Beautiful work my dear! xo

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  3. Amazing!!! I love unexpected uses of paper and yours is fantastic.

    Also blog hopping today Suzy www.joyjoie.com.au

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  4. Stunning and what a beautiful backdrop you created. I would love to scrunch up some paper flowers right now after reading this {*}

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  5. Gorgeous and beautifully impratical��. I automatically saw a dainty lady strolling in the dress. Loving the talent i am meeting through this blog hop.

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    1. Thank you Ayisat! Ha--yes--I love the inspiration in beautifully frivolous things!

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  6. Wow, your dress is AMAzing! You'll have to blog share on how you did your flowers. They complete the dress perfectly. Thanks for sharing and blog hopping today.

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    1. Thank you very much Kyrrha! Sure, I can make a post on how to create the paper flowers--coming soon!

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  7. It was such a thrill to be a part of this blog hop. I loved sharing my love of paper and the craft of decoupage with everyone. and even more excited to read about everyone else’s. #paperlove #bloghop In the blog hop – http://www.designfivestudio.blogspot.in/2014/03/for-love-of-paper.html

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  8. I love the kind of project that keeps you moving and motivated to get it completed - no matter how long it takes. It usually goes on to be some of the best / favourite work you'll do! And who couldn't love a paper dress [well ... unless it's a rainy day ...!]

    A big 'hi' from a fellow paperlove hopper, Julie :-)

    http://notesonpaper.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ha! Thank you for your comment, Julie. I agree that artistic motivation leads to good results!

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  9. Oh my-I so love these dresses and your work. I make small scale dresses, shoes and handbags but you have inspired me to tackle a larger project. Love seeing all the different ways people use paper on this hop.

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    1. Thank you very much, Paula! I've seen your paper dresses and they are beautiful...I am sure you would be able to make some unbelievably stunning larger versions! Have fun!

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