Sunday, September 2, 2012

My Downhome Funky Dress

Yep. That's what I have to call it, the poor old homely thing.  This is one of those pieces I kept working on and saying it was a flop, stopping, and then giving it another go, ad nauseum.  Well, the other day I went at it and didn't stop until I declared it was finished and boy was it funky.
artwork by Elisabeth Lecourt

So funky in fact, that I decided it needed a downhome funky homemade necklace to go with it.  And so there's that too.  I made it out of a bunch 'o junk that I painted with nail polish to boot!

The dress started out as a plain store-bought linen shift with short sleeves.   I added some length by taking the hem down and sewing crocheted lace to the bottom.  I ended up removing the sleeves after trying a bunch of different stuff to keep them.  And I added some floral print linen from my fabric stash as side inserts so it would fit me.  Check out the Clothes for Fall if you want to see it.

6 comments:

  1. Hey, that looks like an artist's smock! But of course, it's for an artist. ;) What a clever necklace too. You have talent in every category I think.

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    1. Sometimes I think it's just perseverance that does it for me! But I do think it looks like some kind of smock, i.e., working dress.

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  2. You did wonders with that. I'm currently trying to figure out how to make 3 rectangular doilies into a romantic type looking blouse. Wish I had your talent.

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    1. Hey, you can do it! Just play around with them...maybe they'll turn into a vest that you can wear over a blouse. Or maybe you can attach them to a tank top as sleeves and collar, who knows?!

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  3. I so appreciate all of the creativity you have going here. As an accessory lover...especially the necklace...and painting with nail polish...genius!

    I am also intrigued with the concept of not buying...the more I take breaks from consumption...the more I see that I use purchasing as a way to fill a void inside and a break from monotony that sometimes creeps into my life.... but I am beginning to see spending more time being creative with what I already own...can be an aid to both!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. (snort) my necklace is so homemade, Tamara it's funny to be talking with you about it. Like popsicles and Italian ice. But really, I did think about you when I kept adding things on to it!

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