Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Dress for Project 2010 Dress Up

I was recently reminded that school is about to start in many parts of the US. For some reason, I always associate school with September, but it seems the kids start earlier and earlier each year. So for my August dress, I decided to make a first day back-to-school dress.

For August, I returned to Margaret's original dress design. Those of you new to my blog might not be aware that Margaret is the originator of this project. You can find links to all the creative dresses each month, along with her contribution, on her blog, Alice and Camilla. And the link to this project is on my sidebar, so there's no reason not to visit often and check out the other dresses.

This dress began with a substrate of cardstock, over which I ironed wonder under backed green fabric for the skirt and a darling black and cream fabric for the top that will help any gal learn arithmetic. I added an apron, made from light green and black fabric, which will help with reading skills, and will cover any paint splashes and spills in art class.

For the back, I used another coordinating cream, green, and black fabric with numbers on it. The skirt is the same green as the front. I didn't have any green ribbon that would match the fabric I used, so I dyed the pale green grosgrain ribbon I had, using a lime green dye ink. This dress is all ready for the recipient to start school in style this month.

25 thoughtful remarks:

steph said...

Hey you...is it 1234 past midnight??? you're awake!!! and it's 1.44 in the afternoon on a rainy day in Singapore!!!! I wished my mum would make such pretty dresses for me... :)) Happy Sunday!!!

Cynthia a.k.a. Cynnie said...

Such a gorgeous dress!!! Wonderful! I also like the tutorial with the fabric on the pipe...wow, it looks great...I have to try this! Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving a comment,,,I really appreciate it:) Have a wonderful Sunday...

Healing Woman said...

The adorable dress you created reminds me of a September long ago. For some reason, which I will never know, my mother surprised me with about 15 school dresses. She didn't make them and maybe found them on sale, but I can still see them lined up in our living room, all over the sofa and chairs. Thanks for bringing back that memory of times past.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh--this is precious!!! And I love the ribbon...it looks so adorable...How adorable...and isn't this FUN?
I love it!
Hugs,
Cindy

Terri Kahrs said...

I wish I'd have owned this creation (or something like it) when I went to school. Anything to help me with Math would've been greatly appreciated! Seriously, this is adorable, Elizabeth! Any little one lucky to wear it would cause her friends to be pea green with envy! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi! I just popped back over to say "hi" and am so happy that you visited!
Hugs,
Cindy

Halle said...

This dress is so adorable!!!! Love the apron...

Charlene Stemen said...

Love this dress! Love the combination of fabric and paper, I love "assembledge" pieces! I better get busy and create my August dress-I can't believe it is barely August and you are ahead of the game!!!!
Charlene

druga szesnascie said...

I especially love its lovely apron.
school starts in September here in Poland - thank you for the inspiration. I'm going to steal your idea next month. ;)
{you don't mind, do you?...}

Jeanie Callaghan said...

What a great idea! This is really wonderful.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Love that green Elizabeth! Such a sweet dress ... mine is still in my head!
Happy August!
oxo

Margaret said...

Super idea Elizabeth, lovely combination of colour and subejects! It would totally be one to wear at exam time! Love it! Margaret

Cindy McMath said...

Love the dress Elizabeth - especially the numbers...reminds me of a Bingo card!

Cindy :)

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

This is fabulous Elizabeth ;-)
Anne x

Nancy Y said...

This is so precious! Love the colors!

Melinda Cornish said...

I love the green for august!!! the fabric panels are so cute too...very clever and pretty!

Anna @ Frosted Petunias said...

This dress is too precious! Love the apple green...so perfect for back to school. All your details are adorable, front and back. My favorite is the apron with the printed text. Lovely as always!

bad penny said...

what a fabulous idea & I love the colour scheme and fabric. Great fun

Joanie Hoffman said...

This is so cute & I love the colors!

Sherry said...

Oh I love your dress! Great combining text with numbers and I love the back too - fab idea! Here in the UK school still re-starts in September after the summer break.

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Your little green school dress is amazing!
Love the little apron!
The dyed ribbon is perfect...
Great li'l dress!

Jan x

lettinglifeunfold said...

I too think of school more with September but around here, they are all going back to school now. I love your school themed dress!

Electra said...

I'm finally getting around to see the August cresses and your is as lovely, as always! The gren looks so wonderful with the neutrals!

Nan said...

Sorry I'm a little behind in my comments since I did WOYWW for the first time! I love your back to school dress. It looks so cute with both sides done....I remember school starting after Labor Day when I was growing up too.

sandee said...

I love the themed dresses and your thought process that you put into every piece just makes me smile!