Friday, October 1, 2010

October dress for Project Dress-up 2010, plus my cabinet

If you were here last month, you read that I had misplaced the orange skirt pieces I had cut for September's autumn theme. Luckily, not long after I made the dress (isn't that always the case?), I found the two pieces, already cut and ready to turn into my October Halloween dress.

The front and the back don't look much different. About the only way I could tell was that the front neckline was lower than the back, although the shapes were basically the same. Even the pumpkins, cut from rusted paper, look similar. The top is made of fabric, the bottom is made using paper and ribbon that I sewed to the paper skirt.

I have been putting this cabinet off for months. I finally decorated it yesterday. I kept it very simple, thinking I might add something to it after I had let it sit for awhile. The entire cabinet is the same color, although some of it looks different due to the lighting in the basement where I decorated it.

This shows I could easily add decorations to the sides

and the shelves.

I decided to see how well the dresses were going to fit once I installed the dowel. Originally, I had two ends cut that would hold the dowel in place, but which would allow the dowel to be removed quickly. I even had started decorating them when I cut the dowel and saw how nicely it fit without the aid of the two brackets.

Here I have taken a photo of the dress with a flash. Maybe you can actually see the sleeve detail in this. I have to admit, in this photo, the pumpkins appear to glow.

Next, I added all the dresses to see if they would fit. The only two I had trouble with were June's bridal dress, which was too long,

and February's kimono, which I hung on the corner of the cabinet. To see each of these dresses in all their glory, please see my right sidebar for each month's entry. Also, you can click on the Project 2010 Dress-up picture and it will take you to Margaret's blog Alice and Camilla, where links to other talented designers' dresses can be found. Remember, artists add these links throughout the month, so don't forget to check back often.

And now there are TWO left! Thank you again, Margaret for this project.

24 thoughtful remarks:

Cath said...

Sorry cant see the photos! older posts are ok just today's. Will come back later and try again.

Cathx

Diane said...

I can't see the photos either Elizabeth :(

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Can't see any pics either? :(

Karen said...

oooo I can see them :D What a lovely dress for October...just right! WOW your wardrobe is a real find & I love how you have decorated it too. Don't the dresses all look fabulous? XXX

Healing Woman said...

Elizabeth! Your muse is back in full swing! I love the way in which you decorated the cabinet and the dresses as well.

Cath said...

Everything is ok now I can see the photos. The dresses look great in the cabinet, I love the hangers they look so sweet. Can you not hang the two larger dresses up somewhere?

Jeanie Callaghan said...

Wonderful-just wonderful.

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Whooo, I can see them now :)
Great Halloween dress...and your dresses all look fab in that lovely wardrobe!!
I've just found a little cabinet for mine, just got to alter it now! ;)
Jan x

Dianne said...

lovely dresses and the cabinet/closet is just right!!

bad penny said...

great seasonal dress and the wardrobe... WOW !!!

Terri Kahrs said...

How did I almost miss this post?!? Your cabinet is PERFECT for your couture collection of dresses, Elizabeth!!! And I love the new addition to the collection too! Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

Patricia's Paper Crafts said...

Love how you put together the fall October dress with pumpkins lovely.

elle said...

This is pretty cute, dresses and the dresser. Very nice!

Halle said...

Ah...you totally beat me to the punch...in fact, I haven't even given the October dress a thought!!!! Love the wardrobe...Is that wallpaper? Or scrapbook paper?

Incipient Wings said...

ok i couldnt see it yesterday but I can now....and wow!!!
I love this dress!!! the pumpkins look great.
and your cabinet is lovely! i'm not finished with mine yet.

Margaret said...

Elizabeth, I love your October dress! the little pumkins are lovely and the black braid is a wonderful touch!
Your wardrobe is fab, just the perfect place for your creations, you've got a nice little shelf there for a few shoes and bags as well!

Anna @ Frosted Petunias said...

Oh your October dress is wonderful! Very chic! Love the pumpkins and the pattern on the top. I love your wardrobe! What a fabulous find.

Electra said...

Your October dress is wonderful, Elizabeth, I love the pumpkins! And your wardrobe is to die for, what a treasure it is! I always love coming over here to see what you have done!

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Your dresses look amazing! The October dress actually looks like a top and skirt, which is really cool! I've just made one dress, but now I think I shall have to build a cabinet, too! Your's looks fantastic!
Angela

Sherry said...

Your October dress is lovely Elizabeth! Very shapely indeed. I like the stitched black ribbon detail on the skirt so it ties in with the top. Those pumpkins really do look as though they're glowing in the 'flash' picture!

Your wardrobe is fabulous too! How stylish to go with all your lovely dresses. Your red kimino looks huge from the photo - maybe you could carry out some alterations to make it fit?

(On a separate note, thanks for visiting my desk (woyww70)- yes, I did think you had forgotton me - LOL ! I haven't actually tried out the shaving brushes with the distress inks yet, but I understand (seen it on other blogs) that they do blend well - and as you say, work out a lot cheaper too! Hope you have a great crafting week.

~*~Patty S said...

What an elegant pumpkin dress for October Elizabeth! Your wardrobe is just perfect too!
I imagine the wedding dress hanging on the outside with plenty of room to trail down. I can hardly believe that we only have two more dresses/months in the year!
oxo

Sandy Ang said...

What a wonderful closet of dresses !

sandee said...

The cabinet wardrobe was a great idea, but I can see why you ended up hanging them over the window, plus you get to see them more this way too! Now curious minds want to know, what did you end up doing with the cabinet, I'm sure it got repurposed!

Sue said...

I love the cabinet for the beautiful dresses. Sue