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Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Great Paper Dress Swap: Part I

It has been such a treat to check the mail the past two weeks and see the flurry of paper dresses arriving at my home for The Paper Dress Swap! I ended up having the privilege of swapping with four fabulously talented artists and would like to share all the swapping goodness with you! This post turned out to be super loooong, so this is Part I. Part II: Coming soon!
These fashionable dresses went to Lola Enchanted. The Halloween/Autumn theme dress was a sinister creation comprised of a flocked spiderweb skirt (with little web weavers making an occasional appearance), sparkly midnight tunic, and a spider "cameo" at the neckline. The other dress was a rose themed Elizabethan style dress with the bodice laced up with red embroidery thread. I ended up making an entire walk-in closet of paper dresses, so included one extra dress for each of my partners. Here, it's a stylish purple dress with butterfly touches.
And here are the beauties she sent me. Aren't these glam?!! They are like dresses worn by starlets in the golden age of Hollywood in the 40's and 50's. Love those jeweled buckles and the faux fur trims!



These are the little beauties I sent to hang in the closet of Charming Designs. A spiderweb dress. A ballerina dress foofed with layers of pink lace. And a garden party frock, trimmed with dainty white lace, polka dots, a pink rose sash, and golden butterflies accents.

And here are the adorable dresses she sent me. Look at those wonderful flouncy layers of ribbon on the white dress! These are all sooo romantic and I can see myself dressed in any one of them at a garden cocktail party and looking smashing!

That's it for Part I. I hope you're not tired of looking at paper dresses yet, because Part II is still to come! :)

20 comments:

deb said...

Oh, they are amazing! I almost joined the swap and now I totally wish I had!

KV said...

Awesome stuff, Heather!


Kathy V in NM

Lori said...

oh my gosh!!! these dresses are just fabulous! i love how you made them all different! my favs are the ones with the foof at the bottom but they are all drop dead gorgeous!!!

Alison Gibbs said...

They are all soooo... lovely. It is amazing how different they all are.It was a fun swap to participate in and I enjoyed making the ones I sent to Tine. I can't wait to get my Paper Dresses from Tine to see what shw has created.
Alison

bluemuf said...

Oh My!! the dresses are fantastic. Mine are almost finished and should be in the mail this weekend.

What fun this has been

Karen

Gracie said...

Ohh yesss! I love them. I adore the dresses you send and received. I truly cannot wait to see the next post.

I'm not sick of them at all. How are you going to display them? You have any plans? I took your advice and played around with some paper dresses as well. They're not very elaborate though.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Heather, I wish I had known you were doing this swap!!! Please add me to one as soon as you do another one, or if you have a drop-out. I just love them, and have lots of ideas I want to try. Come see my blog...http://lavenroseramblings.blogspot.com/
I hope you don't mind that I've referred my friends to your blog. We have several overlapping friends.
Hugs,
Deb

Lizzy said...

Heather!
All these dresses are gorgeous... I really really love your spiderweb dresses. They are so deliciously spooky! You've got me hooked, you know. The dresses I sent Betty were my first EVER, and now I can't wait to get back to making more (maybe a garland...? Not sure how the hubby would take that...)

Heartinmyhand said...

Ooh these are beautiful. Love the Halloween one. I bought a sheet of that paper.Don't you just love it. I haven't done anything with it. But I'm seeing a dress on the horizon

PAINT MINE PINK said...

Ohmigosh Heather ALL those dresses are GORGEOUS. Theres no way i could choose which one was the best. I LOOOOVE THEM ALL.

Hugs,
Shann :)

She'sSewPretty said...

Heather,
Those are all so cute. I swear to you that I went to the mall today and at two different stores they were selling little paper and ribbon dresses. Yours are much cuter!

Lola Enchanted said...

This was such a fun and easy swap! My favorite!!!

Roxie said...

Love the boa on the bottoms and the ruffly one. This was such a fun idea, thanks for hosting. I have mine posted on my blog. Check it out.

Healing Expressions said...

HI Heather....These are so incredibly special!!! I can't believe all the variation and inspiring designs!! I look forward to peeking in on Part II!!!!

Natalea said...

Heather, these little dresses are gorgeous!
I received the earrings and just love them! will post about them tomorrow!
xo natalea

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

I just love these little dresses. I have yet to sit down and make one, but you have inspired me. Love all of them.

Kitty

Natasha Burns said...

They are all so gorgeous!!!!

jensdesign772 said...

Hi there...these paper dresses are awesome! I did the paper dress swap and I have posted them on my blog..www.penpaintpaper.blogspot.com. Is there somewhere that we can see all the dresses that were swapped? This was the MOST fun! Loved it! Hugs! Jen

Karin (creativechaos) said...

I just love all the dresses!!! So many different styles....can't wait for part 2!

m i c h e l l e said...

Well bust my buttons, if those aren't the most amazing dresses! Absolutely amazing!