Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Working on Fabric: Embellishing a Dress

Since my last post was about my nephew, I didn't want his lil' sister to feel left out. This is my one year old niece, Zemira. She came by to visit my new Schipperke puppy, Lulu. 

I had given her a party dress for Christmas and my sister was telling me Zemira really liked it because it had lots of red jewels sewn around the collar. She was even holding up the dress and admiring herself in the mirror. I didn't know fashion started that early. It got me thinking that if I took a plain dress and added a few items, it'd be like embellishing an altered item. I decided to try and embellish a dress, even though I don't usually work with fabrics. 

I went to the mall and bought her this pink ballerina dress from Cotton on Kids. I'm sure she'd like it as is, but thought she might like it even more with a few finishing touches. 

I looked through my scrapbooking supplies and challenged myself to only what I had on hand instead of going to a fabric store. I found some Imaginisce Fashion Flowers. I took three of them and layered them. There was even a pink tulle flower that exactly matched the pink tulle skirt. 
I added a flower center which was previously purchased from the floral section of the craft store. I sewed the flower onto the dress using my embroidery floss. 

I also found a vial of clear seed beads in my stash. I strung 7 beads at a time on my needle and floss and then sewed it along the neckline for a little ruffled effect. 

Here's the altered dress using just the materials found in my scrappy supplies. Who knew paper crafting supplies could translate into fashion? This took about an hour to complete. Hopefully my niece will like this dress. 

 Thanks for stoppin' by,

8 comments: said...

What a darling make-over! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Mary Pat Siehl said...

talk about pretty!! love the flowers

Izzy Anderson said...

Completely adorable. Makes me wish I had a little girl to do that for! Love the transformation. What a great idea.

Anonymous said...

Adorable niece and cute puppy! :) Love the dress!

Unknown said...

So pretty! I bet she loves it! x

Becky said...

So pretty! Love the picture with Lulu!

Valerie said...

Such a beautiful dress.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and I followed you back. lol

Unknown said...

Wow it's really nice...Beautiful layout. Excellent work you did. I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. Keep sharing more.
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