First, I sketched out my ideas for the trio of dresses with colored pencils. I had a patterned paper in mind from my stash or you could go shopping for just that right pattern.
Then I started making the largest dress first. I knew I needed a solid base for the skirt/apron so I used chipboard/cardstock from For The Luv of Art . I half-traced, half-created my design for the skirt by tracing the scallops then tracing an embroidery hoop as seen in the photographed steps.
Next, I used the negative space left from the chipboard to decide where I want my patterned paper to line up on my skirt. You can use a lightbox to trace the skirt or hold the paper up to a lightbulb and see where they line up. Remember to trace on the wrong side of the paper. Then I used Golden Gel Medium Matte as glue on the chipboard to adhere the paper to it. Set it aside for now.
For the top, I decided where I wanted the top to be on the patterned paper and again, used the lightbulb technique to make sure the shape lined up before I traced it on the wrong side of the paper. Then I cut it out and adhered the pink top to the wood shape. The next step was to cut a striped skirt, so I traced the wood shape and cut and adhered that to the shape. I could now adhere the skirt and add a blue ruffle to the skirt.
I also wanted to make a ruffle to add to the striped skirt so I traced the scallop twice as shown in the photographed steps. I cut it out and adhered it to the wood shape.
Now it's on to the medium dress shape. I have three patterned papers, three buttons, and my tools. First, I trace the blouse portion. Then I trace the scallops for a ruffle.
I know I want a certain portion of the pattern included on the sleeveless apron, which is the peacock shown in photograph #1. Again, I use the lightbulb technique discussed above. I trace the dress, and be sure to leave off the sleeves. I adhere the blouse I cut previously, and then the sleeveless apron. Next, I make a second ruffle that will be centered on the larger ruffle. I then add the buttons to both the large dress and the medium dress.
I traced and cut the skirt that goes underneath the apron, as well as a contrasting hem for it. I adhered both to the wood hem and then the apron, and the buttons. There you have finished your trio of Girly Girl Closet Dresses! I hope you are feeling artsy and inspired!!!
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