Friday, July 6, 2012

Little Dresses Art

Little Dresses Art

I am so excited to be finished with this project! I first introduced you to the idea in this post where I asked for your opinion about paint colors. Then I updated you here that I chose to go white with the bulk of the paint with the coral/pink trim. And then I showed how it was all going to fit together in this post. And now that these little dresses art pieces are finished, I think I can officially say they’re one of my favorite projects I’ve ever made!

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My inspiration came from these beautiful prints that you can buy from Just Bunch on Etsy. I picked up three large cupboard doors from the ReStore—they’re each 19.5x19.5”. I was so thrilled to find the perfect shape/design and that they had more than one!

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I fell in love with the Vintage Modern line by Moda for Reese’s nursery. And as far as I’ve been able to find, Poppy Seed Fabrics is the only place you can find the entire line and purchase the fabric by the yard. I ordered fat quarters of six of my favorite materials and then cut out little dresses and embellishments from them.

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The final touch that I absolutely love is that I glued buttons onto the dresses to add some extra dimension.

The project was really very simple to do, it just took time between the steps. I first painted my cupboard doors with several coats of white paint, followed by the pink on the raised outer portion. I then made a dress pattern and traced it onto the three fabrics I chose for the main dresses, followed by cutting out the detail pieces in the contrasting materials.

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One step that I think was key was that after cutting the fabric pieces out, I used Fray Check on all of the edges. I didn’t want little threads fraying off while I Mod Podged them onto the boards. After the Fray Check dried (it dries clear), I spread Mod Podge over the center white portion of the board and then positioned the dress where I wanted it.

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I received this rubber tool from Mod Podge for my recent sponsored post. In the past I’ve used a breyer to smooth out material as I podge it (as seen in this post), but now this will be my go-to tool. It was perfect for making sure everything was smooth with no air bubbles or wrinkles. After that I just added some more Mod Podge and used the same method with the accent pieces. Once it was dry, I gave all three boards a couple coats of the Mod Podge Super Gloss Sealer that comes in a spray can. And finally, once that had dried, I glued on the buttons.

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Now I can’t wait to be able to hang these in her room!

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  1. Love it! Reese will love these! You have an amazing talent Jill. :)

  2. How darling!! And they look so fun to make too! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  3. These are absolutely ADORABLE!!! Wonderful job!

  4. These are so adorable!!! You have a very sweet blog!!! I'm happy to be your newest follower and would love to have you stop by for visit and see the new re-design of my blog! Blessings ~ Judy

  5. I first introduced you to the idea in this post where I asked for your opinion about paint colors.


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