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« on: December 05, 2007 04:28:05 PM »

As I wandered through the thrift store waiting for inspiration to hit, I happened upon this obnoxiously cheerful floral print dress:
No one could possibly look good in that print, not to mention the shape itself had all the interest of a potato sack. I thereby dubbed it Ugly Dress. But flowers are happy and nice and when flowers are blooming, it's usually good weather, and good weather is great for picnics. Other items that I used were: 2 gigantic stockings from the dollar store and a $2.99 red plastic tablecloth.
Thus began my overambitious project to make all the accoutrements for a French picnic set, starting with the fold-up bread basket.
Bread basket in progress: Fabric, red tablecloth, a little batting, some cardboard.

Bread basket ready for use:

Bread is all gone, time to pack up:

Next on our French picnic, we need wine! Here is a nifty lined wine bottle carrier. I used the dress' shoulder pad for the bottom because you don't want your wine bottle to break!

And of course, we have to have something to tote cheese in. I bring you... the cheese cozy!

We'll also need plates, napkins, and utensils. The plates get to ride in their own spiffy caddy. The napkins and utensils each get their own pouch, made from the dress' sleeves.(utensil pouch shown, but they look identical)
(the buttons also came off the dress)
In my attempt to "use the whole buffalo," if you will, I decided that all of this great stuff needed to be transported in something. I made a large sack that will comfortably carry all of the smaller components, food, a baguette, the morning paper, probably a volleyball, maybe a change of clothes. It's pretty roomy. But by that point, I ran out of enough material to make handles, so you'll just have to use your imagination.
Here it is all together:


Thanks for making it through all that!! Hope you guys like it (and don't hate my guts for bogging down your 'puters.)
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2007 04:41:15 PM »

It is great fabric and you really made something wonderful with it.   Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2007 04:55:40 PM »

Awesome project!

That fabric totally reminds you of a picnic, and you made use of every bit of it I bet. The whole set is fun, not to mention very quaint. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2007 05:05:27 PM »

wow! it was really interesting to see clothes turn into this rather than, well, more clothes.
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2007 05:08:44 PM »

That's such a cute set. I'd use it!
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2007 07:29:56 PM »

This is such a cute idea. I love love love the cheese cozy!
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2007 07:38:18 PM »

omg ! its amazing that so many usefull things came from that 1 dress ! im really impressed great job !
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2007 09:21:05 PM »

It seems to not be as obnoxious in smaller doses. Great job.
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2007 08:38:38 AM »

wow and functional!!
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2007 09:58:48 AM »

Lovely ! Your cheese cozy makes me cry from laughter ! I wouldn't have bet such a thing could exist ! Great work !
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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2007 03:26:57 PM »

You are AMAZING - all of them are beautiful and well done and I love the way you write!! "use the whole buffalo" - just one of your choice descriptions...

also have to say: you got a huge number of items from a single garment - that should win an award, too! Smiley

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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2007 03:56:17 PM »

Thanks, everybody!  Cheesy

You are AMAZING - these are ALL beautiful and well done and I love the way you write!! "use the whole buffalo" - just one of your choice descriptions...

ROCKED IT!

lol, That's all I could think as I hacked this dress down to the tiniest bits. I actually took a picture of the remains, but didn't post it since there were so many pics already. And, whenever possible, I used existing seams and button holes. You can't see on the plate caddy, but it fastens with three buttons and I just attached the button hole placket straight to the lid. 'Cause who wants to spend all day sewing button holes? ha!
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2007 04:52:30 PM »

this is really cute! i love that floral print, and you made an awesome picnic set out of it!~ it makes me happy!
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« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2007 05:48:35 PM »

That's super cool!!!!  Great idea, great job.
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« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2007 09:16:02 PM »

Oh my God! That is so freakin' CREATIVE!! I never would have even dreamed of doing that. You are amazing! Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2007 07:10:51 AM »

Cheese cozy! Now I know what my life has been missing!
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« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2007 12:10:34 PM »

So wonderful and inventive! For some reason everytime I say cheese cozy I giggle  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2007 08:50:20 PM »

That fabric looks MUCH better as a picnic set. Wonderful job!! The dress must have been HUGE!! Look at all the stuff you got out of it. Amazing!
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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2007 03:52:08 AM »

 Grin brilliant !! love it all, !!!
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« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2007 03:07:56 PM »

Great idea, very cute.
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« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2007 03:54:02 PM »

oh, i want one of these sets! how wonderful!
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« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2007 01:37:28 PM »

This is genius and such a cool idea.  It makes me want to rush out and find a horrible dress so I can make my own.
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« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2007 12:05:38 PM »

Sooooooo stinkin cute!!!! I love the pattern of the dress!
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« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2008 08:38:05 PM »

and the food? Cheesy
like a fabric salad or something

i really like it!!
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« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2008 06:08:43 PM »

it is funny.. I love your insight on the flowers = sunny = picnic..

Very cute..  i hope the picnic goes well.   
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« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2008 04:10:35 PM »

Hey, whaddya know, people are still looking at this! Glad you all liked the idea. I think I've decided to call this one my prototype since it didn't come out as perfectly as I would have liked. Maybe I'll have to go find another springy dress to get a new set ready for when picnic season rolls around.
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very clever and cute!
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