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« on: October 05, 2008 12:10:44 AM »

Supermarket Sacrilege The Red Amphibious Party Dress (of Shame?)

I had many ideas for this challenge. There was a flappers dress made out of popcorn, a mini dress made from burger rings, a ra ra skirt made out of lettuce, and a mesh shirt made from bottletops and strawberries.
But, I wanted something full on, crazy, something no one thought to do. I dont think I achieved that, but I love the simplicity in the final product, so Im happy. If you would like more pictures (and I have lots!), visit my Facebook (Ive made the photo album public, so anyone should be able to view.) http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=36526&l=c14ee&id=620791877
Ta Da! I calls it The Red Amphibious Party Dress. What else could possibly describe this little baby? Nothing! Cheesy What is a dress without a fantastic name?




So, I went to the shop, and bought my materials.




My original plan was a sexy red party dress, with an enormous crazy red patchwork skirt, frogs on the bodice, and bottlecaps for sound effects. I started to shape the dress.




I created the skirt.

 


The dogs than ate some of my materials, and made the floor in my messy, messy study smell like port wine jelly crystals and paprika. Im sure they had a great time eating all that. Sigh.
I attempted to dye the poplin I had lying around with the Fire Engine Red food dye and the Red Cordial. My hands became very, very red. I was sure it would stick. To be sure, I left them to soak overnight. But alas it washed out . Almost completely. You couldnt even tell Id let them soak in anything. So I rubbed what Paprika I had left into the material strips. Which just created encrusted, slightly yellow material.
I gathered what little creative energy I had left, and made an enormous tube of white poplin that I could than gather onto the bodice as a skirt to place over the orange garbage bags. I figured I could sew the bottle caps onto the skirt to look like polka dots, but to keep within the red theme I painted them red. No biggy. However, I ran out of creative get go. So I threw my hands up in the air, got grumpy, and ignored the project for a week or two.
When I got back to it, which was a day or two before the end date, I was encouraged and inspired by my fellow craftsters, and sewed the skirt onto the bodice. Now, it looked like a dress. A wearable dress. I started to sew the bottle tops on, and it looked bad. Really blah. So I dropped that idea, and just began on the froggy bodice.




A few hours, and very sore fingers later, Id completed the bodice, created the bow, and was all ready to head out for pictures. But I needed just the right place.
The Playground. The next morning, my friend and I headed out down the road to take some fun pictures. The dress decided not to fit me anymore, and it kept threatening to come off and bare my shame. But, the playground is the best place to take pictures!


That last picture is my partner proving the frogs are edible. Smiley

Thus the dress was made out of:
2 Packets of "Frogs Alive" (Jelly Frogs) - used to decorate the bodice
1 bag of Garbage Bags (had 3 large garden sized bags in the pack) - used to add volume to the skirt,the ties were used to create the bow, and some extra bag was used to make the flower.
About 3 or so metres of poplin (not purchased from the supermarket)
So, although my original list was $17.91ish, I only used about $5 or $8 of materials. Smiley

Smiley Hope you like it! I think the most fun I had was taking the pictures. Smiley Don't forget to vote!
« Last Edit: October 05, 2008 10:44:54 PM by Rhiannon Sarah - Reason: Added more details » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2008 09:15:43 AM »

 Grin Very fun!
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2008 02:47:06 AM »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2008 02:53:16 PM »

Highest and best use of gummy frogs and garbage bag crinoline!

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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2008 06:15:57 AM »

Fantastic. Those frogs just work! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2008 05:46:51 PM »

Thankyou! I'm really happy with how it turned out. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2008 09:55:19 PM »

Your dress is adorable, I love the froggies! btw .. my 5yo is Rhiannon also Shocked)
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2008 10:13:47 PM »

btw .. my 5yo is Rhiannon also Shocked)

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My step-sister is Rhiannon, I knew a Rhiannon at Primary School, was friends with a Rhiannon at High School, met a Rhiannon at a Hot Dog Stand, and saw a girl wearing a leavers jumper (with Rhiannon on the back) walking down the road near my house.

I swear, they pop up everywhere!

Though, most I know of were named after the Fleetwood Mac song. However, I am Rhiannon Sarah, named after 2 Fleetwood Mac songs!! Cheesy

I think your daughter is very lucky to have been named after such a beautiful song. Unless it was after the Welsh Goddess, in which case I still think she is lucky. It's a beautiful name. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2008 06:42:53 AM »

This is very pretty and creative.
Being amphibious, you could wear it to, say, a garden tea party, and then head straight to a pool party without a costume change. Brilliant!
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2008 07:53:58 PM »

I did plan to go to the beach, to emphasise the amphibious nature - but it was cold, and my friend only had limited time. And Sweeney Todd was on.

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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2008 12:31:40 PM »

btw .. my 5yo is Rhiannon also Shocked)

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My step-sister is Rhiannon, I knew a Rhiannon at Primary School, was friends with a Rhiannon at High School, met a Rhiannon at a Hot Dog Stand, and saw a girl wearing a leavers jumper (with Rhiannon on the back) walking down the road near my house.

I swear, they pop up everywhere!

Though, most I know of were named after the Fleetwood Mac song. However, I am Rhiannon Sarah, named after 2 Fleetwood Mac songs!! Cheesy

I think your daughter is very lucky to have been named after such a beautiful song. Unless it was after the Welsh Goddess, in which case I still think she is lucky. It's a beautiful name. Smiley

She was named for the Welsh Goddess Rhiannon, even though I ADORE Stevie Nicks, I didn't realize the song's name was Rhiannon until people started asking if I named her for the song. lol (she thinks she's a goddess too) When I picked her name, I hadn't heard it used very often, but now I find other Rhiannon's often and I love it!
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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2008 09:15:45 PM »

that is so cute. I hope you ate the gummy bears head first.
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« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2008 08:42:57 PM »

This is too cute!  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2008 03:18:58 PM »

Super Creative!
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