2013-03-25

The Sad Cat Dress - PR&P week 1

Today is the day The All Star Season over at Project Run & Play starts. I've been waiting for this day to post my own Art Inspired creation. 


When I first read the themes, I immediately thought of Pablo Picasso and Van Gogh. But, as my euphoryia calmed down, I thought of something less obvious, and I went the only way I could. I chose the art of a Spanish artist, she's so talented, and I've been a fan since I saw her first illustration. 

I chose to be inspired by Victoria Francés. I knew I wanted to fabric print one of her illustrations, but let's face it, it was going to be part of a little girl's dress, and her sad, gothic, sexy vampire world wasn't really appropriate. 

Lucky for me, she doesn't draw only realistic pictures, she's got things such as Misty Circus, and that's what I held on to for my project. 
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I selected one illustration that I found appropriate, printed it on a normal paper before anything else and I kept staring at it, until any light would turn on my head. When I realised it, I was sketching on the same paper that lovely sad cat. Uhmmm... it'd be nice to use my own sketch - I thought. 


I thought about all the ways I could print the image to the fabric but although not really what I liked best, I decided to use transfer paper, so all I had to do, was create a reverse image of the original, enlarge it and print it. I then cutted the sillhouette and pressed it with the iron to the final fabric. 

I made a dress with linen fabric on the exterior and cotton (from a white sheet) on the lining. Again, I didn't buy anything for the project, used all thing I already had at home. so, sadly for me, the black lace wasn't enough for the bottom seams. My first plan was to use it there too, but wasn't enough so I had to come up with a different solution. 
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This turned out just too sweet - I think!

To create the pattern I used an existing dress, and really didn't any changes while tracing it, only that the original dress had 5 buttons on the back and I have used 6 on my own. Plus the original dress didn't have any seam allowances and I had to add some to mine. as for fabric or anything else, those two dresses have nothing in commom (sorry forgot to take a picture!). 

For the photoshoot I used some other garments too because it has been too cold, windy and rainy to have her wearing only the dress, and since I didn't want to make anything else, like coats or whatever (she's got too many!!!) I had to use other pieces not mommy made! Plus I wanted to make this shoot at this particular place, since there is a gothic church (but daddy, the photographer didn't get a single shoot of the building) :(


But the look is great! I love it! So, do you?!
Go check all the people sewing along HERE!

59 comments:

  1. Very cute. And I love the blanket stiching on the hem. ~ Major Moma

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    1. Thank you! It was a needed solution! Didn't turn out that bad, right?!

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  2. This is beautiful! You are so creative :)
    (bugandsquish.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thank you.. I try to at least! =)

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  3. I love that dress. It is that kind of uniqueness that makes me love sewing for my kids. The outfit really is a work of art in itself. Great Job!

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    1. Thank you so much! I used to sew for myself since i was very young... That uniqueness is really the greatest we get out of sewing =D

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  4. Very creative and eye-catching! This one is a conversation starter!

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  5. What an incredibly clever idea! I love the dress. :)

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  6. I love this! All the little details are amazing!

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  7. I love it! You did an amazing job with your sketch. Looks exact!
    Thanks for popping by my blog as well:)
    ~Michelle

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    1. Thank you. I didn't make any sketch for years, honestly, but it came out so naturaly in just a few minutes! =) I HAD to use it! hehe

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  8. Love love love it Magda ! Simply gorgeous. Love the sketch ;o) Black and white perfect ;o)

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    1. Thank you dear! Not quite perfect but good enough for me ;)

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    1. Thank you Jess... can't wait to see yours!

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  10. This is just too cute! Love it and the simplicity of the design.

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  11. I think you definitely nailed this! This dress looks so cure on her :)

    -Ash P
    http://distractedashley.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! She's my mini fashionista! ;)

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  12. I like the blanket-stitching on the hem. I think it added the perfect touch, and of course your fabulous cat:)
    Deborah
    http//sewmuchtogive.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad it turned out good, because what I really had in mind was to use the lace too.

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  13. Ths is really great! I love the style of your inspiration and how you carried it out in your garment but still made it age appropriate! Very cool.
    liZ

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    1. Thank you liZ! It is important for me to make it wearable above anything else. =D

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  14. It's beautiful Magda! I had no idea you were such an artist.

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    1. Thank you! I can only sketch, ahaha...

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  15. I love this dress and you are a pretty talented artist.

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  16. Amazing dress and picture! Very chic!

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  17. What a fantastic little dress! So unique!

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  18. Wow, this is so dramatic! I love it. The black and white is great, and I love the sad cat picture. You did such a great job!
    Thanks for linking up!

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  19. foi ótima ideia teres começado a costurar cedo!
    o vestido ficou fantástico!
    parabéns!
    lá nos vemos na próxima semana com mais um projeto...

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    1. Obrigado Marta! Também gostei imenso do teu, gosto de linhas simples.

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  20. Beautiful! Great choice of artwork, and I especially love the black and white. The lace trim is very nice and the blanket stitched hem is fantastic! Such a lovely dress!

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    1. Thank you! I totally love Victoria Francés' art... she's amazing!

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  21. You are definitely an artist!! So many pretty details to this dress besides the illustration... Like the blanket stitch hem and beautiful lace trim. Very inspiring!!

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    1. Oh thank you so much! It's so great to know my dress may inspire others =D

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  22. I'm so impressed with your ability to sketch that cat!

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    1. sketching comes really natural to me, but that's it, don't ask me to use paint on it and I'll totally ruin everything! =)

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  23. I'm sharing this as one of my favorites on my blog today http://dudeyourockmysocks.blogspot.com/

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  24. Hi Magda!
    I've just discovered your blog! I love what you do! This dress is really fantastic! Maybe you could like my Beebee Dress: http://kukaandbubu.blogspot.com.es/2013/03/tutorial-and-free-pattern-beebee-dress.html
    muitos beijinhos da Espanha!!
    Ingrid

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    1. Hola Ingrid... ayer me di cuenta que estabas siguiendo mi blog y fui a visitar el tuyo pero corriendo y con idea de volver pronto. Gracias por tu comentario (ah, y si, hablo castellano porque mi padre es de Huelva) =)

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  25. this is the cutest dress i've ever seen, and i'm so glad you did not have enough lace for the hem!! the blanket stitch is perfection!! so much better than the lace would have been!!

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  26. Oh, thanks so much!!! I'm glad it worked out well, I was afraid it would look weird! =D

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  27. This is lovely - I really like how you've 'made' fabric using your sketch - what kind of transfer paper/printer did you use? - Thanks in advance and again - congratulations - :)

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    1. Thank you Brenda. I used clothing transfer paper, and my printer is an old epson. You have to print your image reverse and then iron in into the fabric. It only works well white or other light colours, but I know there is a special transfer paper for dark fabrics too, I've never tried it though.

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