February 25, 2013

Belle's Dress For The Ball

The Dress Form Ball is just two weeks away and Belle is so excited to show off her gown for the ball!

I thought we should wait for the ball to show off Belle's dress.....But, She thought we should show it now, Ok Belle wins!.


I started with a new dress form from Barr Display that I transformed to look old.  Tutorial HERE


Next I headed to the thrift store where I found a dress for $4.95.  It had 2 layers of tulle, fabric and a crinoline underneath...Perfect for a transformation.


I started by dying the dress and all of the fabrics, ribbon, and lace I was going to use in a big tub.  They all started out either white or beige, this is after everything was dyed.


Here is my tip:
  I like to dye everything together, even though different fabrics will absorb the dye differently, it keeps everything in the same hue.  I love this tan Rit dye, it turns everything to almost a pink color, depending on the fabric. 



The tutorial for making the flowers is HERE


I added a couple layers of lace just below the waist to give it some volume


If you're thinking all I do is play.....You're right!  This was my first project in my newly renovated and organized, craft room.  I had sooo much fun!


You still have two weeks until the ball, plenty of time to get your dress form ready. 




The Dress Form Ball is open to all dress forms, big, small, dressed or not.  Write a new blog post about your girl or girls, (Or you could use an old post) and link it up the week of March 11th.   Be sure to link up the actual post and not just the blog url.  If you don't know how to link up a post, email me the week of the ball and I will be happy to do it for you! No one gets left out of this party!


Happy Creating!
Carol

53 comments:

Terra said...

Belle is a beauty and you transformed her in a ball worthy way. She could have attended the Oscars :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How beautiful, Carol! I just love what you did to that dress! Not only the color but all the pretties you added to it. Is Belle standing guard over your craft room now? : )

Connie said...

Hi Carol, Well, you have done it again . . . totally amazed me :)
You seem to do that time and again. I love your Belle and I enjoyed going through the tutorial on aging your dress form.
Belle is perfection :)
Have a lovely week,
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Cynthia said...

It's beautiful! Beautiful! I'm going to have to check out that dye. . . would never have thought that TAN could end up kind of pinky! Can't wait to see everyone's dress forms.

Katherine Wolak said...

That is spectacular! My girl would let you pluck her feathers for it! Seriously, WHAT a transformation!!! Stunning!

Hugs,

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

All the other gals at the ball are going to be so envious of Belle. I love her fabulous dress transformation.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

oh gosh, now Giselle thinks SHE should have a new creation ! The rest of us will be wallflowers next to Belle .. LOL

PattieJ said...

Oh Carol, This is gorgeous!!! I can't believe it was only $4.95!! Every time I see dresses like that at the thrift store around here they want $100.... I couldn't believe it... Crazy. I got my dress form from Barr! And I stained her with coffee,she looks nice and old now! But I still don't have anything for her to wear... I need to hit the thrift stores again!

Pattie

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

This is stunning...so Marie like!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Carol,

Simply stunning!!!
I ordered the other mannequin that you showed us several weeks ago but I have yet to "dabble" with it. I better hurry so she is ready for the party!!

Hugs,
Deb

shabbied up grannie said...

Once again , an absolutely stunning creation Carol

Bravo

Bev xx

Sylvia said...

Hi Carol,Oh my goodness, she is beautiful in gorgeous dress....

Sylvia

Donna said...

Wow! Belle is absolutely stunning in her gorgeous gown! I love how you began with a thrift store dress, and added your own special touches. The color is so pretty, and I am drooling over those beautiful flowers and all that tuile! Just amazing!! You've made me want to create one for Natasha, my dress form:)

Laurie said...

oh my gosh she is lovely, I love the dye job! Thats a great tip!!!

sissie said...

Hi Carole,
Belle is one hot chick! I love her ball gown.

hugs
Sissie

Trisha said...

Honestly Carol, your creativity amazes me. I am so glad I found your blog, it is so inspiring. You could easily create costumes for movies.
Have a Blessed day.
Trisha

Marilyn said...

Fancy!! I really like the lace and how the dye makes it look so much prettier.♥♫

Createology said...

Belle is truly beautifully dressed for her Ball. I am glad she let you share her now and for the reminder to get busy! Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Amy Jo @ Sunny Skies and Sweet Tea said...

It is looking so pretty! I tried dying recently and mine turned out splotchy :( I will try again though.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

That is so beautiful! I am sure she will win! You have an amazing talent!! Nancy

Desiree Siegel said...

YOU. ARE. MAGNIFICENT!!!!!!!!

pogonip said...

Outstanding! Did you design for Marie Antoinette in a former lifetime?

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Carol, WOW, This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Belle will be the ball queen. I think you should have become a fashion designer. You did such an amazing job.
Hugs,
Julia

Rebecca said...

I'm planning on it Miss C! :) I have big plans for this girl. Right now I'm trying to hunt down a vintage lamp to use as her, um...LEGS! :)

BEAUTIFUL! OMGOSH!

xoRebecca

salige lavendel said...

What an amazing dress, and the colour is perfect for the antique look! Thanks for stopping by my blog =) I love your blog too!

Maureen said...

How can the rest of the debutantes compete with Belle? Once again, you amaze me with how you have trasformed something!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Carol,
your Belle looks absolutely gorgeous in her new dress and I'm sure she will be the queen of the Ball:)Have a wonderful day.
Hugs,
Marie

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Carol,
Thanks for stopping by!! We both carry our Dad's in our hearts...

Hugs,
Deb

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol,
Belle is simply going to be the bell of the ball. What a gorgeous dress you redesigned. Love the color and thanks for the dye tip.
2 weeks to go~~
Happy Creating,
Celeste

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

OH MY! I am speechless! You have way too much talent. I think you got my share and a few others!

Nancy Carr said...

INCREDIBLE!!! Thank you for sharing.

lynn said...

omgosh, carol, this is so fabulous! i don't know how you look at the before and see the after, but, it's awesome!

Brooke Kroeger said...

Oh my gosh how pretty is that? And the colors are just so soft and delicate! Love, love, love it!

I have been behind on my email and finally getting caught up again. So glad I stopped by!
Thanks for sharing!
God bless....Brooke

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Denise said...

Wow! It's going to be difficult to come up with anything that gorgeous! Thanks for the tip about the dye. I've never used it and love the way it makes the fabric look!

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

No question..Belle is a winner!!! I plan to dress Lady Jane in my wedding dress. Do I have the nerve to dye it? I have the dye and I'll never wear it again. Decisions,,,,decisions!!! If it turned out like Belle, I just might do it.

Roxanne Reinhart said...

Unbelievably Gorgeous!!! Love every detail!!

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

You did a wonderful transformation on this dress Carol. It's beautiful and the color is perfect.... soft and dreamy.

Hugs~

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

WOW!!!! Bella is truly the "Bell of the Ball" What a transformation! You are sooooooo
talented!
Sure wish we lived by each other!
Warmly,
deb

Debbie said...

That is so beautiful! I think I've seen you use the tan dye before because I remember the pink hue. I keep planning to try it myself.

So now, I think you could be a costume designer as well as a nifty blogging treasure maker.

Jane said...

That is a beautiful transformation!! You did an awesome job. I just moved my dress form into my master bedroom so I will have to get her dressed for the ball!
Jane

Mary Ellen said...

Oh my goodness Carol!!! You would never know this is the same dress!!!! I love it!!!!!!! Can you tell how much I love it with all the ! I am throwing around!!?

Love the tip on dying all the fabric together and didn't even know there was a tan dye either. Goodness it sure is the bestest thing that I have you as a friend to get all these great ideas from!

bee blessed
mary

Little Miss Maggie said...

Belle is simply breathtaking. Oh my, I can't believe how dressed up she is. No wonder she wanted to give us all a sneak peak.

nelda said...

Another inspiring post! Thank you!

shari said...

Carol, I just found your blog while at the Graphics Fairy. I love all the beautiful things you do! I've spent the last few hrs. looking thru your blog, and I'm interested in seeing the dress forms from last years Ball. I found the post from Feb 2012 and it says to click here anytime to see the dressforms and it took me to Belle's dress for this yr. Which is absolutely beautiful. How can I see all the dress forms from last year? Thanks, Shari

Jeane M. said...

So fab! Love the dress dearly what a great craftsmanship you have. Detail perfect. Got my eye on your next posts.

Debbiedoo's said...

Carol how did you do that...WOW, what a makeover. Can you do that to people? I absolutely love it.

Maureen said...

Wow Carol! She will certainly be the "Belle of the Ball" alright! Amazing transformation of the thrift store dress!!!

My girl is all set; we can't wait for the party to begin!!!

20 North Ora said...

Carol - I am so excited! I just got a dress form at a garage sale and am just starting to re-do her. Several people have commented that I need to enter her in your Dress Form Ball. So, I'm getting started today and hoping to get her finished in time for the ball! Thanks for the inspiration.

Judy

KarenSue Farash said...

You are right Carol, she is beautiful!! So fun seeing you at the thrift. You never know who you might "bump" into...hehe

Heart Vintage Design said...

Hi Carol, your girl is a trend setter for sure! Love her and the tutorial : )

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your ball gown transformation is wonderful! I love the soft faded color you achieved with the Rit dye.

Curtains in My Tree said...

Her ball gown is wonderful

I really want my gals to join in all the fun, That is Sally stitch and Wire Lady , I really hope I can get one of the gals ready to join in all the fun

janice

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That just takes my breath away! If I had a dress form....I would want it to look just like this! AMAZING!