Wednesday, May 12, 2010

To cut or what?

Thanks for all your help on the chandelier, I think or now I will leave it. I do like the contrast against all the white around here not that there could ever be TOO much white!
I made a crown yesterday for my little doll head here with some vintage wallpaper, old tinsel and pieces of an old doll dress .

And I found this a 1930's vintage wedding dress and just LOOK at the trim on this , oh my .I am really thinking about cutting it up and using the lace and trim, what do you think?? It's not like I am going to wear this although I certainly would if I was to be getting married. Oh please help me decide!!!
And you can never have too many of these .I really like this blue color ,more and more .This old shoe bag has lovely stitched detail and will help out alot once I get it hung up in the studio and stuffed with goodies!
I think I am having an organizing fetish lately, I bought the shoe bag and this old vintage drawers from an old sewing machine thingy. I just love the chippy old paint.
Remember about 3 posts down ,theres still time to sign up for show what you create! And I can't wait to show you what I came up with!


Tammy said...

I love the wedding dress! What a terrific find.I would definitely use the laces and fabrics in some fun creations. Just think of it as repurposing or recycling at it's best. I am jealous! ;D Have fun and I cannot wait to see what you create with it.

Elyse said...

hi andrea,

everything is lovely -- even the pillowcase in the background. sigh ...

to cut or not to cut? hmmm. just go with your gut.

the shoe organizer will be so awesome in your studio. that is a pretty piece!


Sue said...

Ok - need a bit more info on the dress.... where is the zipper exactly? Most of the 1930's dresses I stumble across have snaps in a side seam.... which makes me think it might either be a bit later or have already been remade once for another bride. I have the same dilemma with a cut little red 1950's number with the most adorable Eiffel Tower print. I still haven't gotten the nerve to cut it up yet, even though I KNOW it will NEVER fit me! So, what to do about your dress...if you re-purpose it you can get so much enjoyment using bits and pieces here and there - each one bringing back a memory of the original. Consider taking some pictures of the dress first (your pics are beautiful by the way), for inspiration.


Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

So pretty!!!

I love the sewing machine drawers. I saw some of the antique shop the other day.

Ohhh, I know the dilemna. I had a pair of leather gloves that belonged to my mother for over 20 years. I use leather for my dolls shoes but couldn't bring myself to cut the gloves until last year.

I made a miniature memory trunk and covered the trunk with the leather. I'm glad I did it as now I see it everyday!

You'll know what to do when that special creation comes to mind!

I'm looking forward to the party!


aimee said...

takeit apart then you.recycle is so in :) cant wait to see what you do with it.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

of course you should use it! It's inspired you to make art from it - follow the muse!

BucksCountyFolkArt said...


I totally understand not wanting to "ruin" it, if it's just laying around, then what good is it? Unless you just like to look at it.

Otherwise, recycle, repurpose, upcycle, make-do!

In my humble opinion, of course.

Let us know what you decide,

Debbie Demmers-Lujan said...

Andrea...I find some of the most amazing garments to possibly cut up...have a pile of them stowed away at the moment, but when it gets to be time to actually do some "cutting" oh, it is sooo hard. I did cut up a crazy quilt type skirt my grandma had made for herself...again, it was hard, but I turned some of the material into a wonderful pincushion and when I look at it in my craftroom, well, I think of her....thanks, debbie

Terri said...

You have a very lovely blog Andrea.
The wedding dress does look amazing. I am always hesitant to take a garment apart unless it has flaws that cannot be repaired or hidden creatively. But if you feel inspired, go for it!

Maija said...

I really adore the crown for the doll head!!!