dress up challenge august

Yipee! I'm finally caught up this month and actually have 8 dresses for 8 months.
It's time for the Dress Up Challenge at Alice and Camilla.

I can't believe it's August already! Where did the year go?

This is January, my last catch up dress.
 I imagined a frost and sparkle covered gown
for a fabulous Winter Ball. I painted an antique ivory wash on the paper
but it isn't showing up that well on the pic. Maybe you can see
it better on your monitor. The bodice is made from silver glitter
paper and I added more glitter and frost to the
neckline, hem and on the velvet pansy.

I love books and libraries. The older the better.
During the summer break my son and I try to visit as many libraries
and bookstores as we can and discover new ones we
haven't been to before. I was also a school librarian for a few years.
So I thought for August I would make a dress with a library theme.
I used text from an old book, an image of Charlotte Bronte, another image
of an old library card and pieces of vintage lace. The antique book
is one of my treasured copies of poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

My little wardrobe is filling up! I can't wait to do the Fall
dresses so come back and check for September.


Buccaneers and Ball Gowns said...

Yay libraries! I am taking my first class in a library science masters program right now, and it is awesome. Your little dresses are so cute!

Wendy said...

Oh my goodness, Anna. They are positively enchanting. I love them. I would like to be a fairy for they day and have a wardrobe full of your paper dresses. I want to go and make some. They are so lovely.

Have a wonderfully Mad and Curiously Enchanting day.
Wendy from Wonderland

Cindy Adkins said...

Anna--OMG--these are stunning!!! Wow, I don't have words!!!!
They are positively exquisite!!!

Junibears said...

Oh how lovely Anna. I especially like the Library one. Fantastic.xx

Kathy said...

Oh! I LOVE the library dress. I work in a library and my brain has become addled with books. Love this! - Kathy

Anonymous said...

That Frost and Sparkle gown is amazing. It sure Sparkles and Shines.

Laura said...

Gorgeous and creative! I love them both!

Sinderella's Studio said...

Your creations are "ALWAYS" magnificent! Seriously, do you do real size???
love them!

Theresa MacNaughton said...

Oh, they are SO enchanting! I love both of them so very much. Excellent work!!! Theresa

Petunia said...

Thank you! You guys are so sweet. I always have so much fun making these and I've got lots of ideas for Sept and Oct already!

Angela said...

They are brilliant Anna! I've never seen anything like them before! Thanks for sharing.

VintageSage said...

Anna thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful party!!!! What a dream since I LOVE Practical Magic. I can't wait and yes, there are so many blogs joining!! Yay!! I love your blog. I am adding it to my blogroll. :))

VintageSage said...

Oh and I corrected by post!! So sorry I totally misunderstood who was hosting. I have you and La Boheme as hosting now. :))

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Anna,
I just came on to say "hi"...and oh my gosh, I still can't get over these dresses...they're magical!

BadPenny said...

January is so fairy tale like and dreamy - very pretty. I like August very much - great idea

Joanie Hoffman said...

Congrats on being caught up!
January is a fairy tale dress. August is cool & classic.

Sherry said...

What an absolute pleasure to look at! Your January dress is beautiful and fit for a fairy princess - then there's your August dress which I count amongst my favourites of all the dresses I've seen! Maybe it's because I too love old books and used to work in a library after school!

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Wow!! Stunning dresses!
Love the sparkly number!
...but August's dress is my fave!! Love all the little details!

Jan x

Anonymous said...

I really like your library inspired dress - very creative!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It took you no time at all to get caught up on your dresses. That January dress will be perfect when we celebrate SNOW again. It really does shine and glitter and I love the pansy, too.

Your lovely August dress put a smile on my face. The lace and flower are lovely additions to the book theme, perfect for back to school. Your dresses all look so lovely together like that, too.

Electra said...

These are both very pretty. You can never have too much glitter!

~*~Patty S said...

Your dresses are both wonderful and magical !!!
Your book inspired dress really speaks to me!

Halle said...

What sweet dresses! Doesn't it feel good to be all caught up!?! This is such a fun project.

Nan said...

Oh my gosh these are both so wonderful! I love the fairy feel of the first one and I love books so I'm crazy about the second one too!

Dandelion Dreams said...

I told myself not to fill your box with a billion comments as I go backwards through your blog trying to play catchup but I just *had* to post on this one. Both of your dresses are beautiful, but your library dress with Ms. Bronte on the front....oh my goodness! It is gooorgeous. One of my friends is a college literature professor who LOVES the Bronte sisters. She's also a blessed seamstress. I just know she'd love something like this so I'm going to have to see where your inspiration takes me!