"May God give you...for every storm a rainbow,
for every tear a smile, for every care a promise
and a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share,
for every sigh a sweet song, and an answer to each prayer."
Greetings lasses (and lads)! It's that time of year where EVERYONE is Irish at least for a day! Despite the fact that I don't have an ounce of Irish in me, I love St. Patrick's Day! This time of year as a child, I always wished I was Irish but I had to be content with the corn beef and cabbage dinner my very Puerto Rican mom would prepare once a year (with arroz on the side---of course). I was secretly jealous of my Irish classmate who knew how to step dance. Today, I enjoy watching the competitions. I really like the music and the energy of the whole experience but what I love are the beautiful dresses that are worn by the competitors. So much detail goes into the making of a dress and the BLING!!! The sparklier the better!
This year, I decided to add to my small St. Pat's display and create my interpretation of an Irish Solo Dress. While researching, I discovered that these lovely dresses come in a HUGE array of colors and designs. They're just beautiful but I kept mine fairly simple. The results are below:
This dress form stands about 10" tall from top to bottom.
I could have chosen just about any color of the rainbow
but since it's St. Patrick's Day, green was the obvious choice.
Once I got the design down, the dress was fairly
simple to construct. The satin sleeves were the
most challenging for me. Not being a seamstress,
I had to take a crash course in pattern
making then do it on a miniature scale!!!
The bodice of the dress is decoupaged with
some beautifully marbled handmade paper.
The shamrocks are stickers from a $1 store.
The under skirt is accented with multi colored fringe
I found at Goodwill for $1.99. Under that is a
glittery lime green tulle underskirt.
The base is made from a round coaster. The dress form stands
on a vintage wooden thread spool and is surrounded
by various St. Patrick's themed colors and
embellishments. The glitter hat was a pick I
found at AC Moore. The gold coins are $1 store
stickers. The flowers and doily are from my stash.
She fits in nicely with the rest of my decor.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!