3.24.2008

a little paint-by-numbers dress



Did you see the wood-cut states made from old paint-by-numbers paintings that http://somethingshidinginhere.typepad.com made? I caught a glimpse of these this morning just as I was in the middle of sewing this little dress. They are so cool. Check them out.

The scene I used as my inspiration for the paint-by-numbersesque pocket on this simple dress was the meadow of my in-law's Virginia home--one of the most beautiful places on the earth, in my opinion. H. likes this oversized pocket too. Especially since I put a little pack of gum in it so she would pose as my model. For my kids, there's no better bribe than some gum! I hope I don't find it stuck in the back of her hair tonight. That often seems to happen when I resort to this bribe...

35 comments:

Carrie said...

So gorgeous!!!!!! I love the unique ways in which you are inspired to create your lovely little "numbers"!

elliebelle said...

Love it! The green and linen are such a wonderfully soothing combination!

Amy said...

What a great idea! Can I ask what kind of paint you used?

Also, not to be pushy... but I noticed that you rarely post your amazing photos on flickr. Pretty much every time either of you post on your blog, I am dying to save your creations to my favorites so I can look back to them later. I'd love to see more of both of your talent over there...

sew nancy said...

love this dress
i want to make one
have you and lynne thought about doing any patterns or tutorials?

Kari said...

Darling! I really enjoy seeing your inspiration paired with your finished product.

Shannon said...

Absolutely adorable! I've been wanting to make a similar style dress for both of my daughters.

I'm in agreeance with sew nancy, have you ever thought to do patterns or tutorials?

Jen said...

Oh I would love for you to share how you make the dresses sometime. It's really lovely!!

miss chris said...

So very clever... ! I love it when bloglines pops up that you have a new post... I never know what I'm going to get, but I know I'll love it. xoxo

lera said...

An adorable model modeling an adorable dress! I love the pocket and the shoulder ties. Great!

(I resort to the gum bribe, too. Mostly in church to keep them quiet.)

lynne said...

melissa, just when I think - THIS is my favorite thing Melissa has ever made - you pop something new out that tops the list. I LOVE this!! I LOVE the green lining, and I LOVE that pocket that does remind me so much of my little childhood meadow. H. looks so cute in this, by the way...

Bethany Hissong said...

I love that it looks a bit like an artist's smock with the little tie-on shoulders. And the blouse is perfect underneath! Do you actually have a wall in that pattern or are you getting creative with photoshop?? Your photos are always so perfect, just like your clothing!!!

Alexandra said...

melissa. i don't think i have seen a more precious little dress. i would wear it (and look really weird, but feel happy). how completely adorable. you are so talented. i am gushing embarrassingly.

little dresses said...

How inventive! I love it.

Jess said...
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Jess said...

So Beautiful, it is always a delight to stop over here.
I hope you realize that you will have started a world-wide trend with this one!

Leslie said...

I like that it ties at the shoulder and the contrasting green lining

Liz R. said...

cute dress - love your tag too!

ah yes, gum. my daughter stuck her (chewed) gum in the pocket of her pants the other day to "save for later".

Rach said...

Another gorgeous creation. I can not understand why you are not selling these!

Stephanie said...

So cute (as usual) and I love your photographs. Stunning idea really-a little woodcut painting on a dress! I think you two received ALL the talent genes up in heaven :)

Cakies said...

Gosh... i am in awe!

karin said...

That's a wonderful idea. I like the shoulder-knots too.

Lauren said...

Love the dress. Is that Hannah's room? I love the wall paper - I can't believe I didn't see it on Sun. The meadow makes me homesick for VA and home! Thanks for sharing.

bettyninja said...

This came out great. I love painting idea and the shoulder knots. Stellar. Posing next to the paintings- priceless.

Jennifer said...

I love this! Such a fun idea.

Fine Twined said...

Like always...very cute. I like that this idea can be translated into boy clothing because that's what I've got (boys)!

robinettehandmade said...

Absolutely love it. It's simple and the color combination is very fresh and springy (is that a word?).

Felicia said...

What an adorable dress :)

lori marie said...

i have the house PBN too:) LOVE IT!

smiles
lori

cookie said...

gorgeous as always!
and yes,yes,yes to patterns and tutorials!!!

Audrey said...

The twisting tie tops with contrasting fabric are gorgeous!

Cathy Nichols Art said...

Oh this is JUST so creative!!! I'm impressed again! You really are the Martha Stewart of children's clothes!

Prue said...

I love the dress. And the pocket is great. And green is my favourite colour!

jenny vorwaller said...

paint by numbers... of course! love the cross-over into fashion, brilliant.

rachel said...

hi. i just ran across your blog and spent WAY too much time looking through all your old posts. wonderful! if I could, I'd post a comment for every project you've shared. but I have to say, this paint by numbers dress made my jaw drop. love, love, love it!

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