Paper Crane Frock GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

March 10, 2009

papercraneLast weekend not only did we set the clocks forward but we got a good taste of spring! Bitter sweet. With highs in the 70s I went out and bought a gorgeous sleeveless dress and wore it everywhere for the next three days. (yes, I wore the same thing, three days in a row) It was that good! After that I decided to sew something a little more....seasonal.

So how did I end up with paper cranes? Well, it's sort of a 'six degrees of separation' thing. Springtime reminds me of Cherry Blossoms. Cherry Blossoms reminds me of Japan. Japan reminds me of origami. Origami reminds me of paper cranes. Thus springtime reminds me of papercranes. Wait. That's only five. Whatever....

The dress resembles a paper crane with white folds in the front. The tiny ruffles on the sides are delicately frayed the way torn paper looks when it has been folded and ripped. The ruffle lines the folded front then runs all the way along the shoulders to the back.





papercraneI was very happy with the skirt. Tea length reminds me of everything modest and clean. Perfect for a picnic in the park, barbeque at the lake or afternoon patio party. Ack, just listing those things make me long for SUMMER!

Though it's not yet warm enough to wear the dress here in Pennsylvania, the highs are now averaging in the 50s. And I (just this morning) noticed the leaves on my azalea bushes! So there's hope. I haven't hung my new dress just yet.

About that dress, it was an AMAZING FIND! We have a chain of store in this area called Gabriel Brothers. I've put them down many a time because for a while they didn't have very desirable inventory. And it seemed every time I bought something I eventually felt disappointed with my purchase.

But last week, I went there looking for an Antropolification skirt only to find actual Anthropologie! (spelled by GB as anthropology) I bought two dresses I had drooled over last season for only $15 a piece. So finally I own an Anthropologie garment!


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This was my first shoot with the new paper backdrop I bought for indoor shots. And I really must thank Brian for staying up until 1:30 am to work out the kinks of these photos and coming up with new ways to shoot in such a confined space.




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Last summer a friend and I bought about six or seven Ann Taylor dresses with broken zippers for only $7 a piece, originally close to $200. I got compliments everywhere I went! Seriously. So I guess, GB is back in my good graces....for now.


Brian and I spent most of the night watching 'How I Met Your Mother' while making the paper cranes. They're currently hanging from the ceiling in our bonus room. Now my only question is what to do with them. They're so pretty I couldn't bare to just throw them away. I'm thinking a rotating mobile for Molly's crib? Or a hanging from a string? Any ideas? But, alas, where to find the time?

The size of the dress is small. It has a 26 inch waist line and a 34 inch bust line but the dress was not tight around the waist. So I would say it could fit up to a 27" or 28". Also, it is very see-through. So you must wear a slip underneath the skirt. If the winner of the giveaway leaves a comment I will also include the striped hair scarf featured in the photos.


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As usual, if you would like a chance to win this dress just link back to this post. If you have any questions see the "questions and answers" link to the right. If you use blogger just use the "create a link" link at the bottom of this post. If you don't use blogger, that's fine too. Just create a link on your page
as you normally would and I will see it using Technorati.


135 {comments}:

Mormishmom said... Best Blogger Tips

This is darling!

Laura said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my!!!!! Be still my heart!! That dress is too good to be true.

Whitney said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful Dress!!

Andi said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous!

Rowena said... Best Blogger Tips

So pretty. Perfectly spring. I own an anthro skirt that I bought on sale. It has a stain, though. :(

Maybe I should dye it and damn the stain. I might get more use out of it in a new color.

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

by posting a comment am i entered?

The Littlest Hillbilly: said... Best Blogger Tips

If I wasn't carrying around all this baby fat from 3 kids, I would be about your size. I am inspired to work on dropping it so I can someday enter to win a dress for me! So beautiful and summery and white...I love white. Keep sewing. I love to see what comes next!

Queenie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so fresh and young! I love the background of your photos, too :)

Nuts To You! said... Best Blogger Tips

I love white! I have started wearing dresses more so this would be great! They make me feel so feminine:)

Mrs. B. said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is fantastic. Absolutely covet-able. I love.
You are quite the talented young lady. :)
Here's my link: http://thestarcrossedblogger.blogspot.com/2009/03/lets-win-something.html

Hope I win!

Clint, Rachel, and Hailee said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress. It is so cute. Pick me pick me..I never win anything.

Lisa Lou said... Best Blogger Tips

Just my size, it was meant to be. Love it!!

I think a mobile is a great idea!!

Alexus1325 said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! That's amazing!!! You are super creative, from what I've seen! <3 <3 <3

Samantha Jane said... Best Blogger Tips

I love you blog. You are one very clever person! Crafty crafty crafty! And I would love to win this dress! Sam

Rae Nolt said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute dress!

Eileen said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks crisp enough to have been folded from paper. I long to iron it!

Anna said... Best Blogger Tips

That is the ultimate summer dress! I posted a link. *fingers crossed*

YZgirl4 said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely love this dress, it is so pretty!


yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

Nina said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so perfect for summer!
Here's the link I posted on my multiply site:
http://nina0205.multiply.com/links/item/3/Grosgrain_Paper_Crane_Frock_GIVEAWAY

The Frost Family said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing work! I hope I win this one!

Tj and Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

I am in love with this dress. so cute!! amsbolda@hotmail.com

monica said... Best Blogger Tips

Very gorgous dress. You did an amazing job. I wish that I could fit into it or I would enter. I am only missing it by an inch or two. Love your ideas and you are an inspiration to me.

giveaways galore said... Best Blogger Tips

Along with everything else you do - I love this!! I am having a major outfit crush!

PitaGirl said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is perfect for the summer. Very cute.

I created a link on my page.

Michelle Kuo said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG that is one of the most adorable outfits I've ever seen! I'm always looking for cute summer dresses for when the weather gets warm, which is hard to find in a rainy state like Washington! And again, I love those photos.

jennifersusan said... Best Blogger Tips

You have the absolute best clothing giveaways! I'm not sure that my 4kid hips would work in this dress (oddly enough it is my waist size though), but my sister would look gorgeous in it. So I'm using the create a link thing!

Kristi said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh how I love your style!! I am crossing my fingers and toes that you pick me for this dress! It is lovely!

Jamie Willow said... Best Blogger Tips

darling dress and darling paper cranes :) love it all!

ange said... Best Blogger Tips

this is just beautiful!!!!

Laci J said... Best Blogger Tips

WAY CUTE DRESS!!! Here is my link
http://kipp-n-ducky.blogspot.com/2009/03/beautiful-dress.html
I'm loving that its knee's length.

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

oohh, cute! You need to make this in about a girl's size 5 *nudge* I have no hope of ever fitting into this! lol

BLONDEDESIGN said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh I love it!! would have to wait for the UK Summer.........

Cheilita said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful kathleen! and i must say that i am a HUGE fan of gabriel brothers. the one by the union deposit exit is good, there is also one in york. i have found tons of higher end things but you really need 2 things. TIME and no kids so you can inspect everything like a maniac.

beth said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh the adorableness of this dress. You inspire me to sew things and make things and be creative. Your things are fantastic.

Valerie said... Best Blogger Tips

Seriously? You never fail to amaze...:)

yellow finch designs said... Best Blogger Tips

This is SO beautiful. I love the history behind your inspiration for this dress.

Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful dress. I'm glad it would fit me!

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh so pretty! It would look lovely with a petticoat underneath. It has the perfect skirt for it! I love the pleating detail on the bodice with the buttons, too. It gives me an idea for a dress I'm thinking of sewing up!

Alas, this dress would not fit me, so not entering the giveaway. But definitely admiring from afar! You do great work!

Allison said... Best Blogger Tips

Could this be a maternity dress if you are petite? I would LOVE to win this! I really need something light and flirty and summery for where I live.

Allison said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't think my links are showing up so here's the link url:
http://summertimeallthetime.blogspot.com/?zx=f3356cf3180e53f2

Mathgeek said... Best Blogger Tips

It's not too cold here in FL! I think I'd wear it 3 days in a row too (maybe even 4) it's so pretty! Thanks for sharing your talent!

sharon said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, you are amazingly talented. i found your blog through a friend's recommendation. love the dress and the gorgeous photos!

jenjen said... Best Blogger Tips

Love that dress You are so talented!!

Jen

Gidget said... Best Blogger Tips

j'adore cette robe! Such a pretty dress. I am a new follower to your blog and simply love it. You are so generous with your giveaways. Thanks for brightening my day!

Pink Slippers said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great dress.
Wendy

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

What a gorgeous dress! And I love the paper cranes too. Thank you.

sharypat@gmail.com

sara elizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips

Ever since I found you via other blogs I now can't remember, I have been just in love with your style and creativity! Keep up the good work!

Tiffany said... Best Blogger Tips

oh my. i loveeeeeeeee this dress!!

Caroline said... Best Blogger Tips

I never win anything but this dress literally makes my heart burst for summer! I'm moving to San Francisco in August and I think this dress would go perfectly with my toes digging into some California beaches! Fingers crossed I win!

Rachel Dunaway said... Best Blogger Tips

Although I'm pregnant right now... this dress is my pre-preg. size... after the first child and all... so here's hoping for a new dress!

kslaugher said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this sweet dress---it would be perfect for my daughter. I am loving all the beautiful stuff you are creating!

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

This is beautiful!!! I would love to win it!!! Thank you for the contest!!

NorCalMomma said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing! I love it.

Katy Hayes said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this dress!!!!

Carey R. Piper said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! Perfect for Spring and just my size.

Ryan & Cynthia Clan said... Best Blogger Tips

I just returned to freeing UT after being in So Cal for 2 weeks. This dress makes me want to go back where it's warm. If I win, I just might have to!

Love the ruffle straps and the tiny pintucks!

posted link here: http://ryanandcynthia.blogspot.com/

The Cape House said... Best Blogger Tips

What beautiful inspiration.

jamieee said... Best Blogger Tips

so lovely

Alexandra's Mommy said... Best Blogger Tips

Wondering how I can get ahold of you!! Please contact me!

ciardelli_erin@hotmail.com

stacy said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous, once again!!

TRS said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! My size!
It's absolutely lovely. Absolute genius design!

Enter me... pick me!
I'm off to figure out how to link back!

thanks for sharing your talent!

baby audrey said... Best Blogger Tips

BEAUTIFUL!!! you look gorgeous...

Birds of a Feather said... Best Blogger Tips

So sweet! I could just live in little white cotton dresses! Please enter me ~ hope I win!

xo Heidi

ElodiE said... Best Blogger Tips

I want the same dress!!!!!!perfect for springtime!!!!

ElodiE said... Best Blogger Tips

I want the same dress!!!!!!perfect for springtime!!!!
ElodiE

lazykitty said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm usually no good at lucky draws but no harm trying right?
Especially for such a pretty white dress that's perfect for my tropical weather!
Link posted on http://thesethingsilove.blogspot.com/2009/03/pretty-white-dress.html

The Santiago Four said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh My! I would love this for my 30th Birthday next month! I love it and all of your creations!

Red said... Best Blogger Tips

oh my, this dress is the most adorable thing i've ever seen! I would wear it for three straight days too. Im in Philadelphia are there GB stores here??

Emily P said... Best Blogger Tips

I'll put a blue sash on it and sing like julie andrews

hbreading said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress....perfect for a sunny spring picnic...

Question:

How do you attach the strings to the paper cranes...what portion of the crane do you string them through?

Carissa said... Best Blogger Tips

That is the most adorable, romantic, sexy, and fun dress I have ever seen. How do you do it???

Tina Lovely said... Best Blogger Tips

this is dress is pure bliss!

Elisabeth (and Tyler) said... Best Blogger Tips

My happiness hangs on whether or not I win this gorgeous dress.. and I wish I were friends with you :)

Cat said... Best Blogger Tips

Just lovely. Adore the paper cranes...folding them is so much fun.

Alia said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful dress! and I love all the paper cranes as well!

RobinBirdsNest said... Best Blogger Tips

How sweet and summery this dress is!! I want it!! Just posted a link on my blog.www.robinbirdsnest.blogspot.com.
Sweet!

Laura said... Best Blogger Tips

I need it.

Alyssa said... Best Blogger Tips

oh my gosh. gorgeous. that's all i can say.

pam said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful!

pam said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful!

pam said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely!!

pam said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful!!

mrs_eric said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness! You are so creative... Your work is beautiful. :)

diane6 said... Best Blogger Tips

wouahh this dress is absolutely stunning!!! I would be so proud to be able to become the owner. what a wonderful summer dress that i would be able to share with my sister. we have just fallen in love with and we were the happy winners (which we doubt considering the number of participants) we would make good use of it!!!

Chrystina said... Best Blogger Tips

Move over Vera Wang... here comes KATHLEEN DOUGHERTY! WoW! You are THAT good!

Andrea Rooks said... Best Blogger Tips

The dress is gorgeous, the photos are lovely, I love "How I Met Your Mother," and it IS warm enough here on the Central Coast of California to wear that dress :)

Naomi said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this dress!

MyThoughtsMyVoice said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello. Not entering but just dropping by this time. The length & waist may fit but I don't think the bust area will lol. But this won't stop me from commenting :-)

Again this is a cute dress you've made. I really like the simplicity of the design of the fabric and the clean lines as well. Cool pictures too with the crane and all. Perfection :-)

Aaawwww now I'm wishing I entered on this one :-) Have to restrain myself and let a "perfect-for-that-dress" size lady win :-)

Good-Grace said... Best Blogger Tips

omg... I *love* Gabe's!! That's one of my favorite reasons I don't mind travelling 18 hours back to my husbands hometown... there is a GABE's in the town over the river. (Parkersburg, WV) Gorgeous dress... and beautiful styling with the lovely origami cranes. :)

Just Another Hofeling said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous dress, I posted about it on my blog!

Lynae said... Best Blogger Tips

This is totally stunning!

My blog's admin page is broken right now, so I couldn't post a link there...so I Twittered about it! You can see the link here:

http://twitter.com/panavatar

aarti said... Best Blogger Tips

such a cute dress!

Carmen said... Best Blogger Tips

By leaving a comment am I entered in the giveaway? This is absolutely adorable! ~Carmen (gracenotes08@yahoo.com)

Aik said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress! Linked here:

http://aik-friendsnfamily.blogspot.com/

aikychien@yahoo.com

janil said... Best Blogger Tips

So pretty!!!!!! thanks for the chance!

cal_rubies(At)yahoo(dot)es

Kaley said... Best Blogger Tips

SUCH a beautiful dress! Naturally I entered in the raffle, and I'm waiting on pins and needles...

Emma said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh so lovely! And so generous of you. The loveliest dress, and made to fit me :D

I hope I'm not too late with my link; there is no deadline on this entry!

Aileena said... Best Blogger Tips

I love white dresses. I have to have one in my wardrobe, and I want this one.

lovely little deer said... Best Blogger Tips

http://lemon-bonbon.livejournal.com/39984.html

I can just see me in this pretty dress, with my pink hair and some pale pink pums on for summer and then when it feels a bit chilly later in the day, a pretty little cardi over my shoulders, oh yes!

deltay said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow - this is absolutely darling! I've sidebar linked this under Contests over at http://lucidconspiracy.blogspot.com

Andrew and Kristi said... Best Blogger Tips

This might be my favorite giveaway you have ever done. I love that it is so beautiful and fresh!

brittany, steve, and gabe said... Best Blogger Tips

this is so beautiful! and here in florida, i could wear it right away! oh, i really hope i sin this one!

noreen said... Best Blogger Tips

just linked and would love to win, so pretty

Myshell said... Best Blogger Tips

So delicate and springy...love it!

michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

love love love it!

Anja said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely. I love white!!!

ThreeFive18 said... Best Blogger Tips

this drees is amazing! i love love love it!!!

K said... Best Blogger Tips

Gosh, that is such a great dress!

Mary Ella said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful!!!

Rebecca said... Best Blogger Tips

Am I too late? I love this dress! It would be perfect for our Hawaii trip since it is currently snowing here.

The Cottage Cheese said... Best Blogger Tips

This heart this dress so much! And you've photographed it so beautifully, with all of the little paper cranes. Ah, be still my heart...

DELiciousDesignz said... Best Blogger Tips

this dress is so adorable - lovely photos too and the paper cranes look fabulous.

Adeline said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it :) and blogged.

http://intriguedwith.blogspot.com/

linzi said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is so beautiful! It makes spring feel like it is here - even though it's only 40 degrees outside! You truly are so talented.

Felicia Eis said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is darling and I can already see all the comments that I would get from my dear husband in it :D

Kacey Anisa Stamats said... Best Blogger Tips

What A wonderful idea, love the dress and the shoot!

thecraftbegins said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm going to link back to this later today, I just love it!!

Refugee Crafter said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm sure it must break your heart to give this one away! It's so beautiful! I promise it will go to a good home where every though of it will express love and adoration.

rebecca s. said... Best Blogger Tips

such a pretty dress and gorgeous photos! it looks lovely on you. :)

becknarr said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE white dresses!

xoxo, Chloe said... Best Blogger Tips

That dress is so pretty! Gabe's can be hit of miss but last year I got an Anthro peasant silk top there and when I went home and looked at some old anthro catalogs it was listed for $250!

Julie Ann said... Best Blogger Tips

Totally cute.

shindylahoe said... Best Blogger Tips

this is gorgeous! and cherry trees are my favorite! I created a link too!
shindylahoe at hotmail dot com
I didn't see a closing date for the give away? when will it end?

Tammy On the Go said... Best Blogger Tips

So I have posted a link and can't wait to see this one on my sister!

Gwen said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi is this giveaway still on?
The dress is gorgeous!! Pretty pretty please pick me!

Betty Ann said... Best Blogger Tips

this is beautiful.
hope I'm not too late.

vmsb said... Best Blogger Tips

I thought I left a comment earlier - but my comments tend to be long, so I'll keep this short.

I love this dress and the pictures - I admire your talent and generosity and hope to win this BEAUTIFUL dress and adorable scarf! I posted a link on my blog the 18th. : ) Thanks for the fun read and inspiration.

Holley V said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous dress! I love your photo background, too! Thanks for the chance! Here's my post: http://www.savingsdiner.com/2009/03/paper-crane-frock-giveaway.html

gaffergirls.com said... Best Blogger Tips

U & your blog are amazing..
how much fun you must be having..
we're in please...
thanks for the fun
mona & the gaffer girls

Tiffany-Z said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely love your blog. Love love love it.

This dress is beautiful. I just dedicated an entire post to some of your wonderful finds and creations: http://jonathan-and-tiffany.blogspot.com/2009/03/pretty-clothes.html

The Pick Pack said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fabulous looking dress! Perfect for those summer outings. I love it!

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh goodness that dress is breathtaking! Nice photography too!
xo

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charlotteauzou said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the origamis on these pictures. I am thinking of decorating my new living room with them on the ceiling. I also like the pleats on the dress. I am a big fan of pleats when it comes to sewing dresses. I just love them !

 
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