Tara's Craft Studio

Paper Crafting Projects


Vintage Dresses

These real dimensional dresses were all made using the beautiful papers of Pion Design and are featured on their blog today here.  The dresses are each slightly different and were a lot of fun to make. My inspiration for making these dresses came from my recent visit to England’s Hampton Court.  They have a room with beautiful life-size Victorian paper dresses.  They were all made of white paper and were absolutely exquisite!  Unfortunately, photography wasn’t allowed or I would post a picture of them. Making dresses out of paper was challenging, but a good tutorial for the ruffling technique can be found by Clare here and a tutorial for the unique bodice lacing can be found by Natasha here.  

Here is one of the sketches I made for a bodice and sleeve pattern:

Tara’s Studio – Dress Sketch

Dress 1 July 2013 img 4 

Dress 2 July 2013 img 11

Tara's Studio July 2013 Dress 3 img 3

Tara's Studio July 2013 Dress 4 img 1 

Pion Design papers:

Vintage Garden – Flax PD3605
Vintage Garden – Garden PD3604
Grandma’s School Book – Tags PD2515
Grandma’s School Book – Summer play PD2509
For Father – Pocket watch PD1811
From my Heart II 6×6 – Rose frame PD2104
From my Heart II – Homing pigeons PD2002
From my Heart II – Small roses PD2003

6 Responses to Vintage Dresses

  1. Rachel says:

    So beautiful!!

  2. Asha says:

    Oh my word, Tara! These are soooo gorgeous. What darling little creations. Must check out Pion’s blog. Thank you so much for sharing.
    xxx Asha

  3. Cathy McGrath says:

    Tara, I am so loving dresses and dress forms at the moment and your creations are just so inspiring. The details and accuracy are just amazing. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

  4. patricia basson says:

    Tara, I just saw them on Pion’s blog…they are absolutely stunning…such neat and precise work! I am going to be a new follower of yours!

  5. Jo says:

    Oh my lord… these are gorgeous! Tara how on earth do u do it my friend??

  6. Paula Gale says:

    Unbelievable. Just blown away!!!
    Paula x x x