Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dumpster Diving is for Divas

I found a new hobby, apparently I wasn't busy enough. I'm really enjoying turning other people's trash into something useful. One day at work, I was Telling Diana, my co-dumpster-diving buddy, that I would really like to find some fun fabric for really cheap. After work, we went to check out the dumpster behind our office for more blinds, yes blinds, and we found these:


They are those fabric sample books for picking out fabric, you know, for people who pay full price for things like that. After I got my breath back from gasping in excitement, I took them home and started planning my next twirler dress.

They were exactly 4 inches in width, so I decided to make them 4 X 4 inches. I needed 129 squares, I had exactly 131 solid colored squares! I know, almost too good to be true, and it was true! I got the brown for the bodice out of my basement, then I got to work!


131 Squares!
cutting out the bodice:


Sewing on the first tier:







I'll leave you with a bunch of pictures of my cooperative model showing off the dress:







9 comments:

Jennifer said...

Oh I LOVE it! And I love that you found the fabric in a dumpster. CLASSIC. :) I have to make one of these. Just have to. Look for presents in your inbox today.

Beth said...

Thanks, Jen! Presents...I'm so excited! :)

amy said...

Wow! That is adorable! I think your free dress might be my favorite one! You are so talented.

The Crazy Life of a Navy Wife said...

BEAUTIFUL dress and amazing pictures!!!

Tenacious V said...

Awesome find! I love your newest project. And I love your model. :-) The pictures where she's twirling are amazing.

Dave said...

I think your model is really good!

Bethany Dawn Burns said...

WOW! You ARE super crafty. I LOVE the dress you made!!! It's true tha one man's trash is another man's (or woman's) treasure. You rock Beth!

TwinsSquared said...

What a great dress! You did an awesome job! Is there a pattern for this dress or did you just make it up?

Beth said...

Here's the pattern:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/50427214/tiered-patchwork-twirler-epattern-for