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Wonderlandress... falling down a rabbit hole to Ta Prom

Added Jan 29, 2011

by littlewren

Rutledge, Pennsy...






Our second day in Cambodia we traveled to some of the great mysterious broken down temples around Angkor Wat. I’d see pictures of Ta Prom, a temple complex that had been completely taken hostage by the beautiful winding trees growing up in and amongst it’s walls. I was amazed looking at the pictures but actually being there was completely breath taking! We spent hours wandering around Ta Prom. It’s beauty captivated us at every turn.
On such a lovely day with SO MUCH amazing scenery I hope you will excuse my putting up so many pictures. I am not trying to be over bold or annoying, just share a glimpse of the beauty we saw there.
Cambodia has had a great deal of turmoil in its recent history (and is in fact having turmoil right now). You can see some of the destruction of the temples is a direct result of people coming in with purpose to destroy. Most of the damage at ta prom, to my understanding, was done naturally. The trees decided to reclaim their land. Nature enveloped and encased the man made structures.

This dress tested my theory on clothes the same color as one’s skin. This dress is my skin color… (yes, I’m quite pale) and I argued with my friend that it would look much better on her delightfully tan skin. She disagreed and gave me the fabric to make something out of. I, perhaps in my narcissism, fell in love with the color. I used the coffee date dress pattern for the bodice and altered it a bit in the back so I could get the open back. The skirt was basically all the rest of the fabric I could use, gathered and then buttoned up the back of the skirt. (the color of the buttons are perfect! I got lucky my button lady had exactly what I needed AGAIN!) Since the material is a little sheer this dress required an under layer. I made myself a little draw string slip skirt out of old flour sack remnants my Grammy mailed me. She bought them at a yard sale. She had a dress made from them when she was young and wanted to get them for me so I could make myself one. I picked one that had a few holes in it and salvaged the side I could use. It’s amazingly soft… almost lineny. I can’t wait to make myself a light summer dress out of the others! :)

Material Notes

the dress is a sheer dotted swiss version. The underskirt is lineny flour sack cloth. A perfect breezy mix!




Garment Type
Bohemian, Romantic, Vintage



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    May 7, 2011, 05.44 AMby Sofiagynther

    The dress is perfect and the pictures are amazing! Very inspiring!

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    Apr 3, 2011, 10.32 PMby boppygreen

    What a darling dress! I love your wonderful stories and breathtaking photography. Thanks for including them. :)

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    Feb 15, 2011, 10.42 PMby nenasew

    Breathtaking scenery and photography. Love the dress too. I thought of Alice in Wonderland at first glance.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 06.39 PMby bekabug8

    beautiful photography.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 06.21 PMby girlwithbighair

    That is just breathtaking!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 05.24 PMby merbecky

    Your dress is lovely and the pictures are beautiful! I also enjoyed reading your description. I have thought of purchasing some flour sacks to make something for myself and my daughter, and I think after seeing the pictures and description of them I definitely will. Great job!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 05.08 PMby othello

    Simply amazing! I love both the photos and your dress!

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    Feb 14, 2011, 10.47 AMby nessys

    Once again – your post is a feast for the eyes, mind and spirit. Just beautiful.

    I really love what you have done with the back of this dress. It is so interesting. Lovely work Honey. x

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    Feb 13, 2011, 06.13 PMby allsantos

    WOW! love everything! pictures, dress and story! just oh-so-beautiful…..

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    Feb 13, 2011, 05.16 PMby karolinekiederer

    soo beautiful.. i like the fabric so much, where dit you get this?

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      Feb 14, 2011, 08.40 AMby littlewren

      Thanks! My friend bought this material with me at a store in the capital city of our province. I am in love with dotted swiss of all types. She gave the fabric to me… It’s almost a dotted swiss gauze… very dreamy! :)

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    Feb 13, 2011, 08.39 AMby macska

    Stunning photos! (Cute dress as well. :-)

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    Feb 13, 2011, 05.39 AMby sinabell

    you pics are AMAZING!!! and the dress is super cute <3

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    Feb 12, 2011, 08.31 PMby prairieponygirl

    Your dress is wonderful! I love the two tiered skirt. And, your photographs are incredible!

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    Feb 12, 2011, 07.33 PMby melonhead

    What a lovely dress! The the photos are absolutely breathtaking! They’re so whimsical they look like they came strait out of a fairy tale! Just stunning! :)

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      Feb 14, 2011, 09.13 AMby littlewren

      thanks! I enjoy the same fairy tale like whimsy from your photos! I admire the dreaminess in your images! Are you thinking of going to school for Photography?(your bio said you are 17ish) You have a lot to bring to the art world I think.

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      Feb 14, 2011, 08.25 PMby melonhead

      Aw thank you! I actually want to be a fashion designer….I like photography, but it’s not really my love. Yep just turned 16. :) Aw thanks, I definitely want to go to an art school though. Again great job on your dress!

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    Feb 12, 2011, 04.11 PMby momsgotanewhobby

    What a beautiful place, thank you for sharing your pics. The dress is sweet and looks very comfy.

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    Feb 12, 2011, 03.24 PMby lizajane09

    These are the most amazing pictures! They are breathtaking. Thanks so much for sharing them. Your dress is perfect for the setting.

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    Feb 12, 2011, 03.22 PMby puffling

    Wonderful photos (how did you get shots without anyone else in them? ;) I’m loving all your vacation projects posted here. I think I read in another post that you sew by hand…is it true? All the more impressive!

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      Feb 15, 2011, 04.51 PMby littlewren

      This dress is MOSTLY hand sewn… disclaimer …I spent some money and bought a sewing machine but our relationship is tumultuous… I do all french seams so all my initial sewing is hand done and all the hemming and the waist… since the fabric is so thin I dread the day it pulls so I used the machine on arms and yes… button holes! I have done a good number of hand sewn button holes… and I’m glad for the machine. I do prefer sewing by hand, even with the machine at hand. More meditative!

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    Feb 12, 2011, 03.15 PMby shangrow

    LOVE the fabric. Absolutely gorgeous. I am a bit stunned by the setting, I must visit there one day.

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    Feb 12, 2011, 12.04 PMby janul

    I love your pictures, wow! It´s all so dreamy with that cute dress :)

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    Feb 12, 2011, 10.42 AMby niña blanca

    I love your pictures…they are remarkable….and I love your dress too…

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    Feb 12, 2011, 10.13 AMby stars

    Amazing photos. Cool dress too, I like the way the underskirt shows at the bottom and the open back.

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      Feb 12, 2011, 10.57 AMby littlewren

      thanks! yeah, the underskirt had a bit of a mind of its own, as you can see from the pictures… it varies in length photo to photo… oh well… :)

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