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Red, White, and Blue Anda

Added Jul 28, 2008

by anitrasb

Minneapolis, Min...






I stenciled tree branches on my version of the Anda, then appliqued some cotton print birds and leaves made from fused plastic Target bags. I then finished the neck, sleeves, and hem with bias tape. I decided to keep the length long, cause I love my partner in fifties-ish outfits. The dress has in-seam pockets done in the polka dot print (many thanks to BurdaStyle for the great tutorial!).

Material Notes

Two cotton bedsheets (blue for dress shell, white for bias tape), fused plastic bags, more cotton for birds, fabric paint





Forgot to say earlier, these photos are all courtesy of my amazing friend Nathan. He makes stuff look so good!

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    May 4, 2010, 09.40 PMby horsegal305

    Love it. I bet it took some time to make :)
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    Jul 30, 2008, 10.49 AMby chicaboom

    That is so creative! It looks fantastic.

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    Jul 29, 2008, 06.13 AMby carottesauvage

    hey that’s so cool! Great idea! I love the tomato murder plotting scene!

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    Jul 28, 2008, 04.06 PMby bekaem

    I thought the same as naughtylittlepony above. you made the fabric into what it is, great. i also like your tomato photograph.

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    Jul 28, 2008, 02.53 PMby naughtylittlepony

    I love it so much. At first I was thinking ‘where can I get my hands on this fabric’ and then I read what you did!! It is beautiful and unique.

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    Jul 28, 2008, 12.39 PMby tsktsk

    Wow, so cute! Colour me impressed!

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    Jul 28, 2008, 11.57 AMby nenasew

    Fused target bags. Now thats interesting. I would love to hear more how it is done. Your dress is super. Love your applique work.

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    Jul 28, 2008, 11.14 AMby dianacirne

    Love the stencil you make! If you don’t sayed, I’ll never imagine! It’s so perfect! Love it! Nice job!

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    Jul 28, 2008, 11.06 AMby karencilla

    oh this is fantastic! i love it. You know this dress reminds me of Jennifer Garner’s 1940 inspired Dress. check herehttp://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2007/stylewatch/gallery/jennifer_garner/jennifer_garner6.jpg

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    Jul 28, 2008, 09.42 AMby fabricaddict

    WOW! I LOVE your branches and birds, so creative!!!

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    Jul 28, 2008, 06.27 AMby anitrasb

    Awww, thanks for all the sweet comments guys! Luzie—great question on whether it’s washable. I honestly don’t know the answer, since this is my first time using fused plastic on fabric. My plan is to give it a try in the gentle wash cycle in one of those mesh bags for delicates; hopefully that’ll work!

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    Jul 28, 2008, 06.09 AMby kgallagher3

    I work at Target so I love the leaves!

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    Jul 28, 2008, 05.17 AMby polychromatin

    Looks really sweet! Great work with the stencil-thing!

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    Jul 28, 2008, 04.54 AMby lybu

    Great done. Congrats :)

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    Jul 28, 2008, 03.50 AMby nicola82

    My goodness that is cute!

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    Jul 28, 2008, 01.21 AMby luzie

    When I saw the picture I thought “great fabric!” and then I red you made the decor yourself – this is so cool! I love the polka dot birds, they are very cute! This plastic-thing sounds very interesting, can you still put it into the washer?

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    Jul 28, 2008, 12.04 AMby sewella

    The aplique is lovely. Very creative. All in all, your Anda is beautiful. Great job!

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    Jul 27, 2008, 11.27 PMby evulekotule

    I like the application and colour combination. Great photos!

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