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The Paper Crane Frock

Added Jun 14, 2010

by grosgrain

Harrisburg, Penn...






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I sewed this frock in the spring of ’09. It was the week after we set the clocks forward and 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.

I 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!

Brian and I had spent most of the night watching ‘How I Met Your Mother’ while making the paper cranes. 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.




Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Classic, Romantic

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    Feb 8, 2011, 07.11 PMby Natasha Venzke

    Wow, wow, wow. This is so incredibly pretty.

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    Jun 21, 2010, 10.53 AMby retrofitcostumers

    Oh wow – what a lovely little thing! Am I too late to have a chance at it?

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    Jun 20, 2010, 11.29 AMby mardou123

    Stunning. The detail is lovely and delicate. And for the extra wow, you delivered such exquisite staging. I can’t wait to see more.

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    Jun 18, 2010, 12.38 AMby mollyapple

    I adore this frock and the photos too! My friend is getting married next month and as part of her wedding preparation has had to make 999 paper cranes, her finace will make the 1000th (her country’s wedding traditon I believe), the cranes will be adorning the reception rooms and now they will remind me of this lovely dress!

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    Jun 17, 2010, 06.22 AMby reichan

    This is the most breath taking and beautiful dress!!! Where did you get the pattern?

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    Jun 16, 2010, 02.52 PMby myssmeow

    This is so great! I love the attention to detail. I also make paper cranes and when I was at school, I used to try to see how small I could make them and how many I could make out of one sheet of notebook paper. Turned out to be, well, a lot!

    I think your first and second pictures are my favorites but they are all so cute and whimsical.

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    Jun 15, 2010, 08.33 PMby kristin lacuesta

    so beautiful!!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 01.48 AMby Ophelia K

    Oh this is pretty. I love it, especially it’s delicate and pure white. Also your presentation is chic! As a Japanese, I should have realized how beautiful those origami cranes are.

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    Jun 14, 2010, 05.58 PMby assets

    All I say is Wonderfull Dress

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    Jun 14, 2010, 05.53 PMby spike

    This is the most gorgeous dress I’ve seen in a long time! Simply lovely.

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    Jun 14, 2010, 05.50 PMby kstyled

    I see this dress and name it “Tuxedo Junction” due to the junction of a tuxedo shirt and a skirt/dress. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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    Jun 14, 2010, 05.43 PMby smalldose

    Beautiful front detailing… lovely.

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    Jun 14, 2010, 05.17 PMby Jodi Wade

    That is one gorgeous dress.

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    Jun 14, 2010, 05.00 PMby gray

    I love this, love it!! It is fantastic!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 04.05 PMby kihli

    You made it again! How can you be so fast? And where do you take all these beautiful ideas?? Cannot believe it!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 03.51 PMby kristensaurus

    everything you sew is wonderful! I could sit here and wish I had your frocks all day long!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 03.46 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    I simply love this dress and the whole six degrees of separation thing. I’m exactly like that myself! (drives my boyfriend mad ;-D) We’re in the early summer here in Denmark. The weather is still very windy and cold in the evenings, but the weather-forecasts are promissing summer within the next few weeks. I’m looking so much forward to spending summer nights in the park or at the beach with my boyfriend and his wonderful kids. They truly are a blessing!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 03.33 PMby ajtak7171

    Oh my, you’re such an inspiration – one masterpiece after the other!!!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 03.04 PMby tamezdc

    Very pretty spring/summer dress.

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    Jun 14, 2010, 03.02 PMby emlj

    its absolutely beautiful, and the photos are lovely!

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