"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Dress Up Challenge 2011 - Peter Paul Rubens

I created this for the Dress Up Challenge 2011.  This month our inspiration was the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens.  Rubens created lush paintings of ladies who didn't watch their waistlines.  And judging from the number of ruffs ladies in his paintings are wearing, the ladies weren't worried about comfort either!  The ruff was a very fussy collar-type accessory containing innumerable highly-starched loops.  They took a LOT of fabric to create!  And they could not have been comfortable.  I felt that my dress just had to contain a neck ruff.
That ruff took me hours to create!  I first tried to create it out of paper, but I found out very quickly that paper would not be the way to go with such a small ruff.  So I settled for ribbon and I didn't cut a length - I just started looping it and left the ribbon on the roll, not cutting until I was done.  I probably used about half of the ribbon roll!  The rest of the dress was easy by comparison.  I decided to use Juliet's fantastic dahlia fold tutorial to dress up the skirt.


  1. It's beautiful, Jeanie. It looks straight from one of his paintings! The ruff is amazing!

  2. I so love your dress.... and yes I made the candles with actually candle too.. Happy Day

  3. This dress is fantastic! Such attention to detail and the colors are spot-on. I love that dahlia fold, giving dimension to the full skirt and the fabric (ribbon) ruff really makes a great contrast to the paper plane. Super job! - Liza