Sunday Laundry Shirt Dress GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

March 3, 2009

opera houseThis is my third and final Shabby Apple Dress Design for Shabby Apple.

Yes, we do in fact have a washer and dryer, I take great pride in saying this because for so long I lived without one. And life is exponentially more difficult with none. However I've always liked the geometrical repetition of the laundromat and wanted to photograph there at least once.

When I designed this dress I had a young hip and trendy female in mind. The sort of thing a single girl in her 20s might wear. Someone who lived in a small San Fransisco apartment and spent her Sunday nights at a laundromat.

I guess I had some thing pretty specific notions....
When we got there, a couple disparaging things occurred. First, I forgot my speedlite. Curses! Second (as is almost always the case) there were a few people doing their laundry making what we were doing a little less comfortable.

Can I blame them? YES! Well, no, I guess. Not really. But we made the best of it. As the summer pulls around I hope to have more outdoor shots in which we are the only people for miles. Places with muncho sunlight!

laundryI'm planning on taking a photography lighting class at a local camera shop sometime next month. And I'm just giddy about it. I know there's so many beautiful shots I'm missing out on because I don't a stitch of knowledge about light. I often go on A Little Sussy and drool over her studio shots. Her lighting is so clear and clean. I can't stand it!

The dress itself was a really a labor. I used a baroque flowered silk material for the dress. Silk is a difficult material to sew (at least for me). It bunches and frays and stretches and is just all around maddening!

I gathered a two inch strip of the fabric and lined either side of the front and neckline. I used a thin, elastic thread to gather the cuff around the sleeves and added a ruffled piece of fabric to the top of each sleeve which hangs down.

Along the front and neck of the dress I added tiny buttons that hook with corresponding satin loops. At the top of the dress, the fabric that falls in front of the bust is gathered, creating a wispy look. The entire dress is cinched at the waist with an aged vintage brown leather belt.

opera houseTo balance out the fancy look of the dress I paired it with a pair of calf high riding boots. You can buy them at Forever 21. But they are currently sold out in every color but black:(

I'm really digging the look of a dress paired with high boots. Don't get me wrong, I still love a good pair of ballet flats with an a-line but it's good to change it up a bit.

opera houseI don't know about all of you but I can't WAIT until summer! With daylight savings time beginning next Sunday I feel giddy about the weather. I have all these dresses that are dying to come out of my closet. I'm not the kind of girl who will wear summer clothes in winter because they look good. I can't stand the cold weather.

opera houseThis giveaway is for one week only! So last day for posts is Sunday 3/15/09. Winner will be announced Tuesday!

I wear a small size but since the waist of this dress is determined by how tight you cinch the belt, the size is adjustable. One more thing, you absolutely MUST wear a full length slip underneath as the silk material is completely see through:)

Oh and of course, I cannot forget ;) thanks to my crafty photographer, Brian, who braved an angry looking laundry attendant to help me in my quest. Hopefully we'll look back on these junkets and laugh....or cringe....or cry. Probably the latter.

As usual, if you would like a chance to win this dress just link back to this post. If you have any questions see the "questions and answers" link to the right. If you use blogger just use the "create a link" link at the bottom of this post. If you don't use blogger, that's fine too. Just create a link on your page as you normally would and I will see it using Technorati.

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megan and melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

So totally my style! I would love to call it mine. Reminds me of summer days sipping lemonade and a day at the park. Perfect for this (almost) 21 year old-- right in time for my birthday! Thank you for your creativity-- your work is inspiring!
Have a great weekend... wishing you a sunshine filled day.
P.S. I posted about the dress on my blog-- who wouldn't want to share such talent? :)

Maija said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm 40-something and I'd wear that dress in a minute!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said... Best Blogger Tips

How totally adorable. I would love to win this for one of my three daughters. I know all three would love it.I loved looking at all your photos!

noreen said... Best Blogger Tips

I have just the slip to wear underneth

Yasmine said... Best Blogger Tips

this is SOOO my sisters taste! i created a link! my sis would absolutely love this! ..your beautiful btw! i love love love the photos you take- very creative!

lluna d'abril said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it!!!
I hope win this beautiful dress.
Yours ideas are unique

Angela - patch said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it! My bithday is on April and it's perfect for me!

Whimsical Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE IT!!! That dress is beautiful! Posted link, hoping to win.

Jo said... Best Blogger Tips

Your talent is amazing! I love (need) this dress! :)


Jessica Kate said... Best Blogger Tips

Since I found this on 3/15 (last day) and my daughter is Tuesday (announcement day), I'm thinking that maybe I could be your winner. Plus, I really need something to make feel cute. Might even motivate me to do some laundry, but I doubt it.

annie2006 said... Best Blogger Tips

just gorgeous! have added a link to my blog :)

lina said... Best Blogger Tips

pretty pretty!
i posted about it!

barefoot gypsy girl said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey I don't have a blog but I Twitter. Can I post a link to your giveaway on Twitter and count?

CurlyfrySC's Collage said... Best Blogger Tips

It's on my blog!
This dress is so beautiful and would look great on me now that I've lost weight.

Adam & Jenn Sharp said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow you are extremely talented. I'm glad I found this blog! Amazing!!!

christi said... Best Blogger Tips

very cute!!

thanks for the chance to win!

blessings ~

leanna jackson said... Best Blogger Tips

what talent. i am just learning to sew. i've made a blanket. :P i hope that i gain half the talent you have. especially for my baby's sake.

even moreso, i hope a single girl in her 20s doing her laundry in a laundromat in oklahoma city is close enough. i could use that dress at all the art events i coordinate. it doesn't make any sense when i show up in my raggedy clothes. :) here's to luck.

Adri said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked it from my blog and I'm really crossing my fingers that I win :)

The Pick Pack said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I posted a link! What a fabulous creation! Beautiful work!

The Hightower's said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this! I would love to have it!

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous.

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

I just posted it on my blog, and I am hoping I win!!!

Dixie said... Best Blogger Tips

I couldn't pass up a chance to win this divine little frock! And your photos are lovely... thanks so much. Dixie

mommymae said... Best Blogger Tips

i would totally wear that!

t.t.turner said... Best Blogger Tips

I am not going to get over this dress for a very long time. I've probably spent 15 minutes of my life staring at it, and coming back to it.

Angie & Neal said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely love your blog...I just happened upon it when a friend mentioned it on hers. What a great looking dress!

Aminta said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh so cute! I WANT THIS Dress! I too love to is almost my life, but my hubby, kiddos, house and friends tend to take up most of that space called "life" I was speaking of earlier.
If only I too were tiny as you are. For the body I used to call "too Big" back again! LOL
Thank you for your lovely blog posts! I will certainly be back to look in on you often.

Emmy said... Best Blogger Tips

wait wait made that dress? wow.

ladybug johnston said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is fabulous. I have the boots that will go with it!

Country Lady said... Best Blogger Tips

Please add my name to the drawing. What a cute dress! Thanks for giving it away --even if I am not the one to win it.

Chandy said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, this really is a great looking dress! I'd love to give it to a niece of mine, so I hope I win!

Found your blog through Dixie at French Lique! Great pics! Off to post about it!

camie said... Best Blogger Tips

speechless, posted about it last week...

Cadance said... Best Blogger Tips

I L❤VE that dress....I'm on Long Island,NY but could totally pull off that look on a warm sunny day in Manhattan! Please!!

I posted about your give-away and linked you all up!

You are very creative!

:Jan the crazy lady: said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute. Love it. Doing laundry never looked so pretty.

Painter's Place said... Best Blogger Tips


Birds of a Feather said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE to wear it!

Please enter me in the drawing!

xo Heidi

brooke said... Best Blogger Tips

love it. hope i wiiin...

Alexus1325 said... Best Blogger Tips

Holy camoley 237 comments???

Anywho, I heart this dress oodlies and oodlies! I think it's gawjus and want it! Sad though that I haven't yet been able to check out your store :( It keeps telling me it's down for maintenance.

Samantha Jane said... Best Blogger Tips

Would love to win this dress!

Mollybelle said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it! I want it!

YZgirl4 said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is so pretty and I do love it paired with boots!


PitaGirl said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to win this dress! It's very cute!

I created a link on my page.

janeen said... Best Blogger Tips

love this dress... so adorably feminine!

Kitty Boo Boo said... Best Blogger Tips

You're photography is so awesome ... I love the dress and I love your style ... from the clothes you make, the photographs and you're gorgeous face!
Excellent again ... Grosgrain love reigns supreme

Krista said... Best Blogger Tips a single girl in her (very late) twenties who is trying to get a job in San Fran, this is just perfect. I've linked it! I love your site. It's happy and creative and beautiful!

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said... Best Blogger Tips

Stunning shapes and colors. I posted a link to this post on my blog using the create a link feature. It didn't seem to go through the first time or the second.

Love your work.

Krista said... Best Blogger Tips

My link doesn't seem to want to show up, but it's been posted!

Mathgeek said... Best Blogger Tips

So pretty! I love the laundry theme! I clicked to make a link. I hope it worked!

jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a great dress! Anthropologie, eat your heart out!!

kslaughter said... Best Blogger Tips

I keep forgetting to let you know that I've linked up to this post and I'm sending people over in droves! Why am I doing that if I want to win this gorgeous dress? I can only say that such generosity deserves lots of admiring glances ; ). But I've still got my fingers and my toes and my eyes crossed!

Hillary said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this. how I wish spring were coming sooner!

So talented!

Leigh of said... Best Blogger Tips

So femine and loveley! I hope I win. I would love to do laundry in that dress. And other things. LOVE it!

The Lyon Family said... Best Blogger Tips

Just posted a link! I love this dress, it's so girly!

The Smiths said... Best Blogger Tips

This is the most amazing dress I have ever seen!You are so talented!

Dallas Shaw said... Best Blogger Tips

I am saying my fashion prayers that i win!! it is amazing

Chrystina said... Best Blogger Tips

How I envy your mad skillz! Just when I think you can't do anything cuter than what I last saw... here comes your next beautiful item!! You go girl! I'm going to your shop!

EmilyJane said... Best Blogger Tips

I love love LOVE this dress! So beautiful and chic. Pick me! :)

kristi lee said... Best Blogger Tips

Linked. Love. Lusting. I NEED that dress!!!!!!!!

Liz V. said... Best Blogger Tips

this is such a LOVELY dress! i absolutely looooove it!!

Melinda said... Best Blogger Tips

I posted!!! gorgeous dress

Erin Tales said... Best Blogger Tips

Ack! Gorgeous!

The post is at! 3/13 at 9am.

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked it. This dress is so GORGEOUS!

jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Kathleen! I can't stop thinking about this dress, it is perfect: the fabric, the ruffles, the details, the ability to dress it up or down...sigh! LOVE IT!

I posted about it at my blog Just want to make sure I get into the contest. This would be so great to wear for my little guy's 3rd b-day party :) Thanks for making these beautiful clothes available to your readers!!

Just Another Hofeling said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a delicate looking dress, I'm still in my twenties so I suppose I could get away with wearing something like it still. although pre-baby body would have been much better.
Linked to this on my blog

Queenie said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't stop looking at this's so light and fresh. I think I'm obsessed!

Liza767 said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow wow wow is all I have to say

{april kennedy} said... Best Blogger Tips I live just outside San Francisco, am a size 8 (should work) and own a pair of brown riding boots....but just might pair it with red cowboy boots too for fun one day. And I love the laundry mat shoot! Nice one. Please, please, please pick me!

Elisabeth (and Tyler) said... Best Blogger Tips

Please bless that you'll pick me..

BandaiBlossom said... Best Blogger Tips

Aw, I wanna hug it! It's so lovely.

Tooj said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't know how to go about getting my thing to show up at the bottom, but I am creating a post about this on my blog right now. :) I would be super excited to have something great to wear after spending this past year nursing my baby!!

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress!!! It is so gorgeous! I really hope I win it!!! It's my size AND I have the perfect boots to go with it. :)
I posted about it on my blog. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to win it!

Lindsay Willman said... Best Blogger Tips


carolpie said... Best Blogger Tips

I DO love this!

Mommyhood is Thankless said... Best Blogger Tips

This is lovely, thanks so muc for sharing!

Jaclyn said... Best Blogger Tips

I created a link, hopefully I did it right! You never cease to amaze me with the things you put together!


Jess Elise said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this! Posted it on my blog :)

mimi said... Best Blogger Tips

i love this dress..just lost 32 lbs and this would looks so cute on my new figure...

Kirsty said... Best Blogger Tips

Ohhhhhh so painfully pretty! Want!! (It's on my blog)

Teresa S. said... Best Blogger Tips

I am in awe over this dress. I can see why they are sold out in all but black.

ta sardina said... Best Blogger Tips

i link you on my facebook.

Tina said... Best Blogger Tips


Tina~ Cherry Hill Cottage...

Kaley said... Best Blogger Tips

This is the loveliest, most unique dress I've seen in a long time. Of course, one's opinion improves when you've been salivating over something for I have been about the laundry dress! I linked...I've commented...I can't wait for the winner to be announced and my obssession to end! ;-D

Kristy said... Best Blogger Tips

ooooh i L-O-V-E this!!!!!!! i have the perfect boots to go with too!!!!!!!
i posted this on my blog! {wipes away drool} ;)

dani said... Best Blogger Tips

At first was not sure if I was going to enter but the more I look at the dress the more I like it. Great Photos(You should of taken one of the attendant too)

Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

I just found your blog via My Thoughts My Voice ( I visited that blog for the first time today) and the author of that blog would love to win this dress...So, I'm entering and hope I win it for her...It's adorable but would not fit my 54 year old body!

Tracy said... Best Blogger Tips

This is adorable!!! I am so excited to possibly win! :)

Thanks so much!!!


Melinda said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is amazingly beautiful. How talented you are!!

I am not so sure how to post my link on your blog but here is the post I did on mine...

Juniorpink said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is amazing! I forgot to leave a comment the oher day. But I blogged about it on Saturday.

linzi said... Best Blogger Tips

I have been looking for a dress like this for years! The fabric and design are so beautiful! I would LOVE to win this dress! I would even pay for you to make me this dress if I don't win. Would you been willing to make another?

Mary Ella said... Best Blogger Tips

I posted a while ago, I love this dress. You make beautiful things!

Katy32 said... Best Blogger Tips

who won? I also second the question if i didn't win can I buy one? I would love to have this dress. It is so beautiful.

Katherine said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked to this from my tumblr blog... I hope that counts because this dress is beautiful! :)

kkondek at

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The dress is really gorgeous.....your work is really appreciable....

Eliza said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm new to the blog world and was very excited to see this dress- it's gorgeous! Even if I don't win, I'm excited to see more like this!

Jen Merritt said... Best Blogger Tips

i love that it is combined with the boots. those are simply stunning!

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Kalle said... Best Blogger Tips

Will you tell me where you found that fabric? it's lovely.


Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

It was from JoAnn's. But I bought it several years ago. I thought it looked great too!

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