Fancy Field Frock Silent Auction for NieNie

August 25, 2008

As you may have noticed, I have tried to take up the effort in raising funds for the recovery of Stephanie and Christian Nielson. If you haven't heard about this tragedy, Stephanie (of the popular blog The NieNie Dialogues) and her husband Christian were in a plane crash about two weeks ago. They remain in critical condition at Maricopa Burn Center. Christian has sustained burns on over 30% of his body. Stephanie’s body was burned over 80%. Family and friends have started a donation fund to aid in their medical bills (which they estimate will be in the millions) as well as the household expenses while they recover.

I was heartbroken when I read about these events. The couple has four very small children and obviously will have months if not years of recovery ahead of them.
You can follow her sister, Jane's, journal of their recovery progress. Gabrielle of the popular blog DesignMom and Kirtsy has urged other bloggers to hold silent auctions and donate the proceeds to their recovery fund. I thought this was a fantastic idea. So I decided to hold a silent auction of a dress I made way back when I was keeping them for myself- The Fancy Field Frock. Sad for me, but for a very good cause.

This is a silent auction so to purchase the dress, just leave your bid in the comments section of this post. If you would like to increase the amount, leave a higher bid in the comment section. By the end of the auction on Sunday August 31st, at 11:59pm EST, the comment with the highest amount will win the dress. Postage will be provided by me.

Once the winner is identified, they'll send the money directly to the Stephanie and Christian fund. Oh and one more thing, check out for another auction and cute backstory and keep your eyes open around the blogosphere for more 'Donate to NieNie' silent auctions! Even better, host your own! Here's the frock!

Fancy Field Frock Silent Auction

field frockThis dress was inspired by a sweater I had seen in the JCrew line for children. If you thought they charged too much for your clothes you haven't seen what they're charging for your kid's. At any rate, this was inspired by them.

It bears a pleated cotton ruffle around the neckline and sleeves. The shape of the neckline was inspired from Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. I fell in love with the ornate dresses that looked as though they were meant for adults but were worn by the very young.

field frockTo offset the dressy look of the ruffles I left the ends unhemmed which left a sort of casual beachy feel. The sleeves have frayed olive green grosgrain ribbons sewn into the seams that tie at the back of the arm. I also added a long row of handmade fabric buttons fastened by handmade loops sewn into the dress.

I named it the fancy field frock since the image of a wild field reminds me the frayed ruffle- rough and unkempt....but still fancy.

This fits a 3T-5T.

field frockAs a side note, the creation of this dress went smoother than any I've done before. I'm attributing this to the fact that I carefully planned and wrote out each step before diving into it. A new task that was well worth the time it took, saving me at least one hour on the sofa with the seam ripper.

One more thing, since I've left the edges rough, I would NOT recommend washing this in the washing machine. Dry Clean Only.

You DON'T have to link to this post to bid on this dress but to get the silent auction word out just click on "Create a Link" below.
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21 {comments}:

robyns_song said... Best Blogger Tips

Let's start this out at $20. What a beautiful dress for a beautiful cause.

Sherry said... Best Blogger Tips

You are so wonderful to be doing this! I will try to get something on my blog to giveaway too.

Artfulife said... Best Blogger Tips

I will bid $35. I too will hold a silent auction on my blog and donate the proceeds to this wonderful cause. Thank you for passing on the information so more people can pitch in and help.

Cinnamon*Sticks Boutique said... Best Blogger Tips

My heart is aching for this family.
I will hold a silent auction starting on Friday.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

God bless them with speedy recovery.

Celia said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is adorable! Lovely!

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Chelsea said... Best Blogger Tips

We can do better than this! I'll bump this up to $75.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I bid $100. Thank you for doing this.

Meichelle said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, I wish I could afford to go higher than that, but I can't. God bless their family. I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers.

Art Nest said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful have quite a talent! I too, wish that I could bid, but I am happy that those who can are!

I will be doing a silent auction for one of my custom watercolor portraits - to post this weekend!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Let me raise it up to 125$. My heart goes out to their entire family.

joolee said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous!! My best wishes for their recovery.

Lexi:: PottyMouthMama said... Best Blogger Tips

I wish I could bid too - it's such a sad story. Here's hoping & praying for a swift recovery.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I love, love, love the dress. And I love the purpose of the auction even more. I wish I could bid more...

michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

what a beautiful beautiful dress! Wonderful cause.

heather said... Best Blogger Tips

this dress is to die for!!
I'll bid $130!

Lyann said... Best Blogger Tips

I will buy a 3T-4T dress for $150.00 for this cause. Please email me.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for your support! When you finalize your totals for your auction, can you email the grand total to where we are collecting totals for the many auctions that took place. Thanks again!

J said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is so fab!!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

superbe !!!!

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