I hope you are all enjoying this Memorial Day weekend, although not everyone has Monday off. A few weeks ago I came across some online photos of Origami dresses that I thought were very cute and eyecatching. I decided to try making some to use on cards, as I figured these would make great cards for birthdays, Mother's Day, or even just to send to a girlfriend (thus the title "Girls' Night Out"). I practiced (and practiced) on ordinary paper before using the Chiyogami Yuzen paper, which is considered the high end of Origami papers. For those who are not aware, Chiyogami prints are patterned from designs used for kimonos, thus they can be quite elaborate. The paper is beautiful with gold accents, and has a feel of tissue material. As you can see, these papers make the dresses come to life!
I learned how to make two dress styles. The full skirt with the little cap sleeves was the first, and is relatively simple to learn. These are cute and look like dresses little girls wore in the 50's and early 60's.
The second style is definitely a more contemporary and sophisticated style of dress, and with the Chiyogami paper, looks like a cocktail dress LOL! This was a more complicated dress to make, but with everything, all it takes is patience and practice.
I gave the above card to my sister, as she favored blue over the reds
Although bright colors tend to showcase the dresses, I tried pastel colors and they work just as nicely. The above card went to my mother.
One of my coworkers fell in love with this card, and later she told me she might keep it instead of sending it to a friend LOL! I can't ask for higher praise....!
These little dresses make charming cards and I hope you decide to try making some for yourself, as they will make unforgettable cards for whoever receives one!