Behold – the Junk in the Trunk dress!

I did it, oh yeah, just in the nick of time!

Here is the Junk in the Trunk dress for the 3D category at the Quilt and Stitch Village show in all it’s crazy glory.

The competition rules dictated that entries must be three layers and it didn’t say that this was with exception to this category, so I made the dress out of orphan blocks, offcuts and scraps pieced together haphazardly and then quilted it random-graffiti style onto very thin bamboo wadding.

The lining is silky smooth synthetic stuff which should qualify as the third layer and means I wasn’t quilting through to the inside. It was the first time I’ve lined a dress so I’m glad I followed this pattern through the video series.

If this dress is ever washed, it will definitely shrink, I’ve not prewashed anything given its very nature was to use up bits already pieced, etc. This means a cool hand wash only and a crossing of fingers or dry-cleaning. Really though, it’s an art piece.

A close-up of my very first invisible zip…

Size – About an 8 to a small 10.
Time to make– about 10 hours including hand finishing the lining.
Pattern – Angela Kane’s Pinafore Dress.
Fabric – Scraps including Bluebird Park, Lush Uptown, Kona solids, Full Moon Lagoon and many more.
Lining Fabric – Pink synthetic lining fabric, very smooth
Threads – Large cone of Cotton/Polyester blend from Boyes throughout
Wadding – Simply Soft Bamboo Blend
Quilting- Random FMQ!

And nicking some pics off Instagram from the EMMQG meeting where I sucked in my gut and held my breath to fit in it for the only time…

from @kettleboiler

From @marygoffin1

So this and my other two Quilt and Stitch Village entries are on their way in the nick of time. That’s two of my five goals for 2015 accomplished!

Also linking up to Scraptastic Tuesday:

Scraptastic Tuesday


  1. Lisa
    Posted April 14, 2015 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Wow. This is awesome. I think you need to go somewhere posh in it.

  2. Posted April 14, 2015 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Well, isn’t that just so cute and fun! A winner for sure. I don’t think there’s enough scraps in my house for a dress to fit around me sucked in gut or not!!!

  3. Posted April 14, 2015 at 11:53 am | Permalink


  4. Posted April 14, 2015 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    It’s brilliant! And totally #scraptastic of course! Thanks for linking up and inspiring us to even more adventurous scrappy making

  5. Posted April 14, 2015 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    awesome! do another but prewash the fabric and use the supersoft batting made with plastic bottles – light, thin and no shrinking!

  6. nan
    Posted April 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Wow, you are amazing!!! I am not sure which is more creative. You thinking outside of the box or the dress itself. I love both!!!

  7. Kathy h
    Posted April 14, 2015 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I love your dress. It looks so cute. It is an art piece so probably won’t get washed often. Hope it won’t shrink on you.

  8. Lyn Winch
    Posted April 14, 2015 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Dress looks awesome, you deserve a 1st. place for this.

  9. Hannah
    Posted April 14, 2015 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    It’s awesome Kerry. Love it!

  10. flying Blind
    Posted April 14, 2015 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Oh you rock!

  11. Posted April 14, 2015 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Oooh yay that looks fab!

  12. Posted April 14, 2015 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    My god, Kerry, it’s amaaaazing!! I’d totally wear it to a wedding with skyscraper heels and a big feathered fascinator. Best of luck with the show!

  13. Posted April 14, 2015 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    So clever, so delightfully executed, so fabulous. Bet it will be the hit of the show. Congrats!

  14. Posted April 14, 2015 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    This is awesome! Congrats on finishing it and best of luck with the show!

  15. Posted April 15, 2015 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    What a great dress! Such fun!

  16. Posted April 15, 2015 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Ab.fab!!!!! The dress is a winner.

  17. Posted April 15, 2015 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    it is so fab! I wasn’t surprised to see the butt shot included, Mary was all about your arse!

  18. Posted April 15, 2015 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    It’s great, especially the hot pink lining. It might be a bit warm with the bamboo batting, but then again if you were at a fall event, on the patio you would be perfect. I do agree with Lynz, add fantastic shoes and trendy hat and/or accessories and you would make a splash for sure.

  19. audrey
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    Fabulous! Love your creatively scrappy dress so much.:)

  20. Posted April 16, 2015 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    It’s amazing!

  21. janequiltsslowly
    Posted April 17, 2015 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    This is an amazing ART piece. I love that you sucked it in and wore it. I agree with Lisa: go somewhere POSH in this!

  22. Posted April 20, 2015 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Well how smart and creative, wow to you and congratulations to this beautiful idea and finish.

  23. Posted May 7, 2015 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    This is AWESOME!! If I ever go to the Kentucky Derby, I simply MUST make something like this!!!!Great job!!!!

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