Added Dec 23, 2009
New England, Nsw...
This dress was for a competition in my local town show. We had to make a dress almost entirely from plastic bags. So of course, I was inspired to make a corset dress = P
It is in two parts; the white section over the bust is connected to the corset, and the skirt is seperate. The corset is boned using a thick, flexible wire my science teacher gave me, tipped with wax so that it wont break through the plastic. I made the eyelet holes in the back by melting the plastic with hot wire.
The skirt was pretty tedious, as it has a lot of layers of gathering, held together with a waistband. Many shopping bags were destroyed before my machine got used to plastic. I had a lot of fun experimenting with the different coloured bags and layers, and while it took a long and frustrating time I was very happy with the result.
And to top it off, I cam second place! Unfortunately it was not modern enough to win, but I was pleased. They said it reminded them of Gone With the Wind = P
A LOT of plastic shopping bags from the local supermarket for the bodice; Garbage bags for the outer skirt; White bin liners for the underskirts; Wire tipped with wax for the boning; Wool for the laces (as I didn’t have time to find anything more interesting); and regular cotton.
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