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Plastic Bag Corset Dress

Added Dec 23, 2009

by zoe-may

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

Material Notes

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.




Garment Type
Romantic, Victorian

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    Feb 3, 2011, 05.17 AMby Amber Jade

    great job, well done

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    May 11, 2010, 09.48 AMby fattii

    this looks amazing could you possible tell me how you managed to do the pattern for the corsett?? im doin an art project in costume desing/photography would be muchle oppreciated :)

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      May 14, 2010, 07.55 AMby zoe-may

      Sure = )
      At the time I was trying to make a corset from a pattern generator on the net : http://www.elizabethancostume.net/corsets/pattern.html
      I’d only got to the point of cutting the fabric (I just placed the centre on a fold instead of using a busk) so I had a basic shape to use on the plastic, possibly altered a bit though. I can’t remember how I changed the top but I guess I just cut it so that it sat below the bust. Then for the shape of the panels I really just guessed, because I didnt want it to be the shape of an elizabethan corset.

      I hope that helps a bit! = )

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    Apr 10, 2010, 04.16 PMby frankiesoup

    I’m so impressed it could actually be worn! I’ve seen a lot of these which look incredible on the dummy, but would fall appart if you tried to put them on! Just goes to show how well made it is! :D

    Also, corset dresses are awesome!

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    Jan 3, 2010, 01.43 PMby missoceanpink

    Love it and it should last forever. well done. xxx

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    Dec 24, 2009, 10.42 AMby liaspace

    wow that looks great :) good job

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    Dec 23, 2009, 09.47 PMby be-bops1

    Very cool!! WTG. for second place.

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    Dec 23, 2009, 06.16 PMby lunacrow

    i want to make dress out newspaper…. this is so cool!!!

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    Dec 23, 2009, 12.59 PMby ana555

    should have been first. it looks awesome! it makes you wonder what else you can use to make clothes.

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    Dec 23, 2009, 10.00 AMby garth

    I think you have been wonderfully creative! I think is has an intersting Goth feel to it.

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    Dec 23, 2009, 07.57 AMby petysew

    Wow, looks great.

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    Dec 23, 2009, 04.03 AMby sewtechdiva

    All I can say is: “AWESOME!” It really is a lovely piece of artwork.

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