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Magazine Dress

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Gemma Louise brown
Magazine Dress

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Make-it-Yourself

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Bags & Clothing

Waste Materials

Books & Magazines

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A dress made from recycled objects such as, old material, magazines and old buttons.

Materials & Equipment List

Old material, magazines, buttons, shredder, sewing machine, needle, cotton,stapler, superglue

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Firstly using thin old material measure the top half of your body to get the correct size in the shapes shown above. Tac all the sections together so that it is one piece and ready to sew together neatly with a sewing machine.
Once all of the top section has been sewed together it should look like this when pinned to a mannequin.
The back of the dress should look like this once it has been pinned to the mannequin. The top section shouldnt meet as it will be joint together using ribbon later on.
using an old belt tie many strips of old netting or material to it. this is just to create an underskirt/fuller outcome. so any material could be used.
next using your old material make 8 strips of material the same length (depending how long you want the dress depends on how long you make the strips) tack them all together and then neatly sew together using the sewing machine or hanf sewing.
Using a shredder create loads of these shown in the picture. instead of letting them go all the way through the shredder stop it before they reach the end so that they are all still attached to a strip (which makes them easier to attach. First attach them using a stapler (makes it a lot quicker than tacking them all as it is quiet hard) then sew them to secure them better. create 6 rows of these until you get to the middle section of the dress.
Using a simple weaving technique weave sheets of magazine between each other to create a large section for the top of the dress. which should look like this image. Which could be secured with either staples or superglue which ever you find works the best.
To connect both sections of the dress together and to cover up the joining. i used another technique in platting the magazine. which is really simple to do by just cutting 3 strips of magazine then simply platting them together and the outcome is whats shown in the middle of the image. simply glue the plat completely round the dress to link it all together.
for the top section of my dress as a way of adding finishing touches i added twisted origarmi flowers made from magazine, but any origarmi flowers would work really well it just depends what kind of ones you would like.
Create as many origarmi flowers( or whatever you choose to do) as it takes to go completely round the top section of the dress.
To add another recycled element i used the ribbon from the shoulders of clothes (used for hanging them up) and old buttons. i simply just threaded them through all the woven top section to finish the section off.
Finally to finish the whole dress off i connected the back section together, by simply sewing on ribbon so that you would easily be able to take it off and fasten up by fastening 3 ribbons.
The final outcome of your dress should look something like this image.
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Gemma Louise brown

Lincolnshire

United Kingdom

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