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Singing in the rain- Umbrella Dress

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Alicia Williams
Singing in the rain- Umbrella Dress

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Make-it-Yourself

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Bags & Clothing

Waste Materials

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A non-functional Umbrella dress that is more for the production of a display piece, linked to my initial idea and inspiration of two amazing theatre productions, "Singing in the rain" and "Mary Poppins". Hangs on a wooden coat hanger, Can be displayed in a glass cabinet however the function of having the umbrella arm not removed allows you to move the dress around.

Materials & Equipment List

Sewing machinePliers both flat nose and long noseUmbrellaBroken umbrella frameBlack threadNeedlesBees waxScissorsPattern making sheets- Dress sheetsTea bagsRandom small objects e.g. feathers, scraps of material, paper etc.Scrap of material any colour to your preferenceHandmade paper- recycled paperPlastic or material- preferably from a broken umbrellaCoat HangerBlack bin bagsIronTracing PaperPins

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

What you will need: dress pattern template, a piece of scrap material. Following the instructions on your template pin down the sections as shown on to the fabric.
Using an embroidery chalk or any chalk that will wash off, draw around the template so you know where to cut and what to cut.
This is the outcome that you will get. Remember you are only making the bodice part of the dress.
Using the template you will see that there is a section where you will need to mark out the darts. I chose to cut out the dart from the pattern template and then used it to fill in on my fabric where my dart needs to be. As shown on photo.
You will then need to fold the dart in half and sew the dart up, using a sewing machine. Going in an upward motion. starting from wider end to the tip.
Your darts will soon begin to look like this.
Time to sew up the back and side of the bodice to then make it look like a small crop top.
After turning the top back from being inside out, it should look like this. Depending on the design you have chosen.
This is the part where it becomes more exciting. You will need an umbrella of any colour or size but make sure it opens correctly.
By using a cake tin I was able to envisage where and what my dress was going to look like. Doing this allows you to mark out where you need to sew.
Hand sew the bodice to the umbrella, I chose to use a simple stitch but you can be a bit adventurous and go for a bullion knot stitch etc.
Hang the dress up using a hanger to see that you are on the right path and to see that you are central to the umbrella.
Making embellishments for the dress you will need: Waxed teabag buttons (check out my waste diary 2 for details) and a black bin bag.
Cut the Bin bag into a desirable shape, I chose to go for the shape of a leaf.
Start sewing paper roses from handmade paper. These are simply made by rolling a strip of paper together to form a rolled rose. Use a strong thread so it is secure to the teabags and bin bag leaf.
To make an accompanying bag, I used a logo that was from an old umbrella "IHATE RAIN". Quite ironic really! I measured the shape of the logo and cut out the same shape of a white bin bag (that had been melted to encapsulate an orange)And sewn the sides/ base together using a sewing machine.
Use a hole punch to punch out holes for where the handle is going to fasten through.
To make the handle you will need to cut the bin bag into equal strips and make a plait.
it should then look like this. Make sure you tie knots on the ends.
Using the same idea of embellishing the dress, I made another little "button" to go onto the bag, you will need to sew this onto the bag and you will then have a final bag and dress.
This will be your final outcome. Enjoy!
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Alicia Williams

Nottingham

United Kingdom

Hi my names Alicia, I am a keen student studying at NTU doing Decorative Arts. I consider myself to be enthusiastic and open minded...

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