An altered state of mind
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
So first I started of with a dress form that I found at Lincraft, it comes brown/naked and is made of paper mache. It stands at about 25cm tall and is quite rigid (it feels like cardboard). First I went about tearing up small pieces of musical patterned paper that I got at Spotlight. I didn't have to use much, cause I only covered the areas that show - which is the top part of the form. I used Martha Stewart Decoupage glue. It not only glues, but leaves a nice shine over the top of the papers. I waited for it all to dry before going over the musical paper one more time - just to ensure everything was sealed and had a shine. It's not super shiney, but it's not matt either if you get what I mean. Then I started to fashion a dress from some pictures that I found on Google Images (fantastic resource!). I didn't have to sew a thing. I simply folded over the black satin type material and wrapped it around the form and secured it with hot glue. Then I trimmed off any access and glued around the bottom. The holding then sequined material I made it drape in the front and secured the top edges with hot glue, then continued gluing around the top until I reached the back. I trimmed all the edges and folded the last edge over to give it a sewn look. The bottom was also glued. I bought some tassel-like trimming, as this is what Flapper Dresses have on them. It's about an inch wide, so I did 3 layers, slightly overlapping each other around the bottom of the dress.
The beads came as is, I just simply twisted the necklace in the middle and made it look like 2 around the forms' neck.
To make this embellishment, I wrapped a thin piece of satin ribbon around the form's neck, then started layering black and aqua feathers on top in a fan shape. Some of the feathers had a distinct bend in them, so I was mindful of where I placed them. I then added three of the bead and crystal stems and lastly to cover everything at the bottom and finish off, I added the paper rose.
I am so so happy with how this turned out! If I had another dress form I would definitely make another! Just a word from the wise though - pick your materials wisely, the sequined material is $50 a metre, but I just had to have it! It's the perfect size miniature sequins, any bigger and it would have looked odd. Now I have to think of a use for all the other material!