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Introduction: Dress From Plastic Bags
Well I woke up yesterday morning and decided I wanted to make a dress out off plastic bags. So I did. I finished it this morning!! I decided to write it out as an Instructable in case it works out well.
If I don’t make sense in the writing look what I’ve written on the pictures, if you still don’t understand just comment and I’ll try and get back to you :)Step 1: Collect Bags! and Other Bits and Bobs.
I don’t know about you but I’m the sort of person who would like a dress to have some sort of design, not just a mish mash of random carrier bags! So make sure you have plenty of bags before you start this project, different colours and lots of the same if you like coordination 😀
You’ll also need scissors
sewing machine (obviously not essential but VERY useful)
threads of the colours of bags that you’re using (or different if you want!)
sellotape (instead of pins!)
needle (the thinner the better)Step 2: Decide on a Design.
Lay your bags out, try different combinations of bags for the top and skirt parts. If it helps tie the bags to yourself to get an idea of what the dress would look like.
When deciding on the top part make sure the bag will fit you so if you’re a bigger gal then you need to look for a bigger bag! Remember it’s better to get a bag which is too big as a bag which is too small will rip, and that’s not good!!
Be adventurous, try combinations that you wouldn’t be immediately drawn to, you never know what might inspire you!
For the top part you will need one bag (some bags are quite see through so you may either want to choose a bag that isn’t or wear a vest or similar instead) and for the skirt you will need 3+ bags depending on the size and tightness you want. I used 5. If it’s the top part DO NOT cut the handles off, you will probably need to make the ‘arm holes’ bigger as most of the handles of bags I’ve used are waaay to tight on my arms/shoulders! When cutting the bags try and make it as smooth a cut as possible, without nicks, these will be a point of weakness from which a large rip could form so avoid at all costs!
The pictures describe what I’ve said here better!Step 4: Skirt Preparation
A tip to seeing if you have enough bags for the skirt take a belt or length of fabric and thread your ‘top and tailed’ bags onto it. Tie it around your waist and spread the bags evenly. Add more/remove some until you’re happy. It’s up to you as to how many bags is enough, do you want a tight fitting skirt? Or a big floaty one? (it will be very floaty after all, it is made of plastic!)Step 5: Skirt Sewing Together
Flatten the bags out and take 2 and align them so they are folded down the original edges. Use the taggy bits at the top to help you (this is why you didn’t cut them off from these pieces). Line the bottom of one ‘bag’ up with the top of another,
as some bags are different sizes line up one edge so the bottom edge of the skirt is straight. Use sellotape to keep them together, make sure it is a few cm away from the edge you are going to sew. Trim of the taggy bits to make it easier to sew.