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22-09-2009
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Paper dress
I have to make a dress out of Newspaper (like they did on Project Runway last week). Anyone with any tips,tutorials,info,problems you ran into etc. would be greatly appreciated. I can use Muslin underneath.....

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23-09-2009
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Newspaper is stinky and the ink gets on your hands.. I suggest gloves...

but for inspiration check this thread
Made of Paper

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what kind are you allowed or disallowed? you could try different paper materials such as tyvek....maybe use that as a foundation for strength and incorporate other paper elements. just a suggestion though as i don't what rules that are applied.

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no rules really,the dress is for a charity event.....what is tyvek??? where can I get some??? and thank you for the suggestion.

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tyvek is a building material, feels like paper.. you see houses that are being constructed covered with it for protection. some people get it at junk shops here but i heard some places that specialise in printing might also have them..since they sometimes use it to make flags.

i had a colleague who made a paper dress using old home-sewing patterns instead of newspaper.. she layered them, it was a mixture of papier-mâché

is the dress going to be sold? i think newspaper's gross tbh. and it will degrade in time, quickly... it's the way it's made. the inks, the low quality paper. for something cheap i'd prefer to use sugar or rice paper. even layers of toilet roll looks nice (if it's one layer, it will just fall apart)

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^exactly. i've used tyvek before and it's a really strong material to work with. great for a foundation but also construction,shaping and molding etc. Lena sent me some,some years ago and she got it from a fabric fair i think in paris. but you can find it almost anywhere. probably building supply shops.

the pattern idea is a great one too gius!


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I went to the building supply store and checked out Tyvek and have decided to use muslin instead for the structure and sew the paper to the muslin, I only have until oct 5th to finish so wish me luck!!!

What about phone book pages?? there probably just as bad as newspaper huh??

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