May 23, 2015
I have been very busy with a lot of glue, old magazines, and pennies…my crazy options for the unconventional challenge…check it out!
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When we were first presented with the unconventional fabric challenge I could not get pennies out of my mind. I loved the idea of the color variation in the pennies. I wanted to use old, new and super dirty pennies. I also have a bit of a confession, my kid’s piggy bank was full of pennies and I just “borrowed” them for the challenge! I guess that I will be replacing them soon?
I toyed around with other material options that were easily accessible. I thought about black rice, Asian dry noodles, tamale corn shucks, flowers, etc. Then one day I was playing around in my sewing room and realized that I had magazines from 2011! I decided this would not only be an inexpensive, easily accessible material but also a way to clean up my magazine collection.
I had a very rough plan when I started the project. The best way for me to get the most impact out of the magazine prints was to put the same colored pages together in a chevron formation. The pattern that I used for the skirt was Butterick B6060. I loved using the panels to really create more of a chevron design throughout the skirt. I added the section to the bottom to pull the top portion (which I had already planned as being pennies) together. The top was draped and drafted on my mannequin. Originally, the plan was to make this into a dress with no peplum. Once I got started, I realized that a peplum was an absolute necessity.
I worked on this dress (gluing pennies to the bodice) until about midnight the night before the pictures were due. I used so many different types of glues that I am now the official ” glue expert”.
Another confession, magazines could be a great insulating fabric. I sweat so much taking the pictures with this dress. The dress was extremely heavy and there were so many layers of fabric. (Which by the way, I used my old sewing machine to stitch the stiff, hard fabric together).
I am OBSESSED with this dress!!! I LOVE how it turned out! I would love to wear this out somewhere. Unfortunately, by the time that I sit down or walk too far, I the magazine would start to rip to shreds!
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