Once decided, I went and bought seven paper bags and started working. I used the same pattern as my previous 18th century dress, so I knew the fit was good. The stiff and conical silhouette of 1760-1770's lended itself quite well to the stiff paper, but I had to give up on the sleeves, they just tore off all the time. At least, it was not a problem to get enough width over the hips - no need for bumroll or multiple petticoats here! The bodice and side seams of the skirt are taped with duct tape, and the skirt are then pleated to a waist band and just pinned in place. After all, it only had to look good enough at one picture, so no need to overdo it.
|I got quite fond of the row of bows, I might have to make a proper dress like that some day (yet another thing for the too long wish-list...)|
|I always dress up when finishing my dresses (or not!).|
|The hairdo only looked decent from the front so we tried to have me look straight into the camera at most photos. I will have to figure out to make a proper hairdo before the ball were I intend to wear one of my 18th century ones.|
What is it: a 1770's inspired dress in paper for a competition
Material: paper bags from grocery store, duct tape, pins
How historically correct is it? Well, not very... The general shape of the bodice and skirt is ok, but obviously not construction, sleeve-less-ness, material or total look.
Cost? About 20 kr, 3 $, for the bags
Time to make: 1.5 h.
First worn: first and only time, for the photoshot.