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Plastic Bag Mesh Dress

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Plastic Bag Mesh Dress

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Make-it-Yourself

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Bags & Clothing

Waste Materials

Carrier Bags

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The outer shell of the dress is a structured shape made from a mesh fabric trapped within plastic bags and edged with a teabag binding.Thanks to:Life Photographic Photographer - Wayne Harker-Gill (http://www.lifephotographic.co.uk)Makeup - Clare Newman (http://www.lifephotographic.co.uk)Hair - Anthony Holland Model: Marta Rembielinska

Materials & Equipment List

Clear plastic bagsFruit bags or similar mesh fabric like Bridal VeilingTeabagsSpraypaintFabric dye or paintThreadFasteningScissorsIronSewing machine

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Teabag Binding:If teabags have already been used start off by drying, emptyng and bleaching them, ensuring not to leave them in the bleach longer than necessary as the fabric is delicate. Then rinse and once dry sew together leaving one seam of each teabag attached and cutting all other edges to give flat material. Sew together end to end in a long line.
To achieve a bright colour, spray paint the teabags. Put down some paper to protect the floor, once the teabags have been sewn together spray the colour evenly onto the right side of the material(the side without the seams).
In order to bind with this material you need to establish the middle of the strip then fold in both sides to meet in the middle and press with the iron to hold in place.
Making the main material:Start off by dyeing your mesh material, unless using fruit bags. We dyed our material by mixing our colour in acrylic paint then adding water. We then soaked the material for a few minutes until the colour was bright enough and left to dry.
Next cut the clear plastic bags so that they are flat sheets. Put the mesh inbetween 2 layers of plastic bags.
Set the iron to a low or medium heat, make sure to use some greaseproof paper in between the iron and plastic. Iron over the plastic moving quite quickly so that no holes are melted through the plastic. Check that the 2 layers of plastic have stuck together trapping the mesh inbetween, if not iron again.
Constructing the garment:Pin on your paper pattern and cut the pattern pieces out of the material so they are ready to be sewn together.
Sew pattern pieces together with right sides together and use a 1cm seam allowance, start with the shoulder seams, then the side seams. Leave the back seam open for fastening. Turn the garment the right way in.
Using the teabag binding neaten the neckline and hem. Line up centre of binding with edge of material, fold over so that binding covers edge. Sew along right side of binding making sure the back of the binding is also caught in the stitches. Add chosen fastening to the back seam.
For the under dress we used an old slip and altered the shape, we took in te side seams to make it more fitted and took up the hem to shorten it to the length of the outer dress.
Lastly we added neon top stitch to the nude slip. We stitched along the hem and top of the garment to finish the outfit and add a touch of colour.
Our final product.
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