Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Designing With Handmade Paper!

I love working with paper. Making dresses with handmade paper is so much fun. Cut the paper, get it damp and it is easy to work with. 

This was my submission for the 
Design Team Call!

I am really excited to say that I will be joining the design team here at Arnold Grummer's!

If you have a dress form to work with it makes it easier to form the wet paper to create the dress. Before the paper is  wet run a thread about every 1/2 inch through the top of the skirt to help hold the gathers. After the paper is wet gently (VERY GENTLY) pull the thread to make the gathers. 
Here is the damp paper dress tied with ribbon on the form ready to dry overnight. When making a project like this allow plenty of drying time.
Dried pieces are able to free stand.  To make the dress I free cut the a skirt, three parts for the bodice and the sleeves.
Lace was added to the front of the skirt and first two pieces of the bodice adhered for the base structure.

Third piece of the bodice is trimmed with lace around the neck, edges and over the cap sleeves. Then it finished off with a brass bow!
Add the sleeves trimmed with lace around the cuffs. The dress is 14 inches from the back of the neck to the bottom of the skirt.

It is amazing how getting paper wet changes when it is worked with. The dress is able to stand on its own. Spritz dress lightly with Glimmer Mist to give it some sparkle!  Note: If you get the paper too wet it will loose the form.

Handmade paper
Lace (spritzed with Glimmer Mist)
Brass Bow
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Crushed Eggshells
Dress form
Needle and Thread

Be sure to visit the Arnold Grummer's blog and 
see what the design team is up to!


The Robins Nest OCrowley said...

I am clapping my hands loudly right now! Very cool!

Terri Sproul said...

This is AMAZING....