As some of you know, I am a corporate lawyer in India. In daily law firm life, there is a large chunk of paper wasted in printing documents for meetings or for review, especially in the litigation department. In most cases, either this waste is used to create a miniature model of a city filled with skyscrapers on your desk (You know who you are!) or if you are one of those people who have enough time to regularly clean up this mess, these bundles of waste paper end up like this….
One weekend, I took a draft of the loan agreement home for weekend reading. Once I was through with it, it lay on my desk at home for weeks, until one weekend, I decided to put it to some good use. I had made a waste paper wedding dress as one of the GISHWHES items which was a LOT of fun (You can see my waste paper wedding dress here…). I googled ‘paper dresses’ and found amazing dresses which inspired me to do this even more. The final result is this…..
I started with making the skirt. The waist band was pretty easy to make. Next, I took one A4 sheet at a time and folded it in zig zag form and stapled as I went along, until I had enough zig zag paper to cover my entire waist. I repeated this again. I attached the first row of zig zag paper to my waist belt and attached the second row of waste paper at the ending of my first row. I think most of my time was spent on this skirt.
The top was also really easy to make. I stapled two A4 sheets and folded them to give the top a sweetheart neckline and added darts so that it would fit me properly. For the back, I just took two A4 sheets again and stapled them together. I joined the front and the back pieces with tape.
Since the dress looked incomplete with just these two pieces, I decided to add a strip of paper to make the top a little more dressy.
My husband helped me put the dress on with the help of staples and a little bit of tape. I added a pair of stilettoes, a neckpiece and a clutch to complete the ready to go out cocktail party look.
It’s a shame that I can’t actually go out in this dress (God forbid, the rain! Not to mention the pervs) but I enjoyed every minute spent in making it, wearing it and posing in it!
So, what do you think?