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Topic: Plastic Bags = A Fused Plastic Dress & A Knit Vest  (Read 3370 times)
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« on: December 10, 2012 12:48:24 PM »

I made this about two years ago, which was long before plastic bags got banned in my city of residence. I'm still pretty proud of this project, though wearing it has never been very feasible because plastic bag fusion does not create the most breathable material ever, and even on a cold night one gets rather sticky and sweaty.  Tongue

I made this dress and vest for a Haute Trash Fashion show. It's about 98% plastic grocery bags, save for two straps of elastic in the back of the dress which allowed me to (barely) squeeze into the thing. (Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the back!)

The dress was made by fusing plastic bags into big roughly sized sheets which were then trimmed into a skirt and bodice shape, and fused together again.

The vest was made after hours and hours of making plastic bag yarn and then more hours of slowly knitting it. That stuff isn't the easiest stuff to knit with so I remember doing it a little bit at a time, as to not completely destroy my hands. I pretty well improvised the pattern, knitting it from the top down.


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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2012 03:20:04 PM »

I'm impressed!  I think they're both awesome.

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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2013 11:18:52 PM »

Cute outfit!  I'm really amazed that everything is plastic bags - I assumed it was cotton from the thumbnail. Great job  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2013 07:02:55 PM »

Wow!  How awesome!  I've been thinking of making some fused items myself  - this is an inspiration!

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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2013 12:32:15 PM »

Well, you rocked that plast-ique!! The dress photographs like unpressed linen. It is really sweet. I like the little bit of colour at the top of the breast. The vest? I had to look again because it looks like you picked it out of the closet just to throw over the dress. It does not look like plastic AT ALL! The knit actually reminds me of a little purple cardigan I have. It is made out of a shiny-type yarn that I can't identify. Well done on both pieces. And, thank you for deciding to post it despite so much time passing. 

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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2013 09:34:28 PM »

Hey, thanks for the compliments Smiley I was pretty darn proud of this project so it's nice to know others can appreciate the details.

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