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Lady Literature

by Prudence F., 23 year old Stylist/Designer/Writer from Canada

53 comments · 6 · October 31, 2013

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  1. Handmaid Paper Skirt

    , in Skirts
  2. Handmaid Paper Corset Top

    , in Tops
  3. Handmaid Paper Fascinator


Lady Literature. Also known as The English Major, A Novel Idea or a Dress to launch a thousand paper ships.

I found an old box of books beside a dumpster and decided to turn it into a project instead of letting it go to the landfill. The two main books I used for the project are Homer's Iliad (Hence the Dress to Launch a Thousand Paper Ships) and Joyce's Portrait of the artist as a Young man.

I started by taking a huge balloon and paper macheing half of it to create the large base for the skirt. I cut the centre out for the waist. Then I spent hours folding pieces of paper and hot gluing them to the paper mache base. I cut the back of the skirt and used a hole punch to create a corset back to the skirt so it would be easy to adjust.

The most challenging part was creating the corset top. I used paper mache for that as well and then again punched holes to create the adjustable corset back. I hot glued more pages to create the beautiful fan top. Let's just say, it might look nice, but it is not the most comfortable bodice!

Finally for the fascinator, I used a paper mache base and then built up around it using curled pages, pages made into of bows, and finally a little gem for some sparkle.

This costume took approximately 50 hours to make, but it was well worth it in the end. I emptied my book shelf, found some old furniture and candles, as well as cool props, to create a set for the shoot. I had so much fun filming the finished product. It was an amazing experience. I am never going to buy my halloween costume again. It's all DIYS from here.

This was such a great experience. Thanks for taking the time to consider my look, and I had so much fun making it I don't care it I get any hypes at all. The fun was in the process! But I do hope you enjoy looking at it half as much as I enjoyed making it!

XoXo Prudence.

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Comments (53)

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Elizabeth Anderson
Wow I have a look made out of recycled unconventional materials too! So creative
Weymi Cho
That's soooo amazing!
Milena V.
Very creative!
perfect beauty
Prudence Fife
You are such a sweetheart! <3
Maya M
OMG I'm in love, this is the best dress ever!!!!!!!!!!


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