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Lady Literature

by Prudence F., 25 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.

Comments (53)

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Emma Paton
Absolutely amazing.. I'll bake and cook for you if you make me costumes :)
Prudence Fife
Haha that sounds like the life. But right now I'd just like to see you and hug you girly! :P
Emma Paton
I'd quite like that too. I miss you!!!!!!
Prudence Fife
Just soak up all that Italian fashion for me :)
Neil Watson
Aww beautiful dress. Amazing design. Excellent work Prudence
Elise Nedal
wow, this should have more hypes! I absolutely love it!
Prudence Fife
Thank you! :D That means a lot to me :)
Careese Quon
Incredibly spectacular costume, Prudence!! <3
Anna Maria L
I'm totally amazed by all the work you've done on the dress. I'm all for DIY costumes as well. Great work and I think it's a really nice dress.
Prudence Fife
Oh wow! Thank you so much for saying that! It means the world to me!
Renata C.
This is so amazing I'm speechless! Excellent work!
Prudence Fife
Awe, thank you so so much! <3
Demitra Ps
what a cool and innovative costume! you look amazing! love it <3
Elizabeth Anderson
Wow I have a look made out of recycled unconventional materials too! So creative


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