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Lady Literature

October 31, 2013 · 53 · 6

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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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
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Emma Paton
I'd quite like that too. I miss you!!!!!!
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Prudence Fife
Just soak up all that Italian fashion for me :)
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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 :)
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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!
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Renata C.
This is so amazing I'm speechless! Excellent work!
Prudence Fife
Awe, thank you so so much! <3
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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

  

Items in this look

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Handmaid Paper Skirt
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Handmaid Paper Corset Top
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Handmaid Paper Fascinator

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