Fashion Designers of the World, tonight I will salute you with a dress made of newspaper

by jennifer

I’ve been blog silent lately because I’ve been stitching like mad in preparation for tonight’s Recycled Runway event tonight at the UICA in Grand Rapids. I made a dress out of newspaper. It took way longer than I expected, but I actually made a dress which is kind of amazing since I don’t have much experience with garment sewing.

I started this project by accidentally cutting a 98-inch waistline. It’s a long story, but it all boils down to the fact that I have trouble doing math and talking at the same time. While I’ve had a few time-consuming set-backs due to my lack of fashion design experience, I have to say that making the dress has been a lot of fun. I’m exhausted and full of respect for all the creative people who design for a living.

Now my next challenge, the one that terrifies the most, is that I have to to wear it on the runway tonight. I could have, and probably should, have requested a model, but I was worried that my dress would not fit anyone else very well due to my lack of dress-making skills. And truth be told, it will only fit me with the aid of some MacGyver-style, behind-the-scenes craft moves, including the last-minute decision to scrap the ill-fitting strapless bra in favor of covering the straps of a more civilized bra with fabric that matches the dress. My big plan is to anchor the strapless dress to the camo bra to ensure that the dress stays up and I maintain some dignity.

Last I heard, I’m first up on the runway. My word. May the fashion gods smile upon me.

Come on out to the 7 p.m. show if you’re local, or check back here later to find out if I survived my 60 seconds of impersonating a model. I’m nervous about my part, but I’m excited to see all the great designs by the other participants. Okay, I’ll be back soon with a full report.

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