Could a duct tape dress really be considered a “trend”? I like to think of duct tape style as innovative and inexpensive fashion. A good way to be creative on a budget. For sure no one at the party will be wearing the same thing.
Duct tapes are being used for dresses, wallets, caps, purses, ties, etc. When it comes to creativity, there is no boundary. The biggest advantage of duct tape is that it is affordable and easy to find. Obviously, you can “waste” as much material as you want. Make a dress, try a pattern– and if you don’t like the outcome, scrap it. Best of all– duct tape is available in a variety of colors and shades. That gives you all the choice you want. Here is how to make a duct tape dress:
Six rolls of duct tape
Scissors, Measuring tape
Steps to Make a Duct Tape Dress:
First of all, decide the color of your dress and get the duct tapes.
Sketch the dress design. It can be body fitting or can have frills and flares.Take your measurements accurately. You can take help from a friend while doing so.Make a sheet of duct tape to be used as a fabric to cut the dress. For this, place a long strip of duct tape, sticky side up. Place another same length strip overlapping the previous one by about one inch. Do this until the sheet is large enough to cut a pattern piece.
For covering the sticky side, you can either use another similar sheet of duct tape by placing both the sticky sides together, or you can use a fabric. The fabric is preferable and should be thin. While sticking it to the duct tape sheet, make sure that there are no creases on the fabric.
Now cut the sheet according to your pattern keeping at least 2 inch margin on all sides. You may have to fold the sheet to cut the skirt or the bodice. Here, it is important to keep in mind the direction of the duct tape before you cut the pattern piece. It is preferable to keep the running same for the skirt and the bodice. For sticking the pieces together, remove the inner lining about 2/3rd inch at the joint and stick the two pieces. Cover it up with a strip of tape from above and fold the tape at the sides.
To make the hem, remove an inch of backing fabric and fold in the edges. For the top edges of the bodice, fold strips of tape around it to cover the raw edges. To finish it, you can either stick a zipper or a stick-on Velcro.
A few things should be kept in mind while making a duct tape dress. Since the tape does not allow air to pass through, keeping a margin is very important. It is better to use a thin cotton fabric lining since it absorbs the sweat and is more comfortable.
Now get ready to strut your stuff in that trendy duct tape dress!