If I don't make sense in the writing look what I've written on the pictures, if you still don't understand just comment and I'll try and get back to you :)
Step 1: Collect Bags! and Other Bits and Bobs...
You'll also need - scissors
- sewing machine (obviously not essential but VERY useful)
- threads of the colours of bags that you're using (or different if you want!)
- sellotape (instead of pins!)
- needle (the thinner the better)
Step 2: Decide on a Design.
When deciding on the top part make sure the bag will fit you so if you're a bigger gal then you need to look for a bigger bag! Remember it's better to get a bag which is too big as a bag which is too small will rip, and that's not good!!
Be adventurous, try combinations that you wouldn't be immediately drawn to, you never know what might inspire you!
For the top part you will need one bag (some bags are quite see through so you may either want to choose a bag that isn't or wear a vest or similar instead) and for the skirt you will need 3+ bags depending on the size and tightness you want. I used 5. For a tighter fitting one I would have used 3.
Step 3: Cut the Bags
The pictures describe what I've said here better!
Step 4: Skirt- Preparation
Step 5: Skirt- Sewing Together
Setting up machine. I did a few tests and a relatively short stitch works best. On my machine that is stitch length 2 and a bit but you may want to test with some cut offs to find the best stitch with your machine. I set the foot pressure to 0, I'm not sure that was necessary but it worked fine!
Put the plastic on the machine and line it up as shown in the picture. Sew forward a few stitches then backtack to the edge and then start to sew right down the edge leaving a 5mm-10mm seam. This backtacking thing means there are no ends to sew in as you can trim the thread (carefully though) right next to the fabric. Backtack and forward at the end to. Trim thread ends and trim the edge of the bags (optional really...)
Repeat until all your bags are used (though you may want to test part way through to see if you have enough. I used one less than I'd prepared), ensuring that all the seams are on the same side of the project, right sides together in other words. When enough bags have been joined join the two ends together.
Step 6: Skirt- Shaping
Take it to the machine and sew around the top edge making sure that the 'darts' fold the same way every time. Going through this many layers of plastic may upset your machine a little, I used the hand powered bit a few times when it got stuck so be aware that this may happen! Remember the backtacking trick.
Step 7: Top Half
On the handles the plastic is folded and secured, to make it look nicer take the half that is at the back and cut it across the seal (look at the pictures, explaining it is hard!!) and then cut it off, cutting it smoothly so it joins the backline of the dress. Repeat at the front.
Step 8: Joining the Skirt to the Top :D
Turn the skirt inside out and slot the top RIGHT WAY OUT inside the skirt. (I did this bit wrong so I just don't want people making the same mistake :P ) Tack (with tape) the two pieces together at 4 points like the points of a compass. Sew together with a cm seam, making sure you're NOT sewing over the sewing already on in the skirt as this weakens it a lot (trial and error...) and it one layer rips as shown...
I put the dress on and the back was a bit baggy so i went back and took in a bit more in the seam as shown in one of the pictures...
Step 9: Belt (optional But It Hides the Join)
Fold and scrunch until its a bit like the picture! Sew across the belt at the original fold of the bag. Repeat on the other side.
In the centre of the belt secure it together at the back with tape or by hand sewing. You could secure the entire belt inside but I couldn't be bothered!
Step 10: Attach Belt
Step 11: Extra Finishing Touches
Collar- Choose another bag and cut the sides off, from the inside edge of the handles straight down. Cut the handles open . Stick them onto the inside of the neckline with most of the plastic to be folded out to the front. Sew them on with a 5mm seam.
Fold the collar out and cut them to the shape you want!!
Bow- take some off-cuts or cut some new and tie bows around say the shoulder straps or perhaps the belt. Or just tie a knot!
Flower- Make a flower in some way...
- if you can crochet steps 1 and 2 of this are cool- Credit to Jaelle
- if not use this- but use smaller squares of plastic and perhaps thread instead of wire! Credit to Plastic Bag Crafts