I sewed velcro on each end of the shoulder straps, that way I could put the dress onbackwards first, attach one end of the straps to the velcro, then slide the dress around forward and attach the front ends of the straps. There is a zipper sewn into the back and the necklace is made out of the yellow straws that I cut in half and then strung onto some string. The boots are spray painted winter boots, and the headband is covered in foil with pipe cleaners and styrofoam balls. I did not sit down in this costume, but it was worth standing all day and night! Hope it inspires you to recycle too!