This was part of a Halloween costume of The Old Gray Lady, a nickname for the New York Times. (Hence the makeup and hairdo.) It consists of a fitted, pleated bodice, a puffy petticoat, and a removable waistband, all made completely from newspaper and thread, with no glue or tape used in the process. It is surprisingly comfortable and wearable.
To make this dress, you need a stack of newspaper (I used one Sunday edition of the New York Times), a basic sewing machine, basic sewing skills, straight pins, a ruler, 2 feet of velcro, a spool of white thread, a pencil, a pair of scissors, a belt, a mirror, and a friend to help you with a couple of the steps.
This dress should fit around a size medium. It took about 8 hours to fully construct.
See the final step for ideas on how to incorporate this amazing dress into a costume for Halloween!
Note: Please keep this dress away from water and fire as it is made of paper!
Step 1: Tools and Materials
-a stack of newspaper (I used one Sunday edition of the New York Times)
-2 feet of velcro
-a spool of white thread
-a basic sewing machine (and basic sewing skills)
-a pair of scissors
-access to a mirror
-a friend to help you with a couple of the steps
-around 8 hours of time
The dress was designed to fit around a size medium.
Step 2: Start Making the Pleats
-Starting at one side, fold up the edge 1/2 inch. Use your fingernail to crease each fold to make sure they are crisp and defined.
-Fold the paper again in the same direction, making a 1 inch fold this time. Be sure to measure and keep the pleats straight.