Materials and Tools:
2 rolls of 24" x 7' aluminum window screen
20-gauge soft galvanized wire
large sheets of paper
piece of pipe (or other similar hard object)
Step 1: Designing the dress and getting started
Draw a design for the dress on paper, then draw patterns for the bodice, sleeves, cuffs and flower pieces on paper and cut out. Note: The only seam in the bodice should be at the center back.
Trace the dress pattern pieces onto the metal screen with a pencil and cut out with scissors.
All the pieces of the dress will be attached using staples made from wire. Make the staples ahead of time or as you go.
- Cut a 2-1/2-inch piece of 20-gauge soft galvanized wire for each staple.
- Fold it in half and pinch the top using jewelry pliers so the fold is not too wide.
- To attach the staples, push them through the screen and at the back, cross the wires, push them down flat and tight and clip off excess wire.