So we actually did this about a year ago for a friend’s ABC party. If you don’t go to college parties very often that stands for Anything But Clothes. The dress code is simple, you can cover yourself in anything but clothes. Popular choices are always trash bags, sheets, or beer boxes. For girls there’s a little more pressure to make your recyclable outfit a little cuter that just making a trash bag toga. I’ve seen dresses made out of caution tape and condoms (in their wrappers don’t worry). The dresses we ended up making were almost too good though because most people couldn’t even tell they weren’t real dresses.
We decided to go with the duct tape option. Upsides to this dress construction method are that you can very creative and create basically any dress design, downsides include not being able to move, getting very hot, and not being able to go to the bathroom. In our designs it was impossible to get around these first two problems, but we did pretty well with the third. When I was making my dress I simply held my legs slightly apart and made the dress was able to slide up. For my sister’s dress we made it into a two piece outfit where the skirt was held in place with just one piece of tape so there was a way to get it off. This worked great!
Other than making a skirt portion I won’t go into the details of my sister’s dress, because I think we can both agree it was more of a fail. She tried only wearing a tank top and taping over it, but the bottom stuck directly to skin, a bad idea. My dress was much more successful though, and I actually managed to save it and wear it a second time as well. What I did was take an old large t-shirt, make sure it’s the length of a dress, and cut the sleeves off. I pulled the t-shirt down putting my arms through the top so it was like a tube dress. Then I simply started at the bottom (like I said keeping my stance wide) and circled myself with duct tape until I got to the arm holes. I then put strips of duct tape in the front and back where I wasn’t able to go all the way around because of the arm holes. Then around the boob area I went all the way around again and tried to make a sweet heart shaped neckline. I then used black duct tape to edge the top and bottom of the dress, as well as around the arm holes of the t-shirt. I made a diamond shape around these holes, and they served as fashionable cutouts. This dress was really comfy and received lots of compliments, let me know if you have any questions! Sorry for the picture quality, all I have from this occasion are these cell phone pictures. If I ever do this again I’ll make sure to take better pictures!