This is my last day! The month went by so quickly. First, I’d like to thank Eliza for designing an awesome dress that has allowed me to modernize, refresh my wardrobe, and truly make me realize how much I have. So cliche, but some of the best things are in our own backyard – or already in our closet! All of the items dusted off over the last month have a new found appreciation. Thank you to all of my friends and family who helped take lovely shots of me everyday! Many thanks to those of you who have been following and commenting with my progress.
Last week I was inspired by one comment, which expressed that my time would be ending soon and would be sad when she didn’t have the chance to see what I wore everyday. About this same time, I came across one my favorite items from childhood – paper dolls. My mother used to spend HOURS with my sister’s and me cutting out loads of dolls. While we played with them, I dreamed of what I would be designing when I grew up.
I wanted to give back something that I gained in this process of growth, from childhood, to art-student, to designer, to wear-a-thoner. I decided to make myself into a paper doll, for anyone to find inspiration in. Using myself as a template in the LBD; buttoning up the front or back, with a belt at the waist or hips, and open. I also encourage that others draw on top of me in the LBD with their favorite accessories, or garments to test out looks and be creative! Photograph or Scan back to us, we’ve love to have a look!
Here’s how I did it:
Printed it out and had a bunch of tools ready to go
Did a quick cut-out of the ‘doll’.
Cut open a box from the recycling bin.
Applied glue stick to the back if the doll.
With smaller sissors did a final cut out of the doll.
From one edge of the box made a 1/2″ line, to be used as a stand.
Folded the strip in half.
Cut tiny slits in the bottom of the doll.
Voila! Now the Doll is standing!
Cut out one of the dress variations.
Applied, and now have a new look!
To embellish more, and being inspired by this Sunday’s Time Magazine, I thought: If I am to ever go to Yemen, I could not go and bare my legs like this!
I traced the dress pattern for the top
I cut a little extra paper, folded it into a pleated skirt. I really like the idea of the Yemen skyline as a big printed skirt. I cut some oval circles here as necklaces. I might need to still cover myself up more if I were to actually go to Yemen, but for now this is a good start.
This is just an idea. The big idea is to let your imagination run wild. Feel free to use white-out to draw over the black easier, add an additional dress if you want to use it as a skirt or head dress the way Eliza and Kristen have. Follow your intuition, there is no wrong way!