It's again the time of the year when my friend the Countess comes for a visit and orders a new dress. For a change, she thought it would be fun to wear something from the late 19th century to fit in with The Dusty Victorian's surroundings.
Her dress is made of different types of paper products that I had already at home: brown craft paper for the skirt, white textured wall paper found in the attic for the bodice, coffee filters for the frills, and cardboard for the bustle support. Cardboard was also used for the hat, along with paper tape for ribbon details. I used different types of glues, including a glue stick, white glue, spray glue and packing tape. Only the belt and gloves are made of fabric and are from my own wardrobe. I would say that at least 95% of this project is made of products that can be recycled or reused.
To know more about the Countess Papera Ephemera you can go here. You can see her stepping out for last year's Halloween here.
|The bustle gives the Victorian dress its signature shape.|
|I had just bought a new bag of coffee filters when our coffee maker gave up the ghost.|
We now use a French press so those filters have been put to a different use.
|Giving the sleeve a natural curve required a lot of cut and past.|
|This shot reminds me of a Vermeer.|
The Countess's dress is now ready.
She will be stepping out on the 26th with her new dress and standing on our front porch again this Halloween.