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The Ductchess of Duct Costume

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The Ductchess of Duct Costume

The Ductchess of Duct costume

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Photo #1 - The Ductchess of Duct costume Photo #2 - the zip tie base Photo #3 - The under skirt and lining.
Costume type:  Costumes for Women
Category:Halloween Costumes

This homemade costume for women entered our 2015 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Katherine, the 'The Ductchess of Duct' costume creator:

I'd been wanting to make a dress out of duct tape since I heard about the concept, and I've been wanting to make a dress in this "Marie Antoinette" style for years, so it made sense to put these two ideas together.
As you can see, it's quite the elaborate affair. I bought a basic wig and took it apart and rebuilt it to add height (I used tissue paper at the crown and then glued the hair on to that) and then added touches like peacock feathers and duct tape roses.
For the dress, I used the zip ties for boning and the pannier cage, and I adhered the duct tape to a muslin backing and used a simplicity pattern to create the basic shape. There are actually two layers of dress: the lining layer and underskirt, and the outer layer and top skirt. In order to avoid seaming and create the illusion of an unending pattern, I carefully lined up the edges of the tape. In order to reinforce some spots, I also used a bit of hot glue. Altogether, the project took about ten weekends, 24 rolls of duct tape, and cost about $200, but it was totally worth it to have people stop me on the street and ask to have their picture taken with me.

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