Friday, May 14, 2010

Project Runway

Did I tell you I work with the youth at church? I do. For the past 2 years I've been in charge of the 14/15 year-old girls. I love them, they keep me on my toes, that's for sure. Every Wednesday night we have an activity, which for a leader can be a little hard -- because you have to come up with something to do every single week. Got any ideas???? Send them my way..... PLEASE! (That was a plea for help, in case you didn't notice. And yes, I've been to Sugardoodle -- which is a great site.)

Last night we had a Project Runway competition. The girls had to make prom dresses out of paper. It's amazing what you can do in 1 1/2 hours with a bunch of newspaper, coffee filters, crepe paper, doilies and butcher paper.

By the way, this is a fun thing to do with little girls who get bored over the summer. They love having a fashion show at the end, especially if you take lots of pictures.

If you think this looks daunting, it isn't. Here are a few tips to make it run smooth:

  • Bring some fashion magazines to use as inspiration.
  • Purchase a basic dress pattern that you can use as a template. You can buy an inexpensive one at Walmart (if your Walmart has a fabric section.) Size isn't a real big issue since you aren't trying to get a perfect fit. You just need basic shapes to cut out of the paper -- sleeves, a bodice, and a skirt.
  • Tape your newspaper together to make big pieces of paper fabric. (We used wide masking tape).
  • Note: If you want to have pleats or folds in your skirt, you need to fold the newspaper fabric before you cut out a skirt shape. Same thing goes for your sleeves or bodice.
  • Lay your dress pattern pieces on top of the newspaper and trace around them. Then cut out the shapes you just traced.
  • Once you have cut out your skirt, bodice and sleeve pieces, embellish them any way that you like. We used the coffee filters, doilies, and crepe paper. You can also twist newspaper paper, roll it, etc. Add sashes, paper buttons, etc. Get creative. Looking at the magazines can help you get ideas.
  • Use a glue gun to attach the embellishments to the pattern pieces.
  • Before you begin assembling the dress, reinforce the waistband, and armholes with masking tape.
  • Grab your model and tape the dress to her body.
  • You will be amazed at how creative the girls get. Once they have a basic pattern to work from, they figure everything else out.
  • If your paper rips, don't worry. Patch it with more paper, or tape over it.


Eve said...

Those are very impressive! When we did that same activity with those girls as beehives, there were some very immodest dresses made. I'm talking completely uncovered bums. (Well, besides their jeans.)

Cynthia said...

That is so cute and so fun! I will definately pass that on to the wards I visit in my Stake. The only drawback is, not everyone is as creative as you and it may not turn out as well!

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

Amazing! i can't believe they could do that with paper!!

I'll have to think about it, but I might be able to come up with some ideas for your future Wed. nights. What did I do when I was a Mia Maid?...

lady lee said...

soooo cute. If I think of any cool ideas I will let you know :)

dandee said...

I love them! You've got some talented girls on your hands.

Natasha said...

Wow, those are very cute dresses! If I think of any fun ideas I'll let you know.