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Designers create one-of-a-kind pieces as the last style to stroll the runway as a big-impact finishing touch of the overall collection. These memorable pieces usually include fantasy fashion using textiles and trims not generally manufactured for con

How to Make a Metal Dress

Designers create one-of-a-kind pieces as the last style to stroll the runway as a big-impact finishing touch of the overall collection. These memorable pieces usually include fantasy fashion using textiles and trims not generally manufactured for consumers. Designers can create an original interpretation of a basic silhouette such as a dress, and use unconventional materials such as metal. By using lightweight, soft and pliable metal sheets, designers can connect pieces, cut sheets into dress patterns and transfer designs with textured plates.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

Metal sheetsDress patternScoring toolHeavy-duty protective glovesScissorsUtility knife (optional)Cutting boardAwlMallotHammerTexture plate (optional)Brayer (optional)Rolling pin (optional)Jump ringsNeedle-nose pliers

Instructions

1 Each sheet brand varies in size, such as 9¼ inch by 12 inch, or is sold on a roll. Position soft 36-gauge metal sheets over the selected dress pattern. By positioning the sheets directly on the pattern, you can determine the number of pieces needed to complete the dress. Repeat this step with the sleeve pattern if it is part of your dress design.

2 Trace the shaped pattern pieces onto the metal sheet with a scoring tool.

3 Wear heavy-duty protective gloves and cut the metal sheets with sharp scissors or a utility knife, using a cutting board to protect your table.

4 Align and score the area for each required hole on each metal-sheet pattern. This is especially important if you are working with small-size sheets and plan to connect the metal parts to form a front and back dress panel.

5 Pierce holes through the metal by positioning an awl on the scored hole and lightly tapping a mallet or hammer. Repeat this step to finish piercing the remaining holes for all of the sheets.

6 Position a textured plate over the metal sheet. Pass a brayer tool over the plate to transfer the texture pattern onto the metal sheet. If you do not have a brayer handy, use a rolling pin for the same effect. Skip this step if your dress design does not include a textured pattern.

7 Link the metal sheet pieces with jump rings, generally used for jewellery making, to form the front and back panels. Close the rings with needle-nose pliers. Repeat this step to connect the two panels together at the side seams. If the dress design has a center back seam opening, use flexible wire to open and close the center back when wearing the completed metal dress.

Tips and warnings

If the metal dress has significant gaps, wear a body stocking underneath the dress to hide sensitive areas.

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