Saturday, September 27, 2014

Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope's Wedding Dress Costume Tutorial! - Blog Hop

Parks and Recreation Inspired Blog Hop -lg

Welcome to the Parks and Recreation EPIC Blog Hop! Eight wonderful bloggers have joined together to create and share crafts inspired by the NBC show, Parks and Recreation, starring Amy Poehler. This fall the show enters it's 7th and final season! We'll miss Parks and Rec but the show will live on in "craft"!
Did someone ask if we can do an Epic Blog Hop about Parks and rec final season, Season 7, on NBC??? Well we did it and here it is!!! In the words of Leslie Knope:

"Knope we Can!" or "Yes, we can't not."

Inspired by the wedding dress alteration designed by the character of Ann Perkins. It is a compilation of all of Leslie Knope's adventures with the Parks Department of Pawnee. 

My project I will be sharing with you today is one near and dear to my heart as crafty couture is one of my favorite things to design. The LESLIE KNOPE WEDDING DRESS I crafted is bound to inspire any Knope fan to create this dress for the up coming holiday, Halloween.  
Supply List:
  • 2" packing tape
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • hole punch
  • ruler (24" quilting ruler works but is not necessary)
  • 6" wide white tulle (about 40 yards of it on the roll)
  • 1/2" white ribbon (enough to go around your waist 4 times)
  • white 8 1/2 x 11 printing paper
  • printer and computer to pint the images from
  • thrift shop dress 
  • 2" black ribbon
  • A flower for the waistband (or you can make one from the Pawnee Government seal like they did for the show.)

Before we get started here is a fun video of the creation of this project. 

Now let's get started!

Step 1 - Print out as many Leslie Knope memorabilia images you can find online. News paper articles from the Pawnee Sun or the Pawnee Journal, flyers and posters from her City Council Campaign, photos of her heroines; Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama and Sandra Day O'Connor etc...

Step 2 - Run a piece of 2" clear packing tape along the top back of the page, 1/2" from the top. 

Step 3 - Fold pages in an accordion fold style.

Step 4 - Strongly crease the folds by rubbing it along the table edge. Punch a hole through all the folds of your page about 1"-1 1/4" from the top of the page. 

Step 5 - Use your tape to create an "aglet" on the end of your ribbon. This will help you thread the ribbon through the holes in the pages. (Did you learn something new here today? OR Did you already know what an aglet was?)

Step 6 - Take your ribbon and wrap it around your waist twice to measure it and cut. Match it up and cut a second piece of ribbon to measure and cut. You may trim it up later after your done. Step 7 - Layout your papers in order of how they will be threaded on the ribbon. Remember you will have two rows of pages. Step 8 - Thread your ribbon through the holes of each of your pages from one side to the other for both rows, use one of your cut ribbons for each row.

Step 9 - Spread out the accordion folds. And put your row of pages face down. Step 10 - Cut your tulle in 48" strips. You will need one piece of tulle for each valley fold of your papers in your top row.

Step 11 - Fold your tulle in half and follow these images to complete the knot on the top row of pages.
Take the looped end and pull it under the ribbon on the back side of the paper.
Take the two open ends and pull them through the loop
Begin to tighten by pulling the open ends more and working the tulle in place
Once it is tight make sure it lays down this way, that is the way it will hang. The top of the paper is on the right.

Step 12 - Take your top row of pages and tulle, lay them face down on your work surface and then flip the tulle over to expose the back side of the pages.

Step 13 - Line up your second (bottom) row of pages about 1 1/2" over lapping the bottom of the top row.

Step 14 - Find your center of your rows and , valley of the accordion fold. Repeat for all pieces of tulle checking your overlap frequently and work from the center out. This will hold the second row in place, hanging it from the first row.
Take the two tulle tails from the top row and feed one of them under the ribbon on the bottom row's center.
Take the second tulle tail and tie it in a knot with the first tail just under the ribbon.

Step 15 - Try on your skirt!!!! Woo Hoo!!! Check it out! If you have gaps where you see the tulle between the pages that is okay. Take extra pages that are accordion folded and glue them to the back sides of the pages you have been working with in the rows. This will cover the tulle and add more memorabilia of Leslie's adventures!

Now flaunt your stuff at the next Halloween party as the beautiful yet quirky Leslie Knope!

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Moon/Lunar Fairy - with articulated wings

Whew, now that was a long post! Thank you all for hopping along with us!
Party Coordinator at Party Time Tuesdays