hot air balloon dress

by s

For the Sol Inspirations 2014 Eco Fashion Scholarship show, the challenge was to make a garment from the material from a hot air balloon! Target donated a hot air balloon and designers got to take as much fabric as they needed to make a garment. Here is what I came up with.

I sort of made my own textiles. I cut strips of the brown cotton fabric (which used to be the part where the balloon meets the basket, the arches…) and wove them together to create a large basket weave. Then I stitched over the whole piece with rows being about 1/4″ apart.


The skirt part is made from rows of pin ticks spaced about 1″ apart. I put elastic around the knees, and since we had to use every scrap (no waste!) I made a saddlebag tu-tu to poof the skirt out. I kept the styling to minimal, a feathered covered headband adds to the interpretation of “flight.”

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THANK YOU : Alexander Butterfield/photos, Amanda Eidem/model, NaseemRafiei /makeup, Annie Shurson/hair