Tuesday, October 16, 2012

La Revenante - The Countess Papera Ephemera

It's again the time of the year when my friend the Countess comes for a visit and orders a new dress. For a change, she thought it would be fun to wear something from the late 19th century to fit in with The Dusty Victorian's surroundings.

Her dress is made of different types of paper products that I had already at home: brown craft paper for the skirt, white textured wall paper found in the attic for the bodice, coffee filters for the frills, and cardboard for the bustle support. Cardboard was also used for the hat, along with paper tape for ribbon details. I used different types of glues, including a glue stick, white glue, spray glue and packing tape. Only the belt and gloves are made of fabric and are from my own wardrobe. I would say that at least 95% of this project is made of products that can be recycled or reused.

To know more about the Countess Papera Ephemera you can go here. You can see her stepping out for last year's Halloween here
The bustle gives the Victorian dress its signature shape.

I had just bought a new bag of coffee filters when our coffee maker gave up the ghost.
We now use a French press so those filters have been put to a different use.

Giving the sleeve a natural curve required a lot of cut and past.
This shot reminds me of a Vermeer.

The Countess's dress is now ready. 
She will be stepping out on the 26th with her new dress and standing on our front porch again this Halloween.


Mrs. D said...


Wow Anyes . . . you are so talented making these costumes. Let me be one of the first of a long line of congratulations that you'll receive. I love it. It is exquisite. Your ruffles--can you tell me more about the ruffles.

How about a deserved newspaper article or magazine article???

It's time for you to do some boasting about your abilities.

Best wishes from your friend,
Mrs. D

Mark D. Ruffner said...

What can I say, Anyes, except that you are BRILLIANT!! I think you should send your images to the coffee filter company of your choice — I'll bet you'd be surprised by their reaction. The countess' new wardrobe is delightful (and it's also a pleasure to see the room detailing in that last photo)!


The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Ms. D.
You're so sweet, thank you. The ruffles were quite easy to do. I would cut the paper tape in the length I needed and wet it with a spray bottle. Each coffee filters were gathered from the centre and applied to the wet tape, one beside the other. I would then place it where I wanted the frills. So glad you enjoyed it.
Always a pleasure,

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Mark,
Thank you so much! That's a great idea - I will do that just for fun and see what happens. Yes the mantle in my studio is right up your alley.

GinaBVictorian said...

Wow! How beautiful! That's amazing! And gorgeous! Gina

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you so much Gina, glad you enjoyed it.

JC said...

That is simply gorgeous! :D

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thanks so much JC