May 28, 2009

Prom dress made from coffee filters

A Missouri high school senior who wore a dress made from coffee filters to her school prom said it took her about a month to create the dress from scratch.

Aimee Kick of Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles wanted a one-of-a-kind dress for her senior prom and was inspired by her reputation as the girl with a coffee cup, she told the Francis Howell School District Web site.

Kick said she would sometimes spend up to six hours a day sewing, staining, dying, folding and cutting the coffee filters for her dress.

When I really started to notice how into making the dress I got was the day before a large (and tedious) research paper was due. I kept saying to myself, 'Just finish the paper and then you can work on the dress as much as you want,' she said.

She said each of the coffee filters had to be blow-dried by hand.

Each and every filter is sewn onto a fabric base that I made. Most filters have multiple seams over them, save for the bodice, which was all hand sewn, Kick said.