Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Post-It Note Dress

I posted a couple of photos of the Post-It note dress on Facebook yesterday, and got a lot of great comments, as well as several questions. Hopefully in today's post, I can explain exactly what I was doing with all those Post-It notes. :)

First, I'll start with the final product:

"What did you make this for?" - Amanda
3M is one of the major businesses in Cynthiana. In fact, Post-It notes are manufactured here. As part of this weekend's Art Walk, 3M sponsored a Post-It note fashion contest. You assemble a team of 4, and each team pays a $20 deposit and receives a box full of various Post-It notes. As long as you submit a final product, your deposit is refunded, and any left over Post-It notes are yours to keep. My friends Stacy and Dan asked me to be part of their team (their 3-year-old son Micah was our 4th team member -- he provided the comic relief).

Oh, and duct tape was the unofficial 5th member of this team. :)

Also, Stacy and I both work at schools, and we're happy to report that with all the leftovers, we each have enough Post-It notes for the upcoming school year!
"Did you make that?" - Kami
Mainly, Stacy and I did. She came over earlier in the week and we made the skirt. It was a busy week, so in my spare time, I made the purse, earrings, boa, and shoes. (My MM Slice came in handy.) And I started the top, but she was the one who made the top stay on me. I really owe her a great deal for that.

"Wait, for real???" - Jeannie
For realsies. :)
"Can you sit down in it?" - Julie Ann and LeAnne
Not at all. Which is the only thing about the outfit that disappointed me. Because if I could have, I so would have worn it to church this morning.
"Is the purse made with post its too?" -Kellie
The purse is 98% post-it, with a little duct tape. :)

Oh, and notice the shoes...the left one split during the show!
"Can you please make me one. How much for the dress?! HAHA." -Sarah
Sarah, if you ever find yourself in Kentucky, and you have a stack of Post-It notes, look me up! :D

"So, if this teaching thing doesn't work out, you're planning on becoming a fashion designer, yes?" - Jeannine
Well, if we had won the contest, or at least placed, I might have given consideration to a career in Post-It note fashion design. But I might need a little more practice...perhaps I'll start with a costume for the cat... :)
Where was the contest held? - Bekka (Okay, I just needed to keep with the theme. Forgive me.)
The contest was held in the Rohs Opera House, which was decorated with lots and lots of Post-It notes (of course).

Is there video from the event? -Bekka
Wow, Bekka, you sure are full of questions. :) You'll be very happy to know that my husband captured some footage from the event. The person speaking is Stacy, who I worked with to construct the dress. She and her husband, Dan, wrote the speech about the dress and creative process. Listen closely -- when Stacy mentions Micah and his train noises, Micah (who is sitting in front of Mike) gives a demonstration.


Amy Muffoletto said...

This is really cool.... Very brave woman..... I did a talent show on a cruise ship.... they laid stuff out on a table and we chose what we wanted.... we made costumes to copy the ships dancers..... my costume top was aluminum foil and my bottom was a plastic table skit we cut in strips to make it look ruffled.... too funny.... I was 16.... crazy thing we do.... Thanks for sharing. super fabulous.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

HOLY CRAP Bekka.....that is soooooooooooooooo cool!!! I can NOT believe U guys didn't win!!!! U are sooooooooooooooo ADORABLE! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Melissa said...

You are so talented! I love it!

AuroraTN said...

Ha ha, I'd like to see that cat costume. ;) This was a very cool thing to do, and you will definitely win the next time you enter!

merryheart2 said...

i LOvE it Bekka!
how fun. i can't believe you guys didn't win.

Tracy said...

You did an incredible job on this project, Shelby!!!

Chris said...

That dress is absolutely too cool - I can't believe you didn't win but I bet you guys had a fantastic time creating it.

deana said...

Oh how FUN! You are just crazy talented, girl! Hard to believe there was something better than that in the contest! Oh well, you looked adorable anyway & I'm sure it was FUN to do (and YAY for free POST-IT notes for the school year! :-)

Shell said...

that is too rad!
you are so uber talented!
look forward to keeping up with you.

Furniture removal said...

Your note dress looks pretty. I like your color choices.

Properties in Manila said...

Fantastic dress! Looks to me you really put a lot of effort on it. The dress is beautiful.

sarah said...

HAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!! work it girl!!! love that your a model for post its! haha.

anyway, im glad it turned out so well.

...and if im in the area i'll be sure to look you up!


Jill Deiling said...

that dress is amazing, i cant believe you guys didnt place! I dont think i could ever make something that cool!! lol!! it sounds like you guys had a lot of fun, and im glad you have enough post its to last you the rest of the year, lol.
thanks so much for reading my whiney blog, youre so sweet! :) Thank you for your kind words!

Anonymous said...

That is so neat! Oh, to be so talented!