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Skirt, bustier, and flower choker made from recycled FEMA-issue blue tarp which was found discarded on the streets of New Orleans last spring.

This is my final entry for the Upcycle contest. I was inspired to recreate something similar to what I made last year for a charity auction here in New Orleans that benefited the America's Wetlands organization.

The charity auction was a fashion show...the only rule was that all of the outfits had to be created using blue tarp as the primary material. The outfit I made for the auction ended up making the front page of the Living section in the local paper that week.

The story in the newspaper prompted a request from two friends for me to make a couple of simple dresses out of blue tarp for them to wear on Mardi Gras day. One of the friends had found a big pile of discarded FEMA-issue blue tarp on the side of the road. I made them two dresses and two small purses out of the blue tarp she brought me, and I still had a ton of it left over. I've been holding on to the leftovers ever since, trying to find things to make out of it.

The entire outfit is made out of blue tarp and also features red zig-zag contrast stitching, red functional buttons, lace-up ribbon closure on bustier, and a blue tarp fleur-de-lis applique.

You can view pictures from the orginal charity auction and images of my original blue tarp outfit here:


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Recycled FEMA Blue Tarp Bustier and Skirt with Flower Choker


  • Materials: tarp, plastic, buttons, ribbon, thread, needle, sewingmachine, grommets
  • Only ships within United States.
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