Amber was unable to work due to multiple sclerosis. Her free time was driving her insane, so she jumped at the chance to enter a wedding gown contest.
Do you recall seeing toilet paper wedding gowns before? This is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Every once in a while, you’ll come across a stunning wedding gown constructed entirely of toilet paper. This idea has been taken to the next level by a mother from North Richland Hills, Texas, who has created a stunning gown by boiling toilet paper.
Amber Mills is a full-time stay-at-home parent who nevertheless managed to make a stunning bridal gown out of toilet paper.
This isn’t just any old toilet paper. She’s using vintage pink Charmin toilet paper from the 1970s, as well as more modern white toilet paper.
Although toilet paper doesn’t appear to be strong enough to make a dress, Mills has figured out how to achieve it. She creates a fabric-like material by rolling it out in strips and merging it with tape and glue.
Check out her process at 0:28 to discover how she transforms a common household item into a functional fabric for a bridal gown. She then sews the finished product together with a needle and pink thread, exactly like any other piece of apparel.
The wedding gown isn’t just a fun hobby for Mills. It’s a chance for her to feel helpful once more.
Mills suffers from multiple sclerosis, as she explained to USA Today.
“I couldn’t work any longer, and I started to feel pretty down.”
That changed one day while she was on the web. Mills came upon a competition to see who could make the greatest garment out of toilet paper. She was immediately inspired, as though this was her chance to change her perspective.
She entered the competition because:
“I had gotten, you know, emotionally defeated in life and just had a lot of troubles because of my multiple sclerosis and all of my health issues.”
For Mills, who had previously served in the Marine Corps, all of this suffering and uncertainty was a significant adjustment.
Mills decided to do more than simply leave the toilet paper in strips in order to win.
She learned how to reduce it to a material suitable for use on the bodice, which she demonstrates at 0:50. Mills remove the cardboard roll from the toilet paper before immersing the remainder of the roll in boiling water.
She filters the toilet paper and combines it with lots of glue using a handheld mixer once it’s boiled:
“It’s just like mashed potatoes.”
The following section takes a long time to complete. Mills sits down with the cooked toilet paper and lays it gently into a mold to make lace, as seen at 1:40. She spends a total of six hours on every piece she creates using this process.
On picture day, all those months of work on her toilet paper bridal gown paid off.
All of the exquisite lace decorations on the bodice were created using her one-of-a-kind method of boiling toilet paper. The frills she fashioned from toilet paper along the lower portion of the dress are a perfect match for these details. The finished result, as seen at 1:51, is simply stunning – and has nothing to do with toilet paper.
Take a look at all of the frills Mills had to hand-sew into the train of this stunning gown.
Mills did not win first place in the wedding dress competition, but she did place third, which is a significant distinction.
The most important thing for Mills, though, is her ability to design such a beautiful outfit, which has restored her sense of utility.
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