In high school I made a Twister dress out of a twister mat using duct tape, a little bit of sewing, and a zipper. I used a paper sewing pattern, but it was so long ago I don’t remember which one.
My other brother told me about the twister dress he saw once. His friend had made a skirt out of the plastic twister mat.
I got a dress pattern and made the dress. I put it together with duct tape and even put a zipper down the back. It was really hard too make and sew, but it’s so fun! I wore it a couple of times in high school and everyone loved it!
I would wear a red dress underneath since it was easier to do dress with straps instead of a dress with sleeves. The zipper was in the center back. It wasn’t very comfortable to wear, since Twister mats are plastic and not breathable at all.
I even added a red fabric trim to the hem and white pompoms before they were cool! You can see that the trim is started to fall off at the bottom. I wore it just a couple of times to school, and everyone had lots to talk about the twister dress whenever I wore it.
I remember that I was really, really careful about where I placed the pattern pieces. I wanted to reuse a lot of parts of the design on the Twister mat as possible. In some of the seams you can see the gray duct tape peaking through. I shouldn’t have chosen a sewing pattern with princess seams.
If you ever break a zipper here’s how to fix a zipper if the pull came off. This sewing trick works for invisible zippers, separating zippers, and regular zippers. You can also learn how to sew a zipper.
Sadly, I didn’t keep the dress, but it was not made that well in the beginning. I tried duct taping fabric to the Twister mat and the sewing it, but the duct tape gummed up the sewing machine needle in my sewing machine.