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Toddler fashions elaborate dresses out of paper

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Sofi Papamarko, February 27, 2014 4:34:31 PM

Meet the real-life paperbag princess.

Most little girls love to play dress-up. But very few have an unlimited wardrobe.

Four-year-old Mayhem is a pretty lucky kid, because her wardrobe possibilities are limited only by her imagination. (And her mother Angie’s patience, of course.) The pair have been crafting a dress a day out of nothing but paper, glue and scraps and photographing the frequently amazing results.

It’s clear than an enormous amount of time, talent, creativity and a rollicking sense of humour goes into each and every single paper gown.

“Mayhem constructs a lot more than most people would probably believe,” Angie tells Ilana Wiles of Mommy Shorts. “That’s one of the best things about this project, I see her learning new skills every single day. At this point, she knows exactly how many sheets of construction paper she needs to make herself a top and a bottom. She can lay the entire thing out and tape it together all by herself. Definitely, the more complex designs have more of my time invested, but she’s literally always beside me learning something new if she’s not tearing or taping or gluing while I am.

Mayhem and Angie often model their “crayon couture” on fictional characters and real-life heroes. Recent wardrobe creations have included homages to Disney’s Mulan, Elsa from Frozen, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Olympians Noelle Pikus-Pace and Katie Uhlaender.

Hey, even Coco Chanel had to start somewhere!

Check out more of Mayhem’s memorable creations over at Angie’s Instagram feed.

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