“I really like making them,” Caudell said. “But the old type of plastic is much better than the newer kind.”
As Caudell introduced her senior center models, she gave a brief description of how the outfit was crafted and what went into making the look.
“This is perfect for a garden club,” she said of one floral number. “It took 10 trash bags.”
Model Louise Madrid showed off a pastel yellow number, giving an occasional twirl for the audience.
“She’s a hot ticket,” Caudell said. “It’s also not easy to get into one of these outfits. It’s a trick.”
Among the more elaborate fashions in the show were three wedding dresses, shining and flowing just like a typical style would.
“You can look like a beautiful bride for less than $10,” Caudell said.
One was made from 10 white tablecloths, veil and train included.
Her creations are not for sale.
Caudell said she likes making the fashions and hopes to bring her Southern-style hoop skirt designs to the Londonderry center for a future show.
“Those are a lot of work,” she said, noting that ‘s why she buys the PVC pipes. “But those pipes are perfect for the hoops.”
Senior affairs director Catherine Blash modeled several fashions, including a bathing suit made from trash bags.
She hopes Caudell returns to the center with more fashions.
“They all seemed to really enjoy it a lot,” Blash said.
Caudell said she is always on the lookout for a perfect item to transform into a fashionable ensemble.
“If you see someone looking for plastic table cloths or whipping cloths off tables at weddings, that’s me,” she said.