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June 11, 2012  | by: Martha Adjei

Kara Koskowitch and her dress made from homework

If this isn’t problem solving, I don’t know what is.

17-year-old Kara Koskowich made her prom dress using old math homework and a few florescent sticky notes, according to CBS. The Canadian teen said she chose to make her prom dress from paper to save money, while still having a unique look for her big day.

“For me, [prom's] not a big, spend your money, you have to look this nice, you have to fit into this mold of grad,” Koskowich tells CBS.

Kara made her famously algebraic outfit using scissors, a sewing machine, and 75 pieces of paper. She gave the dress details any dress would have: darts to add shape, and a zipper. She told CBS that she didn’t finished the dress until a night before her prom, although She started the dress months before her big day.

Kara making her dress

When she arrived at prom, she was the star of the show. While everyone else was rocking their designer gowns and expensive accessories, she was rocking her home-made recycled creation. One of her friends, Dorothy Graham joined in the fun, wearing a dress made from plastic bags.

‘It was actually funny because everyone was wearing these elegant dresses, and we’re in dresses that cost nothing, and we were the most popular people there.’

As an eco-design fanatic, I love what these two girls did, using their creativity to create unique dresses for their big day. Not only does making clothing take a lot of patience, it also takes a lot of measuring, estimating, and planning, so I guess doing your math homework does pay off!

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