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Helen Mirren wants to make herself a trash bag dress

Helen Mirren is never happier than when she's sitting at a sewing machine, as she inherited a love of dressmaking from her mother.

Helen Mirren dreams of making her own dress out of black trash bags.

The 70-year-old actress rarely puts a fashion foot wrong on the red carpet, regularly making best dressed lists thanks to her style choices. But as a keen seamstress, Helen is hoping to wear one of her own designs for a big event - and has chosen a somewhat unusual fabric choice.

"I’ve got this dream of making a dress out of black plastic bags, which I think would look fantastic," Helen said during an interview on British morning show Lorraine on Tuesday (17May16). "Because I think if you think of it as a fabric, it’s kind of wonderful, because it kind of floats and it’s a bit shiny and black - it’s very red carpet actually.

"So watch this space, I might do that one of these days… Duct tape and black plastic trash bags."

Helen's love of making clothes was passed down from her mother. And she admits she's never happier than when she's sitting at a sewing machine creating ensembles.

"I do make clothes, very bad clothes that I never actually wear. But I love the actual making of them," she added. "My God, I’m so happy at a sewing machine. Yes, or in a fabric department of a store or a fabric store, finding fabrics. I inherited it from my mother."

While Eye in the Sky star Helen is a huge fan of the British high street, regularly buying her clothes from shops there, she is also lucky enough to be wear outfits from some of the world's hottest designers.

However, she admits she often finds herself in the firing line if she chooses to wear something more than once.

"Occasionally the designer very generously lets me keep something," she said. "But you can't wear them more than once because the designers don't like you to, so I get told off for wearing something more than once - which I do, a lot!"

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