I debated about whether I would including pictures with this post because they are very personal. Though it’s not “detailed,” it is my body-nearly an exact match. It shows
each and every place that I need to tone up
all my imperfections. It’s a tad bit embarrassing, but you know what? I’m a mommy, and most mommies are fluffy–it makes us more comfy ;). I know just how Jamie from Prudent Baby
felt when she did this…
So, I’m sure you’re at the point that you’re saying, “Why the hell did you do this?!” Well, it’s a dress form. It is soooooooooooo useful! As if I needed to say it again, I’m cheap. I cannot justify the expense of buying a dress form when I can make my own. “What happens when you gain weight?” You can duct tape padding to the places that need to be increased. “What happens if you lose weight?” Make a new one or keep your new measurements in mind when you work.
I haven’t made clothing for myself because I didn’t want to waist my time making something that wouldn’t fit well and, therefore, will sit in my closet. I had wanted a dress form for a while so that I could sew for myself, and then my
form of crack
–showed me a solution: the DIY Duct Tape Dress Form
. I had never thought of this, so I never knew to look for it!
I simply followed her AWESOME tutorial (I’m not going to reinvent the wheel–this tutorial rocked!) until I looked like this:
|I couldn’t help it–I looked like I had on body armor, and I had the foam battle-axe laying around, so hey, might as well have a little fun!
It did take a little while, but my FANTASTICALLY AWESOME husband who ALWAYS deals with my crazy ideas, watched some James Bond while he taped me up 🙂 Yes, my husband did this to me. It was fun 😉 I did tape around my legs because I have problems with rise and hips with pants, so I wanted to be able to have that to work with.
Then, he cut me out of it very carefully, without cutting my bra or underwear, and I shimmied out of it. Again, I followed Jamie’s tutorial and glued my batting in, cut and glued cardboard circles to insert into the arms, legs, and neck, and taped up the back. I wanted to prevent crushing the form as much as possible, so I balanced it under the arms between two chairs while I was glueing and taping up the back. I used all of my scraps as well as fabric I don’t use and batting/filling to stuff the form as well as a can of Great Stuff
Here’s the final product:
I used a 1.5″ dowel rod and a piece of wood we had left over from another project to make the stand. I’ve recently deciding that I will be putting her on wheels to make moving her around easier. I’m also in the process of covering her in white duct tape so that I can see lines better.
I am so excited that I decided to make this because
now I know what other people see when they look at me and I know EXACTLY where I need to focus my new pilate routine I finally feel confident enough to sew for myself for a change. I HIGHLY recommend this for any sewer who doesn’t want to buy a dress form just to sew for him/herself. Have fun! 😉
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