Ginger: My Body Double (literally)

 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 favorite site–Pinterest–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 πŸ™‚  Yes, my husband did this to me.  It was fun πŸ˜‰  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! πŸ˜‰

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20 thoughts on “Ginger: My Body Double (literally)

  1. I made one of these! It was fun and my friend ad I laughed the whole time… We helped each other when doing the back. Yours looks great, love the picture in the “armor”.
    New follower πŸ™‚

    1. They are a ton of fun–my husband and I had a great time! Aren’t they so useful?! Thanks for coming by and being a follower–I’ve been following you for a few weeks and just love your blog πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, I really really like this! How weird would it be if I made one of these just because– ’cause I don’t really sew, at all really. That would be weird. Right?! =)

    Following ya from Friday Favorites and am loving the bits that I was able to take in today– I’ll be back to catch up some more on your wonderful adventures.

    I’m writing at and would love it if you’d join me for the ride.


    1. Thanks! I don’t think it would be weird–it’s no different than buying a vintage form to have for a deco. I say go for it! But, my hubby has told me on more than one occasion that I’m weird πŸ˜‰

      I’m so glad you came by and liked what you’ve seen! Please do come back, and I’m following you too–can’t wait to see what’s in store!

    1. It is sooooo worth the time and it was a lot of fun, too! I could have easily had some girlfriends over with some wine and we’d have had a blast because it was that fun πŸ™‚

  3. Such a fun post. A great idea and such witty writing. Love how you refer to it as fluffy. This is the word I will now use to describe myself too. πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing your creativity on BeColorful this week.

    1. Thank you very much πŸ™‚ Since I tend to be a bit long-winded, I try to make the writing fun :). Fluffy began when I was a kid and my mom would say, “I’m fat” and being a loving daughter, I’d tell her she’s fluffy, and it stuck πŸ™‚ I appreciate your stopping by–thank you for hosting!

    1. My sister wants to blow it up to a lifesize! That’s pretty much me in a nutshell, though πŸ™‚ Having room is important because it’s yet another adult in the house (thank goodness she doesn’t eat…). Thanks so much for coming by and enjoy your week!

    1. Thank you so much! It has already come in very, very handy and can’t wait to post my first project I made using her πŸ™‚ It’s definitely worth the effort. Thanks for coming by!

    1. My toddler loves to lay on her “mommy piwwoh” so I guess I’m fluffy πŸ™‚ Gotta love Pinterest for making it so much easier to find these awesome ideas–definitely give it a try! Thanks for coming by πŸ™‚

  4. I must say I am very impressed. What a great idea. The picture of you all duct taped is classic ! It actually sounds like you had fun too.

    1. I thought is was genius as soon as I saw it, and it was a lot of fun to do! I have a feeling that picture is going to end up on some sort of failblog meme…

  5. So awesome. I really wanted to do that too – but I didn’t get to it. And then I found my 3 lovely lady models on Craigslist on the cheap – I’ll have to post them soon to show you. I’m kinda jealous though that I missed out on the duct tape experience. I love it!
    and also, just glanced down at your labels and the word “asshats” popped out. HA! nice. πŸ™‚
    see you around!

    Jess @ TupeloCreative

    1. I still want an actual form, but I can’t justify the cost and I haven’t found one I’m crazy about. I’m jealous of your craigslist find–can’t wait to see the lovely ladies! It was definitely an experience…
      “Asshats” is a favorite of mine that I stole from a great friend–I love it! Thanks for looking πŸ™‚

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