Sunday, February 8, 2009

Duct Tape

You really can do anything with it. Yesterday I convinced Mitch to help me with a particular duct tape project that I've been wanting to do for some time.
I love to sew. Mostly I sew for my children and sometimes my hubby and friends. On the rare occasion that I would like to sew for myself I am often stymied by the fact that I have a somewhat atypical figure, which requires tailoring and significant pattern alterations and my lack of a dress form on which to make those alterations. Anyone who has shopped for a dress form knows that you get what you pay for, and cheap (and I mean cheap and utterly useless) starts in the $200 range. But I have seen instructions online for a dress form that you can make at home with duct tape. The benefit to this (besides the fact that it costs all of ten bucks for the two rolls of duct tape) is that you get a nearly perfect replica of your body. Sweet! I'm all for it! So, yesterday when Mitch had the day off, and while Logan was napping, I convinced him to wrap me in three layers of duct tape. We used the instructions from Threads magazine found here. Here I am after application of the first layer. It's getting tricky to breathe! How do people wear latex clothes?? I was so hot and uncomfortable!
Here is the finished product, before we cut it off. The pink line is my waist.
Here she is, before she was stuffed.
After stuffing... I still need to put her on a stand, and she needs a bit more stuffing in the lower half, but she's almost ready! I can't wait to use her!!
And are my boobs really that big!? Wait, don't answer that - I don't want to know.


Claudia and Glenn Walker said...

I thought you were doing another costume haha. I love your last question though haha. I know you don't want an answer but I think you already know it:) You are what american's call a hot mamma.

DNAgallows said...

Soo funny! Wait you can't laugh all duct taped up. I would have laughed too much to make this work. I am so with you on sewing for everyone else but myself. David insists I make something for myself...hmm a scarf! You are a brave soul. You are beautiful and can get away with that. I think I would see myself and decide that one size up would be fine to cover all my imperfections!

I can't wait to see what you make for yourself. You are so much more adventurous than I am and dang good at it!

Varina said...

You also now have a great costume to wear to the next Star Trek convention, assuming you're comfortable with pubescent boys following you around.