Sunday, March 23, 2008

Wrap Me in Duck Tape, Please!

Yep, you read it right! And here's the story - my friend, AZ Tea Lover, had this great idea to make custom dress forms while I'm in town. It's a 3-person project, so having her sister here at the same time was a great benefit. Find a tutorial on this Etsy site tutorial.

The gist of the process is to wear a form-fitting shirt then wrap layers of duct tape around your torso. Once it's quite solid, you make seam lines on it and cut it up the back. Then you stuff it. Voila - a custom dress form! (Now, I just need to learn to use it!)  

Note - If you try this at home, be sure to enlist a partner.  Two helpers is even better!  Also, these people will be taping your entire torso, so make sure you pick people you're comfortable with.

Start with a base layer over a snug shirt you can sacrifice.

Keep going until the entire bodice is covered. After this stage, add vertical strips (not shown) of tape to reinforce and smooth out. Note: This stage is mildly uncomfortable. I could breathe fine, tho shallowly.  This look reminds me of 7 of 9.  Any Star Trek fans out there?

Mark the back line, bust line, waist line, hip line, shoulder line, side seams (and note measurements). Then have your partner cut you out of it, down the back line.

Me and my shadow...


sweetcakes said...

That is so cool! I'd love to have one of these! What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

What an interesting idea! It sounds like you are having a great visit,and I'm glad the suprise turned out so well! Talk to you soon.

Linda said...

This is certainly a unique project! Are you supposed to pack this in your suitcase for the trip home???

Esmerelda said...

Umm..what does one do with a cuastom dress form?


Jennifer said...

Steph, This is simultaneously hilarious and useful--what a combo! Glad you are enjoying your trip.

Alice said...

An interesting idea for sure. I've only ever made skirts and easy shorts. And I definitely do not want a personalized dress form of my bottom half--horrors! :)

Joyce said...

That is a very unique....althought I am wondering how you are getting that thing back home...let alone through security. HA! Don't stuff it with anything....or maybe you should??? Hummmm......
Sounds like you all are having fun.
By the way how's the weather there? I haven't been there in years.... I may want to MOVE there now for my health :~)
Keep us posted.

Steph said...

Hello and thanks for your comments and questions! To get it home, I am sticking it in a box and shipping it (unstuffed). It's very light, so won't be too expensive.

How will I use it? First, I will use it to alter a few dresses that are too big in the bust for me. I will mark the sewing lines (how it should fit) and then take them in. We'll see how it goes from there!

Weather is GREAT! 80s - warm but not sunny. Hotter weather will come in the later summer.