Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My Custom Dress Form!



Today I attempted to make a duct tape double of myself - with the help of my hubs :)  The idea/directions for this project came from this Threads article.  Here is the supply list/cost of what I used:

Long T-shirt and "Mock Turtleneck Bib" or whatever you want to call it (Salvation Army) $0.50
2 60-yd rolls Multipurpose Scotch Duct Tape (Target) $12
3 10-yd rolls Black and White Baroque Duck Tape (Target) $12
Scissors
Carboard (from an old box)
Polyester Stuffing (had already)
Sharpie (Is there really any good project that doesn't require use of this?)
Wooden Hanger (IKEA) $0.50

TOTAL COST = $25!!!

Here are some pictures of the process:
The first layer, top half

3 full layers later we start the fancy tape - It was getting REALLY hot!

Cut it off already and hang it on a hanger (View from back)

Stuff it and cover the holes - VOILA!

Now while it may look to have been a breeze, there was a lot of sweat and tear-ing of duck tape that went into this!  It took a good 1-2 hours just to tape the form, then after it was cut off, finishing it was about another hour.  However, it was totally worth it.  I have an almost exact replica of myself (which is kind of creepy) - same bust, waist, and hip measurements - same torso length - even same one shoulder being higher than the other (can you tell which one? :)  Just to make sure it worked well, I tried one of my existing outfits on it -



Crazy, yeah!  It fits it exactly the same as it fits me - even the waist of the skirt is a little big!  (And yes, in case you are wondering, that is the shower - where else am I going to hang it - the closet it full of clothes! Lol)

Another great thing (that I didn't plan) is that it spins around really smoothly b/c of the hanger, so I can easily fix and alter from all sides.

Altogether, a very successful endeavor - Now on to making some clothes!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Venture Into the World of Fashion - Pajama Shorts!

So for my first sewing project that would eventually (hopefully) turn into clothing, I decided to make some easy pajama shorts.  The fabric is snuggle flannel from Joann's.  They are super comfy :)

My Shorts - Blue/Green Bird Print on White
Here they are on!

I liked them so much, I made for some my MOM!
She loves purple, and giraffes :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sewing Machine Cover

After a while of not much sewing, I decided that my next project should be a sewing machine cover.  That way, Archibald wouldn't get dusty while he was waiting around for me to catch a bit of creative spirit :)  So I made this sewing machine cover, with the help of the following websites:

http://www.christinechitnis.com/2008/11/sewing-machine-cosy-tutorial.html

http://chezlarsson.typepad.com/myblog/2008/10/sewing-machine-cover-how-to.html

The fabric is from fabric.com (my new favorite website).  I originally bought it to make a decorative pillow, but liked this idea much more.  The fabric isn't quite as stiff as it probably should have been, but who cares?  It's cute! :)