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201  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Duct Tape Double on: February 15, 2007 03:13:53 PM
I will be sure to grab my pictures tomorrow when i come to the library, (having just moved we are lacking internet at my house Angry Angry )
I will have to warn you that I am a complete apple/super potato so the pictures are not pretty. 
I haven't been able to sew anything yet with my dress form but I do have the next two days off from work. 
202  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Duct Tape Double (now with pictures!!!) on: February 12, 2007 02:32:30 PM
Hey all,
Guess what I didn't last night.  I made a duct tape dress form.  Actually i stood around and my husband made a duct tape dress form.  It was pretty fun.  I definately suggest making it infront of the TV while watching a movie or something because otherwise you will be bored.  It too 2 hours to make.   It is really easy. and now here are the pictures.  Remeber i warned you about my lumps and bumps.

this is me striking a pose.  you will notice the loveliness of my bathroom.  I had wanted to see myself in the mirror and my husband followed me with the camara.

this is the back view.  notice that the duct tape is not yet complete.  i just really had to move, it had been an hour and a half of standing still and i was going crazy.  

this lovely image highlights the sleeve that i pulled over my head after i realized my hair was getting taped.  not that my hair is very long to begin with but still.  I need all i have. Hehe.
1. Basically you just find 2 old tee-shirts that are nice a tight on you, you don't want any weird wrinkles.  Make sure you are wearing old undies, my husband put a hole in mine as he was cutting me out of the thing.  take 1 tee and cut it right under the arms, you wear this one like a skirt.  Wearing a bra (or not depending on how you usually dress) put the other tee shirt on and pull it down oter your new skirt.  
2.  Get like 3 or 4 rolls of duct tape.  Mine took 3 and I am a size 24 ish.  have your helper start taping you up making sure that the duct tape is smooth.  use shorter pieces to go over curves, boobs, etc.  You should also rip you strips in half for the curvy areas.  
3. Continue on until you have about 3 layers all over.  
4.  Have your helper carefully cut you out of your duct tape suit by making a cut up the back.  the duct tape suit will be very flexable right now, don't worry it will firm up as you stuff it.
5.  close up the back slice with duct tape.  tape over the neck opening and both arm openings.  flip your double over and stuff it with lots of stuffing.  I bought a 10 lb. box of stuffing and it took nearly all of it.  
6.  When you have your double stuffed you can tape over the bottom end or if you are feeling really fancy you can trace the opening on cardboard and make a cardboard plug and tape that on.  
7.  I just put another tee shirt on my double for now.  or you can sew a special covering for it to wear so you can pin things on it.

I fully plan to make another one out of paper machet and a garbage bag soon.  I think it might not colapse as much as i'm trying to stuff it, etc.  

203  UNITED STATES / Maine / Re: Houlton Maine? on: December 08, 2006 10:08:09 PM
Hi!  My In-laws live in Island Falls and every time I go and visit them I always go to that great bookstore.  Its the one in the old church.  I don't know what it's named either but i love it.  I can't walk out of there without a ton of books. 

I actually live in New York right now but i'm going to be moving to Augusta January 6.  I can't wait.  I absolutely love Maine. 
204  UNITED STATES / Maine / Re: "Crafty hipsters" in Southern Maine? on: December 08, 2006 09:58:45 PM
Hi!   I'm going to be Moving to Augusta January 6!   I'm actually very excited.  I would love to get to gether with other crafty people as I don't know anyone there. 
Are there any craft groups that meet in the area? 
205  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: wild ginger on: March 15, 2006 03:07:18 PM
Thank you all so much for the replies.  I think i will try one of the click and sew patterns.  I am hoping that i will be able to customize the basic pattern enough that i will not have to buy many "basic" patterns anymore. 
Thank you for the suggestions. 
206  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Help with the tofu. on: March 08, 2006 09:24:44 PM
Hi I'm currently a white meat eater with a red meat eater husband.  i'm trying to find more ways to use tofu but all i really end up doing with it when i buy it is stir fry.  Please help...I'm really trying to lose some of my sz.24 weight but i can't be making 2 dinners each night. 
207  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: wild ginger on: March 08, 2006 08:14:59 PM
The website is as follows:  www.wildginger.com.  It is pattern drafting software that you can supposably put in any measurements you want and change patterns and stuff. it looks neat i'm just wondering if it works for the 200Lbs. and up club.
208  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / wild ginger on: March 08, 2006 07:46:30 PM
I am a very curvy girl.  Sz. 18-24 and have most of my weight around the middle.  Talkin' def. apple here.  I'm wondering if there is anyone out there who has used the wild ginger software for this body type/mishmash?  I don't want to spend $200 for the womens package and have it be no better then what i can do on my own from $1.99 patterns. 
209  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Shrug From A T-Shirt, Undies from a Tee and A MORE THAN A FEW New Recons. on: February 28, 2006 09:13:50 AM
I love the Undies, where did you find the pattern.  I have all kinds of tee's i don't wear anymore that i would love to do that with.  Keep Showing us the good stuffl
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