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« on: June 26, 2008 09:35:57 PM »

I made a duct tape dressform last year some time. Unfortunately, I got my (now ex-)boyfriend to do the wrapping. His method was to stick the end of the tape down on my body, then wrap it. Sadly, we discovered that tape stretches... I lost 3 inches from my waist and 2 from my bust. And because all my phat was squished out of my waist, it ended up in my hips. Check the booty!

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So, along with a new boyfriend, I got myself a new dressform. Careful application of tape meant there was very little distortion (only a little lost off my bust - not much to start with!), and a shape that's much more true-to-life. All I need now is a stand!

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So the moral of the story, dear children, is to work slowly, cut short pieces of tape, and do it with someone who won't get over-excited about the fact that they're wrapping you up in tape. Oh, and go to the toilet before you start...
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2008 06:37:00 AM »

Advice well-offered!  Thanks for the comedy and the wonderful tips!
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2008 12:17:40 PM »

Now that's taking "Does my bum look big in this?" to the extreme  Tongue
I may have to find a volunteer to help me do this, may confuse my housemates a bit!
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2008 04:05:54 PM »

Val, I thought you were supposed to wear a t-shirt underneath?  Anyway, that's what I read in Sew News.

Great 2nd attempt.  I've been thinking of doing this for a long time.
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2008 04:40:10 PM »

Yamahamama, I did wear a t-shirt! Otherwise that gear would never have come off. The problem was over-enthusiasm... The tightness of the first form caused problems when cutting it off - there was no room for the scissors, so I ended up with a few little stab-marks in my back - but dear lordy did that tickle on my bum! And the fumes from the tape sent me a bit doo-lally...
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Crochet uses a hook. Pirates have hooks, and they are cool. So crochet is cool because of the hook.

"I'm the Fibre King, Michael. I'm the Fibre King." - Horatio Caine, CSI
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2008 04:46:08 PM »

Interesting adverbs, there, val!

Yes, your real shape is much more attractive than the "blobby" one.  Oh, I bet  one  of those doctor/bandage cutting scissors would have been very welcome!

Oh, and btw, how did the corset turn out?!  I've been thinking about making one & I even have a teacher who said she'd come from Berkeley (Lacis store) to teach.  Too busy/lazy to do it.  [sigh]
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2008 12:10:54 AM »

My adverbs? An unfortunate side-effect of understimulation at work!

Surgical scissors would have been a godsend. Unfortunately, my only round-ended scissors are pretty blunt, so concessions were made...

The corset went pretty well, by the way - I used Roethke's tutorial. With a bit of planning, it's very easy to do one in an afternoon. Bash one out to wrap your head around the process, then have a play later. I think mine should have been longer, because it does to my hips what the duct tape did.  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2008 09:17:12 AM »

You look real good in silver!  The tush looks lush in the second incarnation. 
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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2008 04:34:05 PM »

You look real good in silver!  The tush looks lush in the second incarnation. 

Why thankyou, mandodeb! I've still got Superman shoulders in the second one too. The silver tape is now covered up - I made a little blue slipcover, which is also a lot kinder on my pins [Note to self: throw out all bent pins...]
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