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21  Baby's first Lab Coat in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by feets on: February 10, 2009 03:47:48 PM
A friend of mine donated some used (but not worn out) men's shirts to me, so I could destroy them and turn them into something new!
My first thought was "Lab Coat" for my (almost 9 month old) son, Achilles.

I took some pictures with him in the lab coat, heavily distracted by his favorite book (Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! by Sandra Boynton)

Here's how it turned out:

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22  Decorated Dress Form in Completed Projects by feets on: February 06, 2009 06:36:20 PM
After completing my dress form, and spending a couple of days staring at it, I decided it wasn't complete after all. I still felt the urge to cover it in fabric, and so I did! This is the before, in case you're interested:


I covered it in a soft yellow fabric I had leftover from a quilt I'm working on. I used a glue gun to attach the fabric to the duct tape, and then I did some blatant stiches with white thread to sew each piece to the next, in a patchwork kind of way. I wanted to give the impression that the whole thing was stitched together out of different scraps, and it turned out wonderfully!
Then I decided that since it's supposed to be my torso, I should add my tattoos. Out came the fabric paint, and I painted my tattoos on two bits of fabric. Then I glued and sewed them on to the dress form. It's like I patched my skin with some other, more decorated skin.

Here are some pictures!

This is the front of the dress form:

A close up of the dress form's tattoo. I tried to make it look destroyed by stretch marks, lol:

The actual hip tattoo, actually destroyed by pregnancy related stretch marks:

The back of the dress form:

A close up of the dress form's other tattoo:

The actual tattoo:
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23  First attempted Duct tape Dress form in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by feets on: February 01, 2009 07:49:00 PM
My aunt and I decided to attempt making a duct tape based dress form!
It turned out rather well, and was certainly a learning experience.

First, I put on a giant t-shirt. My partner went through a phase where all he wore were these shapeless grey t-shirts, so we had plenty to choose from. After making sure my hair was as out of the way as I could possibly make it, we duct taped the shirt to me.
My aunt was my helper lady, and really, she did most of the work! I just stood there, and occasionally let her know if I couldn't breathe haha

When making one of these, it is definitely important to be careful of how tight it gets. I was kind of shocked at how strong and stiff the duct tape actually was once it was on me. We decided that the best way to get around the breathing issue, was to take a deep breath, hold it, and then tape the places that stuck out most when I had a lung full of air.

Also, we found that we ran out of duct tape before we wanted to. I had gotten two rolls of good duct tape, and my aunt had gotten a roll of red dollar store duct tape. If we had one more roll of good duct tape, it would have been perfect.

After the duct tape, we cut the whole thing off, which felt really weird to me.
Here are a couple of pictures before we cut it off:

Front View:

The Back:

Notice the weird mix of duct tapes? lol

Once it was off, and we'd have a few laughs trying it on like a shirt (since my aunt happens to be a very different shape then me) we taped up where we had cut it open.
The original plan was to fill it with some expanding foam, and it seemed like a great plan! We dragged everything outside, since that seemed the best place to deal with the fumes, and sprayed an entire can of foam inside. It barely expanded, however, and therefore did not work out well. It filled less then half of the form. I think maybe it was because we were working in very, VERY cold/snowy conditions (good ol' Canada) but maybe it was the wrong kind of foam, or maybe we didn't have enough. Either way, it just didn't work out as planned.

We brought it back up to my apartment, and after letting it warm up again for half an hour, decided to go with plan B! Plan B happened to be my ridiculous cache of plastic grocery bags. I had been saving them for around two years... I had a lot.
We filled the dress form with those bags, which worked out great. I still have some bags left over, in fact.
Once the dress form was quite solid and filled out, it was time to tape up the neck and dress it.
I wanted to cover it in fabric originally, and/or papier mache, but instead settled with just putting a snug t-shirt on it that I never wear.
I am not sure if it was because the tape was too tight, or if it was the t-shirt, or if we lacked enough bags, but the bust wasn't actual size when we were done. So, to remedy this, we put an appropriately sized bra that I never wear on it, and then stuffed that with more bags. We had to put this bra on over the snug t-shirt, of course, to avoid smooshing the progress we had made.
Anyway, after doing some measuring to be sure it was all correct and in order, we were finished! The whole project took us about 4 hours, I think.

This is my aunt, relaxing with the dress form.
(We put one of my most comfortable shirts on over top of the red t-shirt I earlier mentioned, to see if it would look right):

And here is my son, climbing all over the dress form/getting distracted by the cat (who also showed some mild interest):

I guess all that is really left to do, is name my dress form. I've been mulling that over since we finished creating it, and still have no ideas. Suggestions??
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24  Monkey Loveseat in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by feets on: January 29, 2009 09:20:28 PM
After much delay, I finally got around to redoing the couch for my son's room. We've got a monkey theme going on, so I went with a monkey fabric. My original plan was to remove the somewhat ugly original dark green fabric, and then staple the new fabric on. However, after much thought, I decided to just scrap that idea and wrap it up much the way I would a present. I stapled it quite a bit, and added some foam to the seat section, as it was becoming uncomfortable. I admit I did not do the best of jobs, but as my partner pointed out, the couch is on it's last legs anyhow.

Here's the couch after I attacked it:

The fabric I used is rather soft and probably not the best kind for furniture. I spend a lot of time on this couch, feeding my son or reading him bedtime stories, and the rough fabric was very irritating on my skin. Such a relief to cover it up with something soft and monkey! Speaking of which, this is a close up of the fabric I used:

I don't have a good picture of the way it used to be, because for some reason it didn't photograph well. Perhaps it was just so unsightly, that the camera couldn't bear to focus on it properly... Or maybe I'm just lazy :p
It was a dark green, with little yellow and red stitches all over it in a sort of floral kind of way. The middle section is two seats, but does not have removable cushions. It was second second hand, with some cat and age damage.

I'm rather pleased to report that it is now comfortable and nicely soft to the touch, which was my main goal Cheesy
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25  First Reupholstering! (Many Images) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by feets on: January 21, 2009 08:18:12 PM
This is my first ever time posting! ...Hopefully I do so correctly.
I decided to document my Adventures in Chair Reupholstering, so I could share it with the world.
It took me the better part of the day, as I had to stop whenever my son got bored of watching me. He's 8 months old, so that was kind of often. If it wasn't for naps, I'd still be working on it!
I didn't really have a plan, going in. I just kind of decided to wing it. This was practice for my upcoming project - I intend to reupholster the loveseat in my son's room.

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