Saturday, February 6, 2016

Meet "Dame Esmeralda" - Duct Tape Dress Form party

I'm doing a Craftsy class that includes a lesson on making a duct tape dress form. As you cannot do it yourself, the instructor suggested "have a party!" 
And so I did.

Four wonderful friends came around one Saturday afternoon last month (I packed the small boy off with my husband) and they wrapped me in duct tape.

Starting off. 
At this stage I was getting woozy.
Doing the sleeves.
Not long after we did the sleeves they cut it off me and we seem to have neglected pictures in favour of stuffing. While we did, we had a lively discussion about what to name my dress form and somehow we decided on Dame Esmeralda. I cannot quite recall all the conversational ramblings we took to get there. 

Dressing her up in one of my shirts. Very happy with the fit.
Face off. 
There is something very confronting about seeing your body in a three dimensional likeness, especially when you are plus sized and not 100% happy with your body all the time. 

Esmeralda is going to help me fit clothes that I'm sewing but also help me design a crocheted cardigan. I've never actually had a dress form before so I'm looking forward to it. If I was going to do this again I might wait til Winter (it did get uncomfortable) and I might consider a less shiny silver armour duct tape. But these are minor issues. Overall, a very successful afternoon's work and at least one of the others is pondering making her own.


  1. It looks like fun! I'd rather love to have a dress form too, but I'll wait until I have room for one I think :)

  2. What a cool experience! Despite having a million and one issues with my own body, too, part of me has always wanted to see my form in a similar way (perhaps something like life casting), too. I bet it feels pretty surreal when you look upon your body like that for the first time.

    Happy sewing!

    ♥ Jessica