noun: a small piece or amount of something, esp. one that is left over after the greater part has been used.
synonyms: noun: fragment - piece - bit - shred

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Body Double

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! I hope everyone has had an enjoyable couple of weeks! I know we certainly have around here. :)

It's still a little cold, very rainy, and awfully dull and grey outside. Seems like everyone I know, including me, is getting antsy now. Not that everyone necessarily wants to be outside all the time, but we would like to at least have the opportunity! I'm pretty sure I speak for everyone when I say I don't think that's too much to ask for. Really, it's not. Ask me.

While cleaning house, reading and crafting are certainly on the top of my list to do when it's dreary outside, I sometimes need something different to do. While getting my sewing room ready to use, I couldn't help thinking that I'd still like to have one of those body form thingies. You know, the mannequin type thing that you can use to make sure clothing fits you properly? I've ALWAYS wanted one of those, but it just seems like such a non-priority that I can't bring myself to spend the money on one. After all, I might want to spend money on something else, like fabric. :D So, after diligently searching Ebay, internet sites offering that particular item, and the stores, I decided I was STILL too cheap to purchase one. Yep, I'm sure you've already figured out what happened! It was time to make one.

Now, I know that you are all laughing as you think "what the heck is SHE thinking?" and have some weird sort of visual going on. Well, you are entirely justified there. And, while I wanted to do it, I had to be extra nice to my hubby as I asked him to help me. With that rolling of the eyes and that look that spoke volumes (it actually said, "Oh geez, why me?"), hubby silently said a prayer and hoped that I would go away. It didn't work. When his eyes stopped rolling in the back of his head, he decided we needed to do it NOW. Ok, now we're talking!

First, I made him go to the hardware store to buy me some duct tape. Yep, duct tape. You've all heard that with duct tape, you can do anything. Well, you can. I know, it's a little scary, but it's true. Second, I tried on a bazillion (really, after this, I think there IS such a number!) of his old t-shirts to try and find one that was long enough for what I needed. We didn't quite find one that was the length I wanted but, never fear, plastic wrap came to the rescue. Yes, I said plastic wrap. STOP LAUGHING THIS INSTANT!

With shirt on, duct tape unwrapped, and plastic wrap attached, we began this project. Actually, to be really technical, hubby started this project while I just stood there. It was an interesting undertaking to say the least. I'm pretty sure that right before we began, hubby fought the urge to run for the door and never return. But, bless his little pea-pickin' heart, he didn't. I think the fact that he got to use duct tape on me was the main reason he stayed. And I'm also pretty sure that he was thinking about using that duct tape on my lips.

So, as I stood in the living room, with my feet set at the width of my shoulders, hubby started to wrap the duct tape around me. First, he started on the bottom of the shirt, where he had attached plastic wrap to add the length. Why start there? To keep the plastic wrap from falling off, of course. LOL As he wrapped, wrapped, and wrapped some more, I kept wondering if he was going to pass out from dizziness as he went around and around me. And I think the smell of the duct tape was getting to us both.

He wrapped around me horizontally from the waist to the bottom of the plastic wrap; and he wrapped vertically in an outward and upward pattern for the bust area, over my shoulders to meet the duct tape in the back at my waist. Then he continued with this until the entire top was finished. It was getting a little tight, but definitely still movable and not uncomfortable. Thoughts of mummies flashed into my mind. He reinforced a little extra at the armholes as I held my arms out straight (hoping they wouldn't fall off as they got tired) and announced the finish of the project. WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, we're not done YET. I politely informed him that he had to do it AGAIN. The body form needs to be pretty stable and I didn't think that only one layer of duct tape would be sufficient for my needs. After all, I was going to be using this in my sewing room as an actual model.

Poor hubby. By this time, I'm pretty sure the words "commit thy wife to an institution" were running through his mind. But, he patiently wrapped me up all over again. By this time, the ability to move was pretty limited, except for my arms. But what I really wanted to move were my legs. Standing there in that same position was actually a little uncomfortable. Really! STOP LAUGHING,I SAID!

Well, now that I'm wrapped up, it's time to cut this thing off. THANK GOODNESS, it's getting hot! So, hubby grabs some scissors and cuts up the back of this "thing" and we get it off of me. Along with some of my skin. Apparently, the plastic wrap was not quite long enough in one spot and the duct tape was attached to my leg. Oh yeah, now we're talking OUCH. The wincing went on for a few minutes as I carefully tried not to peel off my skin. At last, I WAS FREEEEEE!

Now what, you ask? Well, let me tell you: it's time to stuff the other me. So, I grabbed pillow stuffing and plastic grocery bags and went to town stuffing and fluffing, patting and filling, until the body form looked like me. Oh boy, that was NOT pretty. Normally, I would have cut off the sleeves of the shirt, but I wanted to keep them on so that I could have a semblance of length for my arms. I thought that would be the best way to judge for myself. Got out a hanger, hung up the form, and KACHOW! - all done!

I still want a real body form, but until I find one I'm willing to pay the money for, I'll stick with this. Really, a t-shirt, plastic wrap, duct tape, and about an hour of time isn't all that bad. And the best part - it was under $20! It's sure not the prettiest thing I've ever seen, but it works very well and will suit my needs perfectly!


  1. oh this was fun! too funny! glad it worked for you!

  2. Too funny! I made a duct tape double of my daughter last year. It works great!!