Member Since: 10/02/2010
What a great tool! I would love to look at this, as I am a DIY type of gal and I've been sewing for almost 20 years. I could use some new tips and tricks!
@sewerinprogress, The Cupcake Goddess has a nice tutorial on lining kick pleats here http://www.thecupcakegoddess.com/the-cupcake-goddess/2010/08/pencil-skirt-lesson-3-back-vent-tutorial-part-ii.html
I tried a duct tape form last night per the instructions here, and it did not turn out well at all. Very bulky even with the tape wrapped very very tight and smooth. After removing it, the tape warped and wrinkled and collapsed before I could get it stuffed. So tonight (as I type actually) I am making a form in a sort of paper mache style. Fabric Mache to be exact.
I took a very form fitting knit tshirt, added some darts, took in the side seams and the sleeves a bit and added a turtle neck collar and a piece of knit to extend the length past my hips to about mid thigh. I just made is super skin tight. Nice thing about knit, even when skin tight, it was still extremely comfortable, no fainting here.
I put the modified tshirt on and painted paper mache goo (Flour, Elmer's Glue and water) on all over it, applying thoroughly and generously. I've been standing in front of my laptop at my kitchen counter, surfing all sorts of sewing sites while awaiting the drying process. In all, it took about 1.5 hours to dry, which flew by while on the internet, and it is rock hard and PERFECT!! An exact replica of myself.
Cut off in two halves, cut up at the sides so that there is a front and a back and taped back together. Now I'm just debating within myself if I want to apply another real paper mache layer to it or just leave it as is. I think a newsprint collage would be a neat treatment. :o) Ether way, I think it's much more accurate then the duct tape and it should last longer from what I know of paper mache.
WOW!!! What an awesome tutorial! I have always wanted to re-create this look on my kids clothes, now I'm off to by coffee stirrers to attempt this!!!
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