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Anyone around here want to make duct tape dummies?
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Date: 7/1/06 2:08 PM

I'm wondering if any of you all might want to get together and help each other make duct-tape dummies.

I don't want to ask the spouse to help with this, as his attention span is too short. He might walk off and leave me half-taped!

Details to be worked out if there is any interest....
This could be fun!

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Date: 7/1/06 4:06 PM

Hey Robyn, I'm interested. I've done two so far, once with DM and once with DH. While they both were quite nice to help, I think they were also both a little impatient and also didn't quite understand the need for exact accuracy. Neither of mine seem to be very accurate.

Anyway, I'm in if it's a time/place I can come down from here easily.


argh. I can't believe I just volunteered to let other people see me in full... uh... figure.

blech. you may be sorry you asked.

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Date: 7/1/06 4:10 PM

Hey! I'm a Dallas area dummy!

I'd be game for this, as my personal husbandperson would also be useless for such things.

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Date: 7/1/06 4:12 PM

Kristine - we'd have to be accurate?? That might count me out of helping, then!

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Date: 7/1/06 8:39 PM

I would like to participate. I have the makings for a My Twin dress form (which is theoretically going to happen this weekend), but I'd like to do a pants form. I would also like you to hold me accountable for making some pants. I imagine it would be something like, "Kris, you can't come until you have a completed pair of fly zip pants to bring with you for critiquing". Apparently I need something like that.

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Date: 7/1/06 9:53 PM

Hey, I thought you were the one who deemed "2006 - Year of the Pant".

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Date: 7/2/06 8:12 AM

Kris, you can't come until you have a completed pair of fly zip pants to bring with you for critiquing.

Hey there, fitting buddy! It would be great if you could come.

Let's begin hammering out some details - I think this might be close to an all-day activity. Kristine, you've done this before, how long did it take?

How would a Saturday work out for you all?
Are there any dates that absolutely won't work for you?
Does anyone think we should wait for cooler weather? (I can crank up the air conditioning)
Any other considerations?

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Date: 7/2/06 9:08 AM

Well, mine each took about 45 mintues of actual wrapping (bearing in mind that I'm a large size so it takes more tape, which means more tape cutting-- tape cutting takes the longest really, but with more than one person to wrap that will make a big difference). Also being a larger size I think it took a bit longer to get even taping because I have a lot of curved areas and that's more difficult to tape (and this might have been some of the problem with accuracy, because I'm very squishy which is hard to tape properly with the duct tape-- you don't want to tape too close but also not too loose... ask me how I know ).

Now, the stuffing, making stand, etc. that takes a lot more time. The biggest trouble I've had is figuring a good system for the bottom of the dummy so that it's an accurate shape (which needs to be a cross-section of your lower body) and that will support the weight of the dummy properly. This was tricky (and I still haven't gotten it right, Dummy #2 is sagging under her own weight as we speak... I've gained ten pounds since I made her and she's still a bit bigger around the bottom than I am (which is saying something).

I'm wondering if anyone wants to do a paper tape dummy instead of the duct tape? I have multiple reasons for wanting to try one of these:

I've done two duct tapes and I think there are some issues for someone with my squishiness (see above). The duct tape is fairly flexible (which is why it works) but that means that it's easy to overstuff the dummy. You need to stuff it firmly to keep it from collapsing in on itself, but it stretches a bit. Paper tape dummies are rigid once they dry, from all accounts. (In retrospect, I think there's probably a reason that Barabar Deckert recommends papertape dummies in Sewing for Plus Sizes)

Also, DTD aren't very pinnable. Or rather, I can get pins into mine... I just can't get them out. The heads pop off when I try to pull them out and then I have to use a pair of pliers to get the scary spikes out. It's been a good way to get rid of my "bad" plastic pins but...

Paper tape dummies I think are quite messy because of the water, however. Maybe plastic tarps on the kitchen floor? Dunno.

My plan (after a year of experimenting) is to make a new dummy and then put it on to a smaller dress form from the retail display company (they sell display forms that are cheaper than real dressforms). Then I only have to pad a small amount to make it stable.

In theory.

It could happen.




You'll notice the KrisO has changed her tag line... and it is no longer the Year of the Pants.


ETA: can you tell this is a topic I've been thinking about a lot in the past six months?
-- Edited on 7/2/06 9:08 AM --

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Date: 7/2/06 12:36 PM

You HAVE thought a lot about this!! It all sounds reasonable, too. So you think paper tape would be a better idea for everyone, even those of us not plus-sized? I've done nothing like this ever, so y'all can just tell me what to bring and where to show up, and then what to do from there.

Kris, I'll join you on the "can't come without a pair of pants" thing, if it'll help. Goodness knows I need help with pants!!

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Date: 7/2/06 2:13 PM

I could not do it 7/22, 8/19 or 8/26. In a perfect world, this would not take place until after my vacation (the August dates). However, I fully understand I don't live in a perfect world. The weather makes no difference to me.

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