Tuesday, April 6, 2010

You are making what???????

It all started a couple of months ago, when Liz wanted to make herself some clothes. She started looking on-line for mannequins and how to make one. One that will be your size, so that you can use it to size clothing, that you want to make for yourself. She came to spinning one day and asked if anyone wanted to do this with her? Does anyone want to start making some clothing for themselves? OR will anyone PLEASE come and help.

We asked her what was involved. She said, Duct tape(yep, duct tape), an old T-shirt, polyester fiberfil, and PVC pipe and maybe an old office chair(or something else for a base).

We were stunned. Was she serious?? Yep, she was serious. As we thought about it, some of us thought, cool idea. Let's do it. The date was set.

On the day for the project, 5 of us, I think, showed up. The rest of the spinning group was staying home, taking bets to see if we would REALLY do it. "We want to see them," they would say. :)

Well, after being taped for about 2 hours, and seeing our REAL body shapes, we became a little shy to show them to anyone else, that wasn't there.

I had promised pictures on my blog, but thought about it later and decided to crop out heads and hands. :)

It really is a pretty cool idea, if you want to sew clothing for yourself, though.

Below is what we looked like, from the back, when we had 3 layers of tape on. Talk about hot and sweaty. UG. We had t-shirts on and had two people taping one. This is not me and I am not telling who it is. LOL!

Before we were able to take our tin-woman costume off, we marked it with X's down the center back and lines at our waistline. Let me tell you, I don't want a corsett, don't even think about it.
See the X's(below), we cut along them, so we can tape the tin-woman back together.

A look from further away so you can see more of the cutting. This is my tin-woman, by the way.

Below is mine, open. We cut through the t-shirt and it becomes the lining. The tin woman will be taped back together and now stuffed. I have finally purchased my stuffing, but need to work on the base before I can stuff it.

Right now, she hangs in the closet, feeling neglected and lonely. Some day she will be finished. But, I am busy knitting........


  1. Ohmygosh, I can ONLY imagine how much fun this was. Sounds like something Glybnis, you, and I would try. Glad you did it. I can't wait to see the finished mannequin--dressed, of course.

  2. I have the one my mother made way back in the 40's... awesome to see this little mannequin trick revived.


  3. I think there should have been a video of this activity. Also, did you line them up for a group shot? We could have had fun with that!

  4. I've heard about this before but had never seen the step by step pictures. What a great idea! I hope you will do more pictures of the stuffing and mounting process!

  5. Pretty funny, girlfriend! Can't wait to see the completed mannequin and see if it really works for its intended purpose!

  6. I need to make one of those. I was considering buying one and adjusting to my size - but this is one better!!!