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12.10.10

Body Double


I do a lot of sewing at night after I put the kids to bed.  When I'm working on a project and need to try it  on Aiyanna  I go to see if sees awake. If she is I try on her and if not I have to wait until the next day.
Well I don't like to get her up out of bed because then it takes her that much longer to go to sleep. (She's the night owl).  I have been wanting to make a custom dress form for a long time now. So I decided making a double of Aiyanna was the perfect solution.

Here's what we did:

Here's the supplies you need.

Wrap the saran wrap around the chest. From underarms to do around the hips. 

Next wrap the shoulders with saran wrap.

Start duct taping over the saran wrap. 

You need to do the duct tape vertically and horizontally.

Half way there.

Now we are done.

Now for the tricky part. Time to cut it off. We started at the back of  neck. Stuck a couple fingers inside to put  some space between the tape and her body and started cutting. We did this the whole way down her back.  Just be patient and go slow.

Here's what it'll look like once you cut it off.
  
Align the back together and tape it with the duct tape.

Now for the arm holes.

We are just taping the hole shut.

Do the same thing for the neck hole.

Now for the fun.  Grab the spray foam and spray some in it.  Just enough to fill the bottom.

Let it sit for a couple of hours because it will expand.

Don't fill it up all at once or you'll have a big mess.  I'm speaking from experience :0)

 
Repeat the fill and wait until it is filled close to the top.

Here's what you'll have.

It was a little lumpy so I covered it with batting to smooth it out. I just hot glued it on.
Gotta love the hot glue gun.

Next I made a cover for it using some jersey fabric.

To make the cover I just pinned the fabric around the form until I had it snug then pulled it off and sewed.

Add a dowel rod and a Christmas tree stand.

What do you think?

Here it is in action.

***Disclaimer : Aiyanna was not tortured n the making of this tutorial.  In fact she had a so much fun her big brother wants us to make one of him.***



35 comments:

MB said...

That is AWESOME, Nancy! What a wonderful idea, and amazing job on it! :) I need to make one of these! :)

Suzie said...

That is such a great idea! I've seen it done for adults but never kids. Good job!
Suzie @
Stay Calm and Sew Something

she wears flowers said...

HOW did you ever think of this?? You are SO smart! What an amazing idea!!

Amy said...

great idea. i need one of these

Sam O said...

My goodness, how good is Aiyanna?! My husband helped me make one of these for myself last week and I could barely stay still that long! haha. Good job. What a good girl you have. :)

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

So very cool. I've been planning on making one of these too, only stuffed with plastic bags (we have a million) And she looks so excited to have all that done to her!

Malou said...

awesome idea! :D you amaze me...

Tara said...

Your so clever. That is so cool!

Thanks for linking up to Trendy Treehouse

Jenny @ Embellishing Life said...

Very clever! She looked to patient while you worked!
Visiting from My Backyard Eden

Janae @ Somewhat Couture said...

This is awesome! I was so nervous with the first few pics!!

Meredith {My Magic Mom} said...

I love this idea since I'm always sewing after the girls go to bed!

Lori said...

How fun! It looks like everyone had a great time.

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori! Please join me again for another great party!

Etcetorize said...

I was just trying to figure out how I could take pics of kids clothes without any kids around...this is the perfect solution! Thanks~

Amie said...

Amazing! I'm glad you did all the figuring out and shared with us. :)

Amie @ http://kittycatsandairplanes.blogspot.com

Megan said...

what a great idea! I can tell she was not tortured, your sweet little girl has a huge grin in all the pictures! too cute!

Lana @ SweetJilliBeanz.com said...

I really need to make one of these. I like how you covered it too!
I also do most of my sewing at naptime/bedtime, even if I get it pretty much done, there are the little things, such as sewing the elastic in a waistband, that I don't want to do until she has tried it on.

Jennifer @ Muse Lodge said...

I like the spray foam idea...I made one of these for my dog but I had problems with it keeping its shape...now I know what to do. Thanks for sharing.

THE.PAINTED.STUDIO said...

Love that Idea!!!! I love those molds....Not sure the correct name to call them. They are never cheap. I want one for my room but I need a Marilyn Monroe figured model for mine.... :) My figure is not exactly like that. haha

Kitschalicious said...

After seeing so many versions of this for adults, I was wondering if it was even possible to make one for a child. Now that I see that you succeeded in doing this, I want to do this for my daughter! Thanks for sharing!!!

Dewi Citra said...

Aiyanna is a real good girl, she can stay that long !!
I want to make one for my girl, but I bet she won't be able to stay and stand for a long time :D
congratulation, and send my kiss to Aiyanna

d @ dthatssewme said...

TOO AWESOME!
BTW...TAF YOU'RE IT!
Head over to my blog for fun!

Red Head said...

All of the tutes I've seen on this always have SO MANY steps and are so complicated. Yours is genius!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Hanna said...

HI There! I am your newest follower from the blog hop!!! Lovely blog you have here:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

Very creative idea

Joy said...

This is a great idea. I sew alot after bedtime too and while kids are at school. This would be perfect for those surprise sewing projects too! thanks for linkin with Fantabulous Friday!

burlap+blue said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing!!

rebekah@smith, party of 4 said...

she is adodrable. your disclaimer made me laugh out loud! GREAT idea! and i love that it appears hubby helped with it.

LBT said...

Absolutely fabulous! I can't wait until my daughter is a little bit older so she will sit still long enough to make this thing! Thanks for the inspiration.
Angelene
http://littlebuggietutu.blogspot.com

Emily said...

love it!

LambAround said...

This is brilliant! You have some super-cute photos too, which made me stop and say "She's trapping her daughter in saran wrap?!" :)

Jill said...

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!! I love this idea! and so much cheaper than store bought dummies (and lots more fun too!)

Thanks for linking this to a Round Tuit too!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://jembellish.blogspot.com/

Kelli said...

Oh wow! This would be great to have for when my daughter is sleeping or at school. I hate having to guess! And I think she would LOVE being a model and then seeing her form off of her. But, then my son would be SOOO jealous...we might have to make 2! Came over from Until Wednesday Call's link party. I'm staying to look around. I love this!
--kelli

d @ dthatssewme said...

HI! LOVE your tute! Just wanted to tell you that I posted it up at my blog with FULL creds to you! Hope some people come on over!

http://dthatssewme.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

I love the idea of using foam! I featured this on tomorrow's My Crafty Weekend, I hope you drop by to add more great projects!

Kat @ KaydeeBunz said...

This is awesome!! Im sooo making one of these for my girls!! Thanks :)

sewfaithful12 said...

I sat down one day and thought how can I make a body form for cheap or free and thought of thought of the same thing. Works great!!