I had a blast at my sister's yesterday! After our Easter dinner, my sister Lori helped me make a dress-maker's dummy for myself. The materials included 3 rolls of duct tape (2 silver and 1 white), plus an old T-shirt. The process involved my donning the old T-shirt and then having Lori cover my torso in several layers of duct tape. That's the piebald finished product above. You can see the hemline of the T-shirt at the bottom. You can't tell in the picture, but it's like wearing a body cast. I could barely move, and I certainly couldn't bend at the waist or raise my arms. Oh, how we laughed as we applied layer upon layer of tape while my brother-in-law just shook his head. And hot? My gosh, I got so hot inside my duct tape prison that we had to finish the job outdoors on my sister's cold and breezy back deck.
I found the duct tape idea on the Internet when I was pricing dressmaker's dummies and discovered they were beyond my budget. I printed out the instructions, and then Lori taped me from my neck down to upper thigh. It took about 2 hours, and thank goodness I had enough presence of mind to visit the bathroom before we started! Once finished, Lori used a sturdy pair of scissors to cut the back open along the spine, from neck to butt. I carefully pulled the form off my body and was thrilled to see that it maintained my plump little dumpling shape. *g*