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My baby sister is getting married (AAAARGH! She's still only 11 in my head) in a few months and, as I did with my last two sisters, I am making her wedding dress. The difference now is that we live 700 miles away from each other, and with the first 2 wedding dresses I made we were close enough for weekly fittings.

Because of that, and because it's something I've always wanted to do anyway, I'm making a dress form based on her body. I found this fabulous tutorial from Threads Magazine and my dilemma now is, do I do the easy, fast, and inexpensive paper-tape dress form?:

http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00002_p5.asp

or do I make the more accurate, more time-consuming, slightly more expensive paper-mache dress form?:

http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00002_p5.asp

FWIW, I have done quite a lot of paper mache masks in my life, and probably wouldn't be having this dilemma had my mother not questioned the necessity of making a form at all -- as if saving my parents thousands of dollars on wedding dresses over the past ten years isn't reason enough.

So I guess I just need a little positive reinforcement besides!

Thanks and Happy New Year!

ella
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do I make the more accurate, more time-consuming, slightly more expensive paper-mache dress form?:

Have you ever seen the Duct Tape Dummy?

http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/makingem/DuctDummy.htm
http://www.leanna.com/DuctTapeDouble/textA.html
http://www.leanna.com/DuctTapeDouble/
http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00002_p3.asp

~~ Alison
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Have you ever seen the Duct Tape Dummy?

YES! But -- and I know this is going to sound stupid -- it's just not as aesthetically pleasing as a paper-mache or paper tape! Dumb, I know.

Anyway, I found some pre-plastered strips at the craft store, and I'm going the paper-mache route. What can I say? I have a thing for involved, complicated projects.

We're going to do it tonight while watching Project Runway!

ella
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and I know this is going to sound stupid

Not at all! The thought of a duct-tape dressmaker's dummy just makes me laugh.

I have a thing for involved, complicated projects.

I can appreciate that. I'm trying to work on some of my beading UFOs -- a recent completion took my about a dozen years. Not that I worked on it continuously, of course, LOL!

We're going to do it tonight while watching Project Runway!

Have fun!

~~ Alison
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So how did your paper mache' dummy come out? Did it work for making your sister's dress?

LWW
fascinated by the idea
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omg, making it was a freaking NIGHTMARE. I have a list a mile long of all the things I should have done differently. The number one most important thing? DON'T SKIMP on the plaster bandages. Buy about twice what you think you are going to need, and then buy that many again. I didn't have enough and the form started curving and creasing as I tried to mache it. I ended up spending twice as long reinforcing it as it would have taken me to make the damn thing from scratch.

Once all that was done, I was pretty happy with it, and it did turn out to be essential.

The dress was gorgeous. I'm really proud of it, and all of her engaged friends are JEALOUS. I guess that's a good thing.

Sorry I haven't been around in a while. Just weird stuff going on in my life.

e
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"The dress was gorgeous."

No picture?

Stockbuyer2
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"The dress was gorgeous."

No picture?


My thoughts exactly!

;^D

~~ Alison, curious
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<<<The dress was gorgeous. I'm really proud of it, and all of her engaged friends are JEALOUS. I guess that's a good thing.>>>

That's a very good thing! So far as the dress form goes, I'm thinking I'll pony up the money to buy one from Joann's. Your description fills me with dread:)

LWW
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I'm thinking I'll pony up the money

Speaking of crafty things -- did you ever get your pearls restrung?

~~ Alison, nosy
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<<<Speaking of crafty things -- did you ever get your pearls restrung?>>>

Not yet. Mainly because I'm lazy and also because I'm suffering from that malady known as "out of sight, out of mind" :) They're still sitting patiently in the drawer waiting for me to remember them when I actually have time to get to the bead shop or jewelers:)

LWW
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Not yet.

You've also got more pressing matters at hand.

They're still sitting patiently in the drawer waiting for me to remember them when I actually have time to get to the bead shop or jewelers:)

Yeah, they'll keep.

;^D

~~ Alison
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Where do I put a picture?? OH. A Link perhaps?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellaluna/

Ok, I have to say that I wasn't thrilled with the photographer... the poses and locations are cute, but the dress is totally washed out in most of the photos the photographer took. I mean I know white is hard, but it seems to me that if you make your living photographing wedding dresses, you'd figure it out.

Snippy, aren't I?

There are pics of the dress form too... And I would TOTALLY make a dress form again. I've already made every mistake I could make, so it can only get easier!

Sorry I've been such a phantom presence around these parts. I've been etsying and it's consuming all of my computer time...
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Where do I put a picture?? OH. A Link perhaps?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellaluna/

Ok, I have to say that I wasn't thrilled with the photographer... the poses and locations are cute, but the dress is totally washed out in most of the photos the photographer took. I mean I know white is hard, but it seems to me that if you make your living photographing wedding dresses, you'd figure it out.


Gee, my first thought was that it looked a bit furry <grin>. The dress looks great, and I hope you don't mind me flicking through your pix, but I think the best picture of her is on your last page. That one is really nice. It highlights both your sister and the dress.
Kathleen
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Thanks Kathleen!

hope you don't mind me flicking through your pix, but I think the best picture of her is on your last page

No, any pics that I don't want the world to see are set to private already.

Gee, my first thought was that it looked a bit furry <grin>.

LOL. I have more pictures of my cats than anyone person should ever have of any one thing. Oy! But I tried to sort everything so that all the wedding pics are in their own set now.

You'd think I could figure out something as simple as flickr if I can make a complicated asymmetrical wedding dress.
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oh my! look how talented you are! what beautiful things and what a lovely dress.

I wish you lived near me, so we could do sewing nights....
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oh my! look how talented you are! what beautiful things and what a lovely dress.

I wish you lived near me, so we could do sewing nights....


Awwww, thanks! Making that dress, as huge an undertaking as it was, inspired me to do more sewing. I'd love to have sewing buddies. As it is I just lurk on the Threads message board and on etsy... which is, unfortunately, why I haven't been here much lately. Boo on me!
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