Meet "Elle" My new Sewing Buddy

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I'm proud of the fact that the end result was really close to my exact body measurements as I could have hoped for and I'll be able to use her to help me during my sewing progress to get a great fit as an end result. What advice would you give someone starting this project? I'd say have fun, make sure you've got at least a couple of hours of spare so you don't have to rush it and just enjoy it. Oh make sure you go to the bathroom before you start :D

What you will need

  • Duct Tape
  • quilt batting and toilet paper

Q&A with Chris Lucas

Barbara Deckert asked:
Great job! I LOVE the TP stuffing --that's resourceful! Thanks for sharing the pics!
Chris Lucas answered:
Thanks Barbara and the TP was great to use as you can tear off as many pieces as you need and place them exactly in the right spots and they're a little firmer than the batting and quite a bit cheaper as well LOL.
Pohutukawa asked:
Elle is gorgeous, I did one of these years ago, and it is very good - it's funny to actually see your own body shape isn't it?
Chris Lucas answered:
It really is funny to see your own body shape and all the little lumps and bumps we have. I'd love to jazz her up a little and was thinking of making a fabric cover for her but I find that the good thing about the duct tape is everything I put on simply falls into place and doesn't stick to Elle like it before I covered her up with the duct tape form.
Cheryl Lemmons asked:
I have wanted to do this for a long time. You've inspired me to go ahead with it. I would like to cover it with some kind of fabric, but we'll see about that when the time comes. Hope it will help to make fitting a lot easier. Good work!
Chris Lucas answered:
I'm wanting to cover mine as well to try and make her a little prettier and she definitely does help make fitting a little easier as you don't have to continually keep trying on yourself to get the fit right.
Cheryl Lemmons asked:
I am curious . . . was there any logic or order to the way your husband applied the tape, or was it random?
Chris Lucas answered:
Basically we pretty much followed Barbara's tips which were similar to what we had done before. We started around the waist going around and worked our way down to the hips. Then we worked from the waist area to up under the bust area. Then over the shoulders and criss crossed between the breasts and then smaller pieces over the breast trying not to distort the shape. We did this up and around the neck area, and then under the arms. Once we had done one layer we did a second and then a third to ensure everything was nice and firm for when we took it off. The two underlayers of duct tape are fabric reinforced to prevent stretching... then the 3rd layer is just normal duct tape as we ran out of the fabric reinforced one. When we do it next time we'll just use the fabric reinforced duct tape as it has a much better finish and far more stable then the regular duct tape. The good thing is for me the regular duct tape is just on the final layer. I hope this helps a little :)
Miasmimi asked:
How wonderful to not have to keep trying everything on (and the pinningI). I have been thinking of doing this forever, but have no directions. You mentioned tips from "Barbara". Is there a tutorial somewhere on Craftsy that I have yet to find?
Chris Lucas answered:
The tips were from Barbara's Plus Size Pattern Fitting Class in the Sewing section here on Craftsy. I can highly recommend this class :)

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