Monday, 3 March 2008

Duct tape - a sewist's friend

Yeah, I’m getting into the Red Green swing to prepare for getting covered in duct tape tonight. Being wrapped in plastic wrap and duct tape sounds like some serious bdsm thing, but no, I will not be suspended or have straws stuck up my nose. The latter, by the way, only ever seems to happen when I’m talking to a cute guy and looking at them instead of keeping my eye on the prize as I try to take a sip of my iced cappuccino. Yeah, I’m all kinds of elegant.

Anyway, I really need a duct tape dress form because apparently I have some sort of freakish body shape which doesn’t fit with commercially produced patterns. And while I feel like the only one, I know that most people fall into the freak category when trying to get patterns to fit, especially very fitted patterns like the one I’m working on now.

Burda 7938 I picked view B with the long sleeves. The shell is 12 pieces without the sleeves and fully lined making it a fun sew, with lots of tweaking possibilities. The first muslin had cups that strayed all the way down to the bottom of my rib cage plus I realized it was way to lowcut for me. So I raised the neckline, fiddled with the boobs, shortened the shoulders and cut it again. This time around it is better, but there is still some fine tuning that needs to be made and I can’t do it on myself. So getting mummy wrapped in duct tape will solve all my problems! How often do you get to say that? And it might be an incentive to lose some of that winter weight which can’t be a bad thing either.

1 comment:

Roxanne said...

I've thought of doing this myself because it really would be so much easier to sew stuff if you didn't have to try it on yourself all the time. But I was scared to really see what I look like...not that I can't see it in a mirror, but it just seems different! Good luck though! That pattern looks really cool (and really hard!)

P.S. Thanks for your comments on my blog!!