Yesterday two knitting friends came at my invitation for a surprise craft project. I had actually invited four friends but only two were brave enough. I told them the project was related to, but did not involve knitting. I am not really good at keeping secrets like this so when Nicole asked what we were going to do, I blurted it out. Sarah, on the other hand, was curious, maybe even wary, but trusting enough to show up with the specified materials: a t-shirt that could be sacrificed for the cause and a bag of polyester fiberfill. Hmmmm. That must have kept her up all night.
It turns out that 3 of us were the perfect number to make our individual body doubles. The instructions are found in Wendy Bernard's Custom Knits and this is one of the reasons I bought the book. Having a body double to try on garments is genius and when you can do it with duct tape, an old t-shirt, and some fiberfill, it is pretty cheap genius at that! We chose Nicole as our first guinea pig and she was certainly a good sport as Sarah and I read the directions step by step, pondering once in a while to figure out the next step. I think it took Sarah and me much longer to wrap Nicole than when Nicole was wrapping Sarah and me. We attributed that to the learning curve and that Nicole sews a lot.
After wrapping a body, you cut down the back and then tape it back together. Nicole and Sarah are figuring that out in this photo.
We have a few tips to share:
- The plastic wrap proved unnecessary. If the t-shirt has a reasonable neckline, we just taped around that.
- Get plenty of tape. It takes a lot.
- Get plenty of fiberfill. One large bag is not enough for one dummy and none of us are considered large.
- Do not attempt if you are overly modest.
- I thought being wrapped in duct tape would be claustrophobic but it wasn't. It didn't bother me at all and I'm the kind of person who doesn't like crowded elevators.
- Allow 45 min to an hour per person.
I don't look very happy in the photo, but it wasn't bad until I saw the finished product. Yikes! Am I that chubby??????????? (I asked my husband and he is smart enough to give the right answer.) Nicole looks a little wild-eyed. I'm glad I didn't know she had scissors in her hand.
The final stage was cutting a cardboad bottom, stuffing with fiberfill, and inserting a hanger.
I am just drawing a blank trying to think of labels for this post! It isn't knitting but it was fun.