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Making a mannequin

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I don’t like mannequins because they are scary, but I wanted something that I could display some of my products on at a stall. I had a look on eBay for dress makers dummies, but they are all pretty expensive and as I can’t make clothes, it would be a bit of a waste most of the time. Then I came across a tutorial by Etsy on how to make a custom dress form in your exact size. This is perfect for dress makers as clothes will fit you brilliantly. For me it was perfect because it was cheap!

Basically, you put on a t-shirt you don’t mind being cut up, then get someone to cover you in layers of duct tape!

I bought two cheap turtle necks from the supermarket (I also got cheap duct tape there) and put one on for the base as I wanted the form to have longer shoulders and a high neck.

Once you are covered in a few layers, get someone to cut you out! You’re left with a shell that is a replica of you! next just tape up the join, stuff the form with something (I used newspaper) and either stick on a cardboard base or attach it to a pole.

I then used the second  turtle neck as a cover, and there you have it! It’s the perfect size to sit on a table stall and a lot cheaper than buying the real thing! If you want to make one, definitely check out the Etsy tutorial as it has detailed steps and goes into a lot more detail than I have.

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Sorry I’ve neglected you!

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I feel a bit sad that I haven’t had time to blog for a while, because I do enjoy it. However I have a good excuse! I have finally sorted out my craft stuff and have been attending fairs! Well, one fair and a fashion show to be exact. The first was on Thursday and was an up-cycled fashion show run by Manchester City Council as part of their watch your waste campaign. It was held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester city centre and was so much fun. I had a small stall where I could display my products, there were a couple more stalls, council people talking about recycling and then a fashion show featuring all recycled clothing. I was worried about if my products were any good and what sort of reception they would get, but people seemed to really like them and now I feel much more confident! The second was a christmas gift and craft fair at the National Trust property where I volunteer. Lots of people attended and again I got some really good feedback. So I have made a new blog specifically about my products and my brand. You can visit it here. I also want to get an online shop up and running to give me something to focus on between fairs!