So I had been looking at how I could get (or make) a child
size dress form, after scouring the web and a late night of brain storming with
my mom we came up with this idea.I was
able to finish it all in under an hour. All you will need are these few items.
* Please do not wrap your child to tight as it could cause
·1 willing child to stand still long enough to
wrap in duct tape
·1 Roll of Duct Tape (you can precut into strips
I didn’t do this but it would have been easier)
·2 shirts for your child to wear (preferable two
old ones as you will be cutting only one hopefully but use two old ones in
case) I used my old T-shirt so I could make it a body suite style
·1 pair Scissors that will cut fabric and duct
tape at the same time (if you have a set that the hospital uses to remove
clothing they work very well)
·1 old pillow or other source of stuffing
(depending on the size of your finished form you may need two pillows)
·1 elastic to tie your child’s hair out of the
Make sure your child has gone to the washroom before you
begin as I made mine a full body suite style but if you only make the top then
you should be fine.
To begin put both shirts on your child,
and start wrapping *
not to tightly. I only did one layer of overlapping duct tape. I wrapped around
her arms to allow my dress form to have arms for sleeve fittings. I also
wrapped around her hips so could do pants and shorts in the future.
Once you have the child and shirt wrapped get your scissors’
that you can cut both duct tape and fabric and not have to dash around the
house and find a better pair (like I did) Last think you need is your child
thinking moms going to leave her wrapped up forever!
Now cut down the back of your form watching not to cut the
child, hair or under shirt.
Now you have an empty shell.
Now duct tape up the back and your almost finished.
I wrapped duct tape a lower around the legs (mid thigh on my
small girl) and then wrapped them all shut. If your doing a torso just duct tape up the bottom to help give it strength you can add some stuffing now.I used an old pillow
that I pulled the stuffing out of as the pillow looked dingy but the stuffing
was in good shape.
When it’s almost fully stuffed I added a hanger so I could (obviously)
hang it while I sized clothes on it.
This took me under an hour to wrap my daughter, cut her out
of it and then stuff it and close it all up.
So you take boiling water (enough to fill your pint mason
jars) mix in 1/3 cup of borax in each jar.
Then hang your pipe cleaners bent
into snowflake or star shapes. We used pencils over the mouth of the jars to keep the
pipe cleaners from touching the edges or bottom (some of ours touched and a
little tug and they came loose from the bottom) Leave your shapes hanging overnight and in the morning.
You will have glittery stars.
Even the 12 yr old enjoyed this quick little craft.
Here's a quick recap of instructions
You will need:
Boiling water (enough to fill your jars)
1/3 cup of borax for each pint sized jar
pipe cleaners bent into snowflakes or stars
String or yarn (we used string)
at least 8-12hrs of time
This craft was quick and easy which to me is the perfect craft with two little girls keeping me on my toes.
I have to toot my own horn aren’t these dresses beautiful, I
can’t take all the credit. I bought the pattern from Create Kids Couture at http://createkidscouture.blogspot.com
they have some very adorable sewing patterns for children’s boutique style
outfits. I picked Sophia’s Open Back Ruffle Dress pattern, and it turned out so
super cute. I love how the quality of the design of the pattern shows through
and how easy it was to sew. I bought the pattern last Wednesday night and it
arrived in my inbox early Thursday morning (their patterns are all PDF documents
with detailed instructions and pictures), but due to the furnace drama I couldn’t
get to making this dress until 6pm. I sewed my little fingers to the bone and
finished the dress (after many interruptions) at 11pm. I only had until Friday
at 12pm EST time to submit the pictures of my finished product.
It's very rare that I ever wish
this wasn't my life, but on Thursday when the furnace would not run and I can't
even hot wire it together, I tend to wish this wasn't my life.
My son asked me who’s life would I
want, “would you want to be homeless” ok life’s not that bad, I have four
walls, a roof over our heads, food in the fridge and the ability to keep warm
until the furnace is fixed. I am thankful for my life. Thanks to AJ to put the
proper perspective on the days events.
The furnace has now been fixed
since last Thursday afternoon and it has given me no more issues.
I love living in our small village
but sometimes it can have it’s challenges, but also it’s blessings. When you are
in need there’s usually multiple offers of assistance. I want to thank everyone
who offered up their homes to me and my kids because they had heard of our
Well my son AJ came home from school very excited that he’d
shown everyone a “New Trick”, you never know what “New Trick” means from a 12yr
old. So he showed me and his sister LB his “New Trick” which was a stage slap
or punch and so after a bit of fooling around and me showing him the stage
slaps I’d learned in drama he thought it was a good idea to show the 2yr old.
So AJ got down nice and low so she could reach him, I then showed her how to
swing far enough away so she wouldn’t actually connect with his face. First
couple attempts were successful if not silly to watch AJ and LB stage fight,
and just as I turn around I hear “SLAP” silence……then AJ “LB you’re not
supposed to actually hit me.” Poor girl she looked sad (but almost secretly
happy to have slapped her brother across the face).
Lessons for the day
·Do not teach a 2yr old how to stage fight unless
you want to lose!
·Nothing like as you start turning your back you think this
might not be a good idea
So after the stage fighting was
quickly put to an end I found the real reason for all the over acting at the
house. AJ got the Role in “The True Story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas” He
is very excited (I’m excited for him and not so secretly happy that he shares
my love for all things drama). He got the role of The Grinch….he’s walking
around the house singing “you’re a mean one Mr. Grinch”
I hope everyone is patient with me as this is my first
attempt at blogging. My goal in starting this blog is to share my creative
adventures as well as my children’s adventures with me and their creations. While home on Maternity Leave I began searching out other creative people on the web and I
recently started following Katy from No Big Dill http://thedillspiel.blogspot.com/
and was inspired by her Once Upon a Thread to create something from your
children’s story book. The book I chose was Suki's Kimono by Chieri Uegaki. I
had been looking for an excuse to try and make a kimono looking dress for LB. I
do have to say that my attempted creation actually turned out pretty darn well.
(pat on my own back) I then had to make a matching one for B who of course has
no say in what I stick on her. I used a few ideas from patterns I'd seen online
and since I'm new at this did not take pictures to create a tutorial, maybe
once the charger for the camera arrives (I being a busy mom as I am forgot it
at my parents home while visiting them in October.) I will recreate the skirt
and create a tutorial as well. December
will be a world of firsts for me. First Blog, First of sharing my creations somewhere
besides friends on Facebook.