Poster hanging project

Hi everyone, it’s been a while! You know…life.

Anyway, I have a little project to share 🙂

Next year I’m excited to be starting a Cert IV in Massage Therapy. It’s something that has always been in the back of my mind to do and I needed something more hands on, and committed, to do in my spare time. At completion I can give relaxation massage as a business on the side which will be a fantastic option for me if I ever want to step away from working full time in my fulfilling but stressful HR career.

I am currently doing a short “taster” course and have quickly decided that given I am going to need to intimately know the muscles of the body from an anatomical perspective, I should get a muscle poster! So I ordered this:


Available here: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/301328567726

As specified it arrived as an A2 sized poster freshly printed on quality poster paper. My thought from the beginning was the hang it using those black poster strips. But I didn’t order any when I ordered the poster and they proved to be stupidly hard to find in any relevant store (BigW, news agents, Officeworks etc). So I decided to do something a little funkier with rulers, magnets, string and E6000 glue. I had the string and glue on hand (glue shipped ages ago from the US, any epoxy glue will work fine though), and everything else cost me about $20. It was possibly slightly more expensive than the plastic strips if I ordered online but looks heaps better I think 🙂

Here it is in pictures with basic instructions in the captions. If anything isn’t clear, please ask!

String

4 x 45cm wooden rulers

4 x magnet strips

E6000 epoxy glue

Magnet strips opened. Glue goes on white side.

Like so…

Glued down centred on each ruler.

All four done and left to set for 24 hours.

Then they simply snap together over the poster and get strung up.

Classroom chic?

It worked just as I hoped it would.

Close up of the rulers snapped together.

I’m so happy with this simply little project! I may even replicate this elsewhere in my house or as a gift 🙂

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Costume time!

I am going to a fancy dress part next month, the theme is ‘S’. I have a costume all planned out, but I can’t share it with you yet as it’s a surprise.

What I can say is that it doesn’t involve a lot of actual sewing but its going to be fun and a little challenging no less. And it includes these:

Bedazzles with RHINESTONES! :D

Bedazzled with RHINESTONES! 😀

It also meant I finally purchased a hot glue gun which opens a whole lot of new creative doors.

Hooray!

Also, I realise I haven’t yet come good with the blog anniversary competition post but I haven’t forgotten and it is coming 🙂 Once I settle on a prize I will be having a combined “anniversary/reached 50 followers” celebration 🙂

Ps: Whilst typing this up I was counting down the seconds to snipe in and win a couple of great sewing things on ebay…and it worked! Bargains were had! Hopefully I will pick them next weekend and post with excitement 🙂

The dress form…complete!

I finally caved in and pulled apart my hat/bag rack to see if the stand would fit and support the dress form…and it does! Whilst I love having my bags out on display so I remember to use them, the rack only cost me about $20, is simple, strong and saves me making one and stressing I haven’t made it strong enough (the dress form is heavy).  I guess its an excuse to buy a pretty new hat rack when I find one cheap enough 🙂 Either way, the dress form project is complete! 🙂

Customising the Dress Form

So a couple of months ago I picked up a second hand, battered, dress form…the post is here. Today I finally got around to customising it! 🙂 I had read in a few places about using duct tape to make a mannequin in your own shape. I decided to adapt this idea by creating the shape using the duct tape and then wrapping it around  the mannequin. I decided this was neccessary as I have a heavily accentuated arch in my back and have always had a bit of a tummy. No matter the dimensions I set the dress form to it was never going to quite capture these features.

Anyways, I armed myself with two online tutorials, a semi-enthusiastic boyfriend, some cheap silver duct tape, and some pretty purple ‘duck’ tape I ordered from the US to pretty up the outer layer.

In hindsight I really wish I had bought the ‘real’ duct tape for the lower layers, not the cheap stuff. Oh well, live and learn.

We started by wrapping a line around my hips, then under my bust, then a cross over the chest to define the bust. Because the duct tape was so cheap it was a little too stretchy and this resulted in the strip under the bust being too tight….man am I glad we do not live in the age of the common corset! It was then just a matter of wrapping it around and around and trying not to think about how horrendous it must look to have all your features on lycra-like display. Boyfriend swung between amused (“haha I should lock you outside like this.”), bemused (“Oh, the things we do on a Sunday.”), and slightly frustrated (“Why am I doing this again?”). This is how I looked after the first full layer:

See all that weird bunching at my upper chest? Yes that would not have happened if I had bought real duct tape, instead of BigW’s idea of duct tape. Take note!

When roughly two layers were done boyfriend then had to cut it off, going straight up my back (through the duct tape and the old shirt I wore). Two inches in he declared it would be easier if I laid down on the floor. The reply was “Um, I can’t”, I was well and truly without abdominal motion. He helped, and I was suddenly reminded of turtles stuck on their backs. But I was on my front. Nevertheless it was easier to cut like this, and I was free in no time.

The next part was up to me, and took quite a while. I had to manipulate the rubbery lump that was my shape around the dress form. I put my fabric scrap bag to good use as filler, filling in the belly, boobs, and other lumpy bits with scraps. I then taped it all in place and did my layer of purple Duck Tape. The result is not perfect, there is a slight dip in the belly (I elbowed it…woops), and I think the back arch is meant to be a little deeper. But I think the result is a very good guide. It might be a bit bigger than real life in some places and a teeny bit smaller in others but it’s hardly enough to cause drastic fitting problems in future.

The whole thing would probably look smoother if it didn’t have the cheap duct tape under the purple but I am pretty happy with the result 🙂

I was also pleased with my emotional reaction: “I need to lose weight…but hey, could be worse!” lol

Reference tutes:

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3659/clone-yourself-a-fitting-assistant/page/2

http://sewcreatefarmeat.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/making-dress-form.html