The Power of Pretend!

FABULOUS FUN by Darla Haiduk

 

Greetings from Oklahoma!

 

I received my Fabulous Fit Fitting System as a much wished-for Christmas gift in December 2009.  I immediately set about creating my body-double! Since then I have used it many, many times on different types of projects, from gowns to costumes.  I will never construct for myself without it! 

I have an annual costume party in October, and I attend several costume parties each year.  I design/construct a new costume for my party every year. I keep all the costumes I have constructed; sometimes I wear them again, or modify them a little for another party.  Sometimes I loan out my costumes to friends. I can also design/construct garments or costumes for others by making easy adjustments to my form. Darla Haiduk

 

 

My favorite project was a Clown costume that I designed for myself in October 2010. The focal point of the costume was a bustier I made on the Fabulous Fit dress form using brightly colored strips of duct tape. The rest of the costume consisted of a draped shrug, an overskirt, and a rainbow-colored tutu; all made on my form. I accessorized the look by making a dread-lock wig of yarn, and a ribbon choker adorned with tiny buttons. I wore brightly colored, fishnet hose layered over a pair of tights in another bright color, and polished off the look with pink platform Mary Jane's.  It was quite a look! I wore that costume to three separate parties over the years, and won three separate costume contests wearing it. The bustier is now showing signs of wear, so I wanted to demonstrate to you how easy it was to create one to replace it on my Fabulous Fit dress form. The bustier took about four hours to create from start to finish.

This type of design may not be the sort of entry you anticipated, but I loved making it, and sharing it with you.  I hope you enjoy the whimsy of it!

1.    Using the tutu, and overskirt from the previous costume as a starting point, I wrapped the top of my Fabulous Fit form in cling wrap. This allowed me to apply the duct tape, and easily remove the bustier from my form when it was completed.  After I wrapped the top of the form, I added additional pieces of cling wrap over the skirt as a peplum; a modification of the original design.

2.    After shaping the cling wrap, I applied a few pieces of duct tape directly onto the cling wrap to outline the design. I had a good selection of colored duct tape in my inventory, so I started cutting strips, and applying them randomly. 

 

1.   I continued placing duct tape strips in different directions until the entire bustier was covered. I went over it a few times, putting new colors over the previous ones until I was happy with the look. I trimmed the excess cling wrap from the top edge of the newly-formed duct tape bustier, and cut the design down the back to remove it from the form.  I laid it out wrong-side up to cut any loose cling wrap from the inside of the design, and edged the bustier with yellow duct tape.

2.    After shaping the cling wrap, I applied a few pieces of duct tape directly onto the cling wrap to outline the design. I had a good selection of colored duct tape in my inventory, so I started cutting strips, and applying them randomly.

 

FABULOUS JOB, DARLA!! ..WE LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS COSTUME!!  THANK YOU, AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL!!