This last weekend a bunch of dummies came to life in the sweatshop. We were plaster casting over stays, then filling the negative cavity with foam. No lie it was a lot of work and a big mess, but the end result is pretty darn cool. The dummy you achieve is truly you. All flaws included. Lo and behold one of my shoulders is higher than the other, something I did not know until looking at the cast of myself. A lot more details about the workshop can be found on the Hive blog page.
We have decided to make this a rolling workshop by appointment in the future. Contact email@example.com if you are interested. So many of the students of our gown workshops want to make multiple gowns for themselves and this dummy is the way to go.
Plaster casting is the first step. The shape achieved with plaster is much better than any other medium such as duct tape. But it is a messy business and works best with two people doing the taping at the same time. After plastering the negative cavity has to be foamed.
After the foam has set up the plaster cast has to be removed. (The messiest step of all!) The final work will be to mount the dummy onto a stand (on order) and then cover the dummy with stockinette. Totally pinable, totally you, totally cool.