Friday, August 18, 2006

I would like you to meet

Hi, I would like you to meet Lulu. Lulu came to me about three years ago. I was looking for a used dressform and a friend of mine had one that she sold to me inexpensively. I had wanted a dressform for a while and after seeing how people were using them on the internet to show the beautiful garments they had made, I really wanted one.

I had to journey to pick Lulu up because she was living in a barn out of state. Lulu is from "The Uniquely You family" ~ the plus size branch. She had been residing out of state with several of her cousins from the Dressform Family but she had never been put to use. Since I was willing to take her "as she was" she seemed willing to take me too.

I spent a weekend getting to know her intimately. As in all of my measurements were taken and a moulange (well practically) of my body was performed on her cover. We were merged in a fitting ceremony and attempted to become one.

See, Lulu is still better endowed in some areas than I am and less endowed in others. I don't think I am as broad shouldered as she is and I know that she doesn't have my *ass*ets! No matter how we tried to pad her, it just wasn't getting as bouncy as I am...if you know what I mean! And then there is the matter of her bodacious bosum. It is a little pointer than mine and even with a nippleotomy and a good bra, she still doesn't quite resemble me in that area. A close second but not a perfect match.

So after the minor plastic surgery and a long awkward journey home...I mean she wouldn't fit in the trunk so she had to ride between some children in the backseat of the car. So we did get a few strange looks at the gas station but that is neither here nor there....Lulu came home. And for a while I tried to photograph garments on Lulu, and fit things on Lulu but Lulu is soooo still! I couldn't really see how garments flowed or how they reacted when I sat down or walked. So I noticed that over time Lulu became more of a holder of my latest fiber inspiration standing in the corner than an actual wearer of my newly made creations.

Then we moved. Now I am not quite sure that the movers knew what to make of Lulu. I mean once upon a time there was a Lulu in almost every household but when movers are amazed that you have over 50 boxes labeled "fabric" and for the "sewing area" I just knew they didn't get Lulu. I really knew it when after putting those same fabric boxes into their designated fabric closet - unopened - I happened upon Lulu buried behind those boxes shoeless. Okay, without her stand. I looked everywhere for her stand pieces, even calling the moving company but no stand. So that is why Lulu now leans in a corner of my sewing area. And why I had to take her picture on a rolling chair.

I have an idea to get Lulu standing tall again but I guess I just haven't gotten around to it because she is doing such a good job holding up the corner in my sewing area. Maybe while I wait for inspiration to strike me again, I should give Lulu a chance. Or then since she is not complaining and has obviously learned to live a very full life with her disability, maybe I should just enjoy her as she is....

6 comments:

  1. Isn't it funny that we all name our dressforms? Mine is called Ethel (Mertz, of course). Ethel doesn't, and never has, come close to resembling my figure. But, she's a great model. Someday I am going to make a duct tape double - someday.....

    I'd make Lulu a new stand so that she can once again preside over your sewing area.

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  2. My model is Marilyn (Monroe, she wears a pink diamonds are a girl's best friend dress when not in use). She doesn't fit my shape that much either - but she's prety close. I keep telling myself I need to make a duct tape dummy too - maybe if we could all get together and have a DTD party, we'd all get motivated to make one!

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  3. Hey Girl!
    At one time,long ago I wanted a dress form. But, as I live in an apartment, space was and is limited. So I find myself without a "Jada" to speak of. That's what her name would be. Anyway, the thing is, isn't it funny how we learn to make do when we have to? One day I do plan on splurging on a duct tape model of Jada, but until then, my thing is getting the garments constructed in the first place. So thanks loads for the inspiration!

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  4. I didn't go the duct tape route as I thought it would take forever. After reading and seeing your adventure with Lulu, I am beginning to wonder what was I thinking.

    I will have to come up with a name for my new dress form once she is "covered".

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  5. Ha,ha! You and Lulu together in the car - that must have been a sight. Hope you didn't cause any accidents!
    My skinny dress form is named G.G., short for Gravel Gerty, which is a nickname my grandfather gave me as a toddler. She models for me all the time although she's not as well endowed as I am. I'm still waiting for inspiration on the name for my other dress form.

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  6. Belinda was sitting in my front window for months after we moved. naked. :0 now she has a stand, and usually wears whatever i have in progress. she needs to lose weight now.

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