• ***Important Note***

!!For Elizabethan Court Gowns, 18th Century Gowns, & Victorian fashions: You will need a properly constructed corset to make your duct tape double!!

 

Read ALL of the following before watching the tutorial and beginning to tape.


Duct Tape Bodice CAST:



Supplies You'll Need:


  • 2-3 rolls silver duct tape - Stay away from the designer tapes they sell at JoAnns. Stick to the silver. The other tape isn't tacky enough and won't hold the shape. 
  • LADIES:  A "cap-sleeve" T-shirt (see picture below) 1 size smaller than you'd normally wear.
  • MEN: A Snug-fitted "undershirt" - NOT an "outer" T-Shirt. 1 size smaller than you'd normally wear.
  • FOR DOUBLETS: You will need a snug fitting turtle neck shirt preferably of T-shirt fabric - not a sweater.











  • Scissors
  • Black sharpie marker - pointed not flat tipped.
  • Ruler - A level if you have one, or the level ruler app on your I-Phone.
  • You will need at least two people to help you.
  • Make sure you use the bathroom first.
  • Have a glass of water handy.
  • Wear comfortable shoes! - Will take an hour at the very least.
  • LADIES:  You will need your corset and bumroll.
  • You may wish to have an electric fan near by, as you will feel warm once you are taped.


Prepping for the Tape:

  • If you have long hair, pin your hair up! You don't want your hair getting stuck in the tape.
  • Noble Ladies: Have someone lace you into your corset - Wear it against your bare skin!  Lace it up to the EXACT amount you will when wearing your Designs From Time gown. Make sure you tuck your laces so that they don't accidentally get cut.
  • Peasant & Lower Class: No corset is required - skip to the next step.
  • Ladies: Slip on a SNUG fitted T-shirt over the corset. You will be cutting it, so it needs to be disposable.
  • Ladies: Do NOT wear a regular men's T shirt!- or a baggy shirt. You need a SNUG women's style T-shirt - optimally one that is a one to two size too small so that it fits like a second skin.
  • Men: Same with you. Wear a SNUG fitted undershirt that fits as close to your skin as possible. You will be "cut" out of it, so don't use your favorite shirt!
  • Don't move your arms too much during the taping process; also, don't sit or bend! 


VIDEO TUTORIAL:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=42&v=0pz7tkU0weU



Once you've watched the tutorial it's time to start taping!



Time to Tape! - Read and Follow along carefully!


FOR BODICES:

  • You only need about THREE layers. The video uses more, but it is NOT necessary.
  • Don't move your arms too much during the taping process; also, don't sit or bend!
  • LADIES: Beginning below the bustline of your corset, start with one layer of tape, using as long strips as possible. MEN: start at rib cage. Make sure it is snug, but not so tight you cannot breath.
  • Next, proceed to a “cross-your-heart” taping that goes from one shoulder across, under the opposite bustline/chest, then around to the back.
  • LADIES: Bend over and lift your breasts as seen in the video. Now - - Fill in bust, shoulder area with vertical strips - Three layers all total!
  • Extend the wrapping around the upper arms - but only as far as your T-shirt goes.
  • Wrap under the arm pits - again in three layers.
  • Now start building up the waist keeping your arms as still as possible.
  • Tape in the waist tightly with final third layer of duct tape.


FOR DOUBLETS:

Follow the basic instructions above - but you will need to tape your full torso and your neck. Do this VERY  carefully! Don't make it tight! Just tear off small strips and tape up the neck. Don't use long strips and pull them tight or you can cut off blood flow.


MARKING WITH A SHARPIE:


LADIES:  Now that you're all taped up it's time to start marking where your neckline is to begin, and where your bodice should hit your natural waist.


MEN:  You will need to mark your natural waist on the sides, the back, and to the navel, as well as your armhole, and front opening.


IGNORE the comment made in the video about leaving more space under the armpit. THIS IS INACCURATE!!!  If you leave too much arm hole depth your bodice/doublet will hike up every time you lift your arms. Follow MY instructions below:


  • Using a ruler, carefully mark the center front from the neckline to the bottom about two inches below the navel using the sharpie.
  • FRONT LACING BODICES (WORKING CLASS): Using a ruler, carefully mark the line where you want your neckline to begin (above your corset line if you're wearing one) - You can use a Level or your Iphone app "Light and Ruler" to make sure your lines are straight.
  • BACK LACING BODICES (NOBLES): Using ruler, carefully mark the center back line. Make sure it is centered - this is where your bodice will be cut open.
  • MEN: Using ruler, carefully mark the center front line. Make sure it is centered - this is where your doublet will be cut open.
  • Trace the armholes. Raise your right arm - or dominant arm - straight in front of you to about chest level. Take a ruler, and lay it under your arm pit so that the top touches the flesh of your arm pit. Where your "side" seams will be, mark the bottom part of the ruler - the part not touching your flesh. (same basic concept as the picture below but just using two fingers) This will be the longest part of your arm hole. You can also measure the width of two fingers - Index and middle finger - pressed up against your arm pit.























  • FOR DOUBLETS: Draw a line in Center Front .
  • Now trace the bottom of your bodice.  Start by marking an X two inches below your navel. Then make a small X at the side where your natural waist is. Now, connect the side X's to the center front making a V.
  • Now, trace out the bottom edge in the back - beginning from your sides to the Center Back making sure you mark where your natural waist is. If you go below your bodice will be too long and ride up.


Now, Cut yourself out! 


  • For a back-lacing bodice:  Cut down from the neck following the sharpie line. Cut both layers of shirt and tape.
  • For a front opening bodice or doublet: cut up the front following the sharpie line.
  • Gentlemen - Cut it up the Front! Cut both layers of shirt and tape.

Now, you will send me your duct tape bodice or doublet form to me and I

will use it to draft a pattern and construct a muslin mock up.



Now, you will need to take your measurements.


You will need the following:


  • Sewing Tape Measure  - Not your husbands metal, retractable tape measure!
  • Pad & Pencil/Pen



Working Class:   If you have a bodice that fits you well, lace yourself up in it until it is comfortable and take your measurements wearing your old bodice.


Nobles: You will need to be wearing your corset and have your bumroll and farthingale handy as well. 



LADIES: Measurements  *Nobles - Must Be Wearing Your Corset and farthingale:


  • *Bust Circumference (Ladies
  • *Rib Cage (Under Bust) Circumference
  • *Waist Circumference
  • Neck circumference
  • Nape of Neck to Natural waist (see picture to right)
  • Upper Arm Circumference (Biceps)
  • Sleeve Length - bent elbow (See picture to right)
  • Forearm Circumference
  • Wrist Circumference
  • Elbow to Wrist Length
  • Arm Pit to Waist
  • Head
  • Back Length (See picture to the right)
  • Waist to Big Toe
  • Front Waist - Over the Shoulder to Back Waist
  • Navel to Neckline (where you want your bodice neckline to hit)




MENS: Measurements:


Chest Circumference
Bust (Ribcage) Circumference
Waist Circumference

Waist to Knee

Back Width

Thigh Circumference

Arm Length

Waist to Crotch

Above the Knee Circumference
Neck circumference
Nape of Neck to Natural waist (see picture to right)
Biceps Circumference
Sleeve Length - Shoulder to wrist with bent elbow
Forearm Circumference
Wrist Circumference
Elbow to Wrist Length
Arm Pit to Waist
Head
Back Length (See picture to the right)


LADIES & MEN:


Armscye Measurements:


1. Circumference:













2. Taken With Ruler:













Full Shoulder Width:


Shoulder to Shoulder (See picture below)

















Half Shoulder Width:














NOBLE LADIES: 


TAKE THE FOLLOWING MEASUREMENTS WEARING YOUR BUMROLL:


  • See the "Half Shoulder Width Picture" above - - Measure from the Middle of this width to Your Waist
  • Back Length
  • Side: Underarm to Waist
  • From the back:  Beginning at the waist - Stretch tape measure OVER the Bumroll to the Back of your Heel




CORSET/STAYS MEASUREMENTS:   


Bust (at the widest point) minus two inches for standard busts, four for large (this is the ‘squish' factor and is variable)


Waist (ditto, or the narrowest point, depending on how you are built) but do not subtract anything here.


Back length (the whole thing from base of the neck to the waist)


Strap length (from spine/waist intersection in back up over the shoulder to pit area in front where the strap will join the front of your corset. Add two inches for lacing)


Bust point -- how far up from the spine/waist intersection the widest point of your bust lives at. Depending on your body, it could be at the pit level or slightly above or below it.


Front length -- from your belly button up to about how high you want the front of the corset. French corsets are low-cut; English corsets tend to be higher.


Muslin Mock-Up Fitting: 

Once I construct your muslin mock up, I will send it to you to be fitted - Unless you live close enough to me to come to my studio. Written instructions will be sent along with your mock up. Follow the instructions carefully and precisely!

It is important that you find a Professional Seamstress or Tailor to do your fitting.

PLEASE, do not take your mock up to an amateur, i.e., your neighbor, your mother, grandmother, aunt, best friend, or a friend of a friend, UNLESS they are a professional or have more than a basic knowledge and experience in proper fitting.

This mock-up is the pattern for your bodice. If it is not properly fitted, your finished ensemble will NOT fit when it arrives and may require extensive alterations - which are not included in the quoted labor fees. If I cannot do a live fitting on you, I must rely solely on the muslin mock up and your measurements. If either are inaccurate, I cannot be held liable for an ill-fitted garment. Should you need alterations due to an inaccurately fitted muslin mock-up or inaccurate measurements, there will be additional labor fees of $15 an hour plus additional shipping fees for which you will be responsible. (Please read my Policies and Procedures).


Measurements and Body Form Tutorial

Designs From Time

Taking Your Measurements

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Now, lay your non-dominant hand and press it flat under your armpit of your dominant side with your thumb UP and your forefinger touching your arm pit crease.  Cup your hand slightly. - - See picture to the left.


The natural curve of the web between your thumb and fingers lays around the tendon. The Tank top in the picture sits a little bit too far over. If you trace that line your sleeve may be too restricting. Trace your line between the edge of the thumb web and where the tank top rests in this picture.  The basic point here is to follow the contour of that tendon. Mark a small but visible X or a DOT in the center or curve of the L shape created by the web of your hand. I can draft the correct shape.

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