"What have you been doing lately?" you may ask. I would answer, "Making a duct tape dress form and using it (sort of) to make a dress for myself." I would also add, "The Hus helped."
He did, in fact, swath me in duct tape (I had a t-shirt on, so that it wouldn't stick to me, but then we forgot to cover my armpit and that hurt). The basic idea is to become all wrapped up, then cut off the mold and stuff it and tape it up again, thus creating a basic form of oneself to use when fitting patterns and things. It works!
Once I had the form, I made myself a dress, inspired by a dress found on Gilt, which is a website with designer clothing on sample sale.
This is the dress. Are you proud of me, mom?