Here are the photos of the making of my very own dress form. Regular plus size dress forms are like $250. Instead i spent $15 on tape and $6 on a dowel. $21 sounds way better than $250 to me and it's the exact same measurements as me. I used the tutorial from threadbanger, and modified it a bit. Here we go!!http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs109.snc3/15714_496563960388_763020388_11254082_5283361_n.jpg
First put on a bra that you would normally wear (threadbanger doesn't use one) I recommend this ESPECIALLY if you have boobies to speak of. Cut a head hole and two arm holes in a garbage bag and put it on. Sexy right?
Then get some tape (you can use paper tape, duct tape, masking tape, packing tape, etc) I used self sticking paper tape (threadbanger used the kind that you need to get wet and blow dry) It's best to use a type of tape that will hold it's shape well. and you'll need at least 2 or 3 rolls of the 2" wide stuff.
I didn't use the paper tape that you need to wet to stick because i'm a bit clausterphobic and i thought waiting for it to dry would make me ill. Good thing I didn't use it because i started to loose it a bit at the end just with self stick tape. I nearly ripped the thing off. Good thing my friend is so calm and collected...
Start with one big ring around your waist just under the bust then tape a V shape into your cleavage and work your way out and around. (We didn't start taking pics until what you see)
Complete shoulders and back. Outline the spine with one vertical piece of tape to add the back curvature to form and then make "ribs"http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs109.snc3/15714_496563865388_763020388_11254075_4087683_n.jpg
Then do the bum almost like the chest part of the form, but with a downward V to get the right curve.http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs109.snc3/15714_496563890388_763020388_11254077_868108_n.jpg
Filling in the bum more:http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs109.snc3/15714_496563950388_763020388_11254081_5765934_n.jpg
We started having tape malfunction. The paper tape is stiff but it doesn't stick well. We ended up using masking tape over top of the paper tape to get the stiffness for the mold and then the masking to hold it in place.http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs109.snc3/15714_496563970388_763020388_11254083_3602751_n.jpg
Once you have a couple of layers of tape ans it feels firm, you cut it up the back (Don't cut your bra!!) and tape it back together again.http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs089.snc3/15714_496564000388_763020388_11254087_1787957_n.jpg
Here it is finished, kinda:http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs109.snc3/15714_496564005388_763020388_11254088_3081652_n.jpg
Now all you have to do is stuff the top, shove a pole up the interior and stuff some more (of course you need to tape the bottom, arm, and neck holes shut or the stuffing falls out)http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs089.snc3/15714_496564045388_763020388_11254091_2544180_n.jpg
to keep all the tape in place i put a layer of packing tape over the whole thing. It also makes it so that garments can easily be pulled on and off.
Seeing your body shape like this is kinda strange. You have an idea of what your body looks like, but this is a way of giving you a reality check. For me it was kind of empowering. I knew i had substantial, um, assets, but it was amazing to see them right in front of my face!!
For the stand, i used an old rolling task chair base, removed the cylinder and found a dowel that fit inside and now i have a dressfrom that not only spins, but also has wheels can be moved around easily. I don't have any pics of the finished product with the stand yet... Please let me know what you think!!Edit
: For those of you that can't figure out where to store it
- use it as a coat rack at the front door,
- keep it in your bedroom, it's a fun way to figure out what to wear when you go out, it's like playing barbies with your own clothes!!!