My husband and I made a dress form from a tutorial I found off of Google... I can't find the link now, but I'll post it later if I can find it.
Here are photos:
The form is made of paper packaging tape, duct tape and I paper mached it to make it stronger. My husband made the PVC pipe stand, and taped me up (which he really enjoyed and took advantage of). This project started out fun, but once I was taped up, couldn't breath (b/c I couldn't expand my diaphragm) and had been standing still for an hour I wanted to kill someone. My husband got me screaming at him for taking breaks and not hurrying up. I wanted the damn thing cut off of me!!!
Unfortunately, after I finished with the paper mache I checked the sizing and realized it was 5" bigger than I am. I had to cut it down the back and resize it. It is still one inch too big, but ok with that.
FYI: If you've got a back injury I would advise you to pop a few Vicodin before starting this project...haha Grin