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« on: September 30, 2009 11:43:49 AM »

hey there! pretty new to this...any suggestions where I can get a used *inexpensive*) mannequin or a dress form (with the legs)?
l. a. garmet district?

thx all!

« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2009 03:34:45 AM »

Hi, if you are after function more than decor, search for "duct tape dress form"

You can make a full body form or just a torso etc. I opted for full body and purchased an inexpensive hoodie with matching pants and had a (very close) friend mummify me and then cut off the tape and clothes after making Sharpie marks to assist in re-aligning the seams.

This is NOT a flattering look in the process LOL but you can get a very custom fit. You can stuff if with anything, but I recommend giving it some dowels if you want the form to stand. It is easier to dress if you leave it flexible, but harder to keep in shape.

The hoodie was convenient for including a head and neck since I am a large woman.

You could also stop at the thighs (think biking shorts) and just have dowel legs to represent height if you are not creating fitted calves in your clothes.

Remember to mark where your belly-button is and any other fitting features (natural waist, knee caps, whatever else is important to you in fit)

Sorry this is so late of a response. I hope you have found what you need already... but this is a giggle-inducing project regardless.

I intend to insert stretchy bits at the elbows, knees, bum, and shoulders to make for more realistic poses. (eventually)

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