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Topic: Mixed tape Dressform TUTORIAL *edit*  (Read 6385 times)
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Moxy Fire
« on: March 15, 2010 06:15:37 PM »

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!!

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... Grin

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)

Side view

Front view

Complete shoulders and back. Outline the spine with one vertical piece of tape to add the back curvature to form and then make "ribs"

Then do the bum almost like the chest part of the form, but with a downward V to get the right curve.

Filling in the bum more:

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.


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.

Here it is finished, kinda:

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)

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!!!
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2010 06:34:17 PM »

thats awesome. I am seriously thinking of doing this as I really dont have the money to buy one..

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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2010 06:36:07 PM »

This is pretty nifty -- and cheap.
I'm thinking this is a necessity for people who sew, so making something like this on the cheap that fits you perfectly is really awesome.
I'd love to see some finished pics Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2010 06:40:08 PM »

This is highly amazing!! Definately hitting this rocks so hard I'm breaking my finger!! I am going to try and pick up the supplies this week, staying the weekend at my mom's so I'm going to see if she'll be my partner in making one of these!
You did an awesome job making a tutorial, thank you so much! I'm not the world's best sewer, but I think if I had one of these, I might actually be able to make myself some clothes!

lol, when I saw the thumbnail pic, I thought "it looks like she just wrapped herself in tape and a garbage bag!"
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2010 08:10:57 PM »

Nice job! I made one out of duct tape once. I ended up with one really flat uniboob, but it didn't turn out half bad! My mom really enjoyed the job of taping me up... kinda scary... haha

« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2010 07:37:21 AM »

I made one like two weeks ago, I just came on here to post my results! Making your own dressform certainly is a reality check.  I don't think I had a firm grasp of what I actually look like, now I can't avoid it *grumblegrumble*. I made mine with an old shirt and duct tape. I stuffed my dressform and stuck it on an old and broken hat rack. It came out pretty neat. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2010 08:38:25 PM »

Thanks I love it.  gonna make a jean skirt sunday with it.

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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2010 08:15:59 AM »

wow, that came out so good Smiley I always wanted to make one just for the sake of it but the fabric store I used to work at sold the dress forms one day for $50 so I just bought one instead.. hahaha. (I is laaaazy)


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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2010 03:57:36 PM »

This is awesome.  I totally like the idea of using the part of an old rolling chair for the base.  I have been wanting to make one of these for a long time, but could never figure out what to use.  THANKS!!
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2010 11:54:58 AM »

I might try doing this instead of making plaster cast of my body like I was planing. My fabulous husband bought me a dress form, and it worked ok. Then I lost 60 pounds...and I'm still loosing! So my dress form is waaaay bigger than me! Plaster is a bit intimidating, and I want one NOW, even though I'm going to loose weight again. Maybe this is a more cost effective way to have one until I reach a goal weight and make a foam one with the plaster. This looks easy, and exactly like you! Great job Grin

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