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Topic: Making a dress form, but not with tape.  (Read 797 times)
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« on: April 01, 2012 10:18:25 AM »

I was thinking of drafting up a pattern to make a dress form out of 100% cotton fabric, building a core, and stuffing the rest with the 5 lbs of stuffing I have. My problem is, how would I make the pattern? Would it just kinda be a modified dress pattern that would be skin tight? If I took a dress pattern that fit me perfectly, would that work (if there is a zipper in the pattern I would just sew it all shut)? I have scoliosis and am not noticeably crooked, but enough that my hips and shoulders are uneven. I don't have the money to buy one from the store, and I just don't think it'd be the same because of my crookedness. :/ Any advice? I don't have the slightest clue on how to do this.
I don't really know if this is the right place to put this, but it seemed logical since it'd be for clothes.

« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012 05:34:31 AM »

In order for this to work the dress you make would have to fit like a second skin - very, very snug. Princess line seams would probably be your best bet.

« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2012 02:40:30 PM »

How would I go about drafting up a pattern with princess seams? The only pattern I've made before was the corset for my prom dress.

« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2012 10:28:59 PM »

If you're drafting it, whatever drafting book you've got should have instructions on how to alter the basic block to one with princess seams, otherwise you'd need to buy a pattern with princess seams.

« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2012 10:24:17 PM »

I'm not expert, but I feel like fabric wouldn't make a sturdy dress form--or at least, not enough to preserve its shape on its own. if you don't want to go down the paper tape/duct tape route, you could use paper mache.

I forgot where I found it, but you could try googling it. basically wrap yourself in paris plaster, and when it's sturdy enough cut it in half. then make a TON of paper mache from newspapers and line the inside. wait for it to dry (might take a week), remove from plaster cast, repair any cracks, and voila.
« Last Edit: May 11, 2012 10:26:19 PM by Penguillama » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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