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rebecnik
« on: June 09, 2013 11:58:10 AM »

...or "the creepy silver mermaid thing."

I have a dress I want to alter as well as one I want to make, and I'm sure that there will be plenty more of each category to come. Real dress models are super expensive, though, so the "poor man's dress form" as I call it is perfect for now (one day when I'm rich, I'll spring for a nice one).

First of all, I cannot and will not take credit for this idea. It comes from Subversive Seamster, which is an excellent book mostly focusing on clothing reconstruction.

Second of all, this was meant to be a video tutorial. I had spent days figuring out in my mind exactly what I was going to say, what order I was going to do everything, etc. It was funny and informative, and it was going to be my first ever tutorial. It was gonna be GREAT. But, as my boyfriend and I discovered as we were moving onto the last step of the process, the memory card had been full just after my introduction. So after several minutes of staring in silence at my creation, we finished it up and took this picture:



Now, I've scanned the pages of the book that show how to make this, considering the whole video thing went south. But would it be illegal to post that? I wouldn't think so; I'm not making money off it, and it's just a few pages, but I want to make sure beforehand. Otherwise, I'll give my own rendition.
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2013 02:40:49 PM »

Posting pages scanned from a copyrighted book is a violation of copyright, even if you aren't making money.  After all, if someone reads your copy, they might not buy the book.

There are several online tutorials for a duct-tape dummy, so you don't have to besmirch your karma by posting illegal material.
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2013 09:49:13 PM »

Posting pages scanned from a copyrighted book is a violation of copyright, even if you aren't making money.  After all, if someone reads your copy, they might not buy the book.

There are several online tutorials for a duct-tape dummy, so you don't have to besmirch your karma by posting illegal material.

Ah, okay.
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2013 08:59:59 AM »

ha ha YOU DID IT! 

I think that your buddy will be a handy thing to have to make your fittings so much easier and more precise!  I had a commercial one, but the knobs and stuff to make it me was so time-consuming and never could really duplicate my shape...I really like the duct tape ones...and, you can poke it with pins and repair it with more duct tape! Grin

Excellent! 

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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2013 10:51:35 AM »

ha ha YOU DID IT! 

I think that your buddy will be a handy thing to have to make your fittings so much easier and more precise!  I had a commercial one, but the knobs and stuff to make it me was so time-consuming and never could really duplicate my shape...I really like the duct tape ones...and, you can poke it with pins and repair it with more duct tape! Grin

Excellent! 



Wow, so I suppose this will have its advantages over the mega-expensive ones!
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2013 10:53:10 AM »

...I hate to admit it, but when I moved last time, I left my expensive dress form on the curb for anyone to take...that is how much I did not use it... Grin
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2014 02:38:47 PM »

 This is a great tutorial.  I have read that building the form with gusset tape, also called cloth tape, is a better option because pins pushed through duct tape get sticky.  The gusset tape, apparently, isn't.


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ha ha YOU DID IT! 

I think that your buddy will be a handy thing to have to make your fittings so much easier and more precise!  I had a commercial one, but the knobs and stuff to make it me was so time-consuming and never could really duplicate my shape...I really like the duct tape ones...and, you can poke it with pins and repair it with more duct tape! Grin

Excellent! 



Wow, so I suppose this will have its advantages over the mega-expensive ones!
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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2014 04:43:42 PM »

Oh man. I helped my mom do one of these years ago. I was taping her up and just going to town when all of a sudden she moved and I realized that there was a lot of extra tape in these "bubbles". It turns out that she was slouching the whole time and didn't realize it until we were almost done! So her form turned out... lumpier than we expected, but it was still fun. I think yours turned out a lot better than ours did.
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2014 04:04:55 PM »

Oh man. I helped my mom do one of these years ago. I was taping her up and just going to town when all of a sudden she moved and I realized that there was a lot of extra tape in these "bubbles". It turns out that she was slouching the whole time and didn't realize it until we were almost done! So her form turned out... lumpier than we expected, but it was still fun. I think yours turned out a lot better than ours did.

That is an awesome story...I'm sure you shared some laughs!
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Zylo
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2014 02:50:30 PM »

That is an awesome story...I'm sure you shared some laughs!

I actually kept the dress form for years. I would lug around my mom's torso in my car and put her on shelves and things. It always got strange looks from people, but it provided a great story!
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