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Topic: $30 Dress form and dress form stand construction *tutorial*  (Read 3301 times)
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« on: January 25, 2006 09:39:41 PM »

I was up in Madison recently and came upon an adjustable dress form at St Vinny's for only $25! 


Dial on the sides to increase bust, waist, and hips!

So pretty cool, but it didn't come with a stand.  I traced the bottom of the dress form's pipe (5/8" diameter) and then measured how tall I needed my stand to be so it was around my height (around 35").  Then I went to the Home Depot for PVC pipe and something stand-like. 

In the plumbing section I found 1/2" PVC pipe, a 1/2" galvanized iron flange for iron piping, and a 1/2" male adapter for PVC pipe. Then in the lumber section I scored a sweet 11 3/4" circular piece of particle board.  All this stuff came up to round $5.


Composed of many different materials but the important thing is that the male adapter screwed perfectly into the flange.  The PVC pipe - which the folks at HD cut for me, yeah! - can just be stuck into the other end.


The particle board creates a wider base so my dress form won't totter over.  I drilled my flange contraption into the particleboard, stuck the PVC on and placed the dress form on top! Since the PVC pipe is slightly smaller than the pipe of the dress form, the dress form itself can easily rotate.


Light, inexpensive, and easily taken apart for travel! Hurrah!

I have some lengths of PVC pipe left, so I need to find something to do with them...  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2006 04:56:18 AM »

I was up in Madison recently and came upon an adjustable dress form at St Vinny's for only $25! 
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Dial on the sides to increase bust, waist, and hips!

how big can they adjust to?
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2006 07:27:26 AM »

What a sweet find! Awesome job with constructing a stand too. The folks at home depot are super helpful for sure!

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2006 03:53:48 PM »

Bust: 32" - 37"
Waist: 25" - 29"
Hips: 35" - 39"

My hips happen to be closer to 40" but it's close enough!
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2006 03:59:04 PM »

thanks for great idea - i was wondering how to mount my duct tape dressform...ew, i mean display my dressform...?

and that is indeed an amazing find, any idea what brand form that is?
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2006 05:56:40 PM »

mmm, i dunno! there is no label to it. Tongue
make sure to buy a length of 3/4" pipe to stick into the bottom of your dt dress form for full rotating capabilties!
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