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« on: January 09, 2007 10:51:04 PM »

So i'm new here, but I figured I'd impart some wisdom that's helped me out a lot when making my own clothes.  This is really a two person project, so enlist the help of a friend.  Sorry I don't have any photos...I'll try to be as detailed as possible! 

Here are the things you will need:

2 rolls (you may need more) of duct tape
2 old t-shirts, same size
at least 2 20 oz. bags of polyfil
wooden hanger (or a very strong hanger)
sheet of foamcore or other really thick cardboard
needle and thread or sewing machine

Now for the instructions:

1. take one of the shirts and cut off the top from armpit to armpit. you should have a tube of fabric now.

2. sew the tube of fabric to the bottom of the other shirt.  put the shirt on and adjust length accordingly.  i like my dressform to come to my mid-thigh.

3. here's where the friend comes in!  make sure you're wearing your usual undergarments, but don't wear another shirt underneath your dressform shirt.  get your friend to wrap your body in duct tape, starting in horizontal rows.  make your you wrap snugly, but not so tightly that you can't breathe.  also make sure that they stay true to your figure, if it's too tight it might distort your actual measurements.  leave the arms uncovered for now (otherwise you'll never get out of it!

4. once you have your torso covered with one layer of duct tape, do another layer, but this time in vertical rows (going from shoulders to mid-thigh). 

5. do one last layer of horizontal rows over the vertical rows.

6. have your friend CAREFULLY cut a straight line all the way down the back of the soon-to-be dressform.

7. take the form off, and hang it on your wooden hanger.  tape up the back seam where you just cut, making sure to match it up evenly.  now's also a good time to cut off the sleeves of the shirt and tape them up so your form is armless.

8. now stuff the dressfrom with polyfil.  be careful not to under or overstuff!

9. now take the form and place it on your foamcore or cardboard.  draw a circle around the bottom of the form, then cut out the circle and place it in the bottom of the form.  tape it securely to the bottom. 

you now have a dressform custom made to your own measurements!

let me know if you have any questions about the instructions.

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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2007 11:26:23 PM »

Great idea!  Thanks.  Smiley

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