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« on: December 29, 2008 02:10:50 PM »

I have been working on the a dressform. My first attempt was a variation of the duct tape one with the intention to remove the tape afterwards. I taped too tightly and didn't reinforce it enough, and the foam expanded on places it shouldn't. It looked horrible.

But I didn't wanted to just throw it away, so i thought of using it as a filling for a pattern based form.
I went through another taping session. This time I used sarran? wrap and regular packing tape. It didn't have to be strong, cause i would cut it into pattern pieces.

I cut away stuff on the original form and added padding where i thought it needed it. I used regular polyfilling and fleece. Some seams I had to sew by hand on the doll after pulling the patternform over it.

 But the bust wasn't padded enough so i used an old preformed bra for this.

Afterwards i covered the whole thing with a stretchy jersey.


testing it with a bra  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2008 02:19:03 PM »

Wow!  This looks like so much work - but completely worth it!  How long did it take you to complete?  I've seen the duct tape form before, but haven't attempted it yet.  This looks so amazingly professional and lovely to work with.  Well done!  Any hints for someone else who might be tempted to try something similar?

« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2008 02:23:01 PM »

It looks really excellent!!!

But I'm confused...is the final product with the jersey over it a result of your first duct tape form or your second packing tape form? 

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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2008 02:30:01 PM »

WOW that is a great dress form, I may have to try that, I'm in serious need of one but am too broke to buy one, thanks for the idea Grin

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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2008 02:32:40 PM »

holy crap! I can't believe you did all that work! But it was well worth it -- that's the best homemade dressform ever in the history of the world!

« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2008 02:34:36 PM »

It was loads of work, and I don't recommend the way i did it.
Follow the instructions on this site to the letter and you'll prolly spend much less time on it  Wink
You have to make absolutely sure that the form is strong enough. And be carefull when you use self expanding foam.
When you have a form that is good, you don't have to make a pattern. The covering with stretch fabric is easy. Just use a legging pattern for the bottom. For the top part you pin the fabric (wrong side) around the form, and then sew the sides on your machine. The foam is a good base for pinning.
It looks really excellent!!!

But I'm confused...is the final product with the jersey over it a result of your first duct tape form or your second packing tape form? 

Both, I used the first foam form (made from the ductape), but cutaway bad parts.
I made patternpieces from the second taping, and covered the foam form with it. The i filled the leftover hollow parts. After that i added extra bust padding. And after that i covered it with stretchjersey.
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2008 02:36:13 PM »

That's awesome! I too have had problems using the usual duct-tape dressform method, and this looks fantastic! I might just give it a try
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2008 03:08:00 PM »

Wow - that is an amazingly professional looking dressform. If you hadn't told me, I would have thought it was store bought!

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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2008 03:18:38 PM »

Thanks for the web link and your tips - I'm inspired to give it a try!

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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2008 09:50:42 PM »

wonderful wonderful wonderful!

im making my own wedding dress....so making one for myself...will come in handy..FOR SURE!

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