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« on: May 23, 2006 02:28:06 PM »

I'm sure all of you who have searched the boards for a DIY dress form tutorial have come across this link:

http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00002_p5.asp

I decided to give the paper tape dress form a whirl, and it turned out fantastic!  I must give some credit to my bf, of course, who was kind enough to stay in on a Friday night in Montreal and papier -mache me.

I used masking tape to mark off all of the key measurements: bust, waist, hips, front and back centre.  I can even pin into it without gooping up my pins (one of the sad downfalls of those fabulous duct tape dress forms).

Et voila, the finished project, sporting my sculpey pride necklace, anxiously awaiting the next parade:



the back...



and before being taken over by opera divas and mod podge:



My days of stupid fitting mistakes are over!  or so I hope and pray
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2006 02:35:52 PM »

that looks great! did it take long? and was it easy to use the brown paper tape?
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2006 02:39:20 PM »

That's great! I might do a collage on mine, but I was thinking of getting some crazy "stone look" faux-finish spray paint, so that it would look like a statue.
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2006 11:54:16 PM »

yours is awesome! I just made a paper tape dress form this afternoon and it was quite the experience. the mod podge looks like it holds it together nicely and gives it a nice finished look. good job - because I know exactly what it takes to make those things.
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2006 08:25:01 AM »

I decided to give the paper tape dress form a whirl, and it turned out fantastic!  I must give some credit to my bf, of course, who was kind enough to stay in on a Friday night in Montreal and papier -mache me.

um, i'm pretty sure he was THRILLED to get a chance to do this.  Smiley 

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well, i hope that proves true for you.  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2006 08:51:24 AM »

That's fantastic!  I would have never thoughyt to collage it, then agian I never gave much thought to it at all, though I have been wanting to try a paper-tape dress form for some time.
On the website it says something about moistening the tape, what is that all about?
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2006 09:50:41 AM »

On the website it says something about moistening the tape, what is that all about?

it makes sense when you see the tape--paper tape is not sticky until it gets wet.  just like stamps and envelopes.  they use this type of glue on paper products because they are prone to tearing if pulled like you would pull tape that uses regular glue.
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2006 02:29:48 PM »

thank you all so much - you're such dears to a starving artist. =P

that looks great! did it take long? and was it easy to use the brown paper tape?

the brown paper tape was very easy to use - a tad messy, mind you, as you have to moisten the adhesive with water before it'll stick to anything.  I papier mached my front and back separately, so I didn't have to worry about the tape bunching up around my curves.  The whole process took around an hour and a half, another couple for the decoupage the next day.  Do make sure you go to the bathroom BEFORE starting!
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2006 04:18:42 PM »

how much tape did you use?
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2006 01:29:40 PM »

that looks fabulous! i ended up smearing lines of paint on mine to remind me where muscle definition is, collarbones, all the little things i craft clothing around, but this may inspire me to do a bit more to make her pretty pretty...

when i made mine, it took most of a 375 foot roll, i think around $7 at office depot. i would recommend having extra, because there is no option of stopping in the middle, and i used some more to reinforce the inside so she'd be sturdier. an interesting and achey experience, but i love the result.
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