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Custom Dress Form

Added Dec 19, 2007

by lcavagnolo

Lansing, Michiga...






I finally made a custom dress form yesterday, using the duct tape and t-shirt method. To top it off, I used a draping technique to create a cover using a lightweight ribbed knit. The process was very easy and straightforward. For a stand, I’m thinking of using PVC pieces.

Material Notes

Close-fitting t-shirt, 2 rolls of duct tape, old scissors, cardboard scraps (for openings), 2 bags of polyester fiberfill, thread, and 1 yard of black rib knit fabric.





There are several tutorials online, at,, and here at Burdastyle.

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    Apr 5, 2010, 12.20 AMby helenadoll

    I’m going to have to try this, as I am not a standard dress size, but I don’t know anyone who is! :)

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    Feb 19, 2008, 02.27 PMby moni

    I have been hesitant about making my own duct tape form since they are so ugly, what a great solution! I cannot do any longer than I must with my store bought form (except that I bought it extremely cheap on craigslist)

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    Dec 23, 2007, 07.55 PMby SoftGoodsJess

    wow! before this I didn’t even know you could make your own dress form!! I’ve always used my Twin for that!

    BTW, she is wearing the 3rd garment you said you liked :)Thanks! When I get back to Pgh. after the holidays I have to check the boutique to see if it hasn’t sold yet!! I’ll be in touch!!

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    Dec 20, 2007, 06.26 AMby atmomma

    Wow, yours turned out WAY bettern than mine. Any tips?

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    Dec 19, 2007, 07.11 PMby jj1

    OMG, I can’t believe that homemade dressform would come out this good. May I ask who was your helper? Very good hand indeed. (and you have perfect body)

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    Dec 19, 2007, 10.37 AMby mirela

    Gorgeous! Looks so good with the knit cover just like the bought ones! you have a perfect body too :)

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