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DIY Dress form for men

Added May 15, 2011

by joost52

Brussels, Belgium




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So, I wanted a dress form that would be like me, imperfect. And the only way to get that is to make one yourself. If you’d Google for how to do that, you’ll find a bunch of people who explain how to make a dress form with different techniques based on either duct tape or masking tape.
These tape-based dress forms look really good, but it’s just not me to make a dress form out of tape. If I’m going to make the effort, I want to at least try and get it right. And so I set out to make a dress form that would be as close a commercial dress form as possible.

There’s links to many more pictures on my blog:

If you’d like to get some insight in the process, or you plan on making your own, here is what you need to know:

Material Notes

You’ll need plaster tape, nuts and bolts, wood, PU-insulation foam, fabric to cover the thing and most important: a good friend to help you.




Garment Type

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    Mar 16, 2015, 12.37 AMby pattij1013

    Link doesn’t work and pdf link doesn’t have instructions. It simply links to the first tutorial which doesn’t work.

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    Jun 4, 2013, 09.04 PMby mixmarcus66

    sorry but I couldn’t acess the link

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    Feb 3, 2012, 07.17 PMby lucilleheugh

    This is an awesome project! I’m doing a study on female body shapes and sizes and have scanned 100’s of women using the TC2 3D full body scanner and thought of creating a model. Checked out your site, and from the looks of it ,it’s way too much PT. You’ve done a great job!!

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      Feb 3, 2012, 07.33 PMby joost52

      Wow, I’d love to get scanned like that and have a 3D model of myself :)

      Please forgive my ignorance but,… what’s PT?
      I am going to assume it’s not a bad thing, so thanks for your kind words :)

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      Feb 3, 2012, 07.56 PMby lucilleheugh

      PT… physical training aka hard work!! hard work has never been a bad thing. ;-)

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    May 28, 2011, 07.54 AMby flowergirl22

    well, i have to say,, never thought of that,,, I been in need of a dress form for my own clothes,, but I had not luck hunting for one on the net,, unfortunately I have not the tools to make one,,

    great project,,

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    May 18, 2011, 05.08 PMby joost52

    I have been getting a lot of questions on how I did this or that. So I went through the trouble of writing it all down and I put it online. If you’d like to get some insight in the process, or you plan on making your own, here is what you need to know:

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    May 17, 2011, 05.04 PMby zaarissima

    Mann-oh-Mann! absolut professional! You should produce according to costumer needs and sell your Dress-forms! Determined you would sell them like hot breat!!!!!!!!!!

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      May 18, 2011, 05.07 PMby joost52

      Haha, thanks but I already have a job, this is a passion ;)

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    May 16, 2011, 05.59 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    i have never seen anything like that and i had to look at EACH of your pictures, doing that dressform! i am deeply impressed and ask myself as well, how long this will take to come to me mainpage!?? GREAT project, chapeau for your efforts and professional work!

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      May 16, 2011, 09.08 AMby joost52

      Thanks Ralf, that’s super kind of you. I really appreciate it!

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    May 16, 2011, 01.37 AMby urbandon

    Just had a look at the flikr pictures- an a mazing and full-on job. The results speak for themselves as the form is perfect, professional and unique. Love how you topped it off with your elastic. Excellent work my friend. (I will pop over next week for mine- HaHa…no seriously, see you then.

    Yep, this should be some featured article.

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      May 16, 2011, 09.07 AMby joost52

      Hey thanks Don, always a pleasure.
      Are you coming over? I have a guest room, so no need to book a hotel, you can stay at my place :)

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    May 15, 2011, 09.41 PMby Seeks Corey

    aawwwesome! Great idea and execution. :)

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      May 16, 2011, 09.06 AMby joost52

      Thaaaank you :)

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    May 15, 2011, 03.33 PMby Denim Skirts Etc

    Wow! When I logged on today I wasn’t expecting to see a handmade dress form! I bet you can’t wait to use it!

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      May 15, 2011, 04.39 PMby joost52

      It is nice to have one :)

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    May 15, 2011, 03.04 PMby tanitisis

    Wow. What a lot of work… But amazing results!

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      May 15, 2011, 03.06 PMby joost52

      Thanks, I must admit I’m glad it’s finished, but I’m rather pleased ;)

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    May 15, 2011, 03.02 PMby EuStacia Noir

    you are kind of amazing, i checked out the photos and i think that your whole process and product is awesome ^^

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      May 15, 2011, 03.06 PMby joost52

      And you are kind of making me blush ;) Thank you, I really feel great now :)

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    May 15, 2011, 02.33 PMby max

    Details Please :-0

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      May 15, 2011, 02.35 PMby joost52

      Haha :)
      If these pictures don’t scare you, I’ll write them up sometime later

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    May 15, 2011, 02.22 PMby lyrameneses

    I gasped when I saw this. What an awesome project! (I just saw the work in progress pictures and I’m so amazed.)

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      May 15, 2011, 02.30 PMby joost52

      It was a lot of work, gosh I’m glad it’s finished and I can sew again ;)
      It’s not a classic BurdaStyle project, but I figured it could be useful if others would want to try it.
      In any case, your comment already made me forget how much work it was ;)

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    May 15, 2011, 02.20 PMby jsanga

    Wow this turned out amazing! Great job!! The stand is awesome too haha

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      May 15, 2011, 02.28 PMby joost52

      Yeah, how do you like my metallic legs ;)

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      May 15, 2011, 06.34 PMby jsanga

      wow i looked at the link to the whole process of putting it together. My god haha you dont play! That was a serious project! Congrats!

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      May 15, 2011, 06.35 PMby jsanga

      if this doesnt get featured on the main page I’ll be upset haha

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