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dress form

Added Jan 19, 2010

by tyui2

Kuopio, Finland





Then you need some soft thick and a bit strechy wooly kind of fabric, felt or fleece. I had somekind of wintercoat lining about 1cm thick. Pin/ tape the fabric on top of the foil. You can stitch it to the papertape form with few stitches here and there. Cut the fabric where it needs, you can use smaller pieces if it doesn’t strech that much. You want to end up with one layer of fabric everywhere.

Now you just cover the inside with papertape, on top of the fabric, as many layers you wish. Use quite a lot of water then the tape sticks to the fabric. You can make it as thick as you want, it won’t change the shape and the dressform will be stable. I had only one layer of papertape, then I added newspaper layers with wallpaper glue (it’s cheaper that way). You could propably skip the paper tape and use only newspaper or paper mache.

I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of that step, but you can see some of it in this one taken after the mould was removed.

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    Dec 21, 2013, 07.53 PMby artist1

    I’m confused. tin foil, fleece and layers of tape on the inside? then jersey on outside. Why the fleece on inside???

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      Jan 5, 2014, 04.16 PMby tyui2

      Fleece makes it soft and you can pin to it. Fleece or other soft fabric goes straight under the jersey.

      Foil prevents the form sticking to the mould and tape is the actual base (makes the shape) for the dressform.

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    Aug 1, 2011, 09.51 PMby dreamydeary

    Have you found that this held up well over time? I wonder if the felt comes un-stuck with use.

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      Aug 4, 2011, 07.05 PMby tyui2

      Mine is as good as new, It has held up nicely and it has been used quite a lot.

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    Jan 20, 2010, 03.03 PMby tyui2

    I just must add here that you can make your own paste for newspapering/paper mache by simply cooking few tablespoons of flour in about half a litre of water. Almost for free! I just wish I knew this as a child.

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