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My Duct Tape Dress Form

Added Nov 30, 2008

by cicaktoes

Silver Spring, M...






I needed a dress form to make some fitted projects I’ve been planning, so decided to go the route of other Burda members who have successfully made duct tape dress forms. Turned out pretty well! Just put on one of my boyfriend’s old shirts and roped in one of my best friends to do the duct taping. I used a hanger to give it definition at the top, and used a PVC pipe plus a microphone stand to make a base (which swivels). The whole thing cost me about $45! (the most expensive part was $25 for the microphone stand) And I think this is much more form fitting than a standard dress form. Here is the “how-to” I used: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3631/duct-tape-dress-form-2

Material Notes

2 rolls of duct tape, hanger, PVC pipe, microphone stand, newspaper (lots) for stuffing





Thanks to Mirela for her how-to with the link to another how-to

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    Dec 3, 2008, 01.32 PMby arinafina

    wow! I will do one myself, thats for sure! It looks fantastic.

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    Dec 2, 2008, 07.57 AMby cicaktoes

    sewgirl95….if you wear a big t-shirt underneath, no duct tape should stick to you, so it’s ok. :)

    lbeaglegirl….yes, quite stable. I stuffed it very very full of newspaper, so it’s pretty hard from the outside. And the base I made used a PVC pipe that runs all the way through the middle (and duct-taped to the hanger that is inside), and then sits on top of a microphone stand (which could be re-used if you ever had to make a new dress form for yourself or someone else).

    I would definitely recommend this! It came out true to my measurements. You just need a really really good friend to help you out (who you’re not embarrassed around) as they’re going to get pretty familiar with all your curves, having to wrap you tightly in the duct-tape!!!! ;)

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    Dec 1, 2008, 06.18 PMby lbeaglegirl

    awww soooo cool! is this very stable? because…im looking for a dress form thats stable and not very expensive…i looked at joanns but theres are really flimsy….

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    Dec 1, 2008, 03.33 PMby nysister

    Congrats! Looks great!

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    Dec 1, 2008, 02.58 PMby sewgirl95

    Wow, this is sew awesome :) But, seriously, this is really really cool. The duct tape is scaring me away, because it looks, well, sticky. I’ll try it. Maybe.

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    Dec 1, 2008, 02.02 PMby cicaktoes

    AlissaRose – I also tried it with the expanding foam at first! But what a mess!!! And it didn’t expand enough (and didn’t dry very quickly)….so that’s when I improvised with stuffing it with newspaper. I suppose eventually that will break down as well, but ah well….at least it’s a fairly inexpensive way to make a pretty perfect replica of oneself! :)

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    Dec 1, 2008, 11.55 AMby Lucha Suarez

    duct tape rocks!!! you did a great job!!!

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    Nov 30, 2008, 09.22 PMby alissarose

    I made one of these a few weeks ago and it turned out great, except – I used expanding foam (like you spray in walls and stuff) and used too much. It over expanded! And now that the weather has cooled down I bit (I guess) it is shrinking back in. Weird. SO congratulations on your successful duck tape dress form! I still have to try again…

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    Nov 30, 2008, 03.56 PMby x3hckx

    wow this is really good, i definitely need to try this!

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