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This is a pictorial of how to make a dress form out of polyurethane foam based on www.mytwindressforms.com
Please refer to their instruction booklet for more specific details.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. I also have more pictures and specific links on my blog www.sewnotwork.wordpress.com for some of the materials that I used. Brickintheyard.com has a cool http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JybFk2TfJ5k which is similar but uses flexible foam and more layers of plaster.

Technique Materials

Dry Cleaner Bag
Masking Tape
Plaster Casting Material: Johnson and Johnson Specialist Plaster Casting Bandages
Bandage Scissors
Johnson Paste Wax
Pol-Ease 2300
Upholstery Needle and Thread
Rigid Expanding Polyurethane Foam
Wood Files
Hand Saw
Plastic Wrap
Rib Knit
Plywood
Stand (IV Pole)

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    Jun 29, 2014, 04.36 PMby dress2000

    I made two attempts at making a custom dress form, using this same method, plaster of paris and all, and I couldn’t succeed. It looks easy, but it’s very tiring, standing immobile for hours, waiting for the plaster to dry, you end up with water and plaster everywhere, have to clean up and shower afterwards, takes almost a whole day, and that’s only half of the job.

    If you’re on the quest for a custom dress form, have a look at www.provaform.com

    They’re just launching, but it sounds like a dream come true.

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      Jul 6, 2014, 08.29 PMby SewNotWork

      Thanks for the info. Sorry that your dress forms did not work out. I used medical grade plaster bandages, so I spent only about 45 minutes total for applying and having the plaster bandages set instead of hours. I didn’t have that much of a mess at all. Just some plaster residue in a container that I just rinsed out at the end. That might have been the difference.

      I’m very happy with my dress form. Best to you with the provaform.

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