you should try it too! its very easy and cheap and you will definately have lots of fun getting all wrapped up :D

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old shirt, adhesive tape, newspaper

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    Feb 19, 2013, 02.26 AMby moondancer999

    I do have a question. Is there a way to make it in sections? or some way to make it without the help of another person? I don’t have a husband, boyfriend, or friends, so the helper is nonexistent. Not sure how I could go about the bust or back part.

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    Mar 9, 2011, 08.40 PMby Douli Bee


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    Feb 23, 2011, 06.51 AMby Kelsey Edwards

    i made this and it was great! thanks so much and if you want to see it there are pictures in my studio (i gave you credit lol) (:

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    Mar 31, 2010, 04.40 AMby jazzybaby

    OMG..I made one and I love it at first it was a little weird but once my mom got a system down it went fast. I loved it so much that my cousin and sister now want to make then just because of how cool they look.. Thanks for the tips.

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    Mar 18, 2010, 02.28 AMby millytant

    I did it and I hated it. I spent forever planning the best way to make and when I eventually talked my husband into spending the time wrapping me. It turned out awful. It distorted at a moments notice. I got lucky and found an ex display dress form for 75bucks. Im a total greenie and object to buying something new when I could make it myself, but I found its not as good as the real thing

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    Sep 15, 2009, 01.20 AMby linab123abc

    i did this with duct tape and stuffed it with batting with a big pole and put that on a christmas tree stand. I use it all the time! it looks great and only cost like ten bucks to make!!

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    Aug 24, 2009, 06.56 PMby maatranut

    Wonderfull idea!!!! I´m thinking make it with, sorry I´m not english, when you broken your leg…. well , I´m thinkin made with that… thank you very much. Maatranut

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      Jul 13, 2011, 03.46 AMby denecier1

      Plaster and gauze is what doctors use to make a cast. I would be very careful…it would be very hard to get out of it as it must be cut by a saw.

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    Jun 29, 2009, 08.33 PMby ladygadava

    Great idea!! I just made this using duct tape, I then stuffed it with shredded paper and closed off all the openings with cardboard. I finished it off by using spray adhesive from the hardware department and covered it with strips of material. I am posting my new dress form on my profile. I can’t wait to use it!! Thanks for a great idea!!!

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    Jun 17, 2009, 07.37 AMby maliana

    The extra thickness of plaster of paris seems like a major issue to me. perhaps a better solution would be the gummed brown tape used by watercolor artists. it’s a type of tape made from brown paper that has dried glue on one side which you wet with water to activate (like you moisten the glue on an envelope to seal it).

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      Jul 13, 2011, 03.46 AMby denecier1

      I saw a comment from another sewer who used this kind of tape. She said it dried hard and she likes it a lot.

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    May 17, 2009, 09.24 AMby natari624

    i made a dress form similar to this one, except i used duct tape and an expandable foam to fill the cast with. if you use expandable foam, it will just fill itself in on all open areas, and it keeps your current mold shape. it doesnt make your shape bigger. before i put the expandable foam in, i took an old coat rack and broke the hooks off of it, then inserted it into the dress form. (i cut out a piece of cardboard the same shape as the bottom of my form and then cut a little circle out of it to insert the coat rack so the foam wont leak out the bottom. and i just put duct tape over any openings in the arms) I left the neck part open so i could put in the foam in and then covered it with duct tape. the finished product was a dress form in my size on a stand. it will be hard to pin through the duct tape without your pins getting sticky. i put batting on my dress form and then covered it with old nylon tights. hope this helps.

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    May 10, 2009, 09.19 AMby Lovekimdesigns

    This is SOOOOO wonderful, I am really excited and looking forward to trying this over the next few days….a mother’s day gift to ME! xo Thank you!

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    Apr 19, 2009, 09.16 AMby tinkerbella

    This isn’t a bad idea at all! However, I used to have to have back braces made to keep my back aligned and I’ve also made casts of my feet. I found that plaster of paris works really well for casts of your body! However, after making the cast (though you cut it off), you have to take into account that the cast will be bigger than your body because you put something over TOP of your body. You may, however, be able to put something on the inside of the cast that will harden and form fit to it, and then take that off of the cast, and THEN you’d have something that is exactly your shape and size! But plaster of paris tends to work really well. You have to let it dry (and make sure that you don’t get any of it on your skin (wear a t-shirt underneath it and put vasaline on wherever there may not be any clothing that it might touch) otherwise it’ll stick to you and REALLY HURT to take off!) before removing it, but then you can just have someone cut it off when it’s mostly dry. Then let it completely dry once it’s removed, before you try to do anything else with it

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    Apr 14, 2009, 03.33 AMby archanav

    Oh this is so fantastic… I wanted to buy one; but this seems so much better and cheaper. Thank you so so so much

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    Mar 23, 2009, 06.16 AMby oogi

    Thanks for sharing a great idea! I’m gonna try tomorrow and having fun. Thanks!

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    Mar 15, 2009, 07.08 AMby christinesews-1

    That’s great. I’m definitely going to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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    Mar 13, 2009, 01.15 AMby ladysophie

    Wow you have no idea how much this is an answer to my prayers! thank you thank you!! Ive been wanting to make a mannequin I could use without buying one and this is perfect! I only got as close as making one stick down the middle and one out the side, just wasnt going to cut it, and the gym bar just wasnt giving my unfinished garment much shape. Thanks again, this is such a great idea!

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    Mar 12, 2009, 03.38 PMby creativemuze

    I also thought this was a great idea the first time I saw it. There are several versions of the same idea that are worth reviewing on YouTube – some also include the stand.

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    Mar 7, 2009, 08.16 AMby browneyedbrunettegirl

    This is such a great idea! I have been looking into buying a dress form, and they are rediculously expensive! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I never would have thought of this!

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    Mar 5, 2009, 12.55 PMby kittenagogo

    I do love this idea! My only issue with these type of dress form is that if you are at all curvy, when stuffing it, it’s hard to get a true shape. I made mine with duct tape and after I made it and stuffed it….it looked pregnant. So I put a measuring tape to it and found that it was several inches larger than what my body actually is, because the concave areas of your body will fill out when you stuff it. So I started making adjustments on it….I’m still not quite happy with it. Does anyone have any ideas on a stuffing material that may work better for this sort of thing. Maybe something slightly moldable?

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    Mar 3, 2009, 05.58 PMby ashleyrbryant

    Amazing. Very Creative. =]

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    Mar 2, 2009, 07.50 AMby donsmi

    This is a great idea. I can’t wait to make my own and share this idea with my friends who sew.

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    Mar 2, 2009, 02.37 AMby cmeford97

    Hi there, I made this today and had a fabulous result. I’ve put a broom stick up the middle so it stands up. Thank you very much. Cath.

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    Feb 28, 2009, 12.25 PMby baquelita

    great idea! thanks so much will do it TODAY!!

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    Feb 26, 2009, 04.03 PMby mara22

    This sounds amaaziiing!!! hahah i laguhed hours also!!! hahaha great greaat ideaa! thanks!

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    Feb 25, 2009, 12.47 PMby bigbobbins

    Great idea-thank you

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    Feb 24, 2009, 07.23 PMby siara

    That looks awesome. Ive actually been wanting a dress form, and this is a good idea. Thanks!

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