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dress form

Added Jan 19, 2010

by tyui2

Kuopio, Finland




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How to make really super dress form with paper tape.(and some other stuff)
Soft, Stable and very true to your shape and measurements.

Material Notes

paper tape
felt/ fleece




Garment Type

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    Sep 12, 2013, 11.13 PMby midnightlaura

    Wow, this is so brilliant! I love the idea of using the INSIDE to create the actual form, then removing the brown paper tape one- it means you end up with something way more professional! Well done, I shall definitely be trying this out!!

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    Nov 13, 2012, 03.20 AMby steph1230

    This has been on my wishlist since last year! It’s the best dress form I’ve seen, and seems quite manageable. Thanks for putting this up!

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    Dec 30, 2010, 06.25 PMby iheartkristin

    i followed your tutorial, great idea! i’ve finished everything but now i have to put the two sides back together..how did you do that and keep it so neat? im stumped on what i should do

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      Feb 28, 2011, 06.34 PMby tyui2

      I just taped them together inside and then sewed the fabric edges together on the outside.

      You can also add some batting on the seam, if there is need.
      don’t worry about the neatness, the outer layer will cover everything nicely.

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    Feb 8, 2010, 05.48 AMby pie-83

    This is wonderful!

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    Jan 24, 2010, 05.13 AMby shela

    This is a wonderful dress form, It looks like one I got from a closing store. I think I will try it, my daughter nipped me when she was cutting me out of the form made of duck tape. maybe I can do one side at a time, what do you think? You are a wonder. Thanks

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      May 18, 2011, 03.26 AMby vigilantesjustice

      I used EMS shears when we removed my form, I got mine for just about two bucks at Tractor Supply Company, they’re designed not to cut skin when removing clothing from patients.

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    Jan 20, 2010, 02.42 PMby monibug

    Thank you sooo much I am going to make this very soon!!!!!

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    Jan 20, 2010, 11.21 AMby luzie

    wow, very cool! I made a dressform out of gaffer tape, but it is very soft, although I used 4 layers… I think I’ll give it a second try with papertape. Thanks a lot for the instructions!!!

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    Jan 19, 2010, 08.11 PMby liejang

    Thank you for this info. ^^ I am not familiar with this stuff, so actually this instruction is little bit hard to understand for me. I would like to check more information and gonna try to make this. Yours definitely looks very professional and has nice looks! I have a question. How much did this cost to make? ^ _ ^

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      Jan 20, 2010, 03.12 PMby tyui2

      I’t was quite cheap, the paper tape costs about 10 euros here in finland, I have no idea what it costs elsewhere. I used about half of the roll. The fabrics were around 10 euros as well. Other bits were recyckled.

      I’d be happy to help if you have more questions about the process.

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    Jan 19, 2010, 07.44 PMby mwana

    Wow, this is perfect and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jan 19, 2010, 07.30 PMby Laura Jane

    im goin to try this method it looks so proffesiional

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    Jan 19, 2010, 04.53 PMby sunnydays212003

    Awesome this looks really professional!!! I’m going to have to make another one cause I lost weight…this is just in time!!! Thanks for sharing

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    Jan 19, 2010, 04.18 PMby tulikukka

    Awesome!! I just made a duct tape dummy, but this looks like better… I was wondering, if I could open my duct tape dummy and try to do the same thing? Would it work?

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      Jan 20, 2010, 10.26 AMby tyui2

      I don’t think a duct tape dummy would work as a mould because it’s so soft. Paper tape is great, when it dries it gets really hard like card board, so the shape won’t change while you use it as a mould.

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    Jan 19, 2010, 04.01 PMby frkbustad

    This is great!!! I have a dress form of paper tape, but I would easily cut it open again and do this…

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    Jan 19, 2010, 03.03 PMby ichigogirl

    Wohoo, cool! I might have to try that with my paper-tape dress-form… to make it more pin-able … but I’ve removed some from the middle front-and back, hm…. anyway, yours looks greeeat!

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    Jan 19, 2010, 02.35 PMby nenasew

    Wow! This dress form looks so proffesional.

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    Jan 19, 2010, 02.29 PMby anajan

    This is great! Thanks for sharing!

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    Jan 19, 2010, 02.15 PMby demodefashion

    i am going to have to do this

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    Jan 19, 2010, 02.06 PMby simo-1

    That’s fantastic and you are fantastic too!! Thank you so much for the instructions, I will try soon…

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