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Home-made dressmakers form I made from recycled stuff I foun...

Added Oct 5, 2011

by 50footqueenie

Chichester, Unit...




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This was a fun and relatively easy project to get stuck into.

1) I stood in my pants and bra while my best friend Amy wrapped me in cling-film (shrink-wrap).

2) My friend and my 4 and a half year old son, Seth, then covered me from neck to thighs in a thin layer of papier mache.

3) I then stood completely still for a very uncomfortable hour while Amy dried me off with the hairdryer.

4) When I was dry she cut straight up the back of the mold and repaired the cut with more papier mache.

5) To keep the mold’s shape I stuffed it lightly with the stuffing from a single duvet I didn’t need and left it over night to dry.

6) When completely dry in painted the whole thing with a really tough, hard wearing gloss paint.

7) My neighbour threw out a tall, freestanding lamp so I nabbed it from the bin-shed and I gave it a new home. I took off the shade and mounted my bright red torso on the stand (keeping it in place in the neck with expanding foam).

8) Lastly I re-stuffed the mold with lots and lots of duvet stuffing untill it was solid enough to hold fabric with pins.

And there you have a completely free, made to measure, recycled and environmentally friendly dressmakers form.

Material Notes

Cling-film, wallpaper paste, old newspapers, hair dryer, scissors, old duvet, gloss paint, tall, freestanding lamp.


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    Oct 12, 2011, 06.36 PMby alexphil

    Hey! I wanted to do the same, but with gypsum gauzes(or that’s what the google translator told me). Glad someone else had the idea too, and actually made it!

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    Oct 6, 2011, 02.33 AMby Timea Schmidt

    Really smart idea, considering the price of a dressmaking form. I heard about the foil and duct tape version, but never yours. I might try it one day:)

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    Oct 5, 2011, 08.09 PMby patti-r

    Wow!! Very Creative and well done. Like how you got the shoulder cap included. Great Job!!!

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    Oct 5, 2011, 07.57 PMby cyndi-de-crafti

    Very nice job! And the plus is that it is free. :) I am sure it’s a fun weekend project with a buddy and your kid. :)

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