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My Dress Form

Added Aug 22, 2008

by merileeaj

New Orleans, Lou...






A dress form I made using paper packing tape

Material Notes

old tshirt, brown paper packing tape






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    Sep 9, 2008, 07.22 PMby lukastoka

    hi nice work in fact i don’t understand this thing completly is that like a model in the same size of you ?? and does help you sewing ? i mean you put your parts of fabric and start to control and correct what is bad please let me know i know some other ppl made it too so if it’s like what i said that could help so much …. and you so happy with it so Have a nice dress form

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    Aug 22, 2008, 08.52 PMby merileeaj

    Thanks! It was a pretty good process, actually. I took this on by myself, so it was awkward and hilarious, but once I was able to cut myself out of it, it was ok! I applied the tape to the back of the tshirt before putting it on, and then with the help of a mirror and a door :), I was able to wrap up the rest. I cut up the side in order to get out of it. Then just taped up the opening. It’s starts to harden once the glue dries, which gives it its sturdiness, and it’s super light! I used an old floor lamp for the stand (you can barely see the black pole in the pic). It only took a couple of hours for the wrapping, then I took my time finishing it up. It was a great process and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to give it a try!

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    Aug 22, 2008, 07.39 PMby yummy

    I was all set to make one, finally found the tape at the art store, couldn’t find it at any packing/moving stores. Watercolour artists use this kind of tape for holding their paper while painting. Had a friend all lined up then really lucked out and found a dress form at a yard sale. Here’s a link to a how on instructibles that I had found: http://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-Dressform-from-Paper-Packing-Tape/. There’s also a fun article from 1926 about making a gummed paper dress form here http://vintagesewing.info/1920s/26-fcm/fcm-24.html

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    Aug 22, 2008, 06.51 PMby miss-g

    Its so neat. I’ve always wanted to make one of these. The problem is enlisting the help of a friend to wrap me in tape and convincing them I have not gone mad.

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    Aug 22, 2008, 06.13 PMby sweet4u21

    That’s cool, how did you make it hard like that? The last photo looks like it’s floating in air :-)

    I need to make one but I might have to use the whole roll or might even need 2 rolls hahaha.

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    Aug 22, 2008, 06.12 PMby emrichkh

    Awesome job! I found this same article and want to do this as well using the same method. How did it go? Really looks great.

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