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My Me

Added Aug 4, 2008

by vickles

London, United K...






My very own dressform. Exactly like me, except made of paper, and without limbs or a head, but for a fraction of the cost of a proper dressform!

It took a few hours to make, but I’m really pleased how she turned out. I had to weigh her down a little in her behind as she had a tendency to topple, and I’ve put a hanger in her for easy wardrobe storage. I may paint her at a later stage, and give her a bit of a varnish to make sure she lasts!

Material Notes

An old t-shirt, a few rolls of gummed paper packing tape, a hanger, a bag of plastic beans – the sort used to weigh down teddies (she was a little top heavy), and a very close friend.





the very useful guide to making a dress form on instructables.com

My friend Cathy who was good enough to wrap me up

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    Aug 17, 2009, 06.41 AMby dschudie

    really cool. i want to make my own! anybody could give my a good instruction (website)?

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    Aug 23, 2008, 09.29 AMby merileeaj

    Really great! I just made one, too, using the same method, and I love it – just what I needed!

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    Aug 5, 2008, 02.55 PMby jacceber

    I too made one with duct tape – but through a class at my local sewing shop. It really helps to know the “tricks” like in what order to apply the tape, etc. I attached my finished “me” to an old back-less bar stool that swivels so I can easily spin the form around when I’m doing hems, for example.

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    Aug 5, 2008, 12.55 AMby staticstasy

    I really want to make one of those but I have looked all over Athens for that tape and I can’t find it anywhere! :(

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    Aug 5, 2008, 12.14 AMby deecrick

    I’ve made a duct tape one too, but it took me longer than an hour and the fumes were horrible (try taking a lie-down while encased in duct tape!). Yours looks great so I think I’ll go the paper route the next time I need to make one.

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    Aug 4, 2008, 07.04 PMby ainglis85

    absolutely genius. i’ve been debating buying a dressform but now i’m going to do this instead!

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    Aug 4, 2008, 05.36 PMby emilykate

    Great job! I did try making one with duct tape myself, but it wasn’t entirely successful.

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    Aug 4, 2008, 03.46 PMby luckicharmz

    I just made one of these today—but with duct tape. its not as smooth as yours but works the same and it took less then an hour—including stuffing “me” with batting! MUCH cheaper then buying a bustform!

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    Aug 4, 2008, 01.55 PMby sewella

    I am desperate to have one! I’ll surely make one for myself. Great job by the way!

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    Aug 4, 2008, 01.02 PMby nenasew

    Before I even read any of the comments, I check out the instructables and threads how tos. What a great idea. I am going to make one as soon as possible. Thanks for the info.

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    Aug 4, 2008, 11.24 AMby karencilla

    wow this is a great option! I want one!! I’ll try to make mine!

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    Aug 4, 2008, 10.06 AMby vickles

    It took about 3 hrs for wrapping, plus the time to seal up the back and arm holes… do-able in an evening I guess, as it dries pretty instantly. There are a few how to guides on the net which offer tips of how to lay on the strips and such so check them out before you go for it!

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    Aug 4, 2008, 08.41 AMby carlatv

    How long did the process take you? I need to make time to make one for myself. Any recommondations?

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