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Padded Paper Tape Dress Form

Added Nov 27, 2010

by daughterfish

Brooklyn, New Yo...






I was inspired to make a paper tape form from Ichigogirl’s posts. And then became intrigued by Tyui2’s instructions for making a padded form.

My husband helped me make a paper tape form, I then cut it in half along the sides. I lined the form in poly quilt batting, basting the batting to the form so that it melded better to the shape. I then lined the inside of the batting with another few layers of paper tape, removed the outer form and paper taped the two halves together. I sewed the batting together along the sides to help keep the forms together. I might cover the form with jersey, although I kind of like just sticking pins into the batting.

The plus side of this padded form is that it fits my measurements almost exactly (the regular paper tape forms tend to be larger than one’s actual measurements). And, of course, that I can pin into it.

The down side to this form is that one shoulder is lower than the other. I’m trying to teach myself draping techniques and I think this could be problematic. It’s lower because of my posture and probably because I was leaning to one side when the form was made, so the tilt is exaggerated. I have a design textbook from the 1940’s—"Dress Design: Draping and Flat Pattern Making" by Marion S. Hillhouse and Evelyn A. Mansfield—which says this is generally the problem with paper tape forms.

That said, I think if you can get an accurate casting of your body with the outer paper tape form, the padding technique works very well and is super easy to do.

Material Notes

Paper tape
Turtleneck and skirt (for under the paper tape)
Poly quilt batting




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type


Paper Tape Form
Felt Padded Form

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    Nov 28, 2010, 01.46 PMby frkbustad

    Batting is a great idea! What do you mean by basting it into the form – did you bast through the paper tape?

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      Nov 28, 2010, 02.57 PMby daughterfish

      Thanks! Yes, I stitched through the paper tape so that the batting molded to the form. After I completed the second paper tape form inside the batting, I removed the stitches on the outer paper tape form.

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