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Mangosteen25
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Date: 1/27/14 7:58 AM

Anyone made their own dress form lately? I've been seeing some lovely home made ones on the net. Buying a proper one is out of the question but I'm already frustrated without one.
I know there must be threads/links on this someone but I've had no luck with my searches on PR so far.

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Date: 1/27/14 8:31 AM

Hi Mangosteen,

I am planning on making a plaster cast one. I have gathered most of the equipment. The only thing stopping me is that I want to lose a little weight first before I do it. The good thing about the plaster cast one is that you can actually shave off the finished product if you do lose weight.

You can "google diy dress form plaster", there's a few different tutorials on it but I'm going to use this one:

http://jezebel.com/5803791/how-to-make-a-custom-dress-form-part-one

Also there are the duct tape ones but from what I've read they don't hold up very long and will always be a little bigger then your actual size depending how thick your tape is. They make your pins sticky too. The plaster cast ones you can pin freely.

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Date: 1/27/14 10:37 AM

Yes, we have done several duct tape and paper tape doubles. Ultimately, I think the paper tape is better. Much lighter and seems more durable overall. But the first couple of duct tape ones were very serviceable and I used them for quite some time before venturing into paper tape. The paper tape was a bit more difficult to source. Had to go to an art store, whereas duct tape is everywhere.

Here is a photo of the DTD. I had removed some stuffing and compressed her a bit as I had lost some weight.

And here is the new paper tape version.

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Date: 1/27/14 4:03 PM

[quote] Hi Mangosteen,



I am planning on making a plaster cast one. I
You can "google diy dress form plaster", there's a few different tutorials on it but I'm going to use this one:

http://jezebel.com/5803791/how-to-make-a-custom-dress-form-part-one

Thanks Heather, I'm not sure I'm game to try plaster yet! Though I like the idea of being able to shave some off as my weight tends to fluctuate a bit over the year.

I've heard the paper tape ones don't gunk up pins so I'm planning to start with one of those first to get the hang of it.

Good luck with your plaster one. Would love to see a photo if you can be bothered afterward :)

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Date: 1/27/14 4:13 PM

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Yes, we have done several duct tape and paper tape doubles. Ultimately, I think the paper tape is better. Much lighter and seems more durable overall. But the first couple of duct tape ones were very serviceable and I used them for quite some time before venturing into paper tape. The paper tape was a bit more difficult to source. Had to go to an art store, whereas duct tape is everywhere.



Here is a photo of the DTD. I had removed some stuffing and compressed her a bit as I had lost some weight.



And here is the new paper tape version.

Thanks tourist. I'm planning on trying the paper tape one first. I will definitely go and check out that link. Thanks very much.

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Date: 1/28/14 0:35 AM

Here is one of the best home made dress forms I've seen, from LovelyRita, a PR member:

Dress Form

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Date: 1/28/14 1:30 AM

It looks very lovely. At first glance it looks like a store bought one!

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Date: 1/28/14 7:21 AM

I have the dvd from "connie crawford."
"Custome Dress Form." she taught this at the "Fashion Institute of Design" It takes 1 hr 45min. you can purchase thru www.fashionpatterns.com

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Date: 1/28/14 7:54 AM

Definitely go for making a duct tape or paper tape dress form. They are inexpensive and easy which means you don't need to wait until you have your perfect body. When your body changes, make another one.

People always say they are bigger than you are, but not by much and that is only an issue if you are making form fitted clothing like leotards or swimwear. I like mine to get the upper body fit through the shoulders, back and bust.

Be sure to wear a good bra and undergarments similar to what you usually wear.

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Date: 1/28/14 11:52 AM

I haven't made mine yet, but I bought these instructions on Craftsy. I had wanted to purchase from directions from mytwindressforms.com, but the site's been non-functional for some time and the price is a bit high for me. This seemed a good compromise. I've read through the instructions and they seem to be good value for money.

I just need to hunt up the supplies and plan a "fun" weekend of plaster cast bondage with the husband. He'll probably like it way too much. :)

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