Recently I have been contemplating buying a commercial dress form to help me with fitting my garments. However I find the high cost of these dress forms quite prohibitive.
I remembered reading a few online articles on making a Duct Tape Dummy at home. So I did a google search and found a few useful links with instructions on how to make a dress form using duct tape.
My DH spent about an hour wrapping me in 2 layers of of heavy duty duct tape. He unraveled the tape and I cut. Word of warning - take care of all bathroom issues before cocooning yourself in duct tape! When he finished wrapping me, he cut off the dress form by very carefully cutting it open going up the back. I closed it back up by lacing it shut using crochet thread and a heavy duty curved needle. I closed off the neck opening by sewing a piece of fabric over it. click here
I then stuffed it with sponge bits (usually used to stuff pillows and toys) and some fibrefil. I put a couple of 3/4 inch dowel sticks horizontally across the shoulder area, and vertically inside the dress form to give it some strength, sort of like a skeleton.
Instead of mounting the form as the online instructions suggest, I closed up the bottom by sewing a fabric covered piece of cardboard to the bottom. click here The form sits on a stool.
This is a really easy project and quite cheap compared to the cost of a commercial dress form. After I finished my work of art, I became painfully aware that I really need to cut back on the cookies and ice cream. This duct tape dummy really captures every lump and bump that you have. This should be a very useful tool when it comes to fitting. click here