Dress Form

9:44 am

I've had my dress form for several years now, she was rather broken, picked up from Freecycle. Back then I taped her back together and replaced her stand with that of an old standard lamp, also picked up on Freecycle. My first attempt at making her my size was moderately successful, but after a while I pulled her back to her naked self, covered her with a tube of cream ribbing and just used her as a stand.
Like so many of us, I've seen various ways to DIY dress forms, on Pinterest and other blogs. I had been planning to make a calico toile and stuffing her, but yesterday after being up half the night thinking up various designs I'd like to try draping, I thought I'd give the Duck Tape version a try!

Woody taped me up over an old T shirt, which you will have seen if you follow me on Instagram .
He then cut me out, and I draped the resulting body over my dress form. She looked rather saggy and sad at this point, and despite our best efforts, Woody had managed to squish my boobs smaller than they are.
I taped her back up along the cut, and then stuffed her with poly toy stuffing. Added a bra to give her more definition up top, carefully measuring along the way to make sure I wasn't over or understuffing.

Once I was as satisfied as I could be that she was a reasonable representation of me, I covered her in a tube of cream ribbing and added her tapes.

Weirdly she has an almost Edwardian silhouette, which I guess so must I! Now to get on with some draping!

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  1. Brilliant. So useful when they are the right size K xXx

  2. In going to show this to me sister! She keeps saying her dress form is the wrong size x

  3. I need to do the same to mine, but I dread to imagine what she'll end up looking like; I'm in denial about my spare tyre ;) Jen

  4. Hi Jeanette can you tell me what tape you used and where have you sourced it? I've been searching all over as I just recovered my Ella in purple wool felt. Thank you x


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