How to Make a Custom Dress Form

How to Make a Custom Dress Form


How to Make a Custom Dress Form. You can sew clothing for your specific measurements
by customizing a dress form that will ensure a quality fit. You will need A long T-shirt An assistant
Three rolls of duct tape Plastic wrap A marking pen A plumb bob and string Scissors 2A pole
and stand bags of poly batting Cardboard Polyurethane spray foam Sandpaper Knit fabric and a pole
and stand (optional). Step 1. Pull on the long T-shirt, which should hang
at about knee-length. Have your friend wrap duct tape horizontally
around the shirt, starting at the bottom, snug at your thighs and hips, but loose around
your waist. Step 2. Use smaller strips of tape to cover your bust,
since shorter pieces of tape reflect bust contours better. Lay the strips in different directions in
an outward radius from the center of the bust area. Wrap plastic around your neck to protect it
from being taped. Step 3. Fold the tape around your neckline and armholes. Step 4. Add a second layer, vertically, using strips
and pressing out wrinkles at the waist. Then wrap once more horizontally. Stand straight and face forward the whole
time to create a consistent body model. Step 5. Mark the waistline with the marking pen so
that you can locate it later. Mark the midline of your abdomen using the
plumb bob hung from the middle of your throat. Step 6. Lie face down and have your friend cut the
form along your spine in a jagged pattern. Step out of the form and tape the back closed,
ensuring the body form won’t be skewed and the midline remains centered. Use a pole attached to a stand to set the
form on while working. Step 7. Fill the form with poly batting, sealing the
bottom with a cardboard cutout. Step 8. Fill the cavity with polyurethane spray foam,
sand the model, and cover it with the knit fabric. Did you know Did you know? At the beginning of the 19th century, 75 percent
of all women’s clothing was homemade.

30 Replies to “How to Make a Custom Dress Form”

  1. @393catinthehat i would left her there when she was lying on the sofa.because then she cant get up! haha

  2. yay finally finished but i didnt do the spray foam thing. im a satisfied with how it turned out :)) my feet hurt from standing up for what seemed like an hour but its worth it

  3. Love it!  Great idea!  I have most of the materials already.  I did not want to invest in buying a dress form that was not my shape.  No point in creating custom clothes that are not fit for your own shape!  Excited !!!

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