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who would have thought that my dress form dilemma was as simple as duct tape! The process looks amusing and risking $5 on duct tape for this venture is far worth the possibility of not having to spend $100+ on an adjustable dress form.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions on this before I test it out I would love to hear them! If all goes well I will post my notes in case your costuming ventures may be furthered by your own $5 custom shaped form!

Now all i have to do is figure out a stand!

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/363 ... ess-form-1

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My sister-in-law sews a lot for cosplay and conventions - says this should work fine and had sent me the link last year. I'll ask her what she suggests for a stand.

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Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:19 pm
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none of the articles even began to mention how horribly uncomfortable this is!! maybe my boyfriend got a little to zealous in his wrapping and went too tight, or maybe he was just so slow that my back started to hurt towards the end. Ill post more on the process of stuffing and hanging the form when i get them done!

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No no, it's utterly wretched for the wrap-ee. :( Duct tape is The Force - light side, dark side, binds everything in the universe together. Also, it does not let your skin breathe at ALL.

The only thing that's worse for making shapes is when they have to shove a straw up your nose to do a plaster head cast!

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Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:12 pm
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dress form done! (except for the stand)

It took a little over 2 (55yd) rolls of duct tape. We used natural fiber insulation for stuffing (because my boyfriend didnt want to go to another store and we were already at Lowes) It actually packed it very well aside from being very messy and time consuming. If you are going to used insulation to stuff it make sure you get the all natural kind without fiberglass!

there is a little bit of distortion in the form which could either be from bad wrapping or my wiggling but it looks great anyway!

Sorry if the pictures are a little large

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It looks great! I have been itching to make one of these so I can make some Padme gowns. I saw a video on youtube like a year ago when I was looking into actually paying money for a real one. Glad I didn't!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs8B4mRV ... P4qnlMI94s

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I LOVED my duct tape dressform! I used a microphone stand to stand it up for skirts and dresses. It was pretty durable too, i had mine for about a year before the tape started melting off (quickfix, just cover it with more tape!)

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Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:35 pm
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So this is like a poorman's dressing making dummy? Except your size? Maybe?

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Pretty much.

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when its all said and done i probobly spent $30 making this. It took 2.5 rolls of duct tape plus whatever stand you want. I used pvc pipe. Mine isnt totally accurate (i relied on my boyfriend to wrap me up and well, he sucked) but its definitely usable and makes some custom pattern decisions soooo much easier.

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