Have you made a Duct-tape dress form? If you have, you know exactly how hilarious…and FUN it is. Hey, for you Trekkie or Trekker, here is my Seven of Nine work in progress. She needs two more layers of duct tape, some more stuffing, and more length in the body. What do you think?
It uses ordinary duct-tape as both the body-casting material and the final form.
The shape of your shoulders, the position and angle of your neck, and the unique distribution of your body weight are issues far more important than questions of circumference…since most clothes hang from the shoulders or the waist and don’t fit snugly.
And this is precisely what a custom form provides: an accurate recreation of your posture and shape while keeping within an inch or so of your current circumference measurements.
Minor pattern adjustments become easy and obvious when I’m looking at the actual problem in fabric on “me.” Of course, custom-made forms are as useful as commercial versions for all the traditional dress-form functions—draping, visualizing, shaping collars, holding garments during sleeve insertion, hemming, and so on. However, none of the fitting benefits are possible if the form I’m using doesn’t mirror, with reasonable accuracy, my body shape and posture.
Dress-form making, honestly, is fun and fast–just ask Pam, Lynn, and Connie–and will improve fitting results like nothing else.
The dress form can hang on a chain from the ceiling when I’m using it and hang it in my closet when I’m storing it. I’m going to add a cardboard bottom so it may sit on a table or on the ground when appropriate.
The best feature of the do-it-yourself, duct tape form is that it’s so quick to make you may have a working form ready in less than two hours. And, the cost to accomplish this? A whopping $10=15 as I already has a perfect shirt from my stash to Goodwill and some stuffing. Are you enticed now to make one? Here is a clip we played while making ours last weekend.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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