Five years ago I read on Threads magazine I read this article on how to make a dress form “Clone Yourself a Fitting Assistant” . I find pattern fitting extremely challenging. I am petite, and short waisted. How cool it would be for me to have a replica of my body to do the pattern fitting and draping. It was a very well documented written tutorial as you can find the various methods available to create a dress form so you can tailor your own clothes. My first attempt, was to make a dress form out of paper masking tape. At he end the shoulders were really deformed and it became really mushy. I had to get rid of it! It was after the second attempt that I finally came with a very accurate version of my own dress form. It was Jean Hass method that really worked for me. I purchased the two DVD’s for USD 65.00 and started the process .
Then I gathered all the materials, and had my dear husband wrapping me following the instructions step by step visually. It took us about two hours, and I was really nervous at the very end when my husband had to cut the back…. I really wished I had documented the whole process, but fortunately, we have YouTube to our avail, and many DIY awesome videos that can help. So I took a picture of my “clone”. The one thing, though… I noticed I gained weight…eeek!…now how should I customize it? nah….I better lose the extra pounds.
Also you can search for “DIY duct tape dress form” videos.
I found this one:
I think it covers the whole process, is funny. Just make sure you get a buddy who is a good wrapper! Good luck, and I am looking forward to hearing from your DIY dress form project