DIY Duct Tape Dress Form

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

If you sew regularly, what do you do if you don't have a dress form?.

Image c/o BuyStoreFixtures

I've been sewing for close to two years, and would you believe until now, I've not used a dress form  for any one of my sewing projects.  The two main reasons for not having a dress form are simple:

  • Lack of floor space to store one
  • Cost of buying one, either new or second hand, is probably worth the investment, but oh so expensive
My first reason, has not been rectified, there is limited floor space in my home for a dress form.  Equally, trying to sew and fix clothing by wearing garments, looking in the mirror, pinning, taking off, sometimes catching myself with pins, and repeating many times over, far outweighs my floor space issue.  So I've bitten the bullet, and reorganised my room to accommodate a mannequin.

There is a solution to my second reason for not buying an expensive dress form, and that is to make one.  I've seen many tutorials to make your own dress form using duct tape.  Some of the better tutorials can be found on Threads Magazine, Making It Well, and Off Beat Bride.  The basis of making your own dress form is quite simple, wear an old t-shirt or bin bag, get a friend or family member to duct tape your body, cut it off, re-attach back together, stuff it, and finally mount on a stand, or hang from a clothes hanger.  Last weekend, the whole family got involved in making my dress form, which is now named The Mummy.

And here you go, possibly the most unflattering, ridiculous photograph you'll ever see on this blog, 
a ducted taped Erica..

After the duct tape is cut away, I've resealed it, closed off the neck and arm holes, stuffed with nasty plastic bags and junk mail, and secured the bottom with cardboard, cutting a hole for a pole.  

She's sitting on a paper tube, and Christmas Tree stand.

"The Mummy"

Jnr RF found the whole process very amusing.

The Mummy is not perfect, and she's far from attractive, but hey, I saved myself a few hundred dollars, and I'm sure she'll help me with my refashion and sewing project fittings.

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Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

This is such a great idea, and fun for all the family! Love the photos ;-)

Thanks for linking it up

Liz Burton said...

Brilliant!! My lot would LOVE to mummify me - but I'm not sure they'd ever cut me out! x

Anonymous said...

What a good idea! I am definitely going to make one someday. I have the same floor space issue as you, but maybe someday in a bigger apartment. :)

Little Nell said...

What a fantastic idea.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea, love it.

AdinB said...

I was going to try and make one myself before, but glad I waited because just as I thought of making one myself, I found one at the rummage for $10. It wasn't brand new, but still good to use. You did a great job making yours. Oh well if it is not all perfect and pretty. It doesn't matter as long as you can still use it. :) Awesome!!!!

Unknown said...

Great! Thanks for sharing.z

Sewingadicta said...

Your Dressform and gorgeous! I love the idea of ​​filling it with empty bags, yeah!

Agy said...

Hi Erica, do u have any alternatives to using duct tape? I made one but over the years, it melted in the hot weather we have here in the tropics :-(

Fashion Clothing said...

Great idea to make a dress form.. i will give a try..

Bundyson said...

I love this and posted a link to it on my blog and talked about it I hope that is ok :)

Unknown said...

@Agy I hadn't thought about it melting it hot weather. I wonder how The Mummy will go in Melbourne's summer.

@bundyson of course, I don't mind at all, thank you

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