Making clothing fit properly is easier with a dress form that is patterned after your own curves. The basic instructions on how to make your own dress form are to wear a long tee shirt or garbage bag like a snug fitting short dress, then wrap your body in tape.
You will need 3″ wide tape that is 540-900 feet long, depending on your size. The recommended tapes are water-activated tape or gummed paper tape because they are stiff when dry. Duct tape can be used, but has a tendency to shrink or loose shape. The wrapping process can take at least two hours. Standing for two or more hours while wrapped in tape has caused some to feel dizzy, claustrophobic or become very sick. In order to make this safer, my plan is to pre-cut most of the tape first. Then invite a couple of friends to tape me up as quickly and carefully as possible!
The following links show the variety of ways a dress form can be made. Please read the article and comments. The warnings from those that had trouble with making a dress form are important to understand BEFORE you begin this project.
- http://shannonmakesstuff.blogspot.com/2010/06/duct-tape-dress-form.html – dress and pants form.
- http://shannonmakesstuff.blogspot.com/2010/08/duct-tape-dress-form-stand.html – a stand for a dress form
- http://www.patternschool.com/?page_id=103 – This form uses wire mesh.
PRICING THE SUPPLIES
The following is just a base price to help me shopping locally. I will update this when I find the best price in Hemet. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0065V7V3W – 3M 6147 Water Activated Performance Reinforced Gummed Paper Adhesive Tape, 6 mil Thick, 450′ Length x 3″ Width, Kraft – $10.22/450 feet.