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Video: Make Your Own Dress Form, Part 2

Dec 26, 2011

Judith Neukam and Victoria North

Learn how to finish the duct tape dress form started in “Make Your Own Dress Form, Part 1“. In this excerpt from our Teach Yourself to Sew video series, Threads Senior Technical Editor Judith Neukam demonstrates how to fill the dress form once it is removed from the model, and how to build a stand using items found in your local hardwear store. Teach Yourself to Sew was created with beginners in mind, but sewers of any level can use these tutorials to brush up on their skills. You can find more excerpts from this series at, or visit our store to purchase seasons 1 & 2 on sale now.  Click here to order Teach Yourself to Sew, Season 2 on DVD.

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  1. User avater doglove October 20th

    I would love to try making a duct tape dress form for myself, but don't have any sewing friends who could help or trade the time.

    Is there a woman or women in New York City who would like to try this? Or if anyone knows of a sewing group in NYC that I could contact, it would be appreciated.

    Thank you,

  2. shelly123 March 28th

    use expanding foam to fill the dress form its quick and you can still pin through it.

  3. alicemae February 7th

    Can you expand info on setting the pipes in the dress form. How long is the 1 1/2" pipe? How far does it extend outside the kitty bucket if it does? How is the pipe fitting adhered to the bucket bottom?

  4. skamerrill January 11th

    I tried this, and had issues with the final stuffed product being about an inch to an inch and a half too big around. I had to make 4 "darts" around the torso in order to make it more me-like. Considering that the project took more like 4-5 hours to do instead of the 1-2 they said in the video, I was a little distressed that that I had to make corrections. break out a pattern and some fabric!

  5. User avater Norsecross December 28th

    I currently use a vintage expandable dress form. It works great...but it has no hips nor buttock to speak of. I am thinking I will adapt this tutorial to a 'me-formed' sheath to put over the top of my existing dress form! Thank you for the inspiration!

  6. User avater dbrakeley December 28th

    Any suggestions on the length of 1" and 1 1/2" PVC pipe I need to buy? I'm looking forward to making my dress form. Thanks!

  7. DebraBC December 27th

    This 2nd part, along with the 1st part is a great demonstration on how to make a customized dress form. Thank you Threads. I love being a part of this community!

    Are there any tricks to prevent the form you have demonstrate from becoming lopsided? Does it matter if it is not perfectly smooth?

  8. Derickbirdsall December 27th

    No, his wife Eileen Birdsall. The Teach Yourself to Sew DVD's are fantastic. I have enjoyed viewing so much the new methods and old methods of such elegant sewing. I have beeb a Threads Subscriber for about 30 years and encourage my younger sewing friends to become a subscriber ; this is to keep all my copies in my hobbies room (no borrowng allowed). I am just 79 years old and have always worked with a Bernina
    Sewing Machine - the first Model 830 and the last 18 years the Model 1530 - both excellent work companions. A Merry Christmas and A Very Happy, Peaceful New Year to everyone. Eileen Birdsall - UK

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