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Cheap Dress form stand

Duanita | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I have a a dress form that I got for $30 from Urban Outfitterers, however, it does not have a stand. Where could I buy a cheap dress firm stand? Also what material should I use to make my own patterns?


  1. kate lamar | | #1

    cheap dress form stand

    I can't comment on the dress form stand, however rgarding pattern making materials...most local newspapers offer 'end rolls' pf news print paper at cheap prices.  This paper is perfect for drafting patterns.  Other helpful tools are a t-square, an 18" ruller and a french curve.


  2. HelgaPataki | | #2

    patterns and templates

    could also be made from cloth.  sometimes if you use soecific grids like gingham it can help  you measure you distances.

  3. stillsuesew | | #3

    I would go to a thrift store and see if they have something that would work as a stand for the dress form.

    1. HelgaPataki | | #4

      what is your end result?

      Do you want your end result to look really good or home made?  there are tutorials free online.  if you want the end result to look great it would entail finishing touches.  if you use wood, could you consider a broomstick handle or a floor model coatrack for the post?  actually anything prefabricated would work as long as the pieces fit together without slipping.  even if you wanted something quick you might consider a christmas tree post with the stand? Theres also the possibility of a lawn umbrella stand as long as your end result is sturdy and accident proof.  u can paint or varnish wood surfaces when your done.

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    White77mg | | #5

    Cheap Dress Form Stand

    I made a dress form stand from an old task chair base and some PVC pipe.  I used a hack saw to cut the base from the chair.  The PVC pipe (cut to size) fit over the cut off stem of the chair.  I used a smaller diameter metal pipe screwed into a pipe flange on the bottom of the dress form to connect the dress form to the chair base by simply inserting the metal pipe into the top of the PVC pipe. 

    You can find old task chairs on Craigslist and the PVC pipe and pipe flanges can be found at big box stores.  Hoepfully you already have a hacksaw.  With luck, this will cost you less than $25.

    It works very well.  The dress form swivels on the top of the PVC pipe and also rolls nicely on the floor with the 5 casters of the task chair base.

    1. HelgaPataki | | #6


      do you have a photo?

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    White77mg | | #7

    Cheap Dress Form Stand

    Here are the elements separated.  The thumbnail is cropped quite a bit.  I'll see how it gets posted and repost if needed.

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      White77mg | | #8

      Cheap Dress Form Stand

      Ok - the first photo went through OK - you just need to click on it to expand it into its original form.

      So here's another photo of the pieces assembled - along with the wrap-around border skirt I'm currently working on.

      1. HelgaPataki | | #11

        Gr8 job!

        congrats, u did a really great job.  yesterday was garbage day and a neighbour threw out an antique bank manager chair, like the chair you used but it was all wood.  your wheels reminds me of that chair.  Will you be making a form fitting cozy to cover the dressform? you must be so happy.

      2. Ceeayche | | #12

        Beautiful Dress Form Stand

        What a great idea executed beautifully! 

        I have two dress forms who have been separated from their "legs" as a result of multiple moves.  There is a local surplus store operated by our county government that always has old desk chairs for the cheap.... so you've got my ideas flowing!

        How did you connect them to the bases?  The photo is dark in that area.

    2. HelgaPataki | | #10

      I really admire your effort

      you spent a lot of time on this.  I used to spend time on refurbishing all of my furniture so I can relate to the pride you have now.  Durning my own endeavors, not a dress form however, I discovered that i customized my necessity and my end result is beyond comparison.  you must be so proud!!!:) - thumbs up

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        White77mg | | #13

        How to Connect Pipe Flange to Dress Form

        The pipe flange has holes in it for screwing it onto a surface. (If you do an internet search on "pipe flange" you will see better what they look like.) The surface, in this case, is the plywood I cut for the base of my dress form (the form itself is made out of paper mache and is glued to the plywood.) I used wood screws to secure the flange to the plywood. The underside of the dress form looks dark in the photo because I painted everything black to look a little nicer.

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    margret1578 | | #9

    dress stand and fabric for patterns

    Second hand stores are great for having interfacing for cheap for making patterns as they don't ravel when you cut it and it can be used over and over again!

    A lot of times one can make a stand with 2 square corners of wood and a post like a broomstick perhaps!

  7. roselina366 | | #14

    You may also purchase it by online using internet.Today online shopping becomes a popular.So must try over there.They are afforadble and reasonable in price.

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