I am planning to make a dress form of my daughter, who just turned nine.
At first it was going to be the paper-tape form (www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00002_p5.asp), but I couldn’t find paper wrapping tape in the local stores.
I bought some Rigid Wrap (plaster-impregnated gauze) in order to make a plaster mold of my daughter’s torso. However, I am having second thoughts about this approach after reading these forums–especially Kathleen Moller’s posting about how she fainted after two hours of having her circulation cut off by the shrinking plaster.
Then I realized that this whole project is overkill–my daughter isn’t going to stay the same size for long! Plus, she doesn’t have a figure “problem”; she is just tall and skinny. So while a dress form will be a handy tool, it doesn’t have to be super-precise.
So now my two choices are
(a) making a paper-tape form every six months or so (but is paper tape still made?)
(b) making a cloth shell to fit my mother’s old dress form and altering it as necessary. It’s a 25-year-old Uniquely You dress form, which is foam rubber with a linen shell.