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dress forms

Hartline | Posted in Fitting on

I am looking into buying a dress form. Of course the ones at JoAnns and Hancock are easily available, but is it as good as the ones I see in Threads magazine? Is it worth making one with duck tape? I dont think I have the ambition to try that technique. Any advise?


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    artfulenterprises | | #1

    Check previous threads in the Gatherings forum. I've posted information on most all of the currently available dress forms and how to purchase them. There has been lots of discussion on this topic.

    Best wishes...

  2. Palady | | #2

    At the top of the page opening with discussions is a hyper link for Advance Search.  Click on that and fill in the browsers accordingly.  You'll be taken to a page with a list of the messages pertaing to your choice.  Open as you have the time.


  3. thumbsx10 | | #3

    I made a dress form out of the brown paper packaging tape with adhesive you moisten. I first put on a garbage bag and taped it close to my body, then the packaging tape was applied. It wasn't difficult, dried quickly,and took about 2 hours. The mess factor was a bucket of warm water and a wash cloth. I got the instructions on the internet. It works well enough and didn't cost me as much as a dress form. The only problem with it is it isn't at a satisfactory working level for me.
    Hope that helps in your decision making process!

    1. SewFit | | #4

      Glad to hear your form turned out well.  I lead a sewing group at church and we are planning a day long workshop in a couple of weeks to make forms for each of us using the brown paper method. (there are 5 of us)  I hope to get someone to work on making stands for us using either wood or pvc pipe so that we can make them stand at the same height as each of us is.   

      1. byf | | #5

        Sewfit, please be sure to have someone mark an accurate horizontal balance line on the paper tape dress form (before it is cut off). Otherwise it can't be used for marking hems, etc.

        1. SewFit | | #6

          Thanks for the advice!! Will do.

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