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Duct Tape Dress Form

Toni_Marmon | Posted in The Archives on

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Has anyone made a duct tape dress form as described in Threads
issue #75? I would like to make one and would appreciate any help
or comments before getting started.

Toni

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  1. Ghillie_C | | #1

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    Yes, I did!
    Big disaster I am afraid. Nellie the Elephant Woman (duct tape is branded Elephant Tape in the UK)constantly sagged and got out of shape. I guess she should have gone to keep fit classes, but that was difficult to arrange for a headless dummy. I eventually assassinated her.

    Ghillie

    1. Sarah_Kayla | | #2

      *Dear Ghillie,Thanks for making me laugh!Sarah

      1. sarahdudek | | #3

        *I've actually done it twice...the first time took a while, but by the second time my partner and I had it done in 3 hours.It actually is very accurate if done correctly - my fiancee says it is spooky to see it every time he walks into the bedroom.A few tips though - -Wearing a suitable pair of underwear, have someone wrap you around your torso to thighs in saran wrap before you start taping. That way when you are done taping you can just be "cut" up the back, without the bulk of the t-shirt recommended in the magazine.-Don't try to get too much bust definition - you can always "pad" yourself later-Don't skimp on tape layers - the more you use, the more stable your form becomes.-One more thing - don't even attempt this if you are feeling shy that day, or have claustrophobia -- it makes you appreciate what corsets were really like.Good Luck!

        1. Carol_Green | | #4

          *I made the duct tape dress form a year ago with the help of my sewing daughter. I wore a long cotton knit T-shirt that had been washed many times previously and was very thin and light. We followed the instruction in the article exactly, but took extra effort to use short pieces of tape in the bust area to define the shape. We draped my neck up with plastic grocery bags so we could apply vertical strips of duct tape up high on the neck. We cut it straight up the back to remove it. I aligned the two sides and taped them firmly together before putting it on a hanger and stuffing the inside with more grocery bags and bubble wrap. Since then, I have slid it onto a dress form which is much more useful. It is uncanny to see a mirror of my shape.

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