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Make Your Own Dress Form, Part 1

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Learn how to make your own dress form out of duct tape. Having a dress form is a boon to any sewer. A dress form can be a place to test garment fit, the placement of embellishments, and support garment sections when you align them for basting. When you make a dress form, you also have the benefit of it being a custom fit double.

A dress form can be a hefty investment, however. What’s more, if you are sewing primarily for yourself, a better option might be to make a form that follows the contours of your own body.

The solution may very well be a homemade dress form. This tutorial covers the beginning steps to create a dress form with duct tape. Watch the video to see the materials you need, and enlist a friend to help you. Then watch part two of this tutorial and finish a dress form so you can use it for years to come. You can also watch another video to learn how to draft and sew arms for your dress form.

This detailed tutorial is one video in the comprehensive Teach Yourself to Sew series.


Teach Yourself to Sew

Judith got her first taste of sewing when she took the free lessons that came with her mother’s sewing machine purchase. Judith was 9 at the time. Soon after, she was sewing her own clothes and feeding her passion for the craft. In her Teach Yourself to Sew series, Judith shares her enduring love of sewing and her invaluable years of sewing experience.

Getting started

She starts with discussing the equipment and the essential sewing notions for anyone who sews. You’ll learn about shopping for fabrics, choosing patterns (including selecting the correct size), and planning the perfect pattern layout. From machine-sewing simple…

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