How to make your own wire dress form

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How to make your own wire dress form
(Measuring tape image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from

A dress form, a bodice-shaped mannequin, is a handy tool for home or commercial tailoring. This standard instrument provides a firm shape while putting together a dress. In a few short steps, you can put together a wire dress form. Once you have constructed the essentials of the dress form, you can also decorate it to give it a more attractive aesthetic.

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Things you need

  • Chicken wire
  • Measuring tape
  • Wooden stand

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  1. 1

    Shape chicken wire to the bust size. If necessary, use measuring tape to ensure that the dimensions are accurate.

  2. 2

    Bundle the wire together in tubes about the width of the hip and bust specifications. With this bundled wire, you can pin the chicken wire to measured dimensions.

  3. 3

    Hook the ends of the tubed wire together. If the wire is still loose, use hair clips to fasten the tubed wire.

  4. 4

    Situate the chicken wire mould on a standard wooden stand.

  5. 5

    Cover the exposed wire with knit material or paper mache.

  6. 6

    Adjust the size of the bust by meshing the wire when and where necessary.

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