How to Make Your Own Dress Form With Foam

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How to Make Your Own Dress Form With Foam
Dress forms are helpful sewing and styling tools that can be made at home. (fashionable female dress image by terex from

If you enjoy designing and sewing your own clothes, you may have experienced how difficult it is to accurately fit them on yourself. Dress forms are a big help to be sure you can create clothes exclusively fit to your shape. If you want a dress form, but haven't found one in your size or can't afford one, you can make them at home from inexpensive materials you can find out your local home repair supply shop.

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Things you need

  • T-shirt
  • Skirt (optional)
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Expandable spray foam
  • Cardboard tube

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    Wear a T-shirt that you don't mind being discarded after this project. The T-shirt should fit closely to your body. If you want your dress form to extend past your torso to your hips, also wear a close-fitting skirt that you don't mind getting ruined, or shirt that's long enough to extend past your hips.

  2. 2

    Have a friend wrap you in layers of duct tape, pressing them firmly against the clothing. Start at the bottom and work your way up laterally around the body until just under the bust. Pull the tape as tightly around to hug close to the body as you can without being uncomfortable.

  3. 3

    Create the bust for the dress form by positioning approximately 6-inch pieces of tape from under the bust line to over the chest. After the bust is covered with vertical pieces, secure the shape of the bust with longer pieces that cross diagonally from over the shoulder to under the bust line. Tape around the sleeve or shoulder strap of the body as well.

  4. 4

    Cut any extra material from your shirt or skirt so the shape of your dress form is visible. Make any final touches to your form as needed. Once you're finished taping, cut vertically along the back of the tape to step out of the tape cast.

  5. 5

    Seal the top of your dress form shut with more rows of duct tape. Enclose the sleeves and underarm area as well. Finally, seal the back of the form back together with extra duct tape strips.

  6. 6

    Turn the form upside down. Spray inside the dress form with expandable foam used for insulation. This spray foam can be purchased from home repair stores and sometimes arts and crafts suppliers. Before the foam dries, insert a long, cardboard tube to use as a stand. Once your foam has expanded, seal the bottom closed with more layers of tape.

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