Yesterday morning, I said to my Lover, “I want a dress form.”
He replied, “Okay. Where does one get one?”
I answered, “We could make one.”
So, we scrounged together all of the duct tape that we could find, and made a spur-of-the-moment dress form. I have less than stellar circulation, so my feet and legs immediately became a mottled purple and itched — my Lover had to stop several times to take care of the itching for me. After awhile of standing immobile, my lower back began to ache quite a lot as well, which proves that I am willing to suffer for my art.
We put on three layers of tape, and my Lover did an absolutely wonderful job at constructing the shape. It’s very easy for fat to get pushed into places where there isn’t any normally, so it’s important for the person doing the taping to control that as much as possible.
I was very surprised and pleased to find that the measurements of the dress form fit me exactly after we took it off — I thought for sure that all of those layers would add bulk.
This is the Threads Magazine article on the topic, though quite honestly I found it to be very lacking.
I didn’t research much before getting started on my own, so you’ll note that we did some things incorrectly. It worked for us, but I recommend following the tips.