Based on some instructions for making a duct tape dress form, I used Enchy’s doll to make a mini doll dress form.
Here’s how I made it.
- First, I wrapped the naked doll in plastic wrap.
- Then I covered it with a piece of fabric. This was to represent the t-shirt that is used in the sample instructions.
- Next using masking tape I did one layer of tape around the fabric. Mostly I used this type of tape because I knew I would not have enough duct tape and because I thought it would be more flexible for this small dress form. Next was a couple layers of duct tape, I added some partial sleeves at this point.
- Now I had to carefully cut the tape off the doll without damaging the doll. I cut up the front and up one sleeve. The other sleeve came off without cutting once I had enough give to pull it off.
- I taped the cut lines closed.
- I had some old candle sticks that I never use that I realized were the perfect size to be a stand. yippiee! I cleaned off the wax and dust, clipped off the leaves and put it up the middle of the duct tape form.
- I stuffed the form with recycled stuffing that I get from Charger’s destroyed toys.
- I taped up the bottom and I am done!
I was thinking about covering it with some nice fabric, but that will add more bulk, which will make the dress fitting less accurate. At this size mere fractions of inches will throw off all the measurments. The layers of tape and fabric already make the fitting a little different from the actual doll. It doesn’t need to be pretty… Perhaps when the girls don’t need doll clothes made for them anymore I will cover it and make it an artsy dress form sculpture that is not meant for the fitting function.