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Front view duct tape form completed

Created in this Craftsy class

Plus-Size Pattern Fitting & Design taught by Barbara Deckert

Plus-size women deserve cute clothes! Learn how to make comfortable and flattering garments with Barbara Deckert, author of Sewing for Plus Sizes.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Plus-sized
Style Traditional, Classic, Casual, Funky
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What materials did you use? Duct Tape, quilt batting and toilet paper

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What are you most proud of? I'm proud of the fact that the end result was really close to my exact body measurements as I could have hoped for and I'll be able to use her to help me during my sewing progress to get a great fit as an end result.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I'd say have fun, make sure you've got at least a couple of hours of spare so you don't have to rush it and just enjoy it. Oh make sure you go to the bathroom before you start :D

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I am curious . . . was there any logic or order to the way your husband applied the tape, or was it random?

04/09/2013 Flag

Basically we pretty much followed Barbara's tips which were similar to what we had done before. We started around the waist going around and worked our way down to the hips. Then we worked from the waist area to up under the bust area. Then over the shoulders and criss crossed between the breasts and then smaller pieces over the breast trying not to distort the shape. We did this up and around the neck area, and then under the arms. Once we had done one layer we did a second and then a third to ensure everything was nice and firm for when we took it off. The two underlayers of duct tape are fabric reinforced to prevent stretching... then the 3rd layer is just normal duct tape as we ran out of the fabric reinforced one. When we do it next time we'll just use the fabric reinforced duct tape as it has a much better finish and far more stable then the regular duct tape. The good thing is for me the regular duct tape is just on the final layer. I hope this helps a little :)

04/10/2013 Flag

How wonderful to not have to keep trying everything on (and the pinningI). I have been thinking of doing this forever, but have no directions. You mentioned tips from "Barbara". Is there a tutorial somewhere on Craftsy that I have yet to find?

08/01/2013 Flag

The tips were from Barbara's Plus Size Pattern Fitting Class in the Sewing section here on Craftsy. I can highly recommend this class :)

08/03/2013 Flag

I want to try this! My daughter just had a baby and her shape is obviously changed a little. I think she and I will watch the class and do this one together!

08/31/2013 Flag

Good idea and I'm sure you will both learn a lot and get some great tips you can use along with how to make your own dress form :D

09/04/2013 Flag

Thank you! This is one of those great winter projects when there is a foot of snow out side. I do not have a dress form, Do you know how much they normally cost?

09/06/2013 Flag

I think I paid around $150 (Australian) plus shipping for the one under my duct tape. it's a Singer one I bought off Amazon. Some of the dress forms can be $100s so it's worth shopping around and deciding on the right one for your needs. unless you can get a dress form to match your measurements I can highly recommend making the duct tape form :)

09/11/2013 Flag

Wow! There is nothing that you can't put duct-tape to. Greetings from the Hunter Valley NSW

02/02/2014 Flag

So true! It sure does come in handy for a multitude of things. Greeting from Port Hedland WA :)

02/07/2014 Flag