Duct tape dress forms
I'm not at all a fan of a dress form made using duct tape. Not even a little bit----I talk about it below. I have professional half-scales, in addition to full-scale forms; and frankly, there is NO substitute. BUT, if you have to have something and don't want to invest in a real form-consider making a half scale. Here's a copy of photos of a half-scale I made myself. I love it and it's very useful. I could have easily tricked it out to contain style lines and added an arm. It's also pinnable. Working in the half-scale is great practice and a big saver on fabric cost. This is SO much better than a saggy full-size duct tape form. If you're interested in making a half-scale form--let me know. I'm having a workshop.
My half-scale form
Admittedly, I'm pretty lucky to have a number of professional dress forms. You only need one for personal use. And probably only two or three for a general business. But, one thing is for sure--you DO need a professional dress form and probably a half scale, if you're serious at all about draping and sewing.
Thanks to youtube many of my students talk about the "duct tape dress form".
I believe, but it's only my opinion, they're a waste a time. Sure, they look fun to make--they're also cheap to make --and easy to make.
But, they're still a waste of time and even though they're cheap---even the nominal expense can be put to better use---maybe a fund to purchase a real dress form.
Probably the deciding factor on whether to purchase a professional form or not is the cost. A professional dress form isn't necessarily inexpensive, but they don't cost a mint either. I'd say they average (for a standard size) $249.00. There are more expensive forms of course, but a standard form can be had for $249.00 on average. It's an investment worthwhile.
Ditch the Duct Tape Dress Form, please, they're a waste of time, effort and money.
Duct tape forms.....
- lose their shape and can't be padded to your needs. Professional forms never lose their shape and its shape can be modified by using padding and cardboard.
- aren't a true reflection of your body. You can purchase a professional form that's customized to your needs or even purchase a ready-made form that's closest to your needs and pad in the rest of your needs.
- don't contain the style lines that are seamed onto a professional form. A professional form has style lines constructed into the form.
- don't pin well. Professional forms are pinnable, in additional to being able to roll, spin and lock in place
- don't have an outer cover and making one is a challenge. Professional forms have a beautiful cover and making one yourself using your form isn't difficult.
- don't contain arms, legs and often no neck. Professional forms have arms, including some that have collapsible shoulders, legs and necks.
- don't last long. Professional forms, with very basic care, last for decades.
- are awkward, cumbersome and don't look very good. Professional forms are beautiful and.....well.....professional.
As with any craft, you MUST invest in the tools you need to hone your craft.
A duct tape dress form (or a display mannequin or awkward adjustable form) does not replace a professional dress form. If you're serious---you have to get over the cost of a professional form and get what you need. Invest in yourself, skills, workmanship and craft.
Duct tape dress forms are a cheap cute little afternoon project, but in no way shape or form can ever replace the need for a professional form, if you're serious about what you do--at all.