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PDF: Make a Half Scale Dress Form with this Pattern



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This is a downloadable PDF pattern for a paper half-scale dress form. Print the pattern on card stock, then cut it out and glue and tape it together following my detailed step-by-step instructions. I recommend strengthening the finished dress form by covering it with paper mache or gummed kraft paper tape.

Patternmaking or fashion design students can use this dress form to practice flat patternmaking or draping, or just use it to display your necklaces on your dresser or decorate your sewing room.

Also included in this PDF is a pattern to make a cardboard stand for the dress form.

I have a separate listing for a fabric cover pattern (https://www.etsy.com/listing/478695961/cover-pattern-for-paper-half-scale-dress) to fit this dress form. If you prefer to make a soft dress form, I also have two different versions of stuffed fabric dress form patterns.

Finished Dress Form Measurements:

Bust: 17 1/2" (44.5 cm)
Waist: 13 1/2" (34 cm)
Hip: 18" (46 cm)
Back neck to waist: 8" (20 cm)
Total height: 17 1/2" (44 cm)

Materials Needed:
* Large scissors for cutting card stock, tape, and corrugated cardboard
* Pencil
* Ruler
* Small razor knife
* 16 sheets of 110 lb (200 g/m2) card stock, 8 1/2" by 11" or A4
* Corrugated cardboard (such as a shipping box)
* Tape that sticks well to paper, such as Scotch(r) Transparent tape (not Magic or Gift Wrap tape), box sealing tape, or non-reinforced water activated (gummed) kraft paper tape
* Glue stick
* Craft glue or white glue
* Material to add about a pound (500 grams) of weight to the base of the dress form, such as dry beans, plastic pellets, gravel, or nuts and bolts
* Stuffing material such as fabric scraps, cut-up old clothing, cotton quilt batting scraps, cotton fiber, or bamboo fiber (NOT polyester fiber fill)
* If you are also making the cardboard dress form stand, you will need additional cardboard, 2 more pounds (1 kg) of material to add weight, and an appoximately 3/4" (2 cm) diameter dowel

* If you choose to cover the dress form with paper mache, you will need newspaper and white glue, flour, or cornstarch
* If you cover the dress form with water activated kraft paper tape, you will need a small roll of the tape and a kitchen sponge
* You may also want to use a craft sealer such as Mod Podge and/or paint
* If you make the cardboard stand, you will probably want something to cover it with, such as contact paper or fabric

I also have some free half-scale patterns for a knit cover and garments to fit these dress forms available to download:

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Great pattern and directions! Very detailed. Fun to make! Creates a half scale very close to the expensive industry options! Thank you! I still need to cover mine with a reinforcement layer, but photo for reference.

sewstrange Dec 2, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

This was such a fun project to put together. Very easy, great directions. I'm using it to make a cupcake stand for party

Daxmomblue Sep 7, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent instructions. Beautiful finished dress form. I did have a bit of trouble getting the arm "plate" in place (it turned out bigger than it should have) but that could also be accounted for by cutting on the outside of the line instead of the inside and the thickness of the cardboard. Overall I'm very happy with my finished dress form. Definitely recommend the water activated non reinforced packing tape method.

LiadanEleuthera Sep 23, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Quality product worth more than five stars, bravo! The pattern was well made, very precise and the instructions were clear and concise. It took me three days to make my half scale dress form because I didn't want to rush the construction and it paid off! I used whatever was in my stash already - muslin, newspapers, glue, corrugated cardboard, stuffing, etc. I just bought Modge Podge, a dowel and a wooden base from Michaels. The cost of the materials (if you use whatever is on hand) were a far cry from what I would have paid if I bought a ready made half scale form from Ebay or PGM (which costs upwards of 69usd with shipping). Thank you!!

K Ladios Aug 14, 2017

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