PDF: Make a Half Scale Dress Form with this Pattern

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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Wow. These instructions are really in-depth and super easy to follow. Totally worth the ten bucks for the design. I'm covering mine in shoulder-pad batting to round the edges. LOVE.

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Elsa Philippe May 6, 2020

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Great explanations ! Thank you !

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Ne avevo bisogno e questo modello era il migliore che avessi visto.

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