Monday, March 12, 2012

My New Dressform

My new My Twin Dressform has been done for several days now and I want to show you how I did it. This process is very possible to do, but you have to have a helper and a lot of DIY genes. I come from a long line of we-don't-have-to-buy-this-if-we-can-make-it people.

So when I was reorganizing my sewing room I came across this book again. I have glanced at it from time to time through the years, and suddenly got the urge to DO IT!

You will see that this book was published in 1994 the last time (at least the book I have). Pursuing the My Twin website I see that you can still purchase the booklet for $8.00, although I don't know if it is the same as the one I have.

Anyway, it was a long process, took quite a bit of internet research on my part to order and get the foam, and finish the dressform. My husband was invaluable....

I LOVE IT! First here is a side/back shot of Marley finished.

Here's the book:

I discovered that medical supply stores (as suggested in the book) won't sell you the bandages anymore. I found them at Hobby Lobby.

Here she is finished, cut in half and laying down to dry.

You stitch the halves together with needle and thread and then put a bandage across the center to fit the form back together again.
The book says to coat the inside with "green soap" (there is such a thing).She is coated twice with green soap to help release the form after the foam is poured.

Here she is ready for the form to be poured. The foam must be ordered from a marine urethane foam company of a certain density, etc. Very precise instructions about mixing and pouring.

Because of the fact that the foam hardens so quickly it must be poured into the form in several batches.

Some parts of the form peeled off easily. Others took quite a bit of work. Then you file it smooth.

Here's a close-up.

I am covering the form with rib knit here. I hand stitched it in the back.

There are lots of details that I won't write about, but if anyone is interested in doing this I could get you some tips. Just leave me a comment. I love my new dressform!


  1. This is excellent! I need to make one. I've made two duct tape forms but they haven't been as great as I wanted. This looks wonderful! Can you pin into the form?

    1. Sorry for the slow answer. Yes you can pin into the form.

    2. Sorry for the slow answer. Yes you can pin into the form.

  2. Replies
    1. Tattoo supply or you can google how to make your own using castile liquid soap and alcohol.

  3. Thank you so much for messaging me about this method. I will definitely use it next time around.

  4. How many bandages did you end up needing?

  5. How many bandages did you end up needing?

  6. What was the cost of this dress form?

  7. Do you think spraying non-stick cooking spray may help when peeling the cast off of the form?

  8. Hello- is there a way you can post the instructions from the booklet? Their website is down now, otherwise I would purchase it!