Your Own Shape Sewing Mannequin

Make a dress form that fits your own figure.
We all know that the best dress is the one that fits your body perfectly as it was sewn just for you, it is not that easy to get one like this though. It would be great if every woman could afford to get her clothes straight from her private tailor who knows how to take good measures, but we do not live in a perfect world, unfortunately.

What if we could have our own body dress form and learn how to sew? It is also not that easy but not impossible, especially if you are a handimaniac! Two years ago I was cleaning my cellar and decided to get rid of totally new sewing mannequin because it was taking too much space... Now I know it wasn't a smart decision.

Take a look at this full tutorial of how to make Your Own Shape Sewing Mannequin. The source is in German, so I am describing it for you in English. To be honest, at first glance I thought it was just a joke, but it seems to work, and I am taking this guide to my vast catalog of "to do now" projects.

Don't you think it is a magnificent idea? If so, buy or find at home some supplies, and just Do try this at home!
Your Own Shape Sewing Mannequin Collage

What you need:


  • scissors

Supplies / ingredients:

  • Pillow filling for stuffing out your form
  • A metal base
  • 2-3 rolls of duct tape
  • Apiece of cardboard
  • An old hip-length T-shirt
  • A food foil (for the neck)

Prepare all your tools and supplies.

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Find a under hip lenght, old fit to body t-shirt. Wear it and then wrap your neck with a fod foil to secure it (as shown on the picture).

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In those few steps ask your friend to help you in wrapping your silhouette with the duct tape. First stripe under your breasts (make sure it is tight enough). Next stripes crossed in between the breasts as shown on the picture.

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Continue wrapping one by one.

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Carefully take off the part of the food foil that covers your neck and make some kind of a “tape collar” as you can see on the picture. Finish the first part when you gain the effect of new, “tape t-shirt”.

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This is how it should look like at the back. Wrap more tape evenly from your waist till the end of your t-shirt line, do it tight!

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Now make an even cut on the back part of your form to enable taking it off.

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Last but not least, use your tape again to get rid of the cut.

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Fill the form with the pillow filling or small pieces of fabric leftovers. Finish your work sticking the form on your metal base, and voila it is ready to use with any sewing project.

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34 thoughts on “Your Own Shape Sewing Mannequin

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is so cool! My friend and I are trying this on one another this weekend. I can’t wait!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is so cool!!!!! Thank you!! However I think I am going to hang it from the ceiling so I can adjust the height for shoes and viewing. Not to mention little kids cant knock it over! Wish me luck!

  3. Full Names says:

    Did this for my boyfriend a few months ago and it turned out pretty well. Just important that you keep your back straight or it will look kind of like a Greek statue posing. Making mine today. Worried its just gonna be too sexy to dress up.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’ve heard this technique bring used to make fur suites for furry costumes. I’m glad to see the illustrations and that it works

  5. Isabelatelier says:

    Where do u get a metal base???:( and what can be used as the stand ….seems like the piece of cardboard would be too weak…

  6. Gaba Banas says:

    Out brilliant users wrote already that Christmas tree stand or coat stand can be used in this project! :) Cheers

  7. Anonymous says:

    How do I put fabric over it like you have in the picture at the very top. The London jack or any other fabric I want?

  8. Gaba Banas says:

    Great to hear that! Let us know how it goes and post here some pictures of your finished project :) Good luck!

  9. Mica Oli says:

    The tape has to be like the grey one used in the pictures or it can be any type of duct tape? Because that grey tape is super expensive here where I live! D: So I was wondering if any other kind of tape would work.

  10. Anno Domini says:

    OMG! My friend and I made one each, it was so much fun, especially if you have a few drinks first!

  11. Julia says:

    Mica Oli – I have heard of this same thing but with paper tape. I had a hard time finding it but depending on where you live it might be cheaper than duct tape.

  12. Anne55 says:

    Nowadays duct tape comes in all kinds of colors and patterns. Wouldn’t a leopard patterned one be just fun? ;-)

  13. Rose says:

    Seen this done on home and family last year. They used a trash bag instead of a t shirt. It worked just as good as the long t shirt

  14. kahorek says:

    Świetne!!! Really great idea – was just trying to buy one but now I’m going to have ‘my own’ hahah

  15. Jennifer says:

    This is a awesome ideal for my 11 year old daughter, we will be making her one today and as she grows this could be used for years on out. Thanks for sharing this with us all.

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