Friday, September 25, 2009

Duct tape dress forms, part two

Earlier this year, I started the Knitting at Large blog by detailing my sweat-drenched difficulty in creating my duct tape body double. I followed the instructions provided in Wendy Bernard's fabulous book, Custom Knits. The result: an incredibly useful dress form that I've employed to make my last two sweaters. It's not perfect; I overstuffed the form and I forgot to wrap my neck, so the shoulders and upper chest aren't quite right. But it's been very helpful in fitting these two cardigans to my overabundant frame.

Lots of women have made their own body doubles and posted pics online. Here's a small sampling. Isn't it interesting to see the similarities and differences between the female human form?

I got a little thrill last Friday when Interweave's Knitting Daily reported on a knitting group that made their own duct tape dress forms. Editor Kathleen Cubley writes:

Designer Wendy Bernard came up with the idea of duct-tape dress forms, so my knitting group decided to give it a try. It was surprisingly easy, and not-surprisingly, super fun! Basically, you wrap a friend as tightly as you can in duct tape, cut it up the back, retape it, and stuff it with polyfill.

I know from looking at my blog's statistics that lots of folks come here to read about duct tape dress forms. If you're one of them, welcome! Now go ahead and make yours - and send me pics when you're done. I'd love to see the results.


  1. While I think this is way neat, I am TOTALLY afraid to see what my body really looks like! I don't actually make anything for myself, so I don't need one, but somehow I just think this is a really good idea. Thanks for posting! (someday I AM going to make things for myself, really I am!)

  2. I was scared of the same thing but I have to tell you, it was a big relief to see the finished dress form because what I thought I looked was MUCH worse than what I look like in reality. If you decide to make garments for yourself, you should definitely try it. I think you'll be surprised much better things are than you thought.