A dress form is used to give a three-dimensional view on the article of clothing that is being sewed. They come in all sizes and shapes for almost every article of clothing that can be made. When a piece of clothing is made, it can be put on the dress form so one can see how the piece of clothing will turn out. Then one can make alterations upon the clothing after seeing what it looks like on a body. (www.wikipedia.com)
Things You'll Need:
Things You'll Need:
- Plastic garment protector bag
- Plaster Gauze strips (plaster bandages) Order at www.orthotape.com
- Sharp scissors Order at www.orthotape.com
- Wallpaper paste
- Paper pulp
- Paper towels
- White glue
- Wooden shims
- Remove your clothes, except for undergarments. The undergarments you wear should fit you very well and not be too baggy or tight.
- Place a plastic dry cleaning garment protector bag over your body. The hole where the hanger sticks out should go around your head, and you should push your arms out of the sides of the garment bag.
- Prepare the plaster in a bowl according to the manufacturer's directions so you can dip the gauze strips into it.
- Have a friend cover a long strip of gauze in the plaster, and wrap it around your waist. The gauze should be smooth and fit tightly against your body.
- Continue to dip gauze in the plaster and wrap it around your body until you are covered from your neck to your mid-thigh, and as far down your arms as you want. Smooth each piece as you place it to make sure the cast will be even.
- Let the plaster and gauze dry completely for an hour or two. The cast should be stiff and dry to the touch.
- Have your friend make a long, vertical cut down the sides your body to remove the cast, making a front and back half. She should use sharp scissors, working very slowly so you don’t get hurt.
- Try not to wiggled too much while the plaster bandages are drying, thus expanding the mold quite a bit.
- The two layers of plaster gauze are not thick enough to hold the shape while it continues to dry, try more like 4 layers of plaster bandages.
- Don't cut your subject or model out of the mold too soon and it may fall apart in some places. If it does fall part, replaster the pieces together so that they dry in the correct shape.
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