Paper Tape Dress Form - Chapter 3
Longevity is the name of the game!
PATCH & REMOVE
Once the form is cut off you, if you’ve done it right (remember at least two layers of papertape is needed), the shape will still retain its form. Now you need to patch up the cut in the back. This is easy to do with short wide patches.
Then gently take out the turtleneck underneath. Be careful as the papertape will want to cling to the turtleneck.
This is what the inside will look like after the turtleneck as been removed…kinda jacked.
Some blogs recommend a plastic insulator spray that hardens but others complain that it dissolved the tape. I think the smartest moves is to use all the extra papertape. You will have a lot left over, it’s easy, you’ve already bought it, and it’s a good way to strengthen the form without making it super heavy.
So, that’s what I did. I put about another 5 layers on. The first inside layer should be in smaller strips and crosshatched. After that, bigger and bigger strips laid in different directions is good. By the end you should have a very stiff, sturdy form that is nice and smooth on the inside.
Spruce up some of the outside areas without adding to much thickness. For sure make the neck nicer with little strips.
Also, for my form, the shoulders.
I bought two of the same turtlenecks, one for cutting and one for the sewing form. Thin jersey material or something similar for the form will make it easier to pin cloth and patterns on to. Here it is!