Vintage Sewing


September 14, 2009
This is my first post on Sew Retro!
I would like to do some retro sewing but really think that the only way I am going to get a good fit is buy purchasing a dressmaker’s form…but what kind?
If you can help me out in this search, come on over to my blog at
and leave me a comment.
(Come on over anyways and say hey!!)
I had read a few tutorials on making your own dress form with duct tape and a t-shirt and having someone
(hubby thought this sounded fun!)
wrap you, giving you a pretty close form to fit with…but does this work as well as a purchased dress form?
I have really enjoyed looking at all the posts in the archives and look forward to sewing some lovely 1940-50’s clothing soon!
  1. Hi June – welcome to SR! I've added your name to the list of sewers and can't wait to see some of your work once you've got your dress form sorted 🙂

    – Angela

  2. I haven't found a dress form necessary with any of my sewing (all from 30s-50s). I believe most people use dress forms for when they are sewing for someone else's body, or if they are draping or sloping a pattern from scratch.

    Re: duct tape dress form, it is not easy to pin as the tape remains sticky. I would suggest brown packing tape that you get wet as you go along instead, but remember to do it tightly as you go.

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