I am trying to find the foam to do a foam dress form, but haven't found it yet. I know it's messy and expensive, but I can't see duct tape holding up under repeated pinnings and boning fittings. I do Mediaeval garb, which often requires stays, etc. I need something firmer. I have the original Threads article at home, but need a source of pourable foam rubber.
Sorry, but I have no sources for rubber foam. A few folks have given me ideas about that expandable foam stuff that's solid you get at hardware stores, but no rubber type foam. The information I do have is here: http://www.leanna.com/DuctTapeDouble/DTDQA.html#Stuffing
I already have the instruction for the "duct tape double" and know of a variation done in old fashion mailing tape (that dries like paper mache and lets you stick pins in your double), the kind you have to wet then apply to boxes. However I can't seen to find any in the stores. Do you know of anyone who has done this and found a supplier?
I think your best bet is Staples, or Office Max.
Hello there. I saw a FAQ Question on your site that asks where a person can find gummed paper tape, and I wanted to pass along the tip that I just purchased a CASE to split up between myself and my group of crafting girlies for 17.00 on auction (that was 15 rolls, 375 feet per roll.) shipping added 19.00 (via fed-ex as it is a 34# case) but still when you consider the cost of this tape at the store is about 3.00 a roll for 1/10th the tape per roll (At office depot) that drives the cost of a paper-tape double through the roof! The name of the online ebay store where I got the tape was Coleman Wholesale Supplies. I am not affiliated with them, don’t even know them beyond doing one transaction with them (which has been great) But I thought I might pass this tidbit along to you to post on your site as a tip to all the other dressmaking double makers out there. (I just looked and it looks like he has more tape, none on auction but the Buy it Now sale price is 23.95, still an amazing bargain!)
Thank you for the wonderful information in kind! I hope this can help someone
else into a double.
What is the estimated amount (rolls) of duct tape required for a ~size 20 mature body? Thanks, Patri
I would have 4 rolls handy, but you might not use all of it. Having extra sure does beat running out to the store half taped to get more. Some of the stories in the Tales section of my site give how much tape was used. You might be able to get a better idea from these.
Didn't think it would be this hard to get a tube, since there are 3 fabric stores that carry decorator fabrics, but I haven't been able to get one yet. Perhaps I could purchase a shipping tube from "The Mail Box" or "Post Haste."
This might be a good idea if it is thick enough.
I have not yet made a duct tape double. I went to the store and have found three different weights of duct tape. Does the weight (thickness) of the tape make a difference? Is lighter or heavier easier to work with? Thanks. I hope this works. I am at the end of my rope in terms of fitting. I know very few people who sew or who could help with fitting. Keep working on the bottom half of the body idea. Any help in making a pants double would be greatly appreciated. Rose
Wow, three ? You've got on well stocked store there. No, the weight doesn't really matter, just the three layers in the opposing directions creates the strength to hold the shape. I've only used one weight. (My store only carries one) So I guess I would try the medium one if I had a choice.
I am a sewer from South Africa and in my sewing group we have for a long time been looking for instructions like these. I have asked my husband what he understands by "duct tape" and he isn't sure what it is, even though he is something of a handyman. So, before I send for the instructions, could you tell me what the tape actually is so I can be sure I can get it here? And secondly, what is "snailmail" please? Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you, Sandra
In your case I have not been able to find out what Duct Tape is called in South Africa. I'm still trying to find out what they call it in Australia because someone wrote asking that several months ago. Duct Tape here in the US, is a fabric based tape with a Polyethylene finish on it. It comes in large rolls 2 inches wide. It was developed for use by plumbers to temporally patch duct work, thus the name "duct tape". The 3M company sells it on the web at www.ducttape.com
Here's a link to a page on The Duct Tape Guy's site:
It has several other names for Duct Tape. Perhaps there's one you recognize.
Snail Mail is an Internet term referring to regular parcel post. The way most non-Internet users send letters and packages. I have the Instructional file on floppy disks that have to be sent this way. Most of my customers prefer the speed of the download. Sending a snail mail to South Africa I think would take a good long time from where I am in the US, and cost a considerable amount in postage fees. I have not been offering this service to those outside the US because of this expense.
Hope this answers your questions!
I'm form Australia and just had a peek at your site, pretty cool ideas.
Anyway, most people in Australia call 'duct tape' either 'electrical tape, 'duct
tape', or 'gaffa tape'. Hope this helps.