Wondering what to do with all those seed catalogs you got last month? Looking to start sewing your own clothes and need a cheap dress form?
Well, here's all you need to do. Check out this article, Clone Yourself a Fitting Assistant, to get the basic idea. Rip the pages from your seed catalogs into strips and, using a little flour and water or faster drying starch, cover your body from your neck over your torso. Like one of those balloon papier-mâché projects you did as a kid. Except you are the balloon. You can wear a shirt underneath or plastic or go au natural (grease up first, though). You'll need someone to help you and cut you out of it once it's set.
If papier-mâché isn't your style, you can make a dress form using duct tape (on top of a shirt, or you'll be regretting it later) that is almost as accurate. You will end up using one or more rolls of tape for this version, which isn't exactly as environmentally friendly as newspapers or seed catalogs.
So, why spend several hundred dollars on a dress form when you can make one for free?