Restoring My Diana Dress Form

My dress form was hidden away in a closet for years. It was broken and disintegrating. The red fabric was so old that it was turning into red powder. I was hesitant to let it go though. So glad I didn’t.

I finally spent some time on the weekend to fix and re-cover it.

Supplies:

  • Knit fabric (I used jacquard knit)
  • Epoxy glue
  • Adhesive spray
  • Craft glue
  • Screwdriver
  • Clips
  • Clamps

Steps:

  1. Take apart/unscrew all the pieces.
  2. Remove the existing fabric.
  3. Use epoxy glue to secure and fix broken pieces. Use clamps to hold pieces together as the glue cures.
  4. Measure each piece of the dress form (mine had 8) and round up the irregular shapes to the largest size of a rectangular piece. For example, one piece’s height was 11″ with a width ranging from 5″ to 9″, so this would be a 11″x9″ rectangle.
  5. Cut out the rectangle pieces from the fabric, adding 3/4″ to all sides.
  6. Spray one dress form part with adhesive glue. Then apply, stretch and smooth out the appropriate fabric piece on top, making sure to leave a raw edge hanging on all sides. Repeat for the remaining parts and let dry for 30 minutes.
  7. Trim the edges of the fabric so that you have about 3/4″ evenly all around each part.
  8. Apply craft glue to the fabric edges and wrap around to the back. Use clips to keep it secure while it dries.
  9. Let dry for a few hours.
  10. Assemble all the parts together!

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