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Dress form mannequins can be pretty expensive however they are an essential tool for the dressmaker when it comes to designing and displaying your pieces. You can make your own dress form out of plaster and paper mache.
Threads Magazine offers a free tutorial where you make your plaster cast and line it with paper mache to make the form. After it's done, you can cover your cast with fabric for a smooth finish that looks so professional.