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14 Mar 2014 - 10:06112003
Tailor dummies
Hello all!

I need some help with tailor dummies.

Does a tailor dummy for legs exist?? (polystyrene to pin with)
I cant seem to find any,
what are they actually called?

I see them on the great British sewing bee and was interested in getting one.

And Im not on about the chest that form legs.

But an actual set of legs!

Hope you can help. cheers.

14 Mar 2014 - 11:07112005
If you're just after legs, go to eBay and type mannequin legs. That should give you what I think you're after. Pay attention to delivery details though as quite a few will be collection only.

14 Mar 2014 - 11:47112007
Aside from eBay I'm not sure where else you could get one, but just a bit of advice - I have a plastic 'mannequin leg' I've used for socks before and they are quite a bit slimmer than the average leg (and much slimmer than mine) so if you DO get one, make sure what you're sewing is going to fit properly!

Most socks I make/adjust are usually quite big on the leg so they gap a little but it's still very handy for placing patterns and things on more complicated designs

14 Mar 2014 - 15:00112023
Thanks for your tips and ideas.

However typing in "mannequin legs" doesn't give me much. Yes it shows legs but for retail and in different positions.

I'm looking for straight pin-able mannequins.

I have more luck finding Full Body Professional Dress Forms that have legs....

Last edited by stacey_anime_chick (14 Mar 2014 - 15:00)
21 Mar 2014 - 05:54112163
I too have had this dilemma. I located some, but they were redonculously expensive (i.e. over £1,000).

Something that is cheap and effective though is making a pair of your own with the duct tape dummy method.

You'll need:

1. A pair of old leggings
2. A mate who you don't mind seeing you in your skivvies (bonus points if they're into Egyptology)
3. Scissors
4. Newspaper, wadding, foam pellets used in beanbags or scrap fabric, etc. to use as stuffing
5. A metric frak-ton of duct-tape

Firstly, acquire a mate who has an unhealthy fascination with wrapping things in duct-tape who, co-incidentally, you don't mind seeing you in your less-than-best undercrackers. Secondly, make sure you have gone to the little girls'/boys' room before beginning this escapade into cosplay-induced madness. Thirdly, don your leggings and some knickers you don't mind potentially accidentally getting cut up by said overenthusiastic chum.

Next, begin the wrappening! Once your legs are fully wrapped, Tut-Ankh Amun stylee, kindly ask your friend to carefully cut you out of your tape-y prision (avoiding your pants if at all possible, thankee kindly). Step out of the shell that will form your duct-tape-leg-dummy and put your trousers back on. Seriously, put them on, we all know you're enjoying the wind up yer kilt, but it's time to get dressed now.

Once you are (finally) properly attired, repair the escape hatches created by your scissor-happy friend with more duct tape until you have a pair of hollow, slightly structurally-unsound legs. also tape up the holes where your feet were (wait, you wrapped up your feet too? Oh man, I hope you weren't attached to those socks!) then proceed to stuff with whatever waste materials you have lying around the house suitable for stuffing things. Once they are sturdy enough and stuffed like a Christmas turkey, step back and marvel at the now rigid duct-tape replicas of your legs. Woza, such handiwork, much legs, suh doge. You are done, do not pass Go, do not collect £200. Finito.

Obviously, this also works for legs, hands, feet and torsos, but not faces (please don't use this method to face cast, it is a bad plan, trust me on this!).

Hope that helps!

21 Mar 2014 - 05:57112164
I do not even know what that was... shhhh, i am tired. Tutorials made during bouts of insomnia are fun... shh, sleepytimes now... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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