One thing I've always disliked about patternmaking on dress forms, even high-quality ones, is that they don't squish and compress the way a real body does. So I've been thinking I'd like to make a dress form that can do a little better.
My idea is to make a negative mold of my torso out of plaster bandages, and to then coat the inside of that with a layer of flexible foam, about an inch thick. Inside that would be something rigid so that the whole thing can keep its shape. As you may have guessed I'm not sure about the details of this project yet. I wanted to see if anyone had done something similar and if so how it worked out.
One of my main concerns is if the flexible foam (I'm looking at flexible urethane foam from smooth-on) is springy enough to recover its original shape even if it's kept corseted for a week at a time or so. Those of you who've worked with it before, do you have any thoughts on this?