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Topic: Why are dress forms so... flat?  (Read 1359 times)
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Grilly
« on: February 02, 2011 11:10:33 AM »

I got a dress form for my birthday but I don't understand why the boobs are so flat! I can adjust it to measure the same as my bust, but the boobs don't look anything like mine! How does this work for tailoring clothes/making darts, etc?
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2011 11:27:59 AM »

Usually to get the best shape for YOU, you need to pad the form to be the right shape. Do you have an old bra you can sacrifice? Set the form so that the underbust measure is the same as your own, put the bra on it and stuff the cups with fabric scraps or batting.

Mine wears one of my crappy old bras, and I still have to pad the bum, but then I'd have to make a cover for it Tongue
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CeeJayRose
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2011 10:37:23 AM »

Dressforms have to accommodate many different sizes and shapes. It's much easier to make bigger than to make smaller. Thus....no shape. lol

Definitely pad your dressform if you would like to make the shape closer to yours. I haven't done that...but I should... I put things against the dressform to fit with the darts and whatever else...then I'll put it up against myself to see how the shape fits me.

But I'm thinking maybe I should take the time to pad it...
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Alexus1325
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2011 02:17:27 PM »

LOL, CeeJayRose! Isn't that always the way of it Tongue There's so many more interesting things to do than pad our dressforms, hahaha!
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Grilly
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011 03:11:16 PM »

Thank you! I do have a strapless bra I can get rid of, as it is super painful to wear. Perfect!
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Chrislea
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2011 02:07:38 AM »

In addition to this topic, I've always wondered something!!  When you pad up a dressform, is there some kind of slip or sock you can buy to put over it that will cover all the ugly patting and make it look like one smooth form?  I've been holding off on buying a form because it would have to stay out in the open, and I want it to be cute.  ;_;
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Alexus1325
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2011 12:30:51 PM »

Chrislea, not that I've ever seen. From my internet ramblings, people make their own covers. You can make a fitting shell that fits you exactly out of a sturdy woven fabric to put over your padded form, or a stretchy jersey one. I guess the jersey one would be more flexible if you gained or lost weight, because then you can add or subtract padding and the cover will smoosh it all in place.
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Honeythief
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2011 12:01:08 AM »

I covered mine in a one-piece leotard type thing that is too hideous to wear. I got it for next to nothing in TKMaxx.
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Chrislea
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2011 05:57:05 AM »

Oh, that's a brilliant idea!
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klnelson11
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2011 05:22:03 PM »

Fabulous Fit is a set of pads and covers that help you customize your dummy.  I've never tried it.  The leotard idea is pretty awesome though, and much cheaper.
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