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Topic: How to adjust a non-adjustable dressmakers dummy?  (Read 1880 times)
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RuthieG101
« on: September 04, 2011 08:19:42 AM »

My BF is getting me a dressmakers dummy. I have weird proportions (I need a different pattern size at waist, bust and hips!). So he is getting me a dressform to help me fit patterns as he doesn't understand a word I am saying when I ask him for help.

I prefer the polystyrene body's to the plastic ones, and they tend to be non-adjustable. When looking at the UK sizes a 16 is too big (in the bust, waist and hips are almost there), and a 14 is too small (as much as 4 inches in the waist). I know that I need to buy one that is smaller than my measurements, but are they easy to 'pad-out'?

Does anyone have any tips? I don't like the duct tape models and would rather buy one.

Thanks for reading.
Ruth



EDIT: I have found this page http://www.donangeli.co.uk/Hints-and-Tips-Page-4-of-8_AI05B.aspx If anyone reading also wants to know. Any other comments welcome.
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2011 02:26:54 PM »

Mine was adjustable, but I'm apparently way off of fitting standards, so I ended up customizing the heck out of it. Here's what I did: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307277.msg3519625#msg3519625 Good luck! It's a pain to do, but oh so handy to have!
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2011 12:06:50 AM »

Thanks for the link!

It was great! It was good to read that someone had attempted what I need to do. I have contacted Mrs_Boots to find out how she is doing with 'Chicky' after the years since the tutorial.
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