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« on: April 10, 2007 12:56:31 PM »

Can any of ya'll recommend a good dress form.  I've checked the thread on Pattern Review, and I'm even more overwhelmed than I was before.  The only conclusion I've come to thus far, is to buy a smaller form and size her up, but could use some opinions on the various forms available for sell.


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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2007 09:27:20 PM »

duct tape dress form.

really. make one. you'll never regret it.

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2007 09:46:51 AM »

Right now, Joann.com is having a sale on dressforms and free shipping! http://www.joann.com/catalog.jhtml?CATID=40924

I got my dress form from a thrift shop... its a pain in the butt- not all the dials work, and it tends to get bent out of shape. Also, like most dress forms, it is built to "perfect proportions"- its hard for me to adjust i to my shape (bigger boobs, wide hips, etc). I wound putting one of my own bras on it and stuffing it. Ill probably make one out of duct tape and put that over my current dress form for stability.

But other dress forms are pretty well made, and are much easier to adjust. If you intend to just use it for yourself, I would say try making a duct tape form first, because then you have your exact specifications. If you make clothes for others and need to adjust to their sizes, then i would recommend a dress form.

The Dritz Twin Fit Dress forms at Joanns are very well made... expensive, but worth the cost. They come n a variety of sizes. Usually dress forms adjust to range of sizes (like 5 or 6 sizes). I would take your measurements, and buy a form where your measurements lie in the middle of the range, to allow for weight gain or loss, or for different patterns, etc.

Good luck, hope I helped a little bit!

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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2007 12:13:27 PM »

Semi-related question... how hard is it to pad a dress form up a size?  I was thinking of getting one, and I'm right on the border. 

I'd need a standard dress form for my waist, and a plus size one for my hips/bust.  Seems like, since I've been dropping weight, getting a form that will fit my waist would be ideal, and padding it up for as long as I need to.  But, how feasible is that? 
(the idea of putting a well-fitting bra on it and stuffing that had occurred to me, but I'm kind of at a loss for the hips/butt.

« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2007 12:21:16 PM »

I've turned a size 6 dress form into a 14 by building it up with 1/4" foam, lots of pins, a well stuffed bra and a lycra shirt. I'm working on building it up to an 18 so it will actually mimic me/my proportion.

I find that most store bought ones are never the correct propotions (even if the measurements are right)

I'd like to make a duct tape one, I just dont want to make it and go "oh maan, thats my size!?"
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2007 03:45:40 AM »

I'd like to make a duct tape one, I just dont want to make it and go "oh maan, thats my size!?"
That is exactly what goes through my mind... do I want to get to my sewing by squeezing past my own big butt?

« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2007 04:36:42 AM »


hubby got me a dressform for christmas. i set her up to my proportions and the first thing he said after was, wow do you really have that belly pooch like it does?

i have had to embellish her a lil bit with padding to get proportional proportions but it wasnt too hard to do at all.
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2007 04:59:01 AM »

I just made a duct tape double this weekend (you really need someone else to wrap), and DD put it on. Needless to say, my attributes are quite a bit further south than hers. Undecided  And yes, the true human form was not really meant to be seen in the medium of duct tape. Roll Eyes  But if it helps you get a better fit on your clothes, that's the important part.

Having said that, my first intended project is to make a cover so I don't have to look at it.  Grin


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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2007 07:40:07 AM »

I bought mine used, she fits my waist and hips but the chest and bum were lacking. I am adding foam and a padded bra to her. So far she looks great and functions well.
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2007 11:36:19 AM »

how would i make one from duct tape?  is there a tutorial or somethng?

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