Make your Dress Form Work for Multiple Figures
When I went behind the scenes at the Metropolitan Opera, I ran into a bunch of people-on hangers. I learned the costumer there makes body doubles that fit over standard dress forms. This way the designers can create a custom-fitting garment without the performer having to appear for multiple fittings, and the Met doesn’t have to store an army of dress forms.
Inspired by the Met’s system, I set out to create a removable body double for a standard dress form. It’s a great solution for anyone who sews for others-mothers and daughters, best friends, wedding parties, and dressmakers as well, or just yourself and an ever-changing figure. You can create a removable, padded cover for anyone you sew for without having to invest in multiple dress forms, and your “customer” doesn’t have to be present.
The process for making the body double isn’t difficult, and the result is well worth the time invested. This method takes four steps: making a foundation layer for the dress form, fitting a cover layer to the figure, padding the gap between the layers, and making it removable. I will show you how to make the perfect custom dress form, starting with the standard dress form you already own from this article from Threads issue 161.