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body form size

thumbsx10 | Posted in Fitting on

I am going to digress a bit and say I don’t like the new forum layout; not user friendly. Who remembers message I.D.’s? Okay, more importantly to me and why I come here is for the shared experiences and wisdom. I got a body form for the holidays-an expensive, lifetime investment body form! I was sent the wrong size and I have the opportunity to return it, or add the padding and see if it will work by dressing it in one of my better fitting garments. Due to the holidays, I haven’t done that yet, but am wondering, should I go to that trouble or just exchange it for a smaller size and pad it up? It is the correct bust size now, but have been told to exchange for a size down to allow for long term use and body changes. BUT my shoulders and across back are TWO sizes smaller. I also read here that the shoulder is an important measurement. SO fellow creaters, do I keep the one sent to me, exchange for one size smaller, or two sizes smaller? Am I over thinking this and should go with what I have? Being a perfectionist? As I said, I see this as a lifetime investment and want it to be perfect for years of use. I thank all in advance for your shared comments.


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    artfulenterprises | | #1

    As a teacher of a class called "Make a Personal Fit Body Double", my vote is exchange your dress form for one that is two sizes smaller and pad it out to fit your body. You can find other discussions about dress form covers in the archives that discuss this at length. Look for my forum name when you pull up "dress forms" since I've posted on the subject several times. :o) The professional approach would be to make a "dress form cover" that zips onto your form, which replicates your figure. See the attached fotos. This cover is on a significantly smaller dress form.

    1. thumbsx10 | | #2

      Thank you artfulenterprises! I want no regrets so am going with the two sizes smaller. I've waited too long for this to mess it up due to my impatience.

      1. Ceeayche | | #4


        Good luck with your new form. I now have my mother's custom form (she and I were built very similarly), and I think I'm going to take ArfulEnterprises' recommendation to sew the form and zip it on to adjust the minor differences.

        Artfulenterprises, thanks for the links, I'm going to review your previous postings.

  2. Rabia | | #3

    Ha, I asked for and got a dress form; I got TIRED of waiting to find a "sewing friend" who could help me make one out of plaster! The trouble with me is that I am bigger than average but not quite a plus size, so the dress form, which comes in only TWO sizes, regular and plus has to be padded UP. The form is almost TOO SMALL; f'r instance, I have a 17 1/2" back waist length and the form only JUST extended enough; I have to be careful that the hip padding I am piling on doesn't slide up and interfere. I am using thick cloth strips and foam to pad it out, and covered with tensor bandage.

    I have to go out and buy bust cups now, to make the bosom the right size; my shoulder to bust measurement is 11 inches and it's about 7 on the form! It's annoying to have to go through all this, but at least I HAVE a form now!:-) Can't wait to start draping on it. And fixing all those things I need a FITTER for!

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