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DRESS FORMS

SewCrazy | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi,  I have been looking to buy a dress form/tailors dummy and note there are several different types.  Can anyone recommend a particular make?  Space is a problem for me, so must be able to remove it from its stand. Also what do you use to pad out the form to make it mimic your own body curves?

Thanks.

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    fashionlizard | | #1

    I just got a dress form from Fabulous Fit (fabulousfit.com) and it comes with instructions and their special padding system. I got the 3/4 form on sale. It has thighs so you can fit pants. It doesn't have arms (or appear to have a way of attaching them...). It took me a few tries to put the pads under the cover to copy all of my lumps and bumps. In fact, I wasn't having much luck, being a real beginner at using a dress form... but my DH came in and said to me, "Hey, YOU don't look like that... you aren't fat there..." and proceeded to put all of the pads in the right place!! LOL. So I would suggest that if you get a form, you have a friend or someone who knows your body well ;) to help you out with the padding part. The form I have is removable from the stand. The form itself is pretty light, it is made of closed cell foam and I was able to pin right into it easily when I fit up a skirt I wanted to alter. Sooooo much easier than trying to pin something on yourself! I ordered the form on line and they recommend that you order by your chest size (not bust size)and pad your form up to your measurements. Thing is....being a bit more pear shaped than the standard "person", I used all of the pads except one to pad out the hips. The standard person seems to be round, whereas my cross section seems to be more oval; 10"deep and 14.5"wide. For the shoulders, I used both the shoulder pads and the bust pads (good thing I have small breasts and didn't need to pad there!!) and still had to stuff some polyfill under the pads to bring the shoulders out to where mine were. I guess my more muscular shoulders aren't "standard" either. Now, everything seems to be about right.... in fact, I tried some close fitting garments on the form and they fit the form pretty much the way they fit me.

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