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fabricmaven | Posted in Talk With Us on

I was just reading the postings about dress forms. I googled dress forms a couple of weeks ago and saw www.fabulousfit.com . Has anyone ever purchased this item? Will other readers please take a look at this site and post your opinions. I have a foam dress form that is over twenty five years old. I made a new cover for my sixty year old body but the foam doesn’t respond like it should and my shoulders are rounded in the back and hollow above the bust in front. (Didn’t used to be that way.) I hope there is an easier way than the duct tape method to resolve my draping problems.


  1. scrubble4 | | #1

    fabricmaven:  The big thing I noticed from the site is how the posture looks "standard"  I think the biggest revelation for me with MyTwin was how my posture impacted on the fit of a pattern, not just the measurments.  I was truly astounded when I had my first look at my back.  I just don't see how a standard dress form is going to give you the posture of those measurements.  I could be wrong but I think that is the advantage of taping whether with plaster tape, paper tape or duck tape.  It truly is you.  As we age, many of us curve forward.  On another thread someone mentioned noticing on many of her large busted clients how their backs curve in more than others.  Those are the types of things that a taped form provides.  Just my thoughts.  Scurbble4

    1. fabricmaven | | #2

      Hi, Thanks for answering. I think you are right. I'm just wondering how one could accurately hollow out the upper chest area above the bust on a foam dress form. I'm fairly pleased with the results of the new cover I made for the dress form but I still have to rely on my drafting and fitting skills to accomplish a well fitting garment because the foam body is still more straight and erect and less curved in the upper torso than I am now. Duct tape it is.

      1. scrubble4 | | #3

        fabricmaven:  "concave chest"

        It works because the plastertape (like the old plaster casts when you broke a body part) completely conforms to your body.  I was so surprised to see my back.  I stand very erect and there were actually concave areas under my shoulder blades.  Your shape, posture etc is faithfully caught and replicated because the plaster tape fits to you.  I think my husband cut the tape into short bits where there were concave areas so the tape wouldn't stretch acrose but would conform to the shape of my body.  I think I am talking myself back into a plaster and foam form for my pants.  I am going to email MyTwin to ask about the pants form questions I have. 


        1. fabricmaven | | #4

          Thanks again for answering. I've just gone to the My Twin web site and it looks promising. I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Ventura California is not do-able for me. I hope they have a rep in Virginia if not I will have to convince my husband that if he really really loves me he's gonna be wrapping me in plaster tape.

          1. scrubble4 | | #5

            fabricmaven:  What does your dear man love to eat.  Sidle over to Cooks Talk and get a recipe.  The folks over there are a hoot and they will love the challenge of creating a meal that will convince your husband to wrap you up.  It really was a fun experience. 

            I think the tricky bits are cutting it off and gluing it back together.  I think my husband wrapped strong cords around the cast when he put it back together to keep the foam from bursting through the seam and to keep the dress form the right size.  None of it was difficult.  So, maybe order the kit or just the video if you can get the paster strips easily in your area.  Make some phone calls or google both the foam ingredients and the plaster strips before deciding whether you want the kit or just the video.  It sounds like the kit does not include the foam ingredients.  Maybe it didn't when we made it, but it seemed to me everything came with it. It could have been my husband purchased those separately, it was a long time ago.

            Breaktime the discussion group for Fine Homebuilding would probably be able to suggest some ways for your husband to put together the base.  I find all these Taunton Press discussion groups just great.  I regularly read Cooks Talk, Over the Fence as well as Gatherings.  I participate in the other two a bit less than here because I feel more out of my depth.  However, they are great folks and so helpful. 

            I have emailed MyTwin with my own pantsform challenge.  I look forward to their response.  Scrubble4

          2. mygaley | | #6

            I see the references again and again to duct tape dress forms. I live in central Louisiana and the humidity (mostly) and heat loosens duct tape in one hot season. Things I have taped became a sticky mess. If this is your climate, plan carefully where you are going to store her; she will need climate control all year. God bless you Galey

  2. goldenthreads | | #7

    Fabricmaven. I've ordered the Fabulous Fit and still have to fit it to my dress form.  It came with good instructions and I got the impression from the order lady that I could call back with questions.

    I liked their client list and the approach.  I'll let you know what reality ends up being once I get it put together with my specific measurements.

    1. fabricmaven | | #8

      Wow! Thanks for messaging me. Does this mean that you are going to copy a dress form rather than your own body?I really want to hear from you when you've gone through the process. I e-mailed Linda, the lady who makes these forms. She said I could make the mold myself then ship the unfinished form to her and she would complete it. I haven't taken the first step of ordering the bandages and the video so I will wait to hear from you as to how easy or hard it is to do. Thanks again for remembering me.

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