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dress from padding

canei | Posted in Fitting on

hi, i ordered a dress form a few weeks ago. i decided to buy one after several bothced duct tape dress forms. i was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for padding it to “look” as close as your body type as possible. i purchased some batting. i do my one of my bras on her and i also have one of my girdles on her. thank you in advanced.

 

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  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    There should be some good suggestions already listed on this forum, perhaps under the search terms "body double" or "dress form."  Most suggest using a thin, snug t-shirt over the form, and then padding between that and the form to achieve your shape.

    Measurements don't tend to accurately reflect shape, but if you have a very snug, almost too-tight-to-wear tops made of woven, non-stretchy fabric, you can probably come close.  Another option would be to take a fitted top, baste it to snugly fit your shape, and use it to determine where and how much padding to add.  Pay special attention to the shape and slope of your shoulders; from there, everything else must hang.

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      canei | | #2

      Thanks!

  2. starzoe | | #3

    Several people here have advised about padding - my own experience is that the dress form deviated from my own form by having the bust much too high. The form could be altered to fit my shape except for the shoulder-to-bust height. It is worth checking that measurement for yourself. I still have to try tops/coats on to get the right fit. I tried raising the shoulders but it just wasn't working for me.

    1. Teaf5 | | #4

      I second that! Most patterns have the bustline somewhere in the middle of the armhole, while most of us with any bust at all have ours well below that-- and of course, the difference tremendous affects fit!

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