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Dressform dilema

MerryGoose | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi…I am new to this list and would like to pick some brains…I have an old Uniquely you dress form & have gained about 50# since I first got it…is there a way to work on this and make it fit
my present figure…which I am working on getting smaller? Any help would be greatly appreciated…thanks sew much…Merry


  1. mygaley | | #1

    Using tips I found on Gatherings and in Threads, I took cotton batting and padded mine until it's measurements were a lot more accurate.  I also was surprised to see the things that didn't change like the shoulder slope and front waist length (I am an apple).  Here in humid Louisiana I use old-fashioned masking tape to hold things together; any other kind of tape is sticky and falls off in just a few months.  Also, I put an unused knit nightgown on her so she didn't look so much like a casualty from the emergency room.  God bless you, Galey

    1. MerryGoose | | #3

      Thanks sew much for the info...and God bless you TOO!

  2. imsewhappy | | #2

    I've had the  same problem  and  found  that if I  added  quilt batting to  the  form it would work  quite  well.    I  am able  to secure it with saftey  pins  and build it   wherever  I  needed.   It is  pretty easy to mold and build  up where necessary.

    1. WandaJ | | #4

      I find this information about making a dress form in this section and another one that I read within the week quite interesting. My two dress forms are in storage in a city that I previously lived in prior to going back to school and taking care of my mother due to her open heart surgery at 82. 

      I so miss my dress forms, and there is one here that is the size of what I wished I was at some point in my past and present life (:-}). To that end, I have been wondering can somehow or another I build up this dress form and how to make it all stay in place. 

      Is there somewhere that I can be directed to read about building up an existing form without the pads and covers from companies that sell the forms with this purpose in mind?

      I'm anxious about the thought of building up the dress form, as I cannot even imagine the shape a jacket will take without one.

      Thanks for all the information that can be provided on this issue.WandaJ

      1. woodruff | | #5

        Hi again, Wanda.As it happens, there's a very active discussion of this very topic going on now at http://www.patternreview.comNot that I want to steer people to another site, you know, but sometimes there's a hot topic somewhere else.

        1. WandaJ | | #6

          Thanks for the tip about the current discussion, which I just finished reading.  I too went back in PR's archives and read some old, closed discussions and learned a lot.  What was most interesting in the latest discussion was the revelation from the lady that was shocked with the form's likeness of her, and fact that she's coming to love it- flaws (if they are flaws) as it serves in helping to obtain a really good fit.


  3. MaryinColorado | | #7

    My husband and grandkids were shocked to find my dressform wearing a lycra lingerie bodysuit that was too tight for comfort.  This can be stuffed with just about anything and it stays put.  It works great for me and caused lots of giggles for awhile.  Hope this helps.  Luckily the dressform has not complained yet.  Mary

    1. MerryGoose | | #8

      Thanks for the suggestion...I think everyone who owns a dressform does not really like to look at it...I covered mine up...and I was skinny then but did not even know it... LOL

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