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Padding a dress form…

rohan9ca | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi, Everyone!

I recently bought a dress form, but the hips aren’t big enough…groan….since it was the largest one in the store, and I can’t afford to get another one, does anyone have any advice on what I can use to pad the hips of the “gal” I got? I need to boost ‘er up a whopping 5 inches! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.




  1. sewelegant | | #1

    I think you will get some interesting, creative replies and I am curious as to how others do their manipulating, but I just used fluffy stuffing, the kind I use to stuff animals or dolls.  You could use quilt batting.  I actually first made a new sloper to fit over the dress form and "stuffed" until I had the measurements to match mine.  The sloper keeps it all in place.

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    ThreadKoe | | #2

    I think to bring her up that much I would wrap some foam around her, probably the 1 1/2 inch thick stuff, get it sort of shaped to size by squishing it into a muslin. Then you get a nice pinnable surface that is still adjustable where you need it. Use electric knife to shave it down to the dressform. CathyI hope what I wrote just made sense.

    Edited 10/2/2008 3:12 pm ET by ThreadKoe

  3. MaryinColorado | | #3

    I agree with Sewelegant and Threadkoe, plus, I'd put an old swimsuit or lycra bodysuit on her to hold it all in and firm her up.  Mary

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      ThreadKoe | | #4

      Good thought Mary. I was thinking control top part of pantyhose might work as well. Cathy

      1. MaryinColorado | | #5

        Good idea, hadn't thought of that.  I haven't worn hose in so long, I forget about them......little blessings, hehehe!  Mary

  4. rohan9ca | | #6

    Thanks ladies!!! These are all great ideas!

    1. MaryinColorado | | #7

      Your welcome!  Hope it turns out great!  Mary

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    artfulenterprises | | #8

    I teach classes in making a "body double" dress form cover....the best thing to use is cotton batting from an unpholsterer. It holds it's shape firmly with no "spring back" and pins perfectly without distortion.

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