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Does anyone use a Dressmaker's form?

Old 01-06-2021, 07:22 AM
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As a late Christmas gift, my husband ordered a Dressmaker's form for me.

I am really excited about this, since losing around 32 lbs since June of last year. I can now start making all those blouses I have patterns for. I even had to buy a belt for the first time in my life, being "between" pant sizes was the reason. Our grand daughter says I wear saggy pants now..lol
There will be a lot of alterations going on since a lot of my store bought blouses, which I haven't worn in ages, will be to big now.
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Old 01-06-2021, 07:27 AM
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Wonderful about your weight loss, Chase! I can't say the same unfortunately
I don't make clothes, only messes.
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Old 01-06-2021, 08:25 AM
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wonderful so happy for you, I have been on new way of eating and will keep on it as new health problems came up and it is now eat right or die, I have a out fit on my dress form that I hope to some day be able to wear, thats how I use mine,
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Old 01-06-2021, 02:41 PM
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Congratulations on your success!

This is one of my favorite designers. She has great tutorials too. I attended one of her seminars. Some of the ladies at the LQS use the forms for their clothes.

https://www.angelawolfpatterns.com/



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Old 01-06-2021, 03:31 PM
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I don't use a dress form, but I have a friend who sews a lot of clothes who tried a commercially made one, and was disappointed with it. Even with a dress form adjusted to match your measurements, it may not match your shape very closely. Most dress forms resemble a slender 20-something with excellent posture, a flat stomach and strong shoulders, so a dress form may not match some parts of a person's body, such a bit of a tummy bulge, sloping shoulders, or some spine curvature. You can adjust the form somewhat, by pinning or taping on padding to match a tummy bulge, say. My friend sews closely fitted garments, so she was much happier with the duct-tape dress form she made, as that ended truly matching *her* shape, not a generic one.

Now, if the clothes you are making are not very closely fitted, a commercial dress form may work well enough for your needs. I do suggest looking critically at how its shape compares with yours when you get it - taking some pictures of both it and yourself (front, back, each side) and comparing them can be helpful. See if you can use some padding in appropriate spots to get a closer match. Then, try on some of the best fitting garments you have, and see how they hang on yourself and the dress form.
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Old 01-06-2021, 05:58 PM
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I have never had the privilege of using a dress form. I can see where it may have been handy. Hope you enjoy your gift
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Old 01-06-2021, 06:06 PM
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i've made a lot of clothes but never used a dress forms. My firends who have them gave mixed reviews on how useful they actually were.
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Old 01-06-2021, 06:09 PM
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Thank you all for the compliments.

Platyhiker...I would have never thought about using duct tape to make a dress form. I am kinda of round and lumpy....lol

I ordered a plus size one since I hate tight fitting blouses and t shirts. I have always been self conscious about my chest size. I went from flat to grapefruits overnight it seemed......LOL

I will post my first accomplishment with my dressmaker form.
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Old 01-07-2021, 12:48 AM
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Another idea - if the dress form's bust does not match yours very well, put a spare bra onto the form and stuff it appropriately.
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Old 01-07-2021, 01:35 AM
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Congratulations on your weight Loss!

For me, a standardized dress form would not be helpful for fitting clothes to my body.











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