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Date: 1/23/07 11:06 PM

Does anyone know where to get a dress form like Dritz My Double Deluxe in petite size? I have a 32" bust, so this one is too big.

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Date: 2/7/07 9:29 AM

I am also very small and had a hard time finding a dressform that would work. Have you thought of making your own? I did and am very happy with it. I bought my self adhesive tape from Office Max. I couldn't find it anywhere else. Others have mentioned the UPS store but they didn't carry it in my hometown. I didn't want to use duct tape as I have heard it stretches when torn off the roll then contracts and I didn't want a funky looking me. I followed the instructions from the sew news mag. I had the tape already tore into strips and then it only took DH 1 hour to tape me. I then bought the foam insulation in a can and sprayed the inside in layers letting it dry overnight between each layer. She is nice and hard and I don't believe it will ever collapse.

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Date: 2/7/07 10:12 AM

That's my problem too. Dr. Sue had a good idea from one of her postings of ordering a child's dress form, then padding where needed. This would work for me considering my figure is not much different than that of a 13 yo.
Like mentioned above, making your own is another option (and probably much cheaper too). There's a lot of talk about duct tape dummies on the message boards.

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Date: 2/7/07 11:55 AM

A couple of years ago I was lucky to find a vintage Acme Junior adjustable dress form on e-bay. It works fine for me (I also have a 32" bust and am a petite)

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Date: 2/7/07 11:49 PM

what about getting one of the foam forms (instead of plastic or paper mache)? I've read of people filing down the bust on their forms to be smaller.

Also there are the the Uniquely You dress forms that are customizeable and soft. They make a petite size and a Pant/Skirt form. I think that would fit your measurements.

or maybe getting a junior form? check out the Royal Junior Full Body Form at fabulous fit. Unfortunately their site is coded crappily so I can't bookmark the direct page, but go to the top menu > Dress Forms, then over to Royal > Junior Full Body. Those measurements may work for you.


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Date: 2/8/07 0:16 AM

Take a holiday in Japan and buy one here !
The ladies and dressforms are very small !!

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Date: 2/8/07 0:24 AM

I like sjm's idea. ;)

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Date: 2/8/07 9:42 AM

Thank you for the suggestions. I might get a dress form after all. I just need to find some money first.

Of course, going to Japan sounds fun too.

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Date: 2/8/07 1:35 PM

I just won an Acme jr size dress form on eBay for $60 incl shipping. There were up to 3 listed during the time I was looking. This one wasn't listed very well so the auction stayed kind of secret, hence the cheap price. The other auctions went to about $70 (without shipping). I'm guessing this is a pretty common item judging by how many there were during my random 2 week snapshot of time.

I have no idea if it will fit me or not but I'm hoping!!! I'll see your 32" bust and raise (lower?) you a 30.5"/AA cup bust. Try finding *anything* that approaches that. And of course bust is the hardest thing I have fitting and therefore to me is the most important part of a dressform to be accurate!

Ordering a girls size dress form was my next choice. Not even the smallest adult female mannequin has anything less than a B cup, and I'm short too. From the waist up I am a girls' size 12. Waist down I'm all woman....

To size up a dressform I read a great idea on the long discussion about making your own: Buy a dress form that is too small, do a paper tape or duct tape dress form, and then put the paper/duct tape form over the dress form, filling in with padding as needed. This seems like a good compromise between a duct tape form (which I hear can collapse after a while) and a standardized doesn't-really-look-like-you but good quality commercial dress form.

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Date: 6/29/12 3:53 PM

Quote: jewelsfashions
I am also very small and had a hard time finding a dressform that would work. Have you thought of making your own? I did and am very happy with it. I bought my self adhesive tape from Office Max. I couldn't find it anywhere else. Others have mentioned the UPS store but they didn't carry it in my hometown. I didn't want to use duct tape as I have heard it stretches when torn off the roll then contracts and I didn't want a funky looking me. I followed the instructions from the sew news mag. I had the tape already tore into strips and then it only took DH 1 hour to tape me. I then bought the foam insulation in a can and sprayed the inside in layers letting it dry overnight between each layer. She is nice and hard and I don't believe it will ever collapse.

I REALLY appreciate your post. I'm having a "dummy" party with my girls next week and we planned to make our body doubles using the duct tape method. Adding the insulation factor makes SOOO much sense!

I'm not familiar with self-adhesive tape, though. What's the difference between it and duct tape or packing tape?
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