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Best dress form for a small figure?
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Date: 6/5/12 6:36 PM

Just want to see if anyone has advice. My parents are going to buy me a dress form because they love how happy sewing makes me :). I'm looking for tips -- anyone got advice on the best one(s) for women with small frames? I'm 5'3" and an RTW size 2 or so.

Thanks!

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Date: 6/5/12 6:52 PM

I'm 5'0" and was a RTW size 0 when I made my duct tape dress form umm years ago. If you plan on sewing a lot of garments, it's worth the time to make one. I made mine with white duct tape for the top layer and auto pin stripping tape to mark the bust, waist, hip, CF, CB, side seam etc. I can hold a tissue up to the form and see quickly where I need adjustments.

So maybe you ask for some supplies and a helping hand.

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Date: 6/5/12 10:27 PM

I have a Dritz Twinfit dress form in Petite. I originally ordered the Small as my measurements did fit in there, but the ribcage was too big. I couldn't zip up a dress that fit me just fine!

I'm not as small as a 2, more like a 4 or 6 or so, but I'm 5'3" and small chested. The petite sized dressform has served me well and it wasn't that expensive.

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Date: 6/5/12 11:50 PM

I have a Uniquely You dress form. It is a foam rubber form that you put a cover that corresponds with your measurements on. I'm 5'1" and RTW size 0 and it is a little bit big in the ribcage and shoulders but it does adjust in height and you can alter or change the cover size if you need to.

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Date: 6/6/12 0:44 AM

I'm 5'3 with a small frame and when I was researching dress forms I found they were all too big in the bust. I also ended up getting a Uniquely You, and had to do a lot of foam carving with an electric knife. Just like with a duct tape form, you'll need a patient assistant
(to help with fitting the cover).

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Date: 6/6/12 2:04 PM

I'm 4'11" with a small frame (RTW 0-2), yet needing an FBA. After much research and reading through advice here (special thanks to stillwatersblue), I recently ordered and received a petite store dressform through Palay Display. store . Cost with stand and all, including shipping, was under $135.

She's small enough that I should be able to use the Fabulous Fit small pad system (Amazon, $69), plus some batting, to make her pinnable and pretty much my double, without a lot of effort on my part.

I plan on posting the results of my finished product as soon as I get and apply the padding system.

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Date: 6/8/12 2:02 PM

Tina, I'm a RTW 2p, and last fall I bought the Fabulous Fit size small pads system to pad out a PGM dress form in a size 2. Unfortunately, the pads were so huge, I couldn't use any of them.

Actually, the pads that come with the kit are exactly the same size regardless of the size you order. The only thing part of the kit that does change is the size of the body suits.

I did end up using the body suits but I padded out my form with batting, and I donated the pads to the local university theatre department.

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