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Date: 6/8/12 9:33 AM

I'm looking for a dressform and I've read everything I can find on pattern review and other sites,
And yet I still have questions:

1. I've read about buying a smaller form and padding up, but can you get too much padding. For example if I bought a medium (or even small) could I successful pad up to a plus size?

2. I've read about carving/whittling the Uniquely You form down. Seems like a good solution, but does the manufacturer suggest this or cover this in the warranty?

3. Mostly I've read about whittling down the breasts, but can you do this to every part of the form such as the waist?

4. Can the Uniquely You be used for fitting the crotch seam on pants?

5. Is the crotch seam adjustable on forms such the Dritz Double Deluxe?

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Date: 6/8/12 1:30 PM

1. Theoretically, you could have too much padding. For example, you probably wouldn't want to pad out a size 2 form to a size 44. though you can certainly pad out quite a bit. But it's crucial that the dress form be smaller than your smallest measurements both in the vertical and horizontal.
2. I carved my Uniquely You form down with an electric carving knife. The manufacturer does not suggest this or cover this in their warranty.
3. You can carve down any part of the Uniquely You form. Just do it in small increments because once it's gone, it's gone. Of course, you could always pad it out again with batting.
4. Uniquely You does have special forms for fitting pants, but I've never heard about them from anyone who owned one. Most people believe it's far better to fit pants on your actual body rather than on a pants form.
5. The Dritz Double Deluxe has a dial near the crotch. However, that does not necessarily guarantee that you will get a good approximation to your figure.

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Date: 6/8/12 9:46 PM

Thanks for the response Nancy. Soooo .. do you think you could make a duct tape bootie for fitting pants

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Date: 6/9/12 1:19 PM

I've never made a duct tape dress form, so I'm not the best person to ask. Some people like the duct tape forms -- others say there are problems. I've heard of forms collapsing over time, and I've also heard the forms are somewhat larger than the person who was wrapped. I'm afraid I don't know anyone who's made a duct tape double for fitting pants.

A few weeks ago, I watched a video of a demonstration of dress forms by Peggy Sagers of Silhouette patterns. One viewer asked her about pants forms, and Peggy replied that pants forms were not useful and that it was far better to fit the pants on the person.

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Date: 6/9/12 1:37 PM

Regarding pantsforms, I believe several members here have made their own pantsforms, but I could not track them down just now. But no, the standard Uniquely You torso cannot be used for fitting the crotch.

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Date: 6/9/12 9:34 PM

Whenever I've made pants I'm trying them on every 5 seconds, and that's even after I've made a muslin.

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Date: 6/10/12 3:42 AM

Tracked down the pantsform made by a pr member!

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Date: 6/10/12 8:56 AM

Very interesting. Thank you for posting that.

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