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Date: 3/15/13 10:16 PM

A friend wants me to take a class with her where students pad out a Uniquely You dress form to their measurements. It sounds really cool.

Yet I hesitate because I have a long torso and a low bust. I'm not sure about investing >$200 for the form & class if the end product will be too short in the bod or the bust too high. Is a duct-tape dummy a better option?

I'd love to hear from those with long torsos -- tall or, like me, not -- about their experiences with dress forms.

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Date: 3/16/13 10:46 AM

DTD here. Petite with a short back waist and cannot begin to imagine padding out a pre-existing shape to make it look like me. We have done DTDs and a couple of paper tape ones and each has pros and cons. Haven't decided yet which to use for the new version of me. So nice to know it will just take a bit of time and work to make a new one since I have changed shape - in a good way.

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Date: 3/16/13 12:59 PM

I think we have a similar issue with back length & a bust point that is lower than most people's. Go with a DTD. I have yet to see a form with back lenght adjustment. Is your bust really low or is there just more room between shoulder & bustpoint? To me, there is a difference although the alteration would be similiar.

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Date: 3/16/13 1:09 PM

I am 5'10 1/2". I purchased a fabulous fit form from ebay because it was ridiculously inexpensive. With that being said....I still haven't padded it out because I have the same issue as you. I am tall....long neck, which puts my bust point lower than most and have a very long back waist (18"). My natural waist would hit the form's hips. I'm thinking of selling it because I just don't use it due to it not being my size. I was considering a duct tape or one of those paper tape forms as well. Good luck and do let us know what you end up doing. BTW...It seems like I've seen a company out there who will (for a lot of $$$) custom make one to your specific body measurements. I think it was around $900??? Ouch!

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Date: 3/16/13 1:17 PM

You can change the shape of a dress form to approximate your shape as long as you start with a form that's smaller than you are in all three dimensions in space -- length, width and depth, and the smaller the form, the better. Ask yourself whether the form would fit inside you if you swallowed it whole. Pad the shoulders up to lower the bust; To lengthen the torso, start padding the hips out where your hips flare out.



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Date: 3/16/13 1:38 PM

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I have yet to see a form with back lenght adjustment. Is your bust really low or is there just more room between shoulder & bustpoint? To me, there is a difference although the alteration would be similiar.

Julia, thanks for this observation.

I have much of my torso length between my shoulder and bustpoint. My back waist measurement is 17-1/2.

My waist -- the thinnest part of my torso -- is just a few inches under my bra line.

I recently found a picture of myself as a skinny 12-year-old just beginning to sprout. It was immediately obvious to me that my breasts have always been attached "lower."

knitstitcher, thanks for sharing your experience. I don't have enough time to sew to make a $900 custom dress form pay off!

Nancy, I like your observation. if I "swallowed" a dress form even two sizes smaller its hips would be too big for me because they'd hit me in the waist.

So tourist, it sounds like DTD might be the way to go.
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Date: 3/16/13 2:16 PM

I know all about the breast attachment being lower. My back waist is 18.5" & I am 5'6.5". I never learned how to alter even somewhat until coming to this site since the "lower the bustpoint" alteration did not make sense to me looking into the mirror as they did not look low in relationship to the rest of my torso.

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Date: 3/16/13 4:22 PM

I have succeeded in lengthening the back/lowering the bust point on my dress-form simply by raising the *shoulder* height (while keeping the waist short). Not with shoulder pads because that would only raise the cap, but with padding all the way from neck to shoulder cap. The only problem with that is the arms/armscyes get bigger, so it's a little tricky if you want a tight/high armscye.

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Date: 3/16/13 4:27 PM

The Uniquely You dress form does not get padded out to get it to fit.
The form is made of foam and comes with a canvas shell. You put the shell on and have someone fit it to your shape. No measurements needed.

Then you put the shell over the foam and zip it up. The form is oversized so you have to work at getting the shell to fit over it.

My problem was having a short waist and low bust. I had to use a electric knife and cut off the bust and move it up, put the shell back on and now everything is where it needs to be.

This is the second Uniquely You dress form I have had. I got older and had to get a bigger dress form. Finding someone to fit the shell to me was the hard part, so it's great that there will be a class to help you. Be sure and wear a good fitting bra when you take the class.

One of the things I like about this dress form is that you can pin things to it. It last a long time.
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Date: 3/16/13 4:57 PM

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A friend wants me to take a class with her where students pad out a Uniquely You dress form to their measurements. It sounds really cool.

When and where is this class? I'm not far from MD and would consider the drive.

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