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Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > Busty Dress form? ( Moderated by JEF)

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Busty Dress form?
Seriously, why are there none with boobs?!
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Date: 3/24/13 3:28 AM

So, my birthday is in about a month, and my darling partner (who puts up with my sewing addiction - and his loss of the kitchen table more often than not - in exchange for ridiculous costumes. Seriously, it's cheap payment for four years and counting of tolerance of fabric and thread all over our flat!) wants to buy me something for my birthday which is something I would really love, but is also practical and something which won't just end up taking up space.

I thought about it really hard, and I decided that I'd love a dressmaking/tailors mannequin, and that I wanted an adjustable one, and I fluctuate in size quite a bit. The only problem being that I've got a really pronounced difference between my bust and my waist. I'm 44-36-48, which is quite a major difference between my bust and waist. But its not the difference I worry about...

...its the lack of boobs! I've found this dressform which is in budget, and looks pretty okay for a first time dressform - http://www.lincraft.com.au/shop/haberdashery/dressmaking-accessories/lincraft-dress-form - but it just doesn't have that much on top. Most of the size in my bust measurement is from my boobs - as an example, I'm a size 18-20 NZ/AU, but if I'm buying something like an open waistcoat, I can usually get away with a 14, sometimes even a 12 if its floaty. So for me, I'm really worried that any mannequin I get won't be able to accurately tailor clothes to me since there is such a difference between bust and waist (I pretty much only wear circle/full skirts, so the hip difference isn't a big worry!).

So, does anyone know of either a cheap plus sized dress form that actually has boobs, or is there a way of easily making it work? I am honestly tempted to use one of my old bras and put it on the mannequin, stuff it, and then measure the bust and see how much I need to make the bust measurement smaller so it more accurately looks like me! Will that bra option be the best option I've got?

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Date: 3/24/13 6:54 AM

You have a couple of options. Buy a form that is slightly smaller than you then put one of your bras on it and pad the dress form out. There is lots of discussion here on that.

Another, that is lots of fun with the right partner, is make a paper tape or duct tape dress form. The gift is more about the time involved but the results are closest to you. I went this way because I had short shoulders and all dress forms had shoulders that were too wide and were also longer waisted than me. Not cool for making tops and jackets.

Good luck

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Date: 3/24/13 7:31 AM

Hmm, I'm leaning towards the first option - I've made a tape dress form for one of my ABJDs (Asian Ball Jointed Dolls), and while she's a LOT smaller than me, obviously, I found it was a real pain getting the pins out cause they got sticky. Although it is worth a try - could always turn it into a craft day with the girls!

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Date: 3/24/13 8:22 AM

Yes...I have been contemplating the duct tape dummy as well. I made one last year for someone else and it worked out pretty well...plus it's is very affordable.

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Date: 3/24/13 9:22 AM

Put a bra on one, it's the best way to get things to fit you, have a dummy that is shaped like you.

I'm 48in at the full bust, 34in under. That is a cheap second hand from that is padded to be my shape, some smoothing out is still needed.


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Date: 3/24/13 10:24 AM

Has anyone tried doing a half DTD and adding it to a commercial form?

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Date: 3/24/13 11:20 AM

I think Barbara Deckert mentioned in her craftsy class that she has put her paper tape form over a commercial one.

I've been really happy with my paper tape form. I've never done a DTD but my PTD is like a hard shell, it's very sturdy. I don't actually pin into it, but I've seen it suggested to cover with a tight fitting knit tube to pin into.

I was really surprised my husband agreed to help me, but he did a great job. With a little preparation, it took less than an hour to tape, dry and cut it off.

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Date: 3/25/13 4:53 AM

Hmm, I think I'll give the tape form a try (most likely as a craft day with the girls), and then if it just isn't working for me I can invest in a store bought one. I do like to sew for other people, so perhaps it would be a good thing to have one which is moveable between sizes.

So many things to decide between!

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Date: 3/25/13 5:00 AM

I added a tip a while back about adding a more natural look to the bust of a dress form. In short, I inserted the gel type stick on bra cups in to an old bra, which filled them out much better than tissue paper. Because they are firmer, fabric falls over it more naturally.

I'm a B cup, but I think the "model" they used to create the bust on dress forms is silly! I think few people are shaped like that...

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Date: 3/25/13 7:38 AM

my dtd is installed over a smaller dress form, that way I got the stand. My next one will be paper tape like Ms Deckert makes. The dtd is losing shape over time....just know that I have had it for 3-4 years, so you can definitely make one. Pro: it is less messy than the paper tape Con: can't pin directly to it because pins get sticky stuff on them, need a cover

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