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wishfulthinking
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Date: 9/10/13 2:43 PM

Hello everyone! This may be my first post here. I'm pretty much exclusively a quilter, but I think about sewing clothes a lot and I did learn how way back in home ec class. JoAnn has their Singer dress forms on sale for $89 which is hard to pass up. The small/medium says it's for sizes 10 - 16. Would that be pattern or ready to wear? I wear mostly 12's in rtw, but my measurements are more in line with the large size dress form. I'm just a little larger than the minimum measurements listed on the large size. So, is it better to buy the small/medium and try to pad it, or go with the large size? Thanks so much for your advice!

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Date: 9/10/13 4:20 PM

Buy the small to medium, and pad it out. Remember that a dress form needs to be smaller than you are in all three dimensions. You can always pad one out to be larger but you can't make one smaller.

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Date: 9/10/13 5:01 PM

Thanks so much for your response! I really had no clue which way to go. Didn't know that the form should be smaller.

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Date: 9/10/13 5:48 PM

You can buy kits - this is the Fabulous Fit system - and pad out a smaller dress form. I don't have one, but it's on my wishlist! Just make sure you choose the right size. I've read about them so often on PR and sewing blogs and they seem like a good solution. Of course, a duct tape dress form would do the same thing, and much cheaper... but I haven't done that either

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Date: 9/10/13 7:27 PM

Just placed my order! Hope it works out and encourages me to try some garment sewing again. I've been so obsessed with quilts I haven't had time for anything else!

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Date: 9/10/13 8:58 PM

I agree with what others advised. There is lots of info about how to pad up your dress form. Be sure to check back-waist length, add one of your bras, etc. A dress form is so helpful in sewing for yourself. You will be very happy

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Date: 9/11/13 7:43 AM

Quilt batting works well or padding and sticks to itself.

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Date: 9/11/13 7:43 AM

Quilt batting works well or padding and sticks to itself.

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