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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > Adjusting the Waist and Hips on Uniquely You Dress Form ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 10/15/13 9:30 AM

As background for this post, I'm petite. My measurements are 32-25-32.5. I bought the Uniquely You Dress Form in the smallest size months ago and finally managed to alter the cover to fit me (as a beginner sewer, this was quite the project!). I'm in the midst of giving it breast surgery to get those torpedo boobs down to size (almost there), but the question I have has to do with the waist and hips. The cover fits me snugly with absolutely no ease, but when I put it on the dress form, but I can't get the waist and hips to compress at all. It's still 27" for the waist and 34" for the hips. According to the website, I *should* be able to get the waist down to 22" and hips to 29". I'm trying to think of what I could do to get the measurements down 2"? I don't really want to shave down the dress form if possible. I was thinking of duct taping the waist and hips down to help it conform. Has anyone with this form had this issue of not getting the foam to compress? What did you do? Do I need to make the cover smaller than my actual body? Thanks so much!

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Date: 10/15/13 10:32 AM

It is very difficult to get the form to compress. I laid the dress form on her front and with help from DH (he put his knee on her waist while I did the zipping).
I also had to use an electric knife to shave off her boobs and move them up.

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Date: 10/15/13 10:43 AM

Thanks for your response!

I managed to zip the cover on to the dress form, but the form still won't compress. Somehow the cover stretches out 2" on the dress form, but when I take off the cover and put it on again, it's still snug on my body! I have no idea what the problem is.

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Date: 10/15/13 12:38 PM

I would take the cover in a little, sewing inside the current stitching. Don't trim or remove the previous stitches, and see if that works.

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Date: 10/16/13 0:46 AM

Always purchase a dress form smaller than your measurements. You can pad up, but can't make the form smaller. At least that is what I found the experts said when I researched dress forms years ago. Since you bought the smallest size and it is too big, I would contact the company, try to get a refund, and buy another brand that is smaller than my measurements on bust, waist, and hips. Then for padding up use the Fabulous Fit system that works with any brand of dress form. It comes with pads and two covers, and you can pin patterns and fabric into the pads on the form. I hope it works out for you and good luck with whatever you decide. I know dress forms can be expensive!

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Date: 10/16/13 1:55 AM

I also have a Uniquely You dress form and had difficulties compressing the waist and hips. I wrapped these areas tightly (and evenly) with duct tape, then padded the belly out just a wee bit, remeasured, and put the cover back on. The shoulders were still a bit broad, so I compressed these as well with tape rather than taking a knife to them. I ultimately outfitted the form with a slinky bodysuit to assist garments sliding down more easily from the top. A pretty good match now!

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Date: 10/17/13 3:35 PM

I understand this is what you would do for most dress forms, but the Uniquely You Dress Form is a bit different in that it is a foam form. The cover is meant to compress the form to one's exact body shape, the form isn't supposed to be padded (I've done a ton of research on forms myself). According to the website, the form should be able to compress to a 22" waist, so this form is actually the right size, I'm just having trouble compressing it like it says I should be able to.
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Date: 10/17/13 3:41 PM

Quote: Lveeckgosden
I also have a Uniquely You dress form and had difficulties compressing the waist and hips. I wrapped these areas tightly (and evenly) with duct tape, then padded the belly out just a wee bit, remeasured, and put the cover back on. The shoulders were still a bit broad, so I compressed these as well with tape rather than taking a knife to them. I ultimately outfitted the form with a slinky bodysuit to assist garments sliding down more easily from the top. A pretty good match now!

Thanks for your response! Do you have trouble pinning through the duct tape? A big part of the reason I purchased this particular dress form was so that I can drape and pin through the form easily, but if duct taping it would make it difficult to pin through, it would totally defeat the purpose of buying this form!
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Date: 10/22/13 12:21 PM

I am short waisted, is there any way to adjust this form for this? Thanks

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