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Irina Grace
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Date: 12/11/13 0:56 AM

I finally decided to buy a dress form and do not know how to choose a size... My bust is 39 1/2 (size 14 dress form); hips are 38 1/2 (between 10 and 12 dress form) and waist is 27 1/2 which is size 10. If I go with size 12 I will not be able to fit skirt's or dresses waist line on a dress form. What to do?

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Date: 12/11/13 1:47 AM

I'd go with the 10, because you can build up to larger sizes in a variety of ways.

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Date: 12/11/13 2:03 AM

Buy the smaller one and pad it out to the size you want. Also, be aware of your high bust measurement, and buy the form based on that. The high bust is the hardest area to fit, especially when you are trying to make it smaller. So if you buy it smaller, it's easier to pad out. There is a great tutorial here on PR, but you have to look for it. I think it might be through the boards. It's called Padding Out a Dress Form and was written by a member called PVM, I believe. It's old--that's why I can't remember too clearly.

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Date: 12/11/13 9:03 PM

Buy smaller than you need for all measurements and then pad it out. It's easier to get a custom fit that way. You can pad it out in the bust using an old bra and polyfill, use batting around hips, etc. or you can do what I did and order the Fabulous Fit system. It comes with a guide on how to use the pads. It's on sale for $87 right now, but if you are an ASG member you get an additional discount that brings it down to $55. I found a never used Singer dressform on Craigslist for $50 so for just over $100 I have a custom fitted dress form.

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Date: 12/12/13 0:22 AM

Definitely buy the smaller form and pad it out as needed. I purchased a Uniquely You form that closely matched my size and have had a difficult time trying to make shoulders, upper bust, and waistline smaller.

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Date: 12/12/13 1:13 AM

I have a slightly larger bust than hip also, and a wider waist than I used to have. I had to go with a small Dritz My Double, because my hip measurement is smaller than the medium dress form. I used batting and a camisole for years to pad her up, but the batting packed down over time. Last year I purchased the Fabulous Fit System padding and I love it! The padding is foam and pinnable for tissue fitting, draping, etc. The covers are washable and have a CF seam, CB seam and side seams. Not as expensive as a TOL form, and you can change it when you lose/gain weight. And, she looks a lot like a professional form. Here are some photos:
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And Here
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Date: 12/14/13 8:56 PM

Thank you for your responses, I placed an order for size 10
LaModel dress form with 2 arms/collapsible shoulders. Unfortunately, I have to wait a bit - it will be shipped at the first week of January... I want to start making garments with sleeves (jackets, dresses,) and a dress form will be a huge help in setting in sleeves. Currently, I manage fittings of sleeveless garments without a dress form due to my custom pattern drafting and translating adjustments back from muslin to a paper pattern (I do not pin on myself, I trained my eye how much I have to adjust, take in or out). Also, with a dress form I can learn how to drape...It will be much easier to hem on a dress form...or see how a collar fits on a back...
And I need to get those Fabulous Fit padding ....

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Date: 12/14/13 11:12 PM

I was going to suggest calling the company. Turns out that my body is exact for one of the Uniquely You forms...without a cover.

The gal that helped me took a ton of measurements and probably spent a good hour on the phone. When I did get the dress form, all the measurements were exactly what she said, and the cover didn't take any alterations.

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