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Date: 5/18/14 2:46 PM

reposting here to see if any of you ladies may know the answer.


I am thinking about getting a dress form, but not sure if there is any form (non custom) that is made for the short waisted figure ... right now I made a duct tape double but looking for something more sturdy.

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Date: 5/18/14 11:13 PM

After a long search I ended up buying a used petite Wolf form on eBay. Not cheap, especially after the shipping, but it has a back neck-waist measurement of 14".

There's not much out there for us shorties.

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Date: 5/19/14 0:16 AM

thanks.

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Date: 5/19/14 0:39 AM

sewnew - we made a couple of DTDs and now I have made 2 paper tape ones, I like them a lot more. Both sturdier and lighter.

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Date: 5/19/14 8:47 AM

Months ago, I e-mailed Dritz and asked them why they don't make an adjustable child's dress form. They never answered me but I still think that this would sell well.



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Date: 5/21/14 3:26 PM

I dialed my size small old Dritz form as small as it could go. I then made a skin tight sloper of myself, padded the form and made a zippered skin tight cover for it. The waist went exactly where it needed to be because in padding out the upper hip you are using the forms waistline, at least for my shape I did. When it was all said and done it was an exact match, including my slightly dropped right shoulder. My suggestion would be to get the smallest inexpensive form you can find and set it up at the smallest size possible. Then make yourself a sloper clone and pad out your form to get an exact copy of yourself. With the zipper you can remove the cover and pad it out more or remove some padding as weight fluctuations necessitate. The level of the waistline on the original form should not be an issue unless you are extremely thin. HTHs
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Date: 5/21/14 9:25 PM

thanks for the excellent suggestion.

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Date: 5/26/14 8:22 PM

Hi, I don't know if you were interested in making your own foam dress form. I made mine a couple years ago using medical plaster bandages for the body mold and then pouring polyurethane expanding foam. Here is a link to my blog and I absolutely love it! It has helped me to be more confident about my sewing and I like that I am able to easily fit my upper body now. I am just barely 5'1" and I searched for a dress form that would be close, but I gave up because they were hard to find and the ones that I knew would work were more expensive than I was willing to pay. This is a hobby not my profession so I didn't feel like I needed to get a professional form. Anyway, overall the cost of supplies was about $100. Well worth it.
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Date: 5/26/14 9:20 PM

Can you tell me where you got the paper tape? I've looked all over the Twin Cities and searched the Internet with no luck.

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Date: 5/27/14 2:19 AM

Sewnotwork, thanks for your suggestion. loved our vogue couturier dress and best wishes on your recovery and going forwards with your health

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