|I have a standard Wolf dress form that worked pretty well for me... in my thirties. Now I've put on a bit of padding. Since I know that the dress form fit me once, I just needed some additional padding on the form. I used strips of warm and natural quilt batting and just wrapped the dress form, overlapping the strips, kind of like you'd wrap a mummy. The overlapping strips allowed me to build up some areas more than others. When I had the right measurements I covered it very simply with stretchy cotton lycra, using straight pins to keep it in place. If I need to, it's very easy to make adjustments or even take it all off.
I don't know that my method would work for taliored garments but I don't make tailored garments. I just want something I can use to alter patterns, either to implement design changes or size alterations. I can also use it for simple draping. It was fun to do and it didn't take much time.
Update: This padded dress form is working very well. I would recommend taking a few more measurements than I did. I did put too much padding in the area between the bust and waist. Easy to fix, though.