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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > Uniquely You Dress Form: Torpedo Tillie!! Link to Pictures ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 8/13/11 9:25 PM

After my dress form dilemma (didn't know which one to get because of my small size), I listened to all of your recommendations and took each into consideration. I tried my best to make a paper tape form along with my husband, which I consider to have been something of a failure.

I finally went ahead and ordered a Uniquely You form, size Petite, with a #2 cover. I think we have a winner! I posted pictures on Winkflash so that anyone who is interested in this type of form can see it "naked," with cover on, and even the cover on myself for comparison. I am VERY fortunate in that "Torpedo Tillie" and I are close to being doubles. However, she has HUGE boobage, unlike myself, hence the name I have dubbed her. As others have said, they really DO look like torpedoes. The cover did squish them down to a manageable size. I will not have to alter the cover very much, if at all.

Here is the link to the photos. Hope it helps out someone else who is undecided on a form.

Uniquely You Dress Form

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Date: 8/14/11 9:03 AM

Thanks for posting this. I think I missed your original thread but I am glad you found something that makes you happy. The Great Dressform Quest is very engrossing, isn't it?

I am curious about several things. When you say "my small size" are you talking horizontal measurements (bust, hips) or also vertical?

I want to know because I'm 5'05", proportionate as far as I can tell, with a short back and narrow shoulders.

How did the dressform measurements compare to yours? Please share the info you are comfortable with. TIA

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Date: 8/14/11 10:58 AM

TIA...I am only 4'10" tall. I measure about 33-27-34 1/2. My shoulder length is 4 1/4. The shoulder on the Size 2 Uniquely You cover is also 4 1/4. My back to waist length is 14"; so is the form's. The cover's shoulder width across the back (depending on exactly where you measure- I'm not 100% sure if I'm accurate on that one) is about 14" and mine is about 13...and so forth. Here is the Uniquely You measurement info for the PETITE form:

Form Size: Petite
Hip Measure.- 29" to 34"
Waist Measure.- 22" to 27"

Cover Size Bust Measurement
Size 1 29" to 31"
Size 2 32" to 33"
Size 3 34" to 35"

The hip size is a bit smaller than mine but I could let out the side seams on the cover to accommodate for that. (Edit: I WILL THROW IN A LITTLE PADDING) I am definitely somewhat lumpier than the form, because I am not made of foam! Since the bust area on the form is VERY full, I may have to shave a bit off of the bust/upper bust area. (Edit: STRIKE THAT! I GAVE HER A DOUBLE MASTECTOMY!!) I may tweak Tillie just a little (Edit: GUESS I DID MORE THAN A LITTLE) but it isn't terribly necessary. These forms are apparently able to be modified in many ways, even by serrated knife (Edit: I USED AN ELECTRIC KNIFE...WORKED LIKE A CHARM) from what I've read from others!! The seam allowances are about 3/4".
Hope this helps!
-- Edited on 8/15/11 5:05 PM --

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Date: 8/15/11 5:11 PM

congrats on your new dress form. I really do love mine i just wish I could use it for pants. Oh well I keep doing those the old fashion way and there are not that many differnt patterns to make for pants.

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Date: 8/19/11 11:11 AM

I have added pictures to show the Uniquely You dress form after I got done modifying it. I lost the nerve to cut the shoulders to slope them. Outside of that, she represents me pretty well!

Uniquely You Dress Form Finished

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Date: 8/19/11 11:43 AM

You may find that you will need to cut the arms off proportionally to your width at the shoulder/arm area to match you. The UY form that I have is tooo wide, and I have had difficulty fitting some items over the arm area. I am going to have to shorten the ones on my form.

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