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Date: 2/19/07 1:48 PM

Some time ago I made a Duct Tape Dummy dress form. It was fun and was good replica of me at the time. However, it fell apart after a while. I guess the humidity was just too much for the poor dear.

I have been wanting to buy a commercial dress form for a while, but I have been very cautious because of the cost. I spent most of yesterday reading a long 27 page PR thread on dress forms, which I found to be extremely useful. Based on all the information, comments and opinions in the thread, I decided to buy the Fabulous Fit, Oak Base, "Personal" Form. This is the one which comes with a set of pads that you fiddle with, in an attempt to replicate your own curves.

In the PR thread which I read, a few people mentioned that they had bought this type of dress form, but no one has really gone into any detail on how easy or difficult it was to place the pads and replicate one's own curves. Can anyone share their experience with the Fabulous Fit Dress Form with me? I would be most grateful.

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Date: 2/19/07 3:09 PM

Sandra - it comes with a package of pads and a video of how to do it. I also used some fiberfill! It is time consuming - took me all afternoon if I remember correctly but worth it!!! A tip: start at the top and do down! Measure, measure & measure!!!!!

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Date: 2/19/07 3:17 PM

I bought the same form that you did. I had no problem setting "me" up. It's been several years now, and I haven't had to change much padding, of course it would be nice if I had to take away some padding! From what I remember I just placed the pads in place and started rolling the cover down, as the directions state. I do remember trying to add some pads and rather than rolling the cover all the way back up, I would just reach up and adjust the pads. The company support was good also, so if you have trouble I'm sure they would help you figure things out.

My family thought it looked just like me and my daughter's friends love sticking pins in me.

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Date: 2/19/07 8:13 PM

Thanks for this help friends. i cannot wait for my dress form to arrive.

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Date: 2/19/07 8:38 PM

I have this one, too, Sandra. I set it up to mimic my daughter when she left for college, and it's helped me continue to sew for her, even though she's not available for fittings. I was surprised at how quickly I was able to pad it to mimic her shape - right down to the ...uh...prominence of her upper thighs.

She's gonna hate me for sharing that little tidbit.

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Date: 2/19/07 9:32 PM

I have one, too and love it because I can change it when my body changes. I seem to be shifting weight lately for some reason--no weight gain or loss, and I know I an adjust my dress form to conform. Now, if I'll just get around to it!

You won't be sorry you bought it, Sandra.

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Date: 2/19/07 9:48 PM

I am not quite ready to buy a dress form, but I am interested! I looked at the fabulous fit site, and wonder how to chose a size. I seem to be a medium-8 in the bust, medium 10-12 in the waist, and either medium 10-12 or possibly a large in the hip. From reading some other posts by people who were disappointed in their dress forms, I gather too big is bad!!! Is there enough padding to turn a medium-8 into an almost large in the hip? How do you chose a size?

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Date: 2/19/07 10:14 PM

When I checked out the Fabulous Fit website (www.fabulousfit.com) the say to select your dress form size based on your chest size. Then choose the dress form which is one size smaller than your chest size. That way, when you add the padding, you will build up the dress form to your actual size.

By my chest measurement, I am a size 8. So I chose the size 4-6 dress form.

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Date: 2/19/07 10:29 PM

I think going smaller is a good idea. You can always add padding, but you can't make the basic size of the form smaller.

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Date: 2/20/07 10:47 AM

Sandra, thanks, I didn't encounter that little hint! That makes sense, and I appreciate the insight, Kate

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