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Uniquely You dress form
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Date: 7/5/07 11:48 AM

I spent a lot of time struggling to decide what dress form to buy. Being a plus-sized woman didn't give many options except to get a dial-up form and pad it out substantially. Not an option I was looking for and one I'm not sure would have worked anyway since I'm also very petite in my upper body. A few years ago I had Dsis paper tape me up, but while it did represent me, I never was satisfied with the stand I made and it kept falling on it's boobs and crushing them. Also I couldn't pin into it so it wasn't very useful, to say the least.

I finally decided on the Uniquely You dress form. On every website I could find on this form, they only show you what it looks like with the cover on. I thought I share with you what it looks like naked.



OK, when I read that the boobs were really big, I couldn't in my wildest dreams guess that they really were giagantic. They are shaped torpedos poking out. How any woman with even larger than normal sized breasts are going to fit these into their form cover is beyond me. My problem is that my body is petite. A whole lot more petite than this dress form. In fact, my boobs are about 4" higher on my body than the dress form's are. Here a Comparison picture of me and the form. I'm actually wearing the dress form cover that I'm supposed to alter to fit me. The form's boobs are somewhere around my waist when it's adjusted to my height.

I first enlarged the instructions because I couldn't find my magnifying glass and read their instructions for fitting. Twice I read it. I called the company to get them explained to me. No answer. No returned call. The dress form was too long in the body and I really didn't want to alter it for width and length so I decided to not use it. I did, however, remove the zipper and used it.

I took the paper tape form that Dsis had made on me and cut it up. I cut up the center and sides, then further cut a shoulder princess seam through the back and front. Then I made slits into the hills and valleys of the form pieces so they would lie flat. I traced around them and then trued up the seams using my various dressmaking rulers. The slits became darts for shaping the cover. I added 1/2" seam allowances and cut it out of a microfiber twill that had absolutely not stretch whatsoever. I sewed in the zipper stolen from their form cover. I tried it on and it wasn't snug enough. If you can breath in the cover it's too big. I took the side seams in 1/4 inch, removing a total of 1" from the form. Yea! I couldn't breath or even move for that matter.

Next I zipped the form up into my cover. Yikes! Those boobs weren't going to let me zip it up. I knew I'd have to do some plastic surgery. I cut off the first 4" of the point. Then I cut away the bottom half of what was left and shaped it into a somewhat conical shape. Then I put the boob tips on the upper portion of what I had left on the form and used a bra to keep it all in place. I had successfully moved the breast foam up higher on the form. I also had to pad out the belly and upper chest. On the back I had to pad out the back and give a high rounded back pad. Then I zipped it up.

The modified dress form has the same measurements as I do. Here it is from the side. It's just has a bit more width and I have more depth, but the clothes that work on it work on me. Here is a pic of the dressform in my clothes. I've since cut the arm stubs shorter so that this top looks better. The arm stubs were making anything with sleeves fit badly in the shoulders. I also added some pieces of tricot over the neck and armholes so that garments slip on and off better.

I've really been enjoying my UY dress form. I don't think any of the other choices could have even come close to matching my shape and this one is almost a perfect duplicate of me!

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Date: 7/5/07 12:15 PM

Thanks Sherril! Your post has reassured me a lot! I got a Uniquely Yours dress form about 3 weeks ago and began the process of taking the cover apart and refitting it to my specs. I've been worried about having to do surgery on the form itself though. The boobs on my medium are actually pretty close to my size (but a lot perkier!) and I need to trim the hip area and change the slope of the shoulders.

We've had house guests for the last two plus weeks so I haven't had time to get back to it but thanks to your good instructions, I'm eager to get on with it.

What did you use to trim the form? I was thinking maybe a serrated knife would do the trick or maybe even my electric knife, which rarely if ever gets used for anything else!

Thanks again for all the helpful information!

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Date: 7/5/07 12:21 PM

Hi Peg. To cut the foam I used a serrated knife, but I understand the electric knife works great on this type of foam. When I stopped eating meat, I gave my electric knife away. I still need to do a sloped shoulder adjustment on my form, but I wasn't sure how to go about it. It's so close that I may not even try.

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Date: 7/5/07 12:28 PM

Sherril!!!

YAH!!

Way to go! Yours looks just like mine (which is not saying much)...sheesh....what a profile, huh?

Good job with cutting her up and reforming her to YOU.
Don't you love how lightweight she is??? I do.

My pictures are at home, so I'll post them here later today. I also abandoned the cover that came with it. And to make her boobs not so perky and torpedo shaped, I put a sports bra on her. I know you're not suppose to put a bra on that you don't wear, but with that bra on Annie (DH named her for Resuscitation Annie) she is me.

I bought a short sleeved mock turtleneck tricot shirt for Annie and that also helps the fitting garments slide right on and off.

I hope you totally enjoy using her. Hey...ya gotta name her.

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Date: 7/5/07 12:38 PM

I bought this form several months ago, to use for my daughter and a client who were both about the same size. After my daughter and I were through laughing at those torpedo boobs, we followed the directions for making the fitting shell. Then it took the two of us wrestling on the floor to get the "outfit" on the form. It was a struggle and at times I thought we would rip the shell, but we did it. I never cut anything because I figured there was a reason they were made so big. I did call and speak to the owner. So, maybe try again and you'll be lucky and get him. My form was peeling apart slightly where the two halves were joined in the factory. He offered to send me some glue, but I have not followed up on it since it was not too bad. He said he would send the glue anytime I needed it.

I also have a fabulous fit form, that is padded to look like your figure, but I think I like this one better, as it is exactly like the person fitted. I would like it more if it had a nicer stand, but then it would cost alot more!

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Date: 7/5/07 1:04 PM

I can't wait to see your pics. I read somewhere that these forms were called squishy Judy so I've named her Judy.

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Date: 7/5/07 1:25 PM

I'll be looking forward to seeing Donna's pics too. I'm thinking if I get mine to actually look like me, I'll probably be too mortified to post pics! ack!

Based on the names of forms I'm reading here and there, I'm guessing ''Lardbutt'' would be considered in bad taste?

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Date: 7/5/07 1:26 PM

Thank you for posting about your form. I bought my in the petite size back in April but haven't finished the cover yet. With my small size, I don't have many options for dress forms either--Most misses dress forms start at bust 33 inches.
I hadn't thought to abandon the cover and make my own. I'm almost done--just the side seams left and reinforce the stitching before trying it on "Poopsie" (named by my 5 yo dd). It was H$%% trying to get that cover to fit with the very, very forward shoulder and the torpedo boobs.
I imagine I'll be doing some surgery too since there is no way those torpedos will squish down into my AA cup shape.

You might want to cut and paste your post into a notions review for the dressform. I plan on writing one as soon as I finish and take pictures.

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Date: 7/5/07 2:38 PM

Sherril, I love the side-by-side comparison photo! I can't imagine that the boobs on that form could possibly be like any real person. You did a great job resizing the form and were really brave taking a knife to it.

This is great information you've provided, thanks so much.

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Date: 7/5/07 2:41 PM

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And Sherril, Kudos to you for posting a pic of the naked form. I am brave, but not that brave.

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