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Date: 9/27/09 0:56 AM

I have read many, many posts on dressforms here, until my head is spinning! I have a very low bust and a wide bust span (9 inches), with a narrow upper chest (concave) and square shoulders. I have thought about the Uniquely You (my husband gets pale when I discuss maybe sawing at the breasts and upper chest), a paper tape double (my husband would be the wrapper, we would have to figure out a base), or padding a professional dressform ( I may have to sand/saw at that in the bust area of a professional form as well to get the bust correct). Any suggestions about which dressforms would work best? Should I do a papertape form? I want to use the form for designing and fitting. Thanks for the help! Tailormaid

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Date: 9/27/09 5:23 AM

If it's for you the best dress form, and the cheapest, is your duplicate. All you need is an extra long shirt you don't mind getting rid of, duct tape, some kind of stuffing (I personally think it's a waste of resources and money to buy polyfil so I used old plastic grocery bags), two shoulder pads, and a friend to help!

I made one for myself, and it really helps with fitting woes. I used an old PVC pipe and paint can full of cement for the stand. I also sewed a cover.

Here is a tutorial: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3659/clone-yourself-a-fitting-assistant

Best of luck with your project or finding the right dress form if you would still rather purchase!

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Date: 9/27/09 10:46 AM

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my husband gets pale when I discuss maybe sawing at the breasts and upper chest),
Reminds me of what I wanted to do with a Dritz dress form I had and my husband got pale too!

I'd do a paper tape form; but make sure you get wrapped tightly. I had one done of me, and it was off by two sizes.

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Date: 9/27/09 10:50 AM

Thanks for the reply Cass, and the suggestion for the stand. Connie Crawford does a DVD on the paper tape dressform, my husband thinks he may be able to wrap me learning from the DVD (he is a visual learner). Anyone have the DVD and/or tried her method? Tailormaid

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Date: 9/27/09 10:52 AM

Beth, I just saw your post after I posted my reply to Cass. How long did it take to get taped? What directions did you follow? Connie Crawford has you use self-adhesive paper tape from Staples. Thanks! Tailormaid

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Date: 9/27/09 10:59 AM

I have a paper tape double that I made at a class a year ago. The class was taught by Jan Bones. The class was all day from 8-5 and there were 3 in a group so one in the AM and the other 2 in the PM. The afternoon ones went faster because we all had experience after the first one. You want to make it as tight as you can but still breathe. I did find that my double is too big, I use it for basic pinning but use my measurements for a more exact fit. I am pregnant now so it is entirely out the window at this point.

Good Luck, it is tough out there for us NON-Perfect people (oh... yeah that is most of us :))

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Date: 9/27/09 1:09 PM

Jean Haas does a duct tape dummy that is good and I think she lives somewhere in the mid west. She will do it for you. Google her to find her websites.

I have a paper tape dummy ala Connie Crawford. My sewing buddy wrapped me and is very experienced. I have also helped at other wrappings as the tape cutter. Its important to have a good duct tape strap cross-crossed across the bust and around the waist. Start wrapping with the paper tape from the bottom so the person can breathe. Its special paper tape and very sticky- no soaking. It took about 2 hours.
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Date: 9/27/09 2:19 PM

Jan Bones is offering her class near me this November. I have not yet decided if I want to take it.

I have a Dritz form, but she needs to be padded out. I think I can put the paper one over it.

I have to decide by next week if I want to take the class.

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Date: 9/27/09 10:53 PM

Sewsally, what did you do for a stand? Did you use the DVD? Thanks for the response. Tailormaid

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Date: 9/28/09 0:41 AM

If I were up there, Michelle, I'd take the class! I suspect you would not regret doing it.

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