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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > How to pad dress form in shoulder and bust areas? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 2/17/12 5:30 PM

I bought a dress form as close to my size as possible, but I knew I had to pad the dress form so I bought Fabulous Fit Padding System. FF padding is thick and since the dress form is close to my size, FF pads can overcompensate the areas Iím trying to fit :(

The 2 challenging areas I have are shoulders and bust: I have square shoulders and the dress form has sloped shoulders; the bust on the dress form is 1+ inch lower than my bust.

Iím thinking instead of using FF shoulder pads, I might have to use regular cotton batting. Regardless of what I use to pad, squaring out the shoulders makes that the dress formís bust even lower than it already is. I tried raising the bust point upward, BUT I also have small bust so when I raise the bust point up, her overall bust becomes much larger than mine.

SighÖIs there a way to raise the bust point of my dress form without making it bigger?

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Date: 2/17/12 5:45 PM

You may need a smaller size form so that you can adjust for the bust. Short of that I would buy some foam and slice thin, contouring the breasts as needed. I put a bra on mine and stuffed the bra, as the pads weren't enough to fill it out.

I just bought the FF form and pads. The shoulders are very sloped. I used the shoulder pad that cape with, but will need batting.

Feel free to look on my blog, I just posted about the FF form. If you click on my name, the the link to my blog, you will see it.

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Date: 2/17/12 6:41 PM

Like you, I recently bought the Fabulous Fit System to pad my PGM dress form and found the pads were much too large for me, so I gave the pads away, but I kept the two body suits. Then I padded my dress form with whatever was handy. It really doesn't matter what type of padding you use.

First, you should pad out the sloping shoulders. If the FF shoulder pads are too thick, use another type of shoulder pad. I used raglan shoulder pads from Nancy Erickson's website, and that worked very well.

I don't know what kind of dress form you have. But if you have an adjustable dress form, you should make the bust as small as possible. Then put one of your good bras on the form and pad the bustline outward and upward. Simply stand in front of the mirror and keep padding and adjusting until you have a good likeness.

If you don't have an adjustable dress form, it may or may not be possible to raise the bust point without enlarging the bust. That's one reason why it's a good idea to buy a form that's smaller than you are and then pad it out.



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Date: 2/17/12 8:47 PM

Hi Andrea,
Thanks! I read your blog entry. Your form looks good! Unfortunately I wonít be able to get a smaller form so I will have to make do with her.

Hi Nancy,
I will try padding out my shoulders first then deal with the bust. My form isnít adjustable so the bust size wonít change. Iím afraid that you are right Ė I canít raise the bust point without enlarging the bust. Iím on the petite side, so even the smallest of PGM/FF form are slightly bigger than me in the bust. Since I went with a standard size, my best option was to get the bust as close to my size as possible.

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Date: 2/17/12 9:18 PM

I bought my PGM form in a size 2 (not all vendors carry the size 2), and padded it out a little. But if the original form had been a fraction of an inch larger, I would not have been able to get a good likeness. PGM needs to add a size 0 to their size range to allow petite women to pad their forms out the way other women do.

When I padded the form's bustline, I added volume just to the top of the bust and added absolutely nothing to the bottom or sides. Also, I did not want to increase the chest circumference by even a centimeter since I have a narrow back.

When you work on the shoulders, use a short pad that tapers and doesn't extend all the way to the neck. That way you can fill in the slope while using the thinnest amount of padding at the outer edge of the shoulders.

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Date: 2/18/12 8:44 PM

Good luck, let us know how you work it out. Seems like they should offer a smaller bust for ladies who need that!

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