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Message Board > Fitting Woes > How to pad a dress form? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 3/12/13 12:00 PM

I have a dressmaker form. Don't know the right term for it but it is that weird thing on a stand that is supposed to be my shape. I have it fully extended but it is still not my measurement. What is the best way to "fill" it out? The bust part is fine but the waist and hips are too small. My back measurement needs to be filled out also. I have tried using batting but it just turns out lumpy. I need help!!

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Date: 3/12/13 12:29 PM

I know what you mean about the lumpy batting. When I bought my dress form, it came with foam pads to enhance the size, as well as a cotton/spandex body fitting top, that will hold the foam pads in place, underneath it. My friend helped me, with the measuring. Her idea to smooth the lumps and bumps out worked well. We used a roll of surgical/wound gauze to wrap around the foam pads, and it worked because it didn't add new bulk to the final size. It is hard though, to get it right. Just the other day, I re-did my form, and it was a little harder by myself, but I got it right. For the moment anyway!
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Date: 3/12/13 7:26 PM

I used quilting batten and shirts. I need to do a bit of adjusting but it works.

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Date: 3/12/13 7:46 PM

There's lots of info at Artisan Square.
http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php/topic,140.msg8230.html#msg8230

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Date: 3/12/13 8:23 PM

Peggy Sager's has a great video on her website (free) about padding and using the forms. Look for the web podcast header on her Silouette site. (sp?)

She likes a light batting that can be pulled out to graduate layers so you don't have bumps and lumps. Ace bandages are good too, depending how much you need to add. They can be costly if using a lot.

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Date: 3/13/13 2:48 AM

Threads July 2012 issue 161 included an article by Kenneth D King on creating fitted covers for dress forms (which included a zipper, so you could use your form for more than one person). It's a good article if you can get your hands on it. Ann at Gorgeous Fabrics and Phyllis at CoudreMode worked on their dress form fittings together (this kind of project really lends itself to having a fitting buddy).

Hope these links help.

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Date: 3/13/13 8:50 PM

I've recently done this and it's not that hard. It just takes time and patience. Here is the first link at the beginning of the process and then just click on newer post to see it all.


First post on making a padded out, covered dress form

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Date: 3/14/13 8:20 AM

Solo, your toile cover is *beautiful!*

Original poster, if you decide you don't have the time or energy for a do-it-yourself project, I *highly* recommend the Fabulous Fit Fitting System, which includes a detailed measurement guide, two fitted covers, and a set of foam pads. You put the cover on your form and fit the contoured pads underneath it. The second cover smooths out any lumps and bumps. I had grand intentions to pad my form out myself, using a shaper top and quilt batting... and after a year and a half never did it! But I ordered the FFFS and had it done in about half an hour. Easy-peasy, and not prohibitively expensive.

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Date: 3/14/13 4:41 PM

Thanks, so much. I just want to add that I think it is really important to have a perfectly fitting, new if necessary, bra to put on the form. That will give you a good start. Keep us posted as to how it goes.

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Date: 3/18/13 8:39 AM

I thank all of you who are trying to help me. I went ahead and ordered the Fabulous Fit System from Amazon. I am hoping it will get here tomorrow. I won't need the bust pads as I have to make a SBA on patterns. However, I have a broad back so I will have to figure that out. When I bought my dress form several years ago I thought I needed a medium. Dumb me, I need a large. I have all the adjustments at their fullest point. I am shaped kind of like a box so I think I will follow the suggestion and drape a piece of fabric over my form when not using it. I hate to see the shape I have let myself get into. You guys are great!!

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