Sunday, March 22, 2015
I have wanted a dress form for a very long time, but the standard form just wouldn't work for me. My torso is much, much longer than the standard form, and I have a sway back. After much research and analyzing, I finally decided on a Uniquely You dress form.
I chose this form because it's made of foam. I can chop off what I don't need and pad out what I do. The rest is supposed to compress once you put the cover on. Word of wisdom, that doesn't work well. As other reviewers have noted, it does not compress the 5" they claim it does.
Because of that, I chose the smallest form they had - a petite size. Here are the measurements for all sizes.
first tip to you would be to know that measurement before you order one. I can fix this, but it'll take a bit more work.
I also want to mention that I took the Craftsy class on customizing a dress form, referred to LaSewista's blog many times, and watched this YouTube video. All of these were a tremendous help.
My second tip is to take the class, so you know exactly where and what to measure. I also took Joy Mahon's class Fast Track Fitting (the 2nd one) so I had quite a few other measurements that helped this process too. You'll want to know your hollow of neck to waist, waist to hip, apex to apex, shoulder to apex, apex to side seam, upper bust, under bust, side waist to hip, back of neck to waist, front waist, and back waist.
Okay, so problem one: torpedo boobs. A friend of mine thought this looked like Jessica Rabbit, so for now, that's her name.
tip number three. Use scissors where you can.
And here is the after.
You can see that measurement here.
tip number four. Use a well-fitting bra. It will save you a lot of trouble trying to get the right shape. That came from Bunny at LaSewista.
Here she is with bra on and padded out.
The next order of business was the waist. My front waist measures 14 inches but my back waist is only 12. So while the total circumference is 27" on the form, you need to know where to chop off that extra 1". For me it was the back waist. Since I know my sway back is part of that problem, I chose to carve out there. I basically needed to begin to create a "shelf". I have my bra pushed up out of the way, because I did use the electric carving knife here and didn't want to cut it. I kept measuring as I went and remarked as well.
I have the muslin done and it fits perfectly. I have the fabric cut for the cover and the darts stitched in. I should have that complete today.
Stay tuned as I go on this journey. I have no idea how it will turn out, but so far so good.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope I've encouraged you to start customizing your own form if you haven't already.