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DIY Custom Dress Form

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Category Sewing
Sizing Unisex
Style Traditional
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What materials did you use? Plaster bandages, polyurethane foam, bandage scissors, Johnson Paste Wax, Poly-ease 2300, pins, rib knit, ribbon, IV stand

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What are you most proud of? So excited that I was able to find an IV pole at a thrift shop so my husband made my stand adjustable! I also didn't have to pay $800+ for a custom form.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? This is not for the faint of heart. A lot of planning and prep ahead of time. I had my heart set on a custom form and I didn't want a duct tape form that would make my pins sticky. The foam is pinnable. It's great! Find someone who is willing to help you.

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Thank you for your form. I am new to computer at 68 years. lol. how do i get the pattern? I was unable to access it on craftsy. Norma

11/15/2012 Flag

Sorry, kit or instruction booklet can be purchased on

11/15/2012 Flag

You have done such a good jub indeed and your dress fits you real nice. I made one of this dress forms a few years. Ago. now I am much bigger ,can I do something to it ,or do I have to make it all over again?

02/16/2013 Flag

You can pad up your dressform with batting or use the Fabulous Fit System padding and then recover the form and should be good to go!

02/23/2013 Flag

I have a dress form but really have no idea how to use it. I have looked on the internet and not found any information. Any ideas? Thanks so much! Nancy

04/29/2013 Flag

Nancy, It depends on if the dress form matches your measurements. Is it adjustable to match your measurements? Also is the dress form waist in the same position as your waist? I use my dress form to tissue fit initally to see if the waist is in the right place. Since I am petite I find I usually have to raise it. I can tell when the neckline gape in the back or front, or if the shoulders are going to be too wide. After I make a muslin, based on those observations, I place the dress for on the muslin to check fit, then I fine tune by wearing it. For me it is much easier fitting to my dress form instead of trying to wear it and then fit it in the mirror. My form is exactly me though.

05/03/2013 Flag

Where is you blog with more information on how to do this? I tried looking up but couldn't get anything. Thanks!

09/27/2015 Flag

It was my first blog entry on Good luck!

09/27/2015 Flag