Dress Form System, White, Medium
- Available in S, M, L, XL
- It works with any dress form style from any dress form brand
- The pads are soft and have a Life-Like touch and can be stretched to adapt to any dress form
- 100% pinnable pads make your dress form adjustable
- 17 contoured molded pads address all body areas on a dress form
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The Fabulous Fit dress form system makes all dress forms adjustable and ready for sewing. It comes with interchangeable life-like contoured foam pads and 2 stretch covers (with princess lines) which allow women of all shapes and sizes to customize each area of the bust line, waistline, hips, and thighs on a dress form. Now you can make any dress form match every curve. You can mimic any size and shape possible by interchanging the foam pads at each area of your body. Our dress form system is a practical solution to making patterns and sewing clothes. Choose your dress form system to target the size you are trying to achieve. The Fabulous Fit dress form system makes sewing and pattern making easy.
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First off, I'm attaching a photo of the size chart that is on the actual packaging. A lot of questions have been asked about the sizes, so there it is. I bought the size 20 because my dress size ranges from 14-18 depending on the material (and the fact that my measurements are all over the place), and I knew that I'd need a lot of padding around the stomach and hips against the dress form I bought, which is a size 12. I've been losing a lot of weight this passed year (40lbs and counting), hence the smaller dress form. I want to be able to adjust down as I continue to lose weight, and these pads are a wonderful way of doing just that!
So for my suggestion towards plus sized women (especially if you're over size 20): get a dress form that closely matches your measurements - more so on the waist and hip size. If you have a larger bust like I do, you'll be better off putting an old bra that still fits onto the form, then stuffing it with paper or polyfill. Don't get an "adjustable" form either, unless it's a high quality, $400+ form. The Singer and Dritz are not worth the $150-200.
Now, the only complaint I have are the breast cups. In my honest opinion, these shouldn't even exist in the system. I'm a 40G at 46" around the chest. The breast cups in the XL pack are tiiiiiiiny, and would barely fill a B cup. Instead, you should add more stomach/hip/back fillers. It'll be more worth the money. I ended up using the breast cups on the hips in addition to the hip pads to create fuller 44"-46" hips. I used polyfill to fill up my bra because that's what I had lying around. It works beautifully!
I also LOVE the slips that come with this system! The slip I used was the one with the covered neck. It has amazing seams that really help me get a picture of how I'll need to drape my fabrics. I highly recommend using that one!
Hysteria* is a perfectly postured and perky
-----35 / 28 / 35.5-----
I am a
-----32E/DD / 29 / 41-----
with, as a good friend once told me, the "ass of a sista". (Two-dimensionally, my hips are only 1" wider than my shoulders; it's all in the boot.) Apologies for the tangent, but I am reminded of a line from the dearly missed show, Coupling, "Having a bottom is living with the enemy. Not only do they spend their lives slowly inflating, they flirt with men while we're looking the other way." Truer words, my friends.
Note: For a better visual understanding of [my] bust as "E/DD" sounds porn-star-huge, I am 31.75 underbust, 36.75 bust, 35 overbust.
If you're adding 4" to calculate bra size, STOP!! Volume-wise, my "fun bags" would theoretically sit well in a 36C. Of course, the band would ride up from looseness, my straps would repeatedly slip off my shoulders (sans "help" from the fiance), and the underwire would be too wide. And, in case it helps (which is doubtful due to the seemingly random nature of women's sizing), I usually wear an eight in both dresses and pants--though the cut of a brand's pants can make any size ill-fitting on me.
The medium worked perfectly. The burlap of the original form actually worked quite well as it kept the foam from slipping when wrestling with the cover (not as bad as some said; the only difficult part was getting over the shoulders) and held the fleece batting by itself! I ended up using all 17 pieces save for two fillers (the kit contains one stomach pad, pairs of shoulder, side back, bust, side hip, upper hip, back hip, & thigh pads, and four filler pads contoured similarly as removable push-up bra pads). Despite using both the upper hip & back hip/buttock along with two filler pads in my coccyx-injury-buffer, the side back as my shoulder blades, and the thigh pads *way* low on the sides of my hips, I used the pads where originally intended. I also added a few flat strips of batting here and there to better define pudge and to pad out to my measurements (most notably in the belly and the front of the ribs).
Hysteria is not exactly me (my shoulder blades are slightly less protruding, my bust should be a little wider--probably fixable, and my hips jut in at the front a bit more between belly and thigh--not fixable as I'd be cutting into the fiberglass of the form), but I highly doubt she could be any closer without spending $500++ for a custom form. I only noticed any wonkiness, some of which I've easily fixed already, when hanging my WiP wedding dress (almost done!), which I know fits me *perfectly*--ALWAYS make a muslin/mock-up first! ...then rip the seams apart, re-sew, rip, sew, rip, sew, rinse, repeat.
It has been noted before, but I'll repeat: the two-paneled side-seam cover is the first layer when placing the pieces. The princess-lined cover (with a mildly finer knit and turtleneck) goes on top once done adjusting. I did need to stretch the knit to adjust where the princess seams fell, mostly for future use (e.g. bust point, etc.), but that was no biggie.
I was hoping the included instructions offered hints or clues using both my and my form's measurements, but I didn't need one in the end. The "chart" many have referred to is just a form for entering my own measurements (i.e. neck, shoulder, over/full(/oddly no under) bust, various vertical points, waist, mid hip, hip, etc.). I would have otherwise included a photo of this magical and helpful chart.
Although easily changeable and adjustable, I wouldn't recommend it for frequent changes (i.e. professionals with many clients) as it does take some time to place, measure, eyeball, adjust, rinse, repeat. For an individual who has gained or lost some weight over a year or two, no worries.
*Although I originally intended my dress form to remain unnamed, I felt I should name her as I keep referring to her as "her". Amused by another naming her form "Sharona" (i.e. this is "my Sharona" LOL), my form's name rushed to mind when I thought about funny song puns. She after all is named after one of my favorite Muse songs.