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Professional dress forms

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Initial post: Sep 13, 2011, 2:05:08 PM PDT
M. OBrien says:
Hello all,
I am looking for a professional quality dress form. It has to have
multi-sizes, not just 'small' or 'medium,' etc., and have a mechanism
to adjust waist height, as I tend to be short waisted.

Can anybody suggest a brand? I looked at the Dritz at the local Joann store and they just seem too flimsy.


Posted on Sep 13, 2011, 4:54:26 PM PDT
M. OBrien says:
It just dawned on me that the dress form 'kits' with what look like foam rubber pieces are to take a non-adjustable dress form and make it fit the individual? sorry, I'm new at this. Maybe I should first read one of the books discussed in the pattern-making and fabric-draping posts?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2012, 9:10:55 PM PST
Spittens says:
Sorry to dig up such an old thread, but what exactly will you be using the dress form for? Ifit's draping and fitting for yourself you might try to do the "duct tape double method", a it's cheap, fast, and easy to re-do should your weight fluctuate. For something a little more durable, you can go with the dritz or singer brand, though i suggest you either replace the stand part with something more sturdy or weight the base down as they have a tendency to tip over. However, be advised that the measurements of the adjustable ones are there for a purpose, they are only adjustable to the range of sizes that a manufacturer considers to be medium or small, or etc. Look at what the manufacturer specs are and it should tell you what range it is adjustable to, such as 31" to 42" waist or something. Choose one that most closely matches your needs. Just know that no large prodced style dressform will only represent the "Ideal" body for that particular size range, and as such will probably only help with fitting if you are "Ideal".

Posted on Feb 25, 2012, 3:16:47 PM PST
M. OBrien says:
Thanks. I was going to use it for myself but also wanted to learn how to make patterns for others. I wasn't impressed with the sturdiness of the Dritz or Singer dressforms in the store, but maybe that's all I can get unless I go with a professional model, which will likely cost alot more...

Posted on Mar 1, 2012, 7:03:14 PM PST
dxbtanik says:
Me too...steel looking for some good but not too pricy dress form,can not choose some.Is "foam"forms good or too ightwaight?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012, 11:52:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 11, 2012, 6:03:19 AM PDT
Firefly says:
I have to ask--what is the duct tape method? Sounds like it may be in my price range! Edit: I found a lot of info at which also has links to other sites.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2012, 5:41:45 AM PDT
Firefly says:
The "Uniquely You" forms have good reviews.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012, 6:32:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 22, 2012, 6:32:47 AM PDT
M. OBrien says:
Firefly: Thanks! I put the "Uniquely You" on my wish list. It may just be better than the adjustable forms with the knobs - I wasn't impressed with them and they seemed too hard to pin into.

I don't know what the duct tape method is, but I'll look at the website you posted-thanks. I wanted to make clothes for myself but also for other people, designing them instead of always using a pattern, so I need to learn the basics.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2012, 1:42:11 PM PDT
EVD says:
Got a Uniquely You for my birthday and LOVE IT. The dense foam base looked like Jane Mansfield when I took it out of the box, to my son's delight, and I sure don't look that way. But when I altered the sheath/dress and squeezed it over, I admit it did replicate me exactly. You can pin right into the foam, and it is nice and heavy. I really love this thing and have seen nothing comparable. I use it all the time for draping, makes such a big difference. LADIES you cannot pin into the duct tape bc it is sticky, which is not great. Use Paper packing tape instead. I tried this, it's OK but definitely temporary unless you decoupage or shellac it, and again you are pinning into something sticky. SPRING FOR THE UNIQUELY YOU, worth every penny, and I am frugal!

Posted on Mar 22, 2012, 4:24:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 23, 2012, 6:50:48 AM PDT
Firefly says:
M O'B, you're welcome. I'm on the verge too. EVD, that's hilarious about JM and your son's reaction! Can you explain how you mold it? I'm fuzzy on the details and can't imagine how it works. Also, if you gain or lose weight, can you resize it? Up to a point, within its size range. If you gained, would you have to buy another cloth wrapper? Here is a very funny account of someone's experience that I hope is not typical!

Posted on Mar 25, 2012, 5:53:49 AM PDT
Firefly says:
Still hoping for more info on the Uniquely You, but here are instructions for a different tape method using different tape that the poster likes better than ducktape. Some good tips in the comments, too. I think I'll try this method first.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012, 10:35:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2012, 10:35:58 PM PDT
kittyann says:
I have been wanting a Uniquely You form for some time but until I can find the space for it, it remains on the wish list. I currently have a form I purchased a few years back from an Ebay seller, believe it was Atlanta Thread & Supply. It is an inexpensive form but is OK for my needs. I took an old one piece bathing suit that fit me well and pulled it over the form (cut a hole in the crotch to go over the pole stand). After the suit was on, I padded out the rear and breasts with poly quilt batting to more resemble 'me'. I have also wanted to make a 'Duck tape double' form but lack anyone to help with the process save my husband and I don't know that he could handle wrapping me up properly and cutting it off afterwards! =0)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012, 3:31:02 PM PDT
Josh Ronisky says:
Hi Margaret,

My company VMR Forms, sells a very sturdy adjustable form. It adjusts from sz 6 to 16.

We sell our adjustable forms over Amazon and/or on our website at

If you have any questions please contact me

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012, 11:17:17 AM PDT
The duck tape method is good for a quick for. It doesn't last. And your pins get filthy and can't be reused. It's okay for one project but you're better off buying a real form for regular sewing. Uniquely You is a great product for the price.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012, 7:34:52 AM PDT
spicegirl says:
You could start with the dress form in your size and then incorporate the cost if another size is needed for your customers.

Form, accessories and overview -

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012, 8:14:04 AM PDT
Firefly says:
Josh, are you aware that more than half of American women wear size 14 or above? And often they sew because they have given up finding RTW clothes that fit right? There are your potential customers, just waiting for someone to pay attention to their needs.
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