A body or dress form is invaluable in getting the best fit for the clothes you design and make.
Unfortunately, body forms that you buy don’t really replicate YOUR body. These forms are made according to average body measurements and proportions. But average means it’s a compilation of a wide variety of sizes and shapes, and it doesn’t accurately reflect the size and shape of any one individual (for example, YOU).
So, what do you do? You add padding to your dress form to make it look like your body!
Start with a Purchased Form and Shaped Foam Pads
I am NOT built with the “standard” proportions of a misses figure (which, typically, has a difference of about 10″ between the waist and bust/hip measurements). I’m very much an “apple” shape, with a thick waist and belly. There’s a difference of about 5″ between my waist and hip/bust, so my body form needs as much padding in the middle as I have on my body!
Fabulous Fit has a set of shaped foam pads that are placed under a knit cover and can be moved and arranged to create whatever shape you need. It’s a bit pricey (about 25K – 36K), but well worth it. The set includes more than a dozen pads, and since they’re held in place under the stretchy cover, you can add, remove, or move them as much or as often as needed. It’s great if you’re losing weight or sew for others. Other methods, as outlined below, are permanent; you’d have to take the whole thing apart and start over if there’s a big change in your size or shape.
Although the padding system was developed to be used with Fabulous Fit’s own body forms (which are, by the way, truly fabulous!)