My Padded Dress Form

mypaddedformThat’s my padded dress form. I sew and design in my dining room so she has to be presentable.

Her measurements are pretty close to mine but I had to do a little padding. I made some pads by creating pads from batting .

Then I tucked them under this lace shapewear camisole.

I think it looks quite pretty now!

Padded Dress Form Here we are side by side. I’d love to pretend my tummy is as flat as my dress form’s but it’s not. So I added a little padding there as well as in the bust.

Twenty years and four kids have changed my figure a little. I work out and eat right, but I don’t think I’ll ever be the size I was back then. So it’s best to stop pretending, be happy with what I have, and adjust my dress form to reality.

Do you read Sew News magazine? I’ll have an article out about padding your dress form in the next issue.

And if you should be at the bookstore pick up this month’s issue to see my first article. How to create the Sailor Skirt pattern.

Here it is!

But first, do you have a dress form and does it reflect the truth of your figure? How about one of those adjustable kinds from the fabric stores? I’ve never had one and have often wondered how accurate they are.


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  1. says

    First up! Congrats on your magazine feature!! Whoop! I love your pro dress form. So functional, but they look like art and totally suitable for the dining room.

    I DO have dress form, and her name is Madeleine. She is a uniquely you form, and I bought her off craig’s list. Just my size, which was kind of crazy good luck. Thing is, I’ve lost a little weight since then…enough that I now have to remove her skin tight sheath and shave off some of the foam. I’ve been resisting doing it because I don’t want to mess up, but anything I sew that is super fitted, is just not working on her anymore!

  2. Tina says

    I need to add a “tummy” to my form as well…could you share how you keep it from shifting around? Love your blog and am always inspired! Thanks!

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