Years ago I bought a dress form. If you’re sewing for yourself, a dress form is essential. I mean, unless you like trying to apply and remove a garment from your body repeatedly and suffering pin injuries like a human voodoo doll. There are lots of ways to make one that fits you perfectly. I didn’t opt for that because 1) I’m lazy and 2) in post-pregnancy nursing mode at the time, I liked the idea of an adjustable dress form. I already get annoyed by multiple sizes of clothing in my closet and finding things that fit NOW, so I wasn’t going to create or buy a one-size form. So I was definitely into the idea of adjustability. Let’s talk about a finishing touch of your own – a slipcover for your dress form!
What I didn’t (and still don’t) love about adjustable forms is the look of them. Blue, burgundy or grey most often. And robotic looking dials. I don’t want to look at those. I want to enjoy studying the garment I’m working on. So I made a “skin” for my Marjorie and posted about it here. Since it’s been a few years, I’m sharing the update. Here she is! She doesn’t look like she’s aged a bit, does she?
I used a super stretchy jersey, so the shape isn’t complicated to cut or sew. I stole these graphics from my original post. Just one pattern piece, cut two on fold. I didn’t even finish the bottom edge of Marjorie’s “skin”, the jersey just pulls together enough underneath that it’s not visible.
I love this! I will have to make one!
Looks great!! I wish I had a dress form, but I just don’t have the floor space. I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this evening that links to your tutorial:
what is the size you cut the fabric?
Assuming you’re using a knit with good stretch, an inch smaller than the width of your dress form at its narrowest and an inch or two longer than its height.