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At long last!

Added Jun 13, 2013

by freakusbzzz

Canberra, Australia






I already have an adjustable dress form but as you can see from my pictures my body shape is nothing like the “standard”. I should have actually bought as mens’ dress form and put a bra on it. I am just straight up and down with broad shoulders, no curvy bits at all.

I’ve had this project in the pipeline for about 2 and a half years now.

First attempt was a bit sad, plaster cast which was too thin and paper mache which was way too thick and my ex cut me with chicken cutter scissors getting me out!

I then bought a “my twin dress form” kit and had it sitting in my store room for ages as I had no one to wrap me :(

I finally got motivated after way too many fitting disasters and much ti much $ wasted on lovely fabric.

I paid my baby sitter to do the wrapping, ordered my expandable foam and filled it up.
There were a few voids after I had taken off the plaster cast so then had to fill the gaps with “no more gaps”, plus I needed to do a lot of filing as there was alot of plaster stuck on.

After that I used a paint brush to paint Latex over it just to give it a longer lifespan. It’s very crumbly and could be damaged easily.

Then I glued on strips of cotton batting to cover all the un eveness from the no more gaps and to fill in the craters on my boobs and butt.

A lovely dad in my sons class made the wood base for it to sit on and then I added the cover and finally the red tape. I still need to buy more though to do hip and side seam marking.

It is probably a little bit bigger than my actual shape, perhaps a cm in circumference which is great cause then I don’t have to worry about ease when I[’m doing fitting or draping.

It was a massive project and took many hours but I hope it will save me many more hours in dress making time.

So now that I am finally ready to sew sew sew.. I have no time !




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    Sep 7, 2013, 03.00 PMby rabbitfighter


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    Jun 16, 2013, 11.07 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    awesome! idk if you got my quite late reply to your msg you left on my wall, but this will be awesome!! Looks amazing, im jealous!

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    Jun 14, 2013, 11.43 AMby pambox

    Looks great, Hollie!

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    Jun 14, 2013, 03.54 AMby SewNotWork

    Great Job!! I like your cover. I have really enjoyed using my My Twin Dressform. It has made it so much easier to fit myself. The site is down last time I checked. Hoping for those who might be interested that it is just under construction. I looked at your sewing projects—beautiful work!

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      Jun 14, 2013, 04.02 AMby freakusbzzz

      Thanks so much :)

      The only thing I don’t like is the stand, it wobbles and my torso leans backwards. I’ll have to put some lego pieces under the feet.

      I’m off to check out your projects now!

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      Jun 14, 2013, 04.44 AMby SewNotWork

      It’s hard to get the form mounted completely level. Even with marks on front to guide level, I forgot to put them on the side also. So mine pitches ever so slightly forward.

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    Jun 13, 2013, 03.25 PMby nellyvdb

    Awesome idea, and it must be worth it to be able to drape over your true shape. Well done.

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    Jun 13, 2013, 11.44 AMby Passiona Cottee

    Awesome. Truly professional, such effort, skill and patience to pull this off! I love the fabric finish, it makes it a decorative addition to any room. I am so happy for you, Hollie…. and making clothes won’t take nearly as long as it used to!!

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