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Dress Forms for a Perfect Fit: How to Customize, Choose, Adjust, and Use a dress form


At a glance

Learn how to navigate the world of dress forms, and how to choose one that is best suited to your needs.

Master the art of measuring, adjusting and customizing your form to work according to your design purposes.

Create a sloper tailored to your specific form to add to your box of patternmaking tools.


Not all dress forms are created equal. Ranging across the board in price, size, composition and purpose, dress forms may look similar to one another but are vastly different when it comes to these details. If you find yourself having trouble choosing the right one, or would like to customize one you already have to better suit your needs, then this webinar is an excellent place to start.

Beginning with an overview of the different types of dress forms available, I will guide you through the selection process and explain why a form can cost anywhere from $50 to upwards of $2000- all of this depends on how the form is made, how large it is, whether or not it’s adjustable and what its intended purposes are. You will learn how to customize a new form (or one that you already have!) to work with your body type or your customer’s, using supplies you have at home as well as in a more professional manner. I will also cover how to properly measure your dress form and how to create a customized sloper to work with the form seamlessly, allowing for better-fit garments and less tailoring time as a result. In addition, I’ll briefly touch on the basics of creating your own dress form from scratch, and direct you to the proper resources to do so!

What you’ll learn:

  • The differences between the various types of dress forms that are available
  • How to choose the right one for your needs
  • The easiest way to customize a dress form to match your body type
  • How to properly measure a dress form, and how to create a custom sloper from
    these measurements to create garments that fit your form beautifully
  • Where to begin if you’d like to make your own dress form from scratch

Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone who is overwhelmed by the vast amount of available dress forms
  • Anyone who is unsure how to decide which dress form is best for their needs

  • Anyone who already has a dress form, but would like to know how to get more use out of it
  • Sewers/patternmakers who would like their slopers to operate seamlessly with their dress forms

Difficulty Level:

  • This webinar is intended for beginner and intermediate sewers who do not yet have a dress form and would like to, or those who already have a dress form and would like to learn how to better and more efficiently work with it. You do not need to know how to sew in order to benefit from this webinar, although many of the main points are intended to aid in more accurate garment creation with regard to both design and fit.

About the Instructor:

Nicole Marét is a graduate of the Fashion Design program at the Illinois Institute of Art -Chicago, where she finally learned how to sew after gluing together Halloween costumes throughout her undergraduate career as an Art major at the University of California, SantaBarbara. She has received multiple awards for her highly conceptual and impeccably constructed ‘wearable art,‘ and currently operates as a freelance graphic designer, costume designer and wardrobe consultant. She launched her first clothing line, called The Ørder, in December of 2013 and is currently working on releasing a third collection under that name.

This is a recording of a previously presented, powerpoint-style live-streamed web seminar.

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